• 00:56

    Interview with Nikki English

    in Music

    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.

  • 00:40

    Interview with Kira Isabella

    in Music

    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. 

  • 00:39

    Interview with Lindsay Broughton

    in Music

    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.

  • 00:59

    Interview with Doug Romanow

    in Music

    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.

  • 00:40

    Jess Moskaluke and The Lovelocks

    in Music

    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.


  • 00:30

    Country Music Star Marshall Dane live on Roy Dan Baron Global Freedom Network!

    in Country Music




    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.  


  • 00:39

    Country Rocker: Marshall Dane

    in Country Music

    Marshall Dane’s infectious blend of country and rock is set to blaze a trail in the summer of 2014. Country by definition, but fueled by rock and roll and infected with a watermelon-sized helping of hope, love and salvation, Marshall’s the kind of guy you want to have on your side when the going gets tough in this world and his new album “One Of These Days” is set to be your alibi.

    Marshall Dane’s latest album – for which he was a CMAO nominee in several categories including Male Artist and Album Of The Year – and featuring the new single “One Of These Days”, puts life back in to the swing of things, driven by a swirling blast of fabulous melodies that gives you a country rush right from the get-go.

    Playing in bars and clubs as a solo singer and with a touring band – has given him his fair share of stories and insights – great for writing songs. On days off however, he prefers to spend his time out of the bar – in the gym, on his motorcycle, practicing yoga or at home in his apartment “cooking up something scrumptious.”

    But when it comes to cooking up a tune, Marshall admits there is one source of soul-nourishment that keeps on giving.

    Marshall Dane has been slowly bubbling up to this moment. With “Alcohol Abuse” now released to radio across Canada and the United States, 2014 promises to be the Year Of The Dane.

  • 00:44

    Interview with Steve Rivers

    in Music

    Country artist STEVE RIVERS' latest album Temptations is establishing him as one of the most exciting new artists in country music today. Winner of the Michigan State Final in the 2013 Texaco Country Showdown & nominated for the CMAO 2013 Rising star award, Steve is an entertainer to watch out for! He performs regularly between the U.S. and Canada and his live show is one of high energy and excitement – a reputation that has led him to open for national acts like Gregg Allman, Josh Thompson and Charlie Worsham. “My band and I try to make every part of our show fun and audience engaging!," says Steve. "I want my audience to feel like they’re a part of the show as much as we are.”

    Steve makes regular trips to Nashville where he writes with some of country music’s biggest hit-makers, performs, and records. As a songwriter, Steve has had 11 independent cuts including Drew Gregory’s popular single “Truck. Beer. Girl”, “Saturday Night” by pop duo Dakota & Will, “Watered Down Love” by Colby Dee, and “Kill You With Kindness” by Alyssa Bagley.

    He is currently working on his new album (due out Fall 2014) and his latest singles “Mess It Up” & “Uncomplicated” from his album Temptations are being played on over 30 radio stations across Canada and parts of the U.S.  

  • 00:31

    Living & Thriving Guest: Marshall Dane, Singer/Songwriter

    in Country Music

    Please welcome Marshal Dane to the show. Not only is he "easy on the eyes" but very talented too! 


    "Marshall Dane’s infectious blend of country and rock is set to blaze a trail in the summer of 2014. Country by definition, but fueled by rock and roll and infected with a watermelon-sized helping of hope, love and salvation, Marshall’s the kind of guy you want to have on your side when the going gets tough in this world and his new album “One Of These Days” is set to be your alibi.

    Marshall Dane’s latest album – for which he was a CMAO nominee in several categories including Male Artist and Album Of The Year – and featuring the new single “One Of These Days”, puts life back in to the swing of things, driven by a swirling blast of fabulous melodies that gives you a country rush right from the get-go.

    “One Of These Days is about how I deal with the curves life throws,” says Marshall. “It’s not really about where I’ve been but more so about where I am now…where I wanna go…and how I’m gonna get there, wherever ‘there’ is.“  http://www.marshalldane.com/about-md/

  • 00:59

    Interview with Rob Kirkham & Tanya Caines

    in Country Music

    Ontario's Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain are known as one of the most personable live acts in Canada, which is apparent at all of their performances. "We take great pride in embracing our fans on a one-to-one basis. They are like family" says Rob. The group has shared the stage with the likes of Lady Antebellum, Jason McCoy and Jason Aldean. The high energy music on their first two full-length album releases titled Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain (their self-titled debut)  and Seven Year Itch have spawned the infectious radio singles: Step 13, Kick Back and Love Goes Bang which have garnered radio airplay in Canada, the U.S, Australia and Europe. All of the songs were accompanied by music videos. Rob and the group are excited about their new 2014 album.

    Tanya Caines is a singer-songwriter from Innisfil, Ontario. She has performed at numerous events and has won a showcase at The Palace in Nashville and placed in the top three in the CMAO's (Country Music Association of Ontario) DemoRama. Tanya is a talented artist with a passion for country and folk music. She has an extensive musical background including a music degree in vocal music from York University. Tanya is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

    Tune in to get to know these two talented Ontario Country artists and their music.

  • 00:42

    Interview with Nicole Scott

    in Music

    Whether you’ve heard her singing with Toby Keith on his single “Drinks After Work”, or on her own single “Words”, one thing is for sure, if you've heard NICOLE SCOTT's voice, you will never forget it. Her fresh songwriting captures everything great about country music, powerful women, and young hearts. She creates a new sound when she adds her incredible vocal power and control. 

    Nicole can be seen acting in Frankie Ballard's music video for his song "Helluva Life."

    Hailing from a small town, this powerhouse has been travelling stages worldwide since she was ten, from Europe to Nashville, capturing the hearts of listeners everywhere. Through her teen years Nicole won contest after contest, opened for Country stars, and found herself on CMT, CITY TV, and on International radio, before the age of 21. She’s been called “the next Shania Twain” by CMT, and by the way she captures an audience, it isn’t hard to see why.

    Nicole's debut Nashville album was produced by Alex Jarvis and features Nicole's songwriting on every track. She's one of six participants in the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Discovery Program. The mandate of the program is to create a national program to support country music artists to reach their potential by providing educational, mentorship, networking, and exposure opportunities.

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