Let’s face it, even the most highly successful music artist had to start somewhere! Every performer, singer, songwriter, or musician likely began pursuing their dream after being moved by a real-life experience.
Plenty of artists got their start after attending their first concert, while others found their passion following the purchase of their first full-length album. Some artists even had to climb the ranks, oddly enough, by digging ditches for extra cash to find their way to playing on stage in front of thousands of people. Meanwhile, others have stood in giant crowds to see bands play on stage before ever hitting the road on their own.
After paying his dues and learning the ins and outs of the business, though, Ian Flanigan has been able to make a career out of what he loves to do! And, he can now reflect on his journey and see how far he has come.
Luckily, for readers Music Mayhem has decided to go back to where it all began for Flanigan, and find out some of the biggest moments that have helped shape him into who he is today!
Check out these cool first-time experiences that have made an impact on Flanigan throughout his life.
First album purchased: Eric Clapton’s Unplugged.
First concert attended as a fan: Kenny Chesney/Rascal Flatts.
First musical inspiration: My guitar teacher, Chuck Missasi.
First musical memory: My mother playing old Elvis records.
First show i’ve ever played: A dive bar called Smoking Devaneys II, in Orlando FL.
First job: I worked with my father in his Dry Cleaners since I was 14.
First song you’ve ever written or released: I wrote a song called “Village Green” way back in the day. I don’t think you could find it anymore.
First date: My first date was also the same Kenny Chesney show.
First time you felt you made it: After my first show at a dive bar in Florida. I was 17, and I was hooked!