Jessica Nixon has plenty on her plate these days. Earlier this year, she graduated from East Tennessee State University's Gatton College of Pharmacy. Nixon's future plans include launching her first political campaign for a seat in the Tennessee General Assembly while continuing her work as a spokesperson against domestic violence.
But she also has aspirations of becoming a professional country singer and has been hard at work on her new demo CD. Her first song, "Drive" has just been released and is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Nixon also recently completed a tour in Nashville consisting of seven performance dates.
Nixon recorded "Drive" at the Sound Studio in Nashville, working with some of Music City's finest musicians, including Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. Produced by Grammy Award-winning singer Linda Davis, "Drive" was written and recorded entirely by Nixon.
Nixon began singing as a 4-year-old for the congregation of the small-town Baptist church she grew up in. She started writing her own songs when she was just 14.
By the time she became a college student at ETSU, Nixon knew she wanted a career in the music industry. But it wasn't until she entered a local beauty pageant, however, that the doors of opportunity began opening.
In November 2007, Nixon became Miss Northeast Tennessee and the following year she was crowned Miss Johnson City. During those two years, Nixon performed at a number of different venues and met many of her country music heroes.
Nixon has opened for Linda Davis, Ty Herndon, Ricochet and Bradley Gaskin, and performed at venues ranging from Bristol Motor Speedway and Freedom Hall to Nashville's The Stage and James Gang Company.
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