Sometimes, things just click. They certainly have for Dan Talevski. At the tender age of 27, he’s already accomplished more than some artists twice his age. Millions of people have seen him sing on YouTube. He’s been signed to a major record label. Groomed for stardom alongside Justin Bieber. Toured with Backstreet Boys. Worked in the studio with will.i.am. Written songs for Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Keshia Chante and others. And now, with Guilty As Sin, his debut single for eOne Music Canada, he’s poised to take his rightful place as Canada’s next musical sensation.
Allen’s DIY ability and optimistic attitude have served him well. He’s scored three Top 10 hits in Canada, 2009′s “I Wanna Be Your Christmas”, 2011’s “I Want You” and his biggest single released in 2010 “Loving You Tonight,” which was lodged in the upper reaches of the charts for more than 22 weeks and broke the US Top 30 while gaining over 4 million views on YouTube.
A lilting, sunny tune about an ideal romance, “Loving You Tonight” helped put Andrew on tour with acts like The Script, Bruno Mars, One Republic, Train, Joshua Radin and The Barenaked Ladies…
Radio play aside, Andrew is a true live performer with an exceptional voice, incredible songs and limitless energy… not too mention a spatter of comic wit and story-telling ability that helps create a dynamic and interactive live show. He’s definitely an artist that embodies the term ‘live’.
Also an incredibly accomplished songwriter, Allen’s songs can be heard on the Grammy Nominated record, ‘Atmosphere’ by EDM aritsts KASKADE and Project 46, as well as on The Voice Germany’s winner Nick Howard’s sophomore release. 2015 holds promise with some big releases coming in the Spring!
Voted Toronto’s “Best Female Vocalist” by NOW Magazine, singer and songwriter Emma-Lee enjoyed her first taste of radio success in 2016 with her single “Worst Enemy” reaching #18 on the AC Mediabase chart and #24 Hot AC. The powerful anthem delivered a “be yourself and make no apologies” message, resonating with fans across Canada and beyond.
Emma-Lee is continuing to work on a full length album set for release in late Spring of 2017. Produced by Karen Kosowski, the album will feature songs written on the artist’s travels to Los Angeles and Nashville, as well as music written and recorded in a small 1950’s cabin in north Ontario where Kosowski and Emma-Lee frequent for inspiration.
Eh440, the incredible Toronto-based vocal group has been stunning audiences worldwide since they first hit the stage a few years ago.
With just a beatboxer, bass vocalist, and 3 very different lead singers, this means that they are technically an ‘a cappella’ group but most people think of them as something very different.
“You forget that there aren’t any instruments because they really do sound like a full band!” said one fan. “They sound hip and current. It’s like they magically fuse old and new into a must-hear sound. And I love that they write their own songs because it makes me feel so connected to them as people.”
Following the release of their award-winning 2014 debut release Turn Me Up, Eh440 wanted to step things up to a new level. A level they hadn’t yet achieved – the boss level!
Boss Level is a phrase that stems from gaming culture and is now starting to creep into the mainstream. In a video game, the final level to win the game (where you encounter & battle the biggest & strongest character – the boss) is called the Boss Level. But now, any ultimate level of achievement where you take on your most formidable foe is the boss level.
When they started writing songs for their next album, the band claims that the songs felt very ‘top level’ so when they wrote Boss Level, naturally that was going to be the title track.
Boss Level’s September 2016 release has generated some exciting fan reviews too. Some are saying they can’t stop playing it on repeat. Others are saying that a particular song has inspired them in some way. So this latest release is clearly a step in a new direction for Eh440 and they are getting exactly what the album title says ‘boss level feedback about a boss level album’ and they couldn’t be more excited!
THE JOURNEY STARTED OVER
A DECADE AND A HALF AGO
Eh440 started harmonizing together in 2012.
But their journey really started over a decade and a half ago.
As kids, Janet Turner and Stacey Kay used to compete against each other in singing contests.
The first time they met, Stacey was just 8 years old and Janet a little older. Over the years they each took their turn winning various contests and even though some competitors took it a little too seriously, they actually cheered on the other and became lifelong friends.
While on a North American Broadway Tour for Godspell a while ago, Stacey thought she heard a voice from the heavens. Was it Jesus?! Well, Jake Stern was playing the role of Jesus in the production!
