SHORT TAKES : Singer Says Affair Hurt Career

FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES

Country music singer Traci Peel says publicity from her romance with Mayor Bill Boner, who is still married, may be hurting her bookings.

"If you think that I have become a big draw with all the publicity, that's not the case," she said.

"If anything, I've probably lost some dates," Peel said in an interview this week.

Boner, 45, a former congressman, has announced he plans to marry the singer when his divorce from his third wife is final.

Peel, 34, who has been singing professionally since the mid-1970s, performs in nightclubs and for conventions and fairs. She is a former member of The New Seekers pop group and briefly was in the backup band of country singer Ronnie Milsap.

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