Jeannie Seely Wins Song of the Year at Arkansas Country Music Awards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music icon Jeannie Seeley won song of the year to Arkansas Country Music Awards as a songwriter for “Yours” recorded as a duet Joe and Diana (Joe Wade Smith and Diane Berry).

The co-hosts of the ceremony, journalist and country music historian Charles Haymes and Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Gillpresented the award to Seely and Joe and Diana.

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During the ceremony, the nearly 55-year-old Grand Ole Opry® member also played “The end of the world” with Joe and Diana in honour of Lifetime Achievement recipient Floyd Cramer who played on Sketer Davis hit.

“Never give up on a song! I wrote ‘Yours’ in the early 80’s and Diane Berry recorded the original demo for me! I’m so glad she still believed in the song enough to duet it with Joe. Their performance literally brought the song to life,” Seely share.

“I have worked with Jeannie in the past and consider her one of my dearest and most treasured friends. Jeannie wrote this song in the early 80’s and I sang the original demo. I loved the song then and I still love it! It’s a beautifully written song about love. It was our honor to be the first to record this song. A traditional country music love song all the way!” voiced Diana.

“I first heard ‘Yours’ when Diane sang it for me and told me her story with the song. We both agreed it would be a great duet. We went into the studio with some of the best musicians and cut our version which Jeannie really enjoyed! added Jo. “Diane and I both feel honored to be the first to record ‘Yours’, and we knew for sure that this song was meant to be ours.”

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Toya J. Bell