Beamer Wigley proves that nice guys don’t always finish last in his sophomore single and video I Knew — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
“When I first heard this song, it really resonated with me,” says the 16-year-old Kelowna country singer of his latest tune, which tells the tale of a busker who finds love at the bus stop. “The story line about a guy busking and wondering if he will ever succeed with his guitar, can apply to not just me but so many other musicians who start off the same way. It can get pretty discouraging when there isn’t much in your guitar case after hours of playing. Then you meet the girl and good things happen!”
Wigley’s introduction to the song was also a matter of good luck. “It was going to be cut by a really well-known artist in Nashville, but he changed directions and the song was offered to me, and I jumped on it,” he says.
“It just came together so well. I played all the guitar tracks except the base, and then we added a full drum kit and even had Danny Rader from Keith Urban’s band play some dobro on it. I just loved the final mix.”
Art continued to imitate life during the Vancouver video shoot, he says. “The storyline fits the song perfectly. It was still early spring so the weather had been snowy and cold, but the skies cleared up for us on the day of the shoot and it was beautiful sunshine. We shot in four different locations, including a bar, an amazing forest trail and river, on a rocky beach by the ocean and finally at a remote bus stop at around 9 p.m. when it really got cold. My poor co-star was freezing, so giving her my jacket as it says in the lyrics, was really what she needed. I felt bad for her but it worked!”
That’s not all that been working out for Wigley. Now 16, he is the youngest ever to be signed to award-winning talent agency Invictus Entertainment Group and label Big Star Recordings. He’s opened for George Canyon, Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett, Granger Smith and Dwight Yoakam, and was invited to participate in the CCMA’s Songwriters Series with Washboard Union, Kenny Hess and Livy Jean.
Recently, extensive time spent in Nashville has him under the management of prolific songwriters and industry leaders Keith Follese and his wife Adrienne (Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, Emerson Drive, Lady Antebellum). Together they wrote Beamer’s 2018 single Roller Coaster.