10178 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB
Canada, T5J 1H4

Phone: 780-951-4564
Fax: 780-423-2844


    Global Country Open Mic: Global Country is sponsoring an open mic night, hosted by Global Country Alumni Jessy Mossop, at the home of Global Country Star Search, the Parkallen Kitchen & Bar. The next Global Country Star Search will take place there on May 6, 2017.


Congratulations to our Maritime winners:
At our Global Country Star Search competition on Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 7, 2016, Brooklyn Blackmore of Head of Chez, NS, was the overall winner in the 18 to 29 years old category, with Al O'Neil of Enfield, NS, as the runner up. In the over 30 age category, Sarah Matheson was the winner with Angela McClement of Halifax and Angus Brown Jr, also from Halifax coming in tied as runner up. The show was hosted by Russell MacKenzie from FX101.9, media sponsor of the event.

       Brooklyn Blackmore, overall winner, Maryanne Gibson, CEO Global Country
                                  Russell MacKenzie, FX101.9, media sponsor

             Al O'Neil, runner up and Brooklyn Blackmore, overall winner age 18-29

      Sarah Matheson, over 30 winner with Maryanne Gibson and Russel MacKenzie

                Over 30 runners up (tie) Angela McClement and Angus Brown, Jr with
                                Maryanne Gibson ande Russell MacKenzie    

                                              Judging committee      


New Addition to the Maritime prize package: The winner in the 18 to 29 age category will be featured on the syndicated radio show Maritime Centre Stage with Russell MacKenzie which airs on FX101.9 and 89.9 The Wave every Friday and Sunday night in Halifax and in the valley.


                           Halifax Global Country Star Search organizers:                               John Perry, RyLee Madison (7-17 Music). Maryanne Gibson (CEO Global Country)


Congratulations to the 2016 Global Country Star Search winners in Edmonton: Hailey Benedict - Youth winner, Hannah Gazso - Youth runner-up, Tanya Hedrick - Over 30 winner, Steve Gosse and Tracy Lynn - over 30 runners-up (tie), Justin Hogg - overall winner, Amy Ivory - overall runner-up. 


                                 Justin Hogg - Overall Winner

 story and photos


The next round of Global Country Star Search will take place in Halifax on August 7, 2016.


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NOTE: Deadline for entries into Country Star Search in Edmonton is May 27,  2016 at 4:30 PM.                     


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Global Country Star Search 2016 will be held in Edmonton on June 4th at the Park Allen Kitchen & Bar, 10804 - 170 Street, and in Halifax on August 7th at the Carleton Music Bar & Grill, 1685 Argyle Street.

Both competitions will be followed by evening concerts - more information soon.

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For Immediate Release - March 21, 2016

Maryanne Gibson, Global Country President and Global Country Star Search Winners received numerous awards at the 2016 North American Country Music Associations International Annual Awards Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.


Maryanne Gibson received the 2016 Appreciation Award for Dedication & Unselfish Endeavour to make the 2016 Country Music Week a success in her role as the International Director of the North American Country Music Associations International. She is instrumental in having Canadians recognized in the North American Country Music Hall of Fame.


The 2016 Country Star Search Winners hail from Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Kelowna.


Josh Ruzycki, 17 – 20 Category – Edmonton/Sherwood Park

2016 Male Vocalist and 2016 Male Entertainer as well as 2016 New Modern Country Song of the Year for “Countrified”


Nicky Pearson, Adult Category – Edmonton

2016 Female Entertainer and 2016 Most Promising Vocalist as well as 2016 New Modern Country Song of the Year for “I Can’t Stay”


Michelle Lavellee, Adult Category – Medicine Hat Redcliff

2016 Female Vocalist of the Year and 2016 most Promising Entertainer of the Year, as well as 2016 Country Song of the Year for “Sun Goes Down” and Traditional Country Song of the Year for “Half Past Midnight”


Ben Klick, Adult Category – West Kelowna, British Columbia.

2016 Male Entertainer of the Year and 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year, 2016 Album of the Year for “Today” as wells as 2016 New Modern Country Song of the Year for “Butterfly Tattoo”, co-writer, RyLee Madison and 2016 New Modern Country Song of the Year for “Today” co-writer, RyLee Madison.


Dirt Road Angels, Edmonton & area

2016 Video of the Year for “Best Friends”  and  2016 Album of the Year for “Paint the Town Red” and 2016 Songwriter of the Year for “Memories


Shawna Lynne , Sherwood Park

2016 Video of the Year for “Kick Down the Door” and  2016 Songwriter of the Year for “ Daddy’s Guitar” , co-writer Joni DeLaurier


Mariya Stokes,  Calgary

2016 Song of the Year for “Detours” and 2016 Patriotic Song of the Year for “Alberta Born and Grown”



           Michelle Lavallee, Josh Ruzycki, Maryanne Gibson, Ben Klick & Nicky Pearson

Dirt Road Angels: Dahlia Wakefield, Shila Marie, Danita Lynn, Karen Claypool, Shawna Lynn

                                                           Mariya Stokes

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2015 Development Workshop

Global Country held a one day development workshop for the 2015 Country Star Search winners at the home of our newest sponsor, Travelodge South on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. The event was co-ordinated by the Dirt Road Angels, who are working with Global Country and will be joining us in out trip to Nashville and Pigeon Forge in March 2016.


 (l-r) Maryanne Gibson (CEO Global Country), Dahlia Wakefield, Mariya Stokes, Ben Klick (on phone via Skype), Shawna Lynne, Nicky Peddle, Karen Claypool, Josh Ruzycki, Shila Marie, Bill Borgwardt (Road Manager), Michelle Lavallee, Danita Lynn.


Global Country Canada Has Expanded

Global Country is pleased to announce that John Perry of Nova Scotia will be the coordinator of the a new Atlantic Division of Global Country. John, will serve as the Atlantic Rep for Country Star Search and other opportunities. He has been a long time member of Global Country.

