Calgarian singer/songwriter, Tareya Green, is best known for her role as lead singer in the pop-country duo Autumn Hill. Their debut studio album, Favourite Mistake, was released in 2013 and produced four country radio airplay hits. With “Anything at All” charting at both the adult contemporary and country formats, the duo earned the distinction of being the first Canadian country music act to crossover to pop radio since Shania Twain. Their sophomore album included the smash hit “Blame” which was the duo’s first Top 5 charting single. They have thrice topped the CMT Canada chart with their hits “Anything At All”, “Can’t Keep Waiting”, and “Blame.Championed by their industry peers, Autumn Hill received multiple nominations from the JUNO Awards and the CCMA Awards.
Tareya is following up the success of Autumn Hill with her long-anticipated solo album release, expected in 2017.
Cassie Dasilva is a singer-songwriter from smalltown Ontario. Several hilariously failed attempts at a love life have inspired her committed relationship with music. The young artist is clumsily navigating the world, writing songs and preparing for her debut release.
Kessi Blue’s music has been described as sultry, seductive and powerful, brooding with raw sentiment through Alanna’s distinctive soulful voice and lush expanding production. As Music Blog Under The Gun Review says “No name immediately comes to mind when trying to think of a comparison for Alanna Clarke which I believe is a testament to her unique qualities as a songwriter and force to be reckoned with within the pop realm.” With influences spanning from classic 60’s songwriters to early 90’s alternative rock female artists to the most bubblegum of pop songs, Alanna has pulled inspiration from a mix of genres to become the artist she is.
Growing up an only child in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies fueled Kessi’s independent spirit from the start. It is here, surrounded by nature that she was inspired to begin writing songs & picking up the guitar and piano.
Kessi left high school early to be home schooled and pursue music full-time at age 15. She toured Canada on her own and through a demo that was passed on by a friend at a music panel, met songwriter Christopher Ward, (Best known for writing ‘Black Velvet’ by Canadian Artist Alanna Myles). Impressed by Kessi’s songs, Christopher contacted her and they started collaborating together where he quickly became a song writing mentor. With a cluster of songs in hand and her high school days behind her, she set off to follow her dreams in music and hit the road on tour in her native Canada at the age of 18.
In 2012 Kessi started traveling back and forth to Los Angeles to play shows and demo new material. In Nov. 2014 Kessi Blue released and premiered the single ‘Heartstrings’ on Freebikevalet.com.
Kessi calls Los Angeles home (Cochrane, Alberta), she also spends time in Berlin and Calgary.
London UK Blog Alfitude.com called her “Power pop with a distinctive voice” & LA Music Blog Free Bike Valet says “Kessi Blue is bound for indie popstress prosperity”. She has played NXNE, Canadian Music Week (2010-2012), The Annual Honey Jam Showcase (Toronto), Edmonton Folk Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, and legendary venues like The Viper Room and Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles), as well as many others.
Rich, rasp-filled, and sensually soulful, it’s hard to believe that Canadian emerging pop artist – Lexi Strate – has uncovered such a mature and seasoned voice at the age of 22. Then again, one might expect it from a teenager who locked herself in her bedroom those influential years to learn YouTube covers. A small town girl with big dreams, Lexi simply hasn’t had any time to waste.
Now, as she closes in on a momentous tipping point, the Alberta-born songstress is ready to show off her evolution – and with thousands of subscribers cheering her on.
Winner of the Virgin Radio Star Competition in 2012, Lexi won the opportunity to travel west and record her first single, “Turning Point” in Vancouver with chart-topping songwriter Mike James (Kelly Rowland, Kreesha Turner, Shilo). The song debuted on Edmonton’s 104.9 Virgin Radio – winning Astral Media’s Breakthrough Artist within only a month – and began receiving national airplay across Canada. As she built momentum, Lexi’s next track “Unstoppable” was featured on CW’s TV series “Beauty & The Beast”, and by January 2013, she had released her next single, “All For You” into the radio world. A collaboration between songwriters Mike James, Stef Lang (Mr. Immature), and Davey Badiuk (Dragonette), Lexi again went on to receive radio play across Canada and the song was featured in the hit TV Sci-Fi series “Continuum”.