Years later, Stacey approached Jake about joining Eh440 and the fit was perfect. Jake had been performing professionally in theatres, film, and TV since he was in high school, so the opportunity to travel the world while sharing his talents is a dream come true for him.
Luke Stapleton (aka the Human Record) started beatboxing as a small child. Coming from a “show biz family”, Luke would listen to his dad play the drums in their house and recreate the sounds using only his mouth. He also maintains that his childhood stutter was gone upon the introduction of music to his life. “My brain was faster than my mouth“, says Luke. If you see him beatbox now, you can see quite clearly, that his mouth has caught up!
Joe Oliva started his musical journey later than most kids who dream of being on stage. In his last year of high school, Joe joined his school choir after the director heard his bass voice barrelling down the school halls and begged him to join. And he hasn’t stopped singing since.
So in early 2012, Eh440 was born and they got lucky from the start. Most bands’ first gig is at a backyard BBQ or wedding. Eh440’s first gig was performing the national anthems for the Valentine’s Day 2012 Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks NBA game. Singing in an arena for 20,000 people? Pretty good first gig!
So, Eh440 is a mix of 5 people from 5 very different backgrounds and musical genres. Joe’s been a low bass singer his entire life, Luke’s an urban beatboxer, Janet identifies as a country/pop singer, Stacey’s soul/rap/pop, and Jake likes contemporary vocal/pop music.
Together they form “an unforgettable combination of crazy beatboxing, sassy rapping, killer harmonies, and fresh, urban, RnB-influenced compositions”.
Their debut album Turn Me Up exemplifies these many influences, and Boss Level, of course, takes their writing and sound to a whole new level, but performing in front of people gives them their greatest joy.
“I thought I was getting an ‘a cappella’ show but it was much more. I’m still amazed at what they could achieve up there while singing, and they were also so relaxed, personable, and funny while talking.” said one local promoter. “Never before have we had so many people emailing and calling the day after a show and insisting that we bring an act back.”
So the history of Eh440 has been written and the future always remains somewhat uncertain, but doing what they love – writing and recording more music and performing their amazing live shows – is a given!
Born and raised in small-town Alberta, Sarah is a Calgary-based music therapist and singer-songwriter. Though raised on the piano and classically trained, Sarah was able to find a variety of influences in music in her travels through England and Australia. She credits Ella Fitzgerald, Damien Rice, Counting Crows, Madeleine Peyroux, Glen Hansard and Elbow as having an influence on her musical stylings. She likes to purge her house of unused goods, cook with butter, sugar, and gluten, and fall down interior design website wormholes.
Rising pop artist, Olivia, is captivating audiences and critics alike. This Canadian born musician has already embarked on an incredible career with massive success, seeing her hard work pay off when her song, Fight For You, garnered her a spot in the top 15 Finalists for the International Songwriting Competition in 2014.
That was only the beginning. She placed in the top 10 at the Ottawa Blues Festivals’ “She’s The One” competition and saw two of her breakout singles, Christmas for Two and Outshine the Stars break the top 100 at Canadian radio summer of 2016. September 2016 saw her rise as Bell Media’s pick for CHR Future Star and in a few short weeks her track Skyline has garnered her a top 40 spot at CHR, with her track being the top downloaded song at Canadian radio plying at stations from Newcap to Bell Media across the country. In such a short time, Olivia has amassed an already impressive career, touring across Canada and visiting radio stations from British Colombia to Ontario and even Quebec. To date, Olivia holds the #37 spot according to BDS/Nielson and is the 81st most shazamed song at Canadian radio.
Olivia discovered her unique sound when she began song writing in Vancouver and Los Angeles with a multitude of songwriters including Sony/ATV writer and fellow Canadian chart topper Andrew Allen, writer/producer Josh Cumbee(Madonna, Nick Howard), Laurell, DJ Project 46, Robin Ghosh, and then moving on to work with hit producer Brian West (Nelly Furtado, Maroon 5) on her 2015 single, and radio Airplay 1st Runner up in the Summer Song contest, Ferris Wheel. She then went on to write and record her songs for her newest EP, Weightless, with fellow co-writer, Robin Ghosh. Released in May of 2016, and recently hailed as one of the most delicious EP’s of 2016 by Canadian Music Blog, Olivia also earned herself the Artist of the Year in the Starlight Music Chronicles Teen category, and recipient of the Artist max scholarship to work alongside Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac) and Colbie Caillat in Los Angeles at the end of October.
