an  integral  part  of
Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards

Groups and individuals will be dancing specifically for the possibility of winning a Texas Sounds Award (and for fun!). You are invited to join in!

  • This is an opportunity to enjoy a truly quaint western town and Southern hospitality, perform for a loving audience, and benefit a charitable nonprofit organization while greatly enhancing this unique event.

  • All preregistered participants are invited to a welcome party Wednesday evening, October 16, for food, beverages, introductions to all our international musicians and dancers, and lots of music.

  • All preregistered NON-U.S. participants are invited to share an evening meal, served buffet-style at our venue each evening of the event (Sunday is a mid-day light lunch and champagne reception). These meals are individually catered by local, authentically Texan, restaurants. Each evening is a different meal, Texas BBQ, Mex-Tex, Smoked meats, or Southern fried specialties (U,S. participants, please realize that this special offering is in recognition of the enormous cost that the international guests incur, just to get here).

  • All preregistered NON-U.S. participants are invited to attend with no admission charge. Please be our guests (U,S. participants, please realize that this special offering is in recognition of the enormous cost that the international guests incur, just to get here)!

  • All preregistered NON-U.S. participants are invited to attend all four days/evenings of Texas Sounds with no admission fee (U,S. participants, please realize that this special offering is in recognition of the enormous cost that the international guests incur, just to get here – Admission is $10 per day).
  • We promote our event by promoting our participants. If you are a choreographer, instructor, or member of a competitive dance club, and happen to win a Texas Sounds award, your reputation will be greatly enhanced.


You will be part of a great event. Texas Sounds Music Award nominees are selected solely upon what we see and hear online. We have hosted musicians who hold gold and platinum records, some who have sold over three million records, and many who have #1 songs in their own nation. One act coming in 2019 has over 50 million YouTube views of their songs.

We are unusual in that award winners are decided by an independent panel of judges. Awards are based exclusively upon the competitive performances during the event. For both the music awards and line dance awards, this is not a popularity contest. It is a test of skill, talent, and performance ability.

Please register your intention to participate at I will respond and begin immediately to publicize your participation to our international online audience.

Please see below more important details about the event and some tips for planning your stay in Jefferson, Texas.

Preston Taylor, Vice President
East Texas Performing Arts, Inc. a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization

producers of
Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards and Texas Sounds International Line Dance Festival

About the producers:
East Texas Performing Arts, Inc. (ETPA)
a U.S. 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization, established 2013 in Jefferson, Texas

Texas Sounds is produced by, and is the major fundraising event for, East Texas Performing Arts. Proceeds from the event, registration fee, sponsorships, ticket sales, and merchandise/refreshment sales go directly to support ETPA.

Our Mission:

East Texas Performing Arts, Inc. is dedicated to developing community appreciation for, and participation in, drama and musical arts in East Texas. Special emphasis is on personal growth, especially for children, youth, and adults who have special needs, including financial, emotional, mental, and educational limitations. ETPA provides training and positive reinforcement in public speaking, movement, acting, and stage crafts, free of charge, to persons of all ages and abilities. ETPA sponsors amateur and professional presentations such as plays, musicals, concerts, and festivals, and provides performing arts education opportunities to the general public.

In all activities, ETPA’s goal and expectation is to elicit a professional level performance from each and every participant. Success begins with recognizing one’s strengths. No personal limitation is insurmountable.

Important facts about our event:
I must reiterate; we do not pay participants. This is a nonpaying gig. You are donating your performance to the East Texas Performing Arts nonprofit organization. You are responsible for all your expenses.

Please register your acceptance as soon as possible. Since this is an inaugural event, we have no way to predict how many individuals will accept this invitation. We may have to limit the number of participants.

This is the sixth year for Texas Sounds. You should not expect to be playing for huge crowds, in fact, our audiences are quite small. Our audience is small, but our reputation is known worldwide.

You will be competing for Line Dance awards/titles and you will have a chance to win one or more awards (we award in numerous categories). 

Previous Texas Sounds award winners have expressed their delight at how greatly this award has benefited their careers. And, in coming years, any Texas Sounds award will mean a great deal more as our reputation continues to grow. 

You will have an opportunity to meet and perform with dozens of international musicians and dancers. The relationships that are established here at Texas Sounds can prove to be lifelong connections with your musical and dance peers worldwide.

Please register as soon as possible. As soon as you register, we will begin promoting your name, or your group name as one of our participants.

This message is from our 2015-16 award winners, Heidi Gabrielle and Fox Gino (Belgium and Netherlands):

We have been working really hard at our music and acts etc… This is going be our year… The gigs are coming real fast now… Thanks to the award… Yes, believe it or not, but now we’re harvesting the fruits of the award… We are very happy with that… So, thanks again…

Perhaps the most impressive thing we can say about Texas Sounds is that our major award winners want to return for a second, and often a third, year.

About Jefferson, Texas: 

Jefferson is a taste of the true American West – History is alive and well here.  

From Jefferson you can drive in one day to Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis, Dallas, or Chicago (albeit, it is a very long day’s drive to Chicago, 13 hours). With a bit of advance planning, you may arrange an impressive tour here in the States. 

Southern American hospitality is warm and friendly, no pretense, no worries, instant lifelong friendships. 

Each evening is a different meal, Texas BBQ, Mex-Tex, Smoked meats, or Southern fried specialties.

Jefferson, Texas is a very small town that relies on tourism as our only industry. Our little community is a destination for many travelers, and we are blessed with more than 30 quaint/luxury/historic bed and breakfast businesses as well as modern and historic hotels. Some offer special discounts to our international guests. October is a busy time in Jefferson. Rooms will fill early. Please make reservations as early as possible to avoid having to stay in a neighboring town (online list of local lodging establishments).

We hope you will stay in Jefferson for at least the entire five days of Texas Sounds. We have special events planned for both Wednesday and Sunday as well as performances through all four days.

Thank you. I hope to hear from you soon and that we will see you October 16, 2019!

Texas Sounds is supported by:

  • Boot Barn, official worldwide source for western clothing, boots and hats. Order online, or visit a local store while you are at Texas Sounds.
  • Rosewood Studios, world-class recording studio in Tyler, Texas (just a one-hour drive from our venue), Producing true Texas sounds for music professionals for over 40 years!
  • White Oak Manor Bed & Breakfast, Jefferson’s premiere lodging establishment,
  • and numerous local businesses and organizations.