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.
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.
For entry forms and prize
package informationclick here
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Gibson, Global Country
Presidentand Global Country StarSearch
Winners received numerous awards
at the 2016 North AmericanCountry Music
Associations International Annual
Awards Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
MaryanneGibson received the 2016
Appreciation Award for Dedication
& Unselfish Endeavour to make the 2016 Country Music Week a success
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.
Country Star Search Winners hail
from Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Kelowna.
Josh Ruzycki, 17 –
20 Category – Edmonton/Sherwood Park
Vocalist and 2016 Male Entertainer as well
as 2016 New Modern Country Song of the Year for
Pearson, Adult Category – Edmonton
Entertainer and 2016 Most Promising Vocalist
as well as 2016 New Modern Country Song of the Year for “I
Lavellee, Adult Category – Medicine Hat Redcliff
Vocalist of the Year and 2016 most
Promising Entertainer of the Year, as well as 2016 Country Song of the
“Sun Goes Down” and Traditional Country Song of the Year
for “Half Past
Ben Klick, Adult
Category – West Kelowna, British
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”,
Madison and 2016 New Modern Country Song of the Year for
Angels, Edmonton & area
of the Year for “Best Friends”and2016 Album of the Year for “Paint the
Town Red” and 2016 Songwriter of
the Year for “Memories
Shawna Lynne , Sherwood Park
of the Year for “Kick Down the Door” and2016 Songwriter of the Year for “
Guitar” , co-writer Joni DeLaurier
2016 Song of
the Year for “Detours” and 2016 Patriotic
Song of the Year for “Alberta Born and
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.
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 is pleased to announce that John
Nova Scotia will be the coordinator of
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
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
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
top five finalists.
We feel this is a necessary move, as many calls
inquiries have come from other parts of
wanting to know if we can make it more accessible for them to
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
this coming September.
This competition has many success stories, where
from previous years have been able to further their careers as
artists, song writers and even in the music business itself.The educational component of this competition
takes them on a learning trip to
which includes songwriting opportunities and general knowledge and
the Country Music business itself. In addition winners have the
opportunity to compete
at the International lever at the North American Country Music
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
sides of the line,
will establish the same opportunity on
For further information on Global Country contact Maryanne Gibson at
John Perry at 902-404-2999.
Star Search applications
will be available early in 2016.
Country Star Search took place at
the Mercury Room on May 2, 2015. Winning
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
trophy followed by runner up Mariya Stokes of Calgary.
and runner ups are entered into the Global Country mentorship program
takes place in Edmonton and also Nashville, Tennessee, and all will have the opportunity to travel with Global
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
Sumerlyn runner up &
runner up &
Nicky Pearson winner
Age 13 - 17
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
Nicholson, Jessy Mossop, and Sydney Mae won a total of 12 awards at the North American
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
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
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
Borgwardt, who works with Global Country and is the Nashville Road
Manager, was presented with
the Industry Person of the Year Award.
Country nominates Canadians into the North American Country Music Hall
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
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
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
2014 Global Country Star Search competition at the Mercury Room of the
Blue Skys Cafe saw one of the strongest group of competitors ever.
the youth division, Julia Nicholson from St Albert was the ultimate
winner, with Sydney Mae of Cochrane placing a close second.
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.
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.
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
***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 -------------------------------------------------------
to Brett Kissel who won a Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the
Year at the 2014 Juno Awards in Winnipeg on March 29th.
again Global Country is very proud of the artists who have been part of
the Global Country program.
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
Alee declared ACMA Female Artist of the Year, and Brett Kissel awarded
the Rising Star Award and the Single of the Year Awards.
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.
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.
Country is proud of these artists who were part of the Global Country
The 15th annual Global Country Concert took place on Sunday,
June 23rd at 2:00 PMat
Park. This was the last year for the concert. Country Star Search will
continue. The 2014 competition will be held in May, 2014. Details
2013 Star Search Winners Declared
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.
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 PMat
Festival Placein 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
of a traditional Nashville show, Lisa and her band of fine musicians
some to the classic all time country hits. Lisa has been a part of the
Country concerts for all 15 years.
Popular favorite from several
previous Global Country
concerts, Kenny Hess, from Mission, BC, will make a return appearance,
time he will also be introducing his daughter Becky, who is now also a
Keeping with the theme of
introducing a new generation of
artists, Krysta Scoggins, who has just released her 2nd
“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
recording duo, The Orchard, along with former Global Country Star
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
Also appearing will be last year's Star Search winner, Candice Ryan,
returned from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where she won the North American
Music Associations International female vocalist and entertainer
awards, is now
receiving radio airplay across Canada, and is the official anthem
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
after the concert. In addition, the event will pay a special tribute to
Global Country founders and officials.
