Singer/songwriter/musician Keirsten Hedden, 17, of Franklin, has been singing since she was three years old and playing guitar for the past four years. Hedden studied guitar under Tom Nixon, one of the owners of Blue Ridge Music Academy. Nixon is also a member of the very popular bluegrass group the Fox Fire Boys from Clayton, Ga. In the past two years, she has started writing her own songs. On Oct. 1, 2011, she released her first album entitled, “Don’t Be Afraid to Dream,” which has six of her own original songs out of the ten that are on the album. Hedden’s album is available on web sites such as CD Baby and Itunes.
Hedden won the 2010 GCGMA (Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association) Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. She also won the 2011 NACMAI (North America Country Music Associations, Int’l) Most Promising Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.