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Chloe Channell to perform at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry
You've probably seen or heard about Chloe Channell. Meeting her in person, you can't help but notice how tiny the 12-year-old is, but when she sings, nothing about this girl is ordinary.
She loves school, being with her family, and of course, country music.
Chloe Channell is a typical 12-year-old, but not many pre-teens, or for that matter, not many people can say they've performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Chloe is about to add that to her already impressive resume.
"It's very exciting to be able to sing where Loretta Lynn, my idol, has sung," said Chloe.
She was invited to sing by country artist Billy Dean, who she met while performing in the musical "The Toy Shoppe" this past fall.
The two created a special bond. Dean took her under his wing and believes she has what it takes. We couldn't agree more with Dean. We asked the little diva to sing for us, on the spot with our Channel 3 mic, and we were blown away.
Hearing a voice like that, it's easy to forget she's just a young girl from Pace.
"I did grow up in a little town. I'm a small town girl. I got to go to New York a big city, I've never been before. A big city to us Pace people is Pensacola!"
For dad Jeff Channell this past year has been an exciting challenge for the whole family.
Dad's role is to support Chloe as she continues her journey, and to make sure she stays grounded, which hasn't been a problem.
"When she's back home, she's just another little girl. She don't think nothing about it. It's not a big deal. She just wants to spend time with her friends," said the proud father.
So what can we expect from Chloe next? One thing's for sure, it's only up from here on out.
"Sometimes you just gotta take a shot. Cause you miss the ones you don't take," she added.
Chloe will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday.
She's not sure yet what song she will sing, but most likely, she will be performing a song written by her good friend Billy Dean and Ashley Monroe called "Just Enough."