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New Artist Showcase Line-Up Announced for Country Music Week 2010

July 19, 2010

New Artist Showcase Announced for Country Music Week 2010


Eight of Canada’s hottest emerging artists to perform


(Edmonton, AB) July 19, 2010 – The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced the artists chosen to participate in the New Artist Showcase during Country Music Week 2010 (Sept 8-12) in Edmonton, Alberta. They include: Lindsay Broughton, Chad Brownlee, Leah Daniels, The Keats, Dawson Reigns, Six West, Tenille and Wyatt.


“We are so pleased to announce the Canadian country class of 2010,” said Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors, Jackie Rae Greening.  “Edmonton’s own Corb Lund created a huge buzz at the New Artist Showcase in 2004, a buzz which continues to grow to this day. I can’t wait to see who will make an impact at this year’s showcase and on the future Canadian country music scene.”


All eight of the artists were selected through a submission process and a two-tiered jury process composed of industry members from across Canada. The showcase will take place Thursday, September 9 at 9:30 PM at the Shaw Conference Centre (Hall D) and will be hosted by the 2009 CCMA Rising Star Award winner and star of CMT’s The Tara Diaries, Tara Oram. A secret panel will also be on site adjudicating the performances and the best in show will receive the 2010 New Artist Showcase Award.  Tickets are available online at


New Artist Showcase (set times to be confirmed)


Lindsay Broughton

Lindsay Broughton is a 20 year-old singer/songwriter from Brooklin, Ontario whose musical influences are rooted in country and rock. Her teen years were largely spent developing musically, by learning the guitar and embracing the creative process. Since then, it's been much personal and professional growth, adding rich layers to singing and songwriting that transcends her youth. Her reputation as a prolific and hard-working musician is ever-growing, affording her the opportunity to co-write with established artists such as Dan Hill, Holly McNarland, Eddie Schwartz, Dean McTaggart, Joel Feeney and many others. Having recently inked a development deal with Canadian Indie label Curve Music, a debut album is in the works.


Chad Brownlee

Chad Brownlee leapt into the Canadian Country Music scene in the fall of 2009. This former professional-hockey-player- (drafted by the Vancouver Canucks on the 6th round in 2003) turned-country-music-star scored when he cracked the Top 20 on the Canadian Country Music radio charts – with the release of his very first single. He was recently featured on an episode of CMT’s 4 Tracks from which a video for his second single, “Hope” was created, while his third single, “Hood of My Car” enjoys some attention at country radio. His self-titled debut album, produced by Mitch Merrett, will be released this summer.


Leah Daniels

With a country feel and rock attitude, Leah Daniels captivates her audiences with fearless vocals and a high-energy performance.  Born and raised in Uxbridge, Ontario, Leah got her start performing in local musicals and festivals. While recording her first studio album, Leah worked with God Made Me Funky and illScarlett, and then opened for Johnny Reid at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Leah's original song "Still" has been featured in CMT's "UnStable” and she is currently working with producer Sam Ellis on her upcoming album, set for release in September 2010.


The Keats

From their humble beginnings in an isolated Newfoundland trailer park, Jolene and Sharlene Keats are quickly becoming known as one of Canada’s most talented new country acts - The Keats. The Halifax-based twin sisters create instant fans with their powerful two-part harmonies and wonderful blend of country, pop and roots music. Most recently, Jolene and Sharlene Keats traveled to Afghanistan to entertain the troops, and showcased at Toronto’s Canadian Music Week, Moncton’s Contact East and the 2009 Cavendish Beach Music Festival. Produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney, Good To Be Home emphasizes the twins’ classically trained abilities - from mandolin, fiddle, euphonium, guitar, to piano, there isn’t anything The Keats can’t play!


Dawson Reigns

Dawson Reigns is the latest product of a creative fusion between rock influences and country.  Raised in Cambridge, Ontario, Reigns’ influences include Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Journey. The first single from his Jason Barry produced album (Enjoy the Ride), “If Crazy Wasn’t So Beautiful”, went to Top 20 on the Canadian country charts. Dawson has been attracting strong airplay at Australian radio along with other countries such as France, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Japan and throughout the UK – a tour is being scheduled for 2011.


Six West

Individually, Saskatchewan-born singers Abbey Powell and Jason Hastie had careers to be proud of. By combining their diverse musical backgrounds, they became the spirited and energetic duo Six West.

Currently they are celebrating the release of their debut album Beautiful Something to stores across Canada and to-date, Six West has 6 songs on Canadian country radio. Both Jason and Abbey feel strongly about the impression music can leave on a person and have made sure to put out a positive message both on their album and at their live shows. A Six West show isn’t just about singing great songs, it’s about making moments and having a great time. Six West’s fresh country sound, passionate, original songs, and strong, brilliant harmonies are sure to leave you inspired and wanting more.



A high school honor student, Grande Prairie’s 16-year old Tenille has been selected to perform at the New Artist Showcase, as well as the Songwriters’ Café and for the RBC Emerging Artists project. Her first single, “Home Now”, a tribute to fathers serving overseas, released to national radio for Remembrance Day, 2009, garnered vast media coverage.  Tenille has performed for the Olympic Torch Relay, the National Anthem at an Edmonton Eskimos home game and has opened for many award-winning country acts. Tenille has released her EP, Note to Self, and will return to Nashville to finish recording her debut cd, Real, for release later this fall.



Imagine old school southern rock combined with the rich, vocal flavours of Bon Jovi, The Eagles and Rascal Flatts and you’ve got Saskatoon’s own, Wyatt.  The three-time SCMA 'Group of the Year’ and winner of Astral Media`s Next Big Thing, the band released their debut album If I Had a Dollar (Road Angel/Fontana North) this past June.  Recorded in Nashville with producer Noah Gordon (Jason Blaine), the album features the successful Canadian singles “Ride On” and “Questions” and has garnered the band a feature new artist spotlight in Billboard`s online magazine. Together, singer-guitarists Scott Patrick and Daniel Fortier, drummer Bray Hudson and bassist Cam Ewart have a sound and a commanding on-stage chemistry that instantly converts audiences to fans.


The 2010 music conference will be capped off with the 2010 CCMA Awards on Sunday, September 12 at Rexall Place. Tickets for the CCMA Awards are on sale now through, by phone at 780.451.8000 or at any Ticketmaster location.


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