Multiple award-winning country artist Tyler Joe Miller shares his latest single, “Back To Drinkin’ Whiskey,” via MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada. Produced by Danick Dupelle and co-penned by Tyler Joe Miller, Kelly Archer, and Danick Dupelle, this will soon be another hit, with Miller highlighting the return to old vices after a heartbreak, ultimately trading love for the bottle and a pounding heart for a pounding head.
Miller continues to share new music with growing fans across prominent stages, and on the heels of the release of “Back To Drinkin’ Whiskey,” was the announcement that Miller will join the star-studded 2023 Boots and Hearts lineup, headlining the Front Porch Stage on Sunday, August 13.
Last year, Miller joined JUNO Award-winning country music songstress Jess Moskaluke as direct support on the cross-country 2022 Mapdot Tour and will head out on the road once again this spring, taking the stage with more dates to be announced later this year.
Tyler Joe Miller - Back To Drinkin' Whiskey Official Music Video
Here are those Tyler Joe Miller tour dates for 2023.
March 24: Winsport Centre – Calgary, AB *Support for Dean Brody March 25: Spring Breakup Festival – Abbotsford, BC May 5: Country Storm Saint – Étienne – Lévis, QC June 10: New Country Music Fest – Saint-Séraphine, QC July 22: Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre – Surrey, BC
Brian John Harwood is no stranger to the world of Canadian country music. He has made a name for himself as both a solo artist and as one half of the duo Kansas Stone.
BJH has released his latest single “Nothing More Country Than That” featuringJason Blaine. This song takes a refreshing look at what it means to be “country” and the importance of staying true to those roots of real family values and real friendships along the way.
‘’'Nothing More Country Than That' is sure to be the next hit for one of my favorite artists, Brian John Harwood,'' says Kim Cyr, Editor in Chief for NOW and THEN Magazine, radio host, and host of the International Music's Journey Show. ‘’I love the message in this catchy, toe-tapping song that is going to rent some space in your mind. Instilling values into our lives, the kind of values that run deep for Harwood that you can hear in the lyrics of this song. This one is something special.''
BJH and Jason Blaine remind listeners that being “country” is not just about owning a pickup truck or wearing cowboy boots and a cowboy hat …
It’s about the values and traditions that we stand for that define who we are as individuals and who we choose to be as a society. A society that cares about one another.
The song celebrates the importance of staying connected to our roots, whether we grew up on a farm, in a small town, or in the city. It’s about having pride in our last names, being respectful to others, and keeping our word.
‘’It's in a handshake and it's in your last name, it's in the way that you were raised going as deep as your roots, from the blue on your collar, down to the dirt on your boots, it's how you treat that girl when she is holding your hand, you meet her kin, it's all yes, sir and thank you, mam, nothing more country than that.''
It’s about embracing kindness, giving back, polite gestures just because, lending a neighbor a hand, instilling morals that were taught to us since childhood, such as saying “please” and “thank you” caring about the consequences of our actions, and choosing to do the right thing instead even when no one is watching.
Harwood and Blaine’s collaboration is perfect in its timing. Harwood had the idea of this song but it just didn't seem like the right time or project to release it. Well, it doesn't get any more perfect than right now. Delivering a timely message and reminder that in today’s fast-paced world, it's easy to forget where we come from and the values that make us who we are today. “Nothing More Country Than That” urges us to strive to stand for these qualities every day of the year.
BJH believes the path to success in the music business is paved with hard work and songs that come from an honest place. You can get to know Brian by listening to his songs and watching his music videos "All That I Was Missing", "Dad", "Good Boy", and “First” to name a few. He believes in sharing who he is and what he values through his writing.
Along with his successful singles as a solo artist, BJH is known for being 1/2 of the country duo Kansas Stone along with Matt Davey.
There were lots to talk about with Brian including the latest update on his adorable 17-month-old twin girls, the ceremony celebration for their wedding in Costa Rica, the never-ending changes in the music industry, this amazing new chapter in his life, and his new music.
There are some cool fun facts that you might not know that you don't want to miss in my interview with BJH.
There's no slowing Harwood down from living a life full of family & constant new music set to release that keeps taking his career to a new level.