Global Country will now be providing a location in Halifax/Dartmouth to allow competitors to enter the competition without traveling west for the annual competitions.

In the past we have had competitors travel from Atlantic Canada and Central Canada to compete in this very successful competition.  We have even had a runner up come from New Brunswick and others have competed in the top five finalists.

We feel this is a necessary move, as many calls and inquiries have come from other parts of Canada wanting to know if we can make it more accessible for them to participate. 

Country Star Search will be entering it’s 10th year in 2016 and it seemed an opportune time to expand.  Country Music Week will be held in Halifax this coming September. 

This competition has many success stories, where winners from previous years have been able to further their careers as performing artists, song writers and even in the music business itself.  The educational component of this competition takes them on a learning trip to Nashville, which includes songwriting opportunities and general knowledge and history of the Country Music business itself. In addition winners have the opportunity to compete at the International lever at the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) Competitions in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  Global Country is a member of this organization and holds a seat on the Board.

Winners benefit from a one year mentorship program on both sides of the line, Edmonton and Nashville.  We will establish the same opportunity on Atlantic Canada.

For further information on Global Country contact Maryanne Gibson at 
780-951-4564 or John Perry at 902-404-2999.

Star Search applications will be available early in 2016.


2015 Global Country Stars Search Winners

Global Country Star Search took place at the Mercury Room on May 2, 2015. Winning the youth 13 to 17 age category was Josh Ruzycki of Sherwood Park, with Nichole Sumerlyn from Abbottsford, BC, as the runner up. In the over 30 age category, Nicki Pearson of Edmonton was the winner, with the runner up being Michelle Lavallee of Redcliff. In the 18 to 29 category, Ben Klick from West Kelowna, BC, took the trophy followed by runner up  Mariya Stokes of Calgary. All winner and runner ups are entered into the Global Country mentorship program which takes place in Edmonton and also Nashville, Tennessee, and all will have the opportunity to travel with Global Country to Nashville in March 2016, and also to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where they will compete in the North American Country Music Associations International competitions. The 2016 Global Country Star Search will take place in late April 2016.

                          Ben Klick winner & Mariya Strokes runner up
                                                                Age 18 - 29

          Nicole Sumerlyn runner up &                   Michelle Lavallee runner up & 
                Josh Ruzycki winner                                       Nicky Pearson winner   
                             Age 13 - 17                                                           Over 30 


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NOTE: Deadline for entries into Country Star Search is April 29, 2015 at 4:30 PM.
2014 Global Country Star Search Artists win big time at 2015 NACMAI Competition

Julia Nicholson, Jessy Mossop, and Sydney Mae
won a total of 12 awards at the North American Country
                    Music Associations 
International Competition in Pigeon
                    Forge, Tennessee in March. 2015

                 Nakita Kohan
, who was unable to made the trip won 2
                        awards for submitted song and video entries.

     story and photos

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2015 Country Star Search

The 2015 Global Country Star Search competition will be held on May 2nd in the Mercury Room of the Blue Skys Cafe
, 10575 - 114 Street, Edmonton. This year in addition to single acts, duos will also be eligible.
 Prize Package & Regulations
 Entry Form

Global Country wins big at ACMA awards

At the Association of Country Music Awards in Red Deer on January 25, 2015, former Global Country artists Brett Kissel won the Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year (for 3-2-1), and Alee (Alexandra Adamoski) won Female Artist of the Year. In addition, Bill Borgwardt, who works with Global Country and is the Nashville Road Manager, was presented with the Industry Person of the Year Award.


Global Country nominates Canadians into the North American Country Music Hall of Fame

Global Country is a member of the North American Country Music Association Int’l.  In keeping with our Mandate to preserve the history of country music we have embarked on a new element in what we do.  As an International member of this organization, Global Country has developed a process to recognize Canadians in the North American Country Music Hall of Fame. The 2015 inductees, nominated by Global Country, are recording artist Michelle Wright and songwriter Ralph Murphy.  The Hall of Fame Show will take place at the Country Tonight Theatre in Pigeon Forge Tennessee on Saturday, March 14.  For tickets go to www.nacmai.info. This will coincide with the Global Country Star Search winners competitions at the international level, in the same venue.

Global Country is also pleased to announce our nomination of Edmonton radio station CFCW to receive a special North American Country Music Hall of Fame Award, has been accepted. This year the station is celebrating its' 60th anniversary. CFCW was the first country radio station in Canada. The station has been a sponsor and huge supporter of Global Country for many years.
See the NACMAI press release

2014 Country Star Search

The 2014 Global Country Star Search competition at the Mercury Room of the Blue Skys Cafe saw one of the strongest group of competitors ever.

In the youth division, Julia Nicholson from St Albert was the ultimate winner, with Sydney Mae of Cochrane placing a close second.

In the 18 to 29 category, Nakita Kohan of Spruce Grove won overall, with Jessy Mossop of St Albert being runner-up. Ben Klick of West Kelowna, BC, Houston Hendrickson of Edmonton, and Kayla & Matt Hotte or Ardrossan, were the other top finalists in the category.

Because of the outstanding performances by both the winners and the runner-ups, all four will have the opportunity to travel to Nashville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in March 2015, to compete in the North American Country Music Associations International competitions.

      Global Country CEO Maryanne Gibson with youth division
       winner, Julia Nicholson

                Youth division runner-up Sydney Mae

           Overall winner, Nakita Kohan with Maryanne Gibson
           and Runner-up Jessy Mossop

     Overall winner - Nakita Kohan      Runner-up Jesse Mossop

Country Star Search competitions and concert

***Seating space is limited at the concert. For assured and assigned seating please contact via email: click here  


Deadline of Country Star Search entries is April 30th at midnight.


More Information
Congratulations to Brett Kissel who won a Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards in Winnipeg on March 29th.

