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Lani Stacy, Producer

Lani StacyAt the young age of seven, Lani began singing. Performing where ever her mom would take her, she sang at churches, she sang on TBN television and performed on the Mesquite Opry. At nine years old, she began singing at the Grapevine Opry and quickly became a crowd favorite.

For the next several years she performed most Saturday nights on the Grapevine Opry stage. When she was not singing at the Grapevine Opry, Lani and her mom would travel to Stephenville, Wylie, Mesquite, Weatherford – or where ever she was invited to sing.

Over the next twenty six years, Lani continued to sing at the Grapevine Opry when she was not touring or performing at other venues. She performed on television, at concert events, and was a featured performer at the State Fair of Texas (12 years) and Six Flags over Texas (6 seasons).

Lani was privileged to open for many Nashville stars; artists such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chestnut, Jo Dee Messina, Bryan White, Joe Diffie and Shenandoah, just to name a few. Along with being a country music entertainer, Lani always felt the call of God upon her life. Lani served as associate worship pastor and eventually accepted a full-time position as worship pastor at Metroplex Chapel, in Euless, TX. There, she grew spiritually and further developed her leadership skills. After 14 years she felt it was time to step down from full-time ministry endeavors and step into a new season…

A year later, her longtime mentor, Rocky Gribble, asked her to assume the role of full-time producer, beginning in January 2014…and this is how Lani Stacy came to be the new producer of the Grapevine Opry Show!

Casey Rivers

casey rivers Born and raised in Lindale, Tx, Casey Rivers discovered his love for music at an early age.  Casey was first runner-up in season 4 of Nashville Star.

He has traveled all across the nation singing to a wide range of audiences and has shared the stage with names such as Jason  Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, The Gaither Vocal Band, and many more. Above all Casey has a strong desire to serve God and is blessed with a beautiful and loving family.

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Clint White

clint white Clint’s experience in radio broadcasting and the voice-over profession began over 25 years ago in the small town of Mineral Wells.  His talents were quickly recognized by the management of his first radio station.

Before serving one year in the business, he was promoted to Program Director of KYXS/KJSA radio stations.  He won the award for the region’s top DJ from the Metroplex Country Music Association.   From there, he was recruited to be the morning show host of KZEE radio and successfully implemented a format change and doubled the stations listenership within 3 months of arriving.

His dream of major-market radio broadcasting was realized shortly after when KSCS-Dallas came calling and hired him to be an on-air personality.  As the host of the show Cryin’, Lovin’ or Leavin’, Clint had the highest rated show for his time slot in the entire nation.

As a part of the Marconi Award nominated KSCS, Clint shares in the record number of listeners garnered by that station during his tenure that has never been duplicated since that time.  He also was part of the first All-New FM station in America.  He anchored a key news time slot in the day and wrote and narrated many award winning news stories.  In addition to voice, radio and emceeing, Clint was the on-camera host for the popular TV series Texas Steppin’ Out on KDFW-TV in Dallas. In 2013, he starred as the Big Bopper in the play “The Buddy Holly Story” at the Artisan Theater.

Over the past 25 years, Clint has voiced numerous commercials, audio books, and corporate intros for seminars and is highly sought after for his professional sound and ability.  He is also a gifted vocalist who has been known to surprise audiences with breakout impersonations of the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Big Bopper, Willie Nelson, Bill Clinton, Mr. Haney, and others during his 23 year tenure as Master of Ceremonies for The Grapevine Opry, a nationally acclaimed variety show.  There, he has been given the President’s award and was inducted into their association’s Hall of Fame.

DeAwna (De-ah-na) Wood

deawnaDeAwna (De-ah-na) Wood is a native Texan – born and raised – and  started singing in church when she was seven years old. She has performed in various venues throughout her singing career including  Six Flags Over Texas, the State Fair of Texas, Granbury Live and the  Grapevine Opry.

