December 1st, 2016 | Comments off
There are few safe bets in life, even fewer in the music business, however Niagara native and Country music’s hottest new star, Tim Hicks is soaring up the radio and digital charts and building a strong fan base early on with the success of his first single, “Get By,” currently Top 15 at Country Radio after only 6 weeks, making him as close to a sure thing as can be found.
Co-written by a collective of famed songwriters that includes the successful duo Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley), and Neil Sanderson from the multi-platinum rock band Three Days Grace, “Get By,” is the No. 1 selling Canadian Country digital track at iTunes (No. 11 on the overall chart), with over 10,000 tracks sold to date and a 28% increase this week – a noteworthy number for any Canadian Country artist. The single is moving quickly towards the top of the radio and digital charts highlighting once again that there is a strong pulse for well-crafted Country music in Canada.
Proclaimed ‘One To Watch’ following a successful Ontario run with the Boys Of Fall Tour in support of Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee last November, Hicks exploded onto the scene with his debut single and is successfully doing his part to help define a genre that celebrates growing up in small towns, hard work, savouring every experience and living your life completely.
Recorded with hit producer and songwriter Jeff Coplan (Love And Theft), in Nashville, TN, Hicks’ debut EP, available digitally March 5th, is the sound of summer for Country music fans. From the tongue-in-cheek, “Just Add Water,” to the whimsical “Stronger Beer,” to the rocker “Hell Raising Good Time” and the fast-rising single “Get By,” fun abounds on Hicks’ introduction to Country music fans and the business alike. With equal parts grit, fun and camaraderie, the five tracks are a precisely rendered snapshot of what’s to come from this singer/songwriter who connects with his audience and touches them on a human level. It’s apparent that Hicks is ready for a big year of music and friends and in a world with few safe bets, he’s guaranteed to deliver.
November 24th, 2016 | Comments off
“My dad will tell you that when I was little, the car radio had to be on the country station,” Lindsay Ell explains. “If my older brother touched the dial, I would beg him to turn it back. It got to the point that if they were listening to something else, all I had to do was get in the car and they’d automatically flip over to country.”
Coming from a family with deep musical roots, the Stoney Creek Records’ artist started playing piano and guitar at a very early age. “I learned how to play guitar traveling to country-bluegrass camps with my dad, and knew right from the beginning of my strong passion for country music.”
The 26-year-old Calgary native was discovered at 13 by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman,” “Takin’ Care Of Business”). “Randy learned guitar from master jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, so I dove head-first into this world of blues, jazz and rock guitar – learning all these different solos, switching radio stations and trying to get an idea of where all those techniques come from. I was listening to Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clapton, Derek Trucks and all those incredible guitar players.”
Lindsay’s passion and study has served her well, leading to several unique opportunities, including an opening slot with blues icon Buddy Guy; however, her first songwriting trip to Nashville was the catalyst that brought her early affinity for country full-circle. “When I got here, it was like I was home,” she says. “I didn’t need to put on a facade of who I was or wasn’t. And I finally fell back into my roots. Coming to Nashville brought me to who I am and who I’m meant to be.”
Because it is rare, she knows her six-string prowess is not the only focal point, but an accent to her vision as an artist. “There aren’t a lot of girls who play electric lead guitar, and it can be a defining thing,” she says. First and foremost, I want people to hear me and understand my voice as a country music recording artist. When they come see me, I’d love it if they were impressed at my guitar and piano playing. But by that point, hopefully they understand the artist behind it all has a lot of different sides to her music.”
To get to that point, she knows radio and fans will be key – and she can’t wait. “Having the chance to share my music and show people how ready I am continues to be one of the most exciting steps I’ve made yet.”
Having spent a decade learning about the music industry from the front of a stage, Lindsay Ell is more than ready for that step – however big or small. “Playing live, honing my craft and developing as performer before taking my first serious try at being a recording artist and getting radio airplay gives me a foundation a lot of artists just don’t get. I’ve had the cords fail, the monitors shut down and mics die. I’ve seen all kinds of crowds … and no crowd at all. I feel ready as a singer and a musician. I have confidence as a performer. I’ve been writing for years and, since moving to Nashville, have found how best to communicate who I am. I’m comfortable in a conference room with six people or onstage opening for Keith Urban in front of thousands. It’s really not that different. Both are exciting and a little humbling. Either way, I’m ready to go.”
