Nathan Ware of Hickory Flat, who has developed a large following of fans already, is set to release a 10-song CD of his original work, with a concert at the Cherokee Arts Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.
The album is titled “Nathan Ware.”
Ware, who was born in Alpharetta, said he grew up in Hickory Flat and attended Sequoyah High School.
“Most of my songs are a mirror of my struggles and accomplishments over the years, such as losing my grandfather in 1996, and from that I wrote ‘The Life He Won,’” Ware said. “When it comes to song writing, as long as I have a guitar and a pen and pad, I can take out my frustration and sadness; that is what I use for my emotions, how I deal with things.”
That human touch has helped propel Ware to where he is today.
Nick Vecchio, co-owner of the Painted Pig Tavern in downtown Canton, said Ware is always a popular draw when he comes to town.
“He has quite a following. He is an amazing musician,” Vecchio said. “There is usually such a large crowd when he plays here that we remove all the chairs and tables, and it is standing room only.”
Vecchio said the restaurant is providing all food and beverages for the event at the Art Center on Saturday. After the festivities, Ware will be making his way to the Tavern where he will play until closing, which could be as late as 2 a.m.
“The after-show party is where he will play on a more intimate level,” Vecchio said.
Ware said he is ready for the evening and looking forward to the launch.
“I am up for whatever it takes. I love being on the stage. When you are up there, you don’t think about anything but the moment you are in,” Ware said.
Ware started playing guitar when he was 14 and spent his early years at local talent shows and coffee houses in the community.
His inspiration came from his family’s Southern gospel group called The Ware Boys, according to his bio. As he studied vocal dynamics and guitars, Ware developed a musical dream of his own.
While he first tried to pursue his dream full-time after graduating from high school, he eventually had to put it aside.
In 2007, he was introduced to Sugarland’s band leader, Scott Patton, through pro-recording engineer Bruce Bennett, and they both took an interest in Ware’s talents. In 2009, Ware recorded a three-song demo CD with the help of Patton and Bennett.
“This 10-song album has developed off the original three songs I produced,” Ware said.
Ware, who sings and plays the acoustic guitar, will be joined on stage by his band, including an electrical guitar player, bass guitar player and drummer.
While a lot of artists want to see sales in the millions, Ware said he just likes reaching his listeners.
“Every artist hopes a CD sells a lot, but what I really want to happen is for some verse or some chorus to reach someone and they can have the experience I had when writing the song. That is what means the most to me, and hey if it sells, that is good with me, too,” Ware said.
For information on the concert, visit cherokeeartscenter.org or call (770) 704-6244.