Heather Shelley

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You know Heather Shelley as the teenage country-western singer from Scott City who won a $100,000 dollars as the best new act in country music in 2005 in the Colgate country Showdown.

Now, at 21 and married to her husband Stryder who is also in her band, she continues to pursue a dream, but she lives in two worlds - that of country music and the world of laundry and homemaking.

This is Heather Shelley's dream….the stage…the songs…the audience.

"I want to make a show as personal as I can, to make sure that everybody gets the same kind of show."

But it is not an easy dream. Concerts like this one at Dodge City days fill her schedule. She is an opening act - the audience arrives, tickets are sold, and for a few moments on a Friday night Heather is living her dream.

But in other respects her life is just like yours - the laundry is always there and it doesn't wait for fame.

"I'm just a normal regular human being, you know I wash clothes, I do dishes, I love to clean the house, I know that sounds kind of weird, but I like my house to be clean. My husband and I spend a lot of time together on the road and at home."

"Having a family and taking my family on the road and maybe adopting kids one day. I'd love to win entertainer of the year, of female vocalist of the year."

Her dreams are obviously big.

In 2005 she came out with this collector's edition album called 'Heather'. She admits to some misgivings about her career, but says the last year made her realize she can't let doubt get in her way.

"I am so much more driven, even more than I was. I didn't take my 'gift' for granted."

"But I didn't appreciate it the way I should have. But I am so determined it is going to happen."

"It's not a matter of 'if'….it's a matter of when."

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