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Billie Jo Russell is a busy singer, songwriter, musician (piano and guitar), recording artist, clog dancer, and mother of three preschoolers. When asked how she does it, she will smile and then remind you that Loretta Lynn did it with five children.
She is proud of being a native of Texas. She was born in Dallas and has been raised by her paternal grandparents whom she fondly refers to as her “roadies”. She says, “they have raised me since I was almost a year old, they are my life savers, without them I don't know where I would be. They have been my cheerleaders, my motivators, my mentors, my disciplinarians, my rocks, my chauffeurs, my roadies, and always my biggest fans! God knew exactly what He was doing when he put me with them and I am so blessed because of it.”
She recorded her debut album in 2010. When given her choice, she chose to record I Just Can't Imagine, a beautiful gospel album. Although she definitely falls in the category of country singers, she wanted her first album to be “something more than just good”, she wanted it, “to be inspirational”. She says, “Although I love all types of music, and most often perform at country music venues, I wanted my debut album to be extra special. God is the most important thing to me so I hope that, through my music, others will come to know Christ.”
She has been singing since she was very young and has been a familiar face at the Point Cotton Picken Theatre, the Quinlan Gospel Show and the Gladewater, Wylie, Forney, and Point Opry's for more than a decade. She also sings regularly at her own church and at numerous other churches and revivals. When ever possible, she volunteers for a variety of fundraisers, including Founder's Day, Paws for the Cause, Helping Hands Ministry, and Child Abuse Awareness and she has sung the National Anthem at a wide variety of sporting events over the years.
She has won numerous singing and clogging competitions over the past decade. Most recently she won the 2013 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame – John Ritter Showcase in Carthage Texas and because of that win she got to open for Gene Watson, Linda Davis, Barbara Fairchild, Joe Stampley, and many others. Although she is always excited to open for other country artists, she admits that opening for the legendary Ray Price was one of the most exciting since he is one of her longtime music heroes.
“Oh yes, I am super busy,” she says, “I feel like I'm going ninety miles an hour almost every day but I know I can do this and you wanna' know how? Philippians 4:13 says 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' My dream is to be up there on the Grand Ol' Opry stage one day and if it is Gods will, I will be.”
2004 – Rural American Idol – won her division
2005 – Today's Girl Pageant – won for both talent and beauty
2006 – Colgate Country Showdown – regional winner
2007 – Colgate Country Showdown – regional winner
2008 – Rural American Idol – won her division
2008 – Colgate Country Showdown – took second
2009 – Gladewater Opry – nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year
2009 – Miss Rains County - 2nd runner up – won the title of Miss Congeniality
2009 – Rural American Idol – winner
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 – Rockwalls Got Talent Competition – always in top ten