‘’Jamie Warren is one of the most talented singer-songwriters and storytellers here in Canada,'' says Kim Cyr, Editor in Chief for NOW and THEN Magazine, radio host, and host for the International Music's Journey Podcast. ‘’It is always so much fun to chat with Jamie Warren and hear all the great stories and new music that he has been working on. Warren has been really busy writing and recording new music for his 10th studio album that he is hoping to release later this year. We talked about his new single ‘’He Should Be Cryin'' which is one of the songs that will be on his upcoming 10th studio album and more new music that is set to release in early summer. Warren also shares the exciting news about a new tour this fall with some pretty special artists so you are going to want to hear all about it. To hear my interview with Warren, go to www.musicsjourney.com or click on the link below.
Jamie Warren - Official Video ‘Gonna Make Ya’ Wanna
Gonna Make Ya' Wanna - Jamie Warren (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
About Jamie Warren
Jamie Warren is generally regarded as the most awarded independent country vocalist in Canada (Junos, CCMAs, OCMAs). Over his 40-year career he has released 63 singles, many of them hits. He’s also known as a great songwriter and if you’ve ever seen him perform live, maybe a comedian!?
Jamie lives in Dutton Ontario, Canada, but was raised in Hanover Ontario where he pursued an adolescent dream of playing professional hockey in the NHL…with music as a background distraction. When he realized that his natural abilities for singing and playing guitar might make it easier to attract the attention of girls, he hung up his skates. Songwriting was a logical progression for a sensitive guy who wrote poetry and short stories throughout his high school years.
His interest in music was likely genetic since his mother sang and played piano and his father played guitar and mandolin. Jamie had piano lessons at age 5 and guitar lessons at age 8. By the time he was 10 years old, it was tradition for the Warrens to entertain after Saturday night euchre games (a Canadian card-game institution) in their smoke-filled basement. His earliest musical influences were whatever his parents listened to on the radio and the only thing his parent’s radio seemed to play, was country music. To this day he’s still a huge fan of Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, and Patsy Cline. Later in high school, his best friend’s older brother exposed him to celebrated vocal groups like The Eagles, America, Poco, and CSNY. Jamie has always had an appreciation for Texas singer-songwriters like Radney Foster, Lyle Lovett, and Rodney Crowell.
Jamie attended Conestoga College to study Broadcasting. His goal was to become the youngest general manager of a mid-market radio station, but he emerged instead with a desire to sing for a living. What changed his mind? Jamie won a regional talent show at London Ontario’s Western Fair which sent him to Memphis Tennessee for an international competition where he placed second. Jamie then stayed in Memphis, while he worked a one-year gig at Libertyland Theme Park as an entertainer. He still feels a connection to Memphis, the city that kicked off his career.
Returning to Canada he began a great friendship with producer J. Richard Hutt who produced “All Of The Above” and all of Jamie’s previous recordings. Rick initially engaged Jamie as a singer for jingles he produced out of his Kitchener-based CedarTree Studios. “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing,” says Jamie, “thank goodness he had a lot of patience”. He must have learned something from the experience because his first Top Ten hit came shortly thereafter with “Take Me Home Mississippi” and subsequently a win as New Artist of The Year at the 1985 RPM Big Country Awards.
Around this time Jamie was being courted by Warner Bros in Nashville. To get a record deal at 25 would have been a great opportunity, but they passed on him in favour of a fellow named, Randy Travis. To this day Jamie remains a big fan of Randy and was honoured to be in the running with him. In the late 80s, country music became more traditional in flavour so he took some time off from recording. He got married and had two kids and played locally in small clubs to pay the bills.
In 1993 Jamie was convinced that both country radio and Nashville were interested in a more contemporary style of music and might make room for him again. He released “Fallen Angel” on River North/Mercury Records, which yielded an enduring fan favourite and radio hit “One Step Back”. The success of this record was followed closely and even more impressively by the album “Just Not the Same” which surrendered several Top Ten singles and led to a handful of JUNO and CCMA nominations in multiple categories including wins for Independent Song of the Year and Independent Male Artist of the Year. Since then Jamie has released the critically acclaimed “Really” in 2003 and a career retrospective collection of greatest hits in 2005 under the title “Make Me Believe”. In 2008, Jamie released the very personal “Right Here Right Now” followed by “Howl at The Moon” (2010) and “I’ve Got A Feeling” (2013)
For the last five years, Jamie has been consistently writing with other artists for their projects as well as his own; releasing “All Of The Above” (2018), “The Secret to Life” (2020) and a new CD to be released Fall 2023. He felt it was time to say something with his own voice and his own words at a time when country music was contemporary yet again.
