Jaida Dreyer is a very special individual. It's not often you find someone as talented as she is that also has a personality of a rainbow. She is sweet, funny and amazingly beautiful. The best part? She can sing & write songs like no one else. Jaida was born in Ontario and raised up in Iowa. At the young age of 19, Jaida was offered a publishing deal with Byron Gallimore. I figured it was time for the world to know a little bit more about Jaida Dreyer.
1. At what age did you know you wanted to pursue music?
It's something I have always wanted to pursue. I grew up singing in church, choir and along with the radio. I was always a writer of sorts, but coming from my background it wasn't something that ever seemed tangible or realistic. I was 17 when I moved to Nashville and I kind of just threw myself into it. I think it was the best thing I ever done.
2. What artists did you listen to growing up?
Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Lorette Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Wanda Jackson, Steve Earle etc* I was raised on traditional country music. I have always been most intrigued by the songwriters that sang. There's just a certain kind of magic in listening to someone sing out their own stories and heartache.
3. What artists do you currently listen to?
Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, Fred Eaglesmith, James McMurtry, Jessie Baylin, Mary Gauthier, Justin Townes Earle, Gillian Welch. It's an endless list for me. There's so much great music out there for you to discover if you just open your ears.
4. If you could duet with any male artist who would you pick?
At this exact moment, I'd say Hank Williams III. Tomorrow would probably be Kris Kristofferson. Yesterday it was Jack White.
5. If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be?
I'd be pretty keen on being able to teleport myself.
6. One food you can't live without?
7. Sweet or spicy?
All of the above. Depends on the circumstance.
8. Do you have a life motto?
Keep on keepin' on
9. Do you think country music should evolve?
Everything evolves and changes, whether we want it to or not. That being said, I feel like to know where we're going in country music, we need to know and respect the foundation of what it was built on. I think a lot of artists choose to neglect that these days.
10. Any new projects in the works for you?
This summer I've spent a lot of time playing shows on the road and when I'm home have really focused on writing again. I recently had a few songs placed in the ABC series Nashville. In the fall, we'll be going back into the studio to cut the first batch of songs for the new record and will hopefully have fresh ear candy released early next year.
You can follow Jaida on twitter @jaidadreyer
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