After plugging into the Vancouver music scene, Lexi began honing her songwriting skills under the mentorship of world-class producer Jeff Dawson (Danial Powter, Kelly Rowland, State of Shock, The Dudes) and top #10 Canadian recording artist Laurell (Can’t Stop Falling, Unbreakable). Toting her favourite albums with her (Dallas Green, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Adele, Jan Arden and Maroon 5) and pages of hand-written notes, Lexi fearlessly focused every songwriting session towards her artistic discovery.
All the hard work was worth it. With urban-pop beats providing a foundation for iconic throwback influences of Paula Abdul and Diana Ross eras, Lexi has created a sound that is both familiar and new. Compared to the likes of Jesse J, Rihanna, and Pink, Lexi holds a tonal character that stands all on its own. Composing melodious, hook-filled lines with her pen scrawling rebelliously fun, unapologetically nostalgic lyrics, the songstress has unearthed from within the very voice and heart of her music.
A face as stunning as her voice is sultry, Lexi’s sugar and smoke combination captivate audience after audience. Performing since the age of 12, Lexi has stood in front of thousands across Alberta, gracing numerous venues, hockey arenas, and most recently opening up for artists like Virginia To Vegas,The Sheepdogs, and The Trews (who asked Lexi to join them onstage across Southern Alberta to perform Serena Ryder’s parts on “In The Morning”).
Hands Up! Music, who quickly jumped on board and are currently finishing Lexi’s debut EP. The first single off the highly anticipated release, “Antitode”, is a is a gritty Brittish-sounding pop song with infectious vocal hooks and a behind the beat swagger that can’t be ignored.
Fourteen old Beamer started playing guitar when he was 5years old, performing live at the age of 7 and in 2014, he was the youngest artist to be signed by Invictus Entertainment and Big Star Recordings. In July this year, he released his 1st single ‘Meteorite’ to Country Radio and I-Tunes, followed up with his full CD in September. He’s also an accomplished actor who has performed in 6 Soundstage musicals as well as a role as one of the T-Birds this summer in the musical Grease, at the Kelowna New Vintage Theatre. In 2014 he had a 4th lead role in the Norman Rockwell movie, ‘A Christmas Tail. He was also honoured to win the Penticton and Region Inaugural Youth Arts Award for ages 25 and under in 2014, at the age of 11.
Beamer’s first release song that he co-wrote with Troy Kokol, Meteorite, made it to the final ballot for Song of the year for the ACMA
Shawn Hook’s last album, 2012’s Cosmonaut and the Girl, was out of this world, yielding three Top 20 hits, “Every Red Light,” “So Close” and “Two Hearts Set On Fire,” and setting him up for a promising career. His electro-injected dance-pop earned a Juno nomination for Breakthrough Artist, a national tour with Midway State, and a dedicated fan-base proudly named Hooksters. The accomplished singer-pianist has now finished working on his new album for Universal Music Canada, due June-2015.
The first single, “Million Ways,” shows the Vancouver native moving even further from his acoustic roots. The song is a mix of pop, disco, soul, R&B and electronica and showcases Shawn’s enviable falsetto.
“I’ve been listening to a lot of indie electronic music since I put out Cosmonaut and the Girl — like Phantogram, Capital Cities, M83, Empire of the Sun and Disclosure,” says Shawn of his new influence. “It’s still electronic, but not dance. It has old school synths, cool programmed beats and some real instrumentation mixed in.”
For the past two years Shawn has been non-stop writing music with A-listers Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow, Jason Mraz), The Fliptones (Jason Derulo, Jake Miller), Jimmy Harry (Pink, Hedley), Todd Clark (Phillip Phillips, Serena Ryder, Lucy Hale), Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Nelly Furtado), his Canadian peers from The Midway State, Mike Wise and Nathan Ferraro as well as finding confidence in writing on his own.
Highlights on Shawn’s new album include the electronic R&B-styled “Analog Love,” faster dance-pop “Bad Girls,” 90s house-vibe “In Over My Head,” and, of course, current chart topping smash single “Sound of Your Heart.” Over 8 million streams and counting for “Sound of Your Heart” on Spotify worldwide.
