Performing for shows and dances. Classic Country, Blues, Big Band, Rock, 50 and 60's, Folk, Gospel.
I was raised by a single Mother and my love of music came early in life. Mother worked as a waitress at a Honky Tonk and we heard many country bands as I grew up. Mom also loved Gospel, Big-Band and Blues music. My best audience was Grandma and I sang and danced to her for hours. So, from knee high I was always singing...it was in my blood you could say.
I started really learning about singing when I joined the choir at church and then in my high school years in the High School Choir. Then marriage and children took over my life for many years and my singing was to small children and while driving my car, that was my new audience for many years.
Helen Russell & Company are from Missouri and very excited to be returning to the Rio Grande Valley for their 6th season! They are honored to have been awarded "Best Small Band Variety Show" by the Valley Star Awards for 2018, 2019, and 2020 and received the Wintertainer of the Year Award in 2020!
Their 2022 show "Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock & Roll" will entertain you with great vocals, scalding piano, hot licks on the banjo and jumpin' bass guitar with a variety of Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Gospel and Classic Rock music of the 50's to the 80's, plus a tribute to our Veterans!
Comedy that will tickle your funny bone and impersonations of all your favorites such as Cher, Dolly, Little Richard, June Carter Cash, Waylon, Willie and many more! This high energy show will leave you 100% entertained!
Those who attended this year’s Valley Star Awards Show last weekend at Mission Bell Resort were richly rewarded with an evening packed with outstanding entertainment, from beginning to end.
Five top-notch performers put on a show that surely must have been one of the best shows ever performed in the Valley.
Not having seen them perform previously, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Edinburg Folkloric Dancers, but I was very pleasantly surprised with their outstanding performance of a native Indian dance that was comparable to the Polynesian dancers I have seen perform in Hawaii. Very impressive.
The Valley Star Awards Show has some of the Valley’s top entertainers lined up to perform as awards are presented for Entertainer of the Year and other top entertainer awards.
Competition for the awards has been exciting and Winter Texans requested their ballots earlier this year so they could be sure to vote for their favorites.
On Saturday, Feb. 18 the Valley Star Awards Show, the Winter Texan version of the Academy Awards, will be announced in a show starting at 6 p.m. at Mission Bell Resort, 1711 E. Bus. 83, Mission. Tickets are $15 and are available at Mission Bell Resort, the Winter Texan Times and can be ordered by phone at (865) 253-2514.
Anticipation is growing as entertainers in the Rio Grande Valley await this year’s selections for the prestigious Valley Star Awards. Winter Texans across the Rio Grande Valley are already asking for the ballots to vote for their favorite performers. The ballot is inside today’s edition of the Winter Texan Times.
Nominees for this year’s Male Vocalist of the Year include Mario Rosales, who has made a name for himself in the Valley in a few short years as a comedian and singer. John Sager, Branson entertainer, has been named Male Vocalist of the Year several times and was also named Entertainer of the year twice. Bill Chrastil was named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2016. The fourth nominee for male vocalist is Rolando Reyes, who is always a popular performer known for his beautiful voice.
The following list of names of entertainers has been composed for possible nominations for the upcoming Valley Star Awards in February. If your favorite star’s name is not on the list and he or she is returning this season, call Robert or Billie Ferguson at (574) 361-2947 by Dec. 8 and they will add the name to the list.
Once the list is complete it will be given to the activity directors at their December meeting. The activity directors will vote for their top four favorites in each category. The top four names in each category will be the final nominees appearing on the ballot in the Winter Texan Times in January.
Winter Texans have been mailing their Valley Star Award ballots and using the online ballot at www.wttrgv.com to vote for their favorite entertainers. The ballots have been coming in at a stead rate, and are being counted now as the cut-off date was Tuesday.
Saturday night a large crowd is expected to gather at Mission Bell Resort where the winners will be announced. But in addition to announcing the winners, there will be some great entertainment from new entertainers to the Valley and from some entertainers who have previously won the honors. It promises to be a great event.
It is time again to select Winter Texans’ favorite entertainers for the 2016 Valley Star Awards. This year’s ballot is in this week’s edition of the Winter Texan Times on page 8. Choose to use the ballot in today’s paper and mail it to 1217 N. Conway, Mission TX 78572, or, vote online at www.wttrgv.com. Ballots must be received by Feb. 16 to be counted.
Nominees for Male Vocalist of the Year are John Sager, Mario, Bill Chrastil and J.C. Harrisson. Female Vocalist of the Year nominees are Susan Hudson Carman, Leslie Blasing, Ruthi and Maggie Mae.
Family Musical Group nominees are Lindley Creek, CrossStrung, Southern Anthem and Goldwing Express. Non-related Musical Group of the Year nominees include Razz Ma Tazz, Men of A-Chord, Sweet Adelines and Senior Ambassadors.
The fifth annual Valley Star Awards will present awards to the Rio Grande Valley’s top entertainers as selected by Winter Texans casting their votes for their favorite Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Family Musical Group of the Year, Musical Group of the Year (not related), Duet Musical Group, Gospel Group, Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year, Rock & Roll Band, Country Western Band, Individual/Small Band/Variety Act, and Entertainer of the Year.
The Valley Star Awards ballot is located HERE. To cast your vote, fill out the paper ballot printed in the Feb. 4 edition of the Winter Texan Times, or submit your vote online at www.wttrgv.com. Ballots must be submitted by the Feb. 16 deadline to be counted in the poll.
For those who want to see some of the best entertainment in the Rio Grande Valley all in one show, the place to be is the Valley Star Awards to be held at Mission Bell Resort in Mission at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. In addition to presentations of 12 awards for the Valley’s favorite entertainers, there will be performances by six of the most popular entertainers in the Rio Grande Valley.
John Sager, a Branson performer who has been named the RGV’s Male Vocalist of the Year four times, and three times named Entertainer of the Year, will be among the entertainers.