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Teen Pursues Music Dreams

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Plenty of teenagers are still trying to figure out who they are, and what they want to do with their lives. Ian Ridenhour appears to have known what he's wanted to do since he was an infant. And now, at the age of 13, he's well on the way to accomplishing it.

They say everyone marches to the beat of a different drummer. Ian's parents recognized that very early on.

"When he was two, he just became obsessed with music videos and wanted to play along with it. And we gave him a lot of, just stuff to bang on in front of a Fleetwood Mac video. And he would stay there for the whole two hours and just imitate the musicians on stage. And when the styles changed, he would change his style, even at two," says Ian's mom Gwyn Ridenhour. 

Ridenhour has never taken music lessons, although he has had some music theory classes. He just plays by ear. He's a composer as well, and is preparing to record his own album this summer.

"It's 14 original songs, all of which, you know, I've written," says Ridenhour. "I've already recorded two, and then three will be in Black Mountain, N.C. That will be nine in Bismarck, but it's all original stuff that I've done. It's primarily alternative rock with elements of pop and funk in there. There are some ballads that are more on the side of, you know, pop side. I've got a song on there that is a nine piece vocal ensemble, which is pretty much completely different from everything else on the album."

Ridenhour doesn't have a big record deal. He's raising the money for the recording using Kickstarter, an online source of financial backing. In exchange, donors can receive things like CDs, posters or even a mention in the liner notes.

And he has plenty of time to kickstart his career. When he graduates from high school next year, at the age of 14, he and his family will return to their native North Carolina, where he'll pursue his dream full time. A few years later, when he's 18, he plans to go to college.

Ian needs to raise $5,500 to cover the cost of recording at Makoche Studios in Bismarck, as well as in North Carolina, along with
goal so far, but he only has until Wednesday May 7 to do it. If you'd like to help, go to kickstarter.com and search under music for Ian Ridenhour.

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