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DAVID BOYD JANES!

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Where are you from?

Stouffville, Ontario

 

How did you start playing music?

I started playing guitar around 12 years old after my dad and brothers taught me some chords, and was inspired by Taylor Swift. I grew up singing and playing in church and began singing more seriously in my high school choir and local coffee houses and talent shows. 

 

Who are your inspirations?

Some of my biggest inspirations are Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Eric Church and Tenille Townes.

 

What has the journey been like to get to this point as a Country artist?

The journey to get to this point as a country artist has been a long road of having to not listen to self doubt but have faith and passion to keep pursuing my dreams. I spent a lot of years keeping music to myself and being shy, after recording my first album a few years ago I felt inspired to keep working harder and chasing my dreams! If I can do what I love and relate and connect with other people through music then it’s all worth it! 

 

Chevy Music is dedicated to enabling emerging artists in Canada, what does this mean to you as an artist?

The fact that Chevy Music is dedicated to supporting emerging artists means so much! Many of us do it for the art of music and are trying to learn and grind in the business side of things, so for Chevy Music to create space and opportunities for artists to grow and provide exposure is so encouraging to see. It means so much to me personally and I know will help so many other emerging artists! 

 

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself!

I’m a really bad dancer but a kid at camp taught me all the Fortnite dances and I’m kind of obsessed!

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Where are you from?

Niverville, Manitoba

How did you start playing music?

I started playing music at around age 12. My dad is a guitar player and was always in a band growing up so it wasn’t a tough choice for me to follow suit.

 

Who are your inspirations & how would you describe your sound?

A few artists that inspire me are Eric Church, Easton Corbin & Josh Turner.  I absolutely love all of their voices and the songwriting behind their tunes.  That’s what I strive for. I would describe my sound as modern Country with a hint of classic country.  I feel like my vocal tone has a more classic country sound but my songwriting and production are on the more modern side of things.

 

What has the journey been like to get to this point as a Country artist?

My journey has been interesting. Not more than 7 years ago I was in a very heavy metal band which was my main focus in music for about 8 years. Some life changing events and perhaps a bit of growing up ultimately flipped a switch in me and I went Country pretty much over night.  And it’s only been the past few years that I’ve really started to focus on bettering myself as a country singer/songwriter. With a couple mentoring trips to Nashville and a producer/friend whom I work with, I’ve finally been able to start creating something that people outside of friends and family are taking an interest in. 

 

Have you ever been to Boots before? How excited are you to perform at Boots and Hearts?

I have never been to Boots & Hearts before. I am so excited to go and be a part of this incredible opportunity!  To be selected as top 8 in this was so unexpected and really amazing for me. I don’t really know what to expect but that’s what this ride is all about. 

 

Chevy Music is dedicated to enabling emerging artists in Canada, what does this mean to you as an artist?

The fact that Chevy Music plays this amazing role for up and coming artists is incredible.  A lot of use don’t get the opportunity to really showcase our songs and talents to the masses…so for them to step up and support us musicians that work so hard to play music is a really encouraging thing. I am grateful.

 

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself!

I got my solo pilots license when I was 14 years old…flew around by myself for a bit, then basically went back to playing music instead.  There are moments when I think I may have made the wrong choice…this is not one of those moments! I can’t wait to be a part of this amazing showcase!

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Where are you from?

Originally from Glovertown, Newfoundland but now live in Calgary, Alberta.

 

How did you start playing music?

I grew up in a musical family, and although my childhood dream was to be a singer I didn’t get the courage to pick up a guitar until much later in life. I started learning off of youtube videos and was instantly hooked. I would sometimes play guitar for 10 plus hours a day! Soon after that, I started leading the music in church and things just progressed from there.

 

Who are your inspirations?

 I find myself inspired by the artists that make it about more than just the music. Artists that give back and use their music as an opportunity to connect and serve people.

 

What has the journey been like to get to this point as a Country artist?

It has been incredible for the most part. There have been many great moments in my career with some setbacks but it makes me happy to do what I love every single day.

 

How excited are you to perform at Boots and Hearts?

I feel like this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Boots and hearts is a festival that I have wanted to perform at for several years now. I CAN NOT WAIT!

 

Chevy Music is dedicated to enabling emerging artists in Canada, what does this mean to you as an artist?

