Steve Rivers “Don’t Come Here Tonight” Official Music Video Out Now!

Steve Rivers Don't Come Here Tonight

Nashville based, Canadian indie country singer/songwriter Steve Rivers debut single, DON’T COME HERE TONIGHT (Cancon) from his sophomore studio album NO BOUNDARIES will resonate with anyone that’s encountered relationship challenges, breakups and a broken heart while enduring the process of moving on.

With radio tracking and promotions through Adrian Lock of Vancouver’s Pitbull Promotions and radio consulting and strategy management through Dale Peters of Toronto’s Dale Speaking, NO BOUNDARIES was supported through the FACTOR juried sound recording program, recorded and produced in Toronto and London (Ontario, Canada) by award winning producer Dan Brodeck.

 

Great track from his solid ‘No Boundaries’ album!”
Randy Owen, Country 107.3 Tillsonburg, ON

“Loving the new single from Steve Rivers!
Top notch production on a well written track…
This is a no doubt add for us!”
Cory Noel, 96.5 CKFM, Olds, AB

 Steve is an artist who keeps it real in all the songs he writes.
You can tell he has lived in every lyric and experienced every line.
What’s great about that is Steve puts the listener in the story right there with him.”
 John Roberts, Program Director Country 93 WMPA (Grand Haven MI) 

With firm roots planted in both Canada and the USA, Rivers has opened for The Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson, Greg Allman, and Michelle Wright, to name a few. 

For More Information: 

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll, Strategist
t] 416.366.5473
e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

 

 

Alex Runions Releases “If I Won The Lotto” to Country Radio Nationwide, January 25th

Alex Runions

[Toronto, Canada]  After spending the latter part of 2015 writing with some of North America’s most prolific writers and building a strong industry team, Regina based, Alex Runions is set to release his brand of heartland Country that will be embraced by his current fans and impossible to be ignored by new fans. Recorded at 2-time CCMA Award winning MCC Recording Studio (Calgary), his new single, “If I Won the Lotto” will release to radio on January 25th.

“If I Won the Lotto” (Alex Runions, Steve Mitchell, Nashville) is tracked at radio by Lauren Tutty of Lauren Tutty Promotions. It is a fun, loose and energetic song — something we need to help get us through the winter blues. “It’s nice to dream sometimes of what you would do if you won the lotto,” said Runions, “give some away, go on a trip, buy nice things or invest it. Whatever you think you would do, it’s still great to dream sometimes.” The lottery is something we can all relate to, especially on the heels of the record-setting Powerball draw in the United States earlier this month.

A constant in the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, and highly regarded by SaskMusic, Runions had a big 2015 and was a 3-time SCMA Nominee in the categories of Male Vocalist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer and Song of the Year – “Little Bit of Sunshine” (A. Runions/W. Mack).

In 2013, Runions won the Big Dog 92.7 FM/SaskMusic ‘Next Big Thing’ competition and received funding through the RAWLCO Radio 10K20 Grant. This opened the door for the creation and production of his current and sophomore CD, SOUTH OF THE CITY, recorded at two-time CCMA Studio of the Year, MCC Recording Studios. SOUTH OF THE CITY released Sept 25, 2015.

Performing across Saskatchewan and throughout Canada for several years, Runions has taken stages at Big Valley Jamboree, Craven Country Jamboree, Dauphin Countryfest and is a regular on the Canadian Country club circuit including Eldorado Country Rock Bar (Regina), Ralph’s (Medicine Hat) and Ranchman’s (Calgary). He’s opened for many prominent country artists including Gord Bamford, Aaron Pritchett and Rodney Atkins while also closing out performances from Dallas Smith, The Road Hammers and Neal McCoy.

His honest voice, tireless dedication and heartfelt approach have made Alex Runions a familiar voice in the Saskatchewan music scene with music industry experts betting the Queen City singer/songwriter will breakout nationally in 2016.

