Culpeper country singer Blake Esse took Nashville by storm this week as winner of the Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest.
The 28-year-old won the contest with his original song, "Feels Good Don't It." Esse competed against three other finalists to win by getting the most online votes through the initiative of Chideo, a charity broadcast network. He also performed with Grammy Award-winning Black Wednesday night at the James K. Polk Theater in Nashville as part of the Concert for a Cause.
"Virginia! I'll be heading back to Nashville to record with Clint Black at his home studio," Esse posted on his Facebook page. "He'll be producing it, thanks to the local support of my friends and family! You all know who you are! Thank you!"
Raised in Herndon, Esse has called Culpeper home since 2011 after serving four years in the U.S. Navy. When not actively pursuing his music career, he works as a factory electrician at Continental and is a Navy Reservist. In 2008, Esse auditioned for Billy Ray Cyrus' "Nashville Star" and made the top 25.
He regularly performs at venues around the area as well with the Blake Esse Band comprised of John Johnson, of Culpeper, on bass, Bob Lyle, of Locust Grove, on lead guitar and Boogie Gray, of Spotsylvania, on drums.
His award winning song goes, "I woke up this mornin', big smile on my face, I knew just what I needed, so I drove by your place, You started talking 'bout love and life, Don't know what hit me but damn it felt right, No need for small talkin', Were damn near wind walkin', You've got me twisted round somehow almost fallin', Can't put my finger on it, but I've got dibs on this feelin' good, like it should girl, it feels good don't it."