Artists

JESS MOSKALUKE

An internationally celebrated artist, Jess Moskaluke continues to break barriers in the country music world with her big voice, pop-infused hooks and sonic versatility. The first Canadian female country artist since Shania Twain to achieve CRIA Platinum single status with the hit ‘Cheap Wine and Cigarettes’, Moskaluke has since gone on to earn CRIA Gold certifications for ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Kiss Me Quiet’ and a nod for her feature on Paul Brandt’s ‘I’m An Open Road’. She was also notably the first Canadian female country artist since 2008 to have a song in the Top 3 with ‘Drive Me Away’, and has notched another SIX Top 10 hits in addition to that including her first ever NUMBER ONE ’Country Girls’. The 2017 JUNO Award winner for ‘Country Album of the Year’, Moskaluke is also the 2018 CCMA Award winner for ‘Album of the Year’, a three-time consecutive CCMA ‘Female Artist of the Year’ Award winner – the first resident of Saskatchewan in the history of the awards to achieve this title – a 2017 SOCAN Award winner and recently took home the 2020 WCM Award for ‘Country Artist of the Year’.

Kicking off 2020 with ‘Country Girls’ topping the charts, Moskaluke’s follow-up track ‘Halfway Home’ landed in the Top 5 at Australian country radio, where in 2019, she played the C2C Music Festival and took part in CMC’s ‘Songs and Stories’ series, performing six songs for a one-hour special. She delivered her Top 15 single ‘Mapdot’, a personal ode to small-town pride and the place she’s proud to call home, ahead of the release of The Demos in February, and her current Top 40 track ‘Nothin’ I Don’t Love About You’ continues to rise at Canadian Country radio. In addition to her music, Moskaluke continues to explore other avenues including her highly anticipated ‘Handpicked by Jess’ subscription box drops, with previous versions selling out in less than 24 hours.

TYLER JOE MILLER

Signed to MDM Recordings Inc. in 2019, Surrey, BC’s Tyler Joe Miller quickly began to make a name for himself in Canadian country music and continues his meteoric rise with the release of his latest single ‘Wild As Her’. After releasing his gold-certified debut single, ‘Pillow Talkin’’ at the end of 2019, the catchy tune quickly earned him the title of iHeartRadio Future Star and became his first #1 single at Canadian country radio. What followed was an unprecedented and record-breaking climb with follow-up single ‘I Would Be Over Me Too’, which steadily rose on the charts and earned Miller the distinction as the first independent Canadian country artist to reach #1 at radio with their first two singles. His debut EP Sometimes I Don’t, But Sometimes I Do has amassed over 20 million combined streams to date, with sophomore single ‘Fighting’ hitting the Top 10 and title-track ‘Sometimes I Do’ reaching the Top 5 respectively. Most recently, Miller was named SiriusXM’s 2021 Top of the Country winner and was nominated for four 2021 CCMA Awards including “Album of the Year”, “Male Artist of the Year”, “Rising Star”, and “Fan’s Choice”.

FIVE ROSES

Inspired by acts like Lady A and Little Big Town, Five Roses released their debut EP independently in 2018, and have spent the past few years performing across the country. The duo, consisting of Jade Godin and Zach Ouimet, was born out of circumstance after a chance encounter at the barbershop where Godin worked. Finding easy musical chemistry following a jam session, the pair began writing and officially formed Five Roses. Earlier this year, they made their MDM Recordings Inc. debut with ‘Might As Well Be Me’ (produced by Danick Dupelle), which has garnered over 1M combined streams to date and earned them the title of iHeartRadio/Pure Country Future Star. Five Roses has shared the stage with fellow Canadian country artists Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick, The Reklaws and more, making appearances during Canadian Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association’s country music week with the rest of the MDM roster. The duo continue to work on new material with Dupelle, delivering a fresh, modern sound to the Canadian country music scene, including single and video for ‘Our Days Are Numbered’ and ‘Feel Good’, the latest single off of their forthcoming EP set to be released in late 2022.

