|Where Are They Now? Montgomery Lee Petty|
|Laura Kathryn Gilmer, GoHorseShow.com|
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“I first met Randy when he was playing an intramural basketball game. He is an attractive guy, but at the time, he looked really goofy with his sweatband and socks to his knees,” Petty laughed. “He had a great personality and was really funny; so, we just immediately clicked.”
Around the same time they became a couple, Montana decided he wanted to pursue his love of music and songwriting. His father, Billy Montana, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who is well-known in the industry for writing hits for mega stars such as Garth Brooks, Jo Dee Messina, and Sara Evans.
After working on his craft and knocking on many doors in Nashville, Montana was signed to Sony Music Publishing in 2008 and to Universal's Mercury Records in fall of 2009. His debut single, “Ain't Much Left Of Lovin' You” was recently released and his album will be released later this year. The video for his debut single has just been added to GAC and CMT. He will be on the road this summer performing club dates, opening for fellow artists and playing festivals. He is also excited to open in select cities later this year with Sugarland, along with Little Big Town.
The 24 year-old musician mentions one of the challenges he has faced in the industry. “You can get a show down and be a good performer, but making a song into a hit, that’s the most difficult part.”
Montana was asked about whether he has any advice out there for all the cowboys and cowgirls. “Country music singer Jack Ingram told me one time when I was 19 years-old, I said, ‘I’d really like to be doing what you’re doing one day’ and he said, ‘just do it,’ and that was the best advice anyone’s given me.”
While Randy does share Montgomery Lee’s love of horses, he wouldn't consider himself a "rider." "I do think it is a cool animal," Montana said. "She set up a trail pattern for me the other day, and we ended up yelling at each other. She kept telling me to do this and that.
Sounds like Randy should stick to the music and Montgomery Lee to the horses.
Petty says that Randy thinks show horses are quite possibly the most expensive hobby in the world and that he would prefer just riding for pleasure. "But he knows I love it and miss it and want to start showing again, and he is really supportive of my desire to get involved again.
Petty says that Montana’s debut single is doing quite well, and she is very proud of his success. She also mentions that the music industry is a lot like the horse industry in many aspects. “There is the political game you have to deal with,” she says. “But, it is extremely hard work. Knocking on doors and making people listen--working 24-7. You don’t just show up and get everything handed to you. It is not all about awards and making money.”
Growing up in a high profile NASCAR family, Montgomery Lee understood and accepted her family’s love of racing. Their passion for the sport resulted in them being gone for extended periods of time. Her husband Randy is also on the road for long periods of time touring and promoting his new album. “I completely understand that he has to be gone all the time. I understand his passion and love for his music. Growing up in my family has prepared me for Randy’s lifestyle--I understand how it works, and I completely support him and his desire to be a successful in the music industry.”
In her own way, Petty followed in her family’s footsteps when she got involved showing horses. She loved being on the road and showing every weekend. Petty enjoyed the competition and the feeling that she could beat who she felt were some of the top competitors in the industry. Like her father, Kyle Petty, her late brother, Adam Petty, and Grandfather Richard Petty, Montgomery Lee definitely has inherited that competitive spirit. Her grandfather Richard Petty is hailed by NASCAR fans as "The King." He is best known as a seven-time winner of the Daytona 500.
During her horse show career, Petty was successful with many high quality horses, but most notable was Mr Magnolia Zip. In 2001, this duo won the AQHYA World Championship and the Congress NYATT in the Western Pleasure. She also had an all around mare, These Eyes Adore You, that she competed in both youth and amateur all-around events that she still has today. Cash In My Assets and Petty also competed in the Hunter Under Saddle events where she was Reserve Congress Champion one year. Petty has worked mainly with top trainers Mitch and Jennifer Leckey and Larry Little.
When she went to college at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, her love of horses never wavered but she was unable to continue showing. Petty graduated from Belmont University with a major in Public Relations and minor in Journalism. Petty currently works for her father as Director of Communications for his company Kyle Petty Media Corporation where he works mainly as a NASCAR commentator. She books all of his travel, maintains and oversees all contracts, and books his appearances.
Petty currently has a four year-old Hot N Blazing mare that she plans to put in training with Mitch and Jennifer Leckey soon. “I just want everyone to know that I miss showing and the people involved in the horse industry so much, and hope to see them down the road.”
Watch for Randy Montana’s new debut single on the country airwaves, and, hopefully, Montgomery Lee Petty back in a show saddle real soon.
For more information on Randy and his music, visit randymontana.com.