 “If I Won the Lotto” is available on iTunes.  Alex Runions acknowledges Gee Bee Construction (Kipling, SK) for their support and contributions.

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For More Information: 

http://www.alexrunions.com/

Proudly Sponsored By:

Gee Bee Construction

Radio Tracking:

Lauren Tutty

www.laurentutty.com
t. 902.354.2929 | f. 902.354-2929

Media Enquiries:

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
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Irene Carroll,
Strategist

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e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

Steve Rivers Debut Single “Don’t Come Here Tonight” at Radio Nationwide Now

Steve Rivers Debut SingleNashville based, Canadian country singer-songwriter Steve Rivers, is kicking off 2016 on a high note with the release of his debut single “Don’t Come Here Tonight” (CANCON) from his sophomore studio album, NO BOUNDARIES. Lyrically compelling, “Don’t Come Here Tonight” will resonate with anyone that’s encountered relationship challenges, breakups and a broken heart while enduring the process of moving on. “I’m very excited to finally release “Don’t Come Here Tonight” to radio,” says Rivers, “This is one of my favorite songs that I’ve co-written and it comes from a real honest place that I think many people will relate to.”

Listen NOW on Soundcloud

Early reviews are enthusiastic and supportive of Rivers’ long-awaited single.


“2016 will be starting off on the right track with the new single from Steve Rivers, ‘Don’t Come Here Tonight.’

We all need a little down time, some time to ourselves, and this song certainly captures that mood!

It builds nicely to the chorus and takes off from there.

Great track from his solid ‘No Boundaries’ album!”

Randy Owen, Country 107.3 Tillsonburg, ON

 

“Loving the new single from Steve Rivers!

Top notch production on a well written track….

This is a no doubt add for us!”

Cory Noel, 96.5 CKFM, Olds, AB

 

Steve is an artist who keeps it real in all the songs he writes.

You can tell he has lived in every lyric and experienced every line.

What’s great about that is Steve puts the listener in the story right there with him.”

 John Roberts, Program Director Country 93 WMPA (Grand Haven MI) 

With radio tracking and promotions through Adrian Lock of Vancouver’s Pitbull Promotions and radio consulting and strategy management through Dale Peters of Toronto’s Dale Speaking, NO BOUNDARIES was supported through the FACTOR juried sound recording program, recorded and produced in Toronto and London (Ontario, Canada) by award winning producer Dan Brodeck. With firm roots planted in both Canada and the USA, Rivers has opened for The Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson and Greg Allman to name a few. With new shows being added in the US for the 2016 Season, plans are currently underway for Rivers to return to Ontario in February for performances in Toronto, Guelph and London.

“Don’t Come Here Tonight” (single) will be available on iTunes and digital retailers on January 8th.

For More Information:

www.steverivers.com | facebook.com/steveriversofficial | @sriversmusic

Radio Tracking | Promotions:

Pitbull Radio Promotions

 

 

 

Adrian Lock
Pitbull Radio Promotions
Director of National Radio Promotions
o: 604.454.7893
adrian@pitbullpromotions.ca

Radio Consulting | Strategy Management:

Dale Speaking

 

 

 

 

Dale Peters
o: 416-861-8226 | c: 416-931-4666
e: dale@dalespeaking.com

Interviews:

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Irene Carroll, Strategist

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Canadian Country Singer-Songwriter Steve Rivers to Release New Single in January 2016

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Nashville based, Canadian country singer/songwriter Steve Rivers, is kicking off 2016 on a high note with the release of his debut single “Don’t Come Here Tonight” from his sophomore studio album, NO BOUNDARIES. Lyrically compelling, “Don’t’ Come Here Tonight” will resonate with anyone that’s encountered relationship challenges, breakups and a broken heart while enduring the process of moving on.

