Local singer sets sights on Nashville

Montana Modderman musician
Singer Montana Modderman hangs out at Coquina Beach enjoying the sun in the weeks before her first single “Didn’t Mean To” is released. - Kristin Swain | Sun

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Local musician Montana Modderman’s first single, “Didn’t Mean To,” is out now and the 21-year-old is ready to take her singer/songwriter style of country music all the way to Nashville.

“I’m super proud of it,” she said of the single, which she describes as “an unexpected love song.”

The song is a delicate, almost melancholy piece with soaring refrains chronicling a story of how love is sometimes found in unexpected places, and featuring Modderman on both vocals and guitar.

With her single now available for purchase on iTunes and to stream on Spotify, Modderman has set her sights on a bigger goal – moving to Nashville and recording an entire album. Once in Nashville, she hopes to collaborate with other artists and hopefully land a record deal to help make her dreams of becoming a country music star a reality.

“I’m so excited to be up there, to be in Music City,” she said. “It’s a big move.”

Modderman said she’s always known that she wants to be a singer. She’s been playing guitar since she was 13 and songwriting since the age of 7. Born in Grand Rapids, her family moved to Bradenton Beach when she was in elementary school. Though she’s now settled in Bradenton, Island residents may know her from her work at local sweet spot Cupcake Delights. Modderman also had small parts in the films “Click Clack Jack” and “Growing Conscience” in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

When she’s not working on her music, Modderman said she loves to come to the Island’s beaches, spend time with her family and friends, work on her writing and travel the globe. After her senior year of high school, she said the opportunity arose for her to travel to Paris for three weeks which she described as a “wonderful experience” that encouraged her to want to travel abroad more. Right now though, her focus is on promoting her music and making the move to Tennessee.

“Even if I move, the Island will always have a special place in my heart,” she said.

Fans can follow Modderman and her music on social media.