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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2010 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Debbie Hupp, which she submitted to this site on Sunday 3 January 2010.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Debbie Hupp who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Sunday 3 January 2010.
And Gene Watson is very definitely an original. This year, I was thrilled to discover he had cut 'Wrong Way To Find Mr. Right', a song I wrote with Tim Mensy. I hope it does well because he deserves it.
It may be hard to believe, but regardless of how the record does, I can still listen to him sing my words and the feeling is equal to ...and the Grammy goes to...'
Thank you, Debbie Hupp, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Debbie Hupp...
Debbie Hupp was born in southern Indiana, raised children in Kentucky and calls Tennessee her 'forever home'; it took Debbie along time to emerge from the housing projects and low rent lifestyle to become a successful songwriter.
Debbie Hupp's life has given her the opportunity to learn about joy and pain, and then to use that emotion to create a body of work that is still incomplete.
Debbie Hupp has come full circle from working jobs to support her song-writing habit, to giving up the high-life to support her desire to work in service to the community.
The inherent need to create works of art, whether music or visual, lives within Debbie and will not leave; she intends to continue working in all the areas that make her who she is.
These days, Debbie Hupp is still writing and still has a huge catalogue with EMI and Huptown Music. She works on special projects like 'The Butterfly Factor', websites, graphic art and working in restorative photography.
2009 marked Debbie Hupp's eleventh year working with youth at the Oasis Center, Inc. on Music Row in Nashville. She spends her spare time with family in Kentucky, friends in Nashville and watching every minute of the Titans football games.
Kenny Rogers recorded Debbie Hupp's 'You Decorated My Life' (co-written with Bob Morrison) and included the track on 'Kenny Rogers' (United Artist Records, 1979); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for two weeks in November 1979 and also reached No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
Debby Boone recorded Debbie Hupp's 'Are You On The Road To Lovin' Me Again' (co-written with Bob Morrison) and included the track on 'Love Is The Reason' (Warner Bros. Records, 1980); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in May 1980.
John Denver (Friday 31 December 1943 - Sunday 12 October 1997) recorded Debbie Hupp's 'Gravel On The Ground' (co-written with Bob Morrison) and included the track on 'Some Days Are Diamonds' (RCA Records, 1981).
Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Debbie Hupp's 'Don't Call Him A Cowboy' (co-written with Johnny MacRae and Bob Morrison) and included the track on 'Don't Call Him A Cowboy' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in June 1985.
Lee Greenwood recorded Debbie Hupp's 'Just Like Me' and included the track on 'Holdin' A Good Hand' (Capitol Records, 1990).
John Anderson recorded Debbie Hupp's 'Straight Tequila Night' (co-written with Kent Robbins) and included the track on 'Seminole Wind' (BNA Records, 1992); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1992.
Kenny Rogers recorded Debbie Hupp's ‘Reason To Go’ (co-written with Skip Ewing) and included the track on 'If Only My Heart Had A Voice' (Giant Records, 1993).
Kenny Rogers recorded Debbie Hupp's ‘If You Were The Friend’ (co-written with Skip Ewing) & included the track on 'If Only My Heart Had A Voice' (Giant Records, 1993).
Gene Watson recorded Debbie Hupp's 'Wrong Way To Find Mr. Right' (co-written with Tim Mensey) and included the track on 'A Taste of the Truth' (Shanachie Records, 2009).