 

DON AMERO

An engaging storyteller, singer-songwriter and performer, three-time JUNO Award nominee Don Amero has been tirelessly touring, performing and speaking across Canada for the last decade, earning the respect and attention of the Canadian Music industry and fans alike. With the rare ability to effortlessly and genuinely connect with his audience, Amero, who is of Cree and Métis heritage, has taken the skills he utilizes on stage and applied them to his advocacy work within Indigenous communities and beyond, including his participation as a youth mentor for the Winnipeg Jets and True North Youth Foundation’s ‘Project 11’. An avid public speaker, Amero created the ‘Music Is Medicine’ workshop, presenting the impact and power music has mentally and physically, and he now serves as the first ever advisor and Chair of the CCMA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

This fall, Amero delivered his latest EP Nothing Is Meaningless, featuring the previously released ‘You Can’t Always Be 21’ – skyrocketing his profile as he made appearances on The Marilyn Denis Show, ET Canada, Etalk, Your Morning, the CCMA Awards national broadcast and more, and he recently competed as a semi-finalist in the 2020/2021 SiriusXM Top of the Country competition in partnership with the CCMA. His latest single, ‘My Poor Mama,’ (at radio now), is teeming with classic country twang and flush with the iconic storytelling the genre is known for. As the host of the 2021 MCMA Awards, Amero also took home three of the biggest awards of the evening; “Male Artist of the Year”, “Interactive Artist, Duo or Group of the Year” and “Dauphin’s Countryfest Festival Or Event of the Year” for his Amero Little Christmas Live @ The Burton Cummings Theatre (Live Stream).

DAVID JAMES

Following his 2014 signing with MDM Recordings Inc., David James has consistently delivered. The 2016 release of his debut EP Songs About A Girl” garnered the Manitoba native two CCMA Award nominations including a nod in the ‘Rising Star’ category, his debut performance at the highly celebrated Boots and Hearts Music Festival, and a Canadian Radio Music Award nomination for ‘Best New Group or Solo Artist: Country’. His 2017 sophomore album Downtown Kids, spawned James’ first and second Top 15 hits and most successful singles to date with ‘Sun Set On It’ and the title-track earworm, and he was nominated for four Manitoba Country Music Association Awards including ‘Male Artist of the Year’. In 2018, James dropped ‘Cars, Girls, & The Radio’ and hit the road in 2019 as the featured guest on Aaron Pritchett’s “Out On The Town” tour, stopping in over 50 cities across Canada before wrapping in the fall of that same year. ‘All The Time’, released in the summer of 2019 became James’ fastest climbing song at radio to date, boasting over 2.5 million collective streams. The companion video debuted on CMT in the U.S. as part of their ‘Next Up Now Program’, and later that year James was awarded ‘Male Artist of the Year” at the MCMA Awards. His EP If I Were You dropped in spring 2020 and that September, he partnered with Genevieve Fisher to reimagine the track ‘Then There’s You’, transforming his solo recording into a smooth duet that highlights both artists’ sparkling vocals. The Top 30 bop ‘Don’t Mind If I Do’ was James’ first release in 2021 and the soundtrack of spring, and he’s spent the last few months working on new music, with his latest ‘That’s The Life’ dropping a traditional radio version, and a unique version created in partnership with True North Sports & Entertainment and The Winnipeg Jets.

CHARLIE MAJOR

Charlie Major

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.

BLACK MOUNTAIN WHISKEY REBELLION

Black Mountair Whiskey Rebellion

Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion features a collective of talented musicians (Mitch Merrett, Corbett Frasz, Erik Dylan, Greg Carroll, plus special guest, Clayton Bellamy), bringing multiple years of touring experience, studio time and multi-faceted musicianship to the mix.

Banding together to create a sonic awakening that walks the line of boundless melodic prowess and raw, unapologetic truths, BMWR have merged a fascination with the history of the North American moonshiner and a love of Southern power chord guitar rock into a collection of fictional smoky  backwoods tales, resulting in an album that is introspective and speaks from the soul; producing tracks that are dark and brooding complete with lyrics abundant in grit and uncompromised delivery.

Debut single “Holy Smoke” quickly garnered the attention of Rolling Stone Country, who included the group in their July 2018 list of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know”. Writer Jim Beaugez describes the track as “Merrett’s distorted guitar snarls underneath a chicken-pickin’ country hook, kicking off a tale told through lyrical double- entendre and a fist-pumping chorus before closing with a full gospel revival coda”, dubbing the collective “A Canadian group of rootsy outlaws”. He goes on to detail their overall sound as “a fleet of rumbling IROC-Zs at Talladega revved-up on leaded gasoline and ready to chase the checkered flag.”

“Holy Smoke”, together with BMWR’s self-titled follow-up track, have a combined 1.7 million streams to date (March 1st); no small feat given the songs have never been released to radio, with the collective instead relying on a grassroots approach to sharing new music and gaining fans. Combining their love of motorcycles, music, tattoos and more, with numerous Gold-certified singles, song writing credits and industry awards between the five members, these long-time musical friends have finally come together to collaborate and deliver the indulgent yet timeless sound that is the Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion.