MITCH GOUDY: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT
Born and raised in rural Bloomfield, Iowa, Mitch Goudy faced a personal crisis early in his life when a knee injury permanently limited his ability to play sports. To help him get through this difficult transition, his father bought him a guitar, put it in his hands and said, “Let’s see what you can do.”
That moment changed Goudy’s life. Inspired by a wide range of artists that included Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger and James Taylor, he honed his performing skills to the point that he could release a debut single, “Blow These Speakers Out,” (written by Goudy and Justin Hill) in the fall of 2013.
Since then, Goudy has filled his calendar with performance dates, shared stages with Rodney Atkins, Joe Nichols and The Oak Ridge Boys, and released another single, “Ain’t My Fault” (Goudy, Hill and Diana Upton-Hill). His first album, Rowdie, produced by Goudy and Hill, will release in October on Third Floor Records.
Just 19 years old, Goudy expressed something close to wonder in the days leading up to his first CMA Music Festival in 2014: “I cannot wait! I grew up reading and seeing the artists that take part in this festival and now I’m going to be one of them! I’m ready to meet every Country fan, sign autographs in my own booth and just take it all in.”
Who is your musical hero?
“Wow, I have to limit it to just one!? Well, when it comes to performing, Garth Brooks hands down, but I’m a fan of so many people for so many different things!”
What song would you secretly love to cover?
“‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye – I’ve never said that out loud!”
Who is your dream duet partner?
“Dolly Parton – no competition.”
What book is on your nightstand?
“I’m a complete geek that reads textbooks and non-fiction. Right now it is Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip,by Jim Rogers.”
What do you sing in the shower?
“Vocal exercises. It’s where my most efficient practice happens.”
What is your pet peeve?
What song do you wish you had written?
“‘Make You Feel My Love,’ by Bob Dylan.”
What phrase do you find yourself saying over and over again?
“I have been told I have my own made-up language. I have a ton of catch phrases. My favorite? ‘BAM!’”
What mode of transportation do you prefer?
What actor would portray you in a biopic?
“Believe it or not, I rarely watch TV or movies, so I can’t answer that!”
What moment in your life would you relive if you could?
“Every day lately is a fantasy. I don’t want to go back. I can’t wait for the future!”
Do you have a lucky charm?
“I do have a charm that goes on the road with me. It’s a road angel and I pray with it before I go onstage.”
What would the title of your autobiography be?
What do you hope people say about you when they look back on your life?
“He chased his dreams to help other dreams come true!”
If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be?
“I would be an entrepreneur; I am addicted to business and making dreams come true.”
What is your favorite food on the road?
“Anything McDonalds, period.”
What are your greatest challenges?
“Challenges are opportunities – for me, it’s making incredible music for my fans to get rowdie with!”
What can you tell us about yourself that we’d never guess about you?
“While I don’t mind getting dirty, I’m kind of a germaphobe.”
PUBLICITY PHOTO: Photographer credit: Michael Gomez
Watch Mitch Goudy’s rendition of “Make You Feel My Love”:
Check out the video for Mitch Goudy’s latest single, “Ain’t My Fault,” filmed at the Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.: