This week we are crushing on country singer Dave Hartney!
The past few years have seen Hartney quickly gain recognition in the Canadian country music scene. In 2015 Hartney was a BCCMA & Music BC Artist Development Program Top 5 Finalist and 2016 saw Hartney receive a BCCMA Ray McAuley Horizon Award nomination. Hartney has brought his high energy to live performances across the country opening for the likes of Dallas Smith, High Valley, Tebey, Black Jack Billy, Aaron Pritchett, Dierks Bentley, Jerrod Neimann, Thompson Square, and many more. This summer Hartney will hit the stage at Gone Country 2017, opening for headliner Tim Hicks.
These days Dave is putting the word out about his single “Party Lights”. Produced by British Columbia Country Music Association (BCCMA) Award-winner Jeff Johnson (George Canyon and Wes Mack), “Party Lights” showcases Hartney’s mix of modern country with southern rock, with an infectious chorus that is sure to be a summer anthem song. Take a listen below and you’ll see what we mean.
What is your definition of romance?
Haha, hmmm. My definition of romance would be two people enjoying each other’s company in a beautiful setting no matter where it is.. on a beautiful beach, or home in your own back yard. My definition of being romantic is doing little things, nice texts even months or years into a relationship, or gifts on non-special occasions, etc. to show the other person you still think they are the most important person in the world!
What’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
I don’t want to get in trouble with a specific story, even if I maybe do have a personal favourite, but I will say the best ones are when you’re getting to know someone for the first time. Things are just clicking and you have a 2 or 3 hour conversation but it feels like only 5 minutes went by, and then the restaurant or wherever is shutting down and kicking you both out. It’s always great when you think you have an idea of who someone is, and then they have some crazy story about their life and they open up, and it totally makes you like them even more than you already did.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
“Chivalry never goes out of style.” My uncle said that to me and my cousins in high school, and he was right! I’ve always found simple things like opening the car door, or walking to the front door instead of honking and waiting in the car when you’re picking up a lady, seems to go a long way, no matter what point you’re at in the relationship.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
I try not to do strange things haha, but years ago I was performing on a TV show and I taped “her” initials onto the pick guard of my guitar so she would see it when watching the show with her family in a different city. I wasn’t sure she would see it, but she actually did.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men out there, what would it be?
That’s a very open question! As long as we’re still talking dating, I would say spend less time on social media and more time enjoying each other’s company. Stop comparting yourself or your relationship to other people’s curated social media feeds. And stop playing games or using gimmicks to try and get attention, eps for the gentleman, the best pickup line is hi!