September 18th, 2014 | Comments (0)
Paul Rennée Belobersycky (born July 21, 1972) is a Canadian country music artist, known professionally as Paul Brandt. Growing up in Calgary, he was a pediatric RN at the time of his big break. In 1996, he made his mark on the country music charts with the single “My Heart Has a History,” propelling him to international success and making him the first male Canadian country singer to reach to the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the United States since Hank Snow, who last charted a Top 10 hit when “Hello Love” hit #1 in 1974. Brandt is married to Elizabeth Peterson, who can be seen in some of his music videos, and heard singing background on his CDs. Brandt’s music has been used by Dave Matthews and Johnny Cash on the We Were Soldiers soundtrack, a duet of the song written by Paul Brandt and Steve Rosen called “For You.”
September 11th, 2014 | Comments (0)
George Canyon (born on August 22, 1970) is a Canadian country music singer. He was runner up Nashville Star 2 in 2004. He grew up in Fox Brook, Pictou County, Nova Scotia and later lived in Hopewell, Nova Scotia (where he still owns land) before he moved west. He currently lives in High River, Alberta. He also holds an appointment in the Canadian Forces as Honorary Colonel at 14 Wing Greenwood.
He was born to Fred Lays Sr. and Cheryl Lays in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
George Canyon has held many jobs: he spent time working as a law enforcement officer, a slaughterhouse beef inspector, and the owner/operator of his own recording studio. He always dreamed of becoming a professional musician.
Canyon is the father of two children. His wife, Jennifer, worked three jobs during the day so that he could sing at night. In 2004, George Canyon competed in Nashville Star. He was the runner-up in the competition, but became very well known in Canada and garnered much support, being the only Canadian to make the cut for the competition. After the competition ended, he received many accolades from fans and the industry alike. These include the top 5 hit “My Name,” a Juno Award for Best Country Recording of the Year (for his album One Good Friend), and, four Canadian Country Music Awards Nominations (CCMAs) including Male Vocalist of the Year and the Fan Choice Award.
He played a U.S. Forest Ranger in the last two episodes of the 7th season of Trailer Park Boys.
On September 22, 2007, Canyon performed at China-Canada: Hand in Hand; a joint concert held in Vancouver between CCTV (China Central Television) and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) to commemorate the 1 year countdown of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. One of the songs performed by Canyon was “What a fine Jasmine blossom”. Sung entirely in Mandarin, Canyon performed the touching duet with Mandarin singer Tang Can.
On 9 January 2008, Canadian Defence minister Peter MacKay appointed the Nova Scotia-born Canyon to the position of Honourary Colonel at 14 Wing Greenwood, the largest air base on the east coast.
Canyon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14 and has given talks to children about diabetes.
September 4th, 2014 | Comments off
Mackenzie Porter: After moving to Vancouver to pursue acting, Porter teamed up with musician and actor Andrew Jenkins to form the band The Black Boots. In 2010, she launched a solo career. Porter was the winner of the 2011 Nashville North Star competition. She has opened for Kenny Chesney, Doc Walker and Trooper, among others, and has performed for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gene Simmons.
In October 2012, Porter released her debut single, “I Wish I’d Known”. Her second single, “Never Gonna Let You”, was co-written and produced by Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Porter was chosen as one of six acts for the inaugural Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Program in 2013. She is also nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Her debut album will be released in 2014.
Livy Jeanne: She is ready to bring her music to the masses, with major performances scheduled throughout 2013 – including slots alongside some internationally-recognized recording artists. “I just feel at home on stage,” she says, and that’s the same whether she’s joined by her familiar cast of musicians or just some wood and nickel-wound strings. And while she loves the energy that comes from the full band, she’s quite comfortable in the latter setting. “When people are first seeing what I’m all about, I don’t need a big stage or fancy light show,” she says. “I want them to see that I can really sing and play my guitar.”
Lindsay Ell: Randy Bachman discovered Ell when she was only 15 years old. Bachman described her as “the most talented and multi-faceted artist I’ve come across in many years”. Bachman co-wrote and produced her first album Consider This. It was recorded at Bachman’s studio on Saltspring Island, and Ell herself co-wrote most of the 11 songs. The album was released in 2006 on Bachman’s record label Ranbach Music and distributed by Fontana North. Ell toured with blues guitarist Buddy Guy in 2008. On her 2009 album, Alone, she moved to a more acoustic sound compared to her debut. In addition to working with Bachman, Lindsay has collaborated with Danny Michel, Russell Broom, Bill Bell, Damhnait Doyle; and has also shared the stage across North America with Suzie McNeil, Shawn Mullins, Serena Ryder, and blues pioneer Buddy Guy. This surreal experience culminated when Guy – one of Lindsay’s childhood idols – saw her open for him and called her onstage to play with him. Today, Bachman remains a mentor and friend. Among all the advice he’s shared, the most memorable lesson is also the most simple, “Be yourself.” These words have become a mantra for Lindsay, who views the world simultaneously with the wonderment of a wide-eyed girl and the wisdom of an old soul. “Working with Randy brought out many different influences,” she says, and helped her to find her true musical path.
Jaida Dreyer: Jaida Dreyer didn’t grow up intending to become a country music artist, but it’s clear she was meant to be all along. Her unmistakable voice, bubbly personality, and eclectic, insightful songwriting scored her a publishing deal with Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sugarland). Soon after, she was signed to Gallimore’s label, Streamsound Records. “She’s the real deal,” says Gallimore. “I couldn’t feel any stronger about her talent than I already do.”