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Oklahoma singer Amber Hayes contributes three songs to the movie 'Cowgirls N' Angels'

Weleetka, OK, native Amber Hayes also makes her on-screen debut in “Cowboys N' Angels,” a coming-of-age rodeo drama, which was filmed in Stillwater, Guthrie, Oklahoma City and Pawnee.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 30, 2012
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Amber Hayes' first moviemaking experience got star-studded before she even made it to the set.

“When they picked me up from the airport to go to Stillwater, I didn't even know anybody was in the back of the car.

“I'm just talking to the driver, and I said, ‘You know, I could've just had my family come pick me up' ... and she said, ‘Oh, it's fine, I had to pick Jackson up.' And I turn around and Jackson Rathbone's sitting in the backseat. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,'” Hayes said. “We talked most of the way to Stillwater. He's a musician in a band, so we talked about that. That was neat.”

Catching a ride with one of the heartthrobs of “The Twilight Saga” movies wasn't even the best moment the Oklahoma-born country singer-songwriter experienced during the production of the coming-of-age rodeo drama “Cowgirls N' Angels,” which was filmed in Stillwater, Guthrie, Oklahoma City and Pawnee.

The Weleetka native contributed three songs to the family film and its soundtrack: the uplifting anthem “Right as Rain,” the lively toe-tapper “C'mon” and the father-daughter ballad “Always There for Me,” which she co-wrote just for the movie and recorded as a duet with former Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald.

“I wrote a lot of it in the van coming back from Oklahoma — I was doing a casino show there — and my co-writer (Bill DiLuigi) and I just got in the back of the van and wrote the song,” Hayes said in a phone interview from Nashville, Tenn., where she now lives and works.

“I'd just spent a couple of days with my family; they all came up to the show and everything. You know, I'm very close with my family, and I still spend a lot of time in Oklahoma, as much as I can ... so it wasn't too hard for me to get in that mindset. I can go there because I am that Oklahoma girl.”

Small-town girl

The debut feature from director/co-writer Timothy Armstrong, “Cowgirls N' Angels” tells the tale of young Ida Clayton (Bailee Madison), a sassy small-town Oklahoma girl who longs to know her father, a rodeo rider she's never met.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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