I grew up in a family where the only vehicle we ever owned was a chevy. My earliest childhood memories are of me and my dad jumping in the truck to head out and go fishing for the day. I think it’s great to be apart of an emerging artist showcase that is sponsored by a company that was such a big part of my upbringing.

 

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself!

A few years back I was challenged to a speed walking race and discovered this unusual talent of mine. It has become the running joke ( no pun intended ) I have never lost a race!

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Where are you from?

Toronto, Ontario

 

How did you start playing music?

I was singing and dancing before I could walk a straight line. I have always just resonated with music. Music was always playing in my home growing up. I even have baby pictures of me trying to play instruments and singing along to my parents records.

 

Who are your inspirations & how would you describe your sound?

I am inspired by so many artists but Garth Brooks has to be at the top. The moment he steps on stage the room just knows its time. That man is incredible. My sound is best described as this, Let’s have the time of our lives! Some people will understand this answer while others will have to see my live show to get it. My job is to make sure the fans have a blast and forget the mundane worries of the day to day and just have fun at my shows. I love meeting fans that say “I never liked country music until I saw your live show” that’s the greatest compliment.

 

What has the journey been like to get to this point as a Country artist?

It has been an absolute dream come true. The ups and downs included. I could tell you stories for days! From karaoke bars to 40,000 people sold out shows in Germany when I was 19 opening for “The Darkness” in my old Rock band Running Against Radar. I find it amazing how some of the fans might be thinking “Oh check these new bands / Artist out, their brand new emerging artist” all the while I have been at this my entire life. Chasing this dream and passion for music. It can take years and years of no’s and playing empty bars to get an opportunity like this one. I’m so grateful and excited! 

 

Have you ever been to Boots before? How excited are you to perform at Boots and Hearts?

I am a little embarrassed to admit this but I want to be honest. I have never been to Boots and Hearts before. Reason being, I used to work for a heating and cooling company and could never get the time off during the summer as it’s the busiest time of year and I couldn’t get away from work. The good news is I quit that job last year when I decided to work on music full time and had every intention to attend this year as a fan. The even better news is that I’ll be attending as a fan and now I can also say as an Artist. “Thoughts Become Things” Words can’t describe how excited I am. This truly is a dream come true. I used to sit on what I call “my gratitude bench” close my eyes and dream about this moment. I’m so proud that I fought through the hard times to make this moment a reality.

 

Chevy Music is dedicated to enabling emerging artists in Canada, what does this mean to you as an artist?

Chevy Music is doing an UNREAL job at enabling emerging artists in Canada. I have had the opportunity to attend several of there events in Toronto this summer and I am just blown away at how well they are run and how organized and involved they are. My buddy Kris Barclay won the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist last year and to see how supportive they have been for him is amazing. When Chevy Music added me on their socials and began showing support towards me and my dream it really made me feel special, so thank you Chevy! Being downtown and seeing my name and picture on the big screen is something an artist dreams of and Chevy made that possible. Again I can’t say it enough! I’m so happy and grateful for all of this and I promise you, I won’t let y’all down when the gate opens and I walk out on that stage! these opportunities are a once in a lifetime.

 

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself!

Not so much fun but definitely something that shaped me into the man and artist I am today. I almost died when I was 5 years old. I had a VERY traumatic accident and almost lost my right arm and life but my father saved my life. I was transported to sick kids hospital and after a 13 hour surgery and couple of weeks in ICU I made it out alive and recovered. Since 1989 when it happened I wondered why my life was spared. Over the years of my life I have lost family, friends and loved ones to sudden deaths, diseases and freak accidents. Each time this happens or I hear of tragedy in the world I always think to myself why not me? Why have I been so lucky? Regardless of what you believe in, I believe each of us on this earth have a purpose. Each of us have a talent and a gift to share with the world to make it a better, safer place. Mine is music. I treat each show like it could be my last as I realized from a very young age that life is way to short. My main goal is to inspire others to chase their dreams and deliver the message of “Thoughts Become Things” since having a little success with my music I have received so many emails and fan post on how I have inspired others to chase their dreams. From people going back to school to a 57 year old mother getting her drivers licence. Its just incredible. Music is my vehicle to spread a positive message to my fans and people around the world.

I am also REALLY good at fishing!

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Where are you from?

Milton, Ontario

 

How did you start playing music?

