Teen Has Dream Come True

By: Steve Hensley Email
By: Steve Hensley Email

Thousands of people saw Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban perform Saturday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

They also saw a Knott County teen get the chance of a lifetime!

Leslie Strong started playing the guitar about three years ago.

The 16 year old Cordia student likes all different types of music and before this past weekend had only showcased her talent at school and local events.

When country superstar Keith Urban saw Strong and three friends holding up signs asking him to let her play his guitar... He said OK!

“That was a really brave move on his part,” Strong said.

Strong says she thought it was all a dream.

“He just looks at me and he goes can you play guitar, I said yeah and he said well let's get one out here,” Strong said.

Urban even let Leslie pick the song to play.

She chose one she knew off his latest album.

“I just kept looking over at him to make sure it was really happening and then obviously I was thinking do not mess up, whatever you do, just don't mess up,” Strong said.

The video of the unknown teen from eastern Kentucky playing with a country mega-star is now all over websites like YouTube and Strong seems to be enjoying her moment in the spotlight.

Strong says before the concert she'd get nervous before playing in front of just a few people.

“After playing in front of a record crowd at Rupp I shouldn't be nervous about playing in front of anyone now,” Strong said.

Strong says it's possible she might even be on a DVD that was being recorded at the concert.

Strong says she hopes to pursue a career in music in some form.

She's thinking about moving to Nashville after high school and attending Belmont University.

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  • by Effie Hudson Location: Frankfort on May 5, 2008 at 03:42 PM
    Leslie, You stole the show. You are very good and I really think if you choose to pursue music. YOU WILL be successful. Good luck to you.
  • by Kim Self Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana on May 3, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    Leslie was incredible!! You could tell Keith was blown away by her performance!!! She did an awesome job...I got it all on video!!! Now lets wait to see it on the DVD!! Good Luck Leslie!!!
  • by Faye Location: Leslie County on May 1, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    i got to see her play as well, & she rocked! & i was so surprised when she said she was from hazard kentucky! but she's my role model.. playing guitar with the one & only KEITH URBAN!
  • by viewer Location: Corbin, KY on May 1, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    I was at the concert and saw her play. She did an awesome job! Good luck to her in the future!
  • by Jeb Location: KY on May 1, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    Never seen Keith Urban nor listened to his music but what a great guy to allow this young lady the opportunity to get on stage with him and perform. Too bad all entertainers aren't as nice as this one appears to be.
  • by Brandi Campbell Location: Stanton, KY on Apr 30, 2008 at 07:30 PM
    I was at the concert and was so excited to see an Eastern Kentucky GIRL get up on the stage with Keith Urban and rock it! Good going Leslie! Best wishes for your future in the business!
  • by Maureen Location: RI on Apr 30, 2008 at 04:45 PM
    Leslie!!!! O MY GOSH !!!! You are amazing, what an awesome experience to play beside KEITH URBAN!!!! I'm hoping (pretty sure it will) make the DVD... AND Keith wins EOTY because he IS truely that! You Leslie, have a very bright future!!!
  • by Gayle Location: Owingsville on Apr 30, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    I was there!!!!!!!!!!! Leslie made us KENTUCKY PROUD!!! She RAISED the RUPP ROOF!!!!!!!
  • by Sara Location: Highland Heights on Apr 30, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    You go girl!
  • by gloria Location: usa on Apr 30, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    What a dream of a lifetime!! I saw it on Youtube and it was outstanding!! Keith is an amazing entertainer and Leslie was so lucky to get to play with him!!
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