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Brad Battle writes and sings from the heart. His honesty and distinct voice captivates his listeners and leaves them wanting to hear more. Brad's brand of Pop/Country music is catchy and written based on his life experiences.
His story is one filled with inspiration and determination. After stepping away from music to start a family, he found himself telling his kids to never give up on what they were truly passionate about. As a father of 3, he realized the best way for his kids to learn to do that was by his example. Brad grabbed his guitar and began writing and set the wheels in motion for what has been an incredible year! The year 2015 has brought many highlights: Trips to Nashville, getting to perform multiple times at the infamous Blue Bird Cafe, the opportunity to write with hit writer Frank Myers ("I Swear", "I'm Already There") and being selected as 1st runner up at the Magna Hoedown Showdown.
Brad just recently completed recording his debut EP with producer Corey MacFadyen and Dean Malton (Ground Loop Studios) The first single from the EP is called That Kinda Love and it is now at iTunes. With plans to return to Nashville, as well as go back into the studio very soon, 2016 will undoubtedly be the year everyone will be talking about Brad Battle!!
If you’re a country music fan, this is the episode for you. We’ve got a big slate of four country artists this week.
We kick things off with Alessia Cohle, who has been chosen as the first featured artist as part of Steve’s Music and the Boots & Bourbon Saloon’s “Steve’s Supports Country” campaign. Alessia is about to release her debut EP, Let’s Get Gone, and her first single, “Sunday Shoes,” is making waves on radio.
Next up with Paul Malysa who won CM’s CMAO Road to Independence Sweepstakes. Paul talks to Andrew about his experience and lessons from the conference as well as his own music career.
To close out the show, we have one rising star and one established star of country music that are currently on the road together on the Outlaws & Outsiders Tour. Cory Marquardt tells Mike how he went from being a junior hockey player and a fighter jet pilot in training to playing in front of thousands of music fans opening for Toby Keith and working with some of Nashville's biggest writers and producers.
Aaron Pritchett has been one of the genre’s most consistent hit makers over the past 15 years or so, with such songs as “Hold My Beer,” “Big Wheel,” “Let’s Get Rowdy,” which have all been gathered together in his new greatest hits collection, Body of Work.
Our Canadian Spotlight Song of the Week is “Madly, Deeply” by Toronto-based country artist Melonie Ungar.
Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers have had major successes in their own right as solo female artists, but never imagined that together their collective talents would catapult them to an entirely new level as Runaway Angel.
Individually, they have toured Canada, the United States, Europe and Britain, opening for major acts like Dean Brody, Aaron Pritchett, One More Girl, Jessie Farrell, Aaron Lines, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive, and Doc Walker.
It all began in 2009 when Stacey and Cadence met on set during the filming of CMT’s Karaoke Star, where both were finalists and became fast friends. Cadence then met Ann at CCMA Week in 2011 and they clicked instantly. In late 2013, the three friends joined forces and together Runaway Angel was born.
The girls’ first online release in January 2014 titled ‘Our Story’ was the first song they wrote together as a trio and it landed them in the Regional Finals for the 2014 CBC Searchlight contest. Summer of 2014 was filled with ground breaking experiences for the trio, who enjoyed their first opening spots as a group for Dierks Bentley and Tim Hicks, and played in the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase. They were invited to present an award at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards and attended 2014 Country Music Week in Edmonton where they performed in the Coast to Coast Showcase at West Edmonton Mall.
March 9th, 2015 was the release of their debut single ‘Run Angel Run’ co-written with Ole Publishing’s Bruce Wallace and produced by award-winning producer Jason Barry. Stacey, Ann and Cadence are excited to release their debut EP this spring.
Runaway Angel earned 4 nominations at the 2015 CMAO Awards.
RIKI KNOX is a singer, songwriter and entertainer who’s unique sound and genuine lyrics have seen her blazing a new trail in the country music scene. She has a style that is authentically her own. With the term ‘Bro Country’ at its peak, she offers a strong reminder that being “raised country” is a way of life…without gender attachment. “I grew up as one of the guys” she recalls. "Sure, I was happy to sit on the passenger side of the pick up, or on the back of the four wheeler, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t doing my fair share of the driving” She’s a girl who values and appreciates the ‘little things in life’. That grounded mindset has seen her go from playing church and charity events, to sharing the big stage with artists like Dallas Smith, Marc Jordan, and Justin Hines - to name a few.
2014 found Riki filling her travel book with trips between Toronto and Nashville, and into Western Canada to lay the groundwork for her forthcoming album. “I wanted to write songs that really spoke to who I am as both an artist and a person” she explains. Staying true to that statement, she spent time writing with some very notable songwriters, including Willie Mack (Sara Evans, Collin Raye, The Oakridge Boys, Mark Wills), Jason McCoy (The Road Hammers), Duane Steele, Jake Mathews, Patricia Conroy, and Troy Kokol among others. When satisfied that she had the right songs in hand, she headed back to Nashville armed with the goal of creating great new music that her fans would appreciate and relate to. With Willie Mack at the producers helm, the infectious hooks and lyrics, along with Riki’s energy and unique style, manage to seamlessly blend classic country, country rock, and a new age sound without missing a beat.
