One of our favorite ladies on the country music scene right now can do a little bragging this morning as Joanna Smith was voted by her fans as 99.5 The Bear's Breakthrough Artist of 2011. Joanna took over 40% of the vote and beat out such fresh new voices as Sunny Sweeny, James Wesley, Edens Edge and more.

Joanna played our Taste of Country Christmas Tour in Lubbock back in 2010 and we fell in love with her right then. "Gettin' Married" continues to be heavily requested, esp. by our Texas Tech female listeners.

Joanna joins a group of talented musician from Georgia who found success in 2011, including our friend Brantley Gilbert who played our Taste of Country Christmas Tour this year.

Congrats to Joanna for being voted 99.5 The Bear's Breakthrough Artist of 2011 and keep up the great work. Expect something in the mail soon Joanna!

Here's Joanna's winning song to get this celebration started.

Joanna Smith - Gettin' Married