Landon Wall may be a Hunter Hayes tribute artist, but Sunday it was Hayes who paid tribute to Landon
Inviting the 11-year-old Trinity Youth to Perform on Stage with Him To Over 20000 Fans
“It was amazing,” said Landon, who joined the country music star on stage Sunday night — in front of a reported crowd of about 20,000 fans — at the Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “I kept on pinching myself, wondering if it was a dream.”
It was a dream — a dream come true — for the aspiring musician, who performs his Hunter Hayes tribute act with Mini Starz, a Myrtle Beach-based troupe of young performers who impersonate celebrity singers.
Mini Starz had sent Hayes a couple of videos of Landon in action, singing and strumming his guitar, and Hayes was impressed enough that he contacted the rising sixth-grader. “At first it was just going to be a meet-and-greet,” said Landon’s mother, Angela Wall, “but then we got an email that Hunter would like Landon to perform a song with him on stage. It was such a huge blessing, a little boy’s dream. Landon thinks the world of Hunter already, but then to be able to meet him and perform with him, it was really a great experience.”
Hayes performed about five songs before inviting Landon to join him on stage for a rendition of “Secret Love,” one of the songs Landon has been performing in his tribute act.
“Say hello to Mr. Landon Wall, everybody, This dude’s a rock star.” Hayes told the cheering crowd as he pointed at a confident-looking Landon.
Hayes shared the story about seeing Landon’s videos, explaining that he’d invited him to perform with him because “I just wanted to jam with this unbelievably talented gentleman.” Earlier in the day, Landon visited the star’s tour bus, where they decided which song to perform together, and then rehearsed it.
He later rehearsed the song with Hayes’ full band. “I thought that was really cool,” Landon said. “They just made me feel like I was part of the band.” Backstage at the concert, Landon met the members of the country supergroup Lady Antebellum. “I handed them my business card,” he said, “and they gave me a guitar pick, so that was pretty cool.” Landon’s love for music goes back several years, when his parents bought him a little First Act guitar for Christmas. His father, Ken, taught him a few chords — and they write songs together — but now Landon studies under Dom McManus, a noted guitarist based in Stokes County.
Landon is also learning to play piano and the drums, “and he wants to play every instrument there is,” Angela said.
“My dream is to try to be as good as Hunter Hayes one day,” Landon said. “He’s just a really, really nice guy, and he’s really humble.”
In addition to “Secret Love,” Landon performs a couple of other Hayes songs, “Storm Warning” and “Wanted.” He also performs a tribute act impersonating English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, wearing fake tattoo sleeves and a red-haired wig to look the part. He used to do a Justin Bieber tribute act, too.
Landon has also performed in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe and the Commodore Grille, but he especially enjoys performing “street concerts” in Nashville, where passersby stop and listen, then toss tips into his guitar case. According to Angela, Landon earned enough tips to pay for a $3,500 custom Taylor guitar without any help from his parents. “Wow,” Landon said of his big weekend in Myrtle Beach. “God is awesome.”
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New Music Weekly (NMW) Nominee Female Country Artist of the Year 2015, Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominee (HMMA) 2015 Eileen Carey with her latest hit song “Sweet Love,” will be meeting and greeting her fans while signing autographs at the CMA Fest in Nashville this week (June 11-14). Eileen is currently on the Top 20 NMW Indie Country chart, Internet Country & Main Country Radio Chart, Wildhorse Independent Superstars Top 30 Country chart and on the Independent Music Network. Eileen’s career has never been better and appearing at the CMA Fest in Nashville is just what her fans have been waiting for.
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I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
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