15 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Jade Turner is an award-winning songwriter, performer, and rising star in Manitoba’s country scene. Winner of 2017’s IMA Best Country Album and 2018’s MCMA Emerging Artist of the Year award, with many more nominations to boot, Jade Turner is well on her way to making her mark on the Canadian music scene, and Turner feels the best is yet to come. Following the release of her last Single “Hangover Blues”, which has well over 100k streams on Spotify, comes Jade's brand new song ‘Somehow Someone”! This song is a beautiful and fun take on having faith that Creator (Manito in Nehiyawewin) is always there for you and somehow finds his way to you through music. Music is healing and this song definitely opens your heart to feel like someone’s got your back. I know how much music has helped me so I wanted to try write a song that can also help someone else. Those are the best kind of songs.” - Jade Somehow Someone will be available to download June 14 and released to radio June 18! https://www.jadeturnermusic.com/ https://m.facebook.com/Jadeturnermusic/ https://www.instagram.com/jade.turner.music/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmGj4UVXnvUogXUu_UQgStQ?view_as=subscriber https://ffm.to/highwaytown
19 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
After previously reaching highs of #44 on the National BDS charts with his releases, Ryan took went back to the studio and worked extensively with Bart McKay Productions (Brett Kissel) to bring his brand new single “She Got That Too” out to market. Ryan is very excited to be releasing new music to his fans and friends at Canadian country radio. The Manitoba Country Music Association has honoured Ryan with Male Artist of the Year, back to back Fans’ Choice Winner and Single of the Year Awards recently. Ryan is a husband and father of three boys, and someone who knows how to relate to an audience with his music, understands the power of radio. Have a listen to SHE GOT THAT TOO and hear how this song can connect with your audience.
22 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Hayley became a household name in her homeland after placing 4th on Australian Idol & later, on The Voice Australia. In 2018, Jensen signed with Social Family Records to release her ARIA #3 Australian Country Album, 'Turning Up The Dial' produced in Nashville by Grammy Award winning producer, Jamie Tate, featuring festival hits 'Summertime Soundtrack', 'Saturday Night' & 'Next Big Thing'. The same year, Hayley was invited to the UK to perform at Buckle & Boots Country Festival & was a finalist in the 2018 CMC Awards. She has also won an Australian Independent Country Music Award. 2019 saw Jensen tour Canada, performing at Calgary Stampede, Alberta and Dauphin's CountryFest, Manitoba - the only Australian artist on both official line ups. Whilst there, she collaborated extensively with Canadian artists and writers (including Jason McCoy & Clayton Bellamy of The Roadhammers, Dan Davidson, Troy Kokol), and has since begun work on her 4th studio album with Calgary based indigenous producer, Troy Kokol at Reluctant Cowboy Music. The first track to be released from the forthcoming album set new career highs for Jensen both in Australia and abroad. 'Breakin Hearts’, a swampy modern country song, debuted at #1 on iTunes and was the #1 Australian song at country radio according to The Music Network (TMN) Airplay Charts. It was also added to Spotify's curated 'Fresh Country' playlist. Abroad, it cracked the Canadian Country Top 100 radio charts and was the #32 most played song on CBC Music on SiriusXM across North America. The track was accompanied by a unique, animated Wild West themed music video that tells the story of a heart-breaker outlaw who meets his match in a sassy female cowgirl. Scripted by Jensen, the video premiered exclusively on CMT, was featured in their Top 100 videos for 2020, and has accumulated 75k+ views online Hot on the heels of the success of Breakin’ Hearts’, Jensen released a power pop-country bop, ‘Fireworks’ to Australian Country radio. Penned over Skype during lockdown with Aussie friend, expat and Billboard Country #1 songwriter, Phil Barton and partner, Dana Heaton-Perdue, the song once again featured the stellar, soaring powerhouse vocals we have come to expect from Jensen. The music video featured home videos of her fans, sharing sparklers with their loved ones. Released November last year continues to climb the charts and is currently one of the Top 20 Australian country tracks at radio. ‘Just Gonna Party’ is the third single to be released ahead of Hayley’s forthcoming album. It’s an upbeat, refreshing song that somehow manages to address the current worries of the world with a positive spin. The accompanying music video is an ‘out of this world’ animation by former Hanna Barbera animator, Reggie Entienza. Produced & scripted by Jensen, it is sure to take you on an adventure! ‘Just Gonna Party’ was co-written with award winning Canadian writers Troy Kokol and Chris O’Neil and produced by Troy at Reluctant Cowboy Records - the same team that brought us ‘Breakin’ Hearts’ & ‘Fireworks’ last year. Hayley Jensen ‘Just Gonna Party’ out now via Social Family
16 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
"Don't Mind If I Do" is the brand new lead off single for David. The single grows David's sound in a new direction and evolves it to incorporate even more instruments and elements of country music. "Don't Mind If I Do" is the ideal chill, laid back, upbeat spring/summertime song and capitalizes perfectly on the momentum David has continuously built single over single
12 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Juno Award winning Country music superstar Meghan Patrick is celebrating her birthday by treating fans to new music. “Never Giving Up on You” is the brand-new single from the two-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year, which follows hot on the heels of the recent official video release for “My First Car,” which takes fans on a biographical ride through Meghan’s early career. Meghan will keep the celebration for “Never Giving Up on You” going with a takeover of Complete Country this Saturday, March 27th – click here to follow along. Of the new single Meghan says, “It’s always been difficult for me to write love songs that felt authentic and real to me without being cliché. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about love in this past year, it’s that it’s not just about romance, sparks and the good times. It’s about continuing to choose that person over and over again, even when things are rough. When I love something, I go all in, but it doesn’t always stick. True love is knowing this about yourself, but realizing you’ve found the one thing (or person) you will never give up on, no matter how hard it gets.” Many more exciting announcements are set to come from Meghan in the coming weeks
22 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Toronto, ON (February 11, 2021) – Today, multi-platinum, award winning entertainer Tim Hicks announces the February 19th release of his new single ‘The Good, The Bad and The Pretty’ via Open Road Recordings. Self-penned along with Derek Hoffman and Deric Ruttan, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Pretty’ sets the stage for the next chapter in Hicks’ career, and is the first release off his forthcoming EP, out later this year. Of the song says Hicks, “‘The Good, The Bad and The Pretty’ is about that one bar in every town, that welcomes all sorts of characters on any given night. For me, it represents a lot of the bars I played on a nightly basis for years. I made a lot of good friends in places like that. The best people. The kind that’d give you the shirt off their back if you needed it, and they did. I wanted to pay tribute to them.” ‘The Good, The Bad and The Pretty’ is the first new release from the four-time JUNO Award nominee and multi-Platinum selling CCMA Award winner since the June 2020 release of his Wreck This EP, which garnered his second #1 single with ‘No Truck Song’. His top 5 single ‘Loud’ from his album New Tattoo; which also featured his first #1 hit ‘What A Song Should Do’; was recently licensed to the NHL for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and was chosen as the goal song for team Canada during the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. Building from local acclaim to a nationally recognized name, Hicks has cemented his reputation as an elite chart-topping act since making his country label debut in 2013. His vast catalogue of highly praised releases including Throw Down, 5:01, 5:01+, Shake These Walls, New Tattoo and Wreck This, have earned the four-time JUNO Award nominee and CCMA Award winner three PLATINUM selling singles, nine GOLD singles, one GOLD album and eighteen Top 10 radio hits, in addition to over 87 million collective streams, multiple sold-out headlining dates and back to back national tours. Hicks, now a three-time consecutive winner, was also the first recipient of the Nielsen Compass Award, which recognizes an artist for the most total content plays including streams, single and album sales as well as total social media followin
16 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
A new song from Brett Kissel. "Make A Life Not A Living" “This song is truly representative of where I’m at in my life right now…and probably – or hopefully – where many people are as we’ve adjusted to the challenges we’ve all faced over the last year,” says Kissel. “It’s about doing your best to live your best life – whatever that might be; being in the moment, being present, having gratitude and making the most of the time we have – that’s what is most important.
