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February 7, 2022

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Tyler Joe Miller (BC)

Signed to MDM Recordings Inc. in 2019, Surrey, BC’s Tyler Joe Miller has swiftly begun to make a name for himself in Canadian country music. After releasing his gold-certified debut single, ‘Pillow Talkin’’ at the end of 2019, the catchy tune quickly earned him the title of iHeartRadio Future Star at the beginning of 2020, and became his first #1 single at Canadian country radio. What followed was an unprecedented and record breaking climb with follow-up single ‘I Would Be Over Me Too’, also gold-certified, which steadily rose on the charts and earned Miller the title of the first independent Canadian country artist to reach #1 at radio with his first two singles. Ending 2020 on a high, Miller was nominated for the CCMA ‘Rising Star’ Award, and […]
January 12, 2022

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Nice Horse (AB)

Nice Horse is wild: wildly talented, wildly entertaining, fun, fresh, fierce and feisty, and they’ve established themselves as one of the most buzzed-about and fast-rising groups in the Canadian music industry. A live act to be reckoned with, the self-contained all-female group has played high-profile festivals across Canada including Boots & Hearts, Big Valley Jamboree, and the Calgary Stampede, and has performed in Spain and France. They have also toured as direct support for legendary artists such as Tom Cochrane and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The band, made up of Katie Rox (vocals / banjo / acoustic guitar), Brandi Sidoryk (vocals / bass), Tara McLeod (vocals / electric guitar), and Krista Wodelet (vocals / drums), has garnered significant accolades since forming in 2015, including […]
November 9, 2021

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Jade Turner (MB)

With a natural talent for telling stories through music, rising Canadian country artist Jade Turner continues to share and support the Indigenous culture that inspires her. Recognized for her original songwriting and stunning music videos, the member of Misipawistik Cree Nation has already established a diverse audience attracted to her energetic stage presence and singles like “Somehow Someone,” “Hangover Blues,” and “Worth.” “I can only have my own stories, so if I want the music to be true to me, it all has to be coming from my point of view. The stories I tell will be different but I feel we’re all the same in different ways,” she says. “In the communities where I grew up, we’re storytellers and we’ve always been storytellers. Country […]
October 13, 2021

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Aaron Allen (ON)

Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario and now based in London, 3-time CMAOntario winner Aaron Allen is deeply rooted in the singer-songwriter atmosphere once created by greats like, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen. Allen’s EP Highway Mile, featuring singles “Where Music Comes From”, “Good Tattoo”, and “Can We Go Back”, has amassed over 4 million streams to date and if you ask Allen, he will credit his partnership with Producer Jeff Dalziel as the defining turning point in his career. Together they have created a sound easily recognizable to the listener – an honest, timeless approach that proves there’s no denying 3 chords and the truth is still alive and kicking. Later this fall, Aaron is joining the CCMA Virtual School Visits for both […]
September 14, 2021

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Laurie LeBlanc (NB)

Laurie LeBlanc is one of Canada’s rising country music stars, whose distinctive style contains a sizable helping of east coast Acadian flavor. His latest album, When It’s Right It’s Right was produced by multi-CCMA and Juno award winner Jason Barry, and featuring members of Dean Brody’s touring band. The results add up to LeBlanc’s most accomplished record to date, and a long-overdue introduction to English country music audiences. Listeners in LeBlanc’s home province of New Brunswick and throughout the Maritimes and Quebec have long been familiar with his approach to country music, as When It’s Right It’s Right also marks a decade of success for the artist in the francophone music scene. Audiences everywhere are now poised to experience the joy at the heart of […]
August 5, 2021

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Gizelle de Guzman (NS)

Gizelle de Guzman’s tenacious sincerity and show-stopping voice has affirmed her place as a modern Country vanguard for the East Coast of Canada. Born in the Philippines, raised in Cremona Alberta and now native to Halifax Nova Scotia, this singer-songwriter has embraced these transitions to help her create her signature sound. Gizelle has been garnered the 2019 Bronze Winner for The Coast “Best New Artist/Band” and one of the top 14 finalists of The Shot: Remastered 2020. Her talent carries forward country-folk conventions of storytelling spiked with a fresh spirit of empowerment. Gizelle continues to work to develop her radiant Country style which threads the needle between traditional heart and modern energy on an emotional bed of transparency. It’s clear to see that where Gizelle […]
July 6, 2021

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Lawrence Maxwell (PE)

Lawrence Maxwell cut his teeth on beer caps, rough waters, and country music. A 2021 ECMA award nominee and two-time Music P.E.I. award winner, this Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter will tell it to you like it’s folk, and sing it to you like it’s country. It was 2013, and nineteen-year-old Lawrence Maxwell was standing on a Canadian warship as it dipped up and down in a rough Caribbean Sea. Hours later, and back in calm waters, Maxwell found himself alone on the ship’s bridge, pen and notebook in hand. Inspired by the moon and a million stars, he began to write. As Maxwell reflected on life, he realized that just like the ship, he could alter course, one degree at a time. From that moment […]
June 1, 2021

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Mallory Johnson (NL)

2017 CCMA Spotlight Winner Mallory Johnson, has been turning heads in the country music scene. Following the success of her ECMA award-winning debut EP, the 5x MusicNL nominee released a digital 45 in 2019 with the singles “Drunk Mind, Sober Heart” and “Hungover,” earning her recognition at the 2019 ISC, The 18th Independent Music Awards, the 19th NSAI Song Contest and the 2020 MusicNL Awards. Most recently, Mallory collaborated with west coast duo Twin Kennedy on a song called “Wise Woman.” The single has already received high praise from publications like The East, The Bluegrass Situation, and Billboard: “[A] gorgeous tale of vulnerability that strikes just the right chord” – Billboard. Coinciding with the single release, Johnson and Twin Kennedy shared a powerful music video directed by Cecil Johnson, […]

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