Alberta’s newest up and coming country sensation Dan Davidson exploded onto the Canadian country scene in 2016 with the release of his second single “Found” (Co-written by Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers). Dan became arguably the indie story of 2016 as his single “Found” rocketed up the charts and he became the #1 charting indie artist in Canada. “Found” was the #1 selling Canadian country song in Canada for several weeks in July and August 2016. It had also #16 on the charts and was the 8th highest charting Canadian song in the country. The hit single also went top 50 on the Shazam charts across all formats and hit #15 on the iTunes sales charts. The future is bright for Davidson. In only 2 years of being involved in the country music scene, his name can be seen on the charts next to some of the top artists in North America – and he has found a way to do it 100% independently. Dan is new to the country scene, but is far from “green” in the music industry. He spent 10 years playing in the well-known Canadian indie rock band Tupelo Honey (who had several top 40 hits, top selling iTunes records and toured with bands like Bon Jovi). On the advice of a couple of long time friends (who happen to be top selling Canadian country artists), Dan decided to start focusing on his new country project. Dan’s sound came together as he started writing and working on music with Toronto producer Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, Andrew Hyatt, Autumn Hill, Brett Kissel) and the two spent the better part of a year developing an EP that’s characteristic of Dan’s love of “good time” music. You can catch Dan sharing the stage in 2016/2017 with artists like John Pardi, Brett Kissel, The Washboard Union, Kira Isabella, Beverly Mahood, George Canyon and many more!
November 16th, 2016 | Comments off
Canadian country music legend George Canyon is continually melding his love of family with his passion for music; his integrity and dedication to his family are reflected through the songs he writes and the stories he tells. A multi-JUNO Award/PLATINUM selling artist, Canyon’s latest album I Got This finds him back in the saddle; a culmination of 2 years of writing, and working with incredibly talented writers, producers and musicians. Showing no signs of slowing down, Canyon is hot on the heels of a 2016 cross Canada tour, “Jekyll and Nothing to Hide”, which has audiences rockin’ coast-to-coast to his entertaining and laid-back vibe, “I wanted to create a record that was fun to play, and exciting for the fans to listen to. It’s been a while since I’ve had an album of new original songs, and these songs put a smile on my face”.
Family being his first priority, Canyon, a man of Faith, abandoned his musical aspirations years ago to work as a bylaw officer in order to support his family. His wife, Jennifer, urged him to keep writing songs and performing, however George felt that it was no longer practical, and put music on the back burner. In 2004, Jennifer persuaded him to audition for U.S.A Network’s “Nashville Star”- an internationally televised performance competition. Canyon competed and wowed audiences worldwide with his undeniable talent, and from that point – there was no turning back.
With a history of industry accolades, achievements and sustained success, I Got This marks Canyon’s eleventh full-length release in a career that spans nearly two decades and includes his GOLD-certified albums “One Good Friend”, Classics, Somebody Wrote Love and the Richard Marx produced Better Be Home Soon. With nearly 400,000 albums sold worldwide, multiple major acting roles on television, and the 2015 launch of his ECMA and CCMA nominated radio show “Down East Country with George Canyon”, the singer-songwriter has cemented his status as a bona fide multi-faceted artist and performer. Canyon says, “I am so proud of this entire album – each song has its own special meaning to me, but there is one song that I can confidently list as my favourite – that song is ‘Some Horses’. I heard this song over a year ago and immediately held it for this record. When I play the song all I think about is our daughter Madison, who just turned 16, and like her mom, loves horses and is a Champion Cutting Horse rider”.
A Nova Scotia native, Canyon was recently inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and has been widely decorated with a number of accolades including multiple CCMA and ECMA Awards in addition to his multiple JUNO Award wins. As the national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a vocal advocate and supporter of the Canadian Military, Canyon was also presented with the CCMA “Humanitarian of the Year” Award in recognition of his philanthropic endeavours with both organizations.