Q&A: Aaron Crawford
Sagecliffe Performing Artist Q & A
Aaron Crawford is a regular artist at Sagecliffe Resort. Although he is well-known for his country music in the Northwest, we’ve gotten to know him better by asking him a few questions so that you may learn more about him as a person. Continue reading to find out more, from his early years spent with his musical family to releasing a single.
Tell us about your background (where are you from, when did you start performing, what inspired you to start writing music etc):
I grew up in a musical family, both parents playing music in church. I followed in their footsteps early on by playing the drums after services were over, then actually playing for the services. I moved to guitar from there, leading the youth services, and it wasn’t too long until I was fronting my own band with some friends from college where I earned my music degree. From there, I started multiple bands, until I landed on being solo artist in country music. I loved that the songwriting was front and center, and that most times it was about a story. Couple that with my early grunge/Seattle rock experiences, and you land where I’m at today.
What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
There is an energy in music that can’t be replicated, either performing it, or watching it. The connection between performer and audience is what really drives me. I want everyone to leave feeling like “we” had a great time together. Music does that.
Do you ever get performance anxiety?
Growing up in music, and performing in many school and church choirs, I don’t really get anxiety. But I do get anxious to get the show started. I want to be on stage doing my thing.
Tell us about your proudest moment in your career as a musician.
It would have to be getting radio play as an independent artist, on a major market station. If you’re unfamiliar with how that works, it’s next to impossible. There were definitely tears the first time I hear a DJ introduce me and my song.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music?
I love being outdoors. Hiking, Snowboarding, Boating. I’ve got two small kids with my wife, so my biggest hobby right now is hanging with them.
What is your favourite thing about performing at Sagecliffe Resort?
If I’m not allowed to say dinner (nobody disallowed that), then it’s being in the record room. What a killer vibe of a room, almost a museum of vinyl. And if you look hard enough, you’ll see my vinyl up there. Unless you’re staring the other direction at the insane landscape views.
What would be your biggest dream/accomplishment as an artist?
Honestly, this isn’t playing the home crowd card: playing the main stage at The Gorge. It’s a lifelong dream, and I’ll get there.
What are you working on now?
I just released a single Memorial Day Weekend, called “Sounds Like Summer” so the writing is on hold for now. I’m currently travelling all over the NW with a jam packed tour schedule