Riki's new single is called Six Feet Under.
The Western Swing Authority is a unique collaboration of seasoned professionals whose bios include multiple Canadian Country Music Awards (band members hold at least six CCMA awards and over 20 nominations among them), Juno nominations, and resumes that span from working with Gordon Lightfoot, to Ian Tyson, to George Canyon. They have been spreading the gospel of Western Swing around the world, being named the 2014 CMAO Roots Artist of the Year as well as picking up nominations for CCMA Group of the Year and Roots Artist Of The Year.
The WSA recently completed their new album called NOW PLAYING - produced by Jason Barry at Barrytone Studios. The project's release date is set for February 3rd, 2015.
The Western Swing Authority is: Shane Guse, Stacey Lee Guse, Ed Ringwald aka Pee Wee Charles, Paul Chapman, Dan Howlett, Matthew Lima and Jim Boudreau. They were signed to eOne Music Canada in 2014. Visit www.thewesternswingauthority.com for more information.
Tune in to hear conversations & Christmas music from Leah Daniels, Barbara Lynn Doran & Nancy Laberge.
Leah has steadily been building a fan base for the past couple of years. She credits the on-line social media world for much of the audience she’s already secured and it shows. She’s a two time CCMA Award nominee for “Interactive Artist” and the winner of the 2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance determined entirely by fan votes across Canada. She's also had a tour with Alan Jackson, a Green-carpet performance at the 2014 CCMA Awards and shows for the Maple Leafs (Air Canada Centre). Leah’s latest single “Go Back” was released in October and a new album is on the way in early 2015.
Since her debut, Barbara’s brand of country has garnered her a number of opportunities and accolades, including nominations for the first round ballot at the inaugural 2013 CMAO awards in four categories, and the chance to perform at The Diamond in the Rough Showcase in Saskatoon at Canadian Country Music Week. More recently, she qualified as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Competition and landed a spot on the Nashville Songwriter’s Association 2014 ‘Ones To Watch’ list. Her latest album is called Love From All Sides.
After spending some time in Nashville as a songwriter, Nancy soon figured out that if she wanted to survive in the music business she needed something to fall back on and that is when she decided to become a professional chef. Her new CD release Write From The Heart has her teaming up with fellow songwriters Troy Kokol, Patti Jo Lennox, Joni Delaurier and her friend Amy Bishop, who is Nancy’s co-writer on “Holy Moly Christmas”.
Ottawa-born Country artist KIRA ISABELLA will release her new album Caffeine & Big Dreams on October 14th. It features the powerful first single Quarterback and the new single Gone Enough. She wrote the majority of songs on this album and teamed up with several hit songwriters including Deric Ruttan, Rivers Rutherford and Chris DuBois.
Kira was named the 2013 CCMA Female Artist of the Year and the 2014 CMAO Female Artist of the Year. She was nominated for a 2013 JUNO Award in the Breakthrough Artist category. In September 2014, Kira was nominated for in the CCMA Female Artist category. She recently kicked off the very first concert at Tim Horton's Field in Hamilton opening for Keith Urban and Darius Rucker. She's about to begin her first headlining tour "The Shake It Tour" later this month - featuring country duo Autumn Hill - starting in Kingston, Ontario.
In 2011, Kira released her first single Love Me Like That. The song was a runaway hit crossing over into the Canadian Hot 100 Chart, while also earning a 2012 Canadian Radio Music Award in the Country category at Canadian Music Week. Kira's other hit songs to date include A Little More Work, A Real Good Radio & Blame It On Your Truck - with the list guaranteed to grow with the release of her new album.
Peterborough, Ontario's NIKKI ENGLISH has spent the last few years making music with Canadian Country Trio Western Avenue. Their 2013 self-titled debut album includes the radio singles Highway Headin' Out Of Town, This I Promise You and Wherever You Are. They filmed music videos for a couple of the songs. The trio was nominated for CMAO Group or Duo of the year in 2013.
Nikki has been singing since she was a child and was inspired be her Dad who she lost to cancer in 2001. She remembers him playing guitar and singing as well as encouraging her to pursue music. “That’s what he always wanted me to do, and I wanted to do, but I was such a wimp. It gave me confidence to do it in his memory. It’s been a challenge because I’ve always been shy, but I’ve been developing that over the years – breaking out of my shell,” she explains.
