Meet the eight semi-finalists competing in SiriusXM’s third annual Top of the Country contest

From coast-to-coast, these rising stars will be moving forward in the competition with a chance to win $25,000 and more.

From the Hudson Bay-born protégé of a former Fleetwood Mac producer, to a former The Voice contestant, the 2020 SiriusXM Top of the Country semi-finalists are:

  • Don Amero (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Raquel Cole (Vernon, BC)
  • Carolina East (South River, NL)
  • Nate Hall (Toronto, ON)
  • Kalsey Kulyk (Hudson Bay, SK)
  • Brittany Kennell (Beaconsfield, QC)
  • Tyler Joe Miller (Surrey, BC)
  • Kelly Prescott (Almonte, ON)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, Top of the Country will be formatted differently in 2020 and will extend across two years. The semi-finalists will be featured during this year’s Country Music Week 2020 – a virtual experience happening later this fall. Then, later in 2021, three finalists will be chosen from a nationwide public vote and a winner will be crowned at Country Music Week 2021, following a live show featuring the artists and a major headliner. The winner will receive a $25,000 grand prize, a SOCAN song writing trip and more.

Starting in July 2020 and extending throughout the year, participants will take part in an industry mentorship and content creation series. The eight semi-finalists will capture live recording sessions right from their home and continue to receive valuable virtual mentorship sessions from industry professionals and artists throughout 2020 until in-person meetings and regular studio sessions can safely resume.

SiriusXM Top of the Country, in partnership with the CCMA, is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing commitment to promoting and elevating the best in emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 60 million listeners.

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