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Teen singer hoping single will soon hit the airwaves
By Brenda Sexton, The Courier-Herald
Buckley country-western singing sensation Blaine Larsen isn't a betting man, but he and a couple of Nashville music producers are gambling his latest single will pick up some air time at radio stations across the country.
"We're just throwing it out there," Larsen said, and added, "I just have a good feeling about it."
The threesome - Larsen and Nashville producers Tim Johnson and Rory Lee - are placing his independent "In My High School" single on a CD scheduled to arrive in radio stations across the country Jan. 26 and expected to hit airwaves the first week of February.
This particular CD is filled with new releases, or "test tracks," from various artists including big names. For example, Larsen said, his cut could be on the same CD as Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney. Of course, that, he conceded, can also work against an independent artist like himself. However, he has a marketing company that will be helping him try and get air time.
Larsen, who signed a contract with Sony Music Nashville last year, pulled out of the deal after management changes and delays in producing an album.
He's starting from scratch and hoping this independent single will stir some buzz and someone in the industry will take notice. The goal, he said, is to work the single into a radio station's play list, which in turn will open up other avenues.
"It's a long shot, obviously," he said. "This doesn't work normally and it probably won't work for us, but we've got to try."
Larsen, 18 and a senior at White River High, said this is a good time for him to release "In My High School," a song he co-wrote with Johnson.
"It's such a perfect song for me to do now while I'm still in high school," Larsen said.
Johnson and Lee are providing the financial backing for the release.
"These guys are phenomenal human beings," Larsen said.
Larsen and Johnson wrote the lyrics and music about a year ago. He said it's a story song about high school.
"It's a powerful song," Larsen said. "Everybody that's heard this song really likes it a lot. They say, 'Hey, that was so true,' or 'that was my high school.'"
Larsen anticipates he will perform the song at White River High School's commencement exercises in June.
Plateau area residents can catch Larsen performing "In My High School," acoustically, along with other songs, from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday at Godfather's Pizza in Enumclaw.
Brenda Sexton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org