J.C. Brae is a Canadian country music artist who was born in Sudbury with a microphone in his hand. In 2008, Brae decided to follow his dream to Nashville, TN, to record his first self-titled album. He was recently signed to MC1 Nashville/Brandy Records Canada with Sony Music/The Orchard distribution, and his new single “Savin’ It Up For Saturday Night” is now available on all major streaming platforms. Here, he answers our 10 Questions.
Q What sparked your passion for country music?
A I suppose living and breathing it in our family home, as far back as I can remember, had something to do with it. There was always country music playing on the radio.
Q Did your hometown play a role in shaping who you are as an artist?
A Absolutely. I write a lot of music and I find for inspiration I often look back on living in Sudbury.
Q What spurred you to follow your dream and head to Nashville to record your first self-titled album?
A I wanted to get the full Nashville experience that every country music artist dreams about. I needed to live and breathe this project.
Q How would you describe your music?
A My music is based on the old style of country with a bit of current influence.
Q What is your favourite song to perform, and why?
A “Savin’ It Up For Saturday Night” would be my favourite off of this album because it makes a person want to get up and dance.
Q What musician do you admire most?
A There are too many to list, but I would have to say Conway Twitty. Today, I am also inspired by Luke Combs and Chris Stapleton
Q If you didn’t have a career in music, what would you be doing?
A I would be a pro athlete.
Q Where do you draw inspiration for your songs?
A My past, my environment, and my family.
Q What do you hope your fans take from your new single “Savin’ It Up For Saturday Night”?
A I hope it puts a smile on their face, they feel good, and they feel inspired to still set aside some time to have some fun in their lives.
Q What advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?
A To never give up. You are never too old to pursue your dreams and your goals, and for every “no” (and there will be plenty of them) there will be that one “yes” that will make up for everything.
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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star