Four Good Years, the latest EP from Canadian country artist Andrew Hyatt, was something of an exercise to help rediscover his singing voice. That initial goal was more than accomplished, as Hyatt has never sounded more capable or confident, though it also led to deeper, more meaningful discoveries about himself and the world around him.
Following an exciting whirlwind of a few years that propelled him to increasingly impressive heights in Canada’s bustling country scene, Hyatt was forced into a hiatus in 2019 by a vocal condition that ultimately required surgery. The road to recovery was long and arduous, but his resolve never waned and, as Four Good Years makes clear, he’s now back to full form, stronger and more determined than ever.
“This was kind of a rebirth for me – working on these songs that I really loved and being able to explore my voice again on my own time during the pandemic,” Hyatt shares candidly. “This whole process has been so encouraging and inspiring and I hope that translates through the music.”
In just a few short years, Hyatt has amassed tens of millions of streams and video views; Top 10s on major market stations; nominations from the Canadian Country Music Association and Country Music Association of Ontario; the prestigious “Top of the Country” title from Sirius XM; high-profile slots on prominent festival stages; and tours alongside stars like Dallas Smith, Dean Brody, and Tim Hicks, to name a few. Most recently, Hyatt took home the award for Rising Star at the 2022 CCMA awards.
All are impressive feats for an artist whose pedigree goes far beyond country music and its ilk. “I’m kind of a musical mutt when it comes to my influences,” Hyatt jokes, walking through his journey from Christian rock in his younger years to alt-rock and punk in his teens. Country icons like George Strait and Alan Jackson came next, followed by more recent chart-toppers like Eric Church and Sturgill Simpson. And while not always tangibly, those tinges of other genres and styles are seamlessly woven throughout his latest work.
“It all feels like a big level up,” Hyatt says in closing, referring to everything from the songs themselves to his revitalized vocals and inspired performances. “It feels like I’ve gained a big part of myself back” – and that includes some pieces he didn’t realize were there in the first place.