Lorraine Marshall Chavana

Lorraine Marshall Chavana, 45, of San Antonio, and formerly of Port Lavaca, holds her Traditional and Classic Country Female Vocalist of the Year award at the Second Annual Josie Music Awards show in September 2016. (Contributed photo)

Doors of opportunity have opened for country and western musician Lorraine Marshall Chavana, 45, every step of her music career since it began two years ago.

Chavana, formerly of Port Lavaca, and who lives in San Antonio, released her debut album “Free to Love” in 2015. Since that release, Chavana has received recognition for her music at the national and international levels.

“After my album was released in late October 2015, it received rave reviews debuting on the radio within a week of its release, and by early 2016, it was playing on radio programs and stations around the world in places such as Mexico and Australia, throughout Europe and in Norway, Denmark and Sweden,” Chavana said.

At every turn, Chavana met and found favor with music industry individuals from Austin and other Texas Music scenes who provided her with advice on how to navigate and succeed within the industry, she said.

This recognition led to nominations for awards, Chavana said.

“In September 2016, I was nominated for several awards in Nashville including one for my album and one for an original song at the Second Annual Josie Music Awards honoring independent artists worldwide where, out of 15 nominated, I won the award for Traditional and Classic Country Female Vocalist of the Year,” she said.

Chavana was nominated for other awards including Honky Tonk Female at the recent Fourth Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards held Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Chavana did not win.

The other nomination is for Pure Country Female for the 21st Annual Will Rogers Awards or the AWA Awards. Winners in that category will be announced March 16 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

“Just a few weeks ago, the five finalists in each category for the AWA Awards were announced, and I am a top five finalist for Pure Country Female Vocalist, and my cut of the song ‘Texas Honky Tonk’ made the top five out of 105 songs that were nominated, for which I am elated,” Chavana said.

Chavana said while each awards show in which she has been nominated is different, each show supports and promotes classic and traditional country music by independent artists.

“The Josie Music Awards, which recognizes artists from all genres of music, were judged and decided by music industry professionals, specifically in the Nashville area,” she said.

“The AWA Awards, which focus on the arts with a western influence are judged and decided by the worldwide radio disc jockeys who play the music. The Ameripolitan Awards, which is a new genre comprised of four different types of classic country music, was voted on online by the public,” she said. “Whether I win or not, I feel like I have already won.”

To promote her music, Chavana also created Lorraine Chavana Music, Lorraine Chavana Publishing and Rhinestone Records-San Antonio, which is her own music label.

“As a kid I dreamed of being an entertainer,” Chavana said. “It’s been surreal and very exciting. I could not have pulled any of this off on my own. The good Lord has opened some doors, and I shrug and step on through. It is fun to see where this ride is going, and I will go wherever it takes me.”

To purchase a CD, go to Melstan Feed Store, located at 111 N. Ann St., or visit lorrainechavana.com. Chavana is also on iTunes and CD Baby.