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Interview with Nelson Colt

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Born in Ottawa, Ontario and raised in Aylmer, Quebec, NELSON COLT released his EP Where I Belong last year featuring the singles Fingers Crossed, Right Where I Belong and the new one Across The River. The project was recorded in Nashville and was produced by Rob Matson. All songs on the album were written by Nelson and award-wining hitmaker Barry Brown. Nelson's influences include Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, Alabama and Alan Jackson. Another big influence was a Canadian Country Music legend: “We went to visit my uncle David for New Year’s Eve, and he played a guitar and sang some Hank Snow,” says Nelson. “I was in awe of that sound.”

Nelson started by performing at the age of sixteen in his hometown, then he put a group together and did some touring in Ontario and Quebec for a few years. During that time, he entered all the talent shows he could find, and to his delight, winning first place in most of them. One such prize was the 1995 CKBY (Y101) Talent Search, where Nelson won a recording and touring package. Nelson has had the opportunity to be the opening act for several recording artists that have come to his area, namely Michelle Wright and John Conlee. With his new backup band named The Riders, his goals have come into focus, “Give the fans really good country music!” And that he does.