Baltimore Insider

Maryland candle to light up Country Music Awards

Maryland might not have the biggest presence at Thursday's Country Music Awards but its presence might be the best smelling.

An Eldersburg candlemaker has been named the official candle of the CMAs. That means that when Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson leave the show, there's a very good chance they'll have a few Unwined Candles in their bags -- and a little bit of Maryland.

"Best believe we have been putting in long hours making candle upon candle for all of our loyal and beloved customers as well as around 100 celebrities in Nashville," the little company wrote on its blog. "We are surely pinching ourselves and thanking our lucky stars for our good fortune."

Dave and Anna Neith became candlemakers late last year as a sort of second job -- Dave is a video editor while Anna is an administrative assistant. The couple wanted to earn extra money, but as the parents of three young boys, they wanted to be able to do it from their home. Candles fit the bill.

Until their big break with the music awards, they'd been selling their candles at area festivals and a few local stores.

The homemade candles are called "Unwined" because the Neiths put them in salvaged wine bottles.

They come in scents that could appeal to the country set -- there's "Gingerbread Lane," "Farmers Market" and "Pumpkin Pie."

The couple will be in Nashville this week, personally handing stars their ware in the celebrity gift lounge.

Read more about the Neiths and Unwined Candles.

@BaltInsider on Twitter