Music's Journey Podcast INTERVIEW #202 w/ Breakout Canadian Country Artist Alli Walker Just Released Her New Single and Sophomore Album ‘’Growing Up''
March 10, 2023 (Toronto, ON) - Breakout Canadian country artist and 2022 CMAOntario Rising Star nomineeAlli Walker has released her sophomore album Growing Up and a new single by the same name. A deeply personal album, Growing Up showcases Walker's growth and evolution as both a songwriter and musician since the release of her debut album in 2019.
‘’I always want to make music based on where I am in life and that hasn't changed with this album,'' says Walker. ‘’Growing Up is a continuation of my mindful approach to making music because it tells the story of what I've been going through since the release of The Basement Sessions. Since then I've been lucky enough to see some of my goals come to fruition and because of that I've found myself in a better space - a bit more lighthearted - and that's definitely reflected in this music.''
In addition to more playful tracks like previously released ‘’Red Wine or Whiskey,'' ‘’Country Music'' and ‘’Maybe I'm Still Drunk,'' the album also dives deep into Walker's more personal side and the struggle of living so far away from family and friends for over half her life. The new single and album title track ‘’Growing Up'' tells Walker's story of leaving home when she was a teenager to follow her dreams. Following her through the ups and downs of partying, financial struggles, and homesickness that comes while trying to find yourself in a new unfamiliar place, ‘’Growing Up'' presents a theme song for those currently chasing their dreams, no matter the cost.
‘’It is truly my autobiography,'' said Walker of the new single. "I know parts of my journey will feel so familiar to others and that's what makes this track so important to me. As soon as I wrote it I knew I wanted the album to be called the same thing. Both tell the truth behind the last four years of my growing up in ways I didn't anticipate having to, and I hope that people will be able to relate to that.''
‘’Alli Walker is the real deal, a storyteller that delivers with her new sophomore album ‘’Growing Up'' that is a must listen to,'' says Kim Cyr, Editor in Chief for NOW and THEN Magazine, radio host, and host of the International Music's Journey Podcast. ‘’It is refreshing to hear the kind of songs that we can all relate to and see ourselves in each story. I hope you enjoy my interview with Alli Walker as I dive deep into the life of this artist, the lyrics of each song, and play the new sophomore album in its entirety. Go to www.musicsjourney.com or click on the link below.
Fans can catch Walker play many of these new tracks for the first time this summer in her home province of PEI at Cavendish Beach Music Festival and then at Boots and Hearts, taking the stage at Ontario's iconic country festival for the first time this year.
Since dropping her debut in 2019, Walker has made quite the mark on the Canadian Country music scene, finding her sound and carving her own path in the industry. Boasting over 4.5M+ streams, Walker has landed spots on some of Canada's top playlists including covers on both Apple Music's ‘Canada’s Country' and Amazon Music's ‘Breakthrough Country.’ Last year Walker garnered her second nomination at the CMAOntario Awards in the Rising Star category and was named Spotify's Radar Artist on the Horizon.
Sean Hogan's debut album released in 1996 brought us his unique authentic blend of alt-country and modern rustic pop that immediately caught the attention of Country radio and music fans across Canada, leading to his first Canadian Country Music Association Award for Independent Male Artist of the Year in 1997.
In the following years, Sean Hoganreleased hit single after hit single (Slow Turning, Sure Fire Love, Dream Vacation, Angeline, I'd Rather Have You, Centred, Catalina Sunrise, A Cowboy's Heart, and Suck It Up to name a few) that became staples of Country music radio.
Eighteen Sean Hogan music videos aired on Country Music Television. His first two U.S. album releases, 2003’s Ruled By Mercury and 2008’s Conspiracy Radio, climbed the Americana music charts and were well-received by radio south of the border. In between those releases, he recorded his fifth Canadian album, The Southern Sessions, putting him back on Canadian country radio with the hit singles What Would You Have Me Believe and Suck It Up.
'‘’ Hogan has been writing and releasing great music for over 27 yrs now and he isn't slowing down any time soon. Hogan has had great success on both sides of the border as a songwriter and singer. I had the chance to talk with Hogan about what success looked like to a young drummer starting out who had an amazing voice and dream in this music business and what success meant to him now. Hogan has faced life's challenges with heart and inspiration. We talk about his journey with cancer and facing that time in his life when the fear of never singing and performing again was a real possibility. Hogan shares his story and his determination to fight to keep his dreams as a husband, father, brother, and singer alive. The meaning in life shifts and the music along with it.''
