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Song nominated for top award

Thursday, September 28, 2006

OREGON COUNTY -- An Oregon County woman has had a song she wrote nominated as Bluegrass Song of the Year.

Frances Simpson, who lives in Wilderness, said she is honored to have "He Lives In Me" recorded by renowned bluegrass artist Doyle Lawson and Quick Silver, and to also have the song nominated as Bluegrass Song of the Year.

Simpson wrote the song about five years ago and pitched it to Lawson then. He liked the song and put it in the lineup for recording once or twice before, but each time it didn't fit with the other songs he had chosen for the particular project. But this time, he said, "It was the only song that would fit and was just perfect for the title cut."

Simpson will travel to Nashville for the awards show Sept. 28. She said she will be seated as a guest of the International Bluegrass Music Association in the nominees' circle at the Grand Ole Opry House in Opry Land.

Writing songs (mostly gospel) has been a hobby for Simpson for about 30 years. Her husband, Walter Simpson, now deceased, served as pastor of the Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church on EE Highway in Oregon County for 15 years.

Several southern gospel groups, including the Inspirations, Hoppers, McKameys and Cathedrals have recorded her songs. Also, the Bressler Brothers, a bluegrass band from Eminence, Mo., has recorded several songs Simpson has written, but none has reached the status that this song has.

As of this writing, "He Lives In Me" is number one on the bluegrass gospel charts, and number 29 on the singing news southern gospel chart, as well as number 14 on the (secular) bluegrass charts.

Simpson said this last chart is the one she is most excited about because that tells her people who love bluegrass music but do not go to church on a regular basis are hearing how "Jesus came into my heart and turned my life around."

"That's what my song writing is all about. That is where my heart is," she said.

Simpson said she is available to come to local churches or events for concerts. She can be reached at 573-251-3540 or by e-mail at francesongs@semo.net.

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