Christian Buttshaw is ready for his big moment. He just needs the stage.
Buttshaw, who graduated from Austin High School in 2012, is taking his music career to a new level this year and he hopes to make a splash by entering The Opening Act competition.
If he wins, Buttshaw will open for a major recording artist at the Hollywood Bowl in front of thousands of fans. Last year, Coldplay was the lead artist in the contest, which is vote-based.
“I have great fans and great people here supporting me,” Buttshaw said. “I love music more than anything. There’s no better feeling than getting on stage and motivating people. Everyone here matters and I’m proud of every single person. Be you.
Buttshaw discovered the competition on an Instagram announcement and he is currently in the top five of his group with a good chance of advancing to the next round.
Buttshaw recently released his debut album “Dad Shoes and Tattoos” on YouTube which features 11 songs. One song is called “What Makes Me” which highlights his upbringing and life in Austin. The song mentions his struggles with drugs, where he nearly died from a methamphetamine overdose, his time in the military, and his acceptance of fatherhood.
“That’s part of what made me, me,” Buttshaw said. “It humbled me. I’m more grateful for my life now. I just feel like a new man.
Buttshaw recently played a show at the Paramount Theater and hosted an album release party in Austin. He has learned a lot about the process of creating music and performing over the past year.
“This year, I am fully into the music. It’s something I love and I feel like I’m going to turn over a new leaf this year,” Buttshaw said. “It’s like having a second job. I work as a union glazier during the week and work on my music during my lunch breaks and on my way home from work.
Buttshaw’s music spans various genres and he has kept the curse of his recent songs.
“You have to set a good example for the kids with your music,” Buttshaw said.
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