                                  Brett Kissel

Once again Global Country is very proud of the artists who have been part of the Global Country program.

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2013 Global Country Star Search winners score big at the 2014 NACMAI competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Melody Lovejoy, Stephanie Lloyd, Jesse Mast, Christianne Godart and Dahlia Wakefield amassed a total of  15 awards at the North American Country Music Associations International competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in March 2014.

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Alee declared ACMA Female Artist of the Year, and Brett Kissel awarded the Rising Star Award and the Single of the Year Awards.


Congratulations to Alee, who was awarded the Female Artist of the Year Award by the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA), at their annual awards show in Red Deer on January 25, 2014. Alee had been nominated in 4 categories.

Congratulations also to Brett Kissell, who also had 4 nominations and received the ACMA Single Of The Year award for "Started With A Song" and the Calgary Stampede Rising Star Award.

Global Country is proud of these artists who were part of the Global Country program.

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Country Star Search 2014

Global Country Star Search will take place at the Blue Skys Cafe - Mercury Room, 10575 - 114 Street, Edmonton, on May 3, 2014.  More Information

Following the competition will be a concert featuring many of the artists who have gone through the Global Country program. Watch for future announcements.


The 15th annual Global Country Concert took place on Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 PM
at Festival Place in Sherwood Park. This was the last year for the concert. Country Star Search will continue. The 2014 competition will be held in May, 2014. Details coming soon.


2013 Star Search Winners Declared

Stephanie Lloyd, Debden, SK
                                Winner 18 - 29 category

See Stephanie and the other winners perform at the Global Country Concert at Festival Place on June 23rd.

More information on winners


2013 Global Country Concert - Tickets on sale April 17th 

The 15th annual Global Country Concert will take place on Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 PM at Festival Place in Sherwood Park. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, April 17th, at 10:00 AM at the Festival Place box office or through Ticketmaster.

This special afternoon concert will feature Lisa Hewitt’s Little Ole Opry, along with special guests. Featuring all the glitz and glamour of a traditional Nashville show, Lisa and her band of fine musicians present some to the classic all time country hits. Lisa has been a part of the Global Country concerts for all 15 years.

Popular favorite from several previous Global Country concerts, Kenny Hess, from Mission, BC, will make a return appearance, but this time he will also be introducing his daughter Becky, who is now also a recording artist.

Keeping with the theme of introducing a new generation of artists, Krysta Scoggins, who has just released her 2nd album, “Shine”, will be joined by her daughter Shelby.

CCMA Hall of Fame member, R Harlan Smith, will perform, accompanied by his grandson, Mitchell Smith, who is also one half of the recording duo, The Orchard, along with former Global Country Star Search winner Kasha Anne. The Orchard will also perform.

Keeping things in the Global Country family will be Livy Jeanne and Katie Mission, who are both now country music recording artists. Also appearing will be last year's Star Search winner, Candice Ryan, who just returned from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where she won the North American Country Music Associations International female vocalist and entertainer awards, is now receiving radio airplay across Canada, and is the official anthem singer for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

The show will also introduce the winners of this year’s Global Country Star Search which takes place on May 4th.

Emcee’s for the show will be CFCW’s own Jackie Rae Greening and Danny Hooper.

There will also be a Silent Auction, and a Mix and Mingle Reception and Bar-B-Q with more entertainment immediately after the concert. In addition, the event will pay a special tribute to former Global Country founders and officials.

Sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and CFCW.


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2013 Country Star Search Deadline extended to April 30

There is still time to get your entry in for Country Star Search as the deadline has been extended.

If you’re a budding country music star, here is your opportunity to perhaps win a spot to join Global Country in a behind the scenes tour of Nashville, and to travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to compete in the North American Country Music Associations International competitions in March 2014. As well the winner will get many other local performance opportunities and prizes, including a complete CCMA delegate package for this year’s Country Music Week in Edmonton, a $1,000 prize from Factor, and more.

Country Star Search 2013 will take place May 4th
at the Naked Cybercafe & Expresso Bar, 10303 - 108 Street, Edmonton.

More Information
December 17th, 2012

Global Country Artist, Stephanie Roinier is leaving for
France this week, where she is enrolled in the leading Music School in the world, Music Acadmey International. Stephanie is still under the Global Country Artist Management Program.  We are very excited about this new direction in her career. So far she has recorded a demo in Nashville, completed a photo shoot in Edmonton, and most recently wrote and recorded two songs in French in Edmonton, produced by Robert Walsh.  She has also been taking voice training with Anna Beaumont in Edmonton.  Her career will now take on a new focus. We hope to have more news later in the new year. 

                                    Stephanie Roinier
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Country Star Search 2013

Cooper Studios has come on board as a partner with Global Country to produce and further develop the Country Star Search Program.

The plan is to add an Aboriginal Category and expand the Search to points in the Northern Area of Alberta and into the Territories.  Through this we have created  “Global Country North”  Jack Cooper is the Chairman of this division.

The new category will be broken into four age categories to match the existing program.  Those being ages 7 – 12, 13 – 17, 18 – 29, and over 30.  Competitors must be pursuing a career in Country or Country Roots music.

The existing Country Star Program will continue as is and will also be expanded to rural areas in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Cooper Studios will play a major role in this initiative.

We welcome Cooper Studios and look forward to having them as a partner.


Coming Oct 12 & 13, 2012

                          SOLD OUT
Due to the demand, 
World Renowned Live Music Producer Tom Jackson will be returning to Edmonton Oct 12th & 13th for another One on One Workshop. Please indicate your interest by emailing Maryanne at maryannegibson@globalcountry.ca . These exclusive artist mentoring sessions will be on a first come first serve booking. There is room for approximately 8 artists.



2012 Country Star Search Winner Declared:

 Darwin Leitch of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, sponsor of the 14th Annual Global Country Concert, with Candice Ryan, the 2012 Country Star Search Winner.

