Coast To Coast Closeup – Greg Rider


September 3, 2020 at 5:00 am - Home, Coast to Coast Closeup
By Cal Gratton

The Coast to Coast Closeup is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt

Real change can only happen when a pivotal moment in our lives takes place. For some, those moments come early in life and to others it is later, if at all. For Greg Rider, it was a fateful car accident at 21 years old. Growing up in Water down, Ontario, Greg lived a life very different to what he wanted. Yet, he was too afraid to change it. In his heart, he felt destined to create something bigger than himself and his entrepreneurial spirit was about to set those wheels into motion. The accident had awakened him to how he wanted his life to be. If he had of died in that car accident, how would people remember him? To him, it was not positive, and it was time to do something about it. 

He made up his mind to live life being fearless, not fearful. Music had been an influence on Greg, but he never did anything to pursue it until his 20’s. In time, this was to change. As he built his confidence, he began to play locally in a duo. When the duo disbanded, it was time for Greg to take his next leap of faith. He accepted a job as a Bartender in the Cayman Islands and spent his off time writing and performing at open mic opportunities. One day, he met someone who convinced him he should be in Nashville and not long after that, he made the move. 

Since living in Nashville, Greg has submerged himself in music and grown considerably as an artist and songwriter. He had the chance to play on Grand Ole Opry radio station “WSM” and played at the renowned venue Whiskey Jam. For one year, he had a full-time residency on Nashville Broadway’s top venues and was playing full-time at FGL House (Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean) with his band. Greg also played acoustic gigs around town and participated in weekly writing rounds at the most respected venues in Nashville. 

After a year and a half, Greg wanted to get back to his roots to really focus on his own material and came back to Ontario. The artist released his 3rd single “Baby Girl” and started working towards the production of his first full length album to be released in 2020. He is currently travelling across Canada with a Canadian charity called “Live Different”. Greg shares his story of resiliency with the audience and plays a couple original songs. He will perform at over 75 schools and reach over 30,000 students.

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