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Goodvin moves from small town to big time

By Joe Leary

Aaron Goodvin.

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In the realm of country music, Canada is currently harvesting a bumper crop of artists. And having moved his smalltown northern Alberta roots to Nashville, Aaron Goodvin is clearly poised to make his name. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the singer.

24: You were pretty much born to perform. Do you find it easier to do so in a more intimate setting as opposed to a larger environment? Does it matter if the room is drinking coffee or drinking beer?

AG: I think I spent the majority of my time when I first started really started performing; I was playing bars and you play your own songs and nobody is listening. Because of that, I always enjoy when I know I have a captive audience. It really doesn’t matter how large, I feel that God gave me a gift to sing and write songs and play for people. I think that’s kind of what I excel at. It’s a little more nerve-wracking but it’s also a huge opportunity to be able to touch people with music.

24: You’re from Spirit River, Alberta. It just sounds like a smalltown name. How small is it?

AG: It’s a small town! I think there’s one light and I don’t know if the Penguin Dairy Drive-In is still there that my sister used to work at … but it is a small, little town. In fact, I don’t even know how many people are in that town but there were a couple schools and that was about it.

24: Usually you hear about guys from Northern Alberta pursuing hockey and I know you currently played ‘beer league’ but was pro hockey ever on your dream list as a kid?

AG: Growing up hockey was my main thing and I was always athletic and I like to think that I’m the all-star on my men’s rec league team in Nashville but I realized, I stopped growing. I was tall in high school but I stopped. Hockey was always my first love and I was on skates as early as I could walk. Once I discovered music and the moment I got onstage, there was kind of a shift, from enjoying music and singing it fir people and getting the reaction back, that was the thing that changed my path in life. I was probably about twelve when that happened.

24: You currently call Nashville home. Is that still considered the epicentre of country music?

AG: Absolutely! It’s where all the songwriting is. You have all these really successful songwriters that have hit songs that have learned their craft so well. I think it’s where you go to learn. Nashville is a little bit like high school so you kind of have to get past that part but for the most part, it’s just a music town and its music all the time, everywhere, every day, not to mention the best studio musicians in the world! In my world as a songwriter for Warner/Chappell, that’s a huge thing.

24: As a songwriter, when you get an artist to record one of your songs, does that immediately elevate your status?

AG: Definitely – My first cut was on Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party record and I don’t think you could start in a better place. I think that sold almost three million; it was just crazy. That definitely opens more doors. It’s generally a calling card.

24: Your single Knock on Wood is somewhat autobiographical and you’ve said it’s something like 20 years in the making. As a youngster were you dreaming about being famous?

AG: Yeah – that’s where it started for me. I wanted to be a superstar. It sounds farfetched and you don’t think about the consequences of say moving to Nashville. I mean, I’m from Alberta and that’s some 3600 km away from everything I’ve known but that was my childhood dream.