An event-filled album featuring timeless country songs recorded by Vern Gosdin, The Voice,
performed by one of his favorite female singers, Melonie Cannon.
With guest performances by Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Doyle Lawson, Willie Nelson, Jim
Lauderdale, Cody Jinks, Sidney Cox and Alison Krauss.
'You ought to pay attention to your daughter’s voice, Son. She’s got something different.
Something real interesting.'
Melonie Cannon was just twelve years old when Vern Gosdin first heard her sing, and
advised her father to pay attention.
One of county’s most legendary vocalists, Gosdin was a favorite of journalists, fans, and
other artists. The Houston Post’s long-time critic, Bob Claypool, said Gosdin was both
admired and envied by every star in the business. Bob Allen wrote: 'In true country music
form, Vern Gosdin takes matters of the heart and makes them into hit songs.' Billboard
editor Edward Morris wrote: 'When Vern Gosdin opens his mouth, people listen.'
And his writing partner Buddy Cannon listened when Vern said to listen to Melonie sing.
Vern Gosdin and Buddy Cannon started writing together in 1981, not long after Vern and his
wife moved to Kingston Springs and the two families became neighbors. 'A lot of times we’d
write at Vern’s because it was quiet, then head over to my house for dinner since Vern’s wife
didn’t cook a lot,' Buddy says with a smile. 'And Vern was right – I hadn’t taken much notice
of Melonie’s singing around the house because she was just a kid.'
But Gosdin did take notice, and he took Melonie under his musical wing, teaching her
harmony singing, and encouraging her taking the lead at times. Soon the Cannon kitchen
table saw Buddy, Vern and Melonie, harmonizing on songs from bluegrass and gospel, to
contemporary hits including many of Vern’s. 'We never did record any of it,' Buddy says.
'Because Vern just lived down the road, and I guess we thought those times would just go
Melonie Cannon grew up to be an in-demand session singer, adding harmonies on
recordings with George Jones, Reba McEntire, Sammy Kershaw, John Michael Montgomery,
and Craig Morgan, among others. She sang lead on demo sessions for writers like Dean
Dillon and Hank Cochran. She released two solo albums, 2004’s self-titled CD on Skaggs
Family Records, and 2008’s And The Wheels Turn on Rural Rhythm Records. She continues
to sing on releases by artists including Jamey Johnson, Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson.