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A star is rising in Nashville North

Nausea and nerves aside, MacKenzie Porter said she's going to seize the moment when she steps on to the stage of the Saddledome Sunday to open for country superstar Kenny Chesney.

Porter, 21, was crowned the winner for the 2011 Nashville North Star contest last night.

“I'm still kind of shaky a little bit but I'm really excited,” she said. “The opportunity to open for Kenny (Chesney) and this whole experience has been really amazing.”

Porter is not the only musician in the family and is all too familiar with singing competitions. Her older brother Kalan Porter won Canadian Idol in 2004.

“He just called me before the show and wished me good luck,” she said. “I haven't decided yet but I think one of the songs I'll be playing at Kenny Chesney's concert I wrote with Kalan.”

Porter said she's played for a crowd of 10,000 people with her brother before but playing for 12,000 Chesney fans will be a different experience.

“I'm sure I'll be extremely nauseous and my heart will be pounding, but just the opportunity itself is so cool, so I'm just going to try to live in the moment and enjoy it.”

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