“Steve is an artist who keeps it real in all the songs he writes. You can tell he has lived in every lyric and experienced every line. What’s great about that is Steve puts the listener in the story right there with him.” – John Roberts, Program Director Country 93 WMPA (Grand Haven MI) 

With radio tracking and promotions through Adrian Lock of Vancouver’s Pitbull Promotions and radio consulting and strategy management through Dale Peters of Toronto’s Dale SpeakingNO BOUNDARIES was supported through the FACTOR-juried sound recording program, recorded and produced in Toronto and London (Ontario, Canada) by award winning producer Dan Brodeck. With firm roots planted in both Canada and the USA, Steve has opened for The Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson and Greg Allman to name a few. “Don’t Come Here Tonight” (single) will be available on iTunes and digital retailers on January 8.

For more information on Steve Rivers: steverivers.com

FOR ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Irene Carroll/ Media Relations Canada
irene@iseeassociates.ca 
Laura Demetrious / Media Relations US
laura@steverivers.com

RADIO INQUIRIES:

Adrian Lock:  Pitbull Promotions
adrian@pitbullpromotions.ca
Dale Peters:  Dale Speaking
dale@dalespeaking.com

Regina’s ALEX RUNIONS SET TO PERFORM RIDERVILLE At The 103rd Grey Cup Festival Week

Regina’s ALEX RUNIONS SET TO PERFORM RIDERVILLE 

At The 103rd Grey Cup Festival Week
Thursday, November 26th to Saturday, November 28th
RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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[Toronto, Canada.]  The Road To The Grey Cup is in high gear and for CFL fans, The 103rd Grey Cup Festival Week can be compared to Christmas. Before Winnipeg, Manitoba gets ready to experience snaps, touchdowns and field goals, it will also host live performances from some of Canada’s most illustrious artists including Regina based, multi-SCMA nominee, Alex Runions at RIDERVILLE.

Sponsored by Tourism Saskatchewan, RIDERVILLE features the province’s hospitality, entertainment, and bands while including guests from other CFL teams, contributing to the biggest and best place to be for a Grey Cup Party.

With the launch of Alex Runions’ sophomore CD, SOUTH OF THE CITY and the release of the title track receiving high rotation at country radio nationwide, Grey Cup Festival Week partygoers can expect high energy performances from Runions at RIDERVILLE, at the RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue in downtown Winnipeg as follows: 

Thursday, November 26th 5:30 pm to 6:40 pm and (Friday) at 12:10 am – 1:20 am

Friday, November 27th 2:10 pm to 3:20 pm and 8:50 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, November 28th 8:50 pm to 10:00 pm

Performing across Saskatchewan and throughout Canada for over a decade, Runions has taken stages at Big Valley Jamboree, Craven Country Jamboree, Dauphin Countryfest and is a regular on the Canadian Country club circuit including Eldorado Country Rock Bar (Regina), Ralph’s (Medicine Hat) and Ranchman’s (Calgary). He’s opened for many prominent country artists including Gord Bamford, Aaron Pritchett and Rodney Atkins while also closing out performances from Dallas Smith, The Road Hammers and Neal McCoy. Runions’ hometown of Kipling, accredited his successes with the placement of two large “Kipling’s Own Alex Runions, Country Recording Artist” signs.

“South of the City”– produced by 2x CCMA Award Winning Studio, MCC Recording Studio in Calgary – is available on iTunes.

 

For More Information:                                                                                               

http://www.alexrunions.com/
http://103greycupfestival.ca/events/saskatchewan-roughriders/
http://www.wcc.mb.ca/

 Radio Tracking:

Lauren Tutty

www.laurentutty.com
t. 902.354.2929 | f. 902.354-2929

Interviews:

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll,
Strategist
t] 416.366.5473
e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

 

Canadian Country-Pop Duo Northern Heights Release Debut Single, “Small Town Getaway”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 1, 2015

Northern Heights Small Town Getaway
[Airdrie, Alberta]  Canadian country/pop duo Northern Heights makes warm and lively tunes that tell tales of memory, hope, heartbreak, human connections and the joys of life’s twisting path. Steered by experienced, gifted artists and songwriters Chad McMonagle (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Eli Budwell (lead vocals), the group’s vivid lyrics, bright, lush instrumentation and vocal harmonies, infectious hooks and engaging live performances invite audiences to join them in celebrating each moment through well-crafted music.

