The Dixie Chicks are in the Driver's Seat for the Third Season Debut of
Acclaimed VH1 Series, 'Driven' Tuesday, November 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
11/12/02 12:16 PM
Source: PR Newswire
NEW YORK, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- They came from different worlds, a variety of
backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles, but somehow The Dixie Chicks, Halle Berry, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, Pink and Lil' Kim all ended up
on the same pedestal of stardom and fame.
"Driven" brings the music world's biggest icons' unknown pasts to life with
video footage and photos that the public has never seen, plus interviews with those
special people who played integral roles in their development as artists and individuals,
providing a rare glimpse at what they were really like. The hugely successful VH1 series
continues with a season of all-new episodes, kicking off with "Driven: The Dixie
Chicks" on Tuesday, November 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by more episodes
premiering every Tuesday at the same time. Halle Berry debuts on November 26, followed by Whitney Houston (December 3), Enrique Iglesias (December 10), Pink
(December 17) and Lil' Kim (December 24).
There's no such thing as overnight success -- over time, like a jigsaw puzzle, pieces are
added, small breakthroughs are made, and eventually the picture of a pop star begins to
take shape. "Driven" traces that process from childhood to the first glimmer of
stardom, through the eyes of those who knew the artist best and helped play pivotal roles
in their development -- teachers, family members, friends, and creative partners. With
each episode of "Driven" dedicated to a single artist, the show looks at the
stars' blueprints for success and what propelled them to achieve it despite the obstacles
that lay in their paths.
On November 19, "Driven: The Dixie Chicks" follows the evolution of the
"chicks" from a talented kid's band playing blue grass, through two major
"Dixie Chicks" lineup changes and then into the incarnation of what we know
today as the hugely successful Dixie Chicks. And shedding light on the group's early years
are new interviews with their parents and family members, friends, teachers, former band
members, producers and managers, among others.
Highlights of "Driven: The Dixie Chicks" include:
Alan Hendrix, Natalie's elementary school teacher: "You could always hear Natalie,
over everybody else. She just was a natural-born performer. "
Martie and Emily's sister Julie Erwin, on her sister's first group Blue Night Express:
"They got 'Oh, they're so cute. Oh how cute.' And then they'd start to play and
people would just sort of look at each other, and say, 'Wow, these kids can play.' "
Laura Lynch, former Dixie Chick: "We were all just tap-dancing on our pedestal. And
then I had my face in the mud ... It was, again, the majority rules thing. And, two to one
was what the vote was, and that was the end of that."
Steve Maines, Natalie's uncle: "There was that connection between the three girls.
You could see a renewed excitement in Martie and Emily, and Natalie was right there
leading the pack."
Dixie Chick manager Simon Renshaw: " ... I just said, 'Done deal.' And there was this
like screaming of joy in the background, and I hung up. And that was it. The deal with
Sony was on. And it was time to move ahead."
Paul Lohr, former booking agent: "The girls celebrate success like any young lady
would. They take a shot and get a tattoo."
Viewers can go online to VH1.com and check out a photo flipbook of rare photos, exclusive
video clips of "Driven" subjects in their early days, plus additional features
and info on all the artists included in the series.
"Driven" is a production of VH1. Executive Producers, Michael Hirschorn, Shelly
Tatro, Suzanne Ross; Producer, Series Development, Beth Melillo.
MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music
Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television,
and TNN, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital
services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and
offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming
can be seen worldwide.
NEWSFILE: 12 NOVEMBER 2002