Our “Five Minutes With” feature this week is on Calgary-born country artist Aaron Pollock!
Aaron is an old-school storyteller with a modern flair. Releasing his John Mayer-esque new track “Wildfire” on January 22nd, his last single “I Will Carry You (feat. ANNIKA)”, was written and recorded for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s #TurnI2We campaign. In 2019, Pollock was selected to participate in “Project WILD”, an Alberta-based development competition with a grand prize of $100,000. He also shared with the stage heavy-hitting artists including Shawn Hook, Jocelyn Alice, and Brett Kissel. Having performed during CCMA week for multiple years, Pollock was finalist in the Ole (now Anthem Entertainment) “On the Spot” artist development competition.
In addition to making a name for himself as an artist, Pollock is quickly establishing himself as a force within the Canadian songwriting industry. As a cowriter, he is nominated twice in the Song of the Year category at the 2019 Alberta Country Music Association Awards. His nominations are for “Hands on My Body” by Mariya Stokes and “All Over It” by Ben Chase, which became Aaron’s first iTunes #1, topping the iTunes country chart in January 2019. Pollock has also worked extensively with CCMA nominated duo Leaving Thomas, having co-written four tracks on the duo’s sophomore album (released in May, 2019). He has also secured cuts on various projects by artists including The Prairie States, Mariya Stokes, Alex Hughes, and Devin Cooper. In 2017 Pollock was recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association as “One to Watch”. He looks forward to releasing more new music in 2020, produced by JUNO award-winners Spencer Cheyne and Justin Kudding.
Name: Aaron Pollock
# of Albums: 0
Latest Release: Upcoming (January 22nd)
Latest Single: I Will Carry You
Favourite Local Restaurant:
Favourite band as a teenager:
Guns N’ Roses
Favourite band now:
The Band CAMINO
Guilty Pleasure Song:
Yummy (Justin Bieber)
Live Show Ritual:
I have a lot of them. I start by getting in a good workout. I then usually do at least an hour of vocal warmups and along with some stretching. I also meditate heavily and practice visualization leading up to a show to ensure that I’m in the right headspace to perform.
Favourite local artist:
Nose Hill or Fish Creek??:
EP or LP?
Early bird or night owl?
Depends on my schedule. I enjoy being an early bird but easily turn into a night owl if I’m not careful.
Road or studio?
Any shows or albums coming up?
-Blue Jay Sessions (Calgary) : Feb 14th
-Rockin’ River Fest (Merrit): July 31st
-Wildfire (Jan 22nd)
-New single (March 2020)