Chenille Saunders, 38, took home two national awards for her performances at the North American Country Music Association International Competition, an event held every year in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to promote country, gospel, and bluegrass music.
The LDS singer won the highest awards for the March 16 competition in the Adult Traditional Gospel for 2017 Female Vocalist of the Year for her performance of “Amazing Grace” and Female Entertainer of the Year for her performance of “I’ll Fly Away” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
“I felt a thrill go through my body Sunday when I learned I had taken first place in both categories,” Saunders told the Hancock County Journal-Pilot.
According to the article, Saunders, originally from Logan, Utah, has been performing since she was just 3 years old. Saunders also founded the Center Stage Music & Performing Arts School where students of all ages can pursue their passion for arts and music.
In a Facebook post, Saunders says she felt "super blessed" about her wins in the traditional gospel category of the competition and receiving recognition from the 47th district Illinois State Senator, Jil Tracy.