Still riding high on the success of his 2016 self-titled debut album for Warner Music Canada, country artist Aaron Goodvin has struck pay dirt again with his latest single, “Lonely Drum.” Since becoming a Top 10 hit at country radio, the song is now the first solo certified gold record for Goodvin, a native of the tiny town of Spirit River, Alberta.
As “Lonely Drum” moved up the charts, its accompanying videos amassed close to one million views, translating to over 2.3 million streams in Canada alone. Goodvin can now lay claim to having the most streamed country song ever in Canada, and Warner Music Canada’s best performing song outside of the OVO family (Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan) across all streaming services.
On top of that, Goodvin recently received his first ever Canadian Country Music Award nomination in the Rising Star category and will be in attendance in Saskatoon for the CCMA gala on September 10.
Raised in a loving music family, Goodvin had his first taste of stage life when he entered a singing contest at a local mall at age 12. Over the years, he built a local reputation and began making trips to Nashville with his cache of original songs. After signing with publishing powerhouse Warner Chappell Music, Goodvin’s “Out Like That” landed on Luke Bryan’s multi-platinum album Crash My Party.
Goodvin’s next major break came when he struck up a friendship with Johnny Reid who invited him to go on tour in 2016. With that experience significantly expanding his audience, Goodvin now seems poised to make the jump to headliner himself. You can keeps tabs on his progress at aarongoodvin.com.
“Lonely Drum” has racked up some impressive numbers. What do you think it is about this song that has connected with so many people?
It's just fun! I think it resonates because it feels good and it's easy to sing along to. It doesn't matter what kind of mood you're in, that song can pull you out of a bad mood or elevate your good one.
What was the transition like from being known a songwriter to now being known as a performer as well?
Well, I have always considered myself to be a performer, above anything else, but there have been some changes. I recently put down my guitar during performances, and I feel it allows me to connect with people better. I have always written, so I have been able to sing songs that are real to “me” because I wrote them. I’ve realized recently, as I am now back on the road, that it's awesome to return to what I love to do, which is connecting with people—in person—through music and my live performances.
Your career to this point seems like the classic story of a small town kid fulfilling his dream in Nashville. Is that close to the truth?
I would say so, yes. I think I'm proof it doesn't matter where you come from! My dream is still unfolding, and there have been struggles, but I try to make a point to enjoy everything along the way. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
What's something notable about Spirit River, Alberta, apart from being your hometown?
Finding the river is hard! Aside from all of the great memories of my hometown, something notable to me is the incredible amount of support I had there while growing up and starting my career. I had support then and, as I found out on a recent trip home for a show, I still have so many people there cheering me on. It’s incredible, and that goes a long way for me. I hope I make them proud.
If you could change anything about the music business, what would it be?
This one is tough, and maybe this isn’t necessarily about the business side of music but more on the creative side of things. I would love to see a trend to the return of songs that tell stories about real life. I’ll be the first to admit that I occasionally write songs that are on the other end of that spectrum, but I think that too much of country music has gotten away from the telling real-life stories. That’s what I fell in love with about country music in the beginning. Songs like “I May Hate Myself In The Morning,” “You're Gonna Miss This” and “Live Like You Were Dying”—I want more of those.