A Gaston County musician has been nominated for the Carolina Country Music Association’s 2024 North and South Carolina Entertainer of the Year award.
Garrett Huffman taught himself how to play guitar and began writing songs during the pandemic.
This was his first big step into the musical world, and he has been playing ever since, he said.
After graduating from Gaston Christian School in 2022, Huffman, now 20, already knew where he was headed, and less than a year after walking across the stage, he had already landed a record deal with Irongate Records in Nashville.
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Since that time, Huffman has written more than 50 songs and released six of them on streaming platforms, he said.
When he is not traveling to South Carolina to record songs, Huffman plays live music at Pita Wheel, Hickory Tavern, and other locations in the county.
In May of this year, Huffman was nominated for the CCMA Entertainer of the Year award.
Since then, Huffman and several other country artists have made it through round after round of eliminations.
Each month the CCMA posts a list of artists on their Facebook page Carolina Artist Showdown, and the artist with the most votes every month goes on to the next round.
This month is the final round, and Huffman is up against five other artists including Taylor Richardson, Dalton Davis, Velvet Rodeo, Jordan Pickett and Nicholas Vernon.
The award ceremony will be held in Myrtle Beach on Jan. 20, and the winner will have the chance to perform at the South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April at Furman College in Greenville, South Carolina, according to information from Carolina Artist Showdown.
“My family is amazing. They help me every single step of the way. I couldn’t do it without them,” Huffman said. “I also want to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for allowing me to get to this position and allowing me to do what I do.”
Huffman recently formed a band and is looking forward to seeing where their journey in music takes them.
“A vote would mean so much,” he said.