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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Thats Life BRANDON June A7 Carolyn Dawn who appears at Dauphins Countryfest Sunday has used an unbeatable work ethic to find her way to the Singers formula not complicated BY PERRY BERGSON Brandon Sun A grumpy Nashville song writer may never know how much of a role he played in mak ing Carolyn Dawn Johnson a On one of her first trips to Music City she ran into the well known musician who she wont name at a For whatever he chose to give her a piece of his This successful person said Who do you think you are What does Canada know about country music How do you think youre going to get a deal in this amount of time and Johnson I said I dont care how long it takes me Ill go back and forth between Canada and Nashville as long as it takes This guy was basically telling me that I was too big for his It was also Johnson knew what she was getting into and had few expecta tions of any early success when she first went to Nashville in At the she was mak ing regular trips back to Canada both to earn money and because of visa Another musician later came to her aid at the party that Somebody walked me to my car and said Dont worry about Hes just a bitter songwriter who hasnt had anything in the way of hit singles for a while and probably hates young people like you coming in with high hopes and That hurt my feelings but it lit an extra fire under And eventually she burned her way up the The who appears at Dauphins Countryfest Sunday made history in Canada when her two debut singles from her first Room With A went to But Georgia and Complicated only launched a performing career that has since included the top 10 hit I Dont Want You To Go She received 10 Canadian Country Music Association award nominations in win ning She was named top country at the Junos earlier this year and also took the Academy of Country Musics award as top new female vocalist in the Her meteoric rise actually AT A GLANCE MAIN STAGE COUNTRYFEST ACTS FRIDAY Talent Contest Finals Rowdymen TheCruzeros Tracy Lawrence Mark Chesnutt JoeDiffie SATURDAY Song Writers Circle Justine Rick TOppe Charlie Major Tanya Tucker SUNDAY Kenny Shaw Thirsty Cactus Samantha King Diane Chase Chris Cummings Rascal Flatts Carolyn Dawn Johnson Neal McCoy TICKETS Weekend Pass Friday Pass Saturday Pass Sunday Pass Reserved Camping Unreserved Camping Hospitality Pass Phone 18003617300 or 204 6223700 began in a few wild months in She signed a record did background vocals on a Martina McBride album and then toured with the and had a song she cowrote called Single White Female go to 1 for Chely You can give a lot of credit for her success to an amazing work Prior to heading the native first went to the Columbia Academy in Vancouver in 1992 to learn her way around the recording Im a not that thats a but 90 per cent of the music business is she said in an interview last November on the day her Brandon show with Merle Haggard was can if Im going to be one of those 10 per cent of Ive got to get whatever edge I Tim McGraw books focus on life on the fatherhood NEW YORK Atria Books will publish two books by country singer Tim The first book is an illus trated behindthescenes look at life on and off the It will be published in to coincide with the release of McGraws lat est the publisher said The second book will be a fatherhood includ ing McGraws thoughts on being the son of baseball star Tug McGraw and what it means to be a famous hus band and and his singer Faith have three young My family keeps me McGraw They are the most impor tant thing to Before it was just about mak ing Minority Mo Stitch in dead heat for top movie spot She also decided to set herself apart from other Nashville hope fuls by concentrating on her She ordered video lessons on the topic and also attended songwriting At the end of one of the she received some great feedback when the instruc tors critiqued her I had some people say This is really I cant wait to see what youre doing in six months or a she And these were very successful songwriters and That was just enough for me to go I know that I need to be now travelled between Vancouver and Nashville for three years before finally landing a work visa in 1997 after signing a publishing deal for her Once I got down here I knew it was destiny and that I had to be she I came down here hoping that I would make something happen with some of my songs and to get a record deal But I knew there was no chance Id get a record deal on my first While she laboured at her she also worked as a waitress and bartender to help make ends Ironically her favourite boss was Phil another successful performer who first made his mark as a Now her performing talents are also being After doing that initial McBride she has since been on the road opening for Kenny Trisha Yearwood and Alan Jackson and on the Girls Night Out Tour with Sara Jamie ONeal and She made her Grand Ole Opry debut 2001 with an introduction by her buddy Brad Paisley with her parents watch ing from the Even with all the things going on in her she remains careful not to So you wont see her headlining a Canadian tour anytime I would