HITTING THE STAGE - Local country singer Jamie Woodfin is looking forward to performing at this year’s Westerner Days. His show runs July 21st in the ENMAX Centrium. photo submitted

Jamie Woodfin prepping for Westerner Days show

Red Deerian excited to play in front of hometown crowd

Local singer Jamie Woodfin is gearing up for a performance July 21st at Westerner Days on the ENMAX Centrium mainstage opening for Tom Cochrane.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show set to start at 8 p.m.

The show comes on the heels of some tremendous opportunities that have recently come Woodfin’s way, including opening for country star Toby Keith during a show in Fort McMurray just last week. Woodfin also hit the stage several times at the Calgary Stampede as well.

“I was obviously ecstatic about that,” he explained recently of the amazing opportunity opening for Keith.

“It’s probably the biggest show of my career to date. It also all came together really nicely.

“His whole team that we dealt with was just excellent also,” he said. “They treated us really well and just welcomed us into their group.

“It certainly was an experience that I won’t forget,” he said, adding that after the show he got to meet up with Keith for a long chat. It was also meaningful in that Woodfin has been a fan of Keith’s since the late 90s.

Meanwhile, over the past few years, word has been spreading about his exceptional musical talent as showcased through several singles including Just Feels Right, We Go Together, Letting Me Go and his latest, You Were That Night, which was released just last month.

As to his musical journey, Woodfin is enjoying every step.

As the singles are released, he’s also finding out more and more who he is as an artist in terms of style and performance.

Looking back, he has long been drawn to making and performing music.

He first picked up guitar when he was about 13. A penchant for the drums and a powerful singing voice soon surfaced as well. Woodfin was also only 14 or 15-years-old when he started writing his own music.

Through high school, he played in a band called The Dirties that were refining their own unique punk/rock sound.

During his years with The Dirties, the band produced an EP featuring songs that were written by the group. They played consistently across Central Alberta as well.

These days, it’s about balancing the demands of his full-time work with his growing music career. And looking ahead, fans can expect more new tunes from Woodfin in the not too distant future.

“We are going to be hitting the studio hard,” he said, adding that his performance schedule will continue to be full as well including a show at Country Thunder in Calgary next month.

Meanwhile, his passion for what he does continues to build as more folks discover what this talented Central Albertan is all about. “I like to be inspired by other artists,” he said.

“I also think it’s important to mix it up with balance; to take those chances for down time, too. If I can get out on my motorcycle, or we can get out to the lake or something like that, it’s good to unwind for a day or two.”

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