Music is most powerful when it brings out the listener’s emotions, and Aaron Jurd’s new single, Changed, is hitting all the right notes with listeners.
The single is a celebration of good times and the celebrations have started early with Changed hitting No. 8 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart on release on August 2 and being playlisted on Fresh Country on Spotify the same day.
Changed is the third single from the Lake Macquarie singer-songwriter and is the silver lining to Aaron’s first single, Set Me On Fire.
“This single is first reflecting on down times, which everyone goes through, but shows a change in mindset,” he said.
“Set Me On Fire was written during some of the lowest times, but Changed is the resolution; the chapter two of that time when nothing went right for me. This is the silver lining and a reminder that even though you have the rough days, they give you a different outlook and appreciation of life.
“I am celebrating the other side now, and am thankful for everyone’s support in helping the single reach the top 10 on the iTunes chart.”
The celebrations continue with Changed being Aaron’s first track added to the Fresh Country playlist on Spotify, a playlist that boasts nearly 180,000 listeners.
“I’d love to spread a message of hope with Changed,” he said.
“I am blown away by the success the single has had in the first few days of its release and am so grateful that listeners are responding positively to a song that spreads such an important message. It is also reaching new audiences with Spotify playlisting the song on a popular country music playlist which is great because you never know when someone is in need of hearing the message the song carries and it might just inspire them to keep pushing through a rough time.”
Writing from the heart, Aaron said his songs always reflected where he was in his life at that time, and Changed was a look back at the last 10 months.
“Changed still gives you a glimpse of those darker times, and is talking about how it used to be, but it’s also a happy song,” he said.
“Within the last 10 months, I’ve released Set Me On Fire, and I’ve closed off that chapter, and now Changed is the finished product of that.”
Aaron aims to put his listeners in that moment of when he was writing the song, and wants them to take a message out of Changed.
“I’d love people to take out of it what I put into it – that just because you’re having a rough time, there are better times, and sometimes we need to experience the lows to appreciate the highs.” he said.
“If someone can relate my songs to their life, then I’ve achieved my goal as a writer.”
For the Lake Macquarie singer-songwriter, music is all about how it makes his listeners feel.
“Charting is fantastic and it’s exciting, but for someone to appreciate the music and interpret the song for themselves, and, if it helps them through tough times they’re going through, then that’s the biggest compliment I could get as a musician and an artist,” Aaron said.
“That’s what music is all about for me – the feelings and emotions.”
Audiences and the industry are embracing Aaron’s music with he and his band booked for a number of country music festivals this year, including the iconic Deni Ute Muster in October.
“Being announced for the Deni Ute Muster is a dream come true for me,” Aaron said.
“I love the atmosphere of it and country music fans are out in droves down there, so I’m looking forward to meeting people and performing on that great stage.”
Aaron has another single planned for later this year, before he releases his debut EP in early 2020.
Changed is available through all digital retailers after its release on August 2.