Olivia also loves to film music videos and has numerous covers and originals on her You Tube page, with over 659,000 views and over 7000 subscribers, the content of which attracted her the sort of attention that got her nominated as Female You Tube Artist of the Month by Star Central Magazine out of Australia in 2015, as well as several nominations by Cover Nation. Despite being a pop artist, Olivia recently did a country music cover of H.O.L.Y. which earned her a nomination by Country Entertainment site, Whiskey Riff, as their country cover of the week. and the legendary Bob Kinglsey of Country Top 40 selected her cover for their H.O.L.Y. Country Challenge, and she won.
The new EP, is a fun, flirty, and refreshing take on the positive vibes and hopeful exuberance that Olivia radiates. Each track effortlessly vibes with current pop trends while remaining distinctly youthful. With each new release Olivia not only finds her niche, but an audience that relates to her pop aesthetic, and a sound that is all her own. Remember her name!
Jason McCoy is a Canadian singer/songwriter who performs country music. He was born in Barrie, Ontario and was raised for a time in Camrose, Alberta before his family settled in Anten Mills, Ontario.
He has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, 3 SOCAN Song of the Year awards, 19 CCMA nominations and 5 Juno nominations (all for Best Country Male Vocalist). He also won 6 awards at the 2004 Ontario Country Performer and Fan Association awards. In 2006, he was awarded with the Global Artist Award at the CMA Awards in Nashville.
McCoy is also one of the three members of the group The Road Hammers, which has released two studio albums, in addition to charting four singles in Canada and one in the United States.
At around the age of 5, his family moved to Camrose, Alberta, returning three years later. “The cowboy culture really stuck with me. I just fell in love with the music. For some reason, as a little kid, I had some sort of connection with these guys who were singing about these depressing things,” McCoy said, citing Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash to lesser known artists like Ed Bruce and Wynn Stewart. “I just didn’t have a voice for rock ‘n’ roll.” Jason started playing guitar at age 7 and wrote his first song when he was 12.
In his teens, Jason owned a rock ‘n’ roll guitar and was partial to AC/DC. In the 1980s, he joined a band called Three Quarter Country, which performed at legions, Saturday night dances, and clubs in Barrie, Midland, Orillia and other small towns. Jason won a talent contest in Toronto in 1988, allowing him to travel to Nashville to record an album with Ray Griff. He later signed with MCA Records in 1995.
On May 1, 1999, he married his long time love, Terrine Barnes. Their daughter, Grace Margaret McCoy, was born June 21, 2006.
McCoy was a member of the country-rock group The Road Hammers from 2005–2010, which also featured musicians Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne, and earlier, Corbett Frasz. His first album in seven years, Everything, was released on March 1, 2011.
Asim [ah•seam] is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and pop singer/songwriter, who is preparing to launch his latest project ‘In Colour’. Following the release of his debut album in 2012, Asim teamed up with Dan Davidson (Tupelo Honey) and Ari Rhodes of HandsUp! Music and shifted his sound in a new direction. As a classically trained instrumentalist influenced by the sounds of Maroon 5, the 1975, Pharrell and Michael Jackson… Asim’s music brings together a unique blend of both live and rhythmic elements to Top 40 music of the past three decades.
“The past two years has been about creating something that makes you feel good. The first time around I was writing to allow others to experience what I was going through. I’ve had enough of my stubborn need for relatability and now I just want people to have some fun when they listen to my music.”
WITH 6 HIT SONGS TO HER NAME, Laurell’s profound writing intuitions are being sought after by industry professionals around North America. Her recordings have been featured on MTV’s “The Real World”, NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”, CMT’s “Meet The Wilson’s”, Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules”, and Muchmusic’s “Degrassi” and “Life With Boys”.
Winner of the Billboard Songwriting competition, a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting competition, and winner of People’s Choice Song of the Year at the Canadian Gospel Awards, Laurell has partnered with Vancouver production team Westsonic Music on artist development and songwriting. She also writes regularly in LA and Toronto with various hit writers.
