I learned to sing country music from the "Legends of County". Growing up in Crystal Springs, Saskatchewan, my home was no different than most prairie homes, in that music was a big part of our lives. I grew up listening to the likes of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Charlie Pride and many styles of gospel music.
By the age of five, I was signing in church, and I really enjoyed trying to sing and sound like everyone on the radio. I will never forget August 16th, 1977 as a day that changed my life forever. I arrived home to find his mother crying and I knew something was really wrong. When I asked her the reason she was crying, she stated, "Elvis Presley died." I couldn't let this go. I thought that if mom was such a huge fan, this guy had to be something special, and was amazed at how one man's music could have such an influence on so many people.
I spent the next five years learning from, what I believe were the best teachers a young vocalist could have. It was straight home from school to my Silvertone guitar and Leroy Amp, copying mirroring, working on trying to duplicate the skills of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, John Conley and many others.
My professional career began in 1986, touring Western Canada as lead singer for one of Canada's first hot, young country bands: CC Ryder. In 1989 I began his solo career, and in two short years was signed to a record deal with Sony Records, Nashville. I will still tell you today, it is just not his style of country music, and is proud of his decision to believe in the country music he now sings.
I took some of the material I worked on in Nashville, and came back to Canada to produce my first album, "Big News Back Home" released in 1994 and went on to chart many hits. This earned me a CCMA nomination in 1995 for CCMA "Male Vocalist of the Year". The six years from 1994 to 2000 saw was spent touring Canada and parts of the US supporting the first and second albums, charting many hits, and opening shows for some pretty cool country music stars.
After fourteen years of continuous touring, I needed a break from the road, to get home to my family and once again focus on my own brand of music. It was time to forget about where country music was headed, and focus on what I love, "my style of country music". The first two albums you will hear much of the influence of "The Legends" I was raised on, and the big name Nashville artists that helped make those records. I tried display much more of my own song writing an in the album, "Just Curtis”.
I also recorded 3 singles with his brother, Marty (The Grambo Brothers) in Las Vegas with Juno Award Winning Producer – Kevin Churko.
This latest project is all original. Produced by long time friend and band mate (12 years touring together) – Johnny Gasparic. Johnny pulled together my dream team for the studio which consists of – Chad Melchert – drums (Gord Bamford); Chris Byrne – bass (Road Hammers); Russell Broom – electric guitar (Jann Arden); Mike Little – B3 hammond (George Canyon); Jeff Bradshaw – pedal steel and Johnny on guitar.
It's definitely been a work in progress but the Hurt All Over EP is finally complete! Hope you like it!