Special guest Abbie Rose trained with Junior Vasquez

When former Lonestar frontman and Lubbock native Richie McDonald comes back to Lubbock for a concert next month, two Frenship High School freshmen will perform at the concert as special guests.

One of the freshmen girls invited to perform, Abbie Rose, has trained under Junior Vasquez since she was a fourth-grader.

Her dad, Brian Rose, said Abbie always sang as a child.

“She just sang in the bathtub,” he said, and in the car. “We could tell she could sing a little bit.”

Last summer, she competed against adults in the Lubbock’s Got Talent competition. She received a return invitation.

Abbie has sung the national anthem at the South Plains Airshow. She has recorded some tunes in a studio. And when she performs at events now, she receives pay.

Abbie said she sings country, pop and Christian tunes, and has worked on her guitar skills.

“I like the feeling of getting nervous,” Abbie said of why she likes to perform. “I feel like most of the songs I sing, they relate to me.”

She returns to life as a high school freshman in the fall. Abbie wants to try out for the volleyball team.

But for now, she seeks more musical engagements.

At the tender age of 14, Abbie said she probably wants to have a career in music, but she doesn’t necessarily want to be a super-star.

“I’d like to have a family. I don’t want to be gone all the time,” she said. “Wherever my mom is, that’s where I want to be.”

Abbie said she wants to do whatever God has planned for her life.

But for now, Abbie is excited about performing at the Richie McDonald — Up Close and Personal concert July 22.

“I’m really excited to meet him,” she said.

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