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Keenie Word to open for Susie McEntire for free concert in Kadoka February 6

Susie McEntire will perform in Kadoka, Sunday, February 6, 2:00 p.m. at the Kadoka City Auditorium. The afternoon of entertainment will be free, however a free-will offering will be taken. The event is sponsored by O'Bryan Arena in Belvidere.

Keenie Word, who has family roots to this area, will open for McEntire.

Susie McEntire

With many awards and nominations from TNN, GMA, and CCMA, McIEntire has been named artist of the year several times in the field of positive country music. She has also scored four number one singles on the positive country radio charts.

McEntire often reflects about her early Christian experiences in her concerts, combining her wealth of songs with inspiring life stories. She has directed her talents to the country gospel side of American roots music, garnering much acclaim from her peers and fans alike.

"The person who influenced me the most for Christ was my Grandma Smith who babysat me while my siblings went to school. It was through her influence that I recognized what Christianity was all about - not all about going to church - it was about Him living His life through me," she said.

Raised on an Oklahoma ranch, McEntire began singing as a teenager with her siblings, Pake and Reba, as the Singing McEntires. In 1980, after graduating from Oklahoma State University, McEntire was again singing with her sister who had become a country superstar. Performing concerts for sold-out crowds, they also made television appearances on programs such as "The Johnny Carson Show," "Hee Haw" and "The Grand Ole Opry." McEntire said, "I learned so much in this short period of time. Little did I know that this travel time with Reba would help to prepare me for my own solo career in music."

McEntire is a mom with three adult children. "After 25 years of marriage, I could not continue to be in a situation of verbal and mental abuse and remain healthy. I had to make a choice to do what was best for me and my children," McEntire shared. She has signed on to be a spokesperson for the Community Learning Council, Inc. based in Oklahoma City, Okla. CLC is a

non-profit organization that focuses on education to help prevent and stop domestic violence. She is co-host of

"Cowboy Church" on RFDtv. "My family has been in the ranching and rodeo world for four generations, and I am so pleased to be able to bring Jesus Christ to this audience in a down to earth, country style."

McEntire released her 15th album, "Let Go," in November 2008. Produced by Bill Aerts, who co-wrote two of the album's tracks. She co-wrote the track "Sticks and Stones" with her niece, Autumn McEntire.

A casual meeting became a casual friendship for over a year. However, "Once we decided to lean into each other things went real fast" said her husband, Mark. They were married in December 2009. She said, "One of my greatest joys is when Mark joins me on stage to say a few words. He brings a depth and insight that is so refreshing and freeing. It absolutely fascinates me to witness the reaction I see on the faces of our audiences as they respond and connect with the heart of what Mark brings with just a few words. I also think they like his deep Seattle accent."

McEntire and her husband bring a partnership to their events. From a small intimate couple's, women's, or men's retreat to a full concert hall you will be encouraged and enriched by the program.

"Looking back now, with 20/20 vision, I can clearly see God's hand of guidance through all of the difficult moments in my life. By sharing my story, I hope it will help someone else find their way through whatever they may be facing. I can think of no greater purpose for my music than that," said McEntire.

Keenie Word

Keenie Word was born into a rich ranching and rodeo heritage. Her grandparents were some of the first rodeo stock contractors in the western states, ranching in the Belvidere area of South Dakota. Keenie's mom, Kelli, is a national champion and earned a place in the Casey Tibbs Cowboy Hall of Fame as an outstanding cowgirl in rodeo. Her father, Grady, was a professional rodeo cowboy as a steer wrestler who was killed in 2006 by a stallion. Keenie's brother, Jess Tierney, is also a professional rodeo timed event cowboy and Keenie has become an accomplished rodeo competitor in her own right.

Her gift for singing has landed her recognition as the winner of Western South Dakota Colgate Country Showdown becoming a state finalist. She also has titles of South Dakota's Got Talent, South Dakota Fairs and Festivals Grand Award and also Jr. Black Hills Idol Award.

Her first professional EP titled "The New Girl," produced by Aerts, is sure to get a lot of people excited and talking about Word including major record labels.