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Pictured is Carson Hill, who will perform for this weekend's Valdese Family  Friday Nights concert.

VALDESE — Valdese will feature the talents of Carson Hill on the Valdese Family Friday Nights summer concert stage this weekend beginning at 7 p.m.

Hill, based out of Franklin, Tennessee, is creating a name for herself across the southeast as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. She began writing and performing her original songs at an early age, winning over the hearts of many in her native state of North Carolina. She moved to the Nashville area at the age of 18 to pursue her songwriting career.

Hill has been featured on some very prominent stages from the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville to the Double Door Inn in Charlotte. She also has opened for singer-songwriter Edwin McCain, the legendary John Ford Coley and Johnny Rivers. She has performed in front of thousands for Feld Motor Sports Monster Jams at arenas in her home state. Recently, she’s been traveling all around the United States with the Vintage Market Days franchise on her first tour. The vintage tour ended mid-November 2017.

Her music is an invigorating mix of singer/songwriter, country and folk elements, which come to the forefront on her latest singles "Under The Skin" and "Staying Low,” produced by Brad Smith, founding member of Blind Melon. The official music video for “Under The Skin” was featured on People.com. The video featured Hill’s own friends and family and caught the attention of many with her meaningful lyrics and positive message to girls.

“The Heart of a Songwriter,” Hill’s latest release, now is available on all music platforms. Produced by Keith Harris in Nashville, the EP is filled with stories close to Hill’s heart.

“Working with Keith on this music has been refreshing,” she said. “These songs tell stories of past and current experiences. I hope it can be the soundtrack to the lives of whoever is listening.”

When asked to get specific about her dreams, she smiles and says, “I wouldn’t mind touring. That’s my biggest goal. I live for performing and I’ve always wanted to see the world with my music. Long term, I wouldn’t mind being known for songwriting. At the end of the day, I just want to bring something to people’s lives through my music. … And it would be pretty cool to be able to pay rent, too.”

Concessions will be for sale during the concert and a 50/50 raffle will be offered sponsored by Valdese Rotary Club. Nearby Myra’s Diner will host its weekly cruise-in at the same time.

For more information about events in Valdese and the full Valdese Family Friday Nights summer concert series schedule, go to visitvaldese.com or call 828-879-2129.

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