Aiden McGill
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"Aiden McGill takes the stage"

Aiden McGill takes the stage with his band at the Keeler Centre at the Colborne Apple Blossom Festival May 28. He's the home grown sound of Nashville.
Decked out in the classic cowboy hat, black and red, country star dress right down to the boots, and acoustic guitar under his arm, Aiden McGill steps on stage after stage delivering his "smooth country vocals." - Adam Huras - The Independent


"AIDEN McGILL rocks the ROYAL YORK!"

On February 17th, Aiden opened up the OAAS convention showcase event bringing the 800+ fans to their feet. With standing room only in the Canadiana Ballroom at the Royal York hotel in Toronto, Aiden drew the crowd to thunderous applause with each and every song. Also performing beside Aiden were fellow Canadian Country Artists, Samantha King & Aaron Pritchett. Travelling to Niagara Falls for the Festivals and Events Ontario convention the following week, Aiden added the WOW factor to the FEO President's Gala. - Ontario Country Performer and Fan Association


"University of Guelph College Royal Ball"

Aiden recently played at the College Royal™ Ball on Saturday March 10th, 2007 and entertained a packed house of University of Guelph students and their guests. Aiden’s great mix of country classics and entertaining originals was exactly what was needed to keep the crowd dancing, singing and having a great time the whole night long.

The College Royal™ Ball is a very unique experience as guests are able to move freely between several different rooms, each with a unique musical genre, but Aiden’s sound and social interactions captured an audience and encouraged them to stick with him for the duration of the night.
- Katharine Found, College Royal 2007 President


"Aiden Entertains"

"With an outstanding opening set, it didn't take long for Roseneath's Aiden McGill to warm up the crowd at the Hastings Memorial Arena during the annual OLMC concert. The smooth sounding musician put on a strong show" - The Shield, Bill Freeman


"Hillbillies, heartache & honky-tonk"

"Wearing a black cowboy hat, opening act (for George Fox) Aiden McGill played eight songs. He got enthusiastic applause for the song Hailey, due for radio release in a few weeks...He also offered a country version of Buddy Holly's Maybe Baby. As his last song he chose Wasn't that a Party - leaving his audience whistling and clapping along. One of his fans said "He was awesome. Awesome! He's very vesatile. It really doesn't matter what he sings." - The Peterborough Examiner, Joelle Kovach


"Show Well Done"

"Aiden was very well received, his between song chatter was fun and kept everyone wanting more. He has a very good show and even brought some flowers for his rendition of "Pretty Woman"...The audience response was fabulous. We were so pleased" - Millbrook Maplefest, Linda Lawrence VP


"Country & Bluegrass Radio"

MERCI....
Thank you very much for your latest radio album. It is very good. The album will receive airplay in our weekly "Country & Bluegrass Music" radio program! It's a great pleasure to broadcast your albums!
Mr André Leclerc
RADIO TILT FM 88.8
France - Andre LeClerc - France


Discography

Aiden published his first album "Far From Perfect" in 2003. This album was produced for show merchandise and venue distriubution. With great interest in his music, this first album has been sold out.
Currently, 5 tracks have been laid down in Nashville for his second album "Two Sides".
The first release from this forth-coming album was "Hailey". Released in Nov. 2004, Hailey rose to #28 on CMN Top 100 Chart, was named Canadian Song of the Week on Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits and received radio airplay throughout Canada and internationally in Holland, Australia, France and USA.
His sophmore single "Snowman Workin' on a Suntan" received great accolaides in Canadian radio rising to #50 on CMN Top 100 chart and up to #8 on radio stations throughout Western Canada.
"Just As Gone" has been the third release just listed on Canadian radio. Not yet charting nationally, this song was choosen again on Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits as "Canadian Song of the Week" for September 25, 2005.

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Bio

Now residing just north of Cobourg, Aiden McGill was born in Peterborough, Ontario and spent his early years in Cavan before moving to Newcastle. Here he was raised solely by his mom with his brother and sister. “We didn’t have a whole lot of spare cash around, but I had the happiest childhood upbringing that any kid could ever have. My mother raised us in the country, so I made use of what was around me to keep entertained”. This of course included country music.

Throughout public school and well into college, he raised rabbits as a business. It was a business that helped him buy his horses, his orange Toyota cargo van called “The Pumpkin” and left him with some pocket cash to spend on music albums. He was also a "little brother" with the Big Brothers & Sisters Association. “This was an awesome part of my life. I do encourage anyone and everyone to support this great organization any way that they can”.

“My mother was my first major musical influence, as well as life teacher. She played the guitar and had me sing along with her when I was very young. She always encouraged me to learn to play an instrument, and taught me everything she knew on the guitar.” Taking her advice, in senior public school he learned to play the trumpet, and was asked to join the school band during his first year. Music became an enjoyable pastime as he continued playing into high school.

His first star struck experience happened when he attended his first outdoor music festival (which was the Havelock Jamboree). “I watched a beautiful and talented young gal perform on stage. Her name was Cassandra Vasik.” That was in 1994! Right then and there, Aiden decided that he would take his love for country music to the next level. He would work as hard as he could to be a professional musician and one day do a duet with this beauty, Cassandra.

The very next weekend he retired his hundred-dollar La Patrie flattop and bought himself a brand new Takamine. Just recently, he traded in that guitar on a brand spankin’ new 16 Series Martin acoustic, which received its 1st battle scar at a show in Hastings not 12 hours after he bought it. Back in 1994 he also bought a PA from a friend who was moving to Nashville. That friend was multi-award winning Canadian singer/songwriter, Tim Taylor. Aiden spent the next four years playing his guitar and singing with whomever he could. “I started to develop a style of my own”. With his sights set on stardom, and a voice that he made original to himself alone, Aiden started playing at bars, legions, lodges, parties, and outdoor events. Sometimes with one, two or more musicians, he eventually settled into performing as a single act. With his love of country music driving him, he continued to play while working his hand at writing.

“I took a great deal of time off of my day gig to travel to Nashville , where I met songwriters, singers, musicians, and made some life long friends”. While visiting Nashville, Aiden played with good friends at well know clubs like Tootsies & Roberts, and throughout Printers Alley. It was a great learning experience. He also attended as many musical events in Ontario as he could. Along his travels he continued to meet various musicians, writers and folks involved in different aspects of music.

Now was the time. Aiden decided to put his talents to the real test. It was time to try his luck at an album, something that he could sell off stage and build more bookings from. Having made many contacts in the music industry, he called on some close friends and put together a list of ten songs. The studio was calling and soon enough, after 2 years of working during the day, playing music at night and putting together his first album with what was left of the week, his CD was complete. Some of the songs were written by singer/songwriters Tim Taylor, Duane Steele, Wendell Ferguson and Suzy Conn. One track “Never Met Anyone Like You” Aiden co-wrote with Canadian Country Music Sweetheart, Shirley Myers. After doing this project and producing it himself, he jokingly called it FAR FROM PERFECT. It was then he realized how much hard work, dedication and commitment went into creating an album.

Within a year the itch had returned and he was back on the phone with Tim Taylor in Nashville. “I said (to Tim) let’s do a really awesome album, something Cassandra would be proud of!” So once more he was traveling to the Country Music Capital. Tim and Aiden went over an exhaustive list of songs and demos, picking only the ones that make your hair stand on edge. With Tim as the producer, into the studio they went. Now with five new tracks laid down in a Nashville studio, “Hailey” emerged as the first release on Aiden’s forthcoming album “Two Sides”.

Aiden has since released three singles to Country Music Radio. The 1st single “Hailey” reached #28 on the Country Music News Top 100 chart an