About Blake Shelton
Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. His most recent album, If I’m Honest, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart, and is the best-selling country album release of 2016. His current Top 10 single “Every Time I Hear That Song” follows two #1 smash hits, “Came Here To Forget” and “A Guy With A Girl,” the latter of which became his 23rd chart-topping song. The album features three songs written by Shelton, including the gospel tinged “Savior’s Shadow,” “Friends,” which is also featured in the #1 film, The Angry Birds Movie, and “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” a song he wrote and performs with Gwen Stefani.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned a host of awards throughout his career, which most recently include Favorite Country Male Artist at the American Music Awards as well as the first-ever Male Artist of the Year. In 2017 he became the first country artist to win Favorite Album at the People’s Choice Awards in addition to his win for Favorite Male Country Artist. He was just nominated for a pair of Billboard Music Awards for Top Country Artist and Top Country Album and a CMT Music Award for Male Video of the Year. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show, The Voice, Shelton is the reigning and five-time champion, most recently with his contestant Sundance Head. He recently wrapped his headlining 2017 “Doing It To Country Songs” Tour.
About Corey Hart
Corey Hart is recognized as one of Canada’s most successful singer-songwriters selling over 17 million records worldwide by amassing 9 consecutive US Billboard Top 40 Hits,while scoring an impressive 31 top 40 singles in his native Canada (Including 12-Top 10’s).
He ́s a Grammy Nominated,ASCAP & multiple Juno, Quebec ADISQ award winner.
His sophomore album ́Boy In The Box ́ achieved Diamond status certification (1Million plus sales) faster than any other Canadian artist in History by spawning 4 hits singles lead by his classic antheḿ
Never Surrender ́ which spent 9 weeks @ Number # 1 in Canada winning ‘Single of the Year’ at the Juno Awards.
Corey’s video “Sunglasses At Night’ became a staple on MTV during the summer of ‘ 84. The single was an international sensation propelling young Hart to the summit of the pop world with frenzied female fan adulation reminiscent of The Beatles in the early ’60’s. He ́s performed in arenas from Montreal to Manila –
From Tokyo to Toronto where he sold out the 25,000 capacity CNE Grandstand in the summer of 1985.
‘Sunglasses At Night’ has been covered or interpolated by over 1000 artists from every international genre of musical style making Hart’s iconic composition a permanent fixture of the cultural lexicon around the globe.
Corey wrote and produced several songs for fellow Canadian superstar Celine Dion in 1997 and 2002.
Hart was offered a joint venture record label deal which he named Siena Records. It was spearheaded by CEO Sire legend exec Seymour Stein and Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane.
Jonathan Roy is the only artist signed to the boutique roster. Roy scored two Top 10 singles In 2016 with the Corey Hart penned songs entitled ‘Daniella Denmark’ and ́You ́re My Ace ́
On June 3,2014, after a 12 year hiatus from live work – Corey triumphantly returned on stage performing to a sold out hometown Montreal Bell Centre Arena billed as ́One Night – Three Decades Of Music ́.
He also released his autobiography entitled ́Chasing The Sun ́ on that same special evening.
Corey Hart was inducted into Canada ́s prestigious Walk Of Fame in October,2016. Hart lives in The Bahamas with his four children & wife, Quebec singer Julie Masse Hart.
About Serena Ryder
It might have taken four-and-a-half years for this celebrated Toronto singer/songwriter to gift us with a follow-up to 2012’s expectation-defying critical and commercial hit, Harmony, but a lack of new material was definitely not the hold-up.
No, just as she did for the last record, the prolific Ryder amassed something like 65 or 70 songs during the run-up to her star-solidifying new platter, Utopia. The challenge wasn’t coming up with new material; the challenge was whittling it all down to fit an album-sized package. Ryder was so flush with good stuff heading into Utopia, in fact, that she briefly toyed with releasing her own equivalent of the Clash’s Sandinista! or George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass – a triple LP composed of songs that she envisioned divided amongst moods of “light,” “dark” and the “grey” area in between.
In the end, she chose to compress the full spectrum of emotions into a more manageable, but no less ambitious package that wouldn’t necessarily require booking a day off work to properly absorb in one sitting. But you’ve been warned: there is definitely more to come.
“I still have all those songs and, to me, they’re all good and they’re all good for a record so I don’t know,” she laughs. “I might have three more records.”
Hey, why turn it off when it comes easily? Some people need plans and deadlines and discipline to get anything done, some people just do what they do naturally and effortlessly. Serena Ryder does what she does naturally and effortlessly, and has done what she does naturally and effortlessly since she was a young girl. This girl was performing by the age of eight, cut her first record at 16 and could boast of being a major-label artist with a gold-selling album, 2006’s If Your Memory Serves You Well and a gold-selling single, the lingeringly knee-weakening “Weak in the Knees,” all before she’d even turned 25. And yet it took a debilitating bout with depression and artistic self-doubt brought on by her premature pigeonholing as just another “sensitive Canadian folk chick with an acoustic guitar” for her to finally let it all come out truly naturally and effortlessly on Harmony, the album where Ryder found her voice and discovered that the best formula for her success is … no formula at all.
You can still hear the results of the “letting go” that allowed Harmony – a genre-oblivious sleeper hit that went on to notch platinum sales in Ryder’s native Canada – to happen living and breathing on the radio to this day, since that record’s signature single, “Stompa” (triple-platinum and counting north of the 49th parallel), and its anthemic follow-up, “What I Wouldn’t Do,” haven’t left the airwaves since.
