As one of the first female African-American country artists, Petrella has caused a
sensation since 1988. Pioneering a new form of country flavored with soul, gospel
and roots accents, Petrella landed on the cover of CASHBOX in 1994, and has never
looked back. Petrella was born and raised in Hot Springs. She grew up singing in
church and explains “I didn’t choose country music; it chose me … it is a part of
who I am”.
Petrella has worked with some of the greatest studio musician in Nashville,
including drummer Eddie Bayers (played on 150 gold and platinum albums. received
the Academy of Country Music 'Drummer of the Year Award' for eight straight years,
and has three times won the Nashville Music Awards 'Drummer of the Year'), fiddle
player Rob Hajacos (played on George Strait, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Taylor
Swift and Kenny Chesney’s albums), slide guitar legend Buddy Emmons (Recorded with
The Carpenters, Nancy Sinatra, Ray Charles, George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, The
Everly Brothers and Willie Nelson) the renown Kevin Dorsey (Vocal director for
Michaels Jackson’s concert tours ,including the Dangerous and History world
tours.), and Oren Waters (member of the nation’s most successful backup singing
group The Waters, 260 gold and 100 platinum albums).
As an independent artist, Petrella has won the Airplay International Golden
Microphone Award and the Producer’s Choice Award. Her first album was nominated
for Album of the Year by the Nashville tracker magazine and her single "Blues Stay
Away from Me" went to #50 on the charts and was the #1 ranked independent single
by Cashbox magazine.
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