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Getting to know: Jodi Pederson

Vernon raised singer-songwriter Jodi Pederson, graduate of Kalamalka Secondary School who was discovered by Toronto music producer Jack Lenz when she was a teenager, is now making music in Vancouver. - Photo by Nick Suu, style by Alyssa Delucry
Vernon raised singer-songwriter Jodi Pederson, graduate of Kalamalka Secondary School who was discovered by Toronto music producer Jack Lenz when she was a teenager, is now making music in Vancouver.
— image credit: Photo by Nick Suu, style by Alyssa Delucry

Jodi Pederson is a singer/songwriter from Vernon, but currently resides in Vancouver. Her unique voice and her friendly  personality are both great factors in drawing people to her music.

Q: When did you first become interested in music?

A: “I’ve always loved music. I was raised in a house of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s’ classics, and of course Disney. Some of my most prominent childhood memories are of my dad blasting Bob Seger or Bob Dylan while cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Or driving with my mom and sisters, singing along to Sheryl Crow, shouting “the sun and the moon (All I Wanna Do), our favourite part. So I guess you could say I’ve always had a love for music. It just took a random fluke in Saskatchewan to begin pursuing it.”

Q: Do you have any musical inspirations?

A: “I have many music inspirations: Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Missy Higgins, Fleetwood Mac, Ellie Goulding, Adele, Sarah McLachlan, Matt Corby, Ed Sheeran... It’s an endless list. I have such an appreciation for all types of music that I can’t help but love it all.”

Q: What advice would you give to an aspiring musician?

A: “Don’t forget to be in the moment while you’re playing, and always ask for extra peanut butter sandwich packs while on the road. You just never know when you’ll be driving in the middle  of nowhere for hours on an empty stomach.”

Q: Who would your dream collaboration be with?

A: “Oh this is tough.  I can’t just name one. It would  have to be any of my musical inspirations.”

Q: What were you like in high school?

A: “ln  high school I was a big ol’ nerd! I worked hard for good grades, played the bass in band, every sport, loved art and music, and had a bunch of amazing friends. I wasn’t  too fussed about boys then. I spent most of my time training as an athlete, playing music, going on adventures, and spending time with my family and friends.”

Q: What was your favourite subject in high school?

A: “lt was hard to pick a favourite subject in school because I had such amazing teachers, which makes all the difference. Yep, big ol’ nerd. Although I loved band, art, and history  class.”

Q: What is your favourite song that  you’ve recorded?

A: “My  favourite song of my own is yet to be released. But it’s called City Lights. I really feel that this one has captured my true style, and an awe-inspiring feeling that translates in the ambiance of the song. I’ve also written a few ballads recently that  I enjoy performing. Can’t wait for everyone to hear them.”

Q: What is the largest crowd  that  you’ve  performed for?

A: “The bigger the crowd, the better. The largest crowd I’ve played for as of yet, is about 800. Good times.”

Q: When was the last time that  you were star-struck?

A: “I feel like I’m star-struck  all the time  (laughs). Most  of my friends in the city are actors and musicians, and they all amaze me with their talent all the time.”

Q: Can you tell me about your band Brothers and Sisters?

A: “A band of brothers and sisters! Yes, for real. My younger sister Hannah and I, and our friends  Matt and Michael are brothers, and Andrew is our brother from another mother. We all just started  jamming one night and decided to form a band. We played our first big show at the Vernon Canada Day show and had so much fun. We have a fun, folk-pop sound with lots of beautiful melodies and harmonies.”

Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

A: City Lights by Jodi Pederson. What? Did I just name drop (laughs)? Just kidding. I would  have to say Vienna by Billy Joel. It’s a classic.”

Q: Do you have any upcoming shows in the area?

A: “I am currently starting to book some shows in Vancouver. I will be playing in the Okanagan in the new year upon the release of my new single. Yes, it is nearly finished. Yay!”

To find out more about Jodi’s music, please visit her website at www.reverbnation.com/jodipederson, like her on Facebook, or see her videos at www.youtube.com/msjodipederson.

Aniko Forgo is a Grade 12 student at Kalamalka Secondary School who is conducting a series of Q&A interviews with Okanagan musicians.

 

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