Sponsored by the
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
2013 Country Star Search Deadline extended
to April 30
is still time to get your entry in for Country Star Search as the
deadline has been extended.
you’re a budding
country music star, here is your opportunity to perhaps win a spot to
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
CCMA delegate package for this year’s Country Music Week in
Edmonton, a $1,000 prize from Factor, and more.
December 17th, 2012
Artist, Stephanie Roinier is leaving for France
this week, where she is enrolled in the leading MusicSchool
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
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 More
Country Star Search 2013
Cooper Studios has come on board
partner with Global Country to produce and further develop the Country
The plan is to add an
and expand the Search to points in the Northern Area of Alberta and
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
continue as is and will also be expanded to rural areas in
and Saskatchewan. Cooper Studios will play a major role in this
We welcome Cooper Studios
and look forward
to having them as a partner.
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 email@example.com
. 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:
Leitch of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, sponsor of the
Annual Global Country Concert, with Candice Ryan, the 2012 Country Star
Due to a
booking problem with Festival Place we can not hold our concert there.
14th Annual Global Country Concert will now be held at the Arden Theatre, 5
St. Anne Street, St Albert, Alberta,
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 Opry. Tickets
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
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
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.
March 31, 2012 , Ramada (Hotel) Conference
Edmonton - Limited Space ---------------------------------------------------------- Global
Country Presents :
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
liveshow engaging and memorable, exceeding audiences' expectations,
fans for life.
Many successful artists have learned from Tom: Taylor Swift, Jars of
Jordin Sparks, Michelle Wright, James Bryan, Casting Crowns, Francesca
Gloriana, The Band Perry, and other acts you admire. Artists who've
from him have had hundreds of #1 songs, sold millions of records, and
countless millions live. But his teaching will help anyone who performs
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
I'm recommending him to every serious performing artist I know." -
Derek Sivers, Founder of CDBaby and
"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,
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
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:
a Vision for Your Show"
Two things will happen when you exceed your audience's expectations: 1)
ask you back, and 2) they'll tell someone else about you. But in order
exceed their expectations, you need a vision for your show! Learn Tom
Live Music Method and see how you can turn your "songs" into moments,
and your "set list" into a captivating show.
Live Music Makeover"
Tom Jackson is a master of creating musical
stage moments out of your songs. In this session, you'll see what
rehearsal should look like. Selected performers will receive a Live
Makeover that pulls out the uniqueness of each artist and helps them
emotionally to everyone in the audience. A crash course in going
to great on stage. It's an invaluable nuts-and-bolts experience for any
serious about stagecraft and not-to-be-missed!
Option - Three and a half hour
session with 6 artists -
first come first serve basis @ $350 ea SOLD OUT - Lunch
Coffee break in the middle (20 minutes)
spend 20 minutes with each artist (listening to 1 song and tweaking
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
each artist, too; and the concepts he uses will be valuable to
- General Session with a
demo band Can accommodate 50 to 75
people - $100 ea -
FEW SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE
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
Olivia Wik (centre), winner and runner up Marilyn
Congratulations to Maryanne Gibson for receiving the Alberta Music
Industry Builder Award.
Jensen CEO of Alberta Music presents Global Country CEO Maryanne Gibson
with the Industry Builder Award
gala evening, held at the stunning Art Gallery of Alberta
will provide the
community with the opportunity to honour four individuals who have
excellence and international recognition in the music industry. This
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.
evening itinerary includes:
- Awards Show with
- Industry After
Party with live entertainment
Music at 780-428-3372 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to confirm your attendance or for more information
Country Vocal Spotlight Finals
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 7:00 PM at
Mayfield Trade Centre
Country Vocal Showcase:
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
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.
would like to thak everyone who attended and supported
our 13th Annual event. Donations to the SlaveLake
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
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 Country. 48
displaced residents from Slave Lake were able to
enjoy the concert as a result.
a huge thank you to our sponsors: CFCW;
Swanberg Air; FACTOR; SOCAN; Sennheiser; Powersound; CHLW; CCMA;
and Wilde & Company Chartered Accountants, Vegreville.
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
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 was born and
in Grande Prairie and now
lives in Beaumont. He is
an energetic and captivating singer/songwriter/entertainer. His
top notch and his performances are always full of funk, humour, strange
instruments, pterodactyl squawks, grunts, grooves, storytelling and
ol'fashioned zip zap wit. He and his wife Julie have recently returned
few years of living, teaching, and performing in Japan
now have their eyes set on becoming a part of Canada's
vibrant musical community.
Roinier - runner-up
Star Search update June 2, 2011
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
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
of 20 or more. Call the Winspear Box Office at (780)428-1414 or
1-800-563-5081. To buy online click here.
the proceeds from the concert will go towards the SlaveLake relief
are also asking individuals and businesses to purchase tickets at $25
each, which will be given to SlaveLake 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
up includes new recording artist Tennille who is featured on CMT with
video “Pictures on a Crooked Wall”, Lisa Hewitt, Tracy
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
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.
