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Zebulon Woman Challenges Nashville Tradition

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ZEBULON — A Zebulon woman hopes to make history in country music in a special way. She dreams of becoming Nashville's first female African-American country music star.

After singing all of her life in choirs and karaoke bars, Cathaleen Comstock decided to go for the big time.

You can't stick a stereotype on Cathaleen Comstock. Whether its her love of the rodeo, or her venture into a historically white person's music, Comstock just follows her heart.

"You don't think about what people think about you or have to say about you," she said. "You've got to believe in yourself and what you want in life."

Drawn to song most of her life, Cathaleen was raised in western North Carolina foster homes singing gospel and R and B.

"Everything around me -- the butterflies, the flowers, the trees -- I would sing about them," she recalled.

But when she met her man she turned to country.

"The country music mainly brings me back to what I believe in and parts of Mother Nature, earth, the more realistic things," Comstock said.

After writing the song "Voice in the Wind" on a whim, this mother of three sent a copy to Nashville.

To her surprise, she got a call last year from AMI records, went to the Music City and recorded her first CD under the name "Carolina Comstock."

"I would really like for it to go to the top, but right now to my kids it's already there," she said. "And that means more to me than anything."

Since she was a child, Cathaleen/Carolina has kept her wishing well close by.

"The wishes I put in the well have always come true."

As she follows her dream into country music, she hopes there are a few wishes left

Cathaleen Comstock's CD debuts nationally on March 10.