love to do she But we her management team have talked about that and its got to be the right position You cant go up there and go Im not quite a big enough star at this point and time to do my own Id have to land on some body elses BY DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press LOS ANGELES Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg wound up in a dead heat with a cartoon lad and her goofy alien Minority Cruise and Spielbergs scifi took in million US in its first week according to estimates yesterday by its distrib 20th Century That would put it barely ahead of the animated Lilo which debuted with according to its Disney and other studios had tracked Lilo Stitch in first slightly ahead of Minority The weekends other new wide Juwanna debuted at 7 with Studios base weekend projections on actual ticket sales reported by theatres for Friday and Saturday and estimates for When final numbers come in Lilo Stitch might edge out Minority Report for Bruce head of distribution for said his estimates put Lilo Stitch at just behind Minority making it too close to Im not claiming Im not claiming any Snyder Id call it a The top movies rarely bunch up so closely In Sunday estimates had Paramounts Double Jeopardy in first Universals The Story of Us in second and Foxs Fight Club in Final fig ures Monday lifted Fight Club to Studio executives privately grouse that competi tors sometimes inflate Sunday estimates to make a films results look even if only for a before reporting lower numbers But stu dios avoid public As much as Id like to go Im not going Thats not our said Chuck Disney head of Of it bothers In my I know Im and I assume that in the the dust will settle that Disneys Lilo Stitch finished ahead of Minority Viane said he thinks Fox simply erred and does not believe the studio deliberately inflated its Minority Report Snyder said Foxs figures were legitimate esti mates but conceded the rankings might Even if its rank Minority Report may retain bragging rights as the 1 since many news outlets pay greater attention to Sunday esti mates than they do to final Monday The first reporting of the box in my tends to be the one that sticks in peoples said Paul president of Exhibitor which tracks ticket You can have people proclaiming a movie as 1 for the rest of the even if it winds up being 2 come Lilo Stitch clearly would be 1 based on actual tickets It managed to do virtually the same amount of cash business as Minority though a much higher percentage of Lilo Stitch admissions came from cheaper tickets for children and adult Many in Hollywood say that instead of count ing the industry should track movies based on number of tickets a method used in some European That would provide a fairer headtohead ranking of films and eliminate the inflation factor that skews alltime box office charts toward newer which place higher than older films because of everrising ticket Estimated ticket sales for Friday through yester day at North American according to Exhibitor Relations Final figures will be released Minority Lilo The Bourne The Sum of All Juwanna Divine Secrets of the YaYa Star Wars Episode U Attack of the Thats Schwarzenegger AP Arnold Schwarzenegger Thats the latest title the film star and political activist picked up when he received an hon orary doctorate from Chapman University officials said Schwarzenegger received an honorary degree in humane let ters during yesterdays ceremony at the Orange County Chapman President James Doti presented the degree to the former Universe for his work on behalf of young people in athletics and The 54yearold star of the Terminator films and 1994s True Lies has heavily promoted a ballot initiative that would help finance extracurricular activities and tutoring assistance for kindergarten through Grade 9 students in Schwarzenegger has served as an ambassador to the Special Olympics and chair of the Inner City Games ON THE NET Arnold Schwarzenegger Web site Its back BRANDON Bra Heres How To Look for the advertisers in todays Brandon Sun with the Golf Scramble border and Golf flag in their Simply clip out the ads of those advertisers and place them all in an envelope along with your name address and phone Then mail or drop off your envelope to Golf Scramble Brandon 501 Rosser R7A Featuring our GRAND PRIZE A Golf weekend at Clear Lake Includes 2 nights at Elkhorn Resort Conference Centre 2 rounds of golf at Clear Lake Golf Course Plus an 11 piece Golf Club Set PRIZE An 11 Piece Golf Club Set All entries received prior to 4 Monday will be eligible for the previous weeks draw for an 11 piece set of Golf All entries received will be eligible for the Grand Prize Draw to be made August Entries must include your address and phone number with a copy of all of the participating advertisers Allowances will be made for ads placed back to Photocopies will not be Each entry must be in a separate Entrants must be 18 years of age or Grand Prize must be accepted as No cash value will be Anyone may enter except employees of the Brandon Sun and their immediate Our Participating Businesses Are Canadian Tire Westoba Credit Union Building Supply The Brick NAE Smittys Restaurants Advantage Hyundai ;