“My last album was a stepping stone, but I’ve evolved a lot and become a lot more comfortable with how I write and how I sing,” says Shawn. “I’m more self-assured. So moving forward with the new record, these songs are fresh and new.”
LITEYEARS is a five-piece pop band hailing from Toronto, Ontario and is the latest project from long-time collaborators and brother duo Brent and Brian Wirth (formerly of Thought Beneath Film). After garnering a surplus of accolades with their previous band , which includes winning the $50,000 grand prize of Slaight Music’s coveted “It’s Your Shot” competition, working with industry heavyweights Tom Lord-Alge (Blink 182, P!NK, Weezer) and Bob Ludwig (Daft Punk, Nirvana, Queen) on two records, completing several Canadian and North American tours, and receiving commercial radio play and video rotation on MuchLOUD for three of the band’s singles, the Wirth brothers are embarking on a new sonic path with LITEYEARS, one that features a more mature, focused, and accessible sound.
“We felt severely stifled by the two guitars, bass and drums formula and realized that we were itching to do something that was lightyears away from TBF musically,” says frontman Brent Wirth – hence the band’s moniker. While inevitably exposing their rock roots via stark dynamic shifts and explosively anthemic choruses, LITEYEARS’ sound is a significant departure from their previous work. Built upon a foundation of strong, expansive percussion, the band’s sound meshes programmed electronic loops, ethereal keyboards, and delicately understated guitar counterpoint with traditional, organic instrumentation: namely piano, symphonic strings, and glockenspiel. “Freeing ourselves from working exclusively with a specific set of instruments was the inspirational jolt we needed” says Wirth, “every song was a blank canvas that we could fill with any sonic palette we wanted to.” Ultimately, the band was able to expand on this philosophy with their five-part live video series “The Zoetic Sessions”, which was filmed at the iconic Zoetic Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario and features various large-scale collaborations (ie. the band performing with a 10 piece drumline, 40+ piece orchestra, world percussion ensemble, string quartet, etc.) and alternate musical arrangements for each song from the band’s debut EP. At this time, the band has released the first three instalments from the series, which have already accumulated over 250,000 combined views online to date.
The band is comprised of university music graduates, music scene veterans, well-worn touring musicians, and recording engineers/studio owners. This combined experience ultimately dictates the thought, care, and personal standards each band member expects not only from each other, but, most importantly, the music as well. After a year spent in studio hibernation, LITEYEARS debut EP American Towns showcases a band with unrelenting perseverance and the drive to create a record that doesn’t compromise. Joining lead vocalist/pianist Brent and guitarist Brian are bassist Nick Haberer, keyboardist/percussionist Adam Slinn, and drummer Joey Muha, who has notably attained viral fame, a loyal online fanbase of 520,000+ users and over 120 million combined views users via his distinctive drum cover videos.
LITEYEARS’ debut EP American Towns was released on August 12, 2016 via Slaight Music and features the band’s debut single “Rhythm In The Stars”, which was serviced to Canadian national radio on July 29, 2016 by RPM Promotion and has since received airplay on Sirius XM Radio and Virgin Radio as well as a variety of college/university radio stations. Mixed by JUNO Award winning mixing engineer Vic Florencia (Jason Mraz, Nelly Furtado, Tyler Shaw) and mastered by 11-time Grammy Award winner and industry legend Bob Ludwig, American Towns is a finely tuned machine that has lost none of the human heart and its five songs promise to be the perfect soundtrack to your wild, restless nights and quiet, dreamy mornings after. One can expect to see LITEYEARS on the road this spring as the band embarks on a nationwide tour in support of their debut effort in March 2017.
I Got This debuted as the #1 Canadian Country album at its time of release (Feb 5th, 2016), and held the top spot for 5 weeks. The first single, and title track went Top 10 in Canada at Country radio followed by another Top 10 radio summer hit “Daughters Of The Sun”.
I Got This marks Canyon’s eleventh full-length release in a career that spans nearly two decades and includes the GOLD-certified albums “One Good Friend”, “Classics”, “Somebody Wrote Love” and the Richard Marx produced “Better Be Home Soon”. With 400,000 albums sold worldwide, multiple major acting roles on television, and the 2015 launch of his radio show “Down East Country with George Canyon”, the singer-songwriter has cemented his status as a bona fide multi-faceted artist and performer.
