Prairie View Academy is sponsoring a concert with local country music rising star Dylan Scott and Chancie Neal.
"PVA Rocks the MAC," will be held Nov. 22 at the Morehouse Activity Center with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the concert slated to begin at 8 p.m.
Scott, who won the final for the Colgate Country Music Showdown and the Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network Talent contest, recently released his self-titled CD, Dylan Scott, featuring five modern, progressive songs he co-wrote with the best of Nashville’s new generation of songwriters. The CD, produced by Music City legend, Jim Ed Norman, is self-named for more than the obvious reasons.
“It says everything about me, honestly,” explains the 22 year old, whose speaking voice is as soulful as his singing. “There’s not a song on there that doesn’t relate to who I am.”
Music is in Scott's DNA. His father, Scotty, played guitar and sang harmony in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s with country Artists, Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart. His great-aunt, Marie Jarvis, played piano with the Southern Gospel group, The Melody Boys and taught piano at The Stamps Baxter School Of Music. She would sit Scott on her lap when he was two and teach him the rudiments of the keyboard. Scott's cousin, Linda Robinson Sholar, played for The Speer Family, The Downings, The Higher Ground and briefly with The Stamps Quartet (which backed Elvis). She also taught piano to the famed piano-man, producer and record executive, Tony Brown who played with both J.D. Summers and The Stamps as well as having production credits for George Strait and Reba McEntire to name a few.
By the age of 12, Scott was proficient on acoustic guitar and dreaming of a future on stage. By his high school years, he was performing with the Gospel trio, 11th Hour, traveling throughout the South to appear at fairs, festivals and churches. But he also excelled at basketball and found himself torn between the lure of the hoops and the high-whine of a pedal steel guitar.
“Half way through 11th grade, I realized that I couldn't dedicate 100 percent to basketball and a 100 percent to music. So had to pick one." Scott continued.
It was old-school country Merle Haggard and George Strait that really caught his ear and he heard something special in the plaintive sounds of Keith Whitley, who died the year before Scott was born.
Chancie Neal first picked up a guitar in 2007 and almost immediately began writing songs. Her first original song, "You Drive Me Crazy," won her the 2008 Dixie Horizon Entertainer of the Year.
Neal, a Calhoun resident, has been performing and traveling to Nashville, where she is writing with some songwriters she has met.
General admission tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They are on sale at PVA, Silverspur, Croswell Tack and Western Wear, Farm Supply in Mer Rouge, J & H Boots and Jeans in West Monroe, Country Vittles in Crossett, the Beehive in Ruston and the Tiger Stop in Oak Grove.