16 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
“My ex drove an F-150 and I f’ing hate that truck,” laughs Ottolini. “You might think that ‘F-150’ is just a truck song, but this isn’t about any ol’ truck. It’s about trying to move on and get strong, until you see that one thing that brings you back to the pain. Nothing does that more for me than his white, Ford F-150.” Ottolini continued: “You’re going to get to know the real me in the first 30 seconds of listening to any of my songs and if you love it, that’s cool. If you don’t love it, that’s cool too. Either way, country music has made me who I am today. It’s my safe place to land and it’s also the thing that pushes me further out of my comfort zone than I ever thought I could go. It doesn’t even feel real yet that I’ve signed a record deal with Warner Music Nashville to be honest, but if you’re telling me it’s real, I’ll trust you guys.” Inspired by artists like Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Sam Hunt, she’s already released two EPs independently, including The I’m Not Always Hilarious EP last year, and was a Rising Star Award nominee at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards in 2019. Ottolini is managed by Mark Schroor & Erik Fintelman from Workshop Music Group
19 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Gregg Bolger is a Canadian Country Music Artist/Songwriter. Bolger’s debut self-titled album was released in September 2013 and the single “Small Town Summertime” was distributed to Canadian country radio. “Small Town Summertime” was largely received by country radio stations across Canada. Follow up singles released to Canadian Country Radio include I'm All Bolger has had had success with singles such as Small Town Summertime, Broken and Road Trippin' and now When the Moon Comes Up being signed to publishing deals for Film/TV with Crucial Music, based out of Studio City, California. “When the Moon Comes Up” was written and composed by Bolger and was produced by Clint Curtis. It is a fun, up-tempo, modern country song with memorable lyrics and melody. The song is centered around two people and the excitement of being together once the sun goes down and the moon comes up. This song is 100% CANCON
19 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Chantelle Mussell is a Canadian singer/songwriter based out of Victoria, BC, Canada. She grew up in small town Alberta in the 1990s, born into a large family of lively, talented musicians. At a very young age, she discovered the magnetic euphoria of singing, writing, and performing with her guitar. Mussell’s debut EP showcases haunting and dreamy blues/folk songs. Her lyrics chronicle the visceral experiences of life, love, and heartbreak with words that resonate with your deepest, darkest secrets and desires. Chantelle is a clever songwriter with the smooth, silky voice of a gritty little angel that is sure to rattle your bones. Chantelle has opened for Canadian label artists Aaron Pritchett and The Washboard Union. She has been a strong presence for many years in the Victoria music scene, fronting the band Mussell and the Flex. ‘Perfect Little Failure,’ a heartbreaking pilgrimage into love and infidelity, is the lead single off Mussell's self-titled debut album. She explores the parallels between toxic relationships and toxic substances, revelling in the opportunity that awaits those who escape these addictions. 'Perfect Little Failure' is a wistfully beautiful self-love story illustrating the rebirth of the female mind, body, and spirit.
25 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
2020The Year In review
This week we look back at the year that went sideways with my buddy and fellow Music Director Shilo.
28 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
"Where I Go to Come Back” is the latest release to add to your playlist from Canadian country music singer songwriter and entertainer, Trevor Panczak. “Where I Go to Come Back” is a song for the times. As life continues with its mounting complexities and uncertainty, this heartfelt song is filled with airy lines of nostalgia and memories of a simpler time that we used to know and now yearn for. Trevor helps us take a breath and takes us back home with another smooth, country vocal performance. The lyric "...to come back from the world that's turning' crazy back from the roar of the radio news…” touches on the world at hand and “back to the place where I can see reality” identifies what’s really important in life. Trevor delivers in a sophisticated, relatable fashion which is typical of the 6 foot 5 inch gentle giant. Video Link: https://youtu.be/TD2d2QkrDDA
24 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Matt Teed is a singer-songwriter-recording artist from Ontario. Matt’s raspy yet soulful vocals breathe a palpable intimacy into his songs and live performances. An old soul with an abundance of vibrant energy, Matt draws inspiration from a wide range of genres in order to elicit the perfect emotion to match any given story. Matt’s dynamic sound is trademarked by an emotion-packed vocal complemented by an instrumental backing loaded to the brim with pop and punch, uniquely mirroring Matt’s natural energy and passion
16 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Shane Harluk’s songs rely heavily on a long-time love of country music. But the Calgary-based singer/songwriter has roots that extend into classic Canadian pop rock and well into modern Americana. It’s his love of all music that propels him to write and record music that resonates with listeners of all ages and backgrounds. Harluk has played at events and venues, ranging from the Country Thunder Festival, the Calgary Stampede and his own local concert series Country Night Live that he hosts, performs, and invites other local artists to showcase their talent at in support of local musicians. Alongside his daughter Jennie Harluk, Country Night Live is an evening for all ages that packs the Calgary Petroleum Club full, and has steadily been growing a fan base in and around the city. “Songwriting and music are something that cross every boundary between people. Whether they’re separated by age, religion, background or color, there’s a beat that just seems to move a person, and a song that reaches all of us no matter where we are coming from… It’s what every songwriter dreams of, that moment you move someone” www.shaneharluk.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shane-Harluk/1543988029190556 https://twitter.com/shaneharluk
