DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Mississippi Valley Fair has inspired an up-and-coming musician with Quad City roots.
Nick Boyd is a Rock Island native and Alleman High School graduate living in Nashville, Tennessee. He recently penned a song called 'County Fair,' inspired by his summer nights at the fairgrounds.
"I wrote it back in April when I was kinda wrapping up classes, and school was really tough. Finals were coming up, and I was just really longing for summer nights and summer fun," said Boyd.
You may recognize Boyd for his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, which he's performed at more than 35 Major League Baseball games. For the past two years, though, Boyd has attended Belmont University in Nashville, studying music and trying to make it as an artist.
"It's tough, because it's an industry full of failure. You get more 'no' than you get 'yes,' but I think that only makes you tougher, only makes you better," said Boyd.
And the struggles haven't stopped Boyd from chasing his dreams.
"I love it. I've always loved performing for people. I like putting smiles on people's faces, just connecting with people. I love doing that," said Boyd. "I really have a passion for music, so I'm gonna go for it."
Boyd said he's been focusing on songwriting, and would love to hear another artist record 'County Fair.'
To listen to the full song, visit Nick's Facebook page here.