“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.