Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.
1. What brought you to country music?
I’m pretty sure that the first time I fell in love with country music was when I was two years old sitting in my car seat and my mama was blasting “Callin’ Baton Rouge” on the stereo. I spent my summers in British Columbia on a lake and my older sister and her friends would always play country music on the boat. I love the honesty, sincerity and storytelling in country music and it continues to shape who I am with each and every song I listen to and write.
2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?
The first song I ever wrote was when I was eight years old. I wrote it in when my family and I visited Cairo, Egypt after I had my first experience witnessing absolute poverty. Throughout the years, my song writing has improved significantly, but I still love to write about the real-life experiences I have encountered in my life.
3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?
If I could go on tour with anyone it would be Kenny Chesney. In my opinion, Kenny has owned the country music scene for the last 20 years while remaining true to himself as an artist and has led the current changes in the genre. He is a tremendous songwriter and is a genius live. Kenny also does an incredible job of marketing his brand in the country music scene.
4. What is the best trend in country music right now?
Although many may disagree, I think the best trend in country music currently and in the last few years is the expansion of the genre to include more types of music. Call it “bro-country” or “new country” or whatever label you want, but I love how artists aren’t limiting themselves to one particular style and are testing the limits with new music. I grew up listening to and playing many different genres of music including country and I think that has influenced my sound and it resonates with fans. Good music is good music and I believe this trend is allowing country music to grow into something bigger than it ever has been.
5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?
I am looking most forward to the bootcamp in August. It is going to be an incredible learning experience being able to work with fellow artists, producers, songwriters and many experts in the Canada’s country music industry. It will be an invaluable way to improve my craft and make lifelong connections and friendships.