She opened for Randy Travis with her country trio,  Maiden Texas, who also appeared on a national TV show called “Your  Big Break.” DeAwna currently resides in Mansfield with her husband,  Darrell, and her son, Lane, and enjoys singing at her church, Walnut Ridge Baptist Church.

Milo Deering

milo deering

Growing up in Cammack Village, a small-town enclave nestled in Little Rock, Arkansas, Milo Deering began life in an idyllic childhood setting.  He learned, at an early age, to play ukulele, piano and harmonica, tutored by his parents, both self-taught musicians who had a deep appreciation for music.

His home was the town fire station, overseen by his father Rupert, who was mayor, city manager and chief of the one engine volunteer fire department. In addition to fighting the occasional fire, Milo spent endless hours up on the fire truck in the garage practicing guitar. He played in local rock-and-roll bands throughout his junior and high school years.

Following graduation Milo made a weekly trek from Little Rock to Dallas to study with members of the Classical Guitar Society.  Eventually Milo moved to Dallas and enrolled at Southern Methodist University where he studied with renowned classical guitarist, Robert Guthrie. His life’s path took a new direction while playing in country bars with Ted Tedford and the Flying Cowchips. He taught privately for fifteen years while honing his skills on pedal steel guitar, fiddle and mandolin.

One of Milo’s guitar students was the fledgling songwriter and future wife, Rachel Goetz. Together they played Rachel’s original songs at open mic nights at Club Dada, Poor David’s Pub and other well-known Dallas music venues.  Performing with their band, Ghostown, in the 90s, the couple carved a niche in the Texas music scene, playing at the renowned South by Southwest Music Conference showcase in Austin, TX and at the Kerrville Folk Festival where Rachel was a New-Folk Finalist. The talented duo and their Acoustic Kitchen band have played their homespun blend of folk, bluegrass & western-swing for enthusiastic audiences of Texas festival-goers, Cattle Baron’s Ball donors, Japanese cruise ship passengers and a solid fan base in the Dallas area.

Milo’s recording career began at Real to Reel Studio where he played on numerous radio jingles. Hired by composer Tom Faulkner in 1988, Milo co-wrote and played guitar and fiddle on the now famous Motel 6 “We’ll Leave the Light on For You” campaign. Before long he was a first-call session player and sideman, compiling an impressive list of credits with other top artists on stage and in the studio. Milo recorded and toured with Leann Rimes in the late 90s, performing at stadium-sized venues and appearing on broadcasts such as The Tonight Show, The Today Show, David Letterman, The Grammy Awards, The Billboard Music Awards and The View. Along the way, Milo continued to lend his skillful hand to albums by Jack Ingram, Steve Holy, Trout Fishing in America, Slim Whitman and dozens of singers and songwriters. As a member of Jack Ingram’s “Beat Up Ford Band”, Milo appeared on Austin City Limits and was immortalized (albeit briefly) in the Sandra Bullock film Hope Floats.

Milo’s website:  www.milodeeringmusic.com

Nikki Vassar

nikkiBefore landing at the Grapevine Opry in 2004, Nikki (Wash) Vassar nurtured her love of music by performing at Six Flags Over Texas, where she met and entertained with several of the Grapevine Opry Show’s current cast members. Nikki is proud to have been inducted into the Grapevine Opry Hall of Fame in 2012, where she has performed as a solo artist and also as “Gertrude” in the female quartet “The Grapettes” with fellow performers Lani Stacy, DeAwna Wood and Jeanice Massey.

Additionally, Nikki has enjoyed singing with the DFW All-Stars, formerly Granbury Live, since 2008. Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Nikki married Cody Vassar in September of 2008 and they settled in her home town, where they are now raising their (perfect, of course!) young daughter, Maci (Gertrude’s Mini-Me). Nikki is thrilled to continue her passion for entertaining and making people laugh, all while performing alongside her wonderfully talented friends at the new Grapevine Opry Show in 2014!

Jeff Agnew

Jeff AgnewJeff Agnew began his Texas music career at Johnnie High’s
Country Music Revue in 1987 and has been the steel guitarist at  the Grapevine Opry since 1990.

He has been featured on  recordings by many artists and has performed everywhere from  Texas honky tonks to the White House.

Curtis Jones

curtis jonesCurtis is an accomplished bassist and vocalist.  Years of performing on bass guitar and singing background for some of country music’s biggest stars have given him a natural ease for performing.

Known for his rich baritone solo voice and precision harmony, Curtis sings with a power and quality thinly disguised by a marvelously natural presentation.  Whether bluegrass, smooth big band, moving gospel or soulful country, Curtis’ voice travels any musical road with ease.

He has served as the Grapevine Opry bassist and background vocalist for over 20 years, and is always on call as a duet partner for many of the shows brightest solo artists — a result of the uncommon command and great character of his voice.

He was chosen, by the Grapevine Opry Association’s artists and members, as “Most Valuable Professional” for the 1996, 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons and “Favorite Duet/Group of the Year” in 1999, 2000, 2001.  In 2002, he was inducted into the Grapevine Opry Hall of Fame.  Curtis has sung professionally across the nation performing several styles of music at business and private functions, weddings, funerals, fairs, festivals, concerts, as well as spots on television and radio for special events..

Curtis’ formal training is in Electronic Engineering and serves as General Manager of CateLee Recording Studio and as Recording Engineer. Curtis has years of studio experience in using Pro Tools Digital Audio Workstations and is a proficient studio musician on bass guitar, as well as in music production.

Curtis also performs as band director and is part of the vocal worship team at  his home church in Euless, TX.  Additionally, he has many students, to which he provides vocal, beginner guitar and bass guitar instruction.

Curtis Jones website:  www.curtisleejones.com

Abbey Cone

abbey coneWhat do the Dallas Mavericks, Billy Bob’s Texas, Texas Christian University, The Grapevine Opry, Grapefest and The Texas Motor Speedway all have in common?  Abbey Cone has performed at all of them.

Despite her youth, Abbey is able to plumb the depths of emotion with her heartfelt vocals, made even more powerful in contrast with her vivacious, springy curled ingénue appearance.   Abbey immersed herself in music throughout her early childhood, singing along with Texas legend Bob Wills and queen of country soul, Patsy Cline while allowing the modern influences of Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars and Carrie Underwood to steep pop into her formative musical brew. The result is a hybrid old soul country blend that sets Abbey apart from other young artists.

Perhaps it is Abbey’s dedication to pursuing a higher purpose with her musical gifts that distinguishes her from her peers. Choreography and showmanship are important, but are not the only focus of Abbey’s drive to get her music heard. “I want to sing songs that are uplifting and fun, and leave people with a positive message that can emotionally touch them.  I want to make my audience feel the emotion of the song when I sing it to them whatever that emotion happens to be.”

Abbey’s ability to deliver the emotional impact in the songs she sings is nothing short of astounding, but her talent doesn’t stop there!!  Abbey wrote and recorded her very first original song, “I’ll See You”, at the age of 12 about a close school friend that passed away. Once the songwriting bug hit and she began hearing her own words come to life through music– there has been no stopping her.

She writes on her own and often collaborates with co-writers in Texas and Nashville. You will hear several of her original penned songs, such as “Southern Charm”, “Just Like This” and “Young Love” on her 2013 debut album.  Her writing ability is in line and on the same level as her incredible vocals and stage performances. Wise beyond her years, Abbey recognizes the role of a singer in bringing a powerful song to its full potential.

Abbey Cone website:  http://www.abbeycone.com

David Walker

david walkerDavid has been performing in front of audiences since elementary school. Don’t ask how long ago that has been. He has performed across the USA with  such Christian artist as, Phillips, Craig and Dean, The Martins, Wayne Watson, Steve Green, David Phelps and others in venues from church camps in North Carolina to The Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. He has been the house keyboardist for the GVO for the past 14 years. David has also served as a Worship Pastor in local churches for over the past 30 years as well as teaches private piano and guitar lessons.

www.davidawalker.com