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Country singer-songwriter Greg Rider has a sweet new single called “One Town Away”

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Canadian country-pop artist Greg Rider wonders if love is just “One Town Away” in his new single.

“This song was actually written in two days,” Greg said, looking back at a songwriting session with collaborator Rich Cloke. “I didn’t plan it at all.

“I was a bit stuck,” he explained. “I had songs that I couldn’t release yet, so William Gaboury — producer and owner of Father & Son Records — suggested I write something new and come visit him in Montreal that same weekend to record everything.

“It all happened so fast… Within four or five days, everything about ‘One Town Away’ was done!”

This song’s particular process may have been quick, but the concept had been percolating in Greg’s mind for years — albeit subconsciously, for the most part.

“This is the first song inspired by my roots,” he said, referring to his childhood in Waterdown, a suburban-meets-country town about an hour east of Toronto. “I was always running away from my hometown and running towards new opportunities.

“Those county lines could never keep me for long.”

That’s for sure.

With music influenced by the likes of Sam Hunt, Kane Brown, and Tim McGraw, Greg first set his sights on starting his musical journey in Montreal, busking on busy street corners and playing the city’s vibrant bar scene. From there, he took flight to the Cayman Islands, where he divided his time between bar tending and songwriting, playing open mics under the sun and stars.

His islander life wouldn’t last for too long, as he was soon convinced to try his hand at North America’s country music capital, Nashville. There he earned opportunities to play on Grand Ole Opry radio station WSM, gig at the Whiskey Jam, and do a full-time residency at Nashville Broadway’s top venues.

He’s back where it all started now, setting up shop in Waterdown after a recent cross-Canada tour playing over 75 schools to more than 30,000 high schoolers, sharing music with a message of hope and resiliency.

“After years of traveling, I’d been thinking more and more about the day when I’d finally settle down,” he said. “Crazy, eh? But I always think about when and where I’ll meet my ‘person.’

“I thought I would have found her by now, but I guess it’s not the right time.

“But can you imagine if I’ve traveled all around the world, and she ends up being one town away? That’s what the song is all about.”

“One Town Away” is available now.

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