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Lindsey Hinkle / Press

"When it was no doubt that Hinkle was meant to be a star, her parents took her to Nashville. She recorded a demo that ended up in the hands of Fleetwood Mac’s former tour manager, Phil McDonnell, who was so impressed that he took her under his wing. From there she went to Europe, where she recorded a second demo, this time with McDonnell. “It was amazing,” she says, recalling that at the time she didn’t understand how big of a deal being taken overseas, all expenses paid, to record a demo really was.

“What do John Mayer, Jennifer Nettles and Lindsey Hinkle all have in common? They’ve all competed and won the Open Mic Shootout at Eddie’s Attic over the years; difference is you probably only recognize two of those names. After dealing with some personal struggles and taking time off from music, Lindsey Hinkle is finally ready to rock when she takes the stage at My Sister’s Room Saturday night”

“When she was just 13 years old, Piedmont native Lindsey Hinkle wrote her first song for a class assignment. At 15, she recorded her first demo in Nashville, which led to a tour bus driver for Fleetwood Mac hearing it. He, in turn, played the song for a manager that flew Hinkle to Ireland when she was 17 to record another demo. Read more: Anniston Star - Piedmont native to headline summer concert series”

“For Lindsey Hinkle, her dream of music and the craft of writing songs lives on, no matter the doubts, no matter the difficulties along that path. “Music is my life,” Hinkle said. “I don't know where I would be without it.””

“About three or four weeks ago, I was driving down the road, listening to the radio, when I heard a song on Jacksonville State University's student-run radio station, 92J. The days passed, and I could not get that song out of my head. I started hearing it more and more. I wrote down the song title and the artist's name at a red light and decided I would look them both up on the Internet.”

“It's a hard thing for anybody to do, but at 18, Lindsey Hinkle has found happiness. Her tools for euphoria are calloused fingers, a red guitar and an audience to serenade. "It's unlike anything I've ever experienced in my life," Lindsey said of performing. "It's better than your first kiss. It's better than the first time you drive a car. It's better than chocolate. It's better than anything.”

“She opened with a cover, calm and courteous, Thursday night in the Aloha Grill on Noble Street in Anniston. Standing behind a microphone, Lindsey Hinkle sang with folky thickness and well-versed hands dancing in rhythm across the red acoustic/electric Ovation guitar strapped over her shoulder.”

“Hinkle's victory was startling on many levels. At only 17 years old, she was the event's youngest competitor. And she had started almost last, 19th in the field of 22. Blessed with exceptional beauty and a voice to match, Hinkle expertly accompanied herself on guitar, performing original songs such as "Rainy Monday," whose graceful lyrics and wistful tone would have been impressive from a composer twice her age.”

“Lindsey Hinkle. It may or may not be a name that rolls musically off the tongue, but get used to it. If the teen-ager has her way, you're going to see the name in lights and elsewhere one day before long. If you package beauty, smarts, talent and a heaping serving of determination, well, the odds are tilted in her favor. ”