I’ve always had a love of music, especially country music. When I finally got up the nerve to perform I started by doing karaoke competitions.

 

Who are your inspirations & how would you describe your sound?

Chase Rice, Darrius Rucker and Merle Haggard are a few of my big influences. I feel I pretty much have my own sound with a mix of a little old country and new Country.

 

What has the journey been like to get to this point as a Country artist?

Some people say I’m doing things backwards! I was born in Knoxville Tennessee – our family moved back to Canada when I was just over a year old and I’ve been here 24 years now. I had my first job at 10 years old walking Ponies on a farm which was a great way to earn money to buy my first guitar. I currently work as a heavy machine operator in road construction.

I have a beautiful wife I met when I was 19. We fell in love and got married at 22, 3 months later we found out we were having a baby girl . She decided to enter this world a month early the day before my first big show being one of the openers for the James Barker Band! She’s now 2!

 

Have you ever been to Boots before? How excited are you to perform at Boots and Hearts?

I’ve always wanted to attend Boots and Hearts. Unfortunately all of my extra money has gone into my music. So I haven’t had the pleasure of attending. But having said that its always been my dream to perform at Boots and Hearts, words can’t describe how excited I am.

 

Chevy Music is dedicated to enabling emerging artists in Canada, what does this mean to you as an artist?

The fact that Chevy Music supports Emerging artists like myself has an extra special meaning to me. My Grandfather worked for Chevrolet in Flint Michigan for 38 years, in fact most of my Moms family worked for Chevrolet . So for Chevy to be supporting something I love so much means a lot to me. I wish my Grandfather was still here today to see me involved with Chevy Music. He would get a real kick out of it.

 

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself!

For people that know me a hobby I have is classic cars and newer cars . I’ve grown up around them my whole life. My first new car I ever bought was a 50th Anniversary Camaro. Our family has a collection of classic cars, my favourite being a 56 Chevy Bel air 2 door hardtop my grandfather passed down.

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Where are you from?

Thornhill, Ontario

 

How did you start playing music?

I was always very inspired by music on television and wanted to be up on a stage. I started drumming at a young age, I then taught myself how to sing, play guitar and the piano.

 

Who are your inspirations & how would you describe your sound?

I’m very inspired by the sound of Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line and Mitchell Tenpenny. My sound is a culmination of my inspirations, fused with my own interpretations and stories I want to tell.

 

What has the journey been like to get to this point as a Country artist?

My journey has been a long one. I’ve been posting covers on YouTube and Instagram for years, and it took about a decade to finally release my first single. It charted on the Canadian Billboard Country chart, and I’ve been writing and recording ever since. 

 

Have you ever been to Boots before? Are you excited to perform at Boots and Hearts?

I certainly have been to Boots and Hearts before. Last year, I looked at my manager during Florida Georgia Line’s set and told him that we’d be here next year. I wasn’t sure how, but I knew we had to be. I’d never seen an atmosphere like that in my life. Fast forward one year and we’re playing the Emerging Artist Showcase. I’ve never been more excited to play a show in my entire life.

 

Chevy Music is dedicated to enabling emerging artists in Canada, what does this mean to you as an artist?

It’s amazing what Chevy Music is doing for younger artists like myself and the other finalists. Chevy is giving us the opportunity to showcase our music in front of a significant country crowd. There are so many people doing what we do, and it’s extremely competitive. Chevy Music going out of their way to help put artists like myself in front of the Boots and Hearts audience means the world, and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity. 

 

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself!

I can slalom ski as well as Alan Jackson. I think that’s one of my favourite pass times and one day I hope to hit up the cottage with that man and hit the water!

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Where are you from?

Hamilton, Ontario

 

How did you start playing music?

Growing up playing piano was kind of my first introduction to music. That lead to school bands, musicals, the whole nine yards as I got older. You could definitely coin me as the “Band Geek” lol. When I started writing songs I entered our local Hamilton Music Awards “Rising Star” Contest and ended up winning. That was the first moment I felt like I had what it takes to pursue music at the professional level and have been doing so ever since. 

 

Who are your inspirations & how would you describe your sound?

The artists who have influenced me most are Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Shania Twain. I would describe my sound as Country-Soul. You definitely get that Modern Country aesthetic, but influenced by Folk and R&B.  My goal as an artist is to make people feel something when they hear my songs. Authenticity in music is incredibly important to me.

