Northwest Indiana man receives one of the most prestigious recognitions in country music


One of the most prestigious accolades in country music has been awarded to a Northwest Indiana man.

Nate Venturelli brings a crisp and unique story to the country music stage.

“I really don’t know any musicians who preach about unions or blue collar workers… I’m proud to be a union organizer and write music about that,” said Venturelli, who is a union organizer.

He came to prominence locally, in his hometown of DeMotte with his song, “Union Man,” written about his grandfather who was also a union organizer.

“I wanted to get the union image out more than it is because it’s a great life and college isn’t really for everyone,” Venturelli said.

Last month, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Venturelli received the Josie Music “Male Rising Star” award. The competition is the largest music awards show for independent artists in the country.

Venturelli beat out 50,000 other candidates.


“My heart sank in my stomach. I just didn’t think it was real, you know,” she said.

Even more shocking considering the 31-year-old didn’t start singing in public until four years ago or picking up the guitar until he was 25. He hopes more people can identify with his music than he does, it’s not the norm in the glitz and glamor of the Nashville music scene.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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