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Chances are when you think of country music, you think of Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tootsies, Broadway, and other famous country music landmarks. They are referenced in county songs, music videos, and photos. However the borders of country music expand beyond the city limits of Nashville, the United States, and into the entire world.
For years Canada has been home to, and exported some great country talent known beyond their homeland borders. Michelle Wright, Terri Clark, Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Charlie Major, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Emerson Drive, and The Wilkinson’s charted some big hits both in Canada and the US in the 90’s and are among those included on the huge roster of Canadian country artists.
As time moved forward, country music expanded. These days radio waves are clogged with an abundance of country talent. From Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, to Sugarland your favorite country tunes are many and never far away. Sometimes amongst the muddle of everyday radio, you miss out on some great songs and talent that don’t make their musical waves across the borders as some of the bigger names in country music do. Allow me to introduce you to some of them:
Brett Kissel has had a huge year in Canadian country music. Kissel is about to hop on tour with Brad Paisley during the Canadian leg of Paisley`s Country Nation Tour, his debut single “Started With A Song” became the most added song in Canadian country radio in its first week, surpassing a record set by Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, and he has added one Juno and two Canadian Country Music Association awards to his mantle this year. Check out Kissel’s website for music, videos, and more information.
Gord Bamford has easily become a Canadian country favorite. Bamford yields a traditional sound that can rival any Nashville artist. Bamford has some great songs such as Leanin’ on a Lonesome Song, Drinkin’ Buddy, Blame it on That Red Dress, and Postcard from Pasadena, are just a few out of his musical library. With a recent number one hit, and two Canadian Country Music Association awards under his belt this past year including Male Artist of the Year, Bamford is worth a listen.
Jessie Farrell is one of Canadian country’s most beautiful women, inside and out. With a glowing smile, personality, and pure raw talent Farrell is a fan favorite amongst Canadian country music fans. With four studio albums, Farrell has had some hit singles, picked up three Canadian Country Music Association awards, and lent her voice to many collaborations and projects with fellow Canadian artists. The leading single Carry On, from her fifth album (TBD) has been making rounds on radio, YouTube, and social media. Connect with Farrell on her website.
Crystal Shawanda would have to be one of the most distinctive voices in Canadian country music. Shawanda is a powerhouse of talent. She writes, produces, sings, and plays the heck out of every tune that passes through her fingers. With a Juno, Canadian Country Music Association Award, and a handful of Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards lining her shelves, Shawanda is not slowing down. Shawanda’s fourth studio album The Whole World’s Got The Blues is slated for release September 30th 2014. Visit Shawanda’s website to have a look at videos, info, and connect with her.
Canada is full of amazing musical talent spanning from Nashville to Toronto. Canadian singers, songwriters, producers, musicians are littered throughout country music. I could spend hours going on about some of the great musical finds of the North. Next time you read the liner notes of your favorite country album chances are you might find a song written by Deric Ruttan, Victoria Banks, Lisa Brokop, or Carolyn Dawn Johnson. You never know what or who you may find in country music. Canada has very deep roots that run through country music.