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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 2006 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 Joni Harms, which she submitted to this site on Tuesday 7 November 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Joni Harms who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 7 November 2006.
'Sean, I just want to thank you for inviting me to send a quote on the wonderful Gene Watson.
He certainly is one of the great voices in country music. His unique sound and style will live on forever. I enjoy his music as much today as ever'.
Thank you, Joni Harms, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Joni Harms...
Joni Harms is an Oregon native and was raised on the family ranch that she still calls home. From an early age, Joni was interested in the country and western music of artists such as Patsy Montana (Friday 30 October 1908 - Friday 3 May 1996) and Dale Evans (Thursday 31 October 1912 - Wednesday 7 February 2001). Joni combined an interest in singing with the life of a cowgirl. Joni Harms won a talent contest sponsored by the Future Farmers of America while in high school and soon began taking trips to Nashville in search of a recording contract.
Joni Harms signed to record executive Jimmy Bowen's Universal label, a co-venture with MCA Records, and reached the Billboard country Top 40 singles chart in April 1989 with 'I Need A Wife'. The follow-up single, 'The Only Thing Bluer Than His Eyes', reached the Billboard country music singles chart in June 1989.
Jimmy Bowen took Joni Harms with him when he moved to Capitol Records in 1990 and there released her debut album, 'Hometown Girl' (Capitol Records, 1990), which did not chart. During the 1990s, Joni Harms maintained her musical career while marrying, raising two children and continuing to live and work on her family ranch in Oregon. Joni later saw the release of the albums 'Whatever It Takes' and 'Christmas In The Country'.
By 1998, Joni Harms was signed to Warner Bros. Records, which released 'Cowgirl Dreams' (Warner Bros. Records, 1998), which garnered enthusiastic reviews.
Following the closure of Warner Western, Joni Harms saw the release of a children's album 'Are We There Yet?'; she also wrote and published a children's book, 'Stan And Bert'. A second children's book, 'The Little Grey Donkey', appeared in late 2001.
It was also in 2001 that Joni Harms saw the release of a new country music album; 'After All' (Real West Records, 2001) was released on Joni's Real West Productions label through the independent record company Paras Recordings.
In 2004, Joni Harms' album, 'Let's Put The Western Back In The Country', was released on the Wildcatter Records label.