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Clayton McBroom set to wow Nashville at Josie Music Awards

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[Editor’s note: The article has been updated to show that the song “Beer Cans at a Red Light” was originally written by Matt LaRoux.]

The South has produced some of the world’s greatest music artists, and Louisiana resident Clayton McBroom is no exception. McBroom has received several nominations at the Josie Music Awards and is preparing to once again show Nashville his grit.

Born in Longview, Texas, McBroom found his passion for music in his late teenage years.

“I actually started my career in 2017 or 2018, I just kind of really got into it,” said McBroom. “I was about 18 years old and decided to see how far I could take it.”

McBroom set out to make a name for himself and found his musical inspiration in another family musician, his grandfather.

“He had a band in Alaska a long time ago. They moved back to Louisiana and played for Louisiana Hayride,” said McBroom of his grandfather.

After diving into music, McBroom soon found himself meeting famous artists and making important connections, leading him to where he is today, with three nominations at the 8th annual Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN. McBroom has been nominated for Traditional Country Song of the Year for his song “Echoes of Love”, Traditional Country Vocalist of the year and the Fan’s Choice Award.

“This is the world’s largest independent awards show and they have it at the Grand Ole Opry House this year,” said McBroom.

McBroom has wowed at the Josie Music Awards before, having been called Male Rising Star Vocalist of the Year in 2019 and Modern Country Song of the Year in 2020 for his song “If Someone Would Listen”, a song themed to suicide awareness.

The Josie Music Awards takes place Sunday. However, Nashville is hosting a collection of events for the inaugural JMA Fest that begins Saturday. McBroom will be making an appearance at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and performing for JMA Fest in the vocal competition.

When asked what he would be performing, McBroom chuckled and said, “It’s kind of got a funny name. It’s called ‘Beer Cans at a Red Light’. When people hear the song, they will absolutely love it!”

“Beer Cans at a Red Light” was first performed for McBroom by his friend Matt LaRoux outside of the studio and became one of McBroom’s favorites.

If he proceeds to the finals, McBroom plans to perform his own rendition of Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes”.

McBroom has garnered a lot of support from local fans who are wishing him success.

While the awards will not be streamed, fans can still cheer him on and show support by visiting him on ReverbNation and YouTube.

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