Central Texas artist Kimberly Kelly has just signed a recording deal with Toby Keith's "Show Dog Nashville."

It's always fun to see a a local native go on to big success. Kimberly Kelly of Lorena has the chance to do exactly that after signing a record deal with "Show Dog Nashville," the label whose roster also includes Clay Walker and is run by Country superstar Toby Keith.

Kelly tells Gordon Collier with KWTX“This is a dream for me. I had nearly given up, but I remembered someone telling me you have to be present to win so I just kept at it.” 

 Kelly credits her fans for keeping her motivated and says a tour could happen this fall.

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Kelly has always had music around her. Her grandad is Sterling Kelly. He fronted a band called Sterling Kelly and the Hearts and played throughout Texas. She's also garnered so high praise from the late great Billy Joe Shaver,  "Kimberly is a talent beyond measure and has still remained the same great, honest person through the years. I'm proud to be Kimberly's friend forever." 

Kelly's most recent EP, “Don’t Blame It on Me,” was crowd-funded and would eventually chart on iTunes Top 40 Country Albums. That EP was heard by the head of Thirty Tigers, David Macias who liked what he heard.

“David liked the EP and tweeted ‘This new artist or new to me is blowing my mind.’ So, I hunted him down and got a meeting with him. That’s how it started.” Kelly said.

What a great story and we can't wait to see, and hear, what happens next with Kimberly Kelly.

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