Troy Stentson

PEV brings you another up and comer in the feel-good genre - country music (well, feel good much of the time). Troy Stentson lays it all out for us on where his inspiration comes from: "I think as an artist you pull inspiration from many different things, but for me, my inspiration comes from the love of good old country music. For me it's what it represents and what it stands for. It's about the people, the places. Those are the things that make country music what it is and that's what inspires me."
Troy is getting under way now, so keep up on his progress. He plans to "Keep pushing, keep pursuing. The only thing I know for sure is that I'm on the right road. Now I'm  just looking for someone to say 'Come on in and pull up a seat. Beer's on the house!'" Aren't we all. There's a bunch more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ's. 

XXQs: Troy Stentson

PensEyeView.com (PEV): Tell us how you first got started in the music industry.

Troy Stentson (TS): Like many other country artists I grew up singing in church. Some of my earliest memories were singing in the kids choir as a little boy and eventually graduated and getting to sing with the "big boys" in the adult choir. It was sort of like a right of passage. It meant you were big stuff! I decided to pursue this musical journey because, well...when you know that your born to do something then you simply must do it. It's in your blood, it's what make you tick. Not doing it is not an option.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Troy Stentson?

TS: Fans can expect a guy who is as real on stage is he is off stage. I'm a guy who loves to have fun and tries to not take life to seriously. But I’m also a very passionate guy as well and I try and bring that to my music. I want my fans to feel what I feel. Weather that's pain and heartache in a sad song or somethin' rough around the edges in a "let your hair down it's a Friday night" kind of song. For me, life is full of ups and downs and i want my fans to walk away with as much of me as possible.

PEV:  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you write a song?

TS: Is this me? If there's one thing I can't do it's what I call "force-birthing" a song. I can't write about something I know nothing about. When I write it comes from a place of familiarity weather that's from the events or from the emotions. I have to feel what I’m writing. 

PEV: What is your creative process like?

TS: Haha...my creative process is all over the map! Very rarely will I write a song start to finish in order. I can't tell you how many starter songs I have that aren't finished. Pieces here, pieces there. Sometimes ill have lines that started out in one song that end up finding a home in another song because I feel like it fits better over here. I have songs that I may start on one day that I won’t finish till several weeks later. For me it's all about how I’m feeling in that moment.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for you?

TS: I think as an artist you pull inspiration from many different things but for me, my inspiration comes from the love of good old country music. For me it's what it represents and what it stands for. It's about the people the places. Those are the things that make country music what it is and that's what inspires me.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

TS: Haha...let's see do I want to answer that? I think people would be surprised to know that I’m anal when it comes to organization. I can't stand clutter or messy things. Like the fridge, I hate a messy frig. Everything has it's own shelf. And everything that's not in its original packaging must be in Tupperware. And all the can labels have to be facing out so you can read them. Ya, it's pretty bad.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

TS: I knew that I always loved music. I think I came out of the womb singing. I've wanted to be different things growing up. I've changes my mind so many times over the years. But the one thing I always came back to was singing. And I think that says something about where you focus is and what your truly passionate about. So I think once you find that, no matter what it is, you must have the guts to pursue it and the faith that God will open the right doors for you to make it happen.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play?

TS: I love traveling and music is the one thing that allows you to do that. Weather it's singin' with friends in the backs woods of Tennessee or in some great big city. My goal is simple. To see and experience as much as I can with the time I'm given.

PEV:  How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

TS: I think it's so important to have that strong support system. Sometimes it's a friend sometimes its a family member. A mom, dad, aunt, uncle, whoever it my be. Find those people and hold on tight to them. Because those will be the ones that are willing to ride the waves with you. I been blessed with a great family and friends that i sometimes probably don't deserve. But they have always been supportive of me and i know that they will be there no matter where my journey leads me.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time?           

TS: Well like I said I love to travel so I try and do that as much as possible. Otherwise you can find me recharging on the ranch or hanging out with friends. I'm really one of those guys that can find pleasure in whatever I’m doing or wherever I’m going. I'm pretty easy to please, at least I think I am. I don't know, maybe some would beg to differ.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

TS: Wow that's a hard one. There are so many great artists out there! I would love to sing with Carrie Underwood. I was a fan of hers ever since she walked across that hard wood floor on audition day for American Idol (which I predicted she would win by the way). I think she’s an amazing woman with one heck of a voice! And pretty easy on the eyes too! As far as past artist I would have loved to sing with Elvis. Unfortunately he died when i was to young to appreciate his music, but I look at him today and I’m in awe of what he was, what he became, From such an early age to go from humble beginnings to this "untouchable being" fascinates me. But what I love about him is that no matter how famous he got, no matter how wealthy he was. He was still the most generous, kind hearted person. He got it, he understood it. And that means somethin'!

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think would be your career?

TS: I've always had a passion for animals. I'm so jealous of those guys that get to get up in the morning and play with monkeys or swim whales for a living. Growing up i was always that kid that tried to convince my parents that we needed every animal known to man living in our yard!

PEV: So, what is next for you?

TS: Only God knows that one. For now I just take it day by day. Keep pushing, keep pursuing. The only thing I know for sure is that I’m on the right road. Now I’m just looking for someone to say "Come on in and pull up a seat. Beer's on the house!"

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