Equipped with a brand-new RV, a batch of hooky original songs, a few million fans who cheered his run all the way to the semi-finals on the 2015 Season 9 "The Voice" talent competition, and an excellent band — actually, make that two excellent bands — Lyme native Braiden Sunshine is launching his first headlining national tour.
The junket started Friday in Ogunquit, Maine, makes a "bon voyage" stop tonight in Westerly at the Knickerbocker Music Center, then carries on for 30 shows in 58 days through the South, Midwest and West Coast before returning to Connecticut in late July.
Since his "Voice" appearances, Sunshine, now 17, has focused on learning the art of song craft and recording. He released the five-song "Braiden Sunshine" EP last year and is well along in the process of a full-length album. Also, with family and professional industry folks, he's outlined a career blueprint, which is a decidedly uncertain process in today's whirlwind music industry, where DIY innovation has replaced the dinosaur script of major labels.
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