Filed under: Exclusive, CountdownJaida Dreyer
has just released her debut album, I AmJaida Dreyer
, but has plenty of experience under her belt already. The singer, who just returned from Las Vegas, where she performed for the ACM Experience as part of ACM Awards weekend, has opened for several of country music's biggest stars, including Jason Aldean
, Dierks Bentley
ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan
. And while she may seem like one of the most fortunate newcomers in country music, the singer endured plenty of hardship and pain -- literally and figuratively -- on her unlikely road to a country-music career.
"I was forced to grow up very quickly," Jaida reveals to The Boot. "It was just my Mom and me. We left my Dad when I was 12. Tennessee is the seventh state I've lived in. I was born in Thunder Bay, Ont., raised in Iowa, went from Iowa to Florida to Georgia, Georgia to California, California to Wisconsin, Wisconsin to Texas, Texas back to Georgia, and then I moved to Nashville."