Local musician currently ranked 27th in national contestWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Grammy-winner Don Was has produced work by The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and John Mayer — and now local musician Zack Fletcher has a chance to work with him.
“Before this, I wasn’t familiar with him, but I’ve probably heard stuff that he’s produced,” Fletcher said. “He’s worked with a lot of different people. … I guarantee I’ve heard some of his work already.”
As part of Guitar Center’s Singer Songwriter contest, Fletcher’s music videos are featured online. The more views the videos get, the more points he receives.
“Even if I weren’t to move on, so many people have been able to listen to my music. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from it,” Fletcher said.
Ten finalists will be hand-selected by Was and the judging panel to perform live in Los Angeles. From there, Don Was will choose a grand prize winner.
The grand prize is recording a four-song E.P. with Was, which Fletcher already has songs to record.
“The E.P. that I [already] recorded has five songs on it and I probably have another 25 that are about ready to be recorded so I’d be picking from a pretty large pool of songs,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher said he grew up on classic rock and is influenced by The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. He received his first guitar at 11 years old and since has wanted to be successful with his music. He began writing original music in 2008.
Being a Bowling Green State University graduate, he is involved with the community of Bowling Green and active with WBGU-FM and BG Live Wire. He has performed at The Clazel, Howard’s Club H, The Stones Throw and Grumpy Dave’s Pub.
Fletcher said he knew about the contest last year, but didn’t have any videos to submit. So, he collaborated with his cousin Kyle Lock to make music videos for this year’s contest.
“I knew I needed them anyway,” he said. “The first time I saw the contest was going, that was just a reminder for me. I [didn’t] have anything I could submit to this even if I wanted to.”
The contest runs through Nov. 9 and Fletcher is competing against 8,000 other musicians. As of Oct. 29, Fletcher had 3,763 points and was in 27th place.
Anyone can help Fletcher earn points by viewing his videos here. Sharing his videos will award him points as well.