Some people spend their entire lifetime stricken with stage fright, but for 15-year-old pop country singer Afton Prater, the stage couldn’t be more comfortable. Afton, a sophomore at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale, began performing when she was 12, traveling to Kitsap, Pierce, and Jefferson County over the past three years, singing and playing guitar in a variety of venues. This August she’ll be visiting in Chelan County for two acoustic performances, one Aug. 3 at Smallwood’s Harvest market in Peshastin, and another Aug. 10 at the Wenatchee Valley Farmer’s Market in Wenatchee.
“I’ve been singing since I was little. At first it was a hobby, and then people started wanting me to perform,” she said. “It’s not like a job or anything. I love it, it’s something fun.”
Afton has taken her original music all around the state, and in May she took it all the way to Nashville, TN to record a five-track EP now available on iTunes, Reverbnation, and her official website aftonprater.com. Her and her mother, Carrie Prater, have worked in the last year to make Afton’s music known.
“Afton’s connected with Big Noise from Rhode Island, they’re an artist development firm,” said her mother, who doubles as her manager. “[And] she just got her web page up and running.”
Afton also works with MetroMedia, a group in Los Angeles that’s working to promote her. “Getting out there, trying to get people to hear you” is what Afton described as the hardest part of her music life.
“There are millions of people who want the same thing,” she said. Right now, her music can be heard on internet radio throughout the country, and she recently recorded a professional video with the band she’s been working with that will be available on her website.
“It’s awesome knowing that people are listening to your music that you wrote and spent so much time on,” Afton said. “It’s just such a cool experience.”