Hesperia country-gospel singer-songwriter Luanne Hunt has been placed on the 2009 Grammy Award Ballot in three categories.


"It's a big step for us," said Hunt, whose record "Breaking Through" was released late last year on the independent American Classic Recordings label.


Next, Hunt is hoping that members of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences will vote to put up her songs for official Grammy nominations. NARAS members can vote for Hunt and her song "Solace In The Wind" for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. Additionally, her song "I Want to Stand Where Jesus Stood" is competing for Best Gospel Song nomination.


Hunt's CD was recorded after she and her husband Steve Hunt, a managing editor at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, took a leap of faith. They decided to spend a portion of their life's savings and hire former Hesperian Eric Uglum, an A-list producer-musician who operates a professional recording studio in the Victor Valley.


Uglum, who nowadays plays bluegrass with his two stepsons, Austin and Christian Ward, has top credentials to his name. Uglum's talents have been associated with Alison Krauss, Cherryholmes, Nickel Creek and other highly-respected music acts.


When the CD was finished the couple was thrilled.


Also a professional music journalist and inspirational speaker, Luanne Hunt landed the business arrangement with the record company and pursued other avenues. Her CD earned a No. 1 spot on the Indie Music Folk Charts, and the songs received international airplay. Her music video, "The Miracle In You," has reached No. 26 on the American Music Channel's Top 100 chart.


To help move the project toward a Grammy nomination, Hunt connected with Big Noise Productions, which is associated with Christina Aguilera and others.


"They're very well connected with the industry," Hunt said. "They've been helping a lot."


Hunt also credits Hal Ratliff, Christian and Austin Ward, Roger Gillespie and Jann Berman for make helping her with the project.


About her tenacity, she said, "I'm pretty goal driven. I keep at it."


Written by Steve Hunt, the country entry "Solace In The Wind" addresses life's regrets. Dale Kawashima, a recording industry mogul, named "Solace" as one of his top songs in his industry web site, www.songwriteruniverse.com. Her gospel entry, "I Want to Stand Where Jesus Stood," was written by Lawton Jiles.


During the recording sessions, she told the musicians, "Get your tux's ready." Just over a year later, that dream may becoming a reality.


"We're over the moon," she said.