ASHE COUNTY — Brandy Miller will hit the road with bluegrass/gospel band Chosen Road to play the banjo with the group from Princeton, West Virginia.
Miller, 17, is coming off of a third place performance at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Virginia last week and was an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Youth Bluegrass All-Star in 2013.
The Ashe native has been playing the banjo since the age of six and has taken lessons from two-time national banjo champion, Steve Lewis.
This is not Miller’s first time playing with a popular bluegrass band. She has played with the likes of IIIrd Tyme Out, Balsam Range and J.D. Crowe.
Brandy recorded her own music project in 2012 entitled Daughters of Bluegrass. The CD was produced in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I am so excited to start this new music adventure with Chosen Road. I have been a fan of their music for a while and am really excited to have a part in it now as well,” said Miller. “They are a great group of guys to be working with and I am thankful to the Lord most importantly for the opportunity. I’m looking forward to traveling and playing music with these guys.”
In a statement on Wednesday, the band said that while her accomplishments on the banjo are outstanding, it was Miller’s sincere love for Jesus Christ that really won them over.
Other members of Chosen Road include Jonathan Buckner on guitar, Jonathan Campbell on bass and Zachary Alvis on mandolin.
If you are interested in hearing Brandy and Chosen Road perform, they will be at Laurel Springs Baptist Church just off of Highway 421 between Deep Gap and Boone this Sunday, Aug. 16, according to the band’s Facebook page.
For more information on the band and upcoming tour stops, visit the Chosen Road Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jonathanbucknerandchosenroad .
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87