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Mysti’s grandfather, Bob Walsh, was a well-known fiddle player who played with Porter Wagner and Red Foley before they ran off to Nashville and hit the big time. Bob was recognized as one of the masters of old-time fiddle by the University of Missouri. He made the fiddle the state instrument of Missouri as well as Arkansas. And was honored by having one of his fiddles, handed down from his father, displayed at the capitol building in Jefferson City, MO. Mysti believes this is where her musical roots started, straight from her papaw.
Growing up, Mysti’s family listened to heavy metal and underground dance. At the early age of 5, Mysti fell in love with county music. Singing Patsy Cline, Nancy Sinatra and Shania Twain around the house and every chance she got. She started taking classical vocal lessons at the age of 13 when she decided, “I want to share my passion with others and sing for a living!” Some of Mysti’s all-time favorite vocalists/performers are Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson.