Jenee Fleenor is a long-standing violin professional for Blake Shelton and “The Voice” house group can join an original line to her reopen: the first-ever lady to obtain a CMA Award for Musician of the Year. She rivaled in the category with Mac McAnally, Ilya Toshinsky, Paul Franklin and Derek Wells.
Fleenor was the first female chosen for the category, which the Country Music Association Founded in 1988. She said on CMA nomination day that she did break down in tears. It’s been a goal of her since she did know what the CMAs were, to be called with all of her peers and stars.
In 2001, Fleenor arrived in Nashville, shortly following graduating from high school. In a month, she’d met honored bluegrass Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. Gigs with Terri Clark, Martina McBride, and others obeyed.
She said that the first time she had stepped in the studio was when she was about 11 years old. She will never forget that sound. Those headphones and the way her violin sounded. She was like, ‘I want to do this.’
Further, She laughs and says, “It takes longer maybe than I thought to become an established session musician. You can’t teach experience. But I feel like, just in the past four, five years, everything’s kind of clicked. I feel a little bit more yearning to hear a fiddle again, which makes me damn happy.”
Before some time this year, Fleenor made the same swings at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, while she made the first-ever female candidate for Specialty Instrument Player of the Year.
However it’s become Music Row 31 years to choose a female music performer in this section, Fleenor states she’s long felt like an equal and counts her friend candidates as “my friends that I work in the studio with on a regular basis. They’re my heroes and pals.”
Furthermore, in the initial times when she faced some suspicious appearances upon stepping into a concourse, she had an acknowledgment. “The proof is in the picking.”