Dave Hartney is a rising force in the Canadian Country music scene from North Vancouver. The past few summers Dave has played one of BC’s largest country festivals, Sunfest, along with headliners Dallas Smith, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, and Dierks Bentley. This past year he opened on the main stage for Brett Young and Dustin Lynch, and was also given the honour of closing out the festival in the beer gardens immediately following Eric Church. He returned to the event again for 2019 with more of country’s biggest stars. Closer to home, Dave was the headlining act for the huge indoor beer gardens (Long Horn Saloon) at this year’s Cloverdale Rodeo, and was featured on the Rodeo’s float for the nationally televised Vancouver and Langley Santa Clause Parades last Christmas. He also performed at this year’s Gone Country cancer fundraiser festival in Langley, the Williams Lake Stampede, and headlined the rodeo stage at Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations. Dave’s live show is sure to impress and win over new fans.
Dave crossed the country on his second national radio tour in February supporting the release of his 2nd single “Everything Girl,” which was his first charting single at country radio. The song, produced by Cold Creek County’s Doug Oliver, was added to Spotify’s “Down Home Country” playlist, helping it quickly reach 100,000 streams and counting. The music video, directed by CCMA Director of the Year Stephano Barberis, is available on YouTube.
Influenced by modern guitar-slinging country superstars (Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Keith Urban), and classic rockers and songwriters like Tom Petty, Hartney’s sound is a mix of modern country and southern rock. Dave re-connected with a childhood love of country music while attending the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. There, he frequented live music bars and watched artists passing through town, including a young Dierks Bentley performing at the campus bar. One of Dave’s personal highlights was later opening for Dierks at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival in Merritt, BC and having a few beers with him back stage. Dave began to write songs of his own during his college years, and after returning to Vancouver began playing guitar for various artists and industry friends including Karen Lee Batten, Damian Marshall, Bobbi Smith (now of the Heels) and later Jojo Mason. Dave’s first duo band after college released an album, with a track receiving aglobal sync placement on the hit TV show Nashvillein 2014. Dave’s songwriting from the album was recognized by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) with a coveted Songwriters’ Showcase during country music week, and he proudly co-wrote his most recent effort “Everything Girl” with BCCMA and CCMA Producer of the Year winner Jeff Johnson.