One million percent humble and down-to-earth

For a half hour or so this Thursday afternoon, I had a chance to sit down with a future star. Her name is Savanah Benz. She and her mom Jami came by our radio station in Mandan, my goal was simple: To get a feel of what it's like to start out in a highly competitive field - the country music industry. Alongside 18-year-old Savanah rested her faithful guitar, the one she brings up on stage to play songs of her very own. Think about the confidence one must have to be able to do that and pursue a future career. This article I am writing, in my opinion, doesn't strictly belong on US 103.3's ( country ) social media pages, NO, this is about a local performer in the early stages of following through with her passion - entertaining people for a living. There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than that, except for the fact that it is HARD work.

Every dream starts with people that inspire you

Savanah has many artists that have inspired her - Daniel Bradbury, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, and Emily Ann Roberts. Future stars are fueled by role models that carry personality and professional traits that one can hope to emulate. Savanah is quickly developing her own style, when she is on stage there is an air of innocence, charm, and a boat load of talent. At this point in her career, it can be pretty demanding, networking herself without help from a manager is extra work ( although Jami is pretty remarkable at being her MOM-AGER ) -  Savanah is the youngest of three kids, and her plans are to attend Bismarck State. She has written 20 songs and one of them you can listen to on YouTube and Spotify - The first song she ever wrote was last year's "Without You" - get this, she taught herself how to play the guitar.

Starting out at just 9 years old

Savanah like many others became motivated to start singing after watching 'The Voice' - winner Daniel Bradbury back in 2013. One of her biggest thrills was years later while singing the National Anthem at the ND Country Fest in New Salem, there in the crowd was Daniel Bradbury, who paid her the ultimate compliment backstage by telling her congratulations on her performance. Last year Savanah opened for Brandon Jones at the Bismarck Event Center, and her mom Jami was of course with her every step of the way. "Watching her perform is my stress relief..."

Her true test

She passed it with flying colors. In my opinion, the "true test" of any budding superstar in the making is how they react to their soaring fame, when approached for an autograph Savanah instantly felt honored, humbled, and grateful, for she remembered a personal video message from Gwen Sebastin ( a North Dakota native that now sings back up vocals for Miranda Lambert ) "The number one thing, always stay pure to yourself..." - so the reality is this, she is getting used to having so many people acknowledge her talents and she is graciously returning autographs with respect and understanding a true sense of one day being someone's idol is all a part of reaching success - Savanah Benz is clearly on her way.


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