Born to love coun­try

A fam­ily and a young ris­ing mu­sic star share their pas­sion for coun­try mu­sic

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER

Brenda Moore’s chil­dren are born to be coun­try mu­sic fans.

Brenda was preg­nant when she at­tended both the 2014 and 2016 Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­vals (CBMF).

She’s also five months preg­nant this year.

The Shube­nacadie, N.S., fam­ily loves their coun­try mu­sic and watches Coun­try Mu­sic Tele­vi­sion all the time at home.

Carl said he likes the sto­ry­telling as­pect of the genre.

“Its easy to lis­ten to,” said Carl, who has at­tended all nine CBMFs.

“It makes you feel good and you can re­late to it.”

Their chil­dren, Parker, 2, and Frankie, 1, have also shown an in­ter­est. Parker loves Kip Moore and Frankie is a fan of Old Do­min­ion.

“They love coun­try mu­sic as much as we do,” said Brenda. “They never stop danc­ing and singing.”

Carl said the fam­ily en­joys the at­mos­phere, peo­ple and mu­sic at the pop­u­lar Cavendish fes­ti­val.

“It’s some­thing we can do as a fam­ily. They like the mu­sic so we bring them along,” said Carl. “I wouldn’t take them to a rock con­cert. Coun­try mu­sic is a lot more laid back and fam­ily friendly.”

An­other long­time coun­try mu­sic lover is 16-year-old Makayla Lynn of Elms­dale, N.S., who has been per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val since she was nine.

“It’s al­ways been the kind of mu­sic I’ve grown up around and so it was kind of in my blood with­out me even know­ing it.”

Lynn was the open­ing act on Satur­day for Kip Moore. This was her sec­ond time per­form­ing on the main stage.

“They have been re­ally good to me and just stick­ing me on their stages.”

Lynn said she loves get­ting up in front of the huge crowd.

“Ev­ery time I step onto a stage like that it feels a lit­tle bit more like home.”

She at­tends the fes­ti­val as both a mu­si­cian and a fan. The Guardian caught up with her as she sat and lis­tened to some per­for­mances Sun­day af­ter­noon.

She en­joyed watch­ing Brandy Clark on Fri­day and was look­ing for­ward to see­ing Jes­sica Mitchell and the Zac Brown Band, who were per­form­ing Sun­day evening.

Lynn said she is work­ing to­wards be­ing a full-time mu­si­cian.

She says per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val has opened some doors for her and in­tro­duced her to a lot of peo­ple who have helped her in other places.

“It’s kind of the first fes­ti­val that re­ally ever took a chance on me.”

Lynn re­leased a new record a few months ago called “On a Dare and a Prayer.” It is avail­able on iTunes and her web­site www.makay­la­lynn.com.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Brenda and Carl Moore with their two chil­dren, Frankie, 1, and Parker, 2.5, on Sun­day at the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Brenda, who is five months preg­nant, was also preg­nant with Frankie and Parker in pre­vi­ous years at the fes­ti­val.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Makayla Lynn

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