Feature Client: Travis Singleton

Jon Ostrow on Mar 27, 2012


Travis Singleton is an indie-pop artist from Morristown, TN. He's purposefully steered away from the latest pop craze in digital production and computer-enhanced backing by sticking to the formula that musicians have been using for decades: plug in and play.

How did you get started in the music industry?

I began playing guitar when I was 13, but didn't begin writing original music until I was 20. In 2004, I began playing local coffee shops, etc. in the Knoxville TN area. From there, I traveled to western North Carolina and northeast Tennessee doing the same. Things just naturally progressed, and my passion & desire to be a performing songwriter grew stronger.

In April 2009, I left my full time job to pursue this career on a full time basis. It was a huge leap of blind faith, but something that I had been planning for both mentally & financially. It was a now or never moment. I haven't looked back since, and I'm the happiest now that I've been in years.

What has been the proudest moment in your career?

Last June, I had the great privilege of performing in front of a capacity crowd at the renowned Scala venue in London as a part of The Peoples Music Awards 2011. My single release Breathe was the runner-up in the Pop category out of 2000 total entries. It was covered by BBC Radio and broadcast on EuroChannel. It was a surreal experience, and a series of moments I'll never forget.

What inspires you as a songwriter?

Life inspires me. My own. The lives of others. Things I've experienced myself or watched others experience. My goal as a songwriter is to write about things that are real, things that are true. I want three different individuals to listen to one of my songs and give me three different interpretations.

Not that my songs don't have specific meanings, but I find the most fulfillment when someone relates to my songs in a way I may never consider. Other artists inspire me, of course. The constant challenge of being different and unique from the countless other songwriters/performers out there.

You're an ASCAP writer. How come you chose them?

I think their reputation speaks for itself. Honestly, it's as simple as that. I love the relationship they offer their artists.

What projects or events are coming up for you that the Songtrust readers should know about?

In December 2011, I began work on my new album The War Within at The Record Shop studio in Nashville. This is by far the most ambitious project I've recorded, and even more so it's the best representation of me as a songwriter and performer.

The group of songs comprising this record are a natural progression in my songwriting abilities, and I truly believe they represent what I'm trying to accomplish from a stylistic and creative standpoint. I can't wait to share this with my fan base. They've been so supportive, both emotionally and financially. I've had so many donations to help make sure the funding of this caliber of recording project is complete, it's astounding.

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