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Big Shane, a DeRidder-based hip-hop artist, performs tracks from his album “Mixed Emotions” at the 101 Block Party in Austin, Texas, in May of this year. (Special to the American Press)

Big Shane, a DeRidder-based hip-hop artist, performs tracks from his album “Mixed Emotions” at the 101 Block Party in Austin, Texas, in May of this year. (Special to the American Press)

Big Shane DeRidder’s budding hip-hop star

Last Modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 2:51 PM

By Lauren Manary / American Press

Shane Peters is certain fame is within his reach.

“I don’t think it’ll be too long,” he said.

The 26-year-old DeRidder native comes off as introverted and quiet upon first meeting but on stage Peters becomes “Big Shane”, an explosive and larger-than-life hip hop artist who can command a crowd with just a microphone.

Peters just might be on that cusp of the big time. After seeing him headline during the Springboard Festival in Houston, Texas, Peters’ manager Ken Jackson said he could see a rare desire and work ethic that he wanted to invest in.

“I could tell the seriousness just in his voice when you hear him talk,” said Jackson, who added that he served 20 years in the Army and was used to managing people and separating the serious from the lazy.

“I wouldn’t be (his manager) if I didn’t think he was going to make it,” Jackson said.

Jackson got to know Peters after seeing a couple of his Texas shows, but was most impressed with his Springboard Festival performance last month. Originally scheduled to headline the hip-hop night, Peters was forced to perform the next night after scheduling mishaps. Tall, slim, soft-spoken Peters burst onto the stage during the rock and hip-hop night and hushed the skeptics, Jackson said.

“A lot of people weren’t expecting to see a hip-hop artist on that night so I had to do something crazy,” Peters said. “So I jumped out into the crowd and partied with all the fans and just got people on their feet and at the end of the show, they were feeling it.”

But those few moments on stage require hours of preparation. Most of his time he spends in his home studio writing new songs, practicing old ones or collaborating on new beats. He also spends his time marketing himself through social media and his YouTube channel Big Shane TV. His time, he said, is rarely spent doing anything but working toward that elusive dream of fame.

Peters said being from a small town, instead of nearby hip-hop powerhouse Houston, only channels his ambition more.

“I use (music) as motivation,” he said. “Because there’s a lot of people out here in DeRidder that aren’t doing what I’m doing. That’s why I post a lot of pictures and do a lot of video blogs, just to let people see what it is outside of DeRidder and maybe make them want to go visit or do what I’m doing.”

Music and DeRidder are as much a part of Big Shane as anything, he said. The town of a little less than 11,000 is a frequent topic in his songs and feature prominently in his music videos. In the music video for “Echoes” Peters raps in front the Beauregard Parish Courthouse, one of the prominent landmarks in DeRidder. In the video for “Venting” Peters sits on a stoop somewhere in DeRidder and tells stories his upbringing.

Peters’s next show is scheduled for July 25 at the Club Red Velvet just outside of New Orleans.

Those who wish to follow him on Twitter can follow @BigShane337 or check out his music videos at Youtube.com/BigShaneTV. 

Posted By: Hilair Peters, Jr. On: 7/21/2014

Title: Awesome Story!!!

This is an awesome story. Thanks for highlighting a young man for doing positive things with his life instead the negativities that plaque many of our neighborhoods.
I SALUTE the writer and the American Press!!!!

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