Julie C. Myers is a talented singer/performer in her own right with a bluesy, rootsy voice and visually dynamic stage show and her solo album “Rock On Fearless Journey” showcases her skills. But her uncanny resemblance to Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks makes it a natural move to offer that tribute to Stevie as a stage show. “I’ve always entertained, starting with theme parks in my hometown of Memphis and moving on to Las Vegas,”Julie said during a break from rehearsing for her upcoming tour. “I played Vegas as part of “Legends in Concert” show and had my own self -contained show ‘Nearly Nicks’ as well.”
Julie is a southern girl, born and raised in the home of the Delta Blues, Memphis Tennessee, “ best barbeque in the south at the Rendezvous.” and is currently living with her husband just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the Canadian prairies.
Saskatchewan singer/songwriter Alex Runions is making his way the only way he knows how, with hard work, determination and using every bit of the talents he’s been blessed with. “I know how tough this road is but it’s the only road for me to take. I’ve heard it said it takes ten years to become an “overnight” success and I figure I’m about eight years into it. I’m going to keep doing what I do, keep my head down and move forward every day, even if it’s only a little at a time. I will get there.” And if his latest recording is any indication, Runions just took another big step forward down that road.
His sophomore album, South of the City, was recorded at double CCMA award winning studio, MCC Recording Studio in Calgary. The album is a mix of love songs, break up songs and all of the feelings that go in between. With a number of co-writes and two songs solely written by Alex himself, this album is going to have you wrapped up in the emotion and passion that Alex always delivers.
Here is track by track description from Alex Runions himself.
Stacey Lee Guse has been singing for as long she can remember and for a young woman, she has already accomplished a great deal on her musical journey. She has been, and still is, a much sought after session vocalist and has added her creative background vocals to hit albums, radio and television themes,all while working with world class producers like David Foster, J. Richard Hutt, and Jason Barry.
Stacey Lee had a hit single as a duet partner with John Landry, “MyHeart Says Yes (But The Hurt Says No) which was a CCMA nominated duet. She was also a member of the popular Canadian vocal trio Lace with Bev Mahood. “Working with Lace was a great experience for me. We had a lot of National exposure and toured the country, the U.S. and into Europe, and we performed as a part of the George Strait Country Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede and a lot of other North American music festivals. I got to share the stage with legendary artists as well. There was Merle Haggard and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to name a couple.” Stacey Lee got to tour with Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers and was featured on his single, "I Lie". She has also backed up numerous other Canadian artists onstage and in studio including Jason Blaine, John Landry, Lace, Michelle Wright, Tonya Kennedy, Jamie Warren and Sean Hogan amongst the list.
In the Beach Village of Toronto , it’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the kids going back to school, but the Annual Beach Celtic Festival, Toronto’s only outdoor ceildh in beautiful Kew Gardens. So sing along "At the 12th Celtic Festival: Sandy Graham brought to us; one pipe band piping, Bold Step Dancers dancing, Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost entertaining, Don Graham a-strumming, Caledon County singing, Métis Fiddlers fiddlin’, vendors selling cool stuff, adults and children smiling, and all at a great Scottish price..IT’S FREE.”
There now, you are in the mood to celebrate all things Celtic on September 12th and 13th in the park. Founder, creative director, organizer, talent manager, weather watcher and all around overseer Sandy Graham is all smiles when talking about this year’s presentation.
“Every year I get to honour and celebrate my Mum with this lively gathering that would make her proud. For two days every September Mum is walking the park with us and enjoying the fun, food and music that would remind her of her home in “the old country.” This year we are honoured to dedicate the festival to the loving memory of ‘Big’ Harry MacGregor our loyal and steadfast supporter for many years.”
“Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try and love one other right now.” When you hear those words the first voice that comes to mind is Jesse Colin Young. Jesse didn’t write this one, Dino Valenti did, but he sure owns it as his is the definitive version. We caught up with Jesse at his home in Aiken, South Carolina.
“Our record ‘Get Together’ was released in 1967 but it wasn’t a hit until ’69. I guess America wasn’t ready for it ‘til then. So to us it was a two year old record when it broke. But it has been a huge part of my life and career. It was a game changer and a life changer.”
The Youngbloods were Jesse on vocals, bass, Jerry Corbitt, vocals,lead guitar, Lowell ‘Banana’ Levinger on electric piano, guitar and Joe Bauer on drums.The band moved to San Francisco in 1967 during the ‘Summer of Love’. Their debut album, produced by Felix Pappalardi (Cream and Mountain) yeilded another minor hit with ‘Grizzly Bear’ written by Jerry Corbitt. “Corbitt and I formed the band up in Cambridge. I was playing at Club 47 up there and somehow a message was passed to me to not go back to house I was staying at cause the guy I was staying with had sold some dope to an undercover Coast Guard agent. I ended up staying with Corbitt ; we picked and jammed and eventually said “Let’s buy an amp and start a band. When he passed in early 2014 it hit me hard. We always talked about doing something together again, we sounded so good vocally, a sweet blend, but it never happened."
