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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 2009 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 Jon Mabe, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 9 June 2009.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Jon Mabe who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 9 June 2009.
'Gene Watson continues to be one of the most recognizable voices in country music.
He captures the struggles of the American heartland while rejoicing in their successes in life.
I get just a little more respect from my die-hard country music fan friends because Gene recorded one of my songs. I will always be proud of that'.
Thank you, Jon Mabe, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Jon Mabe...
Jon Mabe graduated from the Appalachian State University in 1993. Jon then moved from Boone in North Carolina to Nashville in order to pursue a career in the country music business.
Jon Mabe began with EMI Music Publishing as catalogue manager, but was soon elevated to creative director. Jon worked with many successful writers and artists over the next several years, while continuing to hone his own skills in the songwriting craft.
In 2002, Jon Mabe accepted a position as Senior Creative Director with Big Picture Entertainment and worked with legendary artist/writer/producer Keith Stegall and his partner/manager Alan Kates.
While with Big Picture Entertainment, Jon Mabe was afforded the opportunity to formally pursue writing and production, while continuing his work as a Nashville music publisher.
In 2006, Jon Mabe signed his first publishing deal with Stage Three Music and garnered cuts with Ronnie Milsap, Chuck Wicks, Danielle Peck, Lila McCann and Little Big Town.
Ronnie Milsap recorded Jon Mabe's 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now' (co-written with Patrick Matthews and Jim McCormick) and included the track on 'My Life' (RCA Nashville Records, 2006), which was produced by Keith Stegall and was released on Tuesday 27 June 2006.
Most recently, Jon Mabe has been recognized for writing Miley Cyrus’ smash hit, 'The Climb', which was included on the Hannah Montana movie soundtrack.
At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote' from Jon Mabe, in June 2009, Jon Mabe was continuing to work closely with Stage Three's Tim Hunze and Missy Roberts to further his publishing interests.
Gene Watson recorded Jon Mabe's 'A Good Place To Turn Around' (co-written with J. Matthews and Rebecca Lynn Howard) and included the track on 'In a Perfect World' (Shanachie Records, 2007) - Connie Smith and Wes Hightower provided background vocals on the track.