This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Spencer Crandall, performing in Stoney’s Rockin’ Country (at Town Square) Las Vegas October 21 (along with Avery Anna). In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Spencer talks about finding his artistic self -“ always want to sit down with an acoustic guitar and tell a country story”; why he loves experimenting and production from all kinds of genres; why he always fights for the steel guitar in his recording sessions; how, going from album to album, he “transcends and includes”; why he dares to fail; The Grand Ole Opry; and how the Internet changed his life.
Denver-native Spencer Crandall is an independent country music singer/songwriter and entertainer. His sound features a blend of country storytelling with non-traditional production elements—reflecting influences ranging from Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake and Drake.
Raised in a music-loving family, Crandall grew up attending summer country concerts with dreams of being an entertainer, idolizing touring sensations like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. For a senior project in high school, Crandall decided to pick up the guitar and learn to play. The next year he headed to Grand Junction to play college football, until facing a career-ending shoulder injury. With the spare time on his hands during recovery, Spencer began to sing and write music, ultimately growing a steady following on social media by posting videos of dorm room performances of his original music.
In four short years, Crandall has amassed more than 100 million streams across platforms as an independent artist, with two album releases debuting at No.1 on the iTunes country charts.