July 16, 2014 6:10 pm

Local musician opening act for one of the country’s music’s biggest superstars

He’s often referred to as the gentle giant of country music in southern Alberta. Trevor Panczak has been writing, singing and performing since he was 14-years-old. He has thousands of local performances under his but the 33-year old couldn’t believe the amazing news he received this past Sunday.

Panczak has been chosen to be the opening act for Tim McGraw, one of the biggest country music stars in the world.

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“I got the best call of my life from Ron Sakamoto. He said what are you doing on the 22nd? Do you want to open for Tim McGraw? I said let me think about it? Ok yes!”

Panczak was raised on a farm near Magrath and those who know him say he’s never given up on his dream of becoming a music superstar. He recently achieved a Canadian first by advancing to the national final of the 26th annual Colgate Country Showdown in Nashville, Tennessee. Panczak was one of five finalists in the largest country music talent search in America.

He has opened for many acts including Ian Tyson, Dan Seals, Aaron Lines, Julian Austin, George Canyon, Jimmy Rankin, & Keith Urban. Panczak has never wavered from his small town values and upbringing. He continuously partners with local charities to improve communities in the area. $1 from his album “Roll On” is donated to the Ronald McDonald House children’s charity.

Sakamoto, president of Sakamoto Entertainment, says his clever lyrics and laid back humor captures the hearts audiences wherever he performs.

“He is at that point now. He has some great music coming out. Trevor has an album being produced in Nashville right now that is really taking him to the next level. It’s time to get him out there on the big stage and performing in front of the biggest audiences in Canada.”

Trevor Panczak and Tim McGraw perform on Tuesday July 22 at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

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