More information


Photos from 2012 Nashville & Pigeon Forge trip now posted
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14th Annual Concert
- June 11, 2012

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Due to a booking problem with Festival Place we can not hold our concert there. The 14th Annual Global Country Concert will now be held at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street, St Albert, Alberta, on June 11th at 7:30 PM. Last year's Country Star Search winner, Andrew Scott, and runner-up,  Stephanie  Roinier,  who  both  went  on to win at the  North American Country Music Associations International competitions  in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in March of 2012, will be performing, along with Olivia Wik, our 2012 13-17 Country Star Search winner, and Cassidy Zahar, the runner up. Also performing will be  this year's Global Country Star Search finalists, where the audience vote will help determine the winner. The  feature  attraction  will  be  a  special  presentation of Lisa Hewitt's Little Ole OpryTickets are $31.50 each and are now on sale at the Arden Theatre Box Office at 780-459-1542, or through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-5000. Anyone who purchased tickets for the Festival Place show must get a refund from the Festival Place Box Office or Ticketmaster and purchase new tickets as they are not transferable. Global Country is truly sorry for these circumstances, which are totally out of our hands, and thank our loyal supporters for their continued support.

A special thanks to the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers for their sponsorship of Lisa Hewitt's Little Ole Opry.

                     2012 Country Star Search winners and finalists

The Global Country Star Search finals in the 13 to 17 age category were held on May 19th. This was an amazingly close contest this year, the closest we've ever had, with Olivia Wik being declared the winner, and Cassidy Zahar being declared the runner up. Hailey Mills, Olivia Rose Leaf, Mariya Soetaert, and Jolean Lougheed all received honorable mention.

                          Olivia Wik                                      Cassidy Zahar

Six finalists in the 18 and over category were chosen to compete at the 14th Annual Global Country Concert at the Arden Theatre on June 11th, where the audience vote will help determine the winner. The finalists are:  Lyndsay Butler, Candice Ryan, Tyler Lizotte, Dan Grosse, Melody Lovejoy, and Jessy Mossop. Be sure to be at the Arden Theatre to see these amazingly talented artists perform with a full band, and help to determine who will be the winner that will travel to Nashville next March to represent Global Country at the North American Country Music Associations International competitions.

                  (l-r)Lyndsay Butler, Candice Ryan, Tyler Lizotte,
                  Dan Grosse, Melody Lovejoy, and Jessy Mossop


Country Star Search   *** NOTE:  Entry Deadline is extended to Friday, May 18th

The Country Star Search competition takes place at the Delwood Community Hall, 7515 Delwood Road, Edmonton, on Saturday May 19th, beginning at 11:00 AM with the 13 - 17 category, followed at 1:00 PM with the 18 and over semi-finals. This event is open and free to the public.

Registration forms and rules and regulations are now available
. click here   Spaces are filling up rapidly but there are still a few available spots. The winner will have the opportunity to travel to Nashville in March 2013 and compete in the North American Country Music Associations International competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, plus other prizes.  See Rules & Regulations for complete prize list.


2011 Global Country Star Search Winners score a total of 16 awards at the North American Country Music Associations International competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - more information and photos coming soon.

Note Venue Change for Tom Jackson Workshop:

Saturday, March 31, 2012 , Ramada (Hotel) Conference                         Centre, 
11834 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton - Limited Space
Global Country Presents :

            World Renowned Live Music Producer Tom Jackson in two
            exclusive artist mentoring sessions:

            Note Venue Change:
  Saturday, March 31, 2012 , Ramada (Hotel) Conference Centre,                     
  11834 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton - Limited Space


Tom Jackson, world renowned Live Music Producer, helps artists develop their show into "unique memorable moments." When recording, you need a record producer. But with your live show, you need a Live Music Producer to make it the best it can be!
Tom has developed the Live Music Method, an onstage method that makes your liveshow engaging and memorable, exceeding audiences' expectations, creating fans for life.
Many successful artists have learned from Tom: Taylor Swift, Jars of Clay, Jordin Sparks, Michelle Wright, James Bryan, Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli, Gloriana, The Band Perry, and other acts you admire. Artists who've learned from him have had hundreds of #1 songs, sold millions of records, and played to countless millions live. But his teaching will help anyone who performs onstage!
For more info, visit OnstageSuccess.com.
"Tom Jackson is a jaw-droppingly outstanding live music producer. A true master, and I don't mean that lightly. I'm recommending him to every serious performing artist I know." - Derek Sivers, Founder of CDBaby and HostBaby 

"If you do anything to further your career, listen to what Tom Jackson has to say! It will change everything you thought about performing live, and better than that...it will keep you performing live for years to come." - Derrick Ross - President, Slaight Music Inc. (formerly VP of SL Feldman & Associates -Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, Diana Krall, Barenaked Ladies)

"Tom makes a major impact.he's a true creative partner who helps realize the artist's full performance potential." - Matt Serletic, Producer (Santana, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas)

 Session Titles and Description:

 "Getting a Vision for Your Show"
Two things will happen when you exceed your audience's expectations: 1) they'll ask you back, and 2) they'll tell someone else about you. But in order to exceed their expectations, you need a vision for your show! Learn Tom Jackson's Live Music Method and see how you can turn your "songs" into moments, and your "set list" into a captivating show.

 "A Live Music Makeover"
Tom Jackson is a master of creating musical stage moments out of your songs. In this session, you'll see what a rehearsal should look like. Selected performers will receive a Live Music Makeover that pulls out the uniqueness of each artist and helps them connect emotionally to everyone in the audience. A crash course in going from good to great on stage. It's an invaluable nuts-and-bolts experience for any artist serious about stagecraft and not-to-be-missed!

