The Silver Bullet Showcase

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Canadian Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta is one of the most important weeks in Canadian country music. From September 4th to the 7th the entire industry will be in one place at the same time. It’s a golden opportunity to network, catch up and showcase talent.  Hence the Silver Bullet Showcase, a chance for some deserving talent to be seen and heard. Presented by iSee & Associates and Anya Wilson Promotions  and sponsored by Cashbox Magazine Canada the showcase will take place on Thursday, September 4th from 7 p.m. to close at Sherlock Holmes Pub.  Anya Wilson said “This will be a great opportunity for some of amazing talent we have in Canada that are looking for way to promote themselves and be seen by some of industry movers and shakers in a professional setting.

The evening will be hosted by veteran singer/songwriter Don Graham, who will perform a few of his tunes and introduce all the great Canadian artists.

Kendra Kay, an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Elkhorn, Manitoba is beautiful young girl with a strong voice and fascinating charm as an entertainer. Her career is on a fast track to stardom as she continues to delight more and more audiences.  Kendra recently released her first single to radio “It Was”, co-written by Jason McCoy and Carolyn Dawn Johnson and produced by Jeff Jones.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Trudell from Sudbury, Ontario is currently getting airplay with his Gil Grand produced single “Do Ya Wanna?”, a radio friendly song that is sure to give him his shot in markets both sides of the border making him a ‘Northern Star with a Southern Shine’. Mike is currently promoting his self titled debut CD on Star North Records on the festival circuit.

Amber Bauer is a singer and a songwriter and a keyboardist who got her start with Jesse Farrell, playing keys behind the singing star. She has been featured by – and toured with – George Canyon, shared the stage with Duane Steele and Jake Matthews, as well as played keys and sang for a long list of recording artists such as Wendell Ferguson, Hey Romeo's Stacie Roper, Tenille, Marie Bottrell, Eddie Eastman, Amanda Wilkinson, Small Town Pistols, Victoria Banks and Indy pop sensation Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.

Newfoundland born to a family of musicians, Quentin Reddy wrote his first song at age seven and taught himself guitar by age nine. Primed for the stage landing an enviable top two slot on the popular CMT singing competition series ‘Big In a Small Town’, Quentin Reddy feels he is up to the challenge of pursuing his dream in country music. Now based in Alberta, Canada his music has earned him nominations for Male Vocalist and Fan’s Choice at both the 2012 and 2013 Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards.

Chelsea Crites is a talented country singer who has already achieved so much. She is currently signed with Shoreline Records and has been the sensation of multiple newspapers from several Canadian cities such as Brampton, St. Catharines, Toronto and Guelph and also from Nashville TN in the U.S. , Hamilton Spectator , Guelph Mercury , CBC.ca , HECFI.ca just to name a few. For a girl from the small town of Port Colborne, Ontario, she has been charming fans from the Niagara region and beyond since she was seven years old. Chelsea dreamed of being a country singer since she was a little girl, and now her dreams are coming true.

Lindsay Broughton has found a home in country music. 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. Lindsay has also proven her mettle with a long list of live performing credentials. She 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.

Rhia Rae knew from the moment she picked up her first guitar that this was exactly what she was meant to do. Growing up in the small rural town of Stonewall, Manitoba, she was never one to stick to the "Status Quo". While other girls were off at baseball and soccer practices, she was driving back and forth between guitar and voice lessons, while also spending countless hours writing songs in her bedroom. Rhia is currently working with award winning producer Chris Burke Gaffney. Her recent recording of “Push Me” received over 1,000 views within a day and a half of it being posted on YouTube.

Brea Lawrenson is a Canadian country singer/songwriter whose collection of songs 
reflects her own experiences and aspirations. Brea has released three CDs in Canada and  is now working on her first full length album produced and recorded in Nashville at Beaird Studios.  From that CD, she has  already released four radio singles, "Honey", "With You Whiskey", "Bottom of the 
Bottle" and "Hell On High Heels" which are currently being played across the nation on country radio and overseas. All charting in the top 100 Brea aspires to use her music to help make a difference in people's lives. Her song, 'Black And Purple",  co-written by long-time friend and singer/songwriter, Braiden Turner, was taken on by the Canadian Red Cross as the anthem for their anti-bullying program.

