Yesterday at Dollywood, I got to spend a little time with Diana Degarmo. She’s an amazing young lady, and it was truly a pleasure meeting her. I have a feeling Diana might remember me, because every time someone near me wanted a photo of her – they handed me their camera and said “go take one.” I think Diana must have gotten tired of me coming toward her with a camera, but she was kind enough not to say any thing. And, like I said, by the end of the day – we were buddies! Thanks, Diana.
I got so much information yesterday, I hardly know where to begin. But I think most of you are interested in hearing a little about the CD she is working on. She has signed with John Rich’s production company, and her new CD will be Country/Pop. The song she wrote with Keith Stegall and Shanna Cook, “Right Back Where We Ended,” will be on the CD. That was the song she did on “Gone Country.” She didn’t say when they planned to release the CD, but did say John Rich and Gretchen Wilson were writing some of the songs.
When Diana was 10 years old, she worked at Music Mansion in Pigeon Forge, that was a theater that James Rogers had, in partnership with Dolly’s corporation. Diana worked there during the summer, and for the Christmas shows. It was a 2000 seat theater which opened in 1994, and closed in 1998.
I met James Rogers on two separate occasions, and totally agree with Diana, who said he was a very special person. James is a talented songwriter and singer. (He will be performing in Marion, Va. April 20, and at Dollywood on May 7).
Back to Diana, She mentioned her stage debut in 2005 in “Annie” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; and that she recently finsihed five months on Broadway playing the role of Penny Pingleton in “Hairspray.” And in April 2007, she made her first appearance on the stage of Carnege Hall.
This picture of Diana is with Porter Wagoner’s sister (Denise, in pink), and another of the Dollywood guests on Saturday.
Diana has moved to Nashville, and I think that city is ready for her. She likes Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, LIttle Big Town and Sugarland, and is also a fan of Josh Turner. And I think very soon, they will all be big fans of her’s, too.
And here’s one last shot of Dolly from the Porter Wagoner Tribute Concert April 12, 2008, at Dolly’s Celebrity Theater in Dollywood. The day was beautiful, the concert was great, the planting of the rose meaningful — and on top of all that, I got to meet Maureen McCormick and Diana Degarmo. And, hopefully, thanks to Diana’s fan forums, I got a few new blog readers – and a few new friends. Very nice meeting you all. Hope you’ll keep reading and stay in touch. And if you have anything you’d like to share with me and my readers – please drop me a line. Talk to you guys later!