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
Joe Bauman Beaumont,
Tyler Lizotte Chicoutimi,Quebec
Fort Vermillion, AB
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
Sherwood Park, AB
Calgary, AB 7 - 12 Winner
13 - 17 Winner
Over 35 winner
winners will perform with the All Star band at the Global Country All
Star Concert at the Winspear Centre on Monday, June 13th, 2011. More ------------------------------------------
Global Country Star Search
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
Global Country Announces two young ambassadors:
Kasha Derechey & Mitchell
Country is proud to support these two talented young artists who are
into the music industry. Kasha is our 2010 Country Star Winner and
is rapidly developing into a first class guitar player. Together they
as The Orchard. The Orchard will be representing Global Country
at various events.
Take a little feel good country music and mix it
rock ‘n roll, then add a rootsy, bluesy feeling, and you have The
Derechey (2010's Global Country winner and a Berklee College of Music
and Mitchell Smith (Berklee College of Music student) make up this
project out of Edmonton. Since
winning the 2011 North American Country Music Association's
of the Year award in Tennessee, The
Orchard has been working with top Canadian Country Music producer, Bart
tracks are currently being worked on with Bart, with some help from
Pulver of Doc Walker. The Orchard puts on a high energy show, with fast
covers, and smooth originals, that listeners can get into the first
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
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
Country ambassadors - The Orchard
Mitchell Smith &
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Letter from 2010 Star Search Winner
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
of winning, to many first and unforgettable moments, this year has been
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
venues, and experienced a closer encounter with the music industry.
one of my favorite moments was the Nashville
trip. Bill Borgwardt
put together a flawless itinerary and from start to finish we were on
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
to be able to see landmarks of musical history and getting the
gain a stronger sense of where some of the most unique and highly
artists and musicians came from. It wasn't all learning,
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
before even coming down! They were incredibly supportive and made sure
well taken care of! We shared a lot of laughs on this trip. The
Pigeon Forge was a very cool experience. I was lucky and grateful that
also allowed to have Mitchell Smith join me down there so we could
the Duo Category! We are very thrilled to be taking that award among
awards I was successful with in various categories from this
in Nashville I had the
to also meet many people who Global has connected with over the years
the Star Search program. We were missing Maryanne and everyone was
her. The reputation of Global Country could not be mistaken down there
anything but great. I was honored to be down there representing Global
Thank-you so much for everything I've experienced through the Global
Star Search Competition, thank-you to Maryanne Gibson, and thank-you to
Borgwardt for helping create such an amazing Nashville experience.
forward to hearing from winners for years to come!
from 2010 Star Search Winner Youth Winner Livy Jeanne and her parents
To Maryanne Gibson
to let you know how Thankful we are to you and Global Country. The
for Livy and ourselves was incredible!! We loved every minute of
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.
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
do...we know you are the Heart Beat of Global Country.
Hope to talk to you soon
2010 Country Star Search Winners score big in 2011 NACMAI competitions:
March 2011: 2010 Country Star Search
and youth division winner, Livy Jeanne, traveled to
Pigeon Forge, TN, to compete in the North American Country Music
Associations International competitions. Both girls scored big, winning
several International awards.
scored top marks in the International adultNew
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.
Jeanne won the International Female Vocalist and Entertainer awards in
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:
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!
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.
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
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.
Opportunity for Alberta Country Artists Who Are Not Already a Part of
the Canadian Country Music Week Showcases or Songwriters Circles.
September 9 – 11, 2010
SUBMISSIONS IN THE ALBERTA MUSIC OFFICE - AUGUST 27
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
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
Accoustic set, no drums,
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
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.
Global Country Stars Of Tomorrow Show
Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 4:00 pm Lamont Recreational
Centre - Free Admission
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.
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
Placeon Dec 18, 2010. Global
Country thanks Northlandsfor
The 12th annual Global Country
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.
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
Star Search winner Kasha
Derechey while runner up Ivan Daigle looks on.
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
she possesses those head turning qualities that will get you singing
Music is a very important part of her life. Aside from singing, Kasha
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
to do nothing more than to serve the music...and insure that her
feels the message of the songs. Visit Kasha's web site
the course of the last 10 years, Ivan Daiglehas
grown from the local New Brunswick country music’s scenes
favorite young rising
star, to an exiting concert performer. He spans country generations
and keeps fans entertained. His performances are genuine and he has the
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.
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.
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.
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
How to write a grant application
How to set yourself up for success
How to prepare for the studio
Keys to creating a successful
A songwriters circle
featuring: Gil Grand, Anthony L. Smith, Rylee Madison, and
Katie Mission, will be held on Saturday, June 12th as part of
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.
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
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
Spaces are limited for the workshop, please
register early to avoid disappointment.
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