by Kelly Findlay
VANCOUVER – Aaron Pritchett has been in the country music business for more than twenty-five years but music wasn’t his first choice. He originally wanted to be an actor but joked, “I realized that I probably wasn’t that good at it.” Music kind of just happened for Pritchett. One night in 1991 he was at a karaoke bar with his mom. He had no plans to sing that night but his mom begged him to. After singing, the owner came up to him and offered him a singing job.
It wasn’t an easy road, however. “The path got really bumpy, a bit of a deterrence,” says Pritchett. He wasn’t having the success on the radio and wondered if he should just move onto something else. After doing a lot of soul searching, Pritchett realized music was all he wanted to do, so he pushed on, hired a different producer and teamed up with a new record label.
Pritchett just released his eighth album, Out On The Town, with his first hit single “Worth A Shot.” He explains that this album has grown from his previous -releases due to his “maturity level and the overall approach to the business.” Although Pritchett doesn’t write many of his own songs anymore, he really thinks about what the fans want to hear. He says each song on his new album is diverse. There is one song, an anthem song called “Drink Along Song” that he hopes will have the impact like “Hold My Beer” and “Let’s Get Rowdy”.
2018 was a busy and successful year for Pritchett. Earlier in the year he was asked to be involved with the JUNOfest doing the meet and greet with fans and playing in the JUNOCup hockey game. “Hockey is my first true love of life,” he says.
With such a busy schedule, it’s extremely hard to have a lot of time with family and friends. Pritchett said there was a time that he lost focus on his friends and family and realized “never let a moment go by with the industry, but more important are the people that will always be there for you, in the end, your family and friends.”
Aaron Pritchett performs January 15 at the Vogue Theatreaaron pritchett, The Vogue Theatre