- Associated Press - Monday, July 28, 2014

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - Shane Peters is certain fame is within his reach.

“I don’t think it’ll be too long,” he said.

The 26-year-old DeRidder native comes off as introverted and quiet upon first meeting. On stage, though, he becomes “Big Shane,” an explosive and larger-than-life hip hop artist who can command a crowd with just a microphone.

Manager Ken Jackson said he wouldn’t be working with Peters if he didn’t think he could make it.

He saw Peters headline at the Springboard Festival in Houston.

“I could tell the seriousness just in his voice when you hear him talk,” said Jackson, who added that he served 20 years in the Army and was used to managing people and separating the serious from the lazy.

Jackson got to know Peters after seeing a couple of his Texas shows, but was most impressed with his Springboard Festival performance last month. Originally scheduled to headline the hip-hop night, scheduling mishaps forced him to perform a night later.

Jackson said tall, slim, soft-spoken Peters burst onto the stage and hushed the skeptics.

“A lot of people weren’t expecting to see a hip-hop artist on that night so I had to do something crazy,” Peters said. “So I jumped out into the crowd and partied with all the fans and just got people on their feet and at the end of the show, they were feeling it.”

Those few moments on stage require hours of preparation. Most of his time he spends in his home studio writing new songs, practicing old ones or collaborating on new beats. He also spends his time marketing himself through social media and his YouTube channel Big Shane TV. His time, he said, is rarely spent doing anything but working toward that elusive dream of fame.

Music and DeRidder are as much a part of Big Shane as anything, he said. The town of a little less than 11,000 is a frequent topic in his songs and feature prominently in his music videos. In the music video for “Echoes” Peters raps in front the Beauregard Parish Courthouse, one of the DeRidder’s landmarks. In the video for “Venting” Peters sits on a stoop somewhere in DeRidder and tells stories about his upbringing.

Peters said being from a small town, instead of nearby hip-hop powerhouse Houston, only channels his ambition more.

“A lot of people out here in DeRidder that aren’t doing what I’m doing,” he said. “That’s why I post a lot of pictures and do a lot of video blogs, just to let people see what it is outside of DeRidder and maybe make them want to go visit or do what I’m doing.”

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