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Kingsport Idol winner releases single

January 17th, 2014 9:33 am by Marci Gore

Kingsport Idol winner releases single

Kandis Barnett

Kandis Barnett said she has always known she was supposed to sing.

“I had my first solo in church when I was 7 and I just always knew I wanted to sing,” Barnett said.

Today, Barnett is 28 years old and still has the same passion for singing that she did when she was a little girl.

Last year, Barnett was crowned the winner of Kingsport Idol in the 25 and older age group.

“I came across some information about Kingsport Idol on the Internet about two days before auditions. I decided I would give it a chance and see what happened,” Barnett said. “It was a very humbling experience, that’s for sure. I have tried out for ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol,’ but I didn’t make it through any of that. But Kingsport Idol was so much fun. I never imagined anything like this could take place.”

Since winning Kingsport Idol, Barnett has gotten the attention of many in Music City. She recently signed an exclusive management deal with Skyline Management in Nashville and is being represented by Joseph Reed.

Barnett also recently recorded her first single in Nashville with producers Johnny Garcia and Joseph Reed. Garcia has stars like Garth Brooks, Collin Raye and Martina McBride on his resume. He has also toured with country music and Food Network star Trisha Yearwood for 25 years.

The single, “Done,” was written by Kari Lynch and Joseph Reed and is currently available on iTunes and all major digital media outlets.

“This song was very personal to me,” Barnett said. “Everyone has had relationships go wrong, but when I first heard the song it was as if Joseph and Kari wrote it specifically for me.”

Barnett is excited about her future music career but says if she never becomes famous, that’s OK with her because that’s not why she wants to sing.

“I would love to do this full-time. I don’t care if everybody knows my name, but if I can just share my music with people, real-life music that they can relate to, and it can help them in some way, that would be my dream,” she said.

For more information on Barnett, visit her Facebook page at!/kandisbarnettmusic.

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