Braden Stover takes next steps in music career

Having made his mark on his home state of West Virginia, country recording artist and 2012 National Youth Volunteer of the Year Braden Stover has taken the next steps in his growing career, moving to Nashville, Tenn.

Having been admitted into the Belmont University political science program, Stover will also be finishing work on his latest studio album with producer Dan Mitchell at Music Row’s The Tracking Room.

“For so long I’ve dreamt of making the move from Jane Lew to Nashville,” said Stover. “Years of writing, recording, performing and hard work have finally led to this… I’m excited to begin this next chapter in my life and make my home state of West Virginia proud!”

It’s a move that’s been in the making since 1998 when, at the young age of 4, Stover took an interest in music and began working to hone his musical talents. From ages 7 to 12, he competed in every talent competition he could enter, most of which took place in West Virginia. Though offering opportunities in experience and practice, these talent competitions yielded few results until, at age 12, Stover entered the Mountain State Forest Festival and won first place. With this win, he decided to take a break from competing and instead work to take his music to the next level.

Stover began playing fairs and festivals in West Virginia and the surrounding areas. He also started writing his own songs, using his skills in guitar and the help of the occasional co-writer to create his signature sound – “Clean, all-American pop-country” His gift of writing didn’t go unnoticed – it garnered him an invitation to attend the first American Idol camp in Massachusetts, where he attended writing and performance workshops. Drawing from music influences Brad Paisley, George Straight, Keith Urban and Cletus T. Judd, Stover’s music tells stories of home, love and bullying – something he’s chosen to make his platform in life.

Along with anti-bullying campaigns, Braden also reaches out to the senior community, taking a day each month to perform at the local nursing home. It is from these efforts that Braden was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by the West Virginia Health Care Association and, ultimately, was named the 2012 National Youth Volunteer of the Year in Las Vegas.

With many accomplishments under his belt, a move to Nashville seemed the logical next step.

“I look forward to what 2013 holds – bringing new music to my fans, touring… All while immersing myself in college life.”

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