SUGAR LAND, Texas – Actually, Katie Armiger was only 15 when her song, “17 in the Middle of Abilene,” came out.
The fresh-faced girl from Fort Bend was in a Taco Bell, when she first heard it aired.
“We ran up to front that’s my song can you please turn it up!” Armiger said. But they responded, “That’s not you!” vArmiger grew up between two sets of parents in Greatwood and Sugar Land. A good thing, because her dream required a lot of drive, literally.
“Things I would find in newspaper, oh, I want to do this contest this weekend, they’d be OK (and) drive me five hours in the middle of nowhere,” she said.
At 11, she was already performing at the Houston Rodeo, singing during the lunch hour break. Armiger got her big break when she won a 93Q Country radio singing contest at 14.
“She ended taking first place, won $1,000 and a recording demo,” her mother, Natalie Green, said.
That led to years of commuting between Nashville and Houston, home-schooling and, at 18, a permanent move to the home of country music.
“I cried. I don’t know, probably for the last three to four months,” Green said.
Country Weekly voted her country music’s hottest bachelorette twice.
“Ooh, I guess I need to class it up and can’t wear sweatpants outside all the time,” Armiger said.
But it is not all glamour; she said touring smaller venues is hard.
“We had over 100 shows last year. We had over 100 flights on top of that,” she said.
In January, Armiger released her fourth album with a riskier sound and look. She vows if she truly becomes a star, she will not forget those starting out.