Shannon Fortune isn't just one of the men and women who fill the CTA's subway tunnels with music every day. He's also a rising star who just advanced to the second round of an international music competition called the Emergenza Acoustic Hero Tour.
The winner gets to go to Germany to play at the Taubertal Open Air Festival in August.
Two weeks ago, Shannon won Chicago's acoustic guitar competition and will now head to New York, where he'll compete in the American finals. After that, he could be on his way to Deutschland and international acclaim.
Not too shabby for a low-key guy who sometimes plays the subways in a frayed Bears cap and doesn't expect to get discovered by the music industry R. Kelly-style anytime soon.