And we scrutinized every word because I wanted it to transcend the big personalities it was about and become something everyone could relate to. " After writing the song, "I brought a demo to Tony's office and played it for him and a couple other people," she says, referring to veteran Nashville, Tenn., producer and record label executive Tony Brown."I said, 'I think I've just written my first single.' I played it for them and they said, 'We think you did too.' It was a no-brainer.She listened a lot to Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, but growing up in the late '70s also contributed in her listening to the hard rock trend coming from The Rolling Stone, AC/DC and Aerosmith.At the age of 13, she developed love for country music and frequently made a trip to Nashville to attend talent search events. Scroll down and check out her short and medium hairstyles. Go ahead and check out the pictures below -- so hot!
At the award ceremony, which will unfold from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, she'll be vying for top female vocalist, single and song for "Johnny and June" (for which she's nominated twice, as the singer and co-writer, with Deanna Bryant and Stephony Smith) and video.The self-titled debut that was released in 2001 shot to #12 on the Country Albums chart and the sophomore effort "On a Mission" peaked at one place below that.In the middle of the career ladder, she married her NFL agent boyfriend Bill Johnson in June 2004. E" that did even better on the chart by reaching #20 on Billboard Hot 200.She has been in one celebrity relationship averaging approximately 14.0 years. LOS ANGELES - Heidi Newfield sensed right away that she was on to something special when she wrote "Johnny and June," the song that doffs a Stetson to the long-standing love affair between the first couple of country music, Johnny and June Carter Cash.Together with bass guitarist Ira Dean, Keith was looking for a female vocalist to form a trio that is made up of two guys and a woman. The group, struck a major recording deal in 2000, being taken under Warner Records' wings.Together with the band, Heidi scored a success with the release of three studio albums.The band released one more album in 2005 titled "R. Post touring in support of this album, Heidi felt that her time in the band had come to an end.Wrapping up the tour in 2006, Heidi announced to Trick Pony fans that she was leaving the band to pursue a solo career.The challenge for her, says Newfield - the leading female nominee heading into Sunday's Country Music Awards - was to make sure the song resonated beyond what could have been merely a well-chosen bit of name-dropping."I wrote it with complete reverence for these people I had been able to spend some time with," she said backstage at CBS-TV studios in Los Angeles, just moments after wrapping a performance of the song for "The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson." "It wasn't, 'Let's take two iconic people and use them in a song.' It was very personal.