A Local Artist Is Going To The Grammys

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Lots of people are excited about watching the Grammys this Sunday, but one Brazos Valley resident is excited about being a part of them. Willie Coleman, from College Station, is the bass guitar player for The Dixie Hummingbirds.

"The oldest living gospel quartet," Coleman said.

The Dixie Hummingbirds have been around for close to eighty years and they have been nominated for a Grammy for their album entitled, "Still...Keepin' It Real: The Last Man Standing". They group will be up against three other artist for the best traditional album.

Coleman said he has been playing the guitar ever since his dad put one in his hand at the age of seven. And he along with his brothers honed their skills playing in their dad's church.

This trip to the Grammys is a true surprise for Coleman considering he has been with the Dixie Hummingbirds for almost a year.

Coleman had been in contact with the lead singer, Ira Tucker's son for about three years before being invited to join the quartet. That is how long the group discussed the idea of adding a bass guitar to the group. Coleman said staying dedicated helped him to get where he is now.

"You have to persevere and when you persevere, this is what happens."

Even though gospel music makes up only a small portion of the music industry, Coleman said any recognition is appreciated.

"There are millions of artist that have never even had (a) nomination, Coleman said, so to be nominated is truly extraordinary."

Like the rest of the nominees, Coleman hopes the Dixie Hummingbirds are awarded a Grammy, but even if they are not there will not be any room sulking.

"If we do not, we will hold our heads up and we will try with the next album."

Coleman also said he intends to enjoy the excitement of the Grammys.

"I am telling you I got my camera ready, (and) I am going to try not to look like a fan." Coleman said.

The Grammys air on Sunday at 7 pm on KBTX.