DAVE WOODS, host of the entertaining podcast ‘In The Country’ is a nominated Industry Person of The Year by the CMAO Country Music Association of Ontario in 2017 & 2019.Along with being a lifelong Country music fan, Dave is a songwriter and monthly columnist for CMAOntario. Dave hosts evenings of musical magic who engage audiences with their original masterpieces as they tell their stories.
November 12th, Hugh’s Room Live strikes a Country chord with the likes of Genevieve Fisher, who is a London born artist who has earned 6 top 50 national country radio hits. Her recent releases, “Take It On Home” and “You Me We” climbed into Canada’s top 20 and top 30 respectively. Genevieve has earned recognition within the Canadian Country Music scene by earning Female Artist of the Year nominations at the 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Country Music Association of Ontario Music Awards. She has been recognized by the Canadian Country Music Association with her prestigious CCMA performance selection at the 2012 New Artist Showcase in Saskatoon. Her songwriting skills have also been acknowledged by the CCMA as witnessed by their selection to perform for prestigious Songwriters Series in 2016 and 2018. Her Indigenous background has allowed her to score 2 NUMBER 1 HITS on the North American Indigenous Top 40 broadcast internationally weekly. Genevieve has had the opportunity to perform at some of the biggest music festivals in Canada including Boots and Hearts, Havelock Jamboree, Lucknow Music In The Fields, Manitoulin Country Fest, Trackside and Aboriginal Day Live. She has had the privilege of writing with some of Country music’s brightest songwriters including Jason Blaine, Steven Lee Olsen, Patricia Conroy, Michelle Wright, Jason Massey, Jennifer Schott and many more. https://www.genevievefisher.ca
Don Amero released his debut CD Change Your Life in 2006, and the album garnered five Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nominations, for best new artist, songwriter, folk or acoustic CD, album cover and producer/engineer. His second album, Deepening, followed in 2009. The album again garnered several Aboriginal Peoples Choice nominations, and Amero won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year. In 2010, he performed on the bill for APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live concert, and released his third album The Long Way Home. The album won the awards for Best Folk Recording at the 2011 Native American Music Awards, and for Best Aboriginal Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2012, he performed at a fundraising benefit concert for indigenous music pioneer Shingoose, and released his fourth album Heart on My Sleeve. He also collaborated with Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk in Indian City, a band whose album Supernation fused traditional First Nations music with experimental rock. Amero won Male Entertainer of the Year, and Supernation won Best Pop Album, at that year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Heart on My Sleeve garnered Amero his first Juno Award nomination for Aboriginal Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2013, won the award for Best Folk/Acoustic Album at the 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. His fifth album, Refined, was released in 2015. In the same year, he collaborated with country singer Brett Kissel on “Rebuild This Town”, a song about cultural reconciliation between indigenous peoples and other Canadians. At the Juno Awards of 2016, Refined garnered Juno Award nominations for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. In August 2018, Amero released his sixth album, EVOLUTION, which launched him into the country music genre. In 2019, Amero released the single Music Lover to Canadian country radio. https://donamero.ca
Kelly Prescott is a third generation singer/songwriter on both sides of her family. She grew up between a tour bus & a world class recording studio, her childhood steeped in traditional country music. Kelly and her family recently made their Grand Ole Opry debut as guests of Terri Clark. With her solo album (the first since her 2016 EP “Hillbilly Jewels” featuring Buddy Miller & Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo) Prescott returned to her roots with the sounds and styles that she loves. Songs that tell stories and tackle tough subjects. Her voice has to be experienced to be believed. She can sing with a conviction that you can only summon by performing authentic, honest songs. She has toured all over North America as a solo artist, most recently with Kyle Cook of Matchbox 20, as a member of The Claytones and performing as Emmylou Harris in the theatrical production of Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons.
KELLY WILL BE OPENING FOR ALAN DOYLE’S ROUGH SIDE OUT CANADIAN TOUR FEB-APR 2020!
