Things have been looking up for Jonny McLain lately.
The 1990 Turkey Run High School graduate and current Clay County resident now has representation.
McLain, 37, will attend the ARTS, which stands for Applause Rising Talent Showcase, in Chicago. The event will take place May 28-30.
At the event, he will have the opportunity to perform a 90-second clip of his original song, "No Wind For My Sail."
Agents, casting directors, producers, managers and industry executives will be at the event, including representatives from Nickelodeon and Capitol Records among others.
McLain heard about a talent group that came through the area recently and was able to perform for them. In turn, he hooked up with them.
"I've been trying to get in the business for a while," McLain said. "I figured, give it a shot."
McLain said by performing his song at the event, he would have an opportunity to meet industry powerhouses that could put him in a good position.
"This could get me in to writing jingles for commercials," he said, adding the possibility of writing songs for movies could be offered as well. "This is the closest I've ever been."
The self-professed songwriter penned his first song, "The Weekend," in 2000. He went into a friend's studio in West Union, Ill., to record the song four years later.
"That's where it all started," McLain said. "I've been in and out of the studio since."
He now spends most of his time recording in a studio near Chicago.
One of his more recent efforts, "One Star, One Stripe At A Time," is currently available for download at www.paradiseinnovations.com. The single will be officially released to the public through the independent management company March 1.
McLain said his music has a southern-rock tinge to it.
"We've had several companies looking at it," McLain said. "(There are) all kinds of events I'm scheduled for."
McLain competed locally in the Colgate Country Music Showdown in Terre Haute last year, but did not place. However, he competed later in the year at Connersville and placed second.
He said he intends to perform in the showdown again this year, but is unsure where as there are several competitions held statewide each year.
With the ARTS event upcoming, McLain's representatives have him scheduled for other events, including photo shoots and workshops to help him prepare for meeting agents.
"It all comes down to if somebody likes you, they like you," McLain said. "It is hard (to get noticed). But it's time to roll."