Songwriter Spotlight: Afton Prater
Afton Prater, a 24 year old pop-country artist from Washington state is now making a name for herself down here in Nashville, Tennessee. She learned how to play guitar from her mom when she was around eleven and was greatly influenced by country music legends like George Strait and Garth Brooks. She grew up in a family that loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting. You can hear her roots in her music she's putting out today. When she was fourteen, she came to Nashville with her mom and they took a trip down to record five songs. When she was eleven, she started performing live from playing coffee shops to local saloons.
Prater wrote the song, "I Want a Truck," when she was sixteen and a truck company wanted to license the song to use in their truck commercials. From that moment on, a door opened for her to perform our national anthem for the Seattle Seahawks for celebrity sports games and opening for Kelsie Ballerini back in the day. Afton went to college for four years in Washington and kept her passion for music. There was always a clear path. She was writing and playing shows throughout college and knew she would move to Nashville when she graduated. "It seemed terrifying at first, I did know some people when I moved here but all my friends were in Washington state. That's how you make an impact, by taking it step by step."
"My music is changing directions. Songwriting looks different now. My music is now based on hunting, fishing and trucks," Afton Prater
Afton Prater took down her old music like most artists usually do when they grow in their vocal performance, writing, and production. She took down her old music because it didn't represent who she was anymore and who she wanted to be. Prater went through a re-brand and even went so far as to re-record her older songs. "It's hard not to compare yourself to others. You should only compare yourself to who you were a year ago and what you learned. We don't realize the growth until we look back."
Afton has been pushing her new single, "Barbed Wire," like crazy and it's working. She sees younger girls doing videos of the song on TikTok and social media. Barbed Wire is about strong, independent women and how first impressions are not always correct. She wants to be a good role model for the younger generation and show girls can do anything they want to do. This single sounds as if Miranda Lambert and Kelsie Ballerini had mixed their vocals along with instrumentation and production. Prater is focusing on her next release already and always trying to connect with people whenever she can. She has a unique and authentic fanbase on TikTok already and growing by the day. Afton is inspired daily by the people who comment on her posts to keep going and to keep writing.
Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@aftonmusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aftonpratermusic Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0JB1lyHC44YHZyrNUScdP7?si=g3YlH2yiRL2ecNNAdTGU4Q&dl_branch=1&nd=1 Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/afton-prater/660935066