Alan Jack­son

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK -

“I re­alise to­day that the beat of the drums and the beat of my heart were the same, I was that lit­tle drum­mer boy and I didn’t know it. I was 14 when I did my first pro­fes­sional job, re­plac­ing a guitarist in a band, with only three weeks to learn how to play and sing at least 40 songs,” he re­mem­bered.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing a ded­i­cated hockey player, Se­vi­gny de­cided on a ca­reer in mu­sic. This is where he would be happy. For 25 years, he played ev­ery bar, wed­ding, party and spe­cial events he could book.

The singer has done a bit of ev­ery mu­si­cal genre and he re­mem­bers well the Billy Ray Cyrus craze and the ‘Boot Scootin’ Boo­gie’, that peo­ple would re­quest up to 10 times ev­ery night.

It is when the first al­bum of coun­try icon Alan Jack­son came out, that Se­vi­gny rec­og­nized the kind of mu­sic that re­ally touched his heart. Jack­son be­came his big­gest in­flu­ence and in­spi­ra­tion mu­si­cally.

“Ev­ery time Jack­son came out with a new song, it felt like he was singing about my life, my emo­tions,” he ex­plained. “Jack­son is an artist who is gen­uine. He can sing about the sim­ple things in life and make you re­al­ize a lot of truths,” stressed the singer.

Of course, Alan Jack­son’s unique ded­i­ca­tion to sto­ry­telling all comes at no ex­pense of vo­cal qual­ity or melody.

Now 48, Se­vi­gny has sung a lot about liv­ing, a lit­tle about love, bounc­ing his way be­tween gigs, even record­ing an al­bum back in 2009 ti­tled Musique du Coeur (mu­sic from the heart), an al­bum about his life and ex­pe­ri­ences.

To this day, mu­sic still takes a lot of place in his life and Alan Jack­son’s songs are his choice songs. His cur­rent dream is to be able to sing for the sheer plea­sure of singing the songs he loves.

His im­mense ta­lent and his love of Jack­son’s mu­sic will be on full dis­play at the Trib­ute to Alan Jack­son Con­cert on Nov. 17. You can pur­chase tick­ets for the Bur­rough’s Falls Jam Ses­sion at the dance hall 819-838-4912 or at The Len­noxville Florist, 159 Queen Street, 819-346-4841.

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