Interview – Quentin Reddy

By: Emily Thomson

Quentin Reddy is a country artist from Newfoundland. At a young age Quentin taught himself how to play guitar. He wanted to stand out in his family of musicians so he began writing music.
Quentin was in the Top 2 of the CMT show ‘Big in a Small Town’. He has been nominated for Male Vocalist and Fan Choice at this years and the 2012 ACMA’s. Quentin has opened for people such as Dean Brody, Charlie Major and Dallas Smith.
After his single ‘Rest for My Body’ spent 15 weeks on the Canadian Country Music Charts, he is preparing for another release on September 30th .

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favorite Canadian bands/artists?

QR: Bobby Wills, Great Big Sea, Deric Ruttan, Matt Mays, Chad Brownlee ,The Heartbroken, Sam Roberts, Matt Good

If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?

QR: Myself, Bobby Wills, Jake Matthews

What made you decide that music is what you wanted to do?

QR: I was born into a huge family of Newfoundland musicians, so music chose me !!

At what age did you start with music? 

QR: 3 years old

What was the first song you remember learning to sing or play on an instrument? 

QR: First learned “Sonny’s Dream” by Ron Hynes when I was 3 years old. My mom would sit me in front of her record player and I would sing it over and over.

What was the writing process like for your single, “Rest for My Body”?

QR: Friends of mine, Jason Howard and Doug Forshey wrote the song. But when I first heard it in 2009, I fell in love with it and just knew it was going to be my first single.

Which of your songs gets the best reaction when played live? 

QR: “Beautiful Crazy Life”

At a young age you taught yourself hot to play guitar, any tips or advice for someone who wants to learn how to play guitar? 

QR: Follow your passion, listen to your heart. If you want to play guitar you will.

If you were given the chance to play a show anywhere in the world, where would you want to play it? 

QR: A sold out show at Mile 1 stadium in St. John’s

What’s your favorite song right now? 

QR: That’s easy! My new single “Closer” that hits the radio and iTunes Oct 7.

If you were given the chance to collaborate with any band/artist, who would you want to work with?  

QR: Bruce Springsteen

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it? 

QR: New Country rock infused with east coast passion

What song do to suggest someone who hasn’t heard your music should listen to? 

QR: “Beautiful Crazy Life”

These next few questions will help your fans get to know you better, what is your favourite food? 

QR: Homemade Italian spaghetti

Do you have a favourite childhood memory? 

QR: Vacation with Mom and Dad at Disney World in 1988.

If you had to listen to one album for a year, which album would you listen to? 

QR: “Born in the USA” Bruce Springsteen

What is your favourite color? 

QR: Red or Black, but my wife tells me black is not a color.

What song describes you best? 

QR: “No Surrender” Bruce Springsteen

Do you have any hidden talents? 

QR: Actually I don’t . I share all my talents with the world.

And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans? 

QR: When you dream, dream BIG. After all, it is your dream !!

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview!

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