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One Good Friend

One Good Friend
George Canyon
Released September 28, 2004
Recorded 2004 at Quad Recording Studios and Big One Three Productions - Nashville, TN[1]
Genre Country
Length 34:56
Label Universal South
Producer Tony Brown
Keith Brown
Tim DuBois
Steve Mandile
George Canyon chronology

George Canyon
One Good Friend
Home for Christmas
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

One Good Friend is the third studio album by Canadian country music artist George Canyon. It is the first album released by Canyon since he competed on Nashville Star 2, and his first release in the United States. In 2005, the album won Canyon a Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year. The album was produced by Steve Mandile of the band Sixwire, who also wrote three of the songs on it, including a co-write with Andy Childs, another member of the band.

Fellow Canadian country musician Paul Brandt sings back-up for the track "Letting Go".


The album's title comes from the track on the song that was pitched to George the day before he began recording. "I immediately thought of my wife Jennifer and had to have it on the album. She is my one good friend."[1]

The album's most well known track, "My Name" co-written by Canyon, was written from the perspective of an unborn baby. "A close friend and his wife had a miscarriage and I witnessed the pain they went through losing a baby. I wanted to write a song to help people cope with that trauma and somehow bring a positive light to the subject."[1] The music video for that song continues the theme.

Track listing

  1. "Who Would You Be" (Wade Kirby, Bryant Simpson) - 3:05
  2. "Unfinished" (Kelley Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller) - 3:52
  3. "Workin' on Ten" (Randall Keith Brown, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile) - 3:18
  4. "My Name" (George Canyon, Gordie Sampson) - 4:01
  5. "I'll Never Do Better Than You" (Clint Daniels, Tony Martin) - 3:18
  6. "Hell or High Water" (Mandile, Andy Childs, Scott Parker) - 2:47
  7. "Letting Go" (Canyon, Thom Shepherd) - 4:37
    • featuring Paul Brandt
  8. "You're in the Right Place" (Kerry Kurt Phillips, Shane Teeters) - 3:51
  9. "Bird in December" (Brown, Mack, Mandile) - 3:31
  10. "One Good Friend" (Jim Collins, Rivers Rutherford) - 2:36


Tony Brown was the executive producer with George Canyon acting as associate producer. All tracks are produced by Tim DuBois and Steve Mandile except for "Workin' on Ten" and "Bird in December", produced by Steve Mandile and Keith Brown and "Hell or High Water", produced solely by Steve Mandile.[1]


As listed in liner notes.[1]

Chart performance

Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 35
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 23


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