February 3, 2015

Artist of the Month: Jack Connolly

Vancouver Island native Jack Connolly takes you on a whirlwind of words, both poetic and profound, on his latest release, “Great Big Soul”. Released in November of 2014, “Great Big Soul” is the fourth release for this talented artist with a sound that’s hard to define. Blending rock, pop, folk and country influences, Connolly’s songs transcend the shallow feeling that many of today’s formulaic contemporary country tunes present. Like Ryan Adams or Tom Cochrane, Connolly funnels an immense amount of emotion into his music. From heartbreaking words that will make you fight back the tears, to foot-tapping, head-bopping palpable excitement, “Great Big Soul” is a triumphant collection of material that is a defining moment in Connolly’s decade-long career. Don’t let the word “decade” fool you […]
October 9, 2014

Artist of the Month: Tanya Marie Harris

Dreams often take a long time to realize. They exist, of course, long before the point of realization but get buried deep within our minds or hearts. Tucked safely away for later, those dreams are sometimes revisited with more experienced eyes or with fuller hearts and brought back into the realm of possibility. That feeling hit Tanya Marie Harris like a brick a couple of years ago. Always wanting to pursue music, Harris had also always wanted a family. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Harris recalls her parents always listening to the radio. Although it was mostly rock music from her parents, a trip to South Carolina later in her life would start a budding love for country music that would come back to […]
September 3, 2014

Artist of the Month: Jordan McIntosh

As a deep and moving tone that is typically produced by years of age and experience, you’ll barely believe it when you hear it coming out of Jordan McIntosh’s young and infinitely adorable mouth. Matched with a comfortable sureness and an outgoing personality, McIntosh packs the perfect mix for a star on the rise. If the frequent trail of swooning teen girls behind him isn’t enough of a clue that he’s Canada’s newest musical heart-throb, the nearly one million views on his YouTube account is a clear indication that this young man is on the verge of a breakthrough. He’s a digital social butterfly, often tweeting his fans and sharing pictures of his exciting journey to hundreds of likes and comments. His lyrics are believable […]
July 30, 2014

Artist of the Month: Nicole Rayy

Life doesn’t always present us with a clear path or decisions that come easily. In the case of country newcomer Nicole Rayy, she’s had her fair share of proverbial “forks in the road” and hard choices to make, especially when it comes to following her heart. Oakville native Rayy’s childhood was filled with piano and vocal lessons, and her participation in musical theatre and talent shows only managed to further her love for music and performance. She showed early promise, and swiftly developed into a gifted songwriter and performer. As she became older, music became more than an enjoyable activity for Rayy; it eventually became a friend and confidante – somewhere she could place her hopes and fears but still feel safe. Her first hard […]
July 9, 2014

Artist of the Month- Paul Malysa

by Cadence Grace With his hands in many proverbial pots, Paul Malysa knows how to whip up a winning recipe for a lasting career in music. Singing and songwriting has been a lifetime pursuit for Malysa, who continues to write, collaborate and perform regularly. From appearances at CMA Fest and The Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville, to various songwriting circles and charitable causes, Malysa lends his voice wherever he can and strikes a chord with the passion and feelings he emotes in his music. His respective 2004 and 2010 independent releases “No More Yellow Lights” and “Above The Fold”, garnered him attention and radio play across Canada, which has led to a burgeoning career and future for this dedicated musician. His song “Take Me There” […]
May 7, 2014

Artist of the Month- Steve Rivers

It’s not just the immense talent he possesses that foretells a positive future for Steve Rivers. Rather, it is the combination of talent, his casual coolness, and his ability to connect with and electrify a crowd that has him perched on the edge of a breakthrough. Originally hailing from Milton, Ontario, Rivers has travelled both Canada and the United States playing and promoting his music, and admits that although his lifestyle logs a lot of miles, it’s all worth it. “I love traveling and meeting new people in towns across North America. I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunities to share my music in places I never thought I’d travel to, and then having them become some of my favourite places ever!” A graduate […]
April 2, 2014

Artist of the Month – Billy J White by Cadence Grace

Two albums in two years could be a tiring experience for any artist, but for Billy J White, it’s been a wild and exciting ride that he’s in no rush to get off of. Hot on the heels of his August 2012 release of “Country Drag Strip”, he followed up in January of this year with “Damn Fool Thing To Do” – an evolved sound that has been well supported by a strong team helping him to make the most of this release. With a little bit of quirk, a lot of charm, sweet vocals and some great guitar chops, White is a memorable flavour for your ears and eyes. On “Damn Fool Thing To Do”, he nails the perfect recipe for a career-elevating follow-up, […]
March 6, 2014

Artist of the Month: Emily Reid

by Cadence Grace They say that “life is about the journey,” and in this case, it’s the journey that created a whole new life for Canadian country newcomer Emily Reid. Although you may not have heard of her yet – newcomer might not be the right term for Reid, considering she has spent the last several years in Nashville. Many who head to Music Row have packed it all up in pursuit of their musical dreams, and Reid was in a similar boat, but with one key difference – she was headed to Belmont University to pursue a major in Music Business. The Victoria, B.C. native admits that she had an earnest interest in pursuing the business side of music when she headed down south, […]
February 6, 2014

Artist of the Month – Runaway Angel

Runaway Angel Finds Wings It all started with a text message that lit ablaze the idea of Runaway Angel many months before it took true form. Stacey Zegers texted her longtime friend Cadence Grace to ask how she felt about starting a country music ‘group.’ Cadence and Stacey had both been long time solo artists who met while competing on a CMT Canada reality show. Cadence admits she was largely dismissive of the idea at the time. It would be nearly a year before the stars would align in a way that allowed them to re-approach the idea of a long-term collaboration. By this time, Cadence had spawned a close friendship with Toronto based musician, Ann Chaplin, who she felt would be the perfect fit […]