KC: When did know that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
Sean: ‘’Likely from about the age of 15, I felt like I only wanted to do music with my life.''
KC: Do you remember the first concert you ever went to and the first record you ever bought and listened to from front to back?
Sean: ‘’The first concert that wasn't orchestral that I went to, I believe was KISS at the Maple Leaf Gardens, in 1979. It was summer and we dressed up as Peter Criss. The first record that I bought and listened to from top to bottom was Billy Joel's 52nd Street.''
KC: You were a very serious drummer as a kid and went to Fanshawe College to study music engineering, after that, you studied music theory and jazz, with vocals as a minor. Who is your favourite drummer of all time?
Sean: ‘’My favourite drummer of all time is probably Stewart Copeland of the Police followed by Neil Pean, of Rush, and Alex Van Halen of Van Halen.''
KC: Songwriting is such a big part of your life. What is your writing process and where do you get your inspiration from as a songwriter?
Sean: ‘’Songwriting is an applied effort, but it helps when your train your mind to be aware of patch phrases and feelings that stir up descriptive words to how you feel about something and can put that feeling in context with some concrete imagery. Often just writing thoughts and feelings can be scratching at the grey matter but then when you least expect it, something else comes up and you write about that instead but because you were staying active with energy in the motion of songwriting and reflecting on ideas, when the moment comes up that finds you captivated you're compelled to write, and because you've been writing in general even about something completely unrelated you end up writing something pretty cool out of the blue, or it feels like it comes from somewhere else. Then at other times, you're crafting an idea over time but it gets better with each new session honing in on the key message and form for that song idea.''
KC: Do you have a favourite songwriter and a song that really meant something to you that moved you to want to become a songwriter?
Sean: ‘’I can't pick a favourite songwriter. I mean I might once have said Sting or John Hiatt, or Van Morrison, Steve Earle, or Billy Joel, or Lyle Lovett but there are just too many great writers and it doesn't seem fair to choose just one, let alone easy to do.''
KC: When you look at what you thought success meant to you when you first started this journey in music and with all your life experience with years in the music industry, has your view of what success looks like today changed?
Sean: ‘’Some of it has. I never had a goal to win a Juno or Grammy ever really just enjoy doing what I do and paying the bills by doing it. It seemed like the best way but along the way, I have had some great award opportunities come my way that I have invariably garnered though you can't plan that stuff. It's hard enough to try and plan a career. It kind of takes a life of its own and you do different things with your talent depending on what's determined at that moment to be most useful. I like that though. Variety is not boring and it's not routinely done because that's what the boss wants you to do. There is authority and I value that a great deal. There is never a shortage of work though as your own boss, you can be harder and expect more of yourself I think and engage in less conventional ways to achieve high results when opportunity allows for a bit of lucrative fortuitousness that can arise in the music industry if you are working at career objectives with some skill talent and I think a large amount of optimism.''
KC: When we are dealing with events in our lives, listening to a song can change the meaning and tone of what we are experiencing and change our life. Has there been a song that has impacted you like that?
Sean: ‘’I'm not sure any songs that I have written changed my meaning of tone in my life, no. I think songs sometimes in my career, the song has come to me as a forbearance almost or harbinger of events to come, as if my subconscious was writing about something to come around to occur later in my life, a way before my conscious mind knew it was happening or going to happen, and hence I wrote about it, kinda like portending what was around the corner for me.''
KC: What was the time like for going to the states and the success you had there as a Canadian country artist?
Sean: ‘’I went to states a lot between 1998 and 2008, it was educational and I enjoyed most of the trips but it most often felt pretty insular there like you could visit your life but you’re not from here so if you don’t mind feeling like we already have enough of the people we need here then come on in, I never felt like it was home but it almost did at one point in about 2007 but by 2009 it didn’t seem to make sense to move there. I attended many industry functions and made friends in the business and wrote with some great writers but as someone who has had a lot of success with my own self-written, I didn’t feel that co-writing to me was more important or even as important as writing my own ideas on my won. Again though I did write some great co-written songs there. If you look at the writers I like most they are singular singer/songwriters they don’t co-write so much at all.''
KC:What can fans expect to see for 2023?
Sean: ‘’New music and more online presence. I'd tell ya more but then where is the surprise in that! Good things and more good things.''
Nathan Cunningham will be releasing ‘’Tired of Leavin'' as his next single in March which was a song Sean Hogan had released and was a top 20 hit for him in 1999.
