If this is the first time you think that you’ve heard about Aaron Goodvin, then you haven’t been paying attention to country music lately. Though he first made a name on the scene as a songwriter, placing a track with Luke Bryan, it’s been as a solo artist that Aaron has made the most noise this past year. His debut single, “Knock On Wood,” was a Top 40 hit at Country radio in Canada and opened the door for the Top 10 follow up smash hits “Woman In Love” and “Lonely Drum.” But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to the beginning.
One of the benefits of growing up in a small town is that you learn how to make your own entertainment. For Aaron Goodvin, born in the tiny town of Spirit River, Alberta, that meant joining his extended family around the campfire for sing-alongs.
“When I was around 10 or 11 we got a karaoke machine for Christmas,” Aaron remembers, “After that it was all over. You couldn’t stop me singing.”
As a 12 year-old, Aaron had his first taste of stage life when he entered a singing contest at a local mall. Once he heard the applause from the crowd, he knew what he wanted to do and no one was going to get in his way. But singing other people’s songs wasn’t what he had in mind, so he as soon as he could play guitar, he started writing his own material.
By the time Aaron was 18 his songwriting had matured to the point of contributing cuts to other artists.
“I love songwriting, but it’s what I do to get to the place I really want to be. I see myself as an artist – as a performer.”
Over the years, Aaron built a local reputation as a dynamic performer with a rock solid portfolio of songs. With that success buoying his confidence, he started to make trips down to Nashville to test the waters in country music’s Mecca. After signing with publishing powerhouse Warner Chappell Music, Aaron scored his first major league contribution with “Out Like That” on Luke Bryan’s multi-platinum album Crash My Party. That kind of calling card gets you invited in to a lot of writing sessions, but Aaron had other ideas about his place in the music world.
“Because of songwriting I was able to break in to Nashville,” he says. “There’s nothing cooler than having someone singing your song. But, performing is the reason that I do all of the other things I do.”
The opportunity to continue to develop as a performer ended up coming from fellow artist Johnny Reid who was introduced to Aaron by a local recording engineer in Nashville. Impressed by his ability to sing and perform Johnny reached out to Aaron to get together. The two talked about what Aaron’s future could hold.
“I told Johnny that I just wanted to share my music with an audience,” says Aaron. “He’s taken me under his wing which shows you what kind of guy he is. He truly wants to help other artists.”
Of course it takes a strong collection of songs for any artist to connect with fans and for Aaron, it’s his unique ability to draw from his own life that has led to his success at radio.
“Knock On Wood” was the perfect first single from Aaron’s self-titled debut album.
“This song is the past 10 years of my life wrapped into three and half minutes, says Aaron. “I knew from the first time I spit out the first line ‘I’m gonna change the world, just me and this guitar’ that it was going to be special.
For the inspiration on “Woman In Love,” he looked no further than his wife Victoria. All of the feelings of true love and devotion clearly resonated with fans as the song became his first Top 10 hit. The emotion of the song was echoed in the accompanying video clip.
“When the idea of shooting the video at our wedding was presented to me,” remembers Goodvin, “I asked Victoria how she felt about it and she said that ‘as long as it didn’t interrupt the wedding, it would be a great idea.’ I wrote the song for Victoria so the idea made a lot of sense. What’s great is that all of the emotion in the video is real. There’s no acting. It truly was the happiest day of our lives.”
Aaron’s versatility and passion for writing and performing is second to none. Aaron has a natural ability to light up a stage, connect with his audience, and deliver a show-stopping performance, whether it’s a small intimate gathering or a crowd of thousands.
“I want to get out there and connect with people through my music. I’m a passionate guy who tries to write about real life things that mean something to a lot of people.”
About “Lonely Drum”
I knew from the moment we finished this song that it was a hit. I wrote it with two people that I love to write songs with, Catt Gravitt and Skip Black. We had just finished writing this big heart wrenching power ballad, and Catt said out loud, “I love this song so much because it just beats on that Lonely Drum." I responded with "What did you just say…" and then shot back, "I wanna write that!" Then I busted out the first line, and we were off to the races. This song seems to be just as much fun for people to listen to as it was to write! My hope is that people dance and sing along to it over and over and over again.