ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Katie Ohh is soooo excited about coming home this weekend to play at Jamboree in the Hills. It will be her first solo appearance on the main stage.
"I think I played the side stage four times," she said during a telephone interview from her new home in Nashville. "I sang one song with Joe Zelek a couple years back on the main stage, but that's the only time."
Being a so-called rookie on the JITH lineup, Ohh didn't expect to receive a time slot like she has. She will be taking the stage at 1:30 Saturday afternoon for a 20-minute performance.
"I wasn't expecting that at all. That's not too shabby," she admitted of her time slot. "Being a first-timer, I wasn't looking at a prime-time spot. I was just happy being asked to perform.
Ohh will follow Matt Van Fossen, Ron Retzer and the 1170 Band, Zach Paxson, Tristen Smith and precede Drake White, Brothers Osborne, Marty Stuart, Eric Paslay, Cassadee Pope, Kip Moore and Tim McGraw.
She said her set of songs will include some originals and some from her album released in 2013. One of those songs will be "Take Me Home."
"I would like to thank WOVK for giving my new single some air time," Ohh praised. "It's got a good response so far."
Born and raised in Powhatan Point, Ohh made a name for herself on the local circuit before hitting it big time when she won the million dollar reality show "The Winner Is" last summer.
She performed five songs during her two episode performances. In the finale, she sang "The Climb" and defeated Sharde Bivans, 57-44, to claim the $1 million prize.
Ohh will be hanging around the Ohio Valley a little more this summer as she is scheduled for appearances at the Belmont County Fair, Jefferson County Fair and Monroe County Fair.
She has also been working on a new album, set for release later this summer. However, instead of recording it in Nashville, she and Zelek have been collaborating their efforts at Innovations Studio in Steubenville.
While is Nashville, Ohh, whose real profession is in nursing, has been surrounding herself with great people in order for an upcoming tour in the fall or winter.
When asked if she had anything special planned for her JITH performance, she replied, "If I told you, then it wouldn't be a surprise."
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