SNC: Do you have anything else to add?Troutman: I would just like to say thanks to God and everyone supporting me and to come on out to Butler Community College in El Dorado on October 11 at 7:30 p.m. and October 12 at 2 p.m. because I am singing at the instrumental concert which will be in the Fine Arts auditorium in the 700 building and also The Vocal Concert “Imagine” is in the same building onÂ October 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.Â and on the 19th at 2 and 7:30 p.m.Â Tickets for adults are $5 andÂ children are $2 andÂ if you are wanting to attendÂ you needÂ toÂ reserve ticketsÂ byÂ calling (316) 322-3262 or 733-3262Â or by coming up to theÂ Butler Fine Arts Box Office also located in the 700 building. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Krystal Nelson · 361 weeks ago Zachary, words cannot express just how proud of you I am and proud I am to have had you as a student. What a jewel you are! Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Annie Troutman · 361 weeks ago And Krystal, I hope you will always know what an impact you had, not only in my son’s career choice but just in his life in general. Wellington High School was lucky to have had you for the short time you were here!!! Thank you so much for simply just being you!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments SNC: Who was an influence in your early years developing your voice?Troutman: That’s easy, Krystal Nelson was easily the biggest influence on my voice. If not for her, I would not be where I am today. My voice teacher Henry Waters has taken my voice to a whole other level though since I have gotten to Butler. SNC: What has been the reaction in Wellington to your singing pursuits?Troutman: Really mixed actually, a lot ofÂ individuals are super excited, but a lot tend to be irritated with the fact that I turned down The Voice; but the reality of it is that “The Voice” is a tool that only few get to prosper from. I think they average like five signees per season and I am with an agency that works not just with Universal Records, but over 100 other agents like Capitol Records, MGM, Def Jams, Fox and several other talent agents. I really wished people could understand that I have a bigger opportunity now than I ever had with “The Voice.” SNC: When did you start taking singing seriously?Zach Troutman at Kansas Wheat FestivalTroutman: To be honest I was a shower singer for a long time. I didn’t even know I was talented until I had the reaction that I had after the solo I performed in choir during the May concert of my senior year. SNC: What do you hope to achieve?Troutman: I really just want to reach people with my voice. Honestly, there are a few venues I really want to perform in before I retire butÂ more soÂ I think its just theÂ love forÂ the reaction I get from crowds when I sing; it’s an indescribable joy that falls over you that really just makes you hungry for more. SNC: Is there a particular type of music you like to sing?Troutman: Ugh, that’s the hardest question to possibly answer and I get asked that often. I love Jazz, but I really like to sing Folk Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, Contemporary Christian and some Country as well. At this point though I’m just trying to scope out what is best for my voice.Zach Troutman during a performance at Butler. (Courtesy photo). SNC: When did you hire a professional agent?Troutman: It was late July when I filled out the Contract, I’m not exactly sure on the day. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Funny what path life will take you.Take for instance, Zach Troutman, a 2012 Wellington High School graduate, who loved singing in the shower, but never gave it much more thought growing up.Zach TroutmanBut there is a reason for teachers. And if it wasn’t for the sharp eye (or ears) of Krystal Nelson, a former WHS Choir instructor, who thought Troutman was special vocally, he may have been off doing something else – not realizing his full potential or passion.Through her encouragement, Troutman got on stage at a high school music concert his senior year. His performance basically changed the direction of his life. He found his calling.Today Zach isn’t so much pursing his lifelong dream, as it is a new discovered journey. And so far it’s turning out pretty well for him.Troutman not only has a professional agent these days, but he actually told “The Voice” â€” a popular singing show on network television â€” thanks, but no thanks. He is singing at Butler County Community College with an opportunity to keep moving up the singing professional career ladder.Will it lead to bigger things? Only time will tell.But Kansas Wheat Festival fans got a taste of Troutman’s ability during a talent show at Sellers Park in July. When he stepped on stage, the sound system was unable to use his instrumental CD music he was to sing with. So he improvised and did the song a cappella. Were the instruments even needed? No one seemed to notice.We caught up with Troutman to ask a few questions about his singing career. Sumner Newscow: Have you always liked to sing?Troutman: I have enjoyed singing since before I can remember. SNC: Where would you like to be 5, 10, 15 years down the road?Troutman: I’d like to be comfortable I think just like everyone else, that definitely doesn’t mean I’m settling for second because I strive to be the best at whatever I do, but the music industry is so cut throat now that you could have the voice of anÂ angel and live on the streets because you never got the breaks needed to be successful. I definitely have a leg up on those people now because I have caught some breaks, but I hope God continues to bless the path I am on and who knows. SNC: Have you tried out for TV singing contests like “The Voice” and “American Idol?Troutman: I was actually waiting in line at “The Voice” when AMTC called and said they wanted to work with me. SNC: Right now where is your career at this time of your life?Troutman: Exploding really, the weird part about this process is that the majority of things I thought would be difficult are seemingly just falling in my lap. It seems like I get asked to do one thing after another and I really hope that continues. SNC: If I remember right you had a scholarship to sing at Kansas State. Is that correct?Troutman: Yes I received a scholarship, but did not accept it. I felt like financially it was smarter to go to a junior college and rather have them pay me than me pay them, and on that note I am gladÂ I made that decision because I found out really quicklyÂ when I gotÂ here that ButlerÂ has aÂ nationally recognized vocalÂ music program. SNC: Who is your favorite singer – i.e. someone you look up to?Troutman: Micheal Buble is definitely my favorite and I can easily look up to him because he’s not just vocally talented; he is extremely musically knowledgeable as well and I don’t think you see enough of that any more. SNC: What were the next steps in your singing career after high school graduation?Troutman: Audition, Audition, Audition…All I did was audition, I had several offers, but Butler definitely caught myÂ eye especially when Valerie Mack personally called me and offered me a full ride.