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Young Trussville performer competes nationally comment (0)

December 11, 2008


People who have heard Carrie Ann Smallwood sing are amazed at the youngster’s powerful voice. Add to that her abilities to play the guitar and dance, and you’ve got one multitalented kid.

A regular performer at church events, fund-raisers and talent showcases around the Southeast, Carrie Ann recently received two standing ovations at First Baptist Church, Panama City Beach, Fla.

But not only is she a crowd-pleaser, Carrie Ann is also an award-winner. She won her first Alabama Country and Gospel Music Association (ACGMA) championship in 2007 at age 9.

She went on to represent Alabama at the 2008 North American Country Music Associations, International (NACMAI) competition in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., last March, winning the vocalist and instrumentalist categories for her age group.

“It felt so good to be on the stage,” she said.

Now history is repeating itself. On Nov. 1, the Trussville 11-year-old won in the ACGMA vocalist category and was named Entertainer and Instrumentalist of the Year in her age group as well.

This means Carrie Ann will again participate in the NACMAI competition to be held in March 2009 at the Country Tonite music theatre in Pigeon Forge.

A member of First Baptist Church, Trussville, in Birmingham Baptist Association, Carrie Ann is a student in her church’s conservatory and at Alabama Ballet.

Even though she likes most kinds of music, gospel and country remain her favorites, and she hopes to one day hear her songs on gospel or country music radio stations. Carrie Ann also dreams of performing at the Grand Ole Opry.

“Nothing is impossible with God,” she said.

Carrie Ann is the daughter of Sunny Smallwood and granddaughter of Judge Tennant M. and Shirley Smallwood, all of Trussville.

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