When a relationship comes to an end it can feel like your whole world has been turned upside down. It’s difficult to remain grounded, bouncing around from one feeling to next, as though you’re on an emotional rollercoaster. Adrienne Taylor puts a deep sense of contemplation into her songwriting with the lyrically compelling track Rollercoaster. Filled with confusion over the differentiation of emotions, Rollercoaster is a manifestation of disorientation when being faced with a breakup: “Sad when the sun shines, but happy when the rain falls down.”
Find her online @adriennetaylor
Award winning artist Kendra Kay was raised on the Canadian prairies and is true to her country roots. She won the 2019 Manitoba Country Music Award (MCMA) for Female Artist of the Year, as well as the 2018 and 2019 MCMA Fan’s Choice Award. The 23-year-old, known for high energy performances and down to earth personality, recently signed with Sakamoto Agency. She worked with producer Karen Kosowski (Brett Kissel, Madeline Merlo) for her latest single "Steady". Called ‘Canada’s Country Girl’ (Harlton Empire), she toured across Canada and played the CFL Banjo Bowl Halftime Show, opened for James Barker Band, Gord Bamford and performed with Tim Hicks.
Known for her powerhouse vocals, down to earth personality and high energy shows, she has firmly established herself as an artist to watch and a ‘rising countrystar’ (Brandon Sun) in the Canadian country music scene. Her latest single ‘Steady’ is a modern take on the traditional country sound, written by a stellar group of female songwriters including Madeline Merlo (NBC Songland), Victoria Banks (Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans) and Karen Kosowski (Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks), with Kosowski also taking the reigns on production duties.
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Real change can only happen when a pivotal moment in our lives takes place. For some, those moments come early in life and to others it is later, if at all. For Greg Rider, it was a fateful car accident at 21 years old. Growing up in Water down, Ontario, Greg lived a life very different to what he wanted. Yet, he was too afraid to change it. In his heart, he felt destined to create something bigger than himself and his entrepreneurial spirit was about to set those wheels into motion. The accident had awakened him to how he wanted his life to be. If he had of died in that car accident, how would people remember him? To him, it was not positive, and it was time to do something about it.
He made up his mind to live life being fearless, not fearful. Music had been an influence on Greg, but he never did anything to pursue it until his 20’s. In time, this was to change. As he built his confidence, he began to play locally in a duo. When the duo disbanded, it was time for Greg to take his next leap of faith. He accepted a job as a Bartender in the Cayman Islands and spent his off time writing and performing at open mic opportunities. One day, he met someone who convinced him he should be in Nashville and not long after that, he made the move.
Since living in Nashville, Greg has submerged himself in music and grown considerably as an artist and songwriter. He had the chance to play on Grand Ole Opry radio station “WSM” and played at the renowned venue Whiskey Jam. For one year, he had a full-time residency on Nashville Broadway’s top venues and was playing full-time at FGL House (Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean) with his band. Greg also played acoustic gigs around town and participated in weekly writing rounds at the most respected venues in Nashville.
After a year and a half, Greg wanted to get back to his roots to really focus on his own material and came back to Ontario. The artist released his 3rd single “Baby Girl” and started working towards the production of his first full length album to be released in 2020. He is currently travelling across Canada with a Canadian charity called “Live Different”. Greg shares his story of resiliency with the audience and plays a couple original songs. He will perform at over 75 schools and reach over 30,000 students.
This week John Anderson is my guest. We chat about his name, new music, baseball and more.
find him on line at www.johnandersonmusic.com
John was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. John's passion was being on the baseball field but has now transferred that passion to his music. He has won many awards and contests such as Magna Hoedown, Nashville North Kicxfm, Wasaga Idol. Josie award nomination for best vocalist any genre, Barrie emerging artist, Simcoe Readers Choice for his great voice and stage presence.
John will be releasing "Grew Up On It" to live streaming sites in December 2019 and to Canadian radio January 2020.
He plays upbeat Country (rock/pop) with some classic rock splashed in. Country fans and non Country fans will both become John Anderson Music fans after a show
As an indie record label, we love to share great talent - and often we find them behind the scenes, like Stephen Adrian Lawrance.
Lawrance is a singer/songwriter and artist developer who hit number one on CMT Television's Chevy Canada Top Twenty Countdown and number 5 on Billboard Canada Country chart with his song "When a Mommas's Boy Meets A Daddy's Girl" co written with Aaron Goodvin and Miriam Webber. The song is featured on the CCMA award winning artist Aaron Pritchett's Juno nominated hit album "The Score" on Big Star/Universal Music distribution. The groundbreaking video from Cal Northey has earned nearly two million views on YouTube to date.
