Up-and-coming country star Jaida Dreyer is just nineteen-years-old, but it’s not easy to tell. Poised, mature, and wise, the young singer possesses a powerful, harmonious voice that seems to defy her age. The talented Dreyer is the flagship artist on Streamsound Records, a new label started by Award-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sugarland). Dreyer is out on the road performing shows across the country in support of her new music, including popular singles “Confessions” and "Guy's Girl". I got the opportunity to ask Dreyer a few questions before her Denver show at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill on August 23rd and the gifted young musician opened up about writing songs, riding horses, and her #1 fan.
How do you like performing in Denver? Are the fans good to you?
I've had the privilege of playing in Denver and in surrounding areas as well. The fans here are loyal and really responsive to the brand of music I make. I recently did a benefit in Loveland for the wild fire victims and felt such a great sense of community. They were so kind and grateful. I also used to come to Denver and show horses at the Stock Show every winter. I've developed quite the affinity for Colorado and Coloradoans.
Give me some insight into your songwriting process.
There is no set process for me, honestly. It tends to be different every time. Sometimes it's a lyric, sometimes it's a melody, sometimes it's a general idea. If it feels right, I'll run with whatever I catch at that particular moment.
What's the strangest thing to inspire a song?
I suppose that depends on what one would consider strange. Headlines. Catch phrases. I deal with issues in my life, usually concerning love, by writing them out. I’m also inspired by the way people communicate with each other.
Do you remember the first song you wrote?
When I was twelve I started writing silly songs about odd situations I witnessed and dysfunctional characters I met at horse shows, none of which I should probably repeat. But that's where I first started experimenting with putting melody and words together on my own.
How does your background in horseback riding affect or influence your music, if at all?
Growing up in the horse industry has given me a bottomless well to draw from. The nomadic lifestyle and people I met gave me a lot to write about. Some of the best times of my life and the worst times of my life were crammed into those years. I dig into the past a lot. More than that though, I learned how to work hard and that work ethic has been invaluable when it comes to the music business, touring, etc.
You're quite young, how do your family, friends, teachers, etc. react to your blossoming music career?
They've been very supportive. I made my debut on the Grand Ole Opry a few weeks ago and had over thirty family members and friends in the audience. I always enjoyed putting myself out there and being the center of attention, so I don't think it was a shock to anyone when I figured out this is what I'm supposed to be doing with my life.
If you could grace the cover of any magazine, which one would it be and what would the headline read?
Any magazine where the headline did not read "Jaida Dreyer Is All Washed Up".
If you could have anyone in the world as the #1 fan of your music, who would it be and why?
Anyone? My mother. She's always been my #1 fan and I would never want that to change.