 Sign up for the option of your choice or both if you wish

 Option 1 - 9:30 AM - Three and a half hour session with 6 artists - first  come first serve basis @ $350 ea      SOLD OUT
1:00 - Lunch
                  Coffee break in the middle (20 minutes)

 Tom will spend 20 minutes with each artist (listening to 1 song and tweaking  it hands-on). In between the tweaking (as the next artist is setting up),  Tom will talk to the whole group about what he just did and how they can  apply it. He will be talking to the whole group as he's working with each  artist, too; and the concepts he uses will be valuable to all.

2 - 2:30 PM - General Session with a demo band
 Can accommodate 50 to 75 people - $100 ea 

                  5:30 PM - Dinner & Networking 

                       Stay for the Jam Session after.    

Registration form 


Country Vocal Showcase

Global Country congratulates Olivia Wik who won Country Vocal Showcase, the country talent contest presented by Edmonton destination hotels Westend, and Visionary Entertainment Inc, in partnership with GlobaL Country. Olivia is automatically now entered into the Global Country Star Search competition in May of 2012. Runner up was Marilyn Lamouche-Lee.

                            Olivia Wik (centre), winner and runner up Marilyn Lamouche-Lee (left)


Alberta Music Awards on November 5th, 2011.  

Congratulations to Maryanne Gibson for receiving the Alberta Music Industry Builder Award.


                Kennedy Jensen CEO of Alberta Music presents Global Country CEO Maryanne Gibson with the Industry Builder Award

This gala evening, held at the stunning Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, will provide the community with the opportunity to honour four individuals who have achieved excellence and international recognition in the music industry.  This year Alberta Music has chosen to honour Paul Brandt as the Lifetime Achievement  Award, Global Country's own Maryanne Gibson as the Industry Builder Award, Hal Yerxa as the Heritage Award, and on the night of the Awards we will announce the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award.

 The evening itinerary includes:

7PM -  Champagne Reception

8PM -  Awards Show with live entertainment

9PM -  Industry After Party with live entertainment

Please contact Alberta Music at 780-428-3372 or brittany@amia.ca to confirm your attendance or for more information


Country Vocal Spotlight Finals

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Mayfield Trade Centre

                                                                                       Download Poster
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Country Vocal Showcase finalists:

         Karly Polkosnik                    Marilyn-Lamouche-Lee         Neil Lamouche

          Olivia Wik                               Parker Claussen                Sarah Anderson

Junior Division Winners:

                       Alyssa Miller                                   Sharmaine Pagtakhan
                         WINNER                                             RUNNER UP

Country Vocal Showcase:

Global Country is pleased to partner with  Edmonton destination hotels Westend, and Visionary Entertainment Inc, to present Country Vocal Showcase on October 29, 2011 at the NewCap Stage - West Edmonton Mall. 

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13th Annual Global Country All Star Concert:

The 13th Annual Global Country All Star Concert was another great show. Once again we kicked it off with this year's Junior, Intermediate and Senior Star Search winners, plus our own North American Country Music Associations International Champions, Livy Jeanne and Kasha. We introduced Tenille, a new Alberta talent to the show, brought back some of our long time supporters and graduates, and presented an Internationally acclaimed, long time Edmonton group, The Emeralds.

We  would like to thak everyone who attended and supported our 13th Annual event. Donations to the Slave Lake Relief Fund totaled $816.00. A special thanks to Tenille who donated 40% of her CD Sales to the fund. Thanks to the companies and individuals who purchased tickets to the concert for Slave Lake Evacuees: Town of Calmar; Edmonton Heritage Festival Association; Showtech Power and Lighting, Edmonton; Jaysis Enterprises, Leduc; The Funky Fro Salon Spa Ltd, Leduc; Tenille Nedkrynechny Family, Grande Prairie; Alberta Music; and Global Country48 displaced residents from Slave Lake were able to enjoy the concert as a result. 

 An a huge thank you to our sponsors: CFCW; Swanberg Air; FACTOR; SOCAN;  Sennheiser; Powersound; CHLW; CCMA; Alberta Music; Northlands; and Wilde & Company Chartered Accountants, Vegreville.

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Autographed guitar draw unclaimed
June 14, 2011
The lucky number for the autographed guitar from the 2011 Country Star Search Concert at the Winspear Centre on June 13th, has not been turned in. If you have this ticket number please contact Global Country - Ticket number 343332

2011 Global Country Star Search winner declared:
June 14, 2011

We are pleased to announce that our audience at the 2011 Country Star Search finals at the Winspear Centre on June 13th, voted Andrew Scott as their favorite, with Stephanie Poinier declared the runner-up.  Global Country is proud of how well all our finalists did. It was a tough job for the audience to vote to determine the winner as each one of them was a winner in our eyes.

         Warren Berg of CFCW with 2011 Country Star Search Winner Andrew Scott

                                                           Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott was born and raised in Grande Prairie and now lives in Beaumont. He is an energetic and captivating singer/songwriter/entertainer. His musicianship is top notch and his performances are always full of funk, humour, strange instruments, pterodactyl squawks, grunts, grooves, storytelling and good ol'fashioned zip zap wit. He and his wife Julie have recently returned from a few years of living, teaching, and performing in Japan and France, and now have their eyes set on becoming a part of Canada's vibrant musical community. 


                                               Stephanie Roinier - runner-up


Star Search update
June 2, 2011

Due to unexpected personal circumstances, Joe Bauman will not be able to compete at the Star Search finals at the Winspear Centre on June 13th. This means that there will only be 4 finalists who will perform with the band before the audience votes to determine the winner.


Concert Announcement
May 24, 2011

he 13th annual Global Country Star Search and All Star Concert will take place at the Winspear Centre on Monday, June 13th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are now on sale. All tickets are $25.00. Group price of $20.00 each for groups of 20 or more. Call the Winspear Box Office at (780)428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081. To buy online click here.  

