Jackson Guthy to open on Big Time Rush tour
Fifteen-year-old singer/songwriter Jackson Guthy is preparing to embark on a self-described "good adventure" as the opening act for Big Time Rush on its major winter jaunt.
"It's going to be a fun tour," Guthy told SoundSpike. "I'm excited about driving on the bus and just seeing all the different places."
Guthy said he has Ellen DeGeneres to thank. She invited him on her syndicated talk show after hearing his first single, "L-O-V-I-N-G," on the Internet.
"If Ellen hadn't done that, I wouldn't have had as many opportunities as I've had," he said. "I think of that as a real big blessing. She was a very kind, heartwarming person. I'm excited to go back and see her again" later this year.
Besides the Big Time Rush tour, the DeGeneres appearance has given him more YouTube hits as well as the exposure and notoriety needed to prepare for the second-half kickoff of his appropriately titled debut "Launch."
"I'm super thankful for that," he said. "I love what I do and I feel like I have a great thing going right now and I'm excited to keep it going."
It's just the beginning for Guthy. The next single, "I Got You," will be released soon to further preview "Launch." The collection is a collaborative effort with producer Franky Perez, who performed with Scars on Broadway and is a solo artist in his own right.
"I wrote all the songs with my producer Franky Perez," Guthy said. "We had little fights here and there, but we work really well together. It's always going to be worth it because of the end final product. It's always worth it. There are ups and downs with everything, but it was just a really good experience."
Guthy explained that Perez brought out the singer/songwriter in him. He helped him learn to "stay true to my art" and stay grounded at all times.
"He also helped me just become better and better at what I do," he said. "In the end, you're going to get better and better rather than juts sticking to what you're good at."
Guthy said listeners will be surprised at what they hear in "Launch." He described his music as having "a lot of old-school influences with a pop feel, mixed with old-school Motown."
"It's definitely going to be worth the wait," he said. "I think people might really like the sound. It's not what people expect. I'm excited to surprise people with it."
17 - Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood (w/ Big Time Rush)
18 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre (w/ Big Time Rush)
19 - San Jose, CA - Event Center at San Jose State University (w/ Big Time Rush)
20 - Sacramento, CA - Memorial Auditorium (w/ Big Time Rush)
22 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center (w/ Big Time Rush)
24 - Rosemont, IL - Rosemont Theatre (w/ Big Time Rush)
25 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre (w/ Big Time Rush)
26 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Center (w/ Big Time Rush)
28 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre (w/ Big Time Rush)
1 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino (w/ Big Time Rush)
2 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center (w/ Big Time Rush)
3 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena (w/ Big Time Rush)
6 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center (w/ Big Time Rush)
7 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena (w/ Big Time Rush)
9 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall (w/ Big Time Rush)