About Dustin & His Brand New Single 'Wake Up'
At 22-years old, country music singer/songwriter Dustin Bird is already pushing the boundaries of modern country music. Having performed at major festivals such as Boots and Hearts & Havelock Jamboree, Dustin is gearing up to play more shows and release his next single to Canadian country radio. His upcoming single ‘Wake Up’ was written entirely by Bird and mixed & mastered by Nashville’s Grammy award winning engineers F. Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban) and Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton, Zach Brown). The song is a catchy, hook driven reminiscence about love lost and is itching to hit Canadian Country airwaves. 'Wake Up' is set for release on March 1st, 2019.
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At 22-years old, rising Canadian artist Dustin Bird is already pushing the boundaries of modern country music. His sound, characterized by catchy guitar riffs, head-bobbing melodies and pop backbeats behind his full bodied country vocals, is a seamless conglomeration of his influences.
“My dad taught me to play guitar when I was young, and in highschool I really began making music of my own,” notes Dustin, who grew up in the small town of Stirling, Ontario. “If I wasn’t at hockey practice, I could most likely be found jamming with friends or writing songs,” he shares about his teenage years, when he also learned to produce music and play piano, drums and bass.
As a kid, he was raised on the music of Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley. However, as his musical tastes matured, Dustin found artists like Ed Sheeran, Thomas Rhett and The Weeknd all working their way into his playlists as well. His musical hobbies soon became a clear passion.
“It’s just what I love. I can’t really explain it, but I think it’s just something you feel after doing it for so long. Making music just became a part of my identity.”
Gathering inspiration from many genres has provided Dustin with a uniquely diverse sonic palette. “I find myself drawn to the authenticity of country music, but a lot of the songs I write also have a pop anchor.” That being said, there is one constant in all of his work: his commanding voice.
And while listeners most often first notice his expressive, smooth vocals, what many don’t realize is that Dustin’s expertise goes much deeper than the lyrics and notes. Having earned a degree in Music Industry Arts from Algonquin College, Bird knows the ins and outs of everything from audio engineering and production to marketing, management and more. It’s safe to say that he bears a musical maturity way beyond his years.
Having performed his brand new music at festivals such as Boots and Hearts, Havelock Jamboree and more receiving outstanding response, Dustin is gearing up for an exciting year in 2019. “I have been really honing in on my sound for the past few years, and am so excited for everyone to hear it. I have built a team here in Ontario to help launch this new music and am continuing to build and grow each day.” he explains about what is ahead.
Dustin's brand new single "She Likes My Guitar" is available now at Canadian Country radio and all streaming platforms.