Sweetest Day Benefit Concert made sweeter with versatile talent

Kimberly Dunn is one of three female artists performing for the Sweetest Day Benefit Concert Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. The three young women represent multiple genres of music, offering a variety of entertainment to music lovers – pop, soul and Texas country.Dunn, who recently played at the Lumberyard in Roscoe during the Shale Show, has begun to make her presence known in the Texas Country music scene. Her first hit was “Randy Rogers,” a tribute to some of her favorite Texas music artists. “I wrote that song about some of the Texas Country artists I had come to love during a certain time in my life, and to be able to meet them and play shows with some of them just blows me away,” she said.She has opened for Aaron Watson, Kyle Park and Granger Smith, and is featured on Johnny Cooper’s next song, “Movin’ On.”The San Antonio native got her start in 2010 at a Battle of the Bands contest at Texas A&M, where she was a senior and played alto sax in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. Scott Wilson and Will Harrison of Up and Out Artists were there to watch the contest when they met Dunn. She surprised them with her talent and quick rapport with the audience after only her fourth time to perform live ever. Her first three live performances were during the preliminary rounds.Dunn, the only solo act, won that contest and won over Wilson and Harrison with her personality, as well as her musical talent. She backed herself up with her own guitar playing. They got busy recording with her immediately.Dunn writes her own songs, and takes that part of her music very seriously. “I like to have my time with songs before I give them to everybody else,” she said. She will record her ideas on her iPhone, but won’t play them for anyone else until she feels they are complete. “I’ve always been that way with songwriting,” she explained. “I have to develop the songs on my own.”She’s loved music from a young age. She saw Eric Johnson in concert at the age of 13, and then bought a guitar the next day, changing her dream of becoming a veterinarian to a musician. Even when she enrolled at Texas A&M, she knew after she graduated she would pursue her music career.She did graduate from A&M in August with a degree in agricultural leadership and a minor in music and is now on tour with her music. Now she has a dream of performing a duet with Sheryl Crow.Cody Thompson, owner of The Lumberyard in Roscoe, said she put on a great show for them on Oct. 1. “We will definitely book her again,” he said. “She is very talented and surrounded with talented musicians – a must see.”The concert will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Municipal Auditorium. Kristine Mirelle will also perform, as well as The Voice contestant, Melanie Martinez. Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce - $10 for general seating, $25 for premium seats. Proceeds will go to continued improvements for the Municipal Auditorium. Call 235-5488 for more information.