Straight out of high school, a local musician is preparing to make a life-altering change.
Singer-songwriter Bronson Bush, who graduated from Raceland-Worthington High School this year, has been accepted into Belmont University’s prestigious music program.
Bush has long been active in the music scene in Ashland, making his first appearance at 3 in church with a surprise song for his dad on Father’s Day. At 7 or 8, he said he knew he wanted music to be a career.
“I knew from the beginning it would take an enormous amount of work to be a successful musician, but that it would be more than worth it,” he said.
Songwriting started at 11 for Bush. “I had been exposed to it so much from visiting Nashville, I thought that I had better get on the ball. I had my first co-write when I was 12 with very successful songwriter Dillon Dixon. He acted as the perfect role model during those first few delicate months of my songwriting career. I learned a lot from him, and the other writers that I had begun writing with during that time.”
Bush sang with the Singing Kernels and made a variety of solo appearances in the Tri-State and has performed at the Bluebird Café, the top venue for Nashville songwriters, among other venues.
He said he will take deferred admittance to Belmont and start attending next year to give himself time to adjust to the transition. But the music won’t take time off.
“During that time, I will be performing at various places and songwriting with many friends of mine and fellow writers,” he said. “Belmont University is exactly where I am going next year. More specifically, the commercial guitar program (which is) one of, if not the best, in the country/world.” He already has been doing one or two shows per week in Nashville, with his first Nashville show at 9.
He said he’s looking forward to working in Nashville.
“There is only so much you can do as an aspiring musician/songwriter from little ole’ Raceland,” he said. “I know that Nashville is where I belong, because there are so many people that are just like me. Everyone sings, everyone plays, everyone writes, and if you don’t, you are the minority in Nashville.”
Appearances already are scheduled for Bush. He will appear at the first Youth Excellence Red Carpet Awards, scheduled for July 15 in Nashville at the Holiday Inn Hotel Nashville Opryland Airport, and he said he will continue to take advantage of performance opportunities at places like the Bluebird.
Bush already has some friends in Nashville and is planning to live in his own loft, which he and his family have kept for the last year.
“Life will be different in all of the typical ways and more,” he said. “I will be 333 miles away from my whole family, I will be on my own and I will be pursuing my dreams. I am excited to make the change.”
He said his parents are planning to visit and are taking his leaving the area well. He also noted he owes his success to them.
“I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today without them,” he said. “They have been the best parents that I could ever imagine throughout my whole life. It will be hard, being so far away, no doubt, but I think they can handle it.”
LEE WARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2661.