Inspired by their love of contemporary country international superstars including Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban as well as favorite Canadian country acts like Dallas Smith and Brett Kissel, Northern Heights’ dynamic synergy and love for experimenting with fresh sounds shimmers in their premiere single, “Small Town Getaway.” Co-produced by Juno Award and Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) nominee musician Chris Byrne (The Road Hammers) and lauded touring musician and producer Johnny Gasparic (Charlie Major, Jake Matthews, Ray Griff), the catchy, summery song was recorded at MCC Recording Studio in Calgary, winner of multiple CCMAs. This stunning recorded debut also features backing band of all stars: one of Canada’s most sought after live and session drummers, CCMA Drummer of the year Chad Melchert (Gord Bamford, Deric Ruttan); multi-award winning guitarist Russell Broom (Alee, Lady Antebellum, Jann Arden); CCMA Keyboard Player of the Year Bart McKay and CCMA Bass Player of the Year nominee Chris Byne.

Long-time collaborators, McMonagle and Budwell first bonded through their passion for music and their ability to draw melodies, harmonies and poetry from their everyday lives. The two met as young teenagers and though living far apart, formed a pop punk band, writing songs together via live chats on the Internet. As part of the five-piece ensemble Run Romeo Run, they played shows throughout Canada, opened for rock groups such as Loverboy and showcased at Canadian Music Week. Though the project broke up, McMonagle and Budwell recorded an EP as a pop duo and continued to keep in touch as they explored the music industry and fine-tuned their respective musical talents. A string aficionado, McMonagle began a career booking cross-Canada tours for bands and promoting shows while learning the intricacies of acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, bass, plus drums. Budwell attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where he studied voice and musical theatre, traveling the U.S. as Conrad Birdie in a touring production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Bursting with song ideas from their many escapades, the two reunited to write together and came up with the concept for Northern Heights in January of 2015 after realizing the new tracks they were recording were tailor-made for the emotional and imaginative stories that can be expressed through country music. The pair decided to move into a house together and build a home studio in their basement, and the tunes have been flowing ever since.

McMonagle and Budwell have won multiple contests over the years for their work and have had their songs featured on the radio and played hundreds of shows together across Canada. Through Northern Heights, they are able to combine the rich sounds of the country and pop music genres with their background in punk, rock and musical theatre in order to create music that is both relatable to audiences and full of surprises.

“Small Town Getaway” is available NOW on iTunes. Northern Heights is currently on a Canadian radio tour that will end in Halifax at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards show in Halifax.

Radio Tour (More dates to be added)

Tues, Aug 11, 2pm: CJKC Country 103 – Kamloops, BC
Wed, Aug 12, 11am: CJCI/THE WOLF – Prince George, BC
Mon, Aug 17: 10am: CKGY/KG Country – Red Deer, AB
Tues, Aug 18: 8am: CFWE – Edmonton, AB
Tues, Aug 18 or Wed, Aug 19: CKWB/THE RANGE – Westlock, AB

Connect with Northern Heights

Website: www.northernheightsmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthernHeightsAB
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NorthernHTS
Instagram: https://instagram.com/northernheightsmusic

Dirt Road Angels Soon To Release Their Second Single to Canadian Country Radio

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Dirt Road Angels Soon To Release Their Second Single to Canadian Country Radio

From the dirt road to the main stage, the Dirt Road Angels have slowly but surely been paving their way towards success and have been performing up a storm!

The Dirt Road Angels, consisting of Shawna Lynne, Dahlia Wakefield, Shila Marie, Karen Claypool and Danita Lynn are five creative, seasoned and talented singer songwriters.  They are excited to announce the release of their second single “Paint The Town Red” to country radio across Canada off their brand new album of the same title on Monday, July 20th.