A vocal jazz major and classical pianist, Laurell writes using guitars, synths, ukuleles, and house beats. A “brave thinker”, Laurell’s boundary-breaking melodies, driving chords, and intuitive lyrical convinctions make her an unstoppable force on the writing scene.
For Tyler Shaw, the success of a song is measured by how readily his growing audience can find their own experiences reflected in it. “I want to make music that’s relatable; the kind of songs that make you say ‘that’s exactly what I’m feeling right now.’ If people can make that personal connection, immediately, I’ve done my job.”
It’s fair to say the 22-year-old, Toronto-based singer/songwriter is off to a great start. Thanks to the strength of his 2012 debut single “Kiss Goodnight,” Shaw’s become a rising star in the Canadian pop scene. Co-written with Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj) and Todd Clark (Phillip Phillips, Tim Hicks), the song garnered some major accolades in the music industry. The catchy pop track received a MMVA nomination in 2013 in the key category of Video of the Year. “Kiss Goodnight,” saw great traction with radio as well, spending 17 weeks in the Top 10 at AC Radio and peaking at #5 on that chart. The following year, Tyler really broke on to the scene with an impressive JUNO Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. All this off the strength of his debut single.
Following the award nominations and the great radio success, Tyler released, “By My Side” and “It Happens All the Time.” The happy up-tempo, “By My Side” cracked the Top 10 AC charts and proved Tyler a forceful songwriter. His third single “It Happens All the Time” followed Tyler on his musical journey and gave a more introspective look into his life and personal relationships at the time. This track continues to be a fan favourite.
Although honoured by the attention his signature brand of rock-tinged pop has received, what’s most important for Shaw is that it inspire in listeners the same positive attitude he brings to his own life and music. “As far back as I remember I’ve always focused on the good things that can come out of any situation. My motto is simply: Never give up.”
Through his teens Shaw always dabbled in music, eventually posted recordings on YouTube and played open mic nights in his hometown of Coquitlam, BC, but still didn’t consider taking up music professionally. Instead, he aimed for a career as a professional soccer player and earned an athletic scholarship from the University of PEI.
After entering a national talent competition in 2012 and taking the top spot out of 13,000 people, Shaw suddenly found numerous doors opening for him musically, and relocated to Toronto. Shortly thereafter, he inked a deal with Sony Music Entertainment Canada and found himself working and recording with a variety of co-writers, who, he says, have been integral to his ongoing development as a songwriter.
“By Fall 2012 I’d gone from performing for small crowds at the campus pub to playing in front of 20,000 people on the Canadian We Day tour, but I wasn’t nervous, just excited.” His growing profile also led to an opportunity to travel to Kenya in July 2013 with Free the Children, which really put life into perspective for him: “When I landed, it was immediate culture shock. The people I met had so little, but they were some of the happiest people I’ve ever met. As a songwriter, the more life experience you gather, the better,” Shaw continues. “Kenya definitely touched me, and experiencing it for myself brought my awareness of the struggles so many people face to a whole new level.”
“Kiss Goodnight” was ultimately certified as a Gold selling single, helping Shaw to land opening slots on select Canadian shows with artists including Ke$ha and Pitbull. Additionally, his track “Showtime” was adopted as the Official Song for the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Canada. This fall he will head out on a Canadian tour opening for powerhouse, Kelly Clarkson & special guest Nick Jonas.
Currently, Shaw’s new single “House of Cards” is racing up the charts. The track boasts a huge superhero-themed video, which successfully matches the tone of this big ballad. The video is a larger-than-life ode to superhero films set as a dramatically styled movie trailer, complete with a crime fighting heroine and starring Tyler in the role of a young police officer. The heroic video was
directed by RT! and produced by The NE, who worked closely with Tyler to give the romantic song an epic visual to match its powerful tone. “House of Cards” is Tyler’s 5th single and is currently charting Top 20 at Canada CHR, AC, and Hot AC radio, and climbing.
While Tyler Shaw has been thrust into the national spotlight, his focus remains the same as it did when he first started out. To write from his heart and inspire listeners to make the very best of their own lives, and to make a conscious effort to improve the lives of those around them in equal measure.