Scotty Kipfer was born into a musical family and grew up in small-town Milverton Ontario surrounded by musicians who always encouraged him to play. By three years old, he was tagging along with his dad to perform with the Milverton Legion Band at local nursing homes, with a plastic saxophone in tow. At seven, he was playing fiddle in a family band. He played piano and a number of brass and woodwind instruments until he became enamoured with country music. Scotty was 17 when he finally picked up a guitar and began to write songs.
Since then, Scotty has worked for record labels and management firms, as a radio announcer, a cartoonist, and a touring guitar player with several artists. He even transported bodies for the Ontario coroner’s department and local funeral homes which had a tremendous impact on his perspective. “You quickly come to terms with your own mortality doing a job like that,” Scotty explains, “and you’re exposed to a huge range of human emotion. It really made me want to squeeze every bit of joy out of every day I get down here.”
After spending years working in different facets of the music business, Scotty felt the urge to develop his songwriting. He started spending more time working with a community of writers in Nashville while honing his live show with performances throughout Southern Ontario and the American Midwest. At one of his writing sessions, the song “Taking My Time” was born. “I’ll never forget heading home on I-40 after that session,” says Kipfer, “I was listening to the work tape of this goofy love song we’d written, and I finally became aware of who I am and who I was going to be as an artist. It was a light bulb moment for me. I always loved the lightheartedness of the old syndicated country music shows like Hee-Haw and The Grand Ole Opry. I was so drawn in by the wit and charm, and it struck me that these guys were just having a tremendous amount of fun. I knew I had to make a record, and that it had to tap into that essence. It’s funny to me that “Taking My Time” was the song that helped me figure it out - it definitely took long enough!”
Scotty would spend the next two years writing and producing the eleven song album. Rooted in the deep tradition of country music, and influenced by artists like Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Randy Newman, and Willie Nelson, the record is built on catchy hooks, nostalgic melodies, and clever lyrics. Scotty Kipfer is a country music original. “The record is pretty whimsical. It’s light and fun,” he says. “A lot of it exists purely to make you smile. I try not to take myself too seriously.”
The first single, “Falling Like The Rain”, is a semi-autobiographical song about a shy guy who lands a date with a free spirited girl. When the storm clouds roll in on them, his inclination is to run for shelter but she convinces him to stay a while. She pulls him out of his shell as they dance in the rain, and he falls for her as the raindrops wash away his inhibition. “Stepping outside your comfort zone can be a little awkward,” Scotty says, “but when you give yourself over to it, that’s when the magic happens.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who are your some of your influences?
A: Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Kristian Bush, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman, Billy Currington
Q: What instruments do you play?
A: Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Piano, Saxophone, Electric Guitar
Q: What kind of guitars do you play the most?
A: I love my Martin OOOs, I've got a great little Gibson J-165, and I've been playing a Takamine P3MC lately that I really dig.
Q: How many songs have you written?
A: Around 250 so far...
Q: What songs do you most enjoy playing?
A: Wow, that's a tough one. Randy Newman's You've Got A Friend In Me (the song from Toy Story) is so much fun! Billy Currington's People Are Crazy is one of my favourite songs ever. If we're talking about my own stuff, I think Taking My Time is my fave. I slip it into a set of covers sometimes to see what the reaction is. I love seeing people chuckle when they hear it for the first time.
Q: Weren't you in the music business before? What did you do?
A: Yep, I've done lots of things over the years. I played guitar with Bobby Wills and Ryan Laird, and I've produced lyric videos for artists like Emerson Drive, Aaron Pritchett, and Brett Kissel. I also worked for a couple of record labels, and had the chance to promote records for some amazing artists. I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. :)
Q: What are some other jobs you did before you got into music?
A: I've been a radio host, a piano salesman, a cadaver transporter (no kidding!), and I made road signs for a little while.
A: Drawing cartoons, playing games, cooking, Netflix
Q: What do you nerd out on?
A: Great Music, Animation, well written tv shows (Aaron Sorkin is my fave...Studio 60, The Newsroom, West Wing...all amazing!)
Q: What are you favourite foods?
A: Sushi, Pho, BBQ
Q: Favourite Movies?
A: Anything Disney/Pixar, Back To The Future, Once, Love Actually
Q: Fave TV Shows?
A: Big Bang Theory, Game Of Thrones, Brooklyn 99, Studio 60, Seinfeld
Q: Do you have any tattoos?
A: Just one so far - Calvin & Hobbes on my left forearm. I'm itching to get another one...
Q: What were you into when you were a kid?
A: Nintendo, Cartoons, Music - not much has changed...lol...actually, my mom was a seamstress when I was growing up, and one year during spring break she put on a sewing class for some of the kids in the neighbourhood. We each got to make sweatshirts with an appliquéd picture on the front. My best buddy Eric put an airplane on his, and I put a treble clef on mine. Fast forward to today, and he's an air traffic controller, and I'm a musician. We're both still kind of amazed that our childhood passions turned into our careers!