Counterclockwise from left: Lisbeth Hauge of Norway, Lyia Meta of Malaysia, Dusty & Stones of Eswantini, and Heidi Gabrielle & Fox Gino of Belgium/Netherlands.

More than 15 nations are represented in the 2022 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards taking place October 13-16 at Memorial City Hall Performance Center in Marshall.

Performers from around the world bring their versions of Texas Country music to compete for awards like Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Best Group or Band, and Best Original Song.

A few of the nominees include Lyia Meta, Malaysia; Lisbeth Hauge, Norway; Dusty & Stones, Eswantini; Heidi Gabrielle & Fox Gino, Belgium/Netherlands; Alamo Country Band, Mexico; Payton Pierce, United States, Nduduzo Ngcongo, South Africa; The Restless, Hungary; Steve Rogers Wainaina, Kenya; Joe Fields-Catalonia, Spain; Pamela Rooney, Canada; HunTer Leite, South Africa; Sophie Hanson, Sweden; and Vanessa Bourne, Australia.

The achievements of the performers are impressive. Several acts hold Gold or Platinum Records. Many have current or past No. 1 songs in their home nations or multiple nations. Grammy-balloted Lyia Meta has won awards in Hollywood, London, Nashville, Rome, and others. She was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, India. Ingvar Olsen from Norway won television’s The Voice, Norway. Vanessa Bourne, an Australian, won at the Josie Awards in Nashville and the Will Rogers “Pure Country” award from the Academy of Western Artists in Oklahoma. Swedish singer/songwriter Sophie Hanson’s YouTube videos have accumulated more than three million views.

Six local music industry professionals comprise the judges panel during the event and awards are based entirely upon their Texas Sounds performance.

For tickets and more information visit www.texassounds.org or call (903) 634-7665.

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