This week, we caught up with up and coming Canadian artist Jordyn Pollard for our latest Quick Fire Fire. Jordyn, from Lloydminster Saskatchewan, released her debut EP, Good On Me, last November and has been rewarded for her hard work by being named the 2020 Sask Country Music Emerging Artist of the Year. As if that wasn't enough, her latest single, Back to Us, from her EP was selected to be the first the Stingray Music Trending Track, an initiative that will see a Canadian artist chosen every other month and be supported by their track receiving a minimum of 25 spins per week on 19 participating radio stations across the country.
1) What stood out about Back To Us to consider it as your latest single? - “Back To Us” is a super nostalgic song and it was a perfect song to record at the time that I did! The lyrics talk about a relationship that has passed, but to me it was more than that. I saw this song as a way to look back on my high school experiences as a graduated the summer before this song was released.
2) How important has the Stingray Music Trending Track initiative been in promoting the song to a wider audience? - This unexpected title has changed a lot for me! With Covid-19 taking shows out of my schedule for such an extended period of time, I didn’t think that this kind of exposure would be possible! I received a message from a fan in Quebec saying that she had heard “Back To Us” on the radio for the first time just the other day! Being Stingray’s Trending Track has allowed me to reach to places that I would not have been able to before. It has also allowed me to connect with radio hosts and others in the industry all over the world! It’s a really exciting time in my career and I’m so grateful to Stingray Music for the opportunity.
3) Having picked up the Sask Emerging artist award, how bigger boost is that to get more music out? Being recognized in my home province is such an honour. I am so humbled by the support of the Saskatchewan stations, country music fans, and country music association. I have had numerous texts, videos and tags on social media of people listening to my song and it’s mostly people from the prairies! This award has given me more visibility in Saskatchewan for sure!
4) What advice have the likes of Brett Kissel and Gord Bamford given you? Brett Kissel actually messaged me the other day! Another one of the crazy things to happen! Brett told me to keep on doing what I’m doing. This is a great reminder especially in a global pandemic!
5) As you approach the one year anniversary of your EPs release, what would you have liked to know then that you do now? I’d tell myself to appreciate live shows and hugs more because they will be a rarity in the near future. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself!