EDINA (WCCO) — A teenage girl in Minnesota wants to buy a horse. That’s nothing new. But Morgan Roe got the $500 down payment for her new horse by singing in a country music contest.

Like many a singing cowboy, Morgan has no problem singing to her new horse Wyly.

A couple of weeks ago, she sang — a cappella — in a competition to promote the new country music film “Country Strong.”

 “I was just kind of going in it thinking there was no chance I was going to win, because I was up against some really tough competition. But sure you know, I got the $500 so now he’s mine,” said Morgan, who lives in Edina.

There are more than a dozen other finalists like Morgan in this competition from all over the country.  The winner will be determined by people who visit the Country Strong Website, click on the Singing Challenge link and vote for their favor by 11 a.m. Thursday.

“And whoever wins gets to go to Nashville and I think has a chance to meet with a music producer,” said Morgan.

While the 18-year-old Morgan has musical talent, she is not sure she wants to make a career out of it.  But if she wins the Web vote, she may be singing a different tune.

“I like music a lot as a hobby, so I would love to find something that’s easy for me to do and sing,” said Morgan. “But I really love animals, so I really want to do something with that, and stay with horses and just have them in my life.”

Click here to check out the Country Strong Singing Challenge.

WCCO-TV’s Amelia Santaniello Reports

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