Breeders’ Cup brings Nashville’s finest

| November 3, 2011

By KELLIE DENTON
Contributing Writer

Before the races are run, Breeders’ Cup Saturday will commence with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Churchill Downs.

The honor goes to country crooner, Marlee Scott, and here’s what the rising star had to say about music, pressure while performing and her horse named Gus.

Your new single, “Beautiful Maybe,” is making quite an impact on the country charts. What can you tell us about it?
It’s my first single (in the United States), and it’s very, very exciting! This song talks about hopes and dreams … I think it’s just one of those songs that makes you feel really good, and I think it can touch anybody at any point in their lives. It’s very general in that way.

Doug Fraser, producer of the Breeders’ Cup, personally asked you to sing the national anthem. How does it feel to be specifically requested to perform at the Breeders’ Cup?
It’s definitely special. I’ve never actually had the chance to get to a real thoroughbred race before. It’s great that they asked me to do it. I feel honored.

Do you feel pressure to sing the national anthem perfectly?
There’s always pressure! I mean, you’re representing America right there. It’s a song that everybody knows and you don’t want to screw it up; you don’t want to mess up the anthem. It’s something that means something to everybody, so you want to make sure you do a good job of it.

Does the Breeders’ Cup hold any special significance to you?
I grew up in Alberta (Canada). Alberta is the “Texas” of Canada. Country music is very present there. I got into horseback riding when I was 7, and I’ve always loved horses. My mom and dad were kind enough to put me in lessons. My first horse I bought was a thoroughbred gelding – his name is Gus. He is actually a former race horse, so it’s definitely cool to be able to go to the Breeders’ Cup and then watch a real thoroughbred race. I, still to this day, love horses. It’s one of the things I miss the most about home – because I obviously had to give that up when I decided to take music seriously. You know, I only get to ride a couple times a year now when I go home for the holidays.

What are you planning to do while you’re in Louisville?
We’re going to see the races, of course, and I’m just looking forward to seeing the countryside. It’s so beautiful – I can’t wait.  And of course, my manager – he’s all ready to bet.

Look for Marlee’s new single, “Train Wreck” on Jan. 23, 2012. For more information on Marlee’s upcoming schedule, visit www.marleescott.com.

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