“I went to Nashville for my 16th birthday to record and write songs with some very talented writers. I got together with Benji Harris, who’s really awesome, and I basically told him what was going on in my life. I told him I was turning 16 today and I really wanted a truck. Then he came out with the line “I want a truck” and we took off from there. I loved the song from the beginning!” – @AftonPrator
January 21 – 6:40 pm et
Episode #291 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/01/21/episode-291-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax
GETTING TO KNOW AFTON PRATER
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
I grew up with a very musical family…
My mom learned how to play guitar and she began to teach me when I was 11. I also remember my dad would sing me his favorite country songs. Music was always a big part of my life.
I Want a Truck…
I went to Nashville for my 16th birthday to record and write songs with some very talented writers. I got together with Benji Harris, who’s really awesome, and I basically told him what was going on in my life. I told him I was turning 16 today and I really wanted a truck. Then he came out with the line “I want a truck” and we took off from there. I loved the song from the beginning!
My music is both country and pop…
Every song on the album I feel passionate about and it will be that way for every song I record. People find the songs very relatable, which is my hope when people hear them. The songs on both my EPs were recorded in Nashville and a lot of people put hard work and effort into them . I hope that a lot of people hear my music and will look forward to hearing future songs. You can find my music on my webpage, iTunes, local businesses, at shows, and on other social media sites.
I live in the small town of Seabeck, Washington…
It doesn’t have much of a music scene, but the surrounding towns like Bremerton, Tacoma, and Seattle do. We usually travel to perform and I love traveling!
I love to write songs, play guitar, perform for others, play sports, be outdoors, hang out with friends and family, and just have fun!
I’ve met a lot of cool people in the music industry, but I find it very challenging. A lot people have the same dream to succeed in the music industry and I believe that anything Is possible. Being rejected happens and that’s something everyone experiences, you just have to get back up and show them that you can do it.
Social media is a great way to promote music and upcoming shows. I love how I can communicate with fans and other musicians. I love posting about my music career and hearing people’s feedback.
Singles vs an album…
Talk about the differences in your marketing strategy to support your preference.
I would love to have 5 minutes alone with…
With either Miranda Lambert or Taylor Swift because they are business savvy women. I love their songs and I’ve seen both of their amazing performances live.
Current and trendy…
Yes this makes it challenging because it does seem that the music industry focuses on what’s popular right now. That’s why it’s important to stay up to date on current music.
I am most afraid of…
Nothing really when it comes to music. I feel that it’s all about being yourself and expressing that in your music.
My personal definition of success is..
I would say that success is when you find yourself happy with where you are in life and have overcome challenges that make you a stronger person. I’m proud of the time I sang the National Anthem at the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game in Safeco Field. It was televised and in front of 30,000 people. It was an awesome experience!
My over all goal for my life & career is…
To be able to support myself and be happy.
3 Ways that I challenge myself
1) Songwriting because I have to keep producing new music
2)Performing because it keeps me up to speed
3)Networking because it’s really important to connect with other people in the music industry