Now with several years of success with Western Avenue, Nikki has released a solo effort - a song she wrote called Follow Your Heart. The song was produced by Cobourg, Ontario's Adam Newcomb and is available at iTunes.
She wrote it about the tragic loss of a close friend. It serves to remind his family - and all listeners - that even after a loved one is gone they are still watching over you and want you to pursue your dreams. Nikki recently released a powerful music video for the song which you can watch at her website www.nikkienglish.ca or on YouTube.
Tune in to hear Nikki talk about her start in music, her influences, songwriting and much more! Plus, she'll share her beautiful song Follow Your Heart.
For Lindsay Broughton, Country Music is home. It’s the quiet, country house, white picket fence, and the rocking chair on the porch. Not a surprising association, as she was raised with music as a constant companion throughout her childhood in Brooklin, Ontario. For all her life, no matter what changes headed her way, music has always been there for her.
Initially gaining inspiration from her performing mother, as soon as Lindsay was old enough she began performing. She became well and truly bit by the bug in high school, where she learned the guitar and joined the local songwriting club. As part of a field trip, she went to Nashville, where even then her potential was noticed. Arriving back to Brooklin, encouraged by the praise received in Nashville, she was more determined than ever to hone her craft and pursue a career in music.
Fast forward: Lindsay has been a regular at the famous Boots & Hearts festival, has played at many CCMA showcases as well as the CMAO Awards show, and has shared the stage with some of country’s heavy hitters such as Chad Brownlee, Emerson Drive and Gord Bamford.
Now, her debut full length album entitled Take Me There has been released with the current radio single of the same name written by Lindsay. The album is pulled from real life experiences, but focuses on the cycle we have all gone through at some point; love, loss, and redemption. The single challenges the listener to think back to the moments in their lives that made them the happiest. It’s a toe-tapping, gritty, up-tempo song that encourages you to roll the car window down, relax, and say “bring it on” to whatever lies ahead.
Producer, musician & songwriter Doug Romanow works his musical magic at Noble Street Studios in Toronto. He's worked with Ontario Country acts like Johnny Reid, Ann Chaplin, Cadence Grace, Mike Butler and Tori Hathaway - and even pop star Justin Bieber - to name just a few. He's the Musical Director for the Canadian Country Music Association's Gala Dinner & Industry Awards Show. Doug is also a songwriter with a long list of co-writes with artists he's produced - along with songs written with Michelle Wright, Patrica Conroy and Eddie Schwartz. He visits Nashville regularly to write and produce.
Doug began in the music industry in the 1980s by playing keyboards and writing for indie bands. He developed skills as an arranger and programmer, and in his early twenties began taking over the helm of recording projects. His love for Country music began at an early age.
I visited Doug at Noble Street Studios for a tour and a conversation taped in the studio. Tune in to hear the multi-talented Romanow discuss producing, songwriting and much more! You'll hear songs produced by Doug from Ontario Country artists Ann Chaplin, Mike Butler and Tori Hathaway.
Sakstachewan's JESS MOSKALUKE is the 2014 CCMA Female Artist of the Year. It's been an amazing year for her with her single Cheap Wine and Cigarettes going gold. She performed the song on this year's CCMA broadcast. The album Light Up The Night also features the popular single Good Lovin' and the new single Used. Jess had a Nashville showcase in August at The Rutledge. CMT has begun playing the video for her latest single Used.
Toronto-based band THE LOVELOCKS received a 2014 CMAO Rising Star Award nomination and then won the CCMA Discovery Award. Celebrated by BlogTO in July 2014 as one of the top 5 alt-country bands to watch in Toronto, The Lovelocks are comprised of musical partners in crime Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman, two city girls who love country music. Their sound has been described as "The Dixie Chicks go Lumineering with a Mumford & Sons-ian alt-country, roots-inspired approach filled with soaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry string." The current single from their debut EP is the catchy & happy Dance featuring their signature harmonies and melodies lead by Ali’s fiddle.
Jess Moskaluke and The Lovelocks are on the roster of MDM Recordings Inc. headed by Mike Denney.
Today on Global Freedom Network we interview Marshall Dane! One of These Days the album has earned Marshall two more CMAO Award Nominations in 2014 and 3 Independent Country Music Association Award Nominations. The rollicking new single, “Alcohol Abuse,” which reached #1 on the New Music Weekly country internet chart, and #60 on the Music Row Country Breakout chart
He has opened for Alan Jackson and Emerson Drive, played at the 2011 CCMA Awards and toured on his own. “More and more I find the influences of my parents’ spiritual upbringing permeating my writing. Mostly the positive stuff like hope, and love, and kindness….you know – the fruitages of the spirit. “ It is that sentiment that has led Marshall to give back to causes nearest to his heart: Stop A Bully fundraisers, Breast Cancer Awareness, Juvenile diabetes research, and Children's Make A Wish foundation, as well as helping with ALS research.
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