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Oklahoma singer Amber Hayes contributes three songs to the movie 'Cowgirls N' Angels'
Amber Hayes' first movie
“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.”
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.