Jared Porter, a California born artist who moved to Australia at age 15, has been announced the winner of the Fender Contender Challenge. Voted the fans’ favorite, he will be first to perform at Country Summer, Northern California’s biggest country music festival June 5th-7th, 2015 at Sonoma County Event Center. And on top of that, he will also be the winner of the $5,000 grand prize!
More than 400,000 votes were cast to determine the Fender Contender Challenge four finalists and ultimate grand prize winner. Porter was surprised to hear he was the winner on Froggy 92.9 recently. “Wow man. This is great news. This is so cool!” he said on the Rob and Joss Morning Show, calling in from Queensland Australia.
Porter was the 35th Australian Star Maker winner in 2014. Since winning that award, he has performed at the CMA World GlobaLive Concert in Nashville, toured with Australia’s biggest names in country and recorded “East to West,” his debut album.
He recently signed an international co-publishing agreement as a songwriter with Dog Whistle Music Australia and Dan Hodge Music Nashville. “Deep End,” the first single, climbed the official radio airplay charts to Number 3. “Pieces,” the second single, a duet with Kaylee Bell, went one further reaching Number 2.
Currently on tour in Australia, Porter looks forward to venturing back to the Unites States to make it big on the Country Summer stage.
In addition to Porter, Country Summer presented by Lithia RAM of Santa Rosa, features 13 entertainers. Country Summer 2015 headliners include Jake Owen on June 5th, The Band Perry on June 6th and Brantley Gilbert on June 7th.
The June 5th lineup will also include Gary Allan, Chris Young and Parmalee; June 6th also includes Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Frankie Ballard and The Swon Brothers; and June 7th also includes Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin and Cassadee Pope.
Daily tickets start from $69 for general admission, $99 for reserved seats. A limited number of discount three-day packages are available. To purchase tickets, visit www.countrysummer.com or call 800.514.3849 to order by phone.
See Jared Porter’s Fender Contender Challenge winning video here:
For more information, visit Jared Porter’s website at http://www.jaredportermusic.com/