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Kutter recognized at national competition

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By Special to The Sun

Mary Kutter is a familiar name to many in the Washington County area.

She graduated from Washington County High School in 2010 as an honor student with a 4.0 GPA, was the WCHS Marching Band field commander for the two years the band won the KMEA State Championship and she has coordinated and performed in the Relay for Life Concert for Hope the last three years.

Kutter competed and won the Kentucky Country Music Association State Competition in the fall of 2013, and during the second week of March, she traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. to represent Kentucky at the North American Country Music Association International. She was named the Most Promising Vocalist and Songwriter at the national competition’s awards show on Sunday, March 16.

“I was so excited to receive this award,” Kutter said of her latest honor. “There was competition from around the U.S. and it feels so good to have represented my home state last week at the national level.”

This is not the only national recognition Kutter has received in the past few months. She was recently placed on the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s “Ones to Watch List.” Kutter is a very active member of the Nashville-based group. Recently, Kutter attended their annual spring conference in Nashville, where she met with professional songwriters and publishers.

“NSAI has been such a wonderful association to be a part of. I’ve been able to meet with top songwriters and share my music with them,” Kutter said.

Kutter’s March schedule included performing at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville on March 22, recording in Nashville and teaching at Washington County’s Operation Preparation.

Operation Preparation is an event for local middle school students where they meet with industry professionals of careers they are thinking about going into after graduating from high school.

“Last year, I was invited by the Washington County school system to share with students about my music at Operation Preparation,” Kutter said. “It was such a great experience to talk to the kids from right here in Washington County about different things I’ve learned along the way in the music business. I loved talking with them this year again about their goals and to give them tips on how to reach them. We really have some good, talented and hard-working kids here in Washington County.”

Outside of her musical career, Kutter is active in volunteer work. She is the Children’s Worship Leader at Southland Christian Church in Danville and she is a small group leader there. She is a local mentor and is active in Relay for Life.

“I am really glad I get to be involved with helping others. It’s amazing getting to put a smile on someone’s face when I’m up on the stage, but there’s nothing like knowing you’re doing good in someone’s life when you volunteer,” Kutter said.

A senior at Campbellsville University, Kutter will be graduating with a double-major in vocal music performance and public relations this May.
“I am so excited about getting to dive into my music career full-time,” she said.

Kutter said she is booking for the summer and fall months. To keep up with her schedule, go to her website, www.marykutter.com or her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/marykutter.