Kristian Bush is not exactly a household name, yet, but when you mention Sugarland the common response is “Oh yeah, I know who he is. Does he sing?” Sitting across a table from Kristian you get a sense of a man who’s very comfortable in his own skin and confident in his craft and ability. “With Sugarland, the beautiful and talented Jennifer Nettles was the lead singer and focal point. I was onstage doing what I do and off stage taking care of business. It was, and is, a great team. The cool thing now when an audience sees me for the first time they’re all wondering’ Can he sing? And yes, Kristian Bush has a voice to go along with his superb musicianship and songwriting skills, and he is ready for you to hear it.
Bush released his debut solo album Southern Gravity in April and his voice is radio friendly and distinct.
The album is an inspirational album, born out of an event clouded in tragedy when in 2011 the stage rigging collapsed during a storm just before Sugarland's show at the Indiana State Fair. The horror of that collapse and the loss of life involved helped Bush reevaluate some things in his life, “Not long ago I got the pieces of my old Gibson mandolin shipped back to in Atlanta. It was sad to see this irreplaceable instrument in that state but when I left the room and came back in my daughter had arranged the pieces in the shape of a peace sign. Ok, now it all makes sense. I lost an instrument, some folks lost their lives.”
Marshall Dane has been planning his work and working his plan with due diligence for the past several years and all the hard work is about to pay off. He has fine tuned his repertoire, reputation and representation. “I try not to get too affected by what’s going around me in the music business, not really concerned by who’s doing what and how they’re doing it. I try to just keep my head down and plow ahead.”
And everything is lining up the way it should. After some trial and error and enlightening experiences M.D. is putting all the pieces together. He has surrounded himself with some awesome people, literally awesome people, signing with the newly formed Awesome Music as part of the team he has behind him now. The team of a joint-venture partnership between Nettwerk One Music, an up and coming Canadian Publishing company, newly formed Awesome Music and Dale Speaking, the stellar promotion company. The three independent companies have formed a partnership to sign artists and avidly promote the music of the talent they represent. Marshall Dane is the first release by the newly formed alliance with “I’ll Be Your Whiskey.” Says Marshall, “I’m real excited with the support I have from this team of professionals. They have all the expertise and really believe in my talent. I couldn’t be happier or more optimistic about the future.”
Dave Woods is one of the best friends a Canadian country artist can ask for with his ‘In The Country’ online radio show providing a platform for up and coming artists, established artists and legacy artists who paved the road for the ones that followed. After six plus years of being a bona fide country music booster on radio, Dave has decided to up his game and take the concept to the next level.
Mike Denny’s “I think I can, I think I can“ went from “ I know I can,I know I can ” to “I knew I could, I knew I could” in a span of 7 years. That’s how long MDM Recordings has been in existence and it is slowly but oh so surely becoming one of the most respected country record labels in the country. With an impressive roster that includes Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, Bobby Wills,Tim Chaission, David James, The Lovelocks, Charlie Major and Hayley, MDM is a now a big deal.
In Mike’s words ““My mission is to support, help nurture and grow the careers of the artists that I work with on a day to day basis. I want to help them achieve their goals and dreams, while achieving mine with them.” And he adds, ““I have always been very driven to succeed. Years ago it was material things, now, it’s a passion for what I do.” What he looks for in new artists is simple, “I want to represent talent that can really play and perform from their core, their true soul,” he continues, “To me this is the true definition of “talent”.”
Sacha-Lee is from a very fertile part of Northern Ontario in Canada. Two hours northwest of Kirkland Lake, home of Alan Thicke, one hour north of Timmins, birthplace of Shania Twain and ½ an hour west of Cochrane, home of Tim Horton, the donut king. (note to our American readers - Canadians don’t measure distances by miles or kilometers but by hours. For example, Montreal is about five hours from Toronto. It’s how we roll.)
Sacha-Lee has a new single recently released to Canadian country radio, “Forever Thing” written by Sacha-Lee and Scott Sanford and and recorded in Nashville Tennessee.
It’s an excellent tune with a clean, robust production and well delivered vocals to a nicely written song. All the ingredients for a hit.
We caught up with Sacha-Lee at her Smooth Rock Falls home to get the latest on life and career. “I’m really excited about this record and the way everything is lining up. Shelley Buffitt is taking care of my career and has arranged for me to represented by Entertainment Music Group out of Toronto who got me a global distribution deal with Believe Digital. I’m feeling really good about this positive direction we’re taking. I’ve always said ‘The music business is about connections and being true to yourself and your roots.”
My motto is “Music is created by faith and lives in family and friends.”