Mary Beth Sallee
Hart Co. News-Herald
Local singer/songwriter Cara Bishop is continuing to make a name for herself in the country music scene.
Cara was recently nominated for five Josie Music Association awards, including Artist of the Year (Under 18), Female Vocalist of the Year (Under 18), Song of the Year (Mine for Now), EP of the Year, and Fan’s Choice.
Cara took home Artist of the Year (Under 18), making this her first music award that was part of an actual awards show. She described the win as being “very surreal”.
“I kinda hesitated at first because I had to let it sink in that they really did call my name,” Cara said. “And then when I heard them playing my song as they were waiting for me to make it up to stage, I was just beside myself.”
The Josie Music Association (JMA) awards are described as the largest music award show in the independent music industry, bringing in thousands to Nashville each year. According to its website, the mission of the JMAs is “…to honor, recognize and reward excellence, outstanding talents, and remain focused on the creativity across the independent music industry.”
The JMA awarded 134 awards this year, celebrating a variety of independent musicians and their talents.
“This year they received almost 60,000 submissions,” Cara explained. “Only 2.5% actually earned nominations, so it’s crazy to think I was included in that 2.5% five times.”
The JMAs was held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
“Words can’t describe how amazing it was to step into that Opry circle,” Cara said. “I was in awe. I couldn’t help but think of how many of my idols have stood in the same exact place. It was breathtaking. It was truly an honor to be there with all the other nominees. So many super talented artists were there from all over the world. It was awesome.”
In mid-September, Cara took a break from live shows and recording after the passing of her Nana. However, she will be back to performing again in November. She also plans to record more songs and release a second EP.
“In November, I’m at The Tipsy Toad in Somerset and 5 Broke Girls in Horse Cave. In December, I have a couple of private shows lined up, as well as AJ’s in Glasgow,” Cara said. “2024 will be a big year for me. The Virginia and North Carolina shows I canceled after my Nana passed are being rescheduled for the spring. I have several shows in the works for Nashville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. I’ve received some offers from Florida and Georgia for summer festivals, so we’re checking on those, too. Lots of fun things ahead!”
Above all, Cara said she is thankful for everyone who has helped her along the way in her music career.
“I’m always blown away by the support and encouragement I receive from the community,” Cara said. “I’m beyond appreciative of everyone’s kindness.”
You can stay up to date with Cara’s music career by following the Cara Bishop Music page on Facebook or by visiting her website at www.carabishopmusic.com. Bishop’s upcoming show schedule can be found on Facebook.