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Rising Stars: Meet Lewis Christian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lewis Christian.

Hi Lewis, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
By the age of 12, my parents put a cheap Squire guitar in my hands, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to play guitar or not. My desire to learn changed the moment I heard the feeling that those like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Buddy Guy could pull from just six strings. Over the years I spent learning, failing miserably, and learning some more, I found guitar to be my passion. More specifically, I’ve found sharing the emotions evoked from behind the guitar with a live audience to be my passion. So I packed up and left my small town in Minnesota to make a go at doing what I love down in Austin, Texas. I wear my heart and soul on my guitar at every show.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I have definitely had my share of struggles along the way. One can get caught up pretty easily in the “musician life”. It can mess with your mind and body. I have thankfully never had an issue with drugs or alcohol but I definitely know many people who have gotten wrapped up with them; living a so called “musician’s life” thinking you’re a superstar with a few fans gawking over you. In my experience, the biggest struggle for an up and coming musician is dealing with the time and work that is needed for a successful career. On average, I am personally playing about 15-20 shows a month. Each day consists of about 10+ hours of “off-stage work” for example, booking shows, creating promotional content, editing videos, posters, website, advertising, and marketing. That’s not including the hours of playing a show and load-in/load-out. It really puts success in a different perspective. Any successful musician (or any profession for that matter) has really put in their all and has worked long hours, even if it looks like things came easy. So, currently the biggest struggle has been being my own one-man team. But I love doing it. It’s my life’s passion.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a Blues/Rock musician in Austin, Texas. I like to think I specialize in putting on a great show with a unique set of original and fresh songs with my stellar band. We are set to record our debut record in late 2021, which is set to be released in early 2022. The songs we are recording are a fresh take on the Blues/Rock/Funk genre. I am most proud of how fast we’ve become a household name and built a following here. I have always played guitar for other bands for the past few years, but just began singing last year and formed a band. I believe we’ll be talked about more and more as we shake things up in the coming year.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I don’t really believe in luck. I believe in hard work and doing everything it takes to increase your odds to be successful. I keep chasing that percentage and try to get it to tick up a number each day. Some say I’m lucky because of my talents or becoming a musician, but they didn’t see how many countless hours I practiced, dreamt, and envisioned this becoming a reality. Each time I hear someone reference a successful person and say that they are lucky, that really diminishes the number of hours, level of work they put in. I can definitely say that I am extremely blessed to have such a supportive wife, Jasmine, and an incredible and loving family back in Minnesota who has always encouraged me along the way.

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