What’s happenin’, Boots fam?! We thought we’d introduce y’all to some very special up-and-coming performers who will be competing at the Chevrolet presents the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase. Be sure to attend the Kick-Off Party on Thursday, August 10 to catch them perform for the GRAND PRIZE!
This contemporary musician from Kingston, Ont. is no stranger to the Canadian country music industry. As a passionate singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Amanda Sadler has already released two critically-acclaimed radio singles, “Nice Just Ain’t Your Colour,” and “Drop The Needle Down.”
A true cowboy, Jade Eagleson grew up on his family’s farm in the small town of Bailieboro, Ont. and knew he wanted to be a country musician after receiving encouragement from his mother and grandfather. Eagleson’s musical style is influenced by timeless country artists such as George Jones and Johnny Cash.
An industry veteran hailing from Kleefield, Man., Jason Kirkness has been recording and performing as a country music artist for nearly a decade, releasing two EPs, two full albums and one live album since the start of his extensive career. Kirkness hopes to win fans at the EAS over with new tracks from his most recently-released album, “A Beautiful Disaster.”
A former football player from Burlington, Ont., Josh Ross began writing and performing country music in high school and began to pursue it professionally after suffering injuries from his time as a defensive back player for Western University. Ross has already released a successful single, “Cheap Red Wine,” and hopes to drop his first EP in the very near future.
Kalsey Kulyk is a survivor. A singer/songwriter from Hudson Bay, Sask., Kulyk decided to seriously pursue a career in country music after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17. She released her debut single, “With You,” in 2014 and always reminds others to #SingAndBeHeard, hoping the message will inspire them to chase their own dreams and be true to themselves.
This five-piece country group, originating from Burlington, Ont., released their first single, “Wallet,” in June 2017 and submitted it to the Emerging Artist Showcase immediately after. Though their repertoire is not yet far-reaching, their combined talent was enough to land these underdogs a spot in the Top 8 this year.
Having toured with both Travis Tritt and the Charlie Daniels Band, Marco Sylver is more than just a traditional bluegrass musical performer. This Chestermere, Alta. resident’s most recent single (and EAS entry), “Summer Life,” reminds fans and new listeners alike that country music is, more often than not, all about the good times.
THE REDHILL VALLEYS
An, “original 3-piece Folk/Rock group,” from Hamilton, Ont., The Redhill Valleys’ poetic tracks draw immense inspiration from southern rock, acoustic Americana and soul music genres. Their debut and self-titled album, “THE REDHILL VALLEYS,” was released in 2016 and earned them a place in this year’s EAS due to its unique sound and emotional lyrical content.
See y’all on Thursday August 10 @ 4:00PM!