McLain placed second in the Colgate Country Showdown in Connersville during the weekend after performing two of his own compositions.
McLain is not from Clay County originally. He grew up in Parke County and graduated from Turkey Run High School in 1990.
McLain said he began writing and performing music five years ago.
Since then, the 36-year-old has started performing local, playing shows at small venues and parties.
In May, he entered the Colgate Country Showdown contest in Terre Haute, but did not place.
However, the experience whetted his appetite for performing so he looked for other places to play.
"It interested me, so I decided to look on the Internet to see where else I could compete and I ended up in Connersville," McLain said.
The interest paid off as he placed second behind Connersville resident Lesley Roberts. McLain received a trophy for his efforts and has the opportunity to compete in the state Colgate Country Showdown if Roberts is unable to attend the event, which is scheduled for Aug. 16, in Indianapolis.
For his weekend performance, McLain performed "Where Did You Go," and "Feel," two of his own compositions.
At the Terre Haute competition, he performed, "Where Did You Go," and "Waiting."
"Being a songwriter, and struggling songwriter I might say, I just want people to hear what I'm doing and get my name out there," McLain said.
Currently, McLain has nothing on his schedule, but he is updating his myspace.com page, which may be accessed at www.myspace.com/jonnymac1972.
McLain has posted "Where Did You Go," along with "Feel," and "Beautiful Blue Eyes" on the website.
The Colgate Country Showdown, according to its website, has existed for 27 years. It is designed to find promising country music talent in the United States while also giving those performers a chance to launch their careers.
According to the website, the showdowns begin nationwide each spring with more than 450 talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations.
Winners have the opportunity to advance to state competitions, which take place at state fairs and expositions.
Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the state title and an opportunity to advance to one of five Regional Finals, which is the final step before the National Final, a competition that is televised. Finalists in the National Final compete for a grand prize of $100,000.