Born - Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Birth date - August 2nd
Eye color - Blue
Hair color - Brown
Lived in - Boston Bar, Kitimat, Edmonton, North Delta, Langley, Abbotsford, Penticton, Kelowna.
Aspires to live - Mexico.
Favorite pastime - Hockey.
Activities - roller hockey, golf, baseball, mountain biking, running.
Favorite TV shows -Hockey Night in Canada, The First 48, Criminal Minds, NCIS.
Favorite home games - Table-top hockey and Trivial Pursuit.
Hero's - Elvis, any NHL hockey player and my dad.
Favorite color - Blue.
Aaron's most asked questions:
When did you know that you could sing?
I never thought I could actually sing to the point that people would want to hear me until I was 20 but I loved to sing since I was a young boy. It sounded good in my head but I didn't think other people would think it was any good.
If you weren't singing professionally, what would you be doing?
If it were my choice I would be playing professional or semi- professional hockey somewhere. I have a passion with the game of hockey that has been with me for as long as I can remember. So much so that when I was young I would sleep with my hockey gear on in anticipation of my PRACTICE the next morning.
What is your favorite type/genre of music?
Being a country singer, everyone thinks that my first love of music is country but, in fact, it is not. Growing up I listened to a whole array of music. My parents and I would have a clean up day every Sunday at our house. The record player would be spinning everything from Stevie Wonder to Elvis Presley. Loud enough so all that were cleaning the house in the furthest part of it, could hear it clearly. Sam Cook, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Van Morrison and one of my all-time favorites, James Brown would be blaring through the giant wood-cased speakers also known as the console entertainment unit that weighed a whopping 180 pounds but was considered "portable" only because it had wheels! But that was the music that I grew up on. But my taste has only increased in its' variety. I listen to just about everything now. From old country, new country hip-hop, pop, adult contemporary and rock to symphonies, classical, jazz and even tantric mantras to relax me. Yes, even cowboys need stress relief! Maybe a little unorthodox but necessary!
Do you have a dream venue to play or tour to be on?
This is really two questions. First, I already played the venue that I have always dreamed of being the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver when I was there opening for Brooks & Dunn and Sara Evans. I had gone to watch the Canucks play there since I was 12 and saw my very first concert there- Randy Travis and Alan Jackson. Secondly, my dream tour to be on would be with Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and ME! That would be CRAZY!
Where is your most favorite show you've ever played?
Is a frequently asked question that, at first took some thinking back. Only because I consider almost every show to be my favorite! There have been times where I've played for 30,000 and others where I've played acoustically for 200 and both have special things about them where I would say "that was my favorite time that I played that song" but my most memorable show would have been last August in Moncton, New Brunswick. We were on a show with Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson and there were about 30,000 people there screaming, cheering and singing along to all my songs but the best part was when we were cut short our time on stage, the fans were the ones that demanded that we come back out and play one more song! When you have 30,000 fans chanting HOLD-MY-BEER, what other choice is there but to have us come out and do what we do best??!! An amazing feeling that you can catch on Youtube as well!
What's your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Well, forgetting lyrics is one thing but I would have to say that when a friend of mine, who was getting a little too rowdy at a show of ours many years ago, thought it would be a good idea to throw his hat at me as a gesture of "let's tear this place up, Pritchett!!", it turned out to be a bad decision on his part AND for me as well. Being that I was playing below some very bright lights, in a club that was quite dark much of the time, and that matched with the fact that his cowboy hat was black, it really doesn't need to be said that I never saw it coming! He said that all he remembered was his hat leaving his hand and fly through the air and then saw my head tilt back as though I had been shot. What actually happened was that his hat b-lined for my microphone stand, nailed it square on while I was in the middle of hitting a note. The mic then, in turn, hit my front two teeth square on. The mic and stand fell to the stage floor and that's when I noticed two cowboy hats there too. One was mine and one was NOT mine. Instantly, I look around to see whose hat it could be when I see my friend, whom will remain anonymous (well, I'll give you his last name... COTE!!!) running up to the stage. He must have knew that he was, more than likely, the reason for the singer going down, figured he'd better come and see if I was ok. Upon his arrival to the stage, he was apologizing and then in mid-sentence he stopped and started to laugh. I thought, "what's so funny?" and then he said, "you look like Jim Carey in 'Dumb and Dumber'!!" That's when my tongue touches and feels my right front tooth, which is now nearly half the tooth it was! I was mortified to say the least but after a minute of it sinking in and realizing that there was still about a half hour in the set, I stuck by my credo that "the show must go on", and although I looked pretty ridiculous, I still finished the night.
What is your favorite album(s)?
My all-time favorite album that I keep going back to over and over is Stevie Wonder's "Songs In The Key of Life". It's about 20 or so songs that bring me back to my childhood living in the Fraser Canyon of BC. I remember Christmas' vividly when I hear a certain song from that record, I go back to certain times and places as soon as I hear a song like "Village Ghetto Land" that I don't have with other albums. Therefore that one is an album that I would have to say is my favorite. The next in line may surprise you. It's Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black". It's a very dark and eerily written album but is so true. It's honest as it gets with her touching on all of her subjects that most would consider to be taboo to talk about. It may be an odd sounding album at first but believe me, after listening to it a few times, you will be hooked.
