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Ty Herndon, Back On Track
By CSO Contributing Journalist,
Christy Baker

Less than 24 hours after his first showcase since his much publicized problems, I was able to speak with Ty Herndon on the phone. His spirits were high and I could almost hear him grinning from ear to ear.

Doing a showcase in front of the whoís who of corporate music row is nerve wracking enough but add to that a tell all article in The Tennessean the morning of the showcase by well known entertainment journalist Brad Schmitt and, regardless of past success, you have to be wondering if anyone would show up. But show up they did.

Herndon preformed to a sold out audience that honored him with three standing ovations and four encores.

"I was blown away and brought to tears," he fondly recalls. "Iíve been given a gift and I am finally at a wonderful place in my life where the stage is the platform that allows me to best demonstrate what I can do with this gift".

When Herndon decided that it was time to set the record straight, on the eve of his showcase at 12th & Porter, he called Brad Schmitt of The Tennessean. Over the years he felt that Schmitt had always treated him fairly and with respect, while others choose to focus on the more lurid moments of his life.

"I felt like I could unfold my life about the past ten years [to Schmitt] and not be judged harshly. I trusted him to be objective and fair. My feelings proved to be accurate about his integrity and our thirty minute interview expanded to eighty minutes."

With Herndon back to his performing weight (literally and figuratively he is proud to announce) and his voice stronger and clearer than it has been in years, he is confident that he has the strength to climb that proverbial ladder and reclaim his place at the top of the charts. When I asked him what he will do if that doesnít happen for him again, his quick reply was one that could only come from a man who has finally found peace with himself. He is excited about all aspects of his life these days. Music is just one facet of many blessings and many goals.

He is currently concentrating his recording energies on putting together material for a gospel album so country music fans will have to wait a little longer for a new country album. However, negotiations have started on a variety of new deals, he recently taped a GAC special program with several other country artists and he has launched a terrific new website where you can keep track of all the news.

By the end of our interview (which came close to the eighty minute record he set with Schmitt) I found myself grinning from ear to ear too. Itís impossible not to get caught up in his new enthusiasm for his career and his life.



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