I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last blog! Sorry everyone! Obviously, that’s a sign that it’s been an incredibly busy year. Here are some more of the things that have happened in 2015.
The second leg of the O's & O's tour happened in June and it was just as fun and crazy as the first leg. Cory put on an awesome show with his wicked, big voice and butt-shaking that all the ladies really loved! King & Cash (Jordan Pritchett & Dan Arnold) opened the whole show once again and did a killer job! It was so much fun to yet again be on tour with my son JP, who has such an amazing and successful career ahead of him. All in all, the tour was a blast and it was so great to see so many amazing fans come out to the shows. THANK YOU!
Many more highlights this year include heading to Nashville at the end of May and into June for a two-week writing trip. I had the pleasure of penning tunes with some amazing people down there and wrote some awesome songs that I think are worthy of a good look when it comes time choosing songs for the next project. One at the top of my list is a song I co-wrote with the timeless Patricia Conroy who is just as much a sweetheart as she is beautiful... and a crazy-great songwriter! The song is called “All Night Baby” and to me is a future SMASH HIT!! More info to come on all the other co-writes but I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag. ;-)
That being said, a new record is something that is now officially in the works!! Scott Cooke, my producer, (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, Jake Owen, etc.- name-dropper, I know) is diligently working on the new tracks and I couldn't be more excited. So far, with the songs that I've written and the songs that I receive from my friends at OLE Publishing in Nashville, there are going to be some awesome tracks that, with any luck, will get a lot of airplay on Canadian radio. But, just as importantly, the fans will LOVE hearing on their favorite country station!!
This year I decided I needed to start writing a book. It will be filled with fun stories from behind the scenes of my career and some interesting and fun personal life stories. I definitely have many things that have happened over the course of my life that I believe fans alike will really enjoy reading. Don't worry for anyone close to me; this is not going to be a tell-all. Your secrets are safe with me... for now!
In May I released my very first greatest hits record entitled "Body of Work". I'm extremely proud of this achievement and feel so blessed to be able to have a "Best Of... so far" compilation of songs from throughout my career. It truly is hard to believe that I even managed to get to that point, considering I did get a bit of a late start on the scene. My first radio single was played on April 14th, 2000 but we, as a team, pushed on and now it all has come full circle with this latest album. From the early hit tracks like "Lucky For Me" and "My Way", to the even more successful "Big Wheel", "Hold My Beer" and now with "Boat On The Water" and "Wake You With A Kiss", I consider myself privileged and quite lucky to have the career that I've had.... so far! There are so many more years in me with not only recorded music but also live shows. The high energy is still there, the drive to hit the stage is still there and the want to make the fans happy is still there. I don't see that ever changing.
I'm a massive hockey fan, if you didn't know that already, and not just of watching the game but just as much a fan of playing the game. I first hit the ice when I was a little boy and have never wanted to get off of it since. It's in my blood and if I could I would play hockey every day. Even though my body hurts a lot more now when I do play, there is still nothing like the feeling of skating on ice at a high speed. Having a bit of skill at playing has allowed me to be invited by my friends in Saskatchewan, Todd Duffin, Kyle Duffin and Ryan Danberg, to come out and be a guest at The Elk Ridge Resort as a part of their “Party On The Pond”, a pond hockey tournament that is an absolute blast to be a part of and raises money for a great charity, Prince Albert, SK's Habitat For Humanity. Looking forward to the POTP 2016, fellas!
Another amazing hockey event I had the pleasure of being a part of was up in Smithers, BC for the “Smithers Celebrity Golf Tournament and Hockey” event with the Vancouver Canucks' Dan Hamhuis (www.smitherscelebritygolf.com) as our host. What an ABSOLUTE THRILL to be a part of this event with so many great ex-NHL'er and celebrities galore all in one little town to help raise money for the renovation and reconstruction of the maternity ward at the Bulkley Valley Regional Hospital. One of my all-time dreams came real as, not only did I get to meet, but was also coached by one of my boyhood hero's Mr. Bobby Orr!!! What an incredibly nice and sweet man. It was awesome to have my son, Jordan, come and be a part of all the fun along with Dave Faber (Faber Drive) and to meet such great people like Todd Talbot (Love It Or List It Vancouver), Sebastian Clovis (Tackle My Reno), retired referee Kerry Fraser (don't touch the hair!), Harold Snepsts, Olympic Gold Medalist Tessa Bonhomme, among so many others! I hope I get the invite to do it again in a few years. And congratulations on raising over $120,000 for the cause!