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 […]
September 29, 2016

Artist of the Month: Karli June

From small town Listowel, Ontario, all the way to the 2016 Canadian Country Music Association Diamonds in the Rough Showcase, Karli June has come a long way! The familiar story of singing at church took a turn for Karli, with a win at the Ontario Open Country Singing Contest and a Top 10 finish at the Ontario Youth Talent Search, adding fuel to the fire that started when she was just a little girl, and pushing her toward a career in country music. Since then, Karli June has worked with some of the brightest and most talented people in Canadian country, including CMAO and CCMA award winner, Jason Barry. Barry worked with Karli to produce her debut single, Black & White, which hit Canadian radio […]
August 9, 2016

Artist of the Month: James Barker Band

One year ago, the James Barker Band took a giant leap forward in their country music career when they won the SiriusXM Emerging Artists Showcase contest. That win gave them the opportunity to play on the main stage at the Boots & Hearts festival before superstar Thomas Rhett played his set. That performance put them in front of thousands of country music fans, and this August, the band will be back at Boots and Hearts to play the main stage on Sunday afternoon. In the 12 months since that big win, the boys of the James Barker Band (James Barker, Taylor Abram, Connor Stephen, and Bobby Martin) have been plenty busy. They’ve played shows all over the province, including CMT Music Fest and the Boots […]
July 6, 2016

Artist of the Month: Eric Ethridge

It’s been a helluva year so far for Sarnia’s Eric Ethridge, and it’s only half over! Ethridge has been working hard to put his voice, name, and face in the minds of country music fans in Ontario since the calendar flipped to 2016, and prior to that even. We first saw Eric when we were researching the 2015 Boots & Hearts Emerging Artists Contest, and saw him on stage for the first time that weekend last August, where he finished second in the competition. Since then, we’ve had the chance to meet and see Eric Ethridge on a few more occasions, and every time he has shown us that his talent and ability to connect with country music fans is going to give him the […]
June 13, 2016

Artist of the Month: Amanda Sadler

Amanda Sadler is a lifelong performer. From the age of 4 she’s been on stage – singing, dancing, and acting – but now the Kingston songstress has focused her efforts on country music, and she’s getting ready to make her move. Amanda’s debut EP, “The Light”, is available now and features tracks like “Nice Just Ain’t Your Colour”, and “Someone Like You”, which show both her upbeat and slowed down sides, while offering a sweet voice and a glimpse of what may be coming in the future. And when we start talking about Amanda Sadler’s country music future, we may be talking about something more recent than you expect. A March trip to Nashville was dedicated to writing new music, and when the writing happens, […]
May 11, 2016

Artist of the Month: Kansas Stone

Kansas Stone’s Brian Vain and Matt Davey grew up with a major country influence from the likes of Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and more… add the rock & roll edge that came from listening to Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, throw in their own personal touch, and you end up with the music we’re all about to hear a lot more of soon. Since the day Brian and Matt started working on country music (first as a side project 3 years ago) they have been putting in the work every artist before them has put in to make their mark. And recently that work has started to pay off, with appearances in Hamilton at the Garth Brooks tailgate parties, in studio on […]