A Nova Scotia native, Canyon is an inductee in the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and has been widely decorated with a number of accolades including multiple CCMA and ECMA Awards in addition to his multiple JUNO Award wins. As the national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a vocal advocate and supporter of the Canadian Military, Canyon was also presented with the CCMA “Humanitarian of the Year” Award in recognition of his philanthropic endeavours with both organizations.
Canyon is currently writing and in pre-production for his 2017 release.
Alberta’s newest up and coming country sensation Dan Davidson exploded onto the Canadian country scene in 2016 with the release of his second single DzFounddz (Co-written by Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers). Dan became arguably the indie story of 2016 as his single DzFounddz rocketed up the charts and he became the #1 charting indie artist in Canada.
DzFounddz was the #1 selling Canadian country song in Canada for several weeks in July and August 2016. It had also #16 on the charts and was the 8th highest charting Canadian song in the country. The hit single also went top 50 on the Shazam charts across all formats and hit #15 on the iTunes sales charts. On just his second release ever in country music – it looks like he is headed for a gold record. The future is bright for Davidson. In only 2 years of being involved in the country music scene, his name can be seen on the charts next to some of the top artists in North America – and he has found a way to do it 100% independently. Dan is new to the country scene, but is far from Dzgreendz in the music industry.
He spent 10 years playing in the well-known Canadian indie rock band Tupelo Honey (who had several top 40 hits, top selling iTunes records and toured with bands like Bon Jovi). On the advice of a couple of long time friends (who happen to be top selling Canadian country artists), Dan decided to start focusing on his new country project. Dan’s sound came together as he started writing and working on music with Toronto producer Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, Andrew Hyatt, Autumn Hill, Brett Kissel) and the two spent the better part of a year developing an EP that’s characteristic of Dan’s love of Dzgood timedz music.
Dan’s latest release Barn Burner (another co-write with Clayton Bellamy) was released in late 2016 and in its first few weeks its already broken the top 50 and pushed Dan over the edge to be recognized as the Canadian Country Spotlight Featured Artist of 2016/2017. The song was accompanied by an over-the-top music video shot in Tokyo, Japan.
You can catch Dan sharing the stage in 2017 with artists like John Pardi, Brett Kissel, The Washboard Union, Kira Isabella, Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks and many more!
Biography Bryan Finlay (born August 31st, 1993) is a Canadian Pop recording artist. His inspiration comes from such pop artists as Jessie J and Bruno Mars, rock acts such as Maroon 5 and Neon Trees, and Soul performers including Adele, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, and John Legend.
Bryan got his start competing against 140 other local musicians in a local radio contest. He was named the winner of the “7th Annual 91.7 The Bounce Showdown.” It was here that Canadian pop/R&B recording artist, Shawn Desman, and the production duo of Hipjoint Music Group Vancouver discovered Bryan’ s talents. This win gave Bryan the opportunity to record with world-class record producers, Mike James and Troy Samson (Hipjoint Music Group).
From there on in, Bryan has been spiralling up within the industry. In February 2011, Finlay released his first self-titled EP through a digital distribution deal with Hipjoint Music Group/Universal Music. Later that year, Bryan signed a Worldwide Licensing Deal with ‘ DMX Music licensing’ for Hollister/Abercrombie & Fitch C.O. They would later add his single Sentimental Fool to the Hollister Summer 2011 Playlist where it was featured globally. Sentimental Fool, went on to be a Top 20 radio hit, playing up against artists such as Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, and Adele. Bryan’ s second single from his debut EP, All I Can Do, was picked up by Epitome Pictures in July 2011 and featured on the MuchMusic (Canada)/TeenNick (US) multiple-award winning hit Canadian teen drama television series, DEGRASSI .
Bryan’ s latest surge of international interest occurred after receiving an unbelievable 7,600,000+ spins on his single “Good Times” on Spotify in late 2015 as he ended up on some popular trending playlists. Watch for a new EP from Bryan Finlay this spring!