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 2013, 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 Anita Stapleton, which she submitted to this site on Tuesday 22 October 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Anita Stapleton who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 22 October 2013.
'I believe Gene Watson is one of the greatest and one of the most influential country singers of all time.
There is absolutely nothing contrived about what he does; he just simply sings from his heart, and I love that.
From 'Fourteen Carat Mind', which was written by Dallas Frazier and Larry Lee Favorite (), to 'Nothing Sure Looked Good On You' (written by Jim Rushing), (which, incidentally, is my favourite Gene Watson song) every note and every word is believable.
And, he's not only a great singer, he's a great person, too.
I'm so appreciative of the kindness he has shown toward me.
I'm a big Gene Watson fan....both the singer and the man!
God's blessings to you always, Gene'.
Thank you, Anita Stapleton, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Anita Stapleton...
Anita Stapleton has always had a great appreciation for country music.
Anita Stapleton's biggest musical influences include artists such as Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006), Ray Price (), Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998), Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Patsy Cline (Thursday 8 September 1932 - Tuesday 5 March 1963) and Connie Smith.
Anita Stapleton took an interest in music at an early age and, with the encouragement of her parents, she began singing in the church choir. She eventually began taking piano lessons at the age of nine and started singing professionally at the age of eleven, when she and her brother, Brent, became members of a country / gospel band and began performing at local churches, county fairs and outdoor festivals throughout her home state of Pennsylvania.
Anita Stapleton soon started playing guitar, and eventually, she and her brother formed their own band and continued performing locally. Anita became a regular performer at the age of twelve on a local, live radio show called 'The Appalachian Jubilee' and she stepped into the recording studio for the first time at the age of thirteen to record her first album project, along with her brother.
In the years that followed, Anita Stapleton began performing at various venues in the surrounding states of Maryland, Delaware, New York and Ohio, where she gained more stage experience, and opened shows for country music artists, including the following:
Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998)
Jean Shepard (Tuesday 21 November 1933 - Sunday 25 September 2016)
Little Jimmy Dickens ()
Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013)
Boxcar Willie (Tuesday 1 September 1931 - Monday 12 April 1999)
Jerry Reed (Saturday 20 March 1937 - Monday 1 September 2008)
Ferlin Husky (Thursday 3 December 1925 - Thursday 17 March 2011)
Tom T. Hall
When she was eighteen years old, Anita Stapleton became a regular performer on the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia.
In the fall of 1995, Anita Stapleton moved to Nashville and, in the summer of 1997, she started touring on the road as a background vocalist with country music artist Patty Loveless, and continued doing so until December 1998, when Patty took a hiatus from touring.
Anita Stapleton has been a background vocalist in the recording studio and on live stage performances for a number of artists, including the following:
John Wesley Ryles
Merle Kilgore (Thursday 9 August 1934 - Sunday 6 February 2005)
Johnny Russell (Tuesday 23 January 1940 - Tuesday 3 July 2001)
Sheb Wooley (Sunday 10 April 1921 - Tuesday 16 September 2003)
Jack Greene (Tuesday 7 January 1930 - Thursday 15 March 2013)
Anita Stapleton has made several television appearances, including shows such as 'Grand Ole Opry Live', 'Live With Regis & Kathie Lee', 'Austin City Limits', 'Late Night with Conan O’Brien', 'Tennessee Mornings' (FOX-Nashville) and 'The Inspirational Country Awards Show'.
Anita Stapleton's radio appearances have included shows such as 'The Midnight Jamboree' and 'The Nashville Cowboy Church'.
Anita Stapleton has recorded several solo studio projects over the years, including country and Gospel projects, demos and background vocals.
In 2010, Anita Stapleton recorded the classic country song 'Just Someone I Used to Know', which was written by Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013), as a duet with Gene Watson.
The track, which was included on Anita Stapleton's new album project, was made available at anitastapletonmusic.com as a digital download on Tuesday 17 February 2015. The actual CD was available for sale soon afterwards.
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