“I originally had no aspirations to be an artist,” says Dreyer. “Not because I didn’t want to be, I was just a realist. I knew that I didn’t sound like the female country singers I was hearing on the radio at the time, and I just figured my place was as a songwriter. I was okay with that. Little did I know that someday people would actually like my voice for the exact reasons that I thought they wouldn’t.”
In fact, it was the worktape she’d recorded back in Georgia that caught the attention of renowned songwriter Robin Lee Bruce, who found it on Dreyer’s Myspace page.
“She reached out and said she’d never heard anything like me before, and she wanted to help me plug into the scene,” Dreyer says. “She introduced me to the songwriting community, who embraced me and welcomed me with open arms. The next thing you know, people were offering me publishing deals.” She laughs. “At that point I was so naive I didn’t even know you could get paid to write songs full time. I was nannying for a family with five kids, and I was like, ‘You can get paid to do that? Sweet!’”
Her unmistakable voice, bubbly personality, and eclectic, insightful songwriting scored her a publishing deal with Grammy Award-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sugarland) at the precocious age of 19; this February, Gallimore announced the creation of his own label, Streamsound Records, and threw his full support behind Dreyer’s career.
Building on the success of Dreyer’s spunky, self-reliant debut, “Guy’s Girl,” her second single, “Confessions,” goes to radio this month.
Meet New & Noteworthy Artist Jaida Dreyer
Current Project: Album “I Am Jaida Dreyer”
Musical Influences: Life, love, and the vast array of dysfunctional characters I come into contact with. As far as other artists and songwriters I am a big fan of songwriters who sing. I love Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt, Lyle Lovett, Tanya Tucker, and Dolly Parton. Personal Influences: My mother
Music Sounds Like: Authentic and organic
Why You Should Be Listening: What I have to say as an artist and as a songwriter I think a lot of people can relate to and that’s country music. I have lived a lot of life and that comes out in my songs.