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Leona Williams was destined to become a country music entertainer. She landed her first radio show at the age of 15, called "Leona Sings" in Jefferson City, Mo. That journey would take her all over the world and allow her to sing before thousands of country music fans.
She’s coming to Mission with her son, Ron Williams, when they will perform in two shows. The first is Sunday, Feb. 2, and the second is on Tuesday, Feb. 4, both at 2 p.m.
Williams moved to Nashville in the late 1960s and was soon recording for Hickory Records with such hits as “Once More” and “Yes Ma'am, He Found Me in a Honky Tonk.” Since then, she has traveled worldwide and opened for some of country music's top entertainers and made numerous personal appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Williams later teamed up with Merle Haggard for a Top 10 duet called “The Bull and the Beaver” and an album followed called “Heart to Heart.” During this time, she would write some of Merle’s biggest hits including “You Take Me For Granted” and “Someday When Things Are Good.”
She has also teamed with other artists such as Gene Watson's "Cold Summer Day in Georgia," Vince Gill's "Living the Way I Do," Jimmy Martin's "If Teardrops Were Pennies,” and George Jones' "Best Friends," among others.
She released a "duets" album in 2009, which featured George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Bush, Frankie Miller, Floyd Tillman and Ferlin Husky. While spending the better part of the last decade headlining some of Branson's most successful shows, she recently returned from her fifth annual tour, entertaining country music fans across Europe.
She was inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame in 1999 and also honored with the prestigious George D. Hay Award in 2002. She was inducted into the Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2011, Leona received the Entertainer of the Year award from the Reunion of Professional Entertainers.
Ron Williams, Leona’s son, is joining her in the concert. He credits his distinct traditional country sound and love of real country music to being surrounded by the legends of country music since childhood.
Ron's career highlights include serving as host of the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, regular appearances on RFD-TV, and daily airplay on satellite and conventional radio. He is a former front man of the "San Antonio Rose Live" show from the Aztec Theater on Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. He has made successful European tours of Scotland, Ireland and Sweden, and performed on stage at the Ryman Auditorium and the Wild Horse Saloon.
Ron's songwriting credits include a co/written charted single on artist Joe Diffie, titled "Somethin' Like This," the title track from the gospel album "Before You Say Amen" from Texas artist Justin Trevino, and a single on Music City Records recording artist Sonny Burgess titled "Alone with you" and others.
Reservations are recommended; call 409-939-3062 or 904-233-3230. Tickets are $15. There are discounts for groups of 10 or more.
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