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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Chasing Nashville features up-and-coming country singers working hard to secure a recording contract, but some of the drama centers around catty, competitive behavior. There's some occasional strong language, and some of the stage parents' behavior can also be a little eyebrow raising. Logos for venue sponsors like Pepsi are sometimes, and songs by artists like LeAnn Rimes and Miranda Lambert are sometimes featured. Aspiring young singers (especially female country music fans) will find it very appealing, and most older tweens will be able to handle it.
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What's the story?
The reality series CHASING NASHVILLE follows the lives of a group of young Appalachian women trying to break into the country music scene. Cameras follow the lives of four ambitious and talented young women, including 16-year-old Savannah Little, 13-year-old Laurent Marie Presley (whose mom insists is related to Elvis), 18-year-old banjo-playing Helena Hunt, and 17-year-old Autumn Blair, who is a distant relative of country superstar Loretta Lynn. After being recruited by renown Nashville producer Keith Thomas to continue developing their talent and perform high-profile showcases, the singers leave their small-town lives behind in hopes of securing a recording deal. Working with coaches and industry experts like Thomas and song writer/producer Deanna Walker isn't easy, especially when other talented, up-and-coming singers like Celeste Turner, Julia Knight, and Tyra Short are also looking for their big break. Adding to the pressure are their parents, many of who are living through their daughters, and who are hoping to have a better life if they succeed. It's a difficult journey, and one that few young women have the opportunity to take, but these talented singers know that this is what it takes if they are going to become a country music star.
Is it any good?
The country-themed Chasing Nashville shows the difficult and challenging road young, talented singers must take if they want to successfully break into the country music industry. It also shows how quickly these small town women must learn to develop themselves into a marketable commodity, which may rely less on their singing voice, and more on making over their image and style.
It's entertaining, and even non-country music fans will appreciate some of the talent featured here. But some may find a few of the parents a bit disconcerting, especially when they seem to want stardom more than their daughters. Nonetheless, the show offers a realistic look at what it takes to become a country music star, no matter where you're from.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it takes to become a successful singer in the music industry. Is having talent enough to be successful? What kinds of sacrifices do people have to make in order to pursue their dreams?
Do you think shows like this one offer a real picture of what up-and-coming artists must do (or put up with) in order to get their big break?
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