Country music singer Johnny Reid has a soft spot for Ottawa.
In an interview to discuss his concert at Scotiabank Place tomorrow night, Reid immediately brings up his time in the capital.
“I lived in Nepean at Greenbank and Baseline in 1999,” Reid said. “My wife and I decided to move away and Ottawa was so beautiful. We got to know a lot of people. The only reason I left was because I had an opportunity to become a songwriter in Nashville. But I love everything about Ottawa. To come back and stand on Parliament Hill (he was a headliner at the Canada Day show) and now, on such a big stage this Friday is a real treat.”
Reid and his 12-piece band will be performing songs from his latest album, A Place Called Love, which has enjoyed seven weeks at the top of the charts.
“Every single song on that album has deep meaning for me, my family and friends,” said Reid.
The title of the album alone is significant for him, he said. During the time he wrote the material, his grandmother passed away, and his daughter, Ava Margaret, was born.
These experiences “made me believe in a place called love,” he said. “I think the album struck a chord with a lot of people and it’s been a very humbling experience to see how many people connected with that album.”
All of Reid’s albums are personal, he said. “They’re about things that have affected my life and things I’ve found over the years.”