Produced by Rob Hewes and performed by CCMA award winning instrumentalists Chad Melchert, Ryan Davidson, Tyler Vollrath, Bart MacKay and Derek Stremel, their high-energy country rock song “Paint The Town Red” is sure to get your toes tapping and you dancing in your seat! “We are thrilled with the single and can’t wait to hear it on the airwaves!”

Since their “Paint The Town Red” CD release concert at Festival Place in September 2014, they have continued to take the main stage at many events and have a full 2015 year booked. Look for these Angels at many of this year’s summer music festivals, rodeos, galas and local venues where they will be sharing the stage with Kira Isabella, High Valley, Aaron Pritchett, Doc Walker, The Road Hammers, Gil Grand, Jack Semple, Tim Hicks and more!

With their brand new single off their brand new album, these Angels are sure to fly!

Shawna says, “Thank you to team DRA for all your continued support and guidance – we cannot thank you all enough!”

Contact Shawna Lynne for more information
(780) 292-4154 / shawndal@telus.net
www.dirtroadangels.ca

You Can Help Country Music Recording Artist Adam Gregory Make His 6th Studio Album!

Adam Gregory receiving Slaight Humanitarian Award at 2013 CCMA AwardsI have worked with Country music recording artist Adam Gregory for about a year and a half and not only is he one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to get to know, but he has the most devoted, loyal fans of all of the musicians I’ve ever worked with as a social media manager!

I’m not by nature, a country music fan, I’m a rock/alternative rock girl, but I decided that I had to give Adam’s music a good listen because I wanted to know why his fans are so supportive of him. Well, I can tell you this, it’s because he has a fantastic voice, is born to sing, and he writes some excellent songs! Plus, there’s that super nice guy factor too! In fact, he won the prestigious Slaight Humanitarian Award at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAS) for his tireless work with Adam Helps The House for Ronald McDonald House.


When Adam told me that he was going to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his 6th studio album, I couldn’t wait to help him promote it because I believe in this young man’s talent and vision, 100%! I want him to succeed in this endeavor with every fiber of my being because this is the type of person who deserves to be supported, so I was the first person to back him when he pressed that green LAUNCH button!

Adam’s Kickstarter campaign is now live and you can check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1113525430/adam-gregorys-6th-studio-album to find out what kinds of very cool incentives he has to offer you in thanks for your pledges. If there was ever a musician to be proud to support in a crowdfunding campaign, Adam Gregory is it!

Here, I’ll let him speak for himself. Watch this:

 

If you can’t make a pledge to Adam’s campaign, please consider helping him spread the word about his Kickstarter campaign by posting about it on your Facebook page or personal profile, Twitter, Google +, or even your own blog. Pay it Forward and be proud you did!

You can find Adam Gregory online at:

www.adamgregory.com
www.facebook.com/adamgregoryofficial
twitter.com/AdamGregorySong

Joshua Cockerill & Animal Parts in Kingston at Tir Nan Og, Fri. Sept. 28th

Joshua Cockerill & Animal Parts are coming to Kingston on Friday, September 28th at 9:00 pm for a show at Tir Nan Og where the Irish pub will be celebrating Two Fisted Fridays by doubling your Friday fun with awesome deals on beer, liquor and wine!

You may be wondering who Joshua Cockerill is, so I’m going to tell you.

“Toronto songwriter Joshua Cockerill found his country roots growing up in Alberta. After moving to Toronto, he took to writing and performing alternative country music, reflecting his western pride with an eastern big-city sensibility. After kicking around the local music scene for a few years, Joshua decided to break his piggy bank and independently finance his first recordings. “I’ve known I wanted to be a musician since I was ten years old,” says Cockerill, “You could say that everything I saved up over the years was preparing for the making of this album.”

Josh is getting great CBC exposure, along with many other radio stations getting onboard, and this new record (his second) is getting rave reviews everywhere.

