Local sixth grader to open for Kimberly Dunn

Kyrsten Smith of Sweetwater, daughter of Tyler and Ashley Smith and granddaughter of Skeet and Pam Smith, will be opening for Kimberly Dunn Saturday night at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium.Smith is a sixth grade student at Sweetwater Middle School and is known among her friends, family and teachers for her singing and musical talent. She can play both the guitar and piano and often accompanies herself as she sings.She has performed in talent shows like Sweetwater’s Got Talent and has sang for community events such as the Children’s Advocacy Center annual banquet, Miss Snakecharmer pageants and opening ceremonies for local stock shows and ball games.Opening for Dunn will be a new experience for her, one she said she is very excited and nervous about. “I love to perform and bring joy to others,” she said.Her grandmother Pam said Kyrsten has always enjoyed music and remembers her singing with her close friends. “Ever since they were little, they have done mini performances for family and sing on car rides to the top of their lungs all the way there and back,” Pam said.Kyrsten has been exposed to music from a young age by her family. Kyrsten and her grandfather Skeet have been singing together since she was a baby. He would play the guitar and she would sing along. She then became interested in learning to play the piano and guitar, so she started taking piano lessons from Noreen Carson in the second grade. She has also been taking guitar lessons from her the last two years.Kyrsten’s father Tyler plays the fiddle and played for star search as a boy and opened for the AJRA Rodeo when he was just in elementary. As a young adult, he was in a Christian band that had the honor of opening up for well-known Christian group Casting Crowns.Krysten’s mother Ashley also loves music and makes it her priority to take her daughter to as many concerts as possible. The latest concert they attended was Selena Gomez’s.Taiden, Kyrsten’s brother, who is a seventh grader at Sweetwater Middle School, also plays the guitar.There are several extracurricular activities Kyrsten enjoys. She is involved in FFA where she shows swine, sixth grade choir and Show Kids and basketball. She was also elected as a seventh grade cheerleader for next year.Outside of school, along with her music lessons, she takes dance from Maggie Dickey, which she has done for eight years.“Singing and dance and basketball make me feel good inside,” Kyrsten said. Being a kid at middle school is tough, she added, and these things help her to be strong and bring her joy.Kyrsten doesn’t really have any particular style of music that she considers her favorite, but says she loves to listen to all styles and learns from all types of artists.For the concert Saturday night, two of the songs she will be singing are Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound” and a Birdy cover of “Skinny Love.” She will play the piano for both of those songs. She will also sing Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” with guitar, along with her grandfather Skeet who will also accompany her on guitar.The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium Saturday. Tickets will be for sale at the door for $10 each or $15 for reserved seating.Kyrsten and her family invite all their friends and the community to come out and enjoy the show, hear some great country music from the talented and energetic Kimberly Dunn, and to show their support for local events held at the Municipal Auditorium.