 

What has the journey been like to get to this point as a Country artist?

It’s been a lot of work! Being an independent artist/entrepreneur requires you to wear a lot of hats… I write my own songs, do my own marketing, web design, graphic design, video/photo editing, emails.. SO many emails! All on top of being an entertainer. It really adds up! But it’s such an amazing feeling to watch the business you built from nothing slowly grow into something. Small bars become fairs, become small festivals, become Boots and Hearts. It makes it all worth it. I wouldn’t trade this crazy life for anything.

Have you ever been to Boots before? How excited are you to perform at Boots and Hearts?

Ohhh yeahhhh. I go to Boots and Hearts every time I can. A bunch of amazing artists I’ve been dying to see all in the same place?! You don’t have to twist my arm lol. 

I am super excited to perform! There’s so much energy at the festival, it makes it such a joy to be on stage. It’s so easy to feed off the excitement that the crowd is giving you. Everyone is there to have a good time.

 

Chevy Music is dedicated to enabling emerging artists in Canada, what does this mean to you as an artist?

I am so grateful for what Chevy Music is doing for the emerging artist community here in Canada. In a huge way, they’re really shaping the Canadian Music Industry as we know it by giving exposure to artists who may not have otherwise gotten any. It’s incredibly difficult to climb the ladder as an independent. With the support that Chevy Music provides, it’s like having someone give you a boost you up from below. Thank you Chevy Music!

 

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself!

Ouuuu! I guess I’d answer this by saying I am a HUGE environmentalist. I’m very into making my own soaps, cleaning products, salad dressings, buying in bulk, etc. You name it, I’ve probably got an ingredient list for it! Anything that reduces our carbon footprint I’m really passionate about.

PS-  If I see you put recycling in the garbage, I will yell at you… #sorrynotsorry #dobetter

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Where are you from?

Wasaga Beach, Ontario

 

How did you start playing music?

When I was twelve years old my mom and dad bought my three brothers and I an old piano for us to play with. I began playing around with melodies and writing lyrics and knew I was hooked. From there I played at every small town festival and fair I could get my hands on around Simcoe County where I grew up and began saving up for recordings to independently release songs. 

 

Who are your inspirations & how would you describe your sound?

Growing up I was always really inspired by classic country artists like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. In recent years I’ve also grown an appreciation for southern rock country artists like Neil Young, Blue Rodeo and Chris Stapleton. I would describe my sound as “roots country”. 

 

What has the journey been like to get to this point as a Country artist?

The journey to get to this point as a country artist has been full of challenges but also really great memories over the years. I’ve been performing cover gigs and releasing my own music for eighteen years now. There was definitely a point where I wasn’t sure I could keep chasing my dreams and persevere through the tough times but looking back, all of those struggles only made me stronger and I’m so happy I kept going. I couldn’t feel more ready, grateful and excited for this amazing opportunity to perform at the Chevy Music Emerging Artist Showcase at Boots and Hearts 2019. 

 

Have you ever been to Boots before? How excited are you to perform at Boots and Hearts?

Yes! I went to Boots and Hearts Music Festival back in 2016 with my friends and family. I honestly loved every minute of it- we had such an awesome time. The concerts were amazing and I’ve dreamed of playing there one day ever since! 

 

Chevy Music is dedicated to enabling emerging artists in Canada, what does this mean to you as an artist?

The fact that Chevy Music is helping emerging artists turn their passions into professions means so much. I feel like the eighteen years of hard work I’ve put in thus far has led up to this amazing moment.  To be able to share my passion for country music at one of the biggest country music festivals in Canada is truly a dream come true. 

How does it feel to have the 8th spot in the competition and know it is because of your dedicated fans voting for you?

To have the 8th spot in the competition because of my fans voting for me makes my heart feel so full. The people who listen to my music and are following my musical journey are honestly some of the most genuine, supportive people I’ve ever come across. They lift me up and inspire me to keep persevering every day. To know I am where I am right now because of their love and support truly means so much. I just want to do everything in my power to put on a great show for them at Boots and Hearts! 

 

Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself!

I come from a family of four siblings – I’m the only girl of three boys and we’re all musical. 

I’ve had many day jobs over the years pursuing a career in music. I currently work at a daycare and the kids all watched and voted for my wildcard entry. I’m so happy they get to be a part of this moment with me!