Check out my interview with Sean which is full of stories and music that you are going to love. To hear my interview with Sean Hogan, go to www.musicsjourney.com or click on the link below.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Born from a chance encounter in a stairwell, “The Thing That Wrecks You,” available everywhere now, brings reigning CCMA Entertainer of the Year Tenille Townes and GRAMMY Award winner Bryan Adams together on a vocal performance that matches the energy of the song’s lyrics, describing the moment love careens headfirst towards heartbreak.
“I was recording a song for a Hallmark Movie in Vancouver last summer and found myself completely enamored by the recording space we were in,” remembers Townes. “Later in the day, I found out that it was Bryan Adams’ Warehouse.
Studio, and I actually ran into Bryan himself on the staircase on my way out. We talked for just a few minutes, and I was so happy to meet him because his path as a fellow Canadian has been incredibly inspiring to me, with a collection of songs that have impacted the world in such a huge way.
“Later that night, I thought about ‘The Thing That Wrecks You,’ a song I’d written a while before with Kate York and Daniel Tashian, and how the spirit of that song made me think about his voice,” she continues. “I decided to go out on a limb and sent him the song along with a letter asking if he might be up for singing on it with me. Fast forward to now, where not only have I gotten to sing with a hero of mine, but I have also found a mentor and friend through this whole adventure. This song is evidence to me that putting a wild thought out in the atmosphere and believing in it is a powerful thing.”
Just shy of four minutes, the driving track produced by Townes and her band’s guitarist, Jaxon Hargrove, was recorded with her touring band joining her in-studio as well as with Adams adding his own guitar prowess to the song alongside his vocals. Trading opening lines, the pair come together for a stirring duet on the chorus:
‘’We're running down a darker road Where even angels fear to go And stars fall like a lonely tear When they’re crashing through the atmosphere It looked just like a dream come true But love can lead you straight into The thing that wrecks you''
“I wrote this song in a state of worry about a friend of mine who was in a toxic relationship. I couldn't understand why she kept running back to him. We would have conversations about how she knew it wasn't good for her, and how much emotional turmoil it was causing her, but still she'd choose to keep putting herself through it. It's so hard to watch someone you care about, feel that kind of pain. I think I wrote this song trying to imagine and understand that feeling, where the emotional pull is so much greater than any kind of logic. I hadn't experienced that before in a relationship in my life at the time, but I often write from the perspective of putting myself in someone else's experience, to find understanding. I imagined how it's the same pull we feel as humans towards things we know aren't good for us, whether it's a relationship, an addiction of any kind, or something that we know will end in wreckage, but we still go through it anyway. I think that's a fundamental part of the human condition. If we didn't follow those pulls, maybe we wouldn't find out the core of who we are after the crash. I think what's under the pieces that shatter and fall around us, is a lot of truth. Maybe the thing that wrecks us becomes a part of the best thing that could have happened to us. But the pain of it before that growth or any kind of revelation happens, that's the place I wanted to write this song from. From the middle of the hurt, the cycle, and the madness.” - Tenille Townes
The song offers a preview of new music from Townes, whose most recent project, Masquerades, was released in April 2022 via Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville in partnership with RCA Records. Fans can also catch her on the road this summer, including at major festivals such as Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Faster Horses Festival, Watershed Festival, and more.
‘’I had the chance to talk with Townes about her incredible journey in music and what success meant at the beginning of this dream to be in the music industry and what success means to her now. We talk about her new EP ‘’Masquerades'' and the meaning behind the lyrics of those songs. There is a lot we cover including her feature role in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas (starring Tyler Hynes and Holland Roden), as an actor, and performer, and her song "One In A Million" that was featured in the opening scene.''
‘’I dig a lot deeper into her journey in her ability to write songs and how she can engulf herself completely in the stories she writes about and how these songs will stand the test of time. We chat about her recent chance meeting withBryan Adams that has set the singer on a course of further incredible surprises.''
For more information, visit TenilleTownes.com and follow her on all her social media @TenilleTownes.
