Whitney Duncan Biography
Whitney Duncan was born on August 3, 1984 in Scotts Hill, Tennessee, a town consisting of only 900 people. Her father is a state environmentalist and her mother is a schoolteacher. Her grandfather introduced her to music. Duncan began singing at her church, later performing in local talent shows, fairs, and festivals. She would also travel to the neighboring states of Kentucky and Missouri to perform at events. In her early teens, she began to travel to Nashville, Tennessee to perform at local clubs, including Tootsie's Lounge.
In her senior year of high school, Duncan signed a recording contract with a label, cutting a few sides she had written. One of these sides was "My World Is Over", which became a duet with Kenny Rogers, and appeared on his 42 Ultimate Hits album in 2004. A single was made of their duet, and charted for one week on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in July 2004. Afterwards Duncan parted ways with the label. In 2006, she opened for the CMA Music festival, performing the National Anthem and singing the next day as well.
In 2007, Duncan participated on the USA network show Nashville Star,. In mid-2007, Duncan signed with Warner Bros. Records Nashville, shortly after self-releasing her self-titled debut. Her first solo single, "When I Said I Would" was released from the label in August 2008, peaking at #48 on the U.S. country charts. A Christmas digital single, a cover of the Mariah Carey hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You", was issued in November 2008. Her second official single, "The Bed You Made", did not chart, although "Skinny Dippin'" entered the country charts in mid-2009.