KELLY WILL BE JOINING MEGHAN PATRICK & TANIKA CHARLES ON THE CP HOLIDAY TRAIN THIS DECEMBER FROM ILLINOIS TO ALBERTA! CHECK OUT CPR.CA FOR A LIST OF DATES. http://www.kellyprescottmusic.com
CMAO Rising Star recipient Leah Daniel’s is a Canadian country music singer and songwriter and an independent recording artist. Her self-titled debut was released in November 2011 and her debut single was released in February 2012. She also won a Durham Region Music Award for Country Artist of the Year. She also performed at the Havelock Country Jamboree alongside such music legends as Dwight Yoakam and Tanya Tucker. Leah made her debut TV appearance on March 3rd 2012 on the CTV Saskatchewan Telemiracle broadcast. Leah Daniels released her second song/video, “One Night” to CMT Canada and YouTube June 8, 2012.’ One song from her new CD, “Still” has been featured on the CMT (Canada) show “Unstable.” Daniels performed with the tour act God Made Me Funky during 2008 and 2009. She still performs occasionally with them. Leah recorded on the group’s 4th album “Welcome to Nufunktonia”, released in 2009. In 2010 she performed and toured with a “Hannah Montana” tribute show. That same year she also appeared as a background vocalist for the Canadian Band, Ill Scarlett for their performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics. https://www.leahdaniels.com
Kansas Stone from Barrie are country artists who were featured on 20 April 2016 as the group appeared on the Citytv network’s morning televesion show Breakfast Television Montreal to perform their song Country Queenlive. On 3 May 2016, the band was featured on Rogers TV performing their song Country 101 ahead of their debut EP release of the same name. In 2018, Kansas Stone performed original songs Up and Blaze of Nothing, as well as a cover of The Cadillac Three’s White Lightning live on SiriusXM Canada. In February 2016, Kansas Stone unveiled the official music video for the song Whiskey & Wine at The Ranch, a country bar in their home town of Barrie. The event was hosted by CMT’s Paul McGuire. During Canadian Music Week 2016, Kansas Stone performed at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto as part of their Boots & Hearts Hot Shots Showcase. In 2017, the band performed at Mavricks Music Hall in their home town of Barrie along with Blackjack Billy and Madeline. Kansas Stone has performed at a number of high-profile, regional music festivals. Havelock Country Jamboree – On 18th of August 2016, the band performed at the Havelock Country Jamboree music festival, where headlining artists The Band Perry, Terri Clark, Scotty McCreery, and others also performed. The band is scheduled to perform at the festival again in 2019 along with a number of other artists including Billy Currington, Gord Bamford, and Brett Kissel, whom Kansas Stone has collaborated with. Indie Week Canada – In both 2016 and 2017, the band performed at the annual Indie Week Canada music festival in Toronto. Country Wild – The band performed at Cobourg, Ontario’s “Country Wild” music festival, both in 2017 and in 2019. Trackside Music Festival – In 2018, the band performed at the Trackside Music Festival in [London, Ontario], where Dierks Bentley, Dean Brody, and Emerson Drive also performed. Kempenfest – In August 2019, Kansas Stone performed at Kempenfest, where Loverboy, Jess Moskaluke, Teenage Head (band), and other artists performed. https://www.kansasstone.ca
Jamie Warren is a country music singer-songwriter, and the most awarded independent male artist in the Canadian country music industry (Junos, CCMAs, OCMAs). Over his 35-year career he has released 54 singles, many of them hits. He’s also known as a great songwriter and if you’ve ever seen him perform live, maybe a comedian!? Jamie lives in Kitchener Ontario, Canada, but was raised in Hanover Ontario where he pursued an adolescent dream of playing professional hockey in the NHL…with music as a background distraction. When he realized that his natural abilities for singing and playing guitar might make it easier to attract the attention of girls, he hung up his skates. Song writing was a logical progression for a sensitive guy who wrote poetry and short stories throughout his high school years…His interest in music was likely genetic since his mother sang and played piano and his father played guitar and mandolin. Jamie had piano lessons at age 5 and guitar lessons at age 8. By the time he was 10 years old it was tradition for the Warrens to entertain after Saturday night euchre games (a Canadian card-game institution) in their smoke-filled basement. His earliest musical influences were whatever his parents listened to on the radio and the only thing his parent’s radio seemed to play, was country music. To this day he’s still a huge fan of Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline. Later in high school his best friend’s older brother exposed him to celebrated vocal groups like The Eagles, America, Poco and CSNY. Jamie has always had an appreciation for Texas singer-songwriters like Radney Foster, Lyle Lovett and Rodney Crowell. Jamie attended Conestoga College to study Broadcasting. His goal was to become the youngest general manager of a mid-market radio station, but he emerged instead with a desire to sing for a living. What changed his mind? Jamie won a regional talent show at London Ontario’s Western Fair which sent him to Memphis Tennessee for an international competition where he placed second. Jamie then stayed in Memphis, while he worked a one-year gig at Libertyland Theme Park as an entertainer. He still feels a connection to Memphis, the city that kicked off his career. Returning