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Shawna Russell hails from Okemah, Oklahoma the home of Woody Guthrie. Like the legendary singer-songwriter, Shawna has spent a good deal of her life writing songs, travelling the roads of America, and performing her music. Forging a musical sound that combines Country, Rock, Folk, and Americana, Shawna has built a reputation as a powerhouse singer who also knows how to play a mean slide guitar. Her music has received critical acclaim from COUNTRY WEEKLY, BILLBOARD.COM, CMA CLOSEUP, MAVERICK (UK), MUSIC ROW, ROUGHSTOCK, DREAMWEST (France), THE OKLAHOMAN, TODAY’S COUNTRY MAGAZINE, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE and many others. Shawna’s songs have charted in the U.S. on the Texas Music, Billboard “New and Active” and MusicRow charts, and internationally on the Hotdisc and New Christian Music charts. Shawna’s latest EP “Back Around” is a collection of original tunes written or cowritten by Shawna, her dad and guitar player, Keith, and her uncle and bass player, Tim Russell. The songs were organically produced and recorded by the Russell family and her road band. “Back Around” weaves its way from California Country to 70s-esque rock that takes the listener on a winding trip from past to present with ballads and rocking rhythms sure to keep the listener’s attention. Shawna is now hosting "Our Land-The Music Highway," a new television show exclusively on TCN "The Country Network," which broadcasts in to 60 million households nationwide. The monthly music special focuses on Americana/Texas/Red Dirt music, which includes performances and interviews with the genres’ most prolific artists.

​We look forward to adding this entertainment to our conference and of course, it is free of charge for all conference attendees.