Maddie’s on Main seemed to be the main attraction on Saturday, November 16, as the local establishment was filled with customers eager to listen to the entertainment for the evening. Maddie’s hosted Paris, MO recording artist, Becky Denton, for a meet and greet release party, with her newly released album “Fire & Grace”. Owner Leah Dodson stated, “Monroe City supported Becky’s new album and always seem to enjoy her performance drawing a huge crowd.” The large crowd brought business to downtown for BK’s Place as well. The newly relocated business was busy keeping up with orders for customers to enjoy a meal while listening to Denton.
Denton explained the experience, stating, “I am really thankful for Maddie’s letting us use the banquet room to do our release party. They created a great song writer atmosphere. A lot of the songs I performed for the first time. I felt like it was mission accomplished.”
Denton performed her new album and sang a few of her favorite country hits from 7-9 p.m., interacting with the crowd and creating an enjoyable atmosphere. Along with Denton, was her husband and manager Will Denton, who performed with his wife, playing drums and keyboard. Denton’s guitarist, Charles Garrett, of Nashville, was also present. Pete Nasir, of Vandalia, ran the sound for the evening. After the performance, Denton signed album covers and took pictures with those in attendance. Denton shared, “I sold lots of albums and had a large supportive crowd.”
Denton grew up in Paris. Her family would explain a young Becky actually sang before she spoke her first words. Her childhood was filled with singing, and she had a natural feel for showmanship right from the start. Entertaining others has been a constant in her life ever since, whether singing back every TV commercial she would hear, performing in a sixth-grade talent show with a song by her musical favorite, Dolly Parton, or eventually cheerleading for the Missouri Tigers in college. Becky loves to perform, and those watching feel it the instant she walks on stage.
In the last few years, Becky has made her presence known in Nashville, producing new music with a bevy of talented musicians and songwriters. Several of Becky’s most recent songs were produced by Brent Rader (Joe Nichols, Jo Dee Messina), and she continues to collaborate with her husband, Nashville touring and session drummer, Will Denton (Tracy Lawrence, Leann Rimes, Steven Curtis Chapman). Being immersed in the creative community there has brought about tremendous growth both personally and musically. Her latest material convincingly presents a new benchmark in her writing and vocal abilities. Becky’s latest release, “Take Me Back to Tybee,” co-written by Becky, Will, and fellow songwriter friend, Bill Whyte, has received widespread airplay in the Tropical-Americana radio format, and it climbed to number one on the Weekly Top 40 Chart on July 7. Becky can also add international singing star to her list of accomplishments. Her song, “I Love Dolly,” went to number 18 on the Australian Country Radio charts, and her single “Two Bags, One Beach” was the most downloaded song on Australia’s Country Radio Singles number 210 Compilation CD. For more information, interested individuals can visit beckydenton.com.