NASHVILLE – August 9, 2009 – After watching thousands of hopefuls audition and judging weekly performances in front of a live audience, the judges of the second season of the CMT music competition series CAN YOU DUET, have picked a winning duo with hopes of becoming country’s next great duo. Announced in last night’s finale episode of CAN YOU DUET, the winning duo is Steel Magnolia – Meghan Linsey of Ponshatoula, La. and Joshua Scott Jones, of Charleston Il., who leave the competition with a recording contract from Big Machine Records.
Steel Magnolia’s win was something they never would have dreamed of when they started their CAN YOU DUET journey. A couple both on and off the stage, the Nashville residents won the hearts of the judges, country superstar Naomi Judd, Big Kenny from the duo Big & Rich, and Big Machine Records’ President Scott Borchetta.
“From their very first screening performance through to last night’s amazing performance of ‘Keep On Lovin’ You,’ Steel Magnolia delivered every week and set the bar from the outset as one of the duo’s to beat,” said Borchetta. “Each week they upped the level and they are the deserved champions.”
A native of Ponchatoula, La., 23-year-old Meghan Linsey formed Steel Magnolia with her boyfriend of three years, Joshua Scott Jones. Before entering the competition Meghan was a karaoke host at a Nashville karaoke bar, which is where she met Joshua. Meghan’s musical influences include Bekka Bramlett, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt. Not afraid to refer to himself as a starving artist, 28-year-old Joshua Scott Jones, from Charleston, Illinois, has said that becoming a musician was never something he had to choose – it simply came naturally to him. Joshua’s musical influences include Waylon Jennings and The Beatles.
Steel Magnolia’s debut single, “Keep On Loving You,” — the song that dazzled the judges and fans alike on last night’s season finale — is now available for purchase at iTunes, and was digitally delivered to Country radio for immediate airplay. Next week will be a whirlwind for Steel Magnolia as the duo has a full day of media at CMT on Monday, will shoot their first-ever music video on Tuesday and then on Wednesday will hit the road to start an intensive tour of Country radio stations. The media blitz will also include multiple TV appearances, newspaper and online interviews as well as fan meet and greets.
Listen to the first single by clicking here.