“24-year old Joshua Cockerill moved to Toronto at the age of 18 to be closer to his country’s musical pulse. In what he considers his greatest coup, he convinced his favorite local musicians to join his band. In a few short years, they had become staples of the Toronto scene. In 2009, Cockerill moved into the basement of the home of one his most beloved Canadian songwriters, Justin Rutledge. He no longer had to stray far for guidance.

The band’s debut album was released in 2009 under the banner Joshua Cockerill. This kicked off years of touring across Canada, a rigorous endeavor that changed their sound and dynamic. In 2010, Cockerill, by then known for his (proportionally) gigantic green Gretsch guitar, was invited to play alongside musical heroes Ian Tyson and Serena Ryder at the 50th anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada. They also took up residency at downtown Toronto’s historic Cameron House, where Cockerill wrote and performed a new song every week during the band’s weekly shows. At the Cameron House, Cockerill put on shows with renowned Canadian artists Bahamas, Doug Paisley, and Bazil Donovan of Blue Rodeo.

In December 2011, Cockerill returned to the studio to record the band that has since come to be known as Animal Parts. The eponymous album, co-produced with Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, Snowblink), marks a shift in musical and aesthetic direction. “We boiled the songs until everything but the essence had evaporated.”, explains Cockerill, “The solos evaporated. Tradition evaporated. All egos evaporated. Joshua Cockerill evaporated. It opens up room for possibilities.”

View Animal Part’s latest video, for “King of Kings” here: http://vimeo.com/47547977

Press Quotes:

“Animal Parts remind us of big-time acts that skillfully served to the bookish indie-rock crowd in the nineties and the zeros, […] for which they deserve a piece of the alt-country cake.” – The Owl Mag

“The album [Animal Parts] is a must buy that delivers a majestic and emotive sound that highlights Josh Cockerill’s irresistable voice and heartfelt songwriting.” -The Gigity

“Joshua Cockerill [of Animal Parts] is f***ing amazing. Buy his record. Now.” – Serena Ryder 

“As a songwriter, Joshua is one of the bright lights on the Canadian scene, and has one of the best new voices I’ve heard. Both sonically and lyrically, his album towers above any first attempt I’ve heard recently. I’m going to wager that Joshua will be around for quite some time.” – Justin Rutledge 

“Influenced and inspired by legends Neil Young and Leonard Cohen and contemporaries Blue Rodeo and Rutledge, Joshua Cockerill is an alt-country rocker with a poet’s soul.” – Winnipeg Free Press 

“[The Trick With Your Heart I’m Learning To Do] is the 21-year old’s debut disc and it reveals an artist of strong potential. He has a relaxed, melodic vocal style and a deft touch as a lyricist. Boosted by Ryder’s harmony vocals, jaunty opening cut “Dance With You” is tailor-made for radio play. This is a highly promising beginning.” – Exclaim! Magazine

“The future looks bright for Joshua Cockerill” – Rich Terfry, CBC Radio 2 Drive

“With a sound that’s being made popular by artists like Feist, Bahamas and Doug Paisley, there is an ambient folk vibe to this record that will resonate with any fan of a good songwriter. Certainly a step in the right direction” – Paradise Blog, Cameron House Records

Introducing Alt-Country Angel Kirsten Jones!

Scully Love Promo is proud to welcome Alt-country, Juno nominee Kirsten Jones to our client roster!

It’s so easy to work as a social media manager and internet promoter for someone who has a voice like Kirsten’s.  Her latest album, The Mad Mile, has earned her 1 of Billboard’s Top 5 artists to watch in 2010, a Juno nomination and four international award winning songs.  It features superstar guests like The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, Blue Rodeos’s Jim Cuddy and Americana artist of the year Greg Leisz.

