LOCAL ROOTS, LIVING THE MUSIC CITY DREAM
NASHVILLE SINCE BIRTH
Zach Donegan grew up in Shelbyville, just south of Nashville, in a family with strong musical roots. Now, he’s chasing his own Music City dreams as an artist himself.
For Zach, music has always been an integral part of life. “My grandad played in the Jack Daniels band, so I grew up watching him tour,” he says. “When you go to one of my family reunions, out of like 25 guys in the family 22 of them play some sort of instrument or sing. It’s just a musical side of the family.”
It’s a gene Zach certainly inherited. “My mom told me before I was able to say full sentences I could sing very word with her on ‘Strawberry Wine,’” he says.
Growing up so close to Nashville, Zach’s aware that the artist dream doesn’t come easy. While he writes, records, and plays shows, he’s also sporting a full time job at a glass framing company and is a new father. “He takes naps, goes to bed, that’s my writing time,” he says.
And while it sounds like a pretty hectic spread, it’s all prepping him for what’s next, and building a strong work ethic along the way. “I do a lot of traveling on the road already,” he says of his job, “so I’m ready for the road life. I’ve got a lot of practice miles in.”
While the demands to make it work are always high, Zach keeps a balance that’s yielded him some impressive results. The Tennessee native just released an EP, a six-song set that he describes as alternative country. It has some cool twists; take “Could’ve Been The Whiskey,” which describes a hook-up with a girl way out of the singer’s league and explains how he might have gotten that lucky.
He’s also got some pretty cool collaborations in the works. “I’ve got a buddy who I write with most of the time who’s a rapper, so we like to do some collabs where he raps on some of our songs,” he shares.
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