Local country artist Trevor Panczak is making waves on the national scene with the release of his first new material in four years.
“For a Girl,” his latest single released on Oct. 24, has been racing up the iTunes Canada Country charts. In just over 24 hours after its chart entry point of No. 114, the single climbed its way to No. 25.
Panczak has been travelling the country on a one-man radio station tour for the past three weeks, visiting 23 cities from Vancouver, B.C. to Moncton, N.B.
“No matter where I go in the country, it feels really good to get random texts and messages on social media that they’re playing my song at home. The support I have at home is phenomenal and I can’t thank everyone enough,” says Panczak.
He celebrated the release of his first official video, “For a Girl” at Average Joe’s in Lethbridge on Oct. 28. The event, presented by Sakamoto Entertainment and Country 95.5FM, attracted approximately 300 fans.
“They liked the video so much we had to play it again for them,” Panczak said with a laugh.
This is the first time Panczak’s had a song perform this well on iTunes. Previously, his top-charting song was “The Drinking Song (Songwriter Boogie)” that was released in 2009 and hit No. 72 on the Canadian country chart.
“We’re five positions away from surpassing that, which is pretty exciting,” he says.
According to Panczak’s Facebook page, “For a Girl” is sitting at No. 77 on the Canadian country chart this week, only five weeks into the release, which makes him the “No. 33 Canadian on the chart.”
His success comes riding on the heels of some exciting times in his life. Panczak opened for Tim McGraw last July in Edmonton and the Zac Brown Band in Winnipeg in August. He played the Nashville North Stage at the Calgary Stampede for the second year in a row.
Fan support “is everything” to Panczak.
“If I didn’t have fans, I wouldn’t have the network to do what I love,” he said. “I’ve been trying to make Alberta my backyard as I push the boundaries from a regional country artist to a national name, and that’s where we’re at. We’re on the verge.”
Trading his piano lessons for a guitar at age 14, Panczak says it was the right choice.“It was something I couldn’t get enough of. I still can’t.”