Duck Dynasty controversy puts local teen in spotlight
When 15-year-old Noah Hinshaw wrote “Duck Dynasty Way” in July, he never dreamed the song would propel him into the spotlight at the year’s end.
Winchester musician Noah Hinshaw was thrust into the spotlight after posting his song “Duck Dynasty Way” on YouTube in support of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. He says he just wanted to support Robertson’s religious and free speech rights and never expected the frenzy that followed. Noah says he gives all the glory to God.
Noah hails from Winchester, where he is home schooled. He is a typical teenager who loves the outdoors, hunting, golfing, and riding four wheelers. Unlike typical teens he is also pursuing a music career, is a preacher and a public speaker.
Noah published the song on YouTube to show his support of Phil Robertson following A&E’s suspension of the reality TV star for insensitive comments made during an interview. The song has had more than 21,000 views and Noah has received letters from fans across the country.
“I posted the song on YouTube to show my support for Phil, because I think he is being persecuted for his faith,” He said. “Phil gave an answer, if the word of God says its wrong, then its wrong. “I support Robertson 100 percent.” Noah says when he wrote the song back in the summer, it was just for fun and he never expected to do anything with it. “I wrote it just for fun,” he said. “I didn’t even plan for it to be on the CD, but my producer loved it and wanted it on the CD.” Noah received letters from fans from as far away as California and New York, including one very special letter from Willie Robertson’s mother-in-law, Chrys Howard, who had this to say about his song: “Great job! I’ll try to let them hear it as soon as I can. You’re very talented. Use your gifts to give God glory. Have a good weekend.”
The young musician’s song has been picked up by national satellite stations across the country. Noah says the unexpected attention has been a whirlwind and so much more than he ever dreamed.
“It doesn’t feel real, I didn’t think it would go this far,” he said. “I give all the glory to God.”
Noah says his family is a big fan of the Duck Dynasty show as well as the related hunting merchandise.
“At our house, if the TV is on, normally its Duck Dynasty,” he said. “It’s about the only show that is clean enough to watch, it’s funny, and most of all they honor God.”
Christianity is a big part of the teen’s life. He has been preaching since he was very young, and he plays Christian music. Noah signed with Song Garden Music Group about a year ago and started working on his first CD project called The View from Heaven.
“I wrote all of the songs on the CD,” he said. “I started singing when I was four, I accepted Jesus as my savior at four, and I have been writing music for about four years.”
A local release concert is scheduled for Noah’s new CD The View from Heaven on Jan. 31 at the Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winchester. The event will begin at 6 p.m., and the CD will be available for purchase at that time. CD’s may also be purchased through Noah’s website at www.noahhinshaw.com.