Miss Geographic Center to Open for Country Band
Growing up in North Dakota helped shape a future country star.
“I love being from North Dakota and wouldn’t want to call any other place the state where I grew up,” said 18-year-old Lexi Wyman, of Newburg.
Wyman is slated to open for the country band Blackhawk tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. Accompanying her are multi-instrumentalist Micah Scott, of Rugby, and the Minot band Moments Notice (Tracy Godejohn, electric guitar; Alex Mente, bass; Loren Azure, drums).
Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $5 discount with military ID.
Wyman said the gig came, in part, through her producer, Dave Goodwin.
“He is close with the Blackhawk guys, so I initially met them him,” Wyman said. “The Blackhawk guys (and everybody I’ve worked with so far) are super amazing and down-to-earth people. It’s been really fun meeting so many amazing individuals.”
Wyman said Blackhawk guitarist Chris Anderson was a session musician on her self-titled album, along with steel guitarist Bruce Bouton (Garth Brooks), guitarist Jim Kimball (Reba McIntyre), guitarist John Bohlinger (Lee Brice), singer Ray Scott, bassist/vocalist Jack Sundrud (Poco), singer Kim Parent (Brooks & Dunn, Christopher Cross) and fellow North Dakotan Austin Pressler.
“Just being in the presence of the amazing musicians I was working with was an experience in itself that I’ll never forget,” Wyman said. “Not in my wildest dreams would I have so many amazing people play on my album. My album! It’s crazy to say. Just watching them and how they play and sing and what works for them or doesn’t, I’ve learned and grown so much.”
Her album is available on iTunes, CD Baby and other outlets.
“All of the songs on the album are ones I’ve written, so they all come from the heart,” Wyman said. “When I perform, I want others to be able to relate to them as well.”
For Wyman, the process for writing and recording an album began after her second appearance at the Big Sky Songwriters Festival, where she received mentoring from songwriters in country and pop music. Wyman said the process was “amazing”.
“It’s crazy to think of where I was before recording, and where I am now with my music,” Wyman said. “My voice has gotten stronger, I’ve grown in my songwriting abilities, become a better guitar player and I’ve gained more confidence.”
Wyman has written six new songs since releasing her album, and said there’s a chance of new material being recorded in the future. But for now, Wyman said she and her producer are focused on summer performances and getting the album out.
“I’m very blessed and lucky to be able to do this and follow my dream,” Wyman said.
Wyman has been singing and writing songs since she was seven years old. At 12, her parents gave her an electric guitar for Christmas. After playing around on it, she decided she wanted to play acoustic and got one the Christmas after. She took lessons to start out and then taught herself the rest of the way. She also plays mandolin.
Wyman played at the World Snowmobile Expo in March at West Yellowstone, and is playing today at the SweetGrass Festival in Big Timber, Mont.
Wyman was named “Miss Geographic Center” at a scholarship pageant in Rugby in August 2014, winning the talent portion of the competition with an original song called “This Country Life”. One month later she had the opportunity to play in Rugby, opening for Belcourt band Hicktown at Geographical Center Days.
“The pageant was such an unexpected thing for me because I’ve never done pageants before, so when I was asked to participate in Rugby’s I was so surprised!” Wyman said. “But for me, it was a lot about getting out of my comfort zone, which I think is a good thing for everybody to do sometimes.”
Wyman competed in the 2015 Miss North Dakota pageant, in which she was recognized for highest grade point average as well as best talent/non-finalist.
For information, check out Wyman’s Facebook page or visit www.lexiwyman.com.
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