to Canada he began a great friendship with producer J. Richard Hutt who produced “All Of The Above” and all of Jamie’s previous recordings. Rick initially engaged Jamie as a singer for jingles he produced out of his Kitchener-based CedarTree Studios. “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing” says Jamie, “thank goodness he had a lot of patience”. He must have learned something from the experience because his first Top Ten hit came shortly thereafter with “Take Me Home Mississippi” and subsequently a win as New Artist of The Year at the 1985 RPM Big Country Awards. Around this time Jamie was being courted by Warner Bros in Nashville. To get a record deal at 25 would have been a great opportunity, but they passed on him in favour of a fellow named, Randy Travis. To this day Jamie remains a big fan of Randy and was honoured to be in the running with him. In the late 80s country music became more traditional in flavour so he took some time off from recording. He got married and had two kids and played locally in small clubs to pay the bills. In 1993 Jamie was convinced that both country radio and Nashville were interested in a more contemporary style of music and might make room for him again. He released “Fallen Angel” on River North/Mercury Records, which yielded an enduring fan favourite and radio hit “One Step Back”. The success of this record was followed closely and even more impressively by the album “Just Not the Same” which surrendered several Top Ten singles and led to a handful of JUNO and CCMA nominations in multiple categories including wins for Independent Song of the Year and Independent Male Artist of the Year. Since then Jamie has released the critically acclaimed “Really” in 2003 and a career retrospective collection of greatest hits in 2005 under the title “Make Me Believe”. In 2008, Jamie released the very personal “Right Here Right Now” followed by “Howl at The Moon” (2010) and “I’ve Got A Feeling” (2015). For the last four years Jamie has been consistently writing with other artists for their projects as well as his new cd “All Of The Above” (2018). He felt it was time to say something with his own voice and his own words at a time when country music was contemporary yet again. He released his 3rd single “My Kinda’ Pretty” (Feb1/19). The irony to Jamie, he added a rootsy and traditional sound to his new cd. Don’t worry, it still rocks!! https://jamiewarren.com
Stacey Lee Guse began singing before she could speak. Naturally, her life has been grounded in the music business ever since. A highly accomplished session vocalist and live performer, Stacey Lee has been delighted to add creative touches on several world class stages, albums, radio and television themes and has worked with renowned producers David Foster, J. Richard Hutt, and Jason Barry. She has also had great success singing on remote sessions for producers and artists across the North America from the comfort of her own home studio. Most recently, she can be seen as a featured member of Canada’s swing supergroup, The Western Swing Authority. With them she performs an eclectic mix of Western swing, jazz and traditional country standards along with 6 more of Canada’s finest musicians, including her husband, two time CCMA fiddle player of the year Shane Guse. For more information on The Western Swing Authority show dates and album info, visit www.thewesternswingauthority.com.Along with her work with the “WSA”, Stacey Lee has toured live and “virtually” with Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers and was featured on his single, “I Lie”. She has backed numerous other Canadian artists onstage and in studio including Jason Blaine, John Landry, Lace, Michelle Wright, Tonya Kennedy, Jamie Warren and Sean Hogan to name just a few. As a former member of Juno-nominated country sensation, LACE, Stacey Lee had the opportunity to tour all across Canada, the U.S. and into Europe, performing as a part of the George Strait Country Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede and many other North American music festivals. She has shared the stage with endless legendary artists including Merle Haggard and The Nitty Gritty Dirt band. Stacey Lee can be seen on CMT in videos and specials with Lace, and also with John Landry, singing their CCMA nominated duet “My Heart Says Yes (But The Hurt Says No)” https://www.centralontariomusicians.org/bands/stacey-lee-guse
They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be more true for this musician. Josh David has earned an admirable reputation as a talented musician, skillful performer, and inspirational artist. His profound songwriting ability captures audiences and takes them for a journey down memory lane. From his live shows, to studio sessions and more, Josh David continues to touch the hearts of his fans. His stories, rich voice and beautiful dynamic performances speak for themselves. Josh David has been performing in live music venues since a young age and is quickly a local favourite and performs regularly, totalling more than 100 shows a year. He has performed at The Kitchener Bluesfest seven years in row and has performed alongside the likes of, Juno award winning Steve Strongman, Rob Szabo, Shawn Kellerman, and members of The Western Swing Authority and opening for Aaron Pritchett, Meghan Patrick and The Reklaws, to working with some of the biggest names in the recording industry, such as Jason Barry, David Kalmusky, Emma-Lee, Byron Hill and Jeff Johnson. Stay close for announcements on new music coming later this year! https://www.ecma.com/members/josh-david-peidl
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