Exclusive Interview With Country Singer-Songwriter Jaida Dreyer!

Jaida-Dreyer1(PCM) Country singer-songwriter Jaida Dreyer’s debut album, “I Am Jaida Dreyer”, is available now and can be purchased on all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. Jaida has also shared a fan made lyric video for the track, streaming now on YouTube.

Produced by Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sugarland), the record features 10 original songs written or co-written by Jaida. Radio singles such as “Confessions” and “Half Broke Horses” are included in the mix, along with co-writes like “The Boy Who Cried Love” — the result of a successful writing session with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke recently got some answers from Jaida her new album, the current single “Half Broke Horses”, upcoming touring plans and more! You can read the full interview below:

Q: Your debut album “I Am Jaida Dreyer” has just been released. Are there any details you can share with us about the recording process? Was there anything particularly challenging?

JAIDA DREYER: I really got to take my time and was given a lot of freedom throughout the whole process. I wrote or co-wrote everything on the record and the hardest part of it for me was narrowing down the actual songs to cut. I’ve written close to 500 songs since I’ve been in Nashville and was writing throughout the actual recording of the record. When it came down to picking the songs, it was difficult trying to figure out exactly what I needed to say on this debut record and what could wait until the next one. Just when I thought I had that figured out, I’d write something new and end up replacing it on the record.

Q: What led to your decision to release “Half Broke Horses” as your current single?

JD: I chose Half Broke Horses as my first single off this record, because I wanted to give fans a realistic glimpse into my past, where I came from, the things that have molded me into the person I am today. I believe country fans appreciate honest music, from the heart.

Q: The song “Half Broke Horses” reveals a very personal and honest look back into your childhood dealing with loss and change, is it ever hard to put so much of yourself out there lyrically?

JD: It is, but on the other hand this was an important part of my story and I felt that if I didn’t have a song on my debut record touching on that particular piece of my past, I wouldn’t be being honest with myself or with the listeners. The record just wouldn’t have been complete without it.

Q: How therapeutic is the creative process to you as an artist?

JD: Very. It’s saved me on a lot on therapy bills over the years.

Jaida-Dreyer2Q: You originally came to Nashville to work as a songwriter, what led to your decision to begin performing as well?

JD: Although I’ve always loved to sing, I never really considered myself a “singer”. Knowing my voice was unique, I guess it was a confidence thing early on. It was the writers I initially worked with (Billy Crain, Robin Lee Bruce), that helped me believe in myself and understand that unique was a good thing.

Q: Has there been a pivotal music moment that has occurred in your life that made you decide you want to pursue music for a career?

JD: Before I moved to Nashville I actually grew up showing horses professionally. I won my first World Championship when I was 5 and turned pro when I was 13 years old. Leaving the horses wasn’t a choice I consciously made, it was really made for me. The years of riding and physical labor had taken a toll on my back when I was 17. I had to re-evaluate my life plan. It was find another profession, or face serious health consequences. Shifting my path to writing songs was an easy one because it was the only other thing that I knew how to do.

Q: If you could create your dream music festival line-up, who would be included on the bill?

JD: Jack White, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakum, Gillian Welch, Jack Ingram, Hayes Carll, Kings Of Leon, The Black Keys, Tom Petty, Steve Earle, Chris Knight, Lucinda Williams.

Q: Personally, I look at music as a universal language that we can all speak and understand, even if you take away different messages. Is there anything in particular that you hope your music will say to listeners?

JD: That country music is alive and well, y’all.

Q: Do you have any touring plans for 2013?

JD: I’m a road warrior, so it’s a rarity that you’ll find me off the road. I’ll be back out there this spring and through the end of the year in support of the record.

Q: How has the uprising of social media been a tool for you as an artist?

JD: It’s been a great way for me to directly interact with the fans and make new ones. They aren’t shy to tell you what they like and what they don’t. I try to use that to my advantage.

For more on Jaida Dreyer, visit her official site at jaidadreyer.com.

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