Tak­ing My Time

Mil­ver­ton’s Scott Kipfer cel­e­brates re­lease of his de­but al­bum.

The Beacon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - GALEN SIM­MONS STAFF RE­PORTER gsim­mons@post­media.com

Most good things take time to de­velop.

In the case of Mil­ver­ton na­tive and mu­si­cian Scotty Kipfer, it took 16 years of work­ing be­hind the scenes sup­port­ing the ca­reers of other coun­try artists be­fore he branched out on his own to write, pro­duce and record his de­but al­bum, Tak­ing My Time, which was re­leased on June 15.

“The mu­sic thing was al­ways the end game. That’s al­ways what I re­ally wanted to do,” Kipfer said. “The busi­ness side, though I loved ev­ery minute of it, was just sort of a de­tour. I took the long way around to get to this point where I’m ac­tu­ally mak­ing my own mu­sic.”

Kipfer be­gan his ca­reer in earnest play­ing gui­tar and singing with Cana­dian coun­try mu­si­cian Ryan Laird. Even­tu­ally, Kipfer was in­vited to join Laird’s man­age­ment team and, when Laird inked his first record deal in 2011, the la­bel rec­og­nized Kipfer’s mu­si­cal, song-writ­ing, pho­to­graphic, web-de­sign and man­age­rial skills, and of­fered him a job.

“It did take me away from mak­ing mu­sic for a while, but I think ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son,” he said. “If I made a record 10 years ago, there’s no way it would have been good. I had to fig­ure my­self out as an artist, I had to fig­ure my­self out as a song­writer, and re­ally get some per­spec­tive. I didn’t re­ally have a lot to say when I was younger.”

Through his work at the la­bel, Kipfer ul­ti­mately be­gan spend­ing time with a com­mu­nity of song­writ­ers in Nashville, who helped him find and de­velop his own song­writ­ing voice. The group even­tu­ally helped Kipfer write the ti­tle track of his de­but al­bum, and the rest of it came to­gether from there.

“I left the busi­ness side in 2015, and I went to Nashville for six months. … I went down with no real ex­pec­ta­tions and plans. … I was writ­ing songs ev­ery day, I was play­ing the Broadway Strip, and do­ing all the writers’ rounds that I could do. I joined a cou­ple of bands and we toured the Mid­west – did a few re­ally cool shows – and even­tu­ally we wrote a song called Tak­ing My Time that just sort of made ev­ery­thing come into fo­cus for me.”

Though he de­scribes the ti­tle track as “a goofy love song,” Kipfer said the tongue-in-cheek hu­mour in the song’s lyrics re­ally re­flected what he saw as his artist’s voice.

“I thought, ‘Holy cow, this is me,’” Kipfer said.

Recorded and pro­duced with some of Nashville’s best song­writ­ers, in­clud­ing Steve Black­mon, Chip Davis, Adam Ayan, and Cana­dian Ja­son Barry, the rest of the al­bum in­cludes songs Kipfer wrote in 2015 while in Nashville, on the road, and as pitches for other mu­si­cians. The al­bum also fea­tures his lead sin­gle, Fall­ing Like Rain, which Kipfer re­leased ear­lier this year.

“If you lis­ten to my record, you’re not nec­es­sar­ily go­ing to find that coun­try mu­sic that’s hap­pen­ing on the ra­dio. … There’s still sort of that over­ar­ch­ing party vibe about coun­try mu­sic right now, and that’s just not me. … That’s not the kind of artist I am. When I look back over my in­flu­ences, it’s guys like Randy Travis, and Merle Hag­gard, and Clint Black, Randy New­man. … Th­ese guys were great song­writ­ers,” Kipfer said.

Two tracks off Tak­ing My Time – Long Way Home and No Good Way – were recorded as duets with Amer­i­can Idol’s Janelle Arthur and Cana­dian Emily Reid re­spec­tively.

“Janelle was great. She’s just a dy­na­mite singer and she killed that song. The other one is No Good Way, and I ac­tu­ally wrote that one with a girl from Strat­ford named Cal­lie McCul­lough. … Emily is from Bri­tish Columbia and she’s great. The hook of that song is ‘There’s no good way to break a heart,’ and when she sings ‘break a heart’ it lit­er­ally breaks my heart.”

Kipfer is set to play a hand­ful of shows through­out On­tario this sum­mer, in­clud­ing one at the Lis­towel Fair on July 19. For more in­for­ma­tion on Kipfer’s de­but al­bum and up­com­ing per­for­mances, visit www.scot­tykipfer.com.

SCOTTY KIPFER/SPE­CIAL TO THE BECON HER­ALD

Coun­try mu­si­cian Scotty Kipfer and Peter Porker, the pig he res­cued from the side of the road on his way back to On­tario from Cal­gary ear­lier this year, ap­pear on the cover of Kipfer’s de­but al­bum, Tak­ing My Time.

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