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For the love of the music
Statesboro teen stars in music field despite disease
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Chyann Rose (Hoyle), 14, is a singer/musician with Cystic Fibrosis who has been nominated as Georgia Country's Teen Artist of the Year. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

For more information about Chyann Rose, her nomination as Georgia Country's Teen Artist of the Year and her winning their Talent Search Contest, visit www.georgia-country.com/awards.php.


    Being an award-winning musician is quite an accomplishment for anyone, but for Statesboro’s Chyann Rose Hoyle, being 15 and having cystic fibrosis makes it an even sweeter achievement.
    Known professionally by the name Chyann Rose, the teen was honored in March when she won the Georgia Country's Talent Search Contest and was nominated as the “Teen Artist of the Year.”   
    The daughter of Rosanna and Stephen Hoyle has been singing for the fun of it since age 7, when she began performing with the children’s choir at Brooklet United Methodist Church, said her mother. When Chyann showed an interest as well as talent, she began taking voice lessons and, later, guitar lessons, Rosanna Hoyle said.
    Then came performances at local festivals and events and, at age 9, Chyann entered her first talent show. The performances continued, as did her love for singing. When she turned 12, she was a member of a rock band called Supernova, organized by the School of Rock program at Pladd Dot Music in Statesboro.
    Now, Chyann is becoming well known in the Statesboro music scene, performing solo and with a band in some of the same venues as Luke Bryan and Eric Lee Beddingfield, who also have Statesboro roots.
    “Singing is really fun,” she said Thursday, enjoying time off from school last week during fall break. “It makes me feel happy that I am making other people feel happy.”
She enjoys singing so much, she even admitted to singing in the shower.
    Having grown up listening to her parents’ music, Chyann developed a love for country music as well as classic and Southern rock. Her favorite artists include Carrie Underwood, the Rolling Stones, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert.

Living with the challenge
    Despite cystic fibrosis causing respiratory and digestive complications, the disease hasn’t hampered Chyann’s enthusiasm or talents. Cystic fibrosis “causes thick mucus in the lungs” and is a genetic illness that victims do not outgrow, she said. Chyann and her sister Jade, 12, both have the disease.
    “They take at least two breathing treatments a day,” Hoyle said.
    The teen doesn’t let it get to her, however.
    “I don’t let it hold me back,” Chyann said. “I just practice and keep it under control.”
    Cystic fibrosis makes it “harder to breathe,” she added, but singing and practicing voice lessons has helped that.
    The practice has paid off. Chyann has performed all over the state for the last four years, including shows at Six Flags Over Georgia, River Street during Savannah’s Oktoberfest, at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and at Statesboro’s Firecracker Fest on the Fourth of July at Mill Creek Regional Park.
Chyann also enjoys dancing, outdoor sports and 4-H. She is currently a cast member of Clovers & Company, a 4-H entertainment group that performs statewide, Hoyle said.  She is also a member of her school’s golf and math teams.
    One of the teen’s most memorable performances was singing at Tootsie's in downtown Nashville. She also enjoys water boarding, tubing and waterskiing.

The girl behind the mic
    In a recent interview with Georgia’s Country, Chyann said: “My mom and dad are my biggest fans and supporters. … They always are there to help me, give me advice, and drive me all over the state.”
    She said some of her local inspirations include musicians “like Wally Brown, Coty James, Amy Taylor, Daniel Navarro and Corey Smith (from Statesboro, not the one from Athens).”
    “They have accepted me into their circle of musicians along with several others, and given me the chance to play along with them,” Chyann said. “This is especially important to me, because they are all so much older than me.”
    Chyann said her biggest dream currently is to appear on “The Voice.” Despite loving a variety of music, if she could choose only one genre in which to perform, she said it would have to be country music.
    “It’s about being from a small town and I like the sound of it,” she said.

    Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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