32 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
This week a great chat with Sean Hogan! His new single is out now "You Can't Cry You Can't Laugh" Find him on line at www.seanhogan.net
16 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Shantaia about her new single "two cents'
22 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Owen Barney "Thank Her For That" Let this song take you away… to warm breezes and blue skies… …and a break-up that you’re actually thankful for!! “Cold tequila with a little lime, since she left I’m on island time, I can thank her for that" No stranger to the Canadian country scene, Owen Barney has been doing things the right way - by playing shows, releasing great music, and winning over fans one at a time! Now he’s ready to release a song that we know will resonate. A tongue-in-cheek summer jam that plays to the idea of finding the silver lining in a difficult situation. An uplifting fun vibe that we could all use right now! Please welcome “Thank Her For That” A little about Owen Barney: Born and raised in Toronto, Owen Barney spent his summers in cottage country Muskoka, where he began strumming the guitar at age 7 and performing for the locals. Influenced by country heavy-hitters like Eric Church, Dean Brody, and Jason Aldean, Owen now has a style all his own, and has been hitting the stage at venues and festivals across the country (Boots & Hearts, Country Wild, Horton Hoedown, Toronto Beer Fest). His debut single “Letting Go” gained immediate attention, hitting #13 on the Global Viral Spotify Chart within its first week, garnering over 2 Million streams across streaming platforms. It’s time for Owen to shine and he’s ready. Please give this kid the chance to prove it. “What I’ve always hoped for myself is to someday be performing to a crowd that knows every word of my songs. That’s the dream.” ~ Owen Barney “Barney’s maturity and natural talent as a performer allows him to be a storyteller so young in his career” ~ Front Porch Music “Fuses soulful song writing and easy breezy vocals.” ~ Canadian Beats
37 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
The second single off of Eric's new album set for release this fall Over 35 MILLION streams globally Over 100,000 social fans Last single ‘Dream Girl’ was written by Grammy award winners Dan&Shay and has already been streamed over 2.5 MILLION times globally 155,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and 9,500 followers – 57% of Eric’s streams come from users saved libraries and playlists 11,814 average daily listeners on Apple Music and 117,000+ weekly streams 35,000+ YouTube followers CCMA Discovery Award Winner, CCMA Rising Star Nominee, 3x CMAO nominee Eric and Kalsey just announced and embarked on their van-life content series, “Love On The Road” which will take them all across the country www.loveontheroad.ca
41 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
River Town Saints
If tragedy and overcoming adversity are the hallmarks of a good country song, THE RIVER TOWN SAINTS have earned their dirt road credibility... After a series of major setbacks (the kind that would've broken up many other bands), the boys have regrouped stronger than ever with a collection of FOUR fantastic new songs that have just been released via their new EP 'Long Time Coming' (which came out last Friday and has already been streamed/downloaded over 100,000 times in THREE days!). There is a strong fan-base out there that want to hear this band's music.
17 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Matt Martin, a young tech entrepreneur raised on a dairy farm, continues to make exciting new waves in Canadian Country Music. Growing up in rural area, Matt feels a deep connection to Country Music and the roots that comprise what it is today. Back at it with his second radio single, country fans will not be disappointed. “Passenger Seat”, released now in the summer of 2020, gives listeners a fun and irresistible invite into one of Matt’s favourite youthful experiences; summer road trips. The song was co-written in Nashville with Chris Buck, produced by Canada’s own Jordan Oorebeek, and mastered in Nashville by Mike Cervantes (Taylor Swift, Jake Owen). It takes just a few seconds to know this tune is designed for volume up, windows down, and making summer memories. If you’re like Matt, you’ll also want it to be in a Jeep. His second highly anticipated single, “Passenger Seat” follows on the coattails of Matt’s debut single, “Never Gets Old”, released in summer 2019 and earned many hundreds of spins. Impressively, it was picked up on the first day by Spotify Canada’s “Live Country” playlist where it held its place for a full calendar year – helping it amass 175,000 streams in its first year on Spotify alone. The song also cracked Top 40 on Sirius XM’s “CBC Country” channel, and was featured on notable primary stations such as Kitchener’s Country 106.7 and Orillia/Barrie’s Pure Country 106, where fans voted the single a new favourite for days in a row. Not a bad independent debut! A new single is not all that country fans have to look forward to from Matt Martin this year. With multiple writing trips to Nashville since last summer, Matt has been honing his craft with many great writers both south of the border and here at home in Canada. With a newly inspired direction for his music, Matt is finishing up a 6 song EP to be released in the coming months. Fans can expect an honest look into the complex but growing phenomena of a life inspired by country roots but expanded through urban and global experiences that are becoming more common to many of us today. Expect to hear some of the current country vibes experienced through artists like Russell Dickerson and Jake Owen, mixed with some of Matt’s earlier storytelling influences, such as Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts. However you interpret it, there’s no doubt you will get a real glimpse into the fun, lightheartedness of Matt’s personality without neglecting the very real, intimate moments of his life and relationships. You don’t want to miss the ride, so “hop on up this passenger seat” and get ready for some great new music from one of our very own budding Canadian Country stars