These are just some of the kudos that Kirsten has accumulated:

“Kirsten’s Juno-nominated recent release, The Mad Mile, should be nestled comfortably in your CD-changer beside your copy of Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball, since the transition between the two discs will sound seamless.”
– Roots Music Canada, rootsmusic.ca

“Smooth-as-buckwheat-honey vocals…a bona fide comparison to Emmylou Harris is not out of order…”

– Eric Thom, Exclaim Magazine

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Kirsten Jones had only one producer in mind for her sophomore album, The Mad Mile: former Jayhawks front man Gary Louris.”  I knew I wanted to try getting in touch with Gary before even trying to think of anyone else, so I looked up his management online and just sent them a package.”  A few months later, Louris’ management e-mailed Jones, saying Gary was interested in the project.  By summer, Jones and Louris were writing in her Toronto living room, where they also finished all the preproduction for the recording in three days.  They hit the studio later that fall.  Creating a sound that combined her alt country and folk influences with her own unique writing style came naturally, thanks to Louris’ firsthand experience with some of Jones’ favourite artists (The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks).

“She has interesting lyrics, pretty heavy duty lyrics and a hook sensibility.  She has it, you know?  I’m jealous – I wish I had written these songs…”

– Gary Louris

In what proved to be a banner year, Kirsten also received a coveted FACTOR award for over $20,000 toward the making of the new CD.  The Mad Mile was released on May 11, 2010, and is distributed through Fontana North/Universal. Guests include pedal steel player Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss), Oh Susanna, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Bob Egan.

“The end result of their fruitful partnership (Louris/Jones) is ‘The Mad Mile,’ an alt country/roots record which could very well do for Jones what ‘Failer‘ did for Kathleen Edwards.”

– Jason MacNeil, spinner.com

Throughout the last two years, several aspects of Jones’ career have fallen into place.  She was chosen by Billboard Canada as one of five artists to watch in 2010, and The Mad Mile has already been nominated for a 2010 Juno Award, thanks to an early iTunes release.  Jones has been a finalist two years in a row in the International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category (out of over 15,000 entries), a Top 3 finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the country category (alongside Canadian success story Gordie Sampson), was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Contest, and has received honourable mention in both the Billboard and Nashville Songwriter’s Association songwriting competitions. The Canadian Country Music Awards invited Kirsten to perform two years in a row at the prestigious Songwriter’s Cafe, alongside such celebrated songwriters as Victoria Banks, Lisa Brokop, Jamie Warren, and Jessie Farrell.  Kirsten wrote or co-wrote every song on The Mad Mile, and two songs were co-written with producer Gary Louris.

Most recently, Kirsten was invited down to Nashville to sing on WSM, the official radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, at the Country Music Awards’ Music Fest Celebration. Still eligible for the Junos next year, 2011 is shaping up to be a big year.

PREVIOUSLY…

Kirsten Jones released her debut album Drive-In Movie in 2005. It received airplay in all Canadian provinces, peaking at 3 on CBC’s Galaxie Folk/Roots chart.  She has toured in the US and Canada, including dates with Jim Cuddy, Lynn Miles, Oh Susanna, Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, Minnie Driver, Rose Cousins and numerous others.

“The music of Kirsten Jones combines the best elements of alt-country and contemporary folk.  She’s also an engaging live performer, bringing both introspection and high humour to her shows.”

– Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

“The talented singer-songwriter is now busy winning the hearts of fans and breaking genres with her unique style of alt-country that she sings with heartfelt sincerity and catchy hooks.”

– Blue Rodeo website, “One Degree” section

Kirsten is extremely happy to report that she is one of 10 artists in the running for Roots Artist of the Year at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards.  She has to make it one more round to get the actual CCMA nomination.  She’s in some pretty heady company, including past favourites like Corb Lund and Jimmy Rankin.  But she is unique in that she is the only female solo artist on the list, and one of the (very) few truly independent artists as well.  Only CCMA members can vote, so if you know any, please let them know about Kirsten’s spot in the Roots category.

Kirsten is currently on tour in Eastern Canada for the month of July and will be playing at Country Music Week in Hamilton, ON in September as well as at the American Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, TN in October.

Find Kirsten Jones online at:

Official website

Facebook

YouTube

Twitter

MySpace

CBC Radio 3