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  • Shannon McNaughton


We got the opportunity to chat with emerging pop artist, Becoming Young, as he works to establish his music career in Nashville.

What and who shaped your music style?

I am enamored with Dermot Kennedy—his raw, authentic songwriting speaks to my heart, and his music has played a significant role in my life. I’m also a fan of Matt Maeson. I enjoy pop that is grounded by organic instruments like acoustic guitar.

I also listen to indie/alt music that’s off the beaten path: Two Feet, Tom Walker, Shallou, Hozier, Beauville, NoMBe, and Harrison Storm.

I don’t listen to a ton of straight pop music for pleasure, but I very much enjoy making it. I appreciate tracks that feel modern. In the pop realm, I vibe with pop artists like Jeremy Zucker, Lauv, Troye Sivan, JP Saxe, and Vance Joy.

When did you realize that you wanted to do music professionally?

After college, I spent a few years working in commercial recording studios. I kept playing my own music on the side, but I was securely rooted as an engineer/producer. After a big life change, I started dating a girl who believed in my songs. She listened to my lyrics deeply and saw me as a real artist. This gave me much-needed confidence. I then started playing my songs for more and more people and got enthusiastic reactions.

Over time, I realized that I have a distinctive outlook on the world and that my perspective can help people process things going on in their own life. I’m grateful to be on this path.

What drew you to Nashville?

I moved to Nashville because I didn’t know a single person here and wanted to challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone—I had to make all new friends, build new support systems, and find a new way of life. I’m so happy I moved here instead of LA or New York.

What I love about Nashville is that it has the liveliness of a big city, but still maintains a small-town feel. If you meet someone somewhere, you will likely see them again. Soon.

Favorite spot in Nashville?

I like to look out over the city at Love Circle. You usually will see people sitting on blankets on the ground, just taking in the view. It’s a great vibe.

A Nashville staple that you can’t get enough of?

That one’s easy—Hattie B’s hot chicken. So delicious!

Do you have any new and upcoming projects?

I have one more single in the works and then I’ll be taking time off from releasing in 2022 to focus on writing. My focus will be on distilling the essence of Becoming Young into a new body of work.

Where can we find you on social media?

Send me a DM on Instagram @becomingyoung - I’d love to hear from you.

Stream "Standing Down" here.


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