Lawrance has written with Aaron Goodvin, Steven Lee Olsen, Jade Eagleson, David Kent, Byron Hill, Trent Wilson, Stone Aielli, Mike Fiorentino, Bruce Wallace, Bernie Nelson, Danielle Bourjeaurd, Brad James, Kelsi Mayne, Brandon Zeppieri and Miriam Webber. Lawrance met a young Steven Lee Olsen in 2005 and was instrumental in working with him to help garner a Nashville publishing contract that started him on his journey to US number one hits such as the Grammy nominated "Blue Ain't Your Colour" and "More Girls Like That"
In October 2018 Lawrance was named "One to watch" by the NSAI or Nashville Songwriters Association International, an industry advocacy group that also owns and manages the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. In addition to Aaron Pritchett, Lawrance has also had cuts with Country Music Factory featuring Jordy Jackson, Danielle Bourjeaurd, Brad James, Redneck Millionaires, and Myriam Webber. His latest cut "A Little Bit of First Kiss" was released to Canadian Radio in February 2020 by rising star Jayme Lynne.
Enjoy "Cold Comfort" by Stephen Adrian Lawrance
Heating things up just in time for the summer season, Saskatchewan powerhouse Samara Yung returns with the release of her latest single “In Case You Missed Me”, available for streaming & download everywhere. ICYMM is an anthemic earworm that only scratches the surface of what’s to come from this rising artist.
Written by Emma-Lee (Madeline Merlo, Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, etc.), Samara joined forces with acclaimed producer Danick Dupelle (Tebey, Emerson Drive) to create a sound that is uniquely her own on ICYMM. Starting off with soft sentiments, Samara's crystalline vocals soar through the track with a building beat that drives the track with an addictive pop sensibility.
“Emma-Lee passed ICYMM along to my manager and as soon as the song started, I was in love,” Samara notes on receiving the track. “There is so much emotion right from the start and I felt so much love still in her heart for someone who is not there anymore. She’s just not ready to give up on that person. It’s something so many people can relate to. Danick Dupelle nailed the production and really helped musically to take us on that emotional journey of the song. I am so excited for you to hear this one!”
With four albums under her belt, Samara caught her break in 2019 when awarded the coveted iHeart Radio Future Star spotlight for May & June with her hit "Swerve", marking her first top 30 at Canadian country radio. She went on to have a banner year, winning the SCMA Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year, and performing a handful of festival stages such as Dauphin's Countryfest, Extreme Mudfest and the Raymore Summer Slam.
ICYMM is now going for adds!
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The story behind this was inspired by a real life experience for Genevieve. The message is one that so many are able to relate to.
"I had just performed at a show in my hometown which I found to be disappointing in terms of lack of support. I quickly began second guessing myself and started second guessing so much of what I was doing. Coincidentally I had already arranged some writing sessions in Nashville with my flight leaving the following day. As I always do, I started to come up with some song ideas. In this case, I specifically started to focus on how I was feeling following that previous night. I vividly remember thinking that I needed to write a song to pick myself back up and get me back on track. I needed to write a song for me. I was drawing from my own emotions. This was one case where I was the inspiration behind this song.
I walked into my write with Karen Kosowski and Emma-Lee feeling lost and defeated. I told them I had a title in mind: “Someone Else” - essentially saying that if you could see yourself through the eyes of someone else, that you could see your potential and beauty. I know I’m not alone in this. So often, we can be our our own worst critic. While you would never think of telling someone that they’re not good enough, or pretty enough, or strong enough, we seem to find it easy to think of ourselves in these terms. Sometimes we just need that reminder, to step back, take a deep breath, and try to see yourself through the eyes of Someone Else."
Genevieve co-wrote Someone Else with Karen Kosowski and Emma-Lee. The track was recorded in Nashville in late February of 2020. Her production was once again completed under the direction of her producer Jason Massey with engineering by Billy Decker.
This week I chat with Dauphin Manitoba artist Desiree Dorion about her new single "Beautiful People". She co-wrote this tune with the ridiculously talented Mr. Chris Burke-Gaffney. I'm so excited to share a different side of me and hope you guys like the new track!
You can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/desdorion/
JASON MCCOY ANNOUNCES THE WE ARE 1 WORLD PROJECT OF UNITY
One World. One Song. Your Voice.
In the first phase of the newly developed We Are 1 World Project, renowned recording artist Jason McCoy announces the release of ‘We Are One’, a powerful message of hope, recorded by world renowned musicians and singers in isolation from across the world. The COVID-19 virus started with one person and has spread to all parts of the globe, affecting the health and well-being of the entire planet, and “We Are One”, is a song of unity, to celebrate the power of one, together in isolation.
The We Are 1 World Project is the brainchild of Jason McCoy, songwriter and lead singer of award-winning band The Road Hammers and Jim Payetta, part-time songwriter and businessman who is one of the owners of an OHL Hockey team, The Barrie Colts. The first version of the song ‘We Are One’ is being released from Jason McCoy and Friends.
For the full press release, go to https://mailchi.mp/e3f3cb5d2ef7/media-release-jason-mccoy-announces-the-we-are-1-world-project-of-unit