‘The Voice’ Winner Chevel Shepherd To Star In New Movie, ‘Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse’

The film is set to hit theaters on January 26, 2024.


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 25, 2023


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The Voice Season 15 winner, Chevel Shepherd, is bringing her talent to the big screen for the very first time. 

The rising star announced via social media that she will be playing the leading role in the upcoming movie Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, which is set to hit theaters on January 26, 2024.

Her First Film

She went on to share that the title of the film was inspired by the hit song, “Wildfire,” recorded by singer/songwriter, Michael Martin Murphey, who also stars in the movie alongside Sheperd, Mo Brings Plenty, Cara Jade Myers, and Adrian Paul. Plus, the audience will be treated to one of the last performances of the late Emmy-winning actress, Anne Heche.

“I’m so thrilled to finally be able to announce this to you all. All of us cast, crew and everyone else involved put so much hard work into this, so we’re excited for the world to see it! Also excited as this being my first film I’ve ever acted in,” she shared.

Stepping into this new chapter of her career, Shepherd takes on the role of Samantha Nichols, a 16-year-old living a normal life with her family in Plano, TX until a deadly car accident involving her parents flips her world upside down. While going through the stages of grief alongside her younger brother, Austin, the siblings are forced to move in with their Grandma in Oklahoma. The emotional storyline follows the young girl’s journey of redemption and finding a new perspective in life while developing a friendship with a beautiful wild horse, who ends up saving her in more ways than one.  

Fans can see the rest of the narrative unfold during the premiere on November 2 at the Downtown Cowtown at The Isis at 7 PM (Carpet at 6 PM). 

A limited number of tickets for the first showing are available now and can be purchased HERE.

New Music

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This news follows the release of what Shepherd dubs her “most cherished” song yet, “Lookin’ For Loretta’.” Penned by Casey James Wood and Kellys Collins, the soulful tune pays tribute to country music icon Loretta Lynn while also name-dropping Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tammy Wynette.

The young artist’s impressive vocal range shines throughout the pleading ballad as she finds herself longing for a classic country music story like the ones of the female country greats mentioned because she knows those are the tunes that will deliver “something raw and true.”

“I can’t thank all of you enough for listening, streaming and sharing it. This song is so special to me and I’m glad you all are finally listening to it. I hope this song impacts you in some way,” she wrote on Instagram at the time of the song’s release. 

Lookin' For Loretta; Cover Art Courtesy of Instagram
Lookin’ For Loretta; Cover Art Courtesy of Instagram

Rise To Fame

Chevel Shepherd first gained attention in the music industry for her captivating performances on NBC’s The Voice while working under the support of Team Kelly Clarkson. Since being crowned winner of the singing competition in 2018, the Farmington, NM native has continued to grow her budding discography. She has already released a handful of singles as well as a Christmas collection and her debut EP, Everybody’s Got A Story, which features the tracks “Southern Boy,” “The Letter,” “Just Like the Circus,” and more. 

Fans might be able to get their hands on another new song in the near future as Shepherd recently teased an unreleased original song titled “Memphis.” In her caption, she asked fans if they would be interested in her dropping this song, which then prompted her comment section to fill with words of praise and excitement. 

One user wrote, “PLEASE!!!😍” while another eagerly said “10000000000% yes yes yes!!! 🙌🏼”

Since Chevel Shepherd currently has no upcoming shows on the books, it seems as though her next appearance will come from the Wildhorse premiere on November 2. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.