Aaron Pritchett retains his title as one of Canada’s most electrifying entertainers, and just released his 8th studio album - “Out On The Town.” With 14 career top ten singles, a gold selling smash hit, a recent string of top 10 songs (including his current #1 hit ‘Better When I Do’), and a massive headlining national tour, Pritchett continues to pave his way to indelible legacy. Aaron’s many hits include Hold my beer, (while I kiss your girlfriend), When a Momma’s boy meets a Daddy’s girl, Dirt road in ‘em and Worth a Shot. With multiple Canadian Country Music Association Award wins, and Juno nominations to his credit, Pritchett has never forgotten where he came from - and neither have folks from his home province. Last year, Pritchett celebrated 5 more British Columbia Country Music Association Awards wins - bringing his career total to 38 awards. A BCCMA record that will likely stand the test of time! “I’m grateful everyday to be in this business. I was born to be onstage, and I am so thankful for my fans. They’ve stuck with me through thick and thin, and I’ll keep releasing the best music I can, and kicking ass in my live shows to continue to show my appreciation
for their loyalty and love.”
Self-made singer songwriter Eric Ethridge is making his way across North America
connecting with audiences and living out his wildest dreams. With an undoubtedly
unique path, this past year has seen him pivot from a profession as a doctor to
full-time country artist. Still practicing when he released his first self-titled EP, which
features his breakout single debut, “If You Met Me First,” the ability to express himself
creatively was what always gave him the most joy. “To me, a successful life is doing
something you love while changing people’s lives for the better while doing it.”
As his music and fanbase grew (thanks in part to wildly popular YouTube covers), Ethridge landed a performance slot between Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line at the major Canadian country festival, Boots and Hearts when he realized he needed to follow his heart and pursue music full time. “I’m so grateful every day. I cannot wait to continue building this life in music,” he says. “Every day is an opportunity.”
According to Emily Reid, her music can be described in three simple words: “bold,
energetic, and indie-fun-cool. And that’s like a hyphen word.” Inspired by the stylings
of the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and Sara Evans, to name a few,
the 27-year-old multi-instrumentalist country singer has come a long way from her
humble beginnings in Victoria, B.C. Since her move to Nashville, then Toronto, then
Nashville again, Reid has proven that she is keen, determined, and, perhaps most
importantly, ready. One of the early songs she wrote as a published writer, If I Wanted Wine, was the original hook and catalyst for the passion of Universal Music’s Director of A&R Shannon McNevan (James Barker Band, Reklaws, Jade Eagleson, etc) which ultimately led to her major label deal with Universal in 2018. Influenced by her big dreams, her dad’s unwavering support, and the superstars who came before her, Reid’s first official single — “Good Time Being A Woman” — is an ode to all the good parts of an often complicated female life. In spite of, gloriously, Reid is fun-loving, unfiltered, and full of spunk.
Kalsey Kulyk’s effortlessly bright and unmistakable vocal, paired with thought-provoking lyrics and overall messaging, is something most songwriters never master.
“After my parents’ divorce, my dad would listen to ‘Nobody Knows It But Me,’ by Kevin
Sharp, over and over again. I knew exactly what he was feeling without him telling me
what he was feeling. That’s when I knew what music could do for people. That’s what I
want to do for people.” Once she recovered she pursued her passion for music with even more determination. She worked with Fleetwood Mac producer, Richard Dashut, and made trips to Nashville for meetings and to write. All of her work did not go unnoticed. Kulyk was invited to participate in both the Canadian Country Music Association’s Discovery Artist program, as well as ole’s “On the Spot” competition.
She won both. Kalsey married Canadian Country superstar Eric Ethridge in November last year.
Fiddlestix is Ontario’s premier Fiddle Rock Show. Featuring multi award winning
extreme electric violinist and Yamaha music endorsee, Steve Bowen. Combining a
multitude of styles and genres Fiddlestix combines each style with their unique sound
creating what has been dubbed ‘FIDDLE ROCK’ by Y108 Rocks Hamilton.
Performing everything from Great Big Sea, Charlie Daniels and their own original
music with their rock edge keeps the audience lit! Fiddlestix never stops performing.
Fiddlestix has experienced everything from heralding the arrival of the Olympic Torch
in Toronto with Gord Downie (Tragically Hip) to performing for the Canadian and
American Ambassadors in South East Asia. Fiddlestix never fails to mesmerize audiences of all ages.
Rayy knows something about drawing inspiration from love and loss. The universal
struggle with finding a solid footing in relationships manifests itself within her
process, and gathering from her myriad travels and connections – she has created
something that is both familial and engaging. Her new album is a stunning collection of songs that traverse borders and (at times) genres. “I’ve always drawn inspiration from many genres of music and it’s nice to feel like I can include those inspirations into the music, but still tell a story like a classic country song,” says Rayy. “That being said, I do hope this record stands out as being uniquely its own. People have always asked me who do I sound like and my answer has always been, I sound like me. This CD is 100 percent me and I hope listeners can enjoy what I have to offer as an artist.”
