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6/13/2019 1:45:00 PM
Aubrey Hedgepeth: A Country Music Star Is Born
Musical greatness awaits local girl; gig June 13 in McAdenville
“I Am All of Them” has proven to be a big hit for Aubrey Hedgepeth. In these images, Hedgepeth is seen with her constant companion: her guitar, preparing for a recent performance and recording her latest material.
(Photos Courtesy Aubrey Hedgepeth)

“I Am All of Them” has proven to be a
big hit for Aubrey Hedgepeth. In these
images, Hedgepeth is seen with her
constant companion: her guitar, preparing
for a recent performance and
recording her latest material.

(Photos Courtesy Aubrey Hedgepeth)

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––Soon, you’ll be able to say you knew her when.

She’s budding country music star Aubrey Hedgepeth of Lincolnton. The Herald first told you about her last year, when she was a Nashville-bound child star. But such kids often grow up fast, and today, Hedgepeth––now 13 and a triple-threat musician who is a singer-songwriter-guitarist (and she plans to learn the piano, too!)––has blossomed into a beautiful, truly talented, young lady. And the world and her many fans await.

According to proud mom Danielle Hedgepeth, things are going very well for her daughter these days.

“Aubrey has taken off again this year and is taking her town by storm!” she enthused last week. “Aubrey has released her second single, once again mixed and mastered by Lincolnton’s very own Sound Factory Studios. ‘I Am All of Them’ was written by (songwriter) Travis Carpenter and (studio engineer) Aaron Meier.

“‘I Am All of Them’ is about family,” she added, “about how each and every one of her family members has led her to where she is at and supported her throughout her musical journey of chasing her dream.” 

Things are truly coming up roses for Miss Hedgepeth these days. So far this year, she has been a finalist in the World’s Singer-Songwriter Awards for her first single, “Saying Nothing at All.” She has also been a Josie Music Award nominee in the youth (13-17) category for Female Artist of the Year and Vocalist of the Year. The Josie Music Awards will be held Sept. 21 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. And she’ll also perform during the pre-party festivities Sept. 20th at country star Blake Shelton’s Ole Red restaurant in Gatlinburg, Tenn. And to top it all, she is a nominee for the Raleigh-based Carolina Awards in the youth country/rock category.

“Aubrey has had multiple national anthem and acoustic performances in local areas surrounding Lincolnton,” Mrs. Hedgepeth informed. 

More about Hedgepeth

Miss Hedgepeth started singing at the young age of 5.

In Lexington when she was just 7 years old, she stepped up on stage for the first time to sing along to a track of Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home.”

Hedgepeth comes from a line of musicians. Her dad, Chris Hedgepeth, her grandpa, Donnie Hedgepeth, and her great-uncle, Rick Hedgepeth, all form the Southern country/rock band, Silver Hawk.

Miss Hedgepeth has gone on to sing at every chance, wherever children are permitted, as her mom noted.

“It didn’t matter if she sang along to a track or with the band, Aubrey just wanted to sing!” she said. “What we didn’t know then was how much this would affect her in the following years and how quickly people would fall in love with her talent at such a young age. At age 11, Aubrey decided music was her lifeline. Music would become a passion for her, along with the talent. She received her first acoustic guitar at age 11, took only three months of guitar lessons and just took off with it on her own! At this age, Aubrey also began performing on her own at local festivals and events around Lincolnton, Gastonia, Charlotte and Hickory. Her biggest crowd was over 16,000 people singing the national anthem at a race at the Hickory Motor Speedway.

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“Aubrey also performed for (Charlotte radio station) 107.9 the Link’s voice contest in Charlotte, as well as at Festival in the Park, also in Charlotte, the Lincoln County Apple Festival and a few local coffee shops,” Mrs. Hedgepeth continued. “At age 12, Aubrey released her first single as an independent artist and singer-songwriter, ‘Saying Nothing at All,’ written by Aubrey and her great-grandmother, Janice Dellinger. The Sound Factory Studios in Lincolnton mixed and mastered this project.”

She added that upon the release of “Saying Nothing at All” came two Josie Music Award nominations for Song of the Year in the modern/contemporary country and Junior Artist of the Year categories, both in 2018. Miss Hedgepeth has had local radio station interviews with L-Town Radio of Lincolnton. She has been featured in both The Gaston Gazette and in this publication, The Herald.

“Saying Nothing at All” has enjoyed airplay on independent radio stations in the Carolinas, Texas, Louisiana and Florida and even as far away as the Netherlands. It is available on all music platforms, including iHeartRadio, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Reverbnation, the Website at and You-Tube. Future bookings will be posted to her Facebook page under “events.” 

Catch this rising star soon!

Mrs. Hedgepeth continued that also this year, her daughter has played acoustic performances at Redbone Willy’s Trading Company in Lawndale and the Meating Place in downtown Lincolnton. She has sung “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Fight for It Company MMA Fighting in Hickory, and she kicked off a wrestling match for USA Main Event Wrestling.

And don’t miss Aubrey Hedgepeth this Thursday, June 13, at 5 p.m. at the new Spruced Goose in downtown McAdenville. This event is sponsored by the Gaston County Arts Council.

“Aubrey has enjoyed a lot of accomplishments just over the last two years of her journey,” her mom said. “This may be only her second song, but she’s making big waves in her small town. We are so very proud of her!”

And Miss Hedgepeth herself said she aspires to inspire others.

“I hope I encourage people to follow their dreams,” she said, “and never give up!”

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