     Part of the proceeds from the concert will go towards the Slave Lake relief effort. We are also asking individuals and businesses to purchase tickets at $25 each, which will be given to Slave Lake evacuees so they can enjoy a few hours of respite from all the stress they are under. There will also be opportunities at the concert to make a donation to the cause. Let’s fill the house and show our support.

     Artist line up includes new recording artist Tennille who is featured on CMT with her video “Pictures on a Crooked Wall”, Lisa Hewitt, Tracy Millar, Samantha King, Mike Gouchie, and more to come.  The audience will once again participate by voting for one of five finalists to determine this year’s Country Star Search winner. As well we will have this year’s Country Star Search winners in the Junior, Youth, and over 35 categories, along with last year's winners, Livy  Jeanne and Kasha, who did us proud at the North American Country Music Associations International competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this past March, where they each garnered several awards.

    May 25, 2011

Global Country is excited to announce that the Internationally acclaimed Emeralds will be special guests at the All Star concert. This band has toured the world, has 6 gold, 2 platinum, and 1 double platinum awards. They have 29 albums and have been inducted into the City of Edmonton's Cultural Hall of Fame. Their instrumental hit, The Bird Dance, won them fame all over the world. 


Country Star Search Finalists
May 14, 2011

   Andrew Scott                          Jayson Bendera               Joe Bauman
Beaumont, AB                               Kelowna, BC                    Red Deer, AB

     Stephanie Roinier                       Tyler Lizotte
Chicoutimi, Quebec                      Fort Vermillion, AB

The five finalists will perform with the live band at the Global Country All Star Concert at the Winspear Centre on Monday, June 13th, 2011, and the audience vote will determine the 2011 Global Country Star Search winner. Be part of the excitement in selecting who will represent Global Country at the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2012.  Get your tickets as soon as they go on sale.


Country Star Search 2011 - Youth, Junior & Over 35 Division Winners
May 14th, 2011

       Brendan Guy                                Payton Klassen                       Tommy Mueller
     Leduc, AB                                   Sherwood Park, AB                         Calgary, AB  
      7 - 12 Winner                               13 - 17 Winner                      Over 35 winner

These winners will perform with the All Star band at the Global Country All Star Concert at the Winspear Centre on Monday, June 13th, 2011.


Global Country Star Search preliminaries
The Country Star Search finals for the 7 to 12, 13 to 17, and 35 and over age groups, and the prelimaries for the 18 to 34 age group, take place at the Delwood Community Hall, 7515 Delwood Road, from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. May14th. The public is welcome to attend. There is no admission charge. 


Global Country Announces two young ambassadors:
            Kasha Derechey & Mitchell Smith

Global Country is proud to support these two talented young artists who are breaking into the music industry. Kasha is our 2010 Country Star Winner and Mitch is rapidly developing into a first class guitar player. Together they perform as The Orchard. The Orchard  will be representing Global Country at  various  events.

Take a little feel good country music and mix it with some rock ‘n roll, then add a rootsy, bluesy feeling, and you have The Orchard. Kasha Derechey (2010's Global Country winner and a Berklee College of Music student)) and Mitchell Smith (Berklee College of Music student) make up this brand new project out of Edmonton. Since winning the 2011 North American Country Music Association's International Duo of the Year award in Tennessee, The Orchard has been working with top Canadian Country Music producer, Bart McKay. Three tracks are currently being worked on with Bart, with some help from Murray Pulver of Doc Walker. The Orchard puts on a high energy show, with fast paced covers, and smooth originals, that listeners can get into the first time they hear them.

The Orchard is capable of performing as a duo, as well as a full band. They play anywhere from one to three 45 minute sets on a regular basis. They have had radio play on Lloyd FM, Key 83 Wainwright, and NBRN FM Nashville, as well as an interview on 630 CHED.

Past Performances:
Country Tonite Theater- Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The Springs- Wainwright AB
River City Roundup- Edmonton AB
Apex Casino- St Albert AB
Ranchmen's- Calgary AB
Overtime- Sherwood Park
Thorsby Rec Center- Thorsby, AB
LLOYD FM- Lloydminster, AB/SK



                           Global Country ambassadors - The Orchard
                                  Mitchell Smith & Kasha Derechey


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Letter from 2010 Star Search Winner Kasha Derechey

To: Maryanne Gibson and All Members of Global Country,

I would like to take a few moments to write a little about my experiences over the past year as the Global Country Star Search Winner of 2010. From the moment of winning, to many first and unforgettable moments, this year has been one to remember!

I'm not sure how to take all of the experiences from the prize package and put them into words. I got my first taste of songwriter circles, live music venues, and experienced a closer encounter with the music industry.

I think one of my favorite moments was the 
Nashville trip. Bill Borgwardt put together a flawless itinerary and from start to finish we were on the move experiencing the best of what Nashville has to offer. Seeing the Grand Ole Opry was one of my favorite moments...knowing that some of the most inspiring artists performed on that stage. It was really neat to be able to see landmarks of musical history and getting the opportunity to gain a stronger sense of where some of the most unique and highly recognized artists and musicians came from. It wasn't all learning, ofcourse...Bill and John Perry both had us going... sometimes at midnight for late night runs to Wal-Mart! That has become a tradition of this trip as I was informed of it before even coming down! They were incredibly supportive and made sure we were well taken care of! We shared a lot of laughs on this trip. The competition in Pigeon Forge was a very cool experience. I was lucky and grateful that Maryanne also allowed to have Mitchell Smith join me down there so we could perform in the Duo Category! We are very thrilled to be taking that award among other awards I was successful with in various categories from this competition.
While down in
Nashville I had the opportunity to also meet many people who Global has connected with over the years of doing the Star Search program. We were missing Maryanne and everyone was asking about her. The reputation of Global Country could not be mistaken down there to be anything but great. I was honored to be down there representing Global Country.
Thank-you so much for everything I've experienced through the Global Country Star Search Competition, thank-you to Maryanne Gibson, and thank-you to Bill Borgwardt for helping create such an amazing Nashville experience.
Looking forward to hearing from winners for years to come!

