three seasons of airing local artists, "Studio A Presents" took the opportunity
to present nationally known country singer Tracey K. Houston to Southern
30 people sat in an intimate setting at candle-lit tables to hear the Nashville-based
singer perform about 15 songs.
special public television event, "Tracey K's Cafe," was taped in front
of a live studio audience, but will air later this Spring and Fall as a
special segment of WSIU/WUSI TV's "Studio A Presents."
her publicist sent out e-mails concerning her latest single, "The Girl
In Oklahoma," from her album "I'm Not the Same Girl," Studio A
invited her to do her first Public Broadcasting Service special.
Rose Boley, Director of the show, was excited to have such a popular singer
and had confidence that the student-run production would be a success.
the students who work hard, and if it were not for their volunteering,
there would not be a show," Boley said.
A Presents" is a production of Southern Illinois' and southeast Missouri's
public television station, WSIU/WUSI. It is an Emmy award-winning series
of local programs produced entirely by SIUC.
she sang in the studio Sunday, Houston hoped her listeners would relate
to most of her music, which is about heartaches and love.
I like most about my music is that it's real and it has substance," Houston
said. "My songs are about the facts of life."
mentioned when she was rehearsing her song, "Deja Blue," there were a few
misty-eyed crew members. Houston describes the song as a "haunting love
said singing is not her only talent but one that she may only use professionally.
She played the clarinet, tenor sax and keyboard and also participated in
drama in high school. The 5 feet 7-1/2 inch, 115-pound singer formerly
worked as a model but eventually realized it was not her calling.
would prefer to do a four-hour singing gig than a half-hour fashion show,"
Houston said. "There's just too much stress and focus on beauty."
who has been singing since she was three years old, has received many awards
for her musical talent including Artistic Career Achievement from Airplay
International and an American Horizon Award and Canadian Recording Artist
of the Year from the Lonestar State Country Music Association.