Now you can hear the further results of Ryder’s ongoing liberation from what she described in 2012 as a burdensome “idea of who I thought I was” on Utopia, which extrapolates upon its predecessor’s “anything goes” template with even more confidence and joy.
Utopia’s sassy soul-pop romp and lead single “Got Your Number”, hatched spontaneously during an exploratory early writing session that found Ryder once again casting aside her guitar and “just goofing around on the drums, just kind of rapping and rhyming and singing weird jazzy stuff” in search of new musical avenues to explore, is but a tantalizing taste of the surprises Serena Ryder has to offer on her new record.
There’s low-slung, electro-groovy sexiness orbiting the sweet spot between Prince and Of Montreal on “Electric Love” and “Me and You”; Winehouse-esque R&B with a swaggering hip- hop cadence on “Firewater” and “Killing Time”; smoulderingly futuristic downtempo balladry cooked up with Weeknd producer Doc McKinney on “Wild and Free”; a couple of pulse- quickening attempts at epic, Arcade Fire-worthy arena fodder (“Because who wouldn’t want that, really?” shrugs Ryder) on “Hands” and “Ice Age”; and, for those who’ve been along for the ride since her folky 1999 indie debut Falling Out, a couple of stirring ballads in the classic, confessional Ryder mould in the form of “Sanctuary” and the sweet-natured love song “It’s No Mistake”. And then there’s that voice. Heard Serena Ryder sing lately? She should register that instrument as a weapon. It’s nuts.
There was no grand design to Utopia. A loose theme derived from the First Nations parable of the Two Wolves – which states that we have all have two wolves inside us, one light and one dark, that fight for dominance as they are fed in either direction – applied itself in hindsight, as Ryder saw those two sides of her own personality playing out in the song writing and wondered what would happen “if you fed both wolves instead of just one of them, so that neither of them are hungry?”
“I found in a lot of the songs there was that dynamic when I looked back,” she says. “So many people, when they put out a record, it’s all dark or it’s all light and happy. But on this record there’s a lot of juxtaposition of both those things – the light and the dark. I was wondering what if you married the two. I wanted to write an album that had some sense of balance. But I have no fucking idea if it happened.”
Find thematic threads where you will, then. Utopia is a collection of winning songs written on the fly in Los Angeles, London, Nashville, Los Angeles and Toronto with such friendly collaborators as Simon Wilcox, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, John Grant, Todd Clark and Derek Furnham with one goal in mind- to enjoy the moments that make up the process of creating music.
“A lot of the songs on this record are basically just experimentation and me hanging out with friends and having a good time and just kind of writing in that way,” says Ryder, who still considers herself a student of her peers. “When I go into a writing session, I’m there with these awesome, talented people I just assume that everybody else knows 10 billion times more than I do. I just start ranting and raving and running around and making weird noises and eventually looking for a melody because I have no knowledge of any sort of theory – I don’t know the names of any of the chords that I play, I never learned any of that.
“Most of the time, I really feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve been doing this since I was straight out of high school – touring, writing, performing – and I still feel like I’m brand- spankin’ new. I don’t know what kind of songs I’m going to write or what kind of record I’m going to put out. I don’t have a set-in-stone identity when it comes to being a musician. It’s a mystery, even to me; a good one. It’s nice to be able to live within that mystery.”
About Mallory Johnson
Mallory hails from Newfoundland & Labrador, but is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015, she travelled to Nashville and Muscle Shoals where she recorded her debut album produced by multi-platinum artist Sammy Kershaw. Her debut single “Tupelo” skyrocketed to #6 on the Canadian Country iTunes chart, and the music video for that song was also aired on GAC and featured on CMT.com. Since that release, Mallory has been busy promoting and performing her music in both Canada and The United States. She completed her first US radio tour in 2016, was a featured songwriter in “Four Chords & The Truth” in Toronto, performed for the American Ambassador, and has shared the stage with artists like Alan Doyle, Dean Brody, The Sheepdogs, and Rascal Flatts. Mallory is also the winner of this year’s CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, and will be performing during Country Music Week in Saskatoon this fall!
After almost 20 years of hard touring, playing to Newfoundlanders and new friends across the continent and even to the Middle East, and the North Pole Shanneyganock is back with a brand new album “Rockin’ On The Water” this is the bands 13 recording and is in the running as their fastest selling release to date, already reaching #1 on itunes international for Canada in the first few weeks of its debut..
Vans, airports and many, many stages has not dulled the band’s appetite for Newfoundland and the songs people love. The passion for the province is front and center, coupled with some new and great folk songs drawn from inspirational artists around the world.
With one of the busiest touring schedules of any group and a popular attraction throughout Canada, Shanneyganock has been a long standing fave at The Stan Rogers Folk Festival and had many a run though the Alberta oil fields, a headline appearance at the East Coast Music Awards, appearances in Memphis, Southern Ontario and was part of Atlantic Canada House at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Nineteen foggy years ago, Mark Hiscock and Chris Andrews were double booked at a small pub in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Rather than cancel one performer, the charismatic owner suggested they play together and so was born Shanneyganock. Joined by longtime bassist Bob Pike, and drummer Billy Sutton, the group has since charmed many through their stirring ballads, powerful shanties, and rib-rattling jigs and reels. Their previous studio projects have been featured on Home Brew compilations, Warner Record’s Atlantic Standard’s compilation and “Ed’s Up” on OLN Network with The Barenaked Ladies. With 6 Music Newfoundland and Labrador award wins including Entertainers of the Year, East Coast Music Award nomination for Roots Group they delight audiences nation wide.