This week's New Artist Spotlight features rising country artist Clayton Anderson. Born and raised in Bedford, Indiana, Anderson was introduced to music at an early age. According to a profile on the rising star in NKD Magazine, his parents invested in a guitar for him to practice on when he was young. Anderson spent his early years playing sports, making him more of a “Friday Night Lights" kind of guy in high school. It wasn't until the end of high school that Anderson reunited with his guitar. He fell in love with the guitar around campfires with his closest friends who would sing, teach, and play along with him. Anderson said in an interview with NKD Magazine, that a music career became a reality to him after he and his friends played their first gig.
Things started moving quickly for Anderson when he made the leap and entered Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star competition. To his surprise, he won the contest, setting him up with a slot to open up for Chesney. After the encouragement of winning and feeling the rush of performing on the stage that night, Anderson knew that there was no other option than a career in music. Not long after, he packed up and moved to Nashville, making his music career a reality.
Anderson released his latest EP, Only To Borrow, in 2016. Sounds Like Nashville describes that “the six-song project paints the soundtrack for an ideal honkytonk setlist, filled with upbeat jams to dance to, along with slower tunes that make the listener want to grab that someone special in close and sway the song away." “In The Dark," the single from the EP, was featured on Spotify's “New Boots" playlist for several weeks, gaining attention from fans and the industry alike. The music video for the track debuted on CMT earlier this year, checking off yet another bucket-list item for any rising country star.
The dreams kept coming true when Anderson had the opportunity to open up for Keith Urban and Dustin Lynch at the Indy 500 in May. Growing up in Indiana, the Indy 500 was a staple of Anderson's childhood, so we can only imagine how great it felt to perform on the main-stage at this event.
the best #indy500 week i've ever had by far @firestonetires #legendsday! can't thank you enough @indianapolismotorspeedway! @patmcafeeshow thank for taking me on @bobandtom and letting be a part of the @barstoolhrtland fam. @josefnewgarden thanks for being a friend and rocking out with us on stage! @keithurban thanks for letting me on your stage. thank you @ricflairnatureboy, meeting you was the raddest and you were such a great ambassador for the race. Lastly and most importantly, thank you fans for showing up early to see me play. It meant the world to me. I'm still on a high thanks to you! And most important of all thank you to all our service men and women! #memorialday
Be sure to listen to Only To Borrow and catch Clayton Anderson on the road in the upcoming months. His shows are energetic and the perfect amount of rowdy, so you don't want to miss out! We are huge fans of Clayton's and we can't wait to see all that he accomplishes.