TEACHING ARTIST & PERFORMER
Aspen Black Bio:
Aspen Black is a singer/songwriter, cowgirl poet, multi-instrumentalist, educator, author, artist, and nationally-awarded horse woman. Her voice has been described by fans as “mesmerizing”, “easy to listen to”, and “captivating” and she is noted for her ability to capture, and hold, the attention of audiences of all ages. Aspen’s Eastern Western Cowgirl CD won the 2015 Rural Roots Music Commission Female Country-Western CD of the Year and she is currently a 2016 nominee for AWA Western Music Female Artist of the Year and Female Poet of the Year. She was a 2016 & 2015 Top-Five finalist for WMA Female Poet of the Year, a 2016 & 2015 Top-Five finalist for WMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year, a 2016 Top-Five finalist for WMA Poetry Book of the Year, and 2016 first place winner in the singing contest at the National Traditional Country Music Association Festival in LeMars, IA. Aspen tours, nationally, giving concerts, workshops, and interactive programs for children, teens, and adults.
Video clip of a recent live performance:
Aspen Black as a Cowgirl and Educator:
Since 1995, Aspen Black has been the owner and operator of Buksbari Ranch, where she has taught horseback riding lessons in multiple disciplines to hundreds of students, ages 3 - 75, and trained, competed, and cared for over 1,000 horses. She holds a degree in Equine Business Administration from Southern VA University. She has competed at the world level in barrel racing, ran IPRA rodeo, showed A & B level hunters, won gaited and competitive trail classes, and logged thousands of hours in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program.
As for her love for education, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree", nor, in this case, the teacher's desk. Aspen is the daughter of a 35-year veteran elementary school teacher and worked for six years in the Franklin County Public Schools as a RtI specialist and SIS, before leaving to home school her two children (now in 6th & 8th grades).