ARTIST OF THE MONTH

June 7, 2017

Artist of the Month: Buck Twenty

All the way from Harrow, Ontario to the 2017 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, Buck Twenty has been on one heck of a journey. Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold’s up-and-coming country duo has worked hard to get to where they are now, playing showcases, acoustic sets, festivals, the Canadian National Exhibition, and more. Most recently, the boys have been seen in the spotlight playing both the CBC’s Easter Seals Telethon, and Canadian Country Music Week. At each stop reports have rolled in that Buck Twenty are well worth the price of admission, and on their way to being seen even more. And if you’re interested in seeing Mike and Aiden do their thing live, you’ll find them all over the province again this summer, […]
May 12, 2017

Artist of the Month: Andrew Hyatt

From the mines of Nickel City to the big city stage, Andrew Hyatt has put in the work it takes to get country music fans to take notice. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen Sudbury born-and-raised Andrew Hyatt emerge as one of Ontario country’s rising stars. With stripped-down performances that showed off his songwriting skills and soul, and amped up rocking sets that dripped with sweat and put his heart squarely on his sleeve, country music fans have walked away wanting more and waiting for what’s… “next.” As a singer/songwriter, Hyatt first showed us that he was an artist to watch. And his radio singles, Love Drunk and MGR (Me And A Girl And A Radio) had Canadian country music fans singing along. […]
April 13, 2017

Artist of the Month: Lindsay Broughton

Brooklin’s Lindsay Broughton has been on Ontario country music fans’ radar since her 2013 CMAO Awards win as Rising Star of the Year… and if she hasn’t been on yours, it’s time to change that now. In the time since that win, the small town girl has been writing, recording, and releasing new country music for fans, and playing it on stages all over the province and beyond. Her energy at those live shows, regardless of the time or place, has consistently showed off her personality and authenticity, helping her connect to her fans. And it’s what brings those fans back to see her again and again, creating that base that every artist needs. In 2014, Lindsay released her debut album, Take Me There, which […]
March 10, 2017

Artist of the Month: Krista Earle

Singer, songwriter & performer Krista Earle checks off all three boxes as she continues to push forward in her country music career. With multiple Country Music Association of Ontario award nominations (Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Single of the Year and Rising Star) Krista has become an Ontario mainstay, playing shows for crowds all over the province and continuing to write new music that explores her own personality and what she loves most about country music. In fact, a quick look at Krista’s social media channels will show you that there’s new music coming in 2017. And 2017 might just be the perfect time for Krista’s philosophy and music. Quoted in the past as saying, “Music and songwriting has the power […]
February 9, 2017

Artist of the Month: Alessia Cohle

Mississauga’s Alessia Cohle has been putting in work – and it’s paying off! The country songstress released her Talk To Me album in November 2016 and launched an East Coast tour on the strength of the first single, How Bad (track 1 on the album), before releasing the title track to radio in January 2017. Cohle helps to reinforce the city-girls-singing-country world that we live in. Even though she’s not a farm girl, her voice sounds as country as you could hope for – or would expect to hear on country radio – and the songs that she’s putting together could just as easily have come from a girl that lived in a one-stoplight town. There’s a pop influence, but the twang that comes from […]
January 10, 2017

Artist of the Month: Ben Hudson

From an early age on the farm, Ben Hudson knew that music was going to be important in his life… and with a background in piano and guitar, Ben decided to take the leap and show the world that he had country music inside of him that needed to get out and be shared. 2016 was a big year for Hudson with the February release of his self-titled EP, shows on a heap of stages, a CMAO nomination for the Rising Star Award, and with the momentum that he built, it looks like 2017 will be another step in his country music career. In January of last year Ben was also tagged as CMT Canada’s Fresh Face Artist, giving him that shot of awareness and […]
December 7, 2016

Artist of the Month: Kelly Prescott

Country from the cradle, Kelly Prescott was born to sing country music. As a third generation singer/songwriter, music is genuinely in her blood. With the release of her 2016 EP, Hillbilly Jewels, the Ottawa Valley songstress has allowed the country music community to get a closer look at what makes her tick. And after listening to the five song collection, it becomes quite clear that Prescott has made the right decision in following her musical path. With previous albums and recognition, including writing, producing and recording Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official 2015 campaign song with her brother Kaylen, Kelly Prescott isn’t new to performing – but she also isn’t at the point where she’s ready to kick back and relax. A busy stretch on the […]
November 9, 2016

Artist of the Month: Shae Dupuy

A southern Ontario girl since she was 6 years old, Shae Dupuy has been singing, writing and performing music for nearly her entire life. And now, the St. Catharines artist is releasing new music from her more current life to the country music world. Her new EP, Brave (Oct. 28, 2016), comes more than 2 years after the 2014 release of her debut EP, Breakdown, and offers a deeper perspective on Dupuy’s view of the world, understanding of herself, and ability to create the music she wants to make and share. Shae has taken the influence of modern stars like Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and The Dixie Chicks and used it to craft her own style and sound. And in that sound, and her songs, […]
October 6, 2016

Artist of the Month: Doc Yates

  Raised in the country outside of Woodstock, ON, Doc Yates grew up living the life that we hear about in our favourite songs. And that life is reflected in his own music as Yates paves his way in the industry. Now in Ottawa, and having developed his own sound – labeled Soul Country, Yates and the Kings Evil are dedicated to making their music the way they want to and the results are a whole lot of fun. Tracks like Four Fingers Of Whiskey and All That I Needed are great listens (find them on his website now), combining lyrics and musicianship to make toe-tapping songs that will make you want more. And more is coming… Doc Yates is working on his first full […]