Originally from Jay, Florida, Cook acquired a love of bluegrass from her father who played the banjo throughout her childhood. In 2007, Amanda formed bluegrass group High Cotton with her father and received her first taste of performing, fueling a fire to continue on a professional level.
“The Chestangs are from McIntosh, AL and have been playing bluegrass gospel music since 1996. Their main purpose is to spread the gospel in song and encourage people along the way. Their music has been described as “Gospel music with the Traditional Bluegrass sound.” The Chestangs have traveled all over the southeast region from Indiana to Florida. They have also opened for nationally known acts including The Larry Stephenson Band, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, and Heaven’s Mountain Band. As a member of the Bluegrass Gospel Association, the Chestangs have performed at the Bluegrass Gospel Showcase in Nashville, TN for the past several years.”