Kasha Derechey


Letter from 2010 Star Search Winner Youth Winner Livy Jeanne and her parents

To Maryanne Gibson

I just wanted to let you know how Thankful we are to you and Global Country. The experience for Livy and ourselves was incredible!! We loved every minute of it.  Bill and John were amazing hosts. They went above and beyond to ensure we all had an amazing experience... They are a definite asset to Global Country.

Both Sid and I were commenting on how the support of Global Country is so important to our Canadian Country Artists, the exposure Global provides for the artists is very much appreciated.  So Thank you for everything you do...we know you are the Heart Beat of Global Country.

Hope to talk to you soon

Paulette, Sid, and Livy Jeanne

2010 Country Star Search Winners score big in 2011 NACMAI competitions:

March 2011: 2010 Country Star Search winner Kasha, and youth division winner, Livy Jeanne, traveled to Nashville and Pigeon Forge, TN, to compete in the North American Country Music Associations International competitions. Both girls scored big, winning several International awards. 

Kasha scored top marks in the International adult New Modern Country category winning both the International Female Vocalist and International Female Entertainer awards, plus she and Mitchell Smith entered as a New Modern Country duo and also as New Modern Country co-songwriters, and won both these International awards.

Livy Jeanne won the International Female Vocalist and Entertainer awards in the New Modern Country age 13 to 17 category, plus an International video award in the same age category, and 2 International songwriting awards as a single writer and as a co-writer.

Full Story and photos

Country Star Search 2011:

Applications are now being accepted. Please read the new Rules & Regulations and note that changes have been made. A new category has also been added for competitors 35 years of age or older. They will now have their own category in which to compete and their own prize package. For further information Click Here!


Special Concert Announcement:                                                                                            

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                                           Global Country presents: 

                                 Canadian Country Christmas concert

                                     Monday December 6th, 8:00 PM
                                      Festival Place, Sherwood Park

Featuring: Sean Hogan, Jamie Warren, Duane Steele, Samantha King, and special guest artist Katie Mission from Global Country Artist Management.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct 12th. Adults: $31.95, Seniors $24.95, Under 17: $17.95. Available at the Festival Place Box Office (780)449-3378 or Ticketmaster (780) 451-8000
*** Prices stated are with service charges included.


New Contests - Win tickets to see:

                                            - Kris Kristofferson                                                                                                   - Kenny Rogers                                                                                                                 or                                                                                                                         - Lonestar 

Sign up to be notified of future Global Country concerts by email and be entered in to our new contest draws for one pair of tickets to see Kris Kristofferson at The Venue At The River Cree Casino, October 30, 2010, at 7:30 pm, Kenny Rogers on November 10, 2010, at 7:30 pm, or Lonestar on November 20, 2010, at 8:00 pm. Global Country thanks the River Cree Casino for their support.

Send an email with the heading: Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Rogers, or Lonestar and your name and phone number to: contest@globalcountry.ca   Sorry, you must be 18 or over to use the tickets as the show is in a casino. 

Kris Kristofferson contest closes Sunday, Oct 24th at 11:59 PM.   

**** Winner of 2 tickets to Kris Kristofferson - Gene Sabo****

Kenny Rogers contest closes Thursday, Nov 4th at 11:59 PM.

*****Winner of 2 tickets to Kenny Rogers - J Myrol****

Lonestar contest closes Sunday, Nov 14th at 11:59 PM.

*****Winner of 2 tickets to Lonestar - Roy Powell****


                                 Online Contest Winners

The winners of the online contest to win 2 tickets to see Tanya Tucker at The Venue At The River Cree Casino on Saturday, Aug 29th at 8:00 PM, are John and Helen Ross.  Tickets are still available by contacting The River Cree Casino . Watch for future online contests  


Showcase Opportunity for Alberta Country Artists Who Are Not Already a Part of the Canadian Country Music Week Showcases or Songwriters Circles.

Edmonton September 9 – 11, 2010


102, 10722 – 103 Avenue, Edmonton, T5J 5G7

Alberta Music and Global Country are proud to present a chance for you to perform during the CCCMA’s. If you are interested in applying for a 25 minute slot please read the following criteria below:

You must be an Alberta Music Member

You do not already have a CCMA sanctioned performance

Have at least one commercially released CD

You must strictly be a country music artist

Afternoon performances in either the Westin, Sutton Place or Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe hotels.

Accoustic set, no drums, small stage

No singing to tracks

Send us a photo, CD, and bio through the mail to the 

Alberta Music office

102, 10722 – 103 Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5J 5G7


Submit on-line at www.amia.ca. Click on Events, and fill out the form.


Online Contest - Win tickets to see Tanya Tucker 

Sign up to be notified of future Global Country concerts by email and be entered in to our draw for one pair of tickets to see Tanya Tucker at The Venue At The River Cree Casino, August 28, 2010, at 7:30 pm. Global Country thanks the River Cree Casino for their support.

Send an email with the heading Tanya Tucker and your name and phone number to: contest@globalcountry.ca

Contest closes Sunday, Aug 22nd at 11:59 PM.


Global Country Stars Of Tomorrow Show
Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 4:00 pm
Lamont Recreational Centre - Free Admission

Featuring 2010 Country Star Search winner Kasha Derechey, 2010 Country Star Search Junior Division winner Daylin Jorgensen, 2010 Country Star Search Youth Division winner Livy Jeanne, with Country Recording Artists Katie Mission and Mike Gouchie.  Also featuring the Global Country Band led by Fred Larose.


Exhibitor Passport Draw Winner:

The winner of the Exhibitor Passport draw at the All Star Concert was Pamela Kawulych, who won two  tickets to see Carrie Underwood in concert at Rexall Place on Dec 18, 2010. Global Country thanks Northlands for their support. 



