Although one of Canada’s biggest country music stars, Johnny Reid strays from the traditional country sound more often than not. The Scottish-born Canadian played three sold out shows this October in Manitoba and demonstrated his versatility and talent on stage every night. Johnny captured audiences with his nine-piece band, including a three-piece horn section and two back up singers, who offered up two hours of heartfelt ballads and soulful R & B tunes. His sound is not what most consider country, but what makes his music fall into that genre is his songwriting. Johnny finds much of his inspiration from love, family, relationships and all the things that country music is known for. His openness and genuine character are visible on stage as he chats with the audience like old friends between songs.
“I was put on a course into the crazy business and bohemian lifestyle of a musician shortly aftter I was born. At my baptism, the preacher told my parents he had a vision that I would be a strong willed child (my mother will vouch for that) and grow up to be a singer. Ever since I was first told that story as a child this little feeling nagged at me. I actually started trying out for bands at the age of 19. My second audition was for “The Rose Chronicles.”
“I guess the Rose Chroncles thought I passed the test because they asked me to join after that first audition. 3 months later, after only two gigs, we were signed to Nettwerk records. Rose Chronicles’ full length debut garnered a Juno award in 1994 for best alternative album. The album had sold about 15,000 copies last time I checked.”
Rose Chronicles toured across Canada a few times and also performed in a few cities on the East coast of the US.
Stef Lang burst onto the Canadian music scene with her first full-length album, The Underdog. The album received a great deal of critical and commercial praise, the first single “Mr. Immature” hit #5 on the Billboard Canadian Emerging Artist chart. It was also in the Top 20 at Contemporary Hit Radio and Hot Adult Contemporary Radio.
These achievements earned her nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards (“Pop Recording of the Year”) and the Canadian Radio Music Awards. Stef's follow up sophomore album, Self, saw her writing, producing, recording, and editing every song, as well as even creating the album art. The album eschews the more traditional pop subjects and instead focuses on introspective, empowering lyrics and compositions designed to give fans relatable, positive, and motivational music.
I played in Scratching Post for a gazillion years. It was awesome. Brief history: we started in London, Ontario. Got signed to a major U.S label by the guy who discovered and signed Motley Crue and Guns 'n' Roses. That was also awesome til the label folded. So we made some noise indpendently and released a whack of albums, singles and videos. Toured the country a bunch of times with some great bands. Had a blast!
Now I write and co-write songs for and with a bunch of great artists in a bunch of different genres. I love it.
Hard work and perseverance is what it takes to make it in the music industry. Just ask producer and songwriter Chris Perry. Having produced scores of local indie talent Perry moved into the major label remixing arena working with TLC, Edwin, Snow, Our Lady Peace, Jacksoul, and Organized Rhyme. In 2000, he signed on to Camara Alford’s management company UOMO and their focus quickly shifted to major label production and song-writing. Chris Perry has since become one of the most sought after writer and producer in the country, having written and produced hit singles such as “Talk to Me” – George, “All I Ever Wanted” – Brian Melo, “Unpredictable” - Keshia Chanté, “Let’s Go” - Shawn Desman, “Something More” – Ryan Malcolm, “Awake in a Dream” - Kalan Porter, “Run” – Rex Goudie, “Moviestar” – Rascalz, “IE” – In Essence.
With an accomplished career including a platinum debut album, a sophomore Juno Award winning album for Best R&B/Soul Recording, chart-topping singles and videos, movie performances and numerous accolades under his belt, singer, dancer, actor, songwriter and producer Shawn Desman is launching his highly anticipated new album. And it’s undeniable that Desman’s third highly anticipated album “Fresh” represents a tremendous progression of his career. From the moment he released his self titled debut platinum-selling album in the fall of 2002, Shawn Desman has enjoyed phenomenal success in the music industry. His album spent an incredible 49 weeks on the SoundScan Top 200 sales chart and produced two Top 10 singles and two number one videos. He instantly proved he was about to become a superstar entertainer worthy of all the critical acclaim and destined to be at the forefront of the global music stage.
It has been an amazing year for hit songwriter / producer Ryan Stewart. In the last twelve months, Ryan has accumulated three Juno Nominations, won “Songwriter of the Year” along with the amazingly talented Carly Rae Jepsen at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, co-written and produced two Certified Gold singles & five Top 15 hits, and received over 70,000 spins at Canadian radio. Based in Vancouver, and focusing on his own brand of "cred-pop", Ryan has co-written and produced hit songs for Carly Rae Jepsen, Laurell, Carmen & Camille, Jessie Farrell, and Andrew Allen. He is currently in the studio with Suzie McNeil, The Latency, and Marianna's Trench guitarist Matt Webb.
Gary Clark is a Scottish musician who formed a band with his brother Kit Clark, and long time friend, Ged Grimes in 1984, initially under the name of Spencer Tracy. After objections from the estate of Spencer Tracy they changed their name to Danny Wilson, as taken from the 1952 Frank Sinatra film, Meet Danny Wilson. Initially spotted busking around Dundee, they signed to Virgin Records in 1986. The following year saw the release of the band's first album Meet Danny Wilson. The first single, "Mary's Prayer", written by Clark, was a worldwide hit, reaching number 3 in the UK, and the Top 40 in the United States Billboard Hot 100, earning him a BMI award, and a nomination for an Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. A second album Bebop Moptop was released in 1989, including hit single "Second Summer of Love" which reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart. The band split in 1991.
One of the many indie bands that fought for the title "Voice of Young Britain 2008," Hadouken! arrived with the manifesto "We are the wasted youth/And we are the future too." Naming themselves after a special move from the video game Street Fighter, the band combined indie rock, rave culture, and grime influences to create music that sounded like Lords of Acid, Dizzee Rascal, and Test Icicles played all at once.