Tenille Townes and Bryan Adams - The Thing That Wrecks You (Official Audio)
About Tenille Townes
Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician Tenille Townes released her latest project Masquerades April 22 via Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville in partnership with RCA Records. A meditation on duality, self-reflection, and embracing flaws, Masquerades follows her acclaimed debut album The Lemonade Stand, which was named Country Album of the Year at the 50th JUNO Awards. Townes is a 15-time Canadian Country Music Award Winner (CCMA) and is the reigning CCMA Entertainer of the Year. The two-time ACM Award-winner is also the first female artist in Mediabase Canada history to achieve two No. 1 singles (Music Canada Gold-certified “Jersey on The Wall (I’m Just Asking),” Music Canada Platinum-certified and RIAA Gold-certified “Somebody’s Daughter”). Following standout support runs with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, George Strait, and Reba, Townes is headlining shows across the globe in Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, and the US. Her international touring efforts earned her a nomination for CMA’s international achievement award. A Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Townes has been featured by NPR, Variety, Refinery29, Billboard, Rolling Stone, NBC’s “TODAY,” BBC, and more. Additionally, she has raised over $2.5 million for Big Hearts For Big Kids, a non-profit she started when she was 12 years old to benefit a youth shelter in her hometown, which has grown to support organizations such as Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, S.A.F.E. Animal Haven, and the Manna House.
Tenille Townes - The Last Time (Lyric Video)
Tenille Townes - When You Need It (Official Music Video) ft. Wrabel
Australian-born and Alberta-raised, Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music. Gord's traditional country music style and delivery of captivating live shows have lead him to receive 26 Canadian Country Music Association awards. He has received Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year wins, and received multiple JUNO Award nominations. With over 85 million streams and 5 billion audience impressions on radio globally, Bamford is a two-time winner of the CMA Global Country Artist Award, with 27 Top 10 singles in Canada, including the No. 1 hits "When Your Lips Are So Close," 'Country Junkie' (2013) and "Dive Bar" from the album ‘Neon Smoke' (2018).
Multiple CMA and 26X CCMA award-winner Gord Bamford stays true to his own country sound with the release of this emotionally infused song, “One Heartbeat From Heaven.” Produced by Bamford and Phil O’Donnell, this tune embraces themes of caregiving, loss, compassion, empathy, and, most important – hope. An expression of gratitude, love, and support for those loved ones, “One Heartbeat From Heaven” is available at all digital retailers and country radio now.
Gord Bamford - One Heartbeat From Heaven (Official Music Video)
This song touches audiences young and older in a way that is powerful and life-changing with an impact I have not seen in a long time. It is truly a song that will last the test of time. There are so many interpretations that I have heard from fans all over the world of what this song stands for to them. It is a song that every artist dreams to have in their catalog.
I had the chance to sit down and chat in-depth with Gord Bamford to talk about his life, lessons learned along the way, the drive behind his music and charity foundation, the gift of this new song, and his new 12 studio album ‘’Fire It Up'' coming out on April 28th via Anthem Records.''
To hear my interview full of music and heart with Bamford, you can go to www.musicsjourney.com or click on the link below.
Building off previous successes, Bamford proudly released his 10th studio album, "Diamonds In A Whiskey Glass", early summer of 2021. This album has had four single releases, including 'Fishin'" and "Heaven On Dirt."
Gord Bamford- Diamonds Whiskey In A Glass (Official Video)
Gord Bamford - Diamonds In A Whiskey Glass (Official Music Video)Multiple CMA and 26x CCMA Award winner Gord Bamford dropped his 11 studio album, the Deluxe Diamond Edition of Diamonds In A Whiskey Glass, on May 20th, 2022 which is available digitally via Anthem Records. The extended Deluxe Diamond Edition features all eleven tracks from Bamford’s celebrated 2021 album including his hit single ‘Heaven On Dirt’, which to date has garnered over 5.5M global streams, as well as new songs including his latest release ‘I Ain’t Drunk’ featuring celebrated Canadian country star Terri Clark.
“I Ain’t Drunk” is a collaboration with CCMA Hall of Famer Terri Clark.
On collaborating with Terri Clark on the single, Bamford shares,
“If I sat down and made a list of the greats in country music, Terri Clark would be right at the top for me. With endless class and timeless songs, she has paved the path for many of us in the industry and I’m certain she will continue to do that for many folks aspiring to get into the business.”
Terri Clark adds,
“When Gord asked me to sing on “I Ain’t Drunk” I jumped at the opportunity to sing with one of Canada’s finest and true country singers. I’m excited for the fans to hear the song and look forward to us one day performing it live on stage.”
Gord Bamford & Terri Clark - I Ain't Drunk
Gord Bamford & Terri Clark - I Ain't DrunkGord Bamford & Terri Clark - I Ain't Drunk
Diamonds In A Whiskey Glass Deluxe Diamond Edition track listing: 1. Heaven On Dirt 2. Diamonds In A Whiskey Glass 3. Two Strangers In A Bar 4. Hag On The Jukebox 5. Fishin’ 6. Float People 7. Marry Me Again 8. Love On Me 9. Tractor Town 10. #REDNEK 11. Beer Cloud 12. Just Let Go 13. Drink Along Song 14. Who’s Your Farmer 15. I Ain’t Drunk (Featuring Terri Clark) 16. White Oak Cathedral 17. To Get To You (Featuring Jess Moskaluke) 18. Father’s Prayer
Stream or download Diamonds In AWhiskey Glass Deluxe Diamond EditionHERE.
Gord's self-named charity, The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation, has generated over $5 million. In the fourteen years of operation, it has supported over 63 children's charities across Canada.
ANTHEM ENTERTAINMENT'S FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND AUDIO/VISUAL MUSIC-FOCUSED BROADCAST AND PODCAST SERIES "REAL COUNTRY LIVIN'" LAUNCHED MAY 28, 2022 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SIRIUSXM CANADA.
Toronto, ON (February 17, 2023) — Kicking the new year off with a bang, BMG/Wheelhouse Records breakthrough artist Madeline Merlo has earned the top spot with her single “Slide” becoming the #1 most added CanCon track across all formats and country (Mediabase). This follows the song’s incredible streaming success since its release, earning over 1.9M global streams and leading the way for everything that is to come from the Season 2 SONGLAND-winning artist.
With so much exciting life events happening for this award-winning songwriter this year, including a performance at Cavendish Beach Music Festival, her upcoming wedding, and an exciting new announcement that the fans are not going to want to miss.
Growing up surrounded by music, her father a touring musician, and her parents owning a live music venue, Madeline Merlo was destined for a career in music. That destiny would soon lead her to Nashville to fulfill her dreams.
‘’Madeline Merlo is such a gifted and brilliant singer-songwriter, ‘’ says Kim Cyr, Editor in Chief for NOW and THEN Magazine, radio host, and host on the International Music's Journey Podcast. ‘’The music industry is tough and difficult to break through with the talent pool in Canada and the USA. Merlo has broken down some major barriers and she has successfully established herself as a talented sought-after songwriter in the American country music landscape. That isn't easy. After winning her episode on the songwriting show, Songland, the singer-songwriter knew she had what it took to up the ante. Today, Merlo slides into the top spot with the new radio release of her new single Slide.''
The songstress delivers her best work yet showcasing her songwriting chops and her killer vocals with her new EP ‘’Slide''. The title track, written by Merlo with Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, and Sam Hunt has been an instant fan favorite off of the record. Although originally developed for Hunt, the writers knew the song would be better from a woman’s perspective. Merlo was clearly the right woman for the job with her ability to write with a unique perspective that worked perfectly for this song.
Madeline Merlo - Slide Official Music Video
Madeline Merlo - Slide (Official Music Video)Madeline Merlo - Slide (Official Music Video)Madeline Merlo - Slide (Official Music Video)The journey and success this artist has made for herself have been built with a ton of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears. Merlo is a trailblazer in this industry and young artists all around the world are watching and looking up to her now with inspiration and dreams that they too can follow in her footsteps . With what once started as a dream of a young girl from Maple Ridge, BC at the age of 10 yrs old, attending a concert for Shania Twain, Merlo has now come full circle. Merlo performed on stage with her idol at the CCMA's and has set the stage for herself as the artist to watch.
The singer continues to share female stories throughout the EP. On “YOUNG-ish,” Merlo stakes her claim in her womanhood – encouraging all of us to challenge the misconception that everyone’s path should be the same.
Madeline Merlo- Young-ISH
I had the chance to speak to Madeline Merlo about the success of her new ep in its entirety, the co-writing of every song on this project, her upcoming wedding, and the special announcement that she has not shared publically until now! To listen to my special interview with Madeline Merlo, click on the link below or go to www.musicsjourney.com.
The track features his evolving sound, in a rocking country tune that has made fans want to get up and dance! Fans worldwide have been turning out creative new dance routines on Tik Tok and other streaming platforms showing why this song is the ultimate party anthem.
Kadooh’s close friend, and award-winning musician and songwriter Chad Kroeger of Nickelback provided not only inspiration and influence, but also co-produced the new single.
“Country music is a genre I’ve really grown to love, and I think it’s opened itself up on both the pop and rock side. The parameters have really expanded, and that’s been really great for me,” said Kadooh. “This song is a put down your phone, get up and head to the dance floor anthem! Allowing people to let loose and burn off some much-needed steam!”
''This latest single is another fantastic release from Vancouver-based artist Kadooh,'' says Kim Cyr, Editor in Chief for NOW and THEN Magazine, radio host, and host of the International Music's Journey Show. ''It is the first single off his upcoming new EP that will be coming out later this year or early next year. We’ve come to expect high-energy music from this artist, and “Rattlesnake Bite” is no exception. He’s an artist that has deep roots in rock music. So naturally, he brings a unique sound to his genre of country music that I absolutely love.''
''Fans are going to be thrilled to know that Kadooh will be releasing a duet this coming spring with country artist Teigen Gayse who is on fire right now in Canada. Kadooh has several songs ready for release with his upcoming new EP. I am so excited about his new music and can't wait to hear him play live this year at the summer festivals. He is one entertainer that you don't want to miss.''
Chad and Kadooh are close personal friends and envisioned the music video for “Rattlesnake Bite” as the song itself was wrapping up. The music video is filled with high-energy, planes, grown men on tricycles and, of course, lots of lights and shredding guitars.
“Rattlesnake Bite” was filmed in Abbotsford, B.C. and was brought to life by Director Stephano Barberis, who has directed videos in the past for Meghan Patrick, Jojo Mason and Dallas Smith. He is a force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure.
Everything from the choreographed dancers on the massive light boxes, to the jet flying overhead as the band performed on the runway, to the grown men riding tricycles made the video complete. Kadooh and Chad go on to say it had total Top Gun action vibes as the jet was buzzing overhead. You can tell everyone had a blast shooting this video.
Growing up in a small town in Alberta, Kadooh always had a passion for music as he recalls listening to Charley Pride and Conway Twitty on the way to hockey trips, leading the would-be guitarist to pour over records by Garth Brooks, John Michael Montgomery, and Brooks & Dunn. He soon would turn his passion into a career, joining the music business known as the guitarist and backing vocalist of the rock band State of Shock.
After spending over a decade with the band, Kadooh made the decision to cross over to country, a genre he’s grown to love, and step into the spotlight for the first time as a solo artist. In 2018, he won his very first country music award, earning the Ray McAuley Horizon Award at the BC Country Music Association Awards (BCCMA). In 2019, he released his debut self-titled EP and 3 singles, and the winning streak continued leading to nominations for BCCMA Male Artist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year, and ultimately taking home the BCCMA award for Video of the Year for “Somethin’ to Roll on”.
Kadooh is gearing up to release his new EP later this year, which was brought together with the help of producer Jeff Johnson. The new EP will continue to reflect Kadooh’s new sound — one that has found influence in not only his everyday life but an ingrained love of music as a whole.
You can look forward to more new music on the horizon, “We have a ton of songs ready to go, and I’m really excited about it. I’ve poured my heart and soul into it all, and I hope everybody connects and enjoys them!”
Today, country music’s fastest-rising star Shawn Austin kicks off 2023 with the Old Dominion ''No Bad Vibes'' Tour. Shawn Austin will be performing the Canadian dates of the tour alongside Steven Lee Olson and Frank Ray.
Austin has just come off of his best year to date with his debut EP, Planes Don’t Wait. The debut EP was released on June 29, 2022. The 7 track EP is chalked full of hits and has laid the foundation for what is to come from the Vancouverite as he steps into the next chapter of his burgeoning career.
“I was blown away by the fans’ reaction to my last single,” said Austin. “It was, by far, the fastest charting and climbing single I’ve ever released and I’m so excited that we’re following it up with the announcement of my debut EP with Local Hay Records. This is just the beginning of what we have in store for everyone, so get ready!”
Produced by Scott Cooke, the 7-track collection includes Austin’s collaboration with Chris Lane, “Tailgate To Heaven,” in addition to other fan-favourites “Get You”, title track “Planes Don’t Wait,” and his latest single ''Slip.''
''We have only just begun to see what Shawn Austin is capable of. It has been really exciting to watch Austin's musical journey and see his growth as a singer/songwriter. Austin is so talented at his craft and he has worked so hard for his place in country music. He understands what it takes to succeed in this industry and his star is going to keep on climbing. Everyone better buckle up!!! We are on one hell of a ride with this artist.''