Billy J White comes from a rural childhood and developed a  love of music at an early age. The Burlington, Ontario based White is blazing his own trail in the Canadian country music scene with the release of his new EP, “DAMN FOOL THING TO DO.” White is a 2013 CMAO Nominee for Male Artist of the Year, captured the attention of radio nationwide and has lit up fair and festivals stages with his high energy “keep rockin’ it country style” performances. Whether commanding his audiences acoustically of with a full band, in the true country tradition of great male vocalists such as George Strait, Alan Jackson and even a little Travis Tritt, Billy J encompasses the brilliance of today’s best, always gracing the stage with boundless energy and pure passion.

Nicole Rayy is a compelling storyteller, powerful vocalist and incredible performer, Country/pop singer and songwriter, Nicole Rayy shows that she’s a whole lotta Country. Her lyrics reflect her honest emotions and the natural rasp and edge to her vocals makes her unique among many female country singers. She has performed in a number of venues, from festivals in parks to rowdy country clubs. Her eclectic emotional range of songs as well as her adaptive performing style makes her an unforgettable concert experience. Nicole’s first two singles from her debut EP “Only Everything” illustrate the range of emotions she is willing to share with her fans, from the heartbreak ballad “She Don’t Know That Much” that was released to national radio in September 2011, to her upbeat second single “Baby You Just Know”, released in 2012. In Nicole’s song, “Country Wild”, she changes pace and kicks it up a notch with an energetic and country rock inspired song.

David James was born in the heart of the prairies in the musical hotbed of Winnipeg, Canada. David didn't have a traditional upbringing and is best known best for his powerful, smooth vocals, David burst on to the country music scene in early 2013 with his debut EP release, “This Must Be It”. His unique blend of country/rock, paired with his electrifying voice and an unrelenting pursuit of making each performance better than the last, has been generating fans and acclaim from coast to coast. Working with the likes of country guitar sensation Darren Savard (Dallas Smith, Derric Ruttan) and Carly McKillip (One More Girl), David is taking the Canadian country music world by storm.”I was exposed to a lot of different things growing up. My mom was a saint, my father was sort of a rebel, and I guess I kinda landed somewhere in the middle. I often tell people I was born into gospel and raised by rock n' roll, but I think it's given me a wider perspective on things and a lot of stories to tell."

Emily Reid has  a voice that goes down like moonshine – strong but with a smooth finish, Emily releaseda self-titled debut album; a collection of ten “unapologetically honest and unashamedly catchy” pop songs that chronicled her transition to the south. In 2013, Emily’s southern soul has truly taken root. In working with producer Eric Masse (Mikky Ekko, Caitlin Rose), her new material draws inspiration from the likes of James Taylor and Allison Krauss, all the while holding true to her love of pop. The end result culminates in campfire jams that implore you to sing-along, cherishing the moments you have and cheering on the people you love. Emily has taken her newly discovered southern soul back to her home turf and is currently based out of Toronto.

Tim Chaisson is a Canadian singer/songwriter and the front man of Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold, based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Previously, Chaisson was a member of the Canadian Celtic/contemporary group, Kindle. Chaisson was born in Bear River, Prince Edward Island. At the age of 15, Chaisson embarked on a solo career locally, and released his first solo album, “Timothy Chaisson”, which mainly focused on traditional songs. In 2004, he released his second independent album, where Chaisson was able to showcase his songwriting and instrumental abilities. This album, “Something Acoustic”, was a mixture of traditional and original songs as well as traditional fiddle tunes. Chaisson later recorded his album “Even” which featured 10 original songs. It features Chaisson’s instrumental abilities playing acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, piano, mandolin, fiddle and vocals.

Petric are Jason and Tom Petric. They have been entertaining audiences since they were young teenagers, so it only makes sense that these two brothers from Winnipeg, Manitoba have come together to form .......PETRIC. They started their first band together in high school, and since then there has been a fire that burns inside to push forward. Performing numerous shows together and solo, throughout Manitoba and across western Canada, the boys have made an impact on the country music scene with past performances including opening for  Doc Walker as well as Gord Bamford at Summer In The City, and many other festivals and clubs.

This will be an exciting night for entertainers and audience alike. If you’re in Edmonton make sure you catch this night of great songs and fun.

Editor’s Note:
Silver Bullet Showcase
Canadian Country Music Week
Sherlock Holmes Pub
Thursday, September 4, 2014
7 pm - close
Edmonton, Alberta
Admission: FREE