Texas native Zane Williams is making a lasting impact in the country music scene around the state. His new CD which was released in 2013 is already getting airplay in the state. You can pretty much say that this homegrown artist is destined for fame. Zane has been continiously involved with the project Troubadour, TX which is a documentary TV series that follows singer/songwriters who are chasing their dreams within the Lone Star State. He has been featured alongside country musicians Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, and Jack Ingram.
His single “Overnight Success” from his recent album is a song that I believe could go mainstream within the next year or so. Check out the interview with Zane Williams and listen to “Overnight Success”
Tell me about yourself, where did you grow up? Moved around a lot…born in Abilene, TX but also grew up in KY, WV, and CA. So I never really had a hometown exactly…but now we live in my wife’s hometown of McKinney, TX and love it!
Has the way you grew up influenced your music? I grew up in the Church of Christ, where there are no instruments and the whole congregation sings. So I definitely have a love for multi-part harmony and try to feature that in my songs when I can. I also read a lot as a child, which is why I love to tell stories and use descriptive imagery in my songs.
Who in the country music scene, can you compare yourself to? I’d say I’m a cross between Zac Brown, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban.
You just had a new CD come out last year, any big plans for 2014? Maybe a US Tour? Absolutely! Last year we played 150+ shows per year in Texas and Oklahoma. As our momentum with nationwide radio and CMT continues to build, we’ve been exploring new markets beyond Texas and we plan to do even more of that in 2014!
Overnight Success….is this song a memoir of your career? OOOhhh, yeah. I’ve lived out literally every line in that song. Except doing Letterman and Leno…that’s still on my to-do list. I joke sometimes that that song is painfully true…the fact is though, I love the journey and I’m having a blast.
Your featured on Troubadour Texas, what sets you apart from all the other acts? I write all my own songs, and write by myself, so the songwriting is definitely an emphasis for me. I’m also different from most in that I spent nine years in Nashville before moving back to Texas and putting down roots. So I have firsthand experience with both music scenes.
If you could collaborate with any country musician past or present who would it be and why? Garth Brooks is who got me listening to country in the nineties, and it’s still a dream of mine to get to work with him someday. His passion and the way he treats people inspires me.
Would you rather play big venues or smaller intimate venues? I love them each for different reasons. If I can be successful in the big venues, then I’ll have the freedom to do select intimate venues when I want to, which would be the best of all worlds.
When you are on stage do you ever observe what’s going on in the crowd? What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen? I love making eye contact with the crowd when they’re into it. Of course if they’re acting crazy it can be a little distracting. The craziest stuff I’ve seen is at Larry Joe Taylor Fest in Stephenville, where there’s a huge crowd of intoxicated young people doing all kinds of wacky stuff. Most of it is not mentionable in public…you’ll just have to come watch sometime! Ha
Do you have any formal education in music or is it something you’ve always had an act for? I took classical piano lessons growing up, but I’ve learned the guitar mostly on my own. I wish I had studied music in college but at the time I didn’t know I would be doing this for a living someday
Have you ever made a mistake on stage? Oh yeah, I’m always forgetting words or what day of the week it is. It’s even more embarrassing to say the wrong town name, but we’ve all probably done it. Once I blurted out something my wife didn’t want me to say, and she got mad and left me at the venue! Oops
Who is the funniest person in your band? On stage that would be our bass player Nathan Jones. He played a comical role in our music video for “Overnight Success” and really stole the show. Offstage our fiddle player Mike Horne says some hilariously funny and inventive stuff.
Who are your biggest supporters? My wife, kids, parents, and in-laws. My record label BE Music…I couldn’t do it without those folks. Also my super fans…I call them the Zaniacs…it’s a group of dedicated fans that come to most every show in the DFW area. They’ve all gotten to know each other and it’s a great community of people. I’m lucky to have them on board and count them as my friends.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? I want to make the absolute best country music I can make, and if I do that I think the sky is the limit. To have a national following of Zaniacs would be a dream come true. The Zac Brown Band has built a huge, dedicated fan base and they get to do really cool events all the time. That’s the goal for me, and I believe it’s totally achievable in the next five years.
Zane went on to finish the interview with this to say to his fans!
Thanks for your energy, support, and enthusiasm! Without you this music wouldn’t exist! I’m proud to be a part of your life and hope you’ll come say hi to me at a show soon.
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iTunes: Zane Williams