Artists

Five Roses

Five Roses came to be, thanks to a chance encounter at a barbershop where Jade worked as a hair stylist and Zach had an appointment. As he sat on her chair getting coiffed, the usual salon small talk soon became something promising when they discovered they shared a passion for country music. Zach acknowledged that he wanted to start a duo and after hearing Jade sing for the first time, he knew he’d found the voice he wanted to join forces with. It only took one jam session to know that there was instant chemistry that translated into a summer of songwriting and so began Five Roses. 

Writing quickly turned into a string of performances and showcases in Canada, including Canadian Music Week. In 2018, the pair shared the stage with country artists such as Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick and Dan Davidson.  Five Roses was also invited to appear at the prestigious Songwriter Series for the 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards week alongside Canadian Country hitmakers The Reklaws and Aaron Goodvin.  Their debut EP was released in August of that same year, inspired by acts such as Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town; their songs have no gained nearly 1 million combined digital streams. Five Roses is currently working on new material with producer Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive, Tyler Joe Miller, Matt Lang). 

Bringing a fresh, urban flare of country to the Canadian country music scene, Five Roses recently signed to MDM Recordings. Their debut single – “Might as Well Be Me” – will drop on Friday August 27th to digital streaming services and to Canadian country radio. 

 

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.

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 a proven ability to effortlessly and genuinely connect with his audience, Amero’s talents have been much sought after, and in early 2019 he became a part of the MDM Recordings Inc. roster.

Amero, who is of Cree and Metis heritage, has been recognized for 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 this year was named the first ever advisor and Chair of the CCMA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Amero’s 2020 EP “The Next Chapter” highlighted his more tender side, featuring the hit tracks “Morning Coffee”, “Wouldn’t Be Home” and “Wasn’t The Dress”, and with uplifting beauty across seven albums, he leaves a lasting impression. His recent national TV appearances include The Marilyn Denis Show, ET Canada, the 2020 CCMA Awards and more, and fans can continue to cheer for Amero as he competes as a semi-finalist in the 2020/2021 SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, vying for the grand prize of $25k.

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 2.2 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 was delivered in spring 2020 and in 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. James has spent the last few months working on new music, set to kick-off the next chapter of his career with the April release of ‘Don’t Mind If I Do’.

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.

TYLER JOE MILLER

Signed to MDM Recordings Inc. in 2019, Surrey, BC’s Tyler Joe Miller has swiftly begun to make a name for himself in Canadian country music. After releasing his debut single, ‘Pillow Talkin’’ at the end of 2019, the catchy tune quickly earned him the title of iHeartRadio Future Star at the beginning of 2020, and became his first #1 single at Canadian country radio that May. 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 title of the first independent Canadian country artist to reach #1 at radio with his first two singles. Ending 2020 on a high, Miller was nominated for the CCMA ‘Rising Star’ Award, and took home three BCCMA Awards including “Male Artist of the Year”, “Single of the Year” and “SOCAN Songwriter of the Year”, before releasing his third single “Fighting” to radio on Christmas Day. Currently climbing the charts, “Fighting” is the third release from his debut EP “Sometimes I Don’t, But Sometimes I Do, and fans can be on the lookout as Miller competes as a semi-finalist in the SiriusXM ‘Top of the Country’ competition.

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.

BOBBY WILLS

An acclaimed musician with a reputation for writing from the heart, Wills has an impressive list of accolades under his belt, including being named the 2013 CCMA “Rising Star” Award winner in addition to consecutive 2013/2014 “Male Artist of the Year” nominations followed by an additional nod in 2018.  He also received back to back CCMA Award nominations in 2015/2016 for “Songwriter of the Year” and a pair of 2016 nominations for “Single” and “Album of the Year”. In 2017, Wills was crowned the “Male Artist of the Year” and “Fans Choice” award winner at the Alberta Country Music Association Awards.

2019’s “Longshot Bar & Grill” was Wills’ first new release since he dropped the deluxe edition of his 5th studio album “In Comes The Night” in early 2018. Featuring the rocking lead single “Get While The Gettin’s Good” and the romantic title track “In Comes The Night”, the EP also includes two variations of the song “Out Of Your Mind”, both a radio edit and a live version. “In Comes The Night” was the follow-up to Wills’ 2016 EP “Tougher Than Love”, which featured three top 10 hits including title track “Tougher Than Love”, “Down By The River” and “Won’t You Be Mine”. Next up, Wills drops “Wash My Truck”, available everywhere July 7th.