By Amy Vandivort
Excited fans filled AT&T and Cisco Fan Fair Hall, all of them waiting anxiously to meet their favorite celebrities on Thursday afternoon. It was easy to tell where the big stars were stationed, with large crowds gathering and perching on tiptoes to take photos. However, there was no line bigger than that of Martina McBride.
The four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner recently released her 11th album, Eleven. This record marks her start with a new record label co-producer and a new emphasis on songwriting. She co-wrote six of the 11 songs on the album, revealing more of her personality in the honesty and vulnerability of her songs.
McBride wore skinny jeans with an elegant white blazer and high heels on which she impressively balanced for the duration of her signing. Despite having hoards of people to greet, she talked with each fan, smiling and showing her appreciation of their support.
Craig Morgan also had a large crowd hovering around his booth, with the line exceeding past the allotted gates. The Army veteran donned a grey T-shirt and jeans, meeting fans of all different ages and demographics. Although Morgan has achieved a great deal of success with his music, with more than five Top Ten singles, he has also recently become known as a reality TV star. His show “All Access Outdoors” divulges his life as a Country Music star as well as an avid outdoorsman.
Morgan is not the only reality TV star who fans gawked at; the cast of CMT’s popular show “My Big Redneck Vacation” met fans and took pictures in front of a backdrop of the English palace that became the set of the show’s second season. Cast members Doug and Wendy Hall were enthusiastic about meeting their viewers. Contrary to expectations, the jovial pair didn’t affect any backwoods mannerisms.
Whether it be long-time achieving artists or new television stars, these personalities were friendly and engaging, making sure to meet their fans expectations.
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