Jason Hastie Alumni 1992
Calgarian Jason Hastie (Alumni 1992) might arguably be one of the brightest country music stars on the Canadian music scene. Not only does Hastie have a history with country music that dates back more than a decade, he is also an entrepreneur, an author, and a certified accounting professional.
Jason Hastie grew up in Birsay, Saskatchewan; it was here in his hometown that Hastie had instilled his deep love of country music. Hastie says that Birsay was the stereotypical small farming town with community dances at which a band would perform. He admits seeing the group earn the admiration of those in the crowd, combined with the fact the band had their own bus (albeit a school bus they had painted black), helped him understand the power that music can have upon people.
Hastie started playing piano at four years of age. When Hastie was in junior high school, he picked up the trumpet while continuing to dabble in piano; in high school, Hastie sang with the LCBI choir. After graduating high school, Hastie toured the United States for one year with a band before moving on to university life, picking up the guitar while also earning his accounting designation. “Accounting was going to be my safety net, so to speak,” he says. “My parents are farmers and wanted me to go to university to have something to fall back on.”
In 2002, with the encouragement of friends who made a similar pilgrimage from Saskatchewan, Hastie found himself living in Calgary and working for a prestigious accounting firm. A short time later, Hastie started his own consulting firm and ultimately found himself with a significant amount of flexible time.
Hastie would release two solo singles to radio in 2005, forming the duo Six West a short time later. Six West went on to achieve respectable success in Canada, landing their song “I Will Wait” in the Top 40 in Canada. The video made it into regular rotation on Canada’s Country Music Television Channel.
With a six-song EP due for release in Canada on April 30th, 2013, things are really starting to ramp up for Hastie. His EP was recorded with acclaimed country producers David Kalmusky and Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) in Nashville, Tennesse, Tom McKillip in Vancouver, and Bart McKay in Saskatoon. CCMA-nominated Video Director Troy Niemans filmed the video for the first single from the EP, Til She Don’t, in both New York City and Alberta.
The second single to be released from Hastie’s EP, “Fallen Too Far” was written by Brad Mates and Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) and Tebey while “We Got It Going On” was penned by Charles Kelley from multi-platinum country act Lady Antebellum.
Jason shared his musical gift with the LCBI community at the LCBI Alumni Gala held in September of 2012. Visit Jason at his website http://jasonhastiemusic.com/index.html to learn where his next performances will be and to listen to his amazing music.
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