A musician born in gold is making waves on the Canadian country music scene, with Travis Pickering’s debut single, “She Gets Me,” reaching No. 1 on the Canadian indie country charts.
The single, released by Pickering in August, follows Dreams and essence, a collaborative effort between Pickering and Shelley Lynch, which peaked at number two on the charts in March.
For Pickering, the success of his first solo single is the result of 18 years of hard work.
“It really is like a dream come true,” Pickering said.
“This is the kind of validation in me that I was looking for as a freelance artist; it’s truly an honor to be on a chart with so many amazing artists and performers.
“She Gets Me” is a song written for Pickering’s wife, Brielle, and is about those funny / romantic quirks that make up the finer details of a relationship.
“It was really a song just for us that I didn’t really plan on releasing as a single until later,” said Pickering.
“The more I played it and the more people listened to it and the more I was asked if I was going to record it.”
He says he believes the themes of the songs can resonate with anyone, which is why the song is so popular.
“It’s a song that when I play it live or when couples listen to it, my fingers start pointing towards each other,” Pickering said.
“I think it’s the combination of relativity and credibility that helps the song come across as a listener.”
Although Pickering now resides in Calgary, he says the support from the Golden community has been phenomenal and has been a driving force behind his success.
“This city has always been incredibly supportive from the start – I feel a strong desire to represent my hometown in everything I do,” said Pickering.
“You only have one hometown, I’m always proud to say Golden is mine.”
Pickering moved to Calgary in the fall of 2019 to further his music career.
Making a name for themselves as a father-son duo, playing on the local music circuit in town after returning from a trip to the United States to play baseball, Pickering quickly drew an audience in the East Kootenays before he left.
The song can be streamed on Spotify and has a video on YouTube.