Midland Violinist Rhett Price Tops the Charts on iTunes
Zora Asberry NewsWest 9
MIDLAND - A violinist born and raised in Midland became a YouTube sensation in 2013 after doing a cover of a Taylor Swift song.
Rhett Price had a passion for music ever since he was young, his mother played in an orchestra and suggested that he learn to play the violin. He quickly fell in love with the instrument and began to follow his music career.
Rhett went from being homeless to playing a cover of the Taylor Swift song "I Knew You Were Trouble" that would soon go viral.
"I was born and raised in Midland and then I went to Greenwood High School," Price said.
After graduating from high school, Price attended the Berklee College of Music.
Paying for school and trying to keep up with the cost of living in Boston was more than he could afford.
"No money, no job, no connections of any kind whatsoever, all I had was this idea of the violin being the vocal, being the vocal line, being the vocalist of a band," Price said.
Rhett started off like many aspiring artists, playing music in subways for extra cash, which soon led to his big break.
"I put up the video and I was like, well, I hope people like it, and then a week later, I was on the phone with Huffington Post and Seventeen Magazine, things just got absolutely insane," Price said.
The YouTube video quickly gained recognition resulting in 1.5 million views. His video sparked national attention and he is now touring and making music of his own.
"I just released my debut record Kesha's Mom, I just released that January 20 and it charted number 10 on the iTunes alternative chart, number 12 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and 27 on the Billboard Classical Chart. So I guess it was all worth it," Price said.
Rhett hopes that his journey will inspire the young people of Midland, that no matter your dream, no matter where you come from, you can do whatever you put your mind to.
"It doesn't matter, it doesn't matter if you come from money or don't have connections or you have nothing, and it's literally just you and your dream and a talent. There's nothing in this world that you can't make happen if you really wanted to," Price said.