? Country-Western singer performs for thousands

By Nikki Inderlied

Transcript Writer

Rising country-Western star Allison Mullins had the opportunity to perform in front of 2,000 people and the First Lady at the National Youth Summit July 24-29 in Washington, D.C.

According to their Web site, the National Youth Summit is an organization that "bring(s) together leading policy makers and practitioners to explore how to further the field of positive youth development."

Mullins, a 16-year-old Norman North High School junior, couldn't be more excited about her experience.

"It was so great," Mullins said.

Mullins is a member of the Oklahoma Showcase Singers Association and was chosen, along with other association members, by the National Youth Summit to sing two group songs and four solos. Mullins was picked because of the concerts OSSA hosted last year. The concerts raised funds to send a fire truck to the firefighters present at 9-11.

"It was great to see young people standing up for themselves and trying to make a difference. It shows that young people have a voice too," Mullins said.

Mullins had three weeks to prepare for the event. Two of her four solo songs were "Lean On Me" and an original composition titled "If You Ain't Good You're Gone." Group songs included the national anthem and "America the Beautiful."

"At the end of the ceremony, Mrs. Bush made a speech expressing her gratitude for our performance," Mullins said. "She also said that a lot of talent comes from Oklahoma."

Mullins has released one demo album called "Irresistible" and plans to release another later this month titled "A Girl Like Me," which will feature songs Mullins co-wrote.

Her next performance will be Saturday at the Centennial Rodeo Opry, 2221 Exchange Ave. in Oklahoma City. Mullins also will sing at 1 p.m. for the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival and in an Elvis tribute at 7 p.m. in the Oklahoma Opry, 404 W. Commerce St. in OKC, both Aug. 13.

For more information, call 297-9773, 632-8322 or visit www.rodeoopry.com or www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/fysb/summit.html.

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