Country Music Legend Kathy Mattea Speaks to Area Students

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She's a legend in country music and in her home state.

Tuesday Kathy Mattea was back in West Virginia speaking to some aspiring musicians.

The audience was 180 choir members from Ripley and Ravenswood High Schools.

She spoke about her career path and performed one of her signature songs, "18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses".

You might be surprised to know that music wasn't Mattea's original career path when she enrolled at West Virginia University.

But as she told the students, she fell in love with it, and by the time she went to Nashville, she was determined to make it her career, regardless of whether she became famous.

"If I can be one more voice to encourage young people to think about not just ' how I plug into the system?', but what kind of life do I want to live, or what's possible," she says. "It might not happen, but if I was going to dream it, if it was going to happen, what would it look like?"

Mattea has already given some advice to the choral students.

The two groups earlier this month got some advice on performing when Mattea connected with them on Skype.

Mattea and the choir members all joined together to sing the official state song.

The event was also streamed live to the public and schools across the state.

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