Country Artist Amber Hayes Lands Role in “Cowgirls N’ Angels” Motion Picture
Film and soundtrack to feature current and unreleased Hayes tracks
(Nashville, Tenn. – June 1, 2011) FUNL Music recording artist Amber Hayes has been cast in her debut movie role in the family-friendly, rodeo-themed motion picture, “Cowgirls N’ Angels,” due out in 2012.
Hayes, an accomplished former theater performer, plays a supporting role in the film as honky tonk singer Amber Grant. Hayes’ original songs “C’mon” and “Right as Rain,” from her 2010 EP release C’mon, are featured prominently in the movie and on the Cowgirls N’ Angels soundtrack. One new unreleased track, a heart-wrenching ballad written specifically for the film by the rising Country star and titled “Always There For Me,” is also included.
“This was such a thrill for me to be cast in ‘Cowgirls N’ Angels,’ says Hayes. “I’m really grateful to the cast and crew and director Timothy Armstrong for including me and my music in the film, and I had a wonderful time trying my hand at something new. I’m so excited to see the finished movie next year!”
The film is Hayes’ first motion picture role, though she has starred in several successful theater productions, including her leading role performance as Kathy Twitty in the 2008 critically acclaimed Conway Twitty musical, “It’s Only Make Believe.”
“I couldn’t be more pleased with Amber Hayes,” says director Timothy Armstrong. “She brought great style and personality to “Cowgirls N’ Angels.” Her amazing voice and songwriting skills helped create a wonderful honky tonk scene, which is an important part of the movie. The song that she wrote, “Always There for Me,” is heartbreakingly beautiful and has been chosen to be featured prominently in another scene in the movie. She is a great talent!”
Hayes’ current single, “Wait,” continues to climb the charts at Country radio, with the song’s music video receiving airplay at The Country Network, GACTV.com and Yallwire.com, where it debuted at No. 1 on the site’s Top 100 chart. She has been touring with FUNL Music label mate Ty Herndon in recent weeks.
Co-written by Timothy Armstrong and Stephen Blinn, “Cowgirls N’ Angels” is the coming-of-age story of Ida Clayton (played by Bailee Madison), a rebellious young girl in search of her rodeo-riding father. On her journey, Clayton meets and joins the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, an all-female group of riders organized by former rodeo star Terence Parker (played by James Cromwell).
Led by Madison (“Just Go With It,” “Bridge to Terabithia”) and Cromwell (“Babe,” “L.A. Confidential”), “Cowgirls N’ Angels” also stars Alicia Witt (“Friday Night Lights,” “88 Minutes”), Frankie Faison (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “Meet the Browns”), Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight,” “New Moon”), Madison Burge (“Friday Night Lights,” “Seven Days In Utopia”), Leslie-Anne Huff (“MacKenzie Falls,” “Strawberry Cliff”) and Kathleen Rose Perkins (“The Island”). Hayes’ father in the film is played by Richie McDonald, former lead singer of chart-topping Country group, Lonestar.
Produced by Ben Feingold, Sweethearts LLC and Sense and Sensibility Ventures LLC, “Cowgirls N’ Angels” is expected to wrap up production this week in Oklahoma. The film was shot in several cities and communities across the state, including Stillwater, Guthrie, Pawnee and Oklahoma City, which is only 90 miles from Hayes’ hometown of Weleetka, Okla.
She's not the only country singer currently working on a movie. LeAnn Rimes is also working on a TV Movie of her own. I'll share more as it gets closer to wrapping/airtime. Til later....