Artists

CHAD BROWNLEE

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A testament to his drive and talent, Chad Brownlee (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) is an extraordinary example of what one person can achieve. Although he may focus on living in the moment, absorbing every treasured second with his fans while performing on stage, Brownlee has already lived a life many would argue could fill multiple lifetimes.  An award-winning singer, songwriter, philanthropist and former NHL draft pick, country music artist Brownlee is by definition a renaissance man, who lives by the credence that “opportunity lies along the path created by the choices you make.”
www.chadbrownlee.com

TIM CHAISSON

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Tim Chaisson is having his moment. Even if he weren’t perched firmly on top of the most accomplished record of his career – the many-sided country/folk/pop opus Lost in Light, produced by Band of Horses wunderkind Bill Reynolds – the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist would have countless career highs to celebrate. Where to begin? Three knockout showcases at Austin’s famed South by Southwest Festival last spring and subsequent dates supporting alt-rock legends the Goo Goo Dolls. That spot at the Mariposa Folk Festival covering Gordon Lightfoot under the approving gaze of Lightfoot himself. The SiriusXM INDIE Award nomination for Collaboration of the Year for “Beat This Heart” with Serena Ryder, lifted from Chaisson’s much-feted 2012 Colin Linden-produced disc, The Other Side. A nomination for the 2013 Canadian Country Music Award Discovery Series. Nomination for SIRIUS-XM US Coffee House Discovery Of The Year 2013 and TV special in Canada on CMT’s “Live At The Edison” series.
www.timchaisson.com

DAVID JAMES

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A restless spirit and fearless determination, coupled with a ferocious belief in loyalty and a hint of a hopeless romantic, are all qualities that can all be found haunting his lyrics. Introducing Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) 2014 Discovery Program Finalist David James (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada).  His debut single, “What We Weren’t Looking For”, a melodic love song exploring the intoxicating surprise of an unexpected romance, was featured on the NOW County 10 complication, and won the Video of the Year category at the 2015 Manitoba Country Music Awards.  Gearing up for an album release in 2016, David’s new single “Some Hearts” (released to iTunes on September 25, 2015) diverts towards a new, musical path.  David lives by the motto “nothing worth having comes easy and opportunity looks a lot like hard work”.  And work hard he does, as he balances time in the studio and writing new material for his forthcoming album.
www.davidjamesmusic.ca

LEAVING THOMAS

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Infectious energy, raw honesty, and musical freshness are three things you immediately notice about Leaving Thomas (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada), a Calgary-based contemporary country pop duo. Comprised of singers/songwriters (and best friends!) Annika Odegard and Bryton Udy, Leaving Thomas’ dedication to the genre lies in their strong songwriting, emotional performances, and energetic spirit.

Their first single, Waiting Kind Of Girl”, is set to debut on December 25, 2016. Rooted in personal experience, “Waiting Kind Of Girl” is a melodically vibrant anthem dedicated to anyone who has struggled with a relationship, fruitlessly waiting on commitment from a loved one. The single was co-written by Odegard, Udy, and Christopher O’Neil, and recorded at Alberta-based OCL Studios.

www.leavingthomas.com

THE LOVELOCKS

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Mixing soaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry strings, complemented with an infectiously high-energy stage presence, introducing 2014 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Discovery Series winners The Lovelocks (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada), a female roots-country duo comprised of Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman.  Celebrated by RocketHub as “crowd funding pioneers in the world of country music in Canada”, this business-savvy duo has raised over $65,000 dollars to date, funding the recording of their current EP and forthcoming album.  The Lovelocks released the first single, “Born To Love” (off of their forthcoming album) to iTunes on June 2, 2015, in addition to releasing the video on CMT.   The Lovelocks share, “The sound of “Born To Love” is still very much us, but it’s an edgier side of The Lovelocks, a new musical twist for our fans.  This song explores a passionate love.  We think many people can relate to that drive-you-crazy kinda love.”
www.thelovelocksband.com

JESS MOSKALUKE

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Celebrated as the first female Canadian country solo artist since Shania Twain to achieve gold single status (with her hit track “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) has enjoyed a record-breaking year.  As she continues to dazzle the Canadian country music world, receiving multiple accolades and critical acclaim, her rapidly growing fan base is evident. Her current single “Kiss Me Quiet” cracked the top 10, and for year-to-date (week ending November 13, 2015) she hit a new career milestone, becoming the top charting Canadian artist on both the BDS country radio charts and the Mediabase country radio charts.  Move over, year to date she is the #1 most played Canadian female artist at Canadian country radio (Mediabase Country Music Charts), and recently reached over 1 billion YouTube views.  A small town girl and proud resident of Langenburg, Saskatchewan, when she first posted her music online only a few short years ago, no one could have anticipated the bright future that lay ahead.  Jess agrees, “Everything has happened so quickly, it has been a wild few years!  I am so proud to be part of the country music community.  We support and celebrate each other and I am thrilled to be a member of the Canadian community and this genre.”
www.jessmoskaluke.com

BOBBY WILLS

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An acclaimed musician with a reputation for writing from the heart, Bobby Wills (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) is best known for two things; his signature cowboy hat and a diverse musical personality – combining a classic country sound with a toe-tapping, dynamic twist.  A consecutive 2013 – 2014 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Male Artist of the Year nominee, and 2015 CCMA® Songwriter of the Year nominee (for the single “Never Didn’t Love You”), with the release of his third album Crazy Enough, Wills musically shifted gears, exploring a heavier country sound.  The album features an array of tracks blending an intense mixture of rock-inspired country songs featuring an attack of the senses with fuller percussion and a bevy of string instruments, complemented by his signature melodic harmonies and intimate lyrical storytelling.  In April 2015 he released his single, “So Much For Taking It Slow”, which quickly became the Mediabase #1 most added at Canadian country [radio] the week April 14, 2015.  In January 2015 Bobby inked a new deal with American based, boutique full service record label Willing Nashville.  In addition, he continued to tour throughout Canada including joining Chad Brownlee’s nationwide When The Lights Go Down Tour in March 2015, and a performance in his home province during the Calgary Stampede.   Rounding out a jam-packed year, Wills released his latest single, “Won’t You Be Mine” to Canadian country radio in October 2015.
www.bobbywills.com

HAYLEY

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The quintessential chick-with-guitar, Hayley (born Hayley Rita McLean) throws a striking and dramatic silhouette on stage while cradling her Fender guitar, cross-referencing Bonnie Raitt roots-vibes with Keith Urban virtuosity. Time and time again following each performance filled with her dazzling guitar fingering she leaves awestruck audiences asking one simple question “where’d she come from?” She continues to wow the industry and fans alike with the release of her new single “That’s When You Know” (available worldwide on iTunes on September 25, 2012), a song fueled by Hayley’s awe-inspiring guitar playing. This track is in follow up to her previous debut single, a summer anthem “Feelin’ California”. Sharing her passion for music, she partnered with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation in 2012, visiting camps throughout Canada and leading music workshops with the campers.
www.iamhayley.com

Charlie Major

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He’s more Mellencamp than Merle. His lyrics champion the ‘Blue Collar Hero’ in a manner that resonates of Springsteen and other roots rock legends, but it is in the country music format that Charlie Major finds his home.

Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Charlie had a heyday at radio as he became the first Canadian artist in history to score six BDS #1 hits off of his debut album. Nine more chart topping hits would follow, and Charlie would crisscross the world headlining tours and connecting with his fans at fairs and festivals.
www.charliemajor.com

Bryce Pallister

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With a deep voice, soulful beyond his young years, Bryce Pallister at his core is a truly proud country boy; in mind, body, soul and of course, music! His instrumentation and song writing skills complement his deep vocals, captivating audiences with his “cowboy-esque” attire complete with boots, striking features and long locks. His lyrical storytelling defines his charismatic style, a musician drawn to traditional country-southern rock splendour.

Bryce released his new album Down Dusty Roads in June 2013, containing singles “One Of These Days”, “B.O.U.R.B.O.N.” and “Good Enough For My Girl”. Taking his time to perfect this sophomore album, he collaborated with award-winning producer Murray Pulver (Doc Walker). Shares Bryce, “Murray is the type of musician who is not formulaic, he wants to try new things and make new sounds. His process helps the artist organically define the musical path.” The new album is inspired by the beauty of rural living; the joy of open spaces, the warmth of a true home and the power of great friends.
www.brycepallister.com