Charlton teen signs music contract with big-time Nashville agent

Charlton teen signs music contract with big-time Nashville agent

CHARLTON, Mass. — Even as a kid, Liam Coleman could rock. Coleman has had a love of music ever since he could sit up in a high chair, using his spoon as a guitar.

It appears the 17-year-old high school senior from Charlton is hitting all the right notes.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about and now that it’s actually happening and everything is going into effect it is a dream come true,” said Coleman.

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That dream includes signing a recent music contract with Marathon Talent Agency out of Nashville. The owner and CEO is Shrewsbury native Peter Strickland, a big wig in the music industry. Strickland has managed the careers of many country superstars like Blake Shelton and many others.

“Big and Rich, Faith Hill, Dwight Yoakam, Hunter Hays, Jana Kramer, Brett Eldredge and a lot in between,” said Strickland.

Strickland and his wife both have family living in the Charlton area who saw Coleman playing at a local brewery last year and raved about him.

After that, the Auburn fire chief’s son was quickly put on Strickland’s radar.

“His voice just stands out," said Strickland. “I played his songs for people I know and then I tell them that’s a 17-year- old artist and they’re like, wow, he sounds like 25 to 30-years-old on recordings.”

The two Massachusetts natives hope to climb the country charts together.

“The dream is to be playing sold out shows all across the world," said Coleman. “I’m going for it and I don’t want to let anybody get in my way. This has been my dream since I was a little kid and I want to achieve it. I want to go for it big, hopefully play big tours and stadiums.”

Coleman plans to graduate high school before moving to Nashville and then concentrate on his music full-time.