Jonathan’s Performances at the Pennington Festival

This past weekend, Jonathan, Luke and I headed down to Princeton, Kentucky for the Pennington Folk Music Festival.

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He got a fresh new haircut for the occasion.  :)  (He had been trying to let his hair grow out, and it was driving this mama cra-zy!  He finally decided it needed to get cut, and I am so glad he did!)

Jonathan was invited to sing at the Pennington Festival with his talented friend, Lexy Tays.  He met Lexy over three years ago at the Kentucky Opry when he was 12, and she was 13.   I know I have a picture of them somewhere from 3 years ago, but the oldest one I could find was from over a year ago (from Lexy’s instagram account)…

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It has been fun to watch these two sweet teens develop in their music talents!  Lexy is now 16 years old, Jonathan is 15 (soon to be 16 next month.)  Yikes!

We were thrilled when Lexy asked Jonathan to sing with her at the Pennington Festival.

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Lexy was scheduled for a full set at the festival, and she asked Jonathan to sing two songs with her in that set.  Both songs are in the video below.  I wanted to share them with you!


AND, I can’t share any details with you but we got a phone call this week from the Senior Talent Producer from….


It will be the fall before I can share more. :)  I’ll keep you posted.


  1. So awesome! I know you must be so proud!!! What a great young talent. Can’t wait to hear more about AI! :)

  2. Thank you so very much for sharing this..He is so awesome and I will be checking for more info on “AI”….How very wonderful would that be……I love you my precious friend…Have a wonderful day and week….Love & prayers daily…And Jonathan’s haircut is Awesome…

  3. Love to hear your son perform…beautiful voice. I’ll be watching AI if he’s on…for the first time…

  4. Oh Traci … it’s been SO fun following your journey along with your talented hubby Cy. You’ve allowed us also to follow little Jonathan’s journey and what a journey! You, Cy and his brothers must be so proud of him. God Bless you all and thank you for sharing all you do and your boys with all of us! Keep reaching for those stars Jonathan!! I WILL buy your CD someday!!

    1. Darlene, I will be sure and share when the boy has got a CD out! Thanks for all the support and always reading along over the years!

  5. Two VERY talented young people! I know I may be jumping to conclusions here but I can’t help it! I hope your news is that Jonathan is going to be on American Idol! I WILL watch and I WILL vote. The only other time I watched and voted was when Carrie Underwood won! Please don’t keep us in suspense too long!

  6. Traci…thank you for always sharing your son Jonathan’s singing engagements and accomplishments! It’s always enjoyable listening to him sing and to see him as he evovles in his singing career! Can’t wait for the big news to be revealed…keep his videos coming!

  7. I am so excited for you and Jonathan. Can’t wait to hear more about this in the fall. They sound great together. Love when I see a good ole Kentucky boy dreams come true.

    Cindy ( A Kentucky girl)

  8. Wonderful performance! I so enjoy seeing how Jonathan has grown and become more comfortable with performing!

  9. Thank you for sharing this great performance! Love the lyrics and the chemistry between them…so sweet. May they both continue blessing others. May God bless your family as you bring glory and honor to him.

  10. What an awesome duo they make together….this cousin is not surprised by the phone call either:)

    1. We are so excited! :) We are going to be sending you an invite to a backyard concert that Jonathan will be doing on his birthday, July 5th. It is the week before his Voice auditions and he is going to be performing the songs he is doing for it. The whole family is invited. :)

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