The 12th annual Global Country All Star Concert  on June 14, 2010, was once again a spectacular show.  Our young artists, who kicked off the show, did us proud and the seasoned recording artists closed the show off with style. The 13th annual Global Country All Star Concert & Country Star Search will be Monday, June 13th at the Winspear Centre. 


Global Country Star Search Winner declared:

Global Country congratulates Kasha Derechey from Edmonton, who won the audience's hearts and votes, and was declared the 2010 Country Star Search winner. The runner up was Ivan Daigle from Petiteadiac, New Brunswick. All the competition finalists made a great showing, and Global Country is proud of  their performances.   

                       Sean Burke of CISN 103.9 interviews Country Star Search winner Kasha Derechey while runner up Ivan Daigle watches.

Sean Burke of CISN 103.9 interviews Country Star Search winner Kasha Derechey while runner up Ivan Daigle looks on.

                                             Kasha Derechey  

Kasha is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Edmonton. She began singing at the tender age of 4 at family weddings and senior homes, accompanied by her father on guitar. Now, she possesses those head turning qualities that will get you singing along. Music is a very important part of her life. Aside from singing, Kasha teaches piano and is also a dance instructor. She teaches family friendly programs, as she is a wife and mother of two young girls. As an artist Kasha hopes to do nothing more than to serve the music...and insure that her audience feels the message of the songs. Visit Kasha's web site

                                    Ivan Daigle

                                                      Ivan Daigle

Over the course of the last 10 years, Ivan Daigle has grown from the local New Brunswick country music’s scenes favorite young rising star, to an exiting concert performer. He spans country generations with ease and keeps fans entertained. His performances are genuine and he has the ability to tailor his shows to the audiences that he performs for.

Whether its a small crowd of 3, or a sold out auditorium, Ivan hits the mark. Songwriting since the age of 10, Ivan has taken his emotions, put them in to words, and set those words to music, taking us to places that some of us have never been to before, places we wish we were at now, or places we almost wish we could forget, He has won first place in several singing competitions, most recently, in Summerside, PEI, at the Atlantic Starr, where Ivan beat out 14 other competitors. For Ivan, entertaining his fans is the most important part about performing. Whether he makes you cry, laugh, or a little shocked, he promises a good time.  


Talent Workshop: 

The Global Country Artist Development Workshop was a fun and great learning experience for those preparing to try to make a career in the music business. Topping off the workshop was an amazing motivational session with Nashville performance coach, Tom Jackson, the man behind the success of such artists as Taylor Swift.  

     Tom Jackson        Songwriters

All Star Concert Artists Announced
  April 24th, 2010
The list of artists appearing at the All Star concert on June 14th is nearly complete. Plan to join our reunion with old favorites like Gil Grand, Kenny Hess, Rylee Madison, Katie Mission, and Jake Mathews, and meet some new soon to be favorites like Tim Hus, Myrol, and Chad  Klinger. Come and see how some of your favorite Rising Stars have grown up and are advancing their careers. Leah Durelle & Aaron Goodvin, the Plain Janes (formerly the Vissia Sisters), Kayla Patrick, Danielle Lowe, and last year’s Junior and Youth Star Search winners, Olivia Leaf and Sean Sonego, are coming home for the party. Also meet our 2010 Junior and Youth winners, and vote which one of the five Star Search finalists will carry the Global Country torch this year.

The 12th annual Global Country All Star Concert, Monday, June 14th, 7:30 PM at the Winspear Centre. Tickets are $30. Get them now, they’re going fast! Tickets are available at the Winspear Box office. To order by phone call (780)428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081.

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  Talent Workshop - June 12, 13 & 14, 2010 - Download Registration
  April 28th, 2010
  Success is a Journey - Have You Planned Your Trip?
  Presented by Global Country Canada
  Successful careers in the music business require planning. Global County’s Talent Development Workshop will provide an overview of the planning necessary to help make your career in the music industry a successful one.
  Join us on June 12, 13 & 14th, 2010 and learn:
  • How to create your own Business Plan
  • How to write a grant application
  • How to set yourself up for success on stage
  • How to prepare for the studio
  • Keys to creating a successful Marketing Plan
  Songwriters Circle
  A songwriters circle featuring: Gil Grand, Anthony L. Smith, Rylee Madison, and Katie Mission, will be held on Saturday, June 12th as part of the workshop.
  Showcase Opportunity
  There will be a limited number of showcase opportunities for participants during the workshop. Slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Participants must be registered for the workshop in order to showcase.
  Backstage Pass

As part of the workshop we will take you backstage during the preparations for the Global Country All Star Concert and provide you with an opportunity to meet with some of the guest artists.



As an added bonus all participants will receive a FREE ticket to the Global Country All Star Concert at the Winspear Centre for Music on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

Spaces are limited for the workshop, please register early to avoid disappointment.

Plan for your Success, REGISTER NOW! - Download Registration

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Country Star Search Finalists
May 15th, 2010

Christina Dubinsky
Sherwood Park, AB

Sheritta Kahpeaysewat
Cochin, SK

Kasha Derechy
Edmonton, AB

Ivan Daigle
Petiteadiac, NB

Kara Wilson
Edmonton, AB

Tyler Lizott
Fort Vermilion, AB
Country Star Search 2010 - Youth & Junior Division Winners
May 15th, 2010

Livy Jeanne
Ardrossan, AB
Youth Division Winner

Daylin Jorgensen
St Albert, AB
Junior Division Winner
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Historic Alberta Rock N Roll Reunion concert now available on DVD

The Alberta Rock N Roll Reunion concert, presented by Global Country, is now available on DVD. Besides capturing all the excitement of 17 Alberta acts performing the songs they originally recorded nearly 50 years ago, the DVD provides an historical background to the artists and the development of the new musical form that was known as rock and roll. For more information or to order: www.albertarocknrollreunion.com
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