Sporting a gentlemanly beard, Johnny Reid was one of the 30 new Canadians sworn in at a citizenship ceremony at the Orangeville, ON legion on Canada Day (July 1st).
The Scottish-born crossover country-crooner told a local reporter that he's always called himself a Canadian and “today is an opportunity for me to make it official.”
Reid chose to receive his citizenship in Orangeville, because he has a home in nearby Caledon. While he frequents his residence in Caledon, Reid lives in Tennessee with his wife and children. After the ceremony, wee Johnny told the Orangeville Banner that the first thing he wanted to do as an official Canadian was to “go get a Tim Hortons' coffee.”
With over a million album sales in Canada, the Lanark-born laddie's last studio album (excepting a Christmas LP in 2013) was Fire It Up in 2012. A new one, co-produced with Bob Ezrin, is scheduled for release in early 2016. No title on it as yet, insiders suggest his return will be packed with fireworks as he and Ezrin took their time combing through and then honing the new material to get the pitch, arrangements and production about as perfect as can be. When the album arrives, expect a major announcement in front of a national tour that is expected to ring in record box-office sales.