SMALL TOWN GIRLS
Small Town Girls are a country band consisting of five teenage girls from Southern
Ontario. The group started off with the VanMaele sisters, Cassie, (now 17) on lead
guitar, Haley (now 15) on vocals and rhythm guitar and her twin Hannah on mandolin
and backup vocals. In 2017 and 2018, the Girls opened for Brett Kissel, winning
two of his #kickitwithkissel contests. Also, in 2018 they were named Country Music
Association of Ontario “Artist of the Month” (January), they won the Boothill Jamboree
Rising Star contest and the Country Wildfest Emerging Artist contest. But their
best victory came by adding their drummer Jillian (16) to the group, making it a full
quartet. In early 2019, the girls entered The Next Country Music Star contest, competing against some of the best unsigned professional and amateur country acts in the province. It was here that they met the last member of their group, 15 year-old Delaney, their bass player. She joined the group and they made it to the Finals, beating out over 30 other acts. The summer of 2019 was spent playing a full schedule of shows and festivals throughout Southern Ontario, fine-tuning their live
act, and writing new original material.
Born and raised in Brussels, Ontario, Adam Cousins developed a love for music. Over the past year, Adam has been honing his skills in the music industry and bringing them to light in his debut EP “Dirt Road” to show his fans his life experiences while growing
up in a small town. Growing as an artist and putting his best foot forward he has sculpted his music in a way that can resonate with everyone in a blue-collar world. He works hard and plays hard too. Adam’s career in music started to take off in 2018 when he moved to London, Ontario when he wrote a few songs and started a band of his own. In short time he headed to Emac Recording Studio and the “Dirt Road” EP was born. He had released Dirt Road to radio all across Canada and all major streaming platforms. In 2020 Adam will be playing fairs and festivals all around Ontario. Make your way to one of his shows and you won’t be disappointed with the energetic oldies and the rippin’ hot country.
JESS & TAY
Together, Canadian singer/songwriting duo, Jessie Bower and Taylor Adams, are the voices behind the sweet yet rich harmonies of Jess and Tay. Launching into the Canadian country music scene with their big stage debut as finalists in the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in 2016, they have created quite the buzz. They’ve since been spending their time performing across Ontario, at events and/or venues such as The Havelock Jamboree, The Horseshoe Tavern, SuperCrawl, and many CCMA showcases. When not performing, they continue to divide their time between songwriting and work on their upcoming EP. Although Jessie hails from Hamilton, Taylor from Pickering, Ontario, their shared love and passion for country music brought them together, some 4 years ago. Their connection was instant, so much so that they are often mistaken for sisters. These talented performers are no strangers to hard work and dedication, both having graduated with honours from Humber College’s distinguished vocal music program this past year. They have gained traction with the release of their single and music video for “Into Tomorrow”. With new music under their belt, this dynamic duo is looking forward with great excitement to their next releases to share their EP debut “Bad Luck If You Don’t”.
Samantha-Ava is a singer/songwriter based out of Niagara, ON. With many different genres of inspiration, she manages to blend them beautifully. With the deep sultry tone of her vocals, cut deep lyrical ability and unique style she manages to take the listener to a place they’ve never been before. Samantha has taken the stage of many of Nashville’s top venues including the “Commodore Grille” & “The True Music Room” and has also hit the airwaves of LIVE Music City Radio. “She has the projection through her words that connects on a deeper level with the listener,” says Matt Williams of Inside Music Publishing Nashville inspiration, “she manages to blend them beautifully one she calls completely her own.” With the deep sultry tone of her vocals, cut deep lyrical ability and unique style she manages to take the listener to a place they’ve never been before.
James is a 21-year-old Native American singer/songwriter from the Six Nations of the Grand River. He has been teaching guitar to youth, performing shows and writing songs for more then six years. Growing up his family was a very musical family, singing traditional songs which became very influential for James as they encouraged him to pick up a guitar and sing. James started competing as a soloist at competitions in Nashville, Boston and New York from 2012 till 2015 & sang in an alternative rock group named “Baylight”. Recently, James had the great opportunity to sing back-up for "Lorde" at the 2017 MMVA's (Much Music Video Awards). James has just finished recording his debut album “TIDAL WAVE”, which was produced by Billboard Top 40 Recording Artist, Jace Martin at Jukasa Studios. James Wilson is set to release his debut single, “City Lights” to Canadian Radio and you can catch him at a show near you soon!
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