Meet country heartthrob, Austin Burke who is sweepin’ up the scene with his looks and his latest single “Sleepin’ Around”. We’re super excited to watch this talented guy continue to grow on his musical career. Get to know this guy in our feature below!
Your single “Sleepin’ Around” has gathered the public’s attention. What are your thoughts on the this release? I am extremely excited about this song! As an artist you look forward for the opportunity to show your music to people, but I have to be honest I was so nervous to actually release the song. You write the song, record the song, and hope for the best. I am so humbled by my fans reaction to this song and I am excited to release the EP very soon.
Can you tell us the story behind writing “Sleepin’ Around”? Sleepin’ Around was actually my idea that I brought into the write and it stemmed from a couple things. I have two younger sisters and I was so tired of how country music was portraying women at the time. I wanted to write a song that not only showed respect for women, but a song that showed what type of guy I am. I love that even though the song title is provocative, the message is pure. I wrote the song with Will Rambeaux and Sherrie Austin, two of the most talented writers in Nashville, and they really made the song what it is.
What made you want to become a musician? I knew I wanted to be a country singer when I was sidelined by a rib injury in college while playing baseball. I went home, plugged in my guitar and played music for hours. When I was a young kid I sang the national anthem for every sporting event in Arizona by the age of 5 and was also on the Rosie O’ Donnel show twice, so music was in my blood. However, it wasn’t until that day in college that I considered making music a career. I still love baseball and always will but making the move to Nashville was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Are you planning on releasing more music in 2017? I am. I’m currently recording one more song, and once that is finished I will be releasing a 5 song EP. I can’t wait to release this music, especially after the reaction to Sleepin’ Around.
Who are some of your influences? I have a lot of icons in music, but my biggest hero is Garth Brooks. I have listened and danced to his music since I was able to walk. When I was younger I loved the sound of his music, but as I got older I appreciated the lyricism and stories in his music. I also love Garth’s ability to entertain. I’ve mimicked Garth’s moves since I was 3 years old and study concerts of his like a quarterback would study game tape. With all that said about Garth, I am also a huge fan of artists like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Toby Keith, Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi, and Sublime. I have a very wide spectrum of musical taste.
What drives you to keep chasing your dreams? Music is all I have. It is what I love more than anything in this world. I’m living my dream right now just being able to play music every day.
CONNECT WITH AUSTIN:
Facebook- Austin Burke Music