By Sun staff
Jennifer Webb, Kentucky's
new country singer, will be the opening act for this year's Fourth of
July entertainment at Lykins Park.
She was born Jennifer
Dawn Partin in Middlesboro and now resides in Winchester with her
husband, Tommy, and daughter, Whitney.
Mrs. Webb began singing
in church as a child and joined her first band in 1993. With the
recording of her first album, "Cloud 10," she has reached one of many
goals she set for herself as a recording artist.
About five years ago, she
released her first cover album containing "Broken Wing, "It Matters To
Me" and "Stand By Your Man."
The singer believes she
was born with an original sound, one she was born with more so than
something that is developed over time.
"I have had many musical
influences over the years, two of which were my aunts, Joan Mason and
Helen Marsee, both from Middlesboro. The southern gospel that I heard
them sing in church week and after week planted the seed for the
heartfelt versions of my song, "Heaven's Bright Shore." She says she
later was influenced by Loretta Lynn, Reba McIntyre, The Judds and all
of the '80s rock bands.
She currently performs
regularly with her band in the Central Kentucky area as well as
performing as an opening act for several established artists,
including Andy Griggs, Highway 101, T. Graham Brown and Exile.
Mrs. Webb also has
performed the National Anthem for sporting events, most recently at a
"Lexington Legends" minor league baseball game.
She will open the
entertainment at 5:30 p.m. July 4.
Gates will open at 4 p.m.
and other entertainment will be provided by Too Cool, 6:30 p.m.; Mike
Fryman, 7:30 p.m., and The Classics beginning at 8:30 p.m.
The fireworks will begin
immediately following the singing of The National Anthem at 9:55 p.m.
In the event of rain, the
festival will be held July 5.
may be obtained by calling the office of the Clark County