Who were your idols musically and personally?
Personally, I have many people that I looked up to and many that I continue to. Obviously, so many family members for me are influences and role models for me but I have a strong list of ethics that I stick with that are just ingrained in me. So, from all I have learned from the past and experiences I go through now, I try to pass that on to my kids.
As for musical influences, I would say that my earliest started very, very young. I don't know why I gravitated toward music and bonded with it at a young age but I just did. It's like a natural instinct within any animal. We don't know why we do it, just the fact that we do, do it.
I remember listening to Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Steve Miller and just about every other Motown artist from as far back as maybe a year old. I know you may find that hard to believe but when I asked my family whether some of the vivid memories of my past were fact, they were confirmed to be just that. Whether it was songs like "Tracks Of My Tears" from Smokey Robinson and The Miracles or "Try Me" from James Brown to "Right Down The Line" from Gerry Rafferty, I was surrounded by a real variation of music. Those were my very early on influences with the introduction of my musical experience.
As I got older, I was exposed to things like The Beatles, Carol King and Tom Jones. Extremely powerful songs from each of those acts were earth moving but I would have to say that the most impacting artist for me that really got me singing was Elvis Presley. Not only the music but the genuine charisma that he had (and some would say he may STILL have) was and still is to me unmatched. I remember watching Elvis at a concert of his where he was laying on his stage, one leg up on the other and reading, nonchalantly, a letter that a fan wrote to him. He was still getting a reaction out of the crowd as though he was performing a song. It was an incredible thing to watch and that was solely based on his charisma that he was so naturally gifted at emitting. I have modeled myself in his likeness to as much as I possibly can in the ways that are possible for me to attempt. I never wanted to BE Elvis but I have emulated him in whichever ways available to me. He still remains my BIGGEST influence.
When it comes to country music artists, it may surprise some people who my biggest influence is. Not only my most influential artist, but the first country act that I even remotely enjoyed listening to. That man is Randy Travis. When I first heard Randy Travis singing "Forever And Ever, Amen" many years ago, I thought to myself, "this has to be the most different sound to country music ever... I LOVE IT!!" Not was it just the song but his voice was unique, delivery believable and such a different sound for what I always considered to be "twangy" and boring. That was the one particular moment where I was hooked. From there I started listening to country music radio and artists like Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam and Travis Tritt. They changed my direction of what music I would play, forever.
Garth Brooks was an influence for me and really shaped the way I thought about what kind of show I wanted to put on. He was an incredibly high-energy artist with his live show that I felt that was exactly what I wanted to be as well and knew I could be. That is exactly what I think of myself now. Always one to try to put on the best show I possibly can. This next year is going to be my biggest and with all these influences accumulated into one within my vision, you will be seeing a show like only a small amount of artists and acts have been able to put on.
What is your favorite food?
It depends on what season it is. If it's summer then anything that is cooked on the barbeque is perfect with me. Steak, chicken, salmon and barbequed prawns are my favorites. If it's kind of chilly out then I like to cook inside things like pastas. They tend to keep you a little warmer in the colder months. I love to play with preparation of my food and will add just about any spice just to see what it will do with the taste. Hit and miss but you never seem to go wrong adding lemon or lime!
What is your favorite movie?
I only have one favorite movie and that is Paul Newman's 1976 flick called "Slapshot". Yes, you may think, "typical answer for a dumb puckhead" and I do not disagree with you but for me, growing up playing hockey in small-town Kitimat in Northwestern BC, it was my life. I lived and breathed hockey (still do in some respect) so much that I would sleep in my hockey gear because I was so excited to go to my practice the next morning! The reason why this is my favorite movie is that it depicts the REAL side of hockey. The rawness of some of the scenes, the behind the scene antics and happenings that most people don't see, the vulgarity and the general attitudes and "isms" of players is so real. It's a movie I go to over and over to remind myself of my first true love... Hockey.
Which season is your favorite time of year?
Typically it's the summer, as I love the heat. I will someday have a home in Mexico or The Bahamas just because I love the hot weather so much... and the beaches! Not to sound corny but I do really find the beauty in all the seasons. But my two true favorite times of year are "hockey season" and "tour season"!!!
Thank you all for reading! If you have a question for me then please feel free to ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I may chose your question to be the one I answer as I will be answering a question from fans around 2 times a month.
I hope this was not only informative but also maybe inspiring and, most importantly, entertaining!!
Managements most asked questions:
Does Aaron sign autographs after the show?
Yes! 99% of the time Aaron will sign autographs at his shows. For the other 1% when he doesn't sign, it's generally because his schedule does not permit him to. Aaron loves to sign and meet his fans and prides himself on giving them what they want because without fan support it's very difficult to be successful in this industry.
Can I bring my own camera?
Can I take pictures during the show?
Yes you can but please be courteous.
How do I book Aaron for an event?
Please contact our agent through our contact page on the website.
Are sound-checks open to the public?
Sorry they are not permitted.
Does Aaron sell merchandise at his shows?
Usually merchandise (including CD's T-Shirts and photos) can be purchased at the live shows but they can also be purchased online.
I'm a songwriter/lyricist and would like to pitch AP some songs where do I send them?
Unfortunately we do not accept any outside material.