For Logan Mize and Jill Martin, Saturday’s performance in Wellington will be a family affair

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Country music fans will be in for a rare treat this Saturday in Wellington when the husband and wife team Logan Mize and Jill Martin get together on stage. This will be their one-time monthly performance together and it may be a while before they do so again.Mize is about to embark on a two-week European tour and will be leaving next week. So Saturday night will be a special evening when the doors open at 7 p.m. with the show following at 8 p.m. Jason Boyd will be the opening act. All proceeds go toward the Memorial Auditorium air conditioning fund.This has been par for the course for the country music duo, who have each enjoyed success in the own right in the country music circuit. Still, life has a way of altering careers. Martin, at one point, was hoping to become a full-time country music star but has instead decided to raise two children in Clearwater.  Mize, who is in high demand, takes to the road performing with his band as a full-time gig.“I have always wanted to sing, and in some ways, I need to sing,” Martin said from her home. “But my children come first. So when I do sing, it is an all-family affair.”Mize is about to embark on a European tour. He will be in the United Kingdom for six shows starting on Oct. 18. He will then perform in Germany for five shows, before singing in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Nov. 1.He won’t return to the U.S. until November where his first gig back in his home country will be in Bloomington, Ill. on Nov. 13.Logan Mize and his wife performed at the 2015 Kansas Wheat Festival in Wellington – still considered one of the highest attended Festival events in history.At one point both of them had set their sights to become country music stars. Jill is from Andale. Logan is from Clearwater. Neither of them met growing up in Kansas, but both ventured their way to Nashville in hopes of fulfilling their dreams.“It was weird. In 2009, friends in Nashville were telling me to meet this guy from Kansas,” Jill said. “I just wasn’t going to call him out of the blue because he was from Kansas. So we started communicating through Facebook. He was mowing lawns and living out of a Suburban. I was a nurse doing sonograms”Soon they started writing songs together and eventually they fell in love. She went on American Idol and made it to Hollywood week one year. It wasn’t too much later she discovered she was pregnant.Today, as their children get older, they have started to rekindle their songwriting partnership.This will mark their third performance in Wellington together. Mize performed in July, 2015 in front of a crowd of over 2000 people at the Kansas Wheat Festival. Then they were at Memorial Auditorium on Dec. 8, 2016.“Anytime we perform a concert together we consider it a date night,” Martin said. “We don’t go out to movies or go out for a big dinner, so when we go out we perform together.”Lately, Martin has seen success. In 2018, she released “The Locals” which debuted at #7 on iTunes. Her album peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Country Album Sales chart.Martin said she writes songs from a motherhood perspective, something sorely missing in today’s country music.“I think country music is missing a viewpoint today,” Martin said on her website https://www.jillmartinmusic.com/. “All these dudes are singing about small-town girls, but I miss hearing it from the girl’s perspective.” Her song “Loretta” is an ode to Lorette Lynn and the struggles of the everyday woman.As for Logan, his audience continues to grow especially on foreign soil. This will be a fourth time in Europe after opening for LeAnn Rimes.“They think a lot of these shows are going to sell out or are on pace to sell out, so Logan is excited about that,” Martin said. “The promoters are really working hard, and his records are getting played.”Europe is not a hotbed for country music, but the fans are falling in love for his lyrical songs.“They are really into lyrics,” Martin said. “When he first went over there, they were surprised that he didn’t wear a cowboy hat or do line dances. But, then they discovered his lyrics and that has really taken off.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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