Emerging Artist Showcase 2015 Top 8 presented by SiriusXM!
Get to know our 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase Final 8 by checking out their bios and videos below.
1. Eric Ethridge
Hailing from the outskirts of a blue-collar border town in Canada, Eric Ethridge’s journey to country music is one that could be reflected in a country song. He began to play guitar at a young age and started penning lyrics while in high school. Around the same time, he was the captain of his high school football team, which led him to pursue varsity football at Western University. While at school in London, ON, he was a regular feature at many clubs and bars, constantly honing his craft and growing his name amongst the local crowd. Eric hopes to make his name known around the country community by scoring a touchdown off the field this year at the 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase.
2. Ray Gibson
Ray showed signs of her musical talent at an early age. At the age of 3 she started playing songs by ear on the piano. When she picked up the guitar at age 15, the same thing happened. After mastering guitar, the ukelele, banjo and mandolin were to follow. But for Ray, it’s her vocals that shine. In the past couple years Ray has played over 60 shows and has shared the stage with various artists such Aaron Pritchett, Tyler Ward and Wes Mack. Ray is ready to take the Emerging Artist Showcase by storm and show Boots and Hearts what she has.
3. Tenille Arts
When Tenille Arts was growing up in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, she would sing everywhere. Now just 21 years old, Tenille is poised to make her mark. She’s won countless regional talent competitions , and performed on some of Canada’s biggest stages, such as Craven Country Jamboree and Casino Regina. She has had the opportunity to work alongside some of the worlds best songwriters, this helped to develop her songwriting and performance skills. Tenille is ready to make her mark on the the Emerging Artisr Showcase stage and show us what she’s got in her heart.
4. Leanne Pearson
Passionately singing and performing since the age of four, Leanne obtained stage experience quite early. Since then she has been described by industry folk as levelheaded, mature, sweet, funny and very talented. This 25-year-old country rocker’s style can be described as edgy country with the right mix of attitude and cuteness, coupled with a Pop/Rock influence and catchy lyrics. Her single “Get Outta My Heart” hit Top 48 on the Canadian Country Music Charts. Leanne is going to rock our boots and hearts this year on the Emerging Artist Stage.
5. James Barker Band
Many long days on a tractor and working on the farm didn’t bother this country boy, he used the hours to write his catchy country songs and dream about one day going to Nashville. His love of music started at age 4 with his first instrument, the fiddle. Playing at churches and fall fairs at such a young age made James comfortable on the stage. He decided that this was where he wanted to be. Today, the James Barker Band is making regular trips to Nashville and playing all over Ontario on a full time basis. James is going to get off the tractor and onto the emerging artist stage this year and show us what he’s got.
6. Johnson Crook
Johnson Crook is a heart throbbin’ boot stompin’ alt/country band based out of Toronto. The band was formed in August 2014 when singer/songwriter Noel Johnson and his good friend/bassist Jared Craig met Manitoba brothers Trevor and Nathan Crook. All coming from a folk/pop background, Johnson Crook never set out to play country music but when they started writing country tunes, they said it just felt right. Johnson Crooks songwriting is rustic, catchy and heartfelt and they are going to make our boots stomp and our hearts throb this year on the emerging artist stage.
7. Birds of Bellwoods
Currently based in Toronto, Birds of Bellwoods are the city folk quartet with a natural sound and an urban heart. Known for rustic melodies and haunting lyricism, they are Stevie Joffe (Mandolin/Lead Vocals), Adrian Morningstar (Guitar/Vocals), Chris Blades (Banjo/Vocals), and Kintaro Akiyama (Upright Bass/Vocals). The group has staked out a place amongst the city’s most talented emerging songwriters. They have enchanted many venues and plan on doing the same at the 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase.
8. Travis Wood
Travis Wood was born and raised in small-town Beaverton, Ontario. Playing in bands for years culminated with him winning top prize on the CBC series Cover Me Canada in 2011. After relocating to Toronto, he set his sights on songwriting and now frequents Nashville, Tennessee for writing trips. Travis is going to show off his songwriting capabilities this year on the emerging artist stage.
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