November 20th, 2014 | Comments (0)
Jake Mathews (born Jacques Lagrandeur in 1971 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) is a country music singer, songwriter and performer.
Jake’s self-titled debut CD (Jake Mathews) garnered six nationally charted hits: “I’ll Do You One Better,” “Try Again Tomorrow,” “That’s How Long,” “Rush,” “I’m Gone” and “There Ain’t No Such Thing.”
His second CD, Time After Time, released in 2004, was voted Best Album by Country Music News. Singles released from the album include the title track, “Signs of You Everywhere,” “Kings For A Day” and “Arizona On My Mind.”
Although he is the younger brother of Gil Grand, he has established a music career in his own right. In 2006, Jake and Gil joined forces for “Raise the Roof,” a tour that took them from B.C. to Ontario, raising awareness of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
November 12th, 2014 | Comments off
Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Tristan’s musical expedition started at the early age of six when he would sing solos at his local Church on Sundays and started to play guitar at the age of 11.
Growing up in a small community Tristan’s life, personal experiences and strong family values would inevitably find themselves embedded in some of his songwriting.
Tristan has grown up with the musical influences and aspirations of one day following in the footsteps of his idols Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings and Brooks and Dunn.
Tristan along with his band members Matt Mazerolle (lead guitar), Andrew Kenney (Bass) and Jody Vincent (drums) have performed with some of the biggest names in country music such as The Stampeders, Confederate Railroad, Dean Brody, George Canyon, Jimmy Rankin and most recently at opened for Travis Tritt.
Recently, Tristan signed with Royalty Records Inc. and released his 1st single “Little Bit of Alright”, climbed the Canadian country music charts peaking at #33 on Mediabase.
Tristan recently released his 2nd single “That Was Before” and his new album “A Little Bit of Alright” is coming out on Royalty Records/Sony Music Entertainment.
Newfoundland born to a family of musicians, Quentin Reddy wrote his first song at age seven and taught himself guitar by age nine. Primed for the stage landing an enviable top two slot on the popular CMT singing competition series ‘Big In A Small Town’, Quentin Reddy feels he is up to the challenge of pursuing his dream in country music.
Now based in Alberta, Canada his music has earned him nominations for Male Vocalist and Fan’s Choice at both the 2012 and 2013 Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards. He has co-written with respected Canadian and Nashville tunesmiths, with his first two singles, “Rest For My Body” and “Beautiful Crazy Life” each spending 15 weeks on the Canadian country charts. The music video for his singles “Closer” and “Beautiful Crazy Life” even aired on CMT Canada. Quentin has toured throughout Canada and the U.S. opening for acts such as Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee on the Boys of Fall Tour, as well as Tara Oram, Dean Brody, Julian Austin and April Wine.
This Canadian has a raw country style combining country rock with a little bit of folk. From pavement pounding up-tempos to gravelly introspective ballads, this singer/songwriter is one passionate entertainer, and can easily capture the emotions of the audience with the connections he makes while onstage. From ballads about irreplaceable love, to melodies about everyday life and paying the bills, Quentin’s music is refreshingly relatable.
“If I can sit down and tell a story, even if it’s just for myself or my family, that is what has always been important to me,” Quentin said. “It’s that connection with people that I seek out almost every night I go on stage. Sometimes it’s hard in pubs, but I cut through it, and I have those moments of divine-ness.” [ read more ]
November 6th, 2014 | Comments off
Amanda Wilkinson was building on an already glittering music career when she released her slick and impressive solo debut in 2007. But the diminutive singer-songwriter wasn’t satisfied, even if everybody else was. Having given seven of the 10 songs on her record to other composers, Amanda was hungry for full-blown independence.
“I felt like it was my responsibility that the next project I would do, I’d be saying something as a grown person,” she says, explaining why she exiled herself to Nashville in 2010 to bunker down and get back to her first love—songwriting.
Meanwhile, some 1300 kilometres away, Tyler Wilkinson was also busy forging his own identity when the fateful call came from his sister. “I had a rock band in Ontario for six years that I was working with pretty much full time,” he says, “and Amanda was, like, ‘Come on down and write with me!’ I was thinking I’d be going to help write for her future solo project.”
For all intents and purposes he probably was. Instead, 15 or 20 songs into their collaboration, something started to feel familiar and right. “I think there was kind of an, ‘Ah ha!’ moment where we were both, like, ‘Holy shit!’” he chuckles. Enter Small Town Pistols, named after the small but powerful family matriarch whose spirit Amanda seemed to inherit. “People would say, ‘You’re like Grandma Ida,’ she says. “‘She was a pistol!’”
While nobody is likely to forget that Amanda and Tyler enjoyed phenomenal success together years earlier with the Wilkinsons, one listen to Small Town Pistols reveals an entirely different beast. Their debut self-titled album profits from a long connection as performers— something immediately heard when they wrap their close harmonies around a winding vocal melody in “Easy as Breathing”—but there’s also a newfound sophistication and scope at work here.
From the chiming, modern pop of “Blame the Radio”, to the galloping Fleetwood Mac redux of “Love is Gonna Find You”, the songwriting and performances their first record are, as Tyler bluntly states, “just more mature.” Adds Amanda, “It’s a jump from being a 16 year-old, when we released our first record as the Wilkinsons, to being a near 30 year-old with different things to say entirely. We’re saying things we’d say as adults.”
The timing obviously works. Amanda sounds amazed when she recalls the “fluency” of their writing sabbatical together. “It just kept spilling out,” she says, while the duo’s interior journey—both were recovering from broken relationships at the time—was doubled in some ways as they pieced the album together on an impulsive path that took them from Nashville, to Toronto, to Vancouver.
In the course of things, the Pistols also invited a varied bunch of friends to lend a hand. The effusive modern country of “Colour Blind” comes courtesy of Chad Kroeger’s creative partner Joey Moi, while the slightly eccentric path taken in “Walk Tall” is the result of a hook up with Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat. Amanda says they approached this project “with no rules,” and the payload is an album that swings naturally from the affectionate vintage country pastiche of “It’s You” to the grandeur of “Friends” or “Living on the Outside”.
With a majestic feel that recalls classic Jimmy Webb, “Living on the Outside” is a track where the duo’s attention to songcraft couldn’t be any clearer, or more affecting. It’s significant therefore that it’s also one of three songs co-written by their father, Steve. While Amanda and Tyler cite everything from Lefty Frizzell to Emmylou Harris, the Beatles, and Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard as inspiration, she’s happy to admit that “the biggest influence of all is always our dad.” The only difference now is their autonomy. Meanwhile, somewhere, Grandma Ida is tapping a small foot in approval.