Entertainment Editor

It’s time to round up the welcome committee to welcome Marty Brown to Osceola County. The country singer from Franklin, KY, is performing at the Osceola County Fair next month.

“I am excited about playing Osceola County Fair. I’m looking forward to the sunshine and the good times with the people,” Brown told the News-Gazette on Monday, when there was a high temperature of only 15 degrees in Kentucky.

Though Brown has quite a bit of experience in music, this is his first time performing at the fair. Luckily, he does pretty well in front of crowds — even when he’s not prepared for it.

His wife, Shellie Brown, tricked him into auditioning for season 8 of America’s Got Talent. Although he didn’t win the talent competition, he made it all the way to the semi-finals.

In the clip from the episode featuring Marty, he says music is his “true love.” He auditioned to Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” and had raving reviews from the judges. America’s Got Talent Judge Howard Stern called him an “undiscovered treasure.”

“She really did trick me into auditioning for America’s Got Talent,” said Marty, who will celebrate his 15th anniversary with Shellie the same weekend as the Osceola County Fair. “She sprung it on me when we were eating lunch at our favorite Italian restaurant, Amerigo’s, in Nashville. The next thing I knew I was in a room of 5,000 contestants and they led us in five at time to meet the judges and producers of America’s Got Talent.”  

Shellie told the News-Gazette that Marty recently signed a recording contract with Plowboy Records in Nashville, and has a new single, “Umbrella Lovers,” releasing to country radio on Feb. 18. In addition, his first studio album in 25 years is expected release on May 17.

“I am so thrilled for my husband to get this second chance of a lifetime with a new album and recording contract,” Shellie said. “They say lightning doesn’t usually strike twice, but my husband is really that good and he deserves the great things God has brought into his life. He was too good for me to keep him at home. I knew I had to share him with the world. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Marty Brown and his band will perform at the Osceola County Fair on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16. 

For more about the Osceola County Fair, its history, 2019 events and scheduling and the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show, visit Osceola-County-Fair.com.