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article imageInterview with Canadian country singer Jaida Dreyer Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 30, 2013 in Entertainment
On July 30, I chatted via telephone with country singer Jaida Dreyer. The Canadian-born songstress opened up about her debut album “I Am Jaida Dreyer,” which came out on February 26, 2013.
Jaida either wrote or co-wrote all the ten tracks on the CD. It was produced by Grammy-winning producer Byron Gallimore, who has worked with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Martina McBride. “I haven’t lived a lot of years, but I have lived a lot of life so that has given me a lot to write about,” she said. “Byron was my ‘dream’ producer and he was so great to work with. I am very lucky that we stumbled across each other. He gave me a lot of freedom to say what I wanted to say and that was great since a lot of new artists do not have that luxury.”
She has shared the stage with Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, thus playing in clubs and arenas across the United States. “Most of those shows were before I even signed my record deal. That was really cool that they allowed me to introduce myself to their audiences. It was a lot of fun,” she exclaimed.
Her newest single “Half Broke Horses” was co-written by Jaida and The Warren Brothers. “It’s a very personal song to me since it is about my life, but it’s cool to see how people have responded to it in their own ways and they have connected to it,” she said.
This year, she is nominated for a coveted Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) award for “Female Artist of the Year” along with Michelle Wright and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. “That was crazy and a huge surprise for me. It’s a huge honor though and I’ll take it. I grew up listening to Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Michelle Wright and they are both good friends of mine,” she said.
In addition to her music, Jaida is a trained equestrian who won her first World Championship at the young age of five. “It was a good way to grow up and it taught me to work hard,” she acknowledged. “Horses were a big part of my past.”
She was influenced musically by a wide spectrum of musicians such as Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson. “I was raised on traditional country music so that comes out in the music that I do,” she said. “I would love to sing a song someday with Kris Kristofferson.”
On August 16, she will be performing at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey along with Austin Webb, Dakota Bradley, as well as country duo Love and Theft. “I love New Jersey and I am really excited to play for the people there,” she said. “I love Love and Theft. They are sweethearts and it’ll be fun since I never played a show with them before.”
To learn more about Canadian country songbird Jaida Dreyer, check out her Facebook page.
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