Alberta Music and the SAC will be conducting a three-day songwriting camp, and these nine songwriters will collaborate to create two to three demo-ready songs. The camp will also provide an opportunity to network and establish permanent collaborative partnerships. Songwriter Justin Gray will mentor the sessions throughout the camp.
The nine artists participating in this year's camp are:
1. Carrie Day (Edmonton)
Carrie Day is an Edmonton, Alberta based folk/roots singer-songwriter who has gained a reputation for her breathy vocals, poetic lyrics and skilled arrangements that channel raw emotion straight to the listener’s heart.
Carrie discovered her love for music at age 10, when she taught herself to play and read music on a second-hand organ and some tattered music books, that her mom picked up at a garage sale. When she was 13, her dad – who had never been much for the lotto – won just enough money on a lottery ticket to purchase Carrie's first piano, and that is when her musical studies took off.
Day studied classical piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music, then continued her studies at the University of Alberta where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Upon graduating, Carrie took up songwriting, developing a sound that has been described as a cross between Joni Mitchell and Cat Power. An introvert and shy by nature, Carrie’s songs showcase both her musical talents and her gift of reflection.
Day has been featured in local, national and international print, and is receiving airplay on CKUA, CBC, CJSR, Sirius XM, Now!Radio, and stations as far away as Australia. “A Glimpse of Heaven”, Day’s first music video, was nominated for a 2012 AMPIA Award. Day was nominated for the 2014 Edmonton Music Awards Female Artist of the Year.
With four full-length albums under her belt, Day is releasing a fifth project this May; an EP titled Chasing Rainbows.
2. Michael Dunn (The Moanin' After) (Edmonton)
The aural groundwork of The Moanin’ After lays pointed west at sunrise, across the lengthy straightaways where the golden fields are split by the brush and range roads, where harmony begins with the steady whir of the engine and the humming wheels leaving their Goodyear fingerprints upon the blacktop.
As the lead songwriter of Edmonton's The Moanin' After, Michael Dunn brings his prairie fables to life with cinematic lyricism and dynamic musicianship.
A former winner of the Calgary Folk Music Festival/Ship & Anchor Songwriting Competition, and a veteran of stages throughout Canada, Dunn blends instantly accessible narratives with the ability to lyrically tap into emotions that lie further beneath the surface.
Dunn is currently in pre-production with The Moanin' After to record a follow-up to his 2013 debut, "Come On Out Back To The Shed Tonight", which brought him personal and professional successes, including performances at the North Country Fair, Wild Mountain Music Festival, ArtsWells, and Fred Eaglesmith's Annual Picnic in Aylmer, Ontario.
3. Justine Vandergrift (Edmonton)
Alberta based singer-songwriter Justine Vandergrift has been singing and creating music her entire life. Growing up with musical influences ranging from country-folk to gospel and blues, Justine's songwriting results in a vast array of genres and styles. Her witty and insightful lyrics coupled with her passionate one-of-a-kind voice make Justine stand out long after any performance. Solo or with a band, her performance is strong, melodic and has been known to bring on a few tears. She has released 2 full length albums, Yes Alright OK and So Far... since 2011 and produced a various artist's Christmas album in 2013. She spent some time in February of 2015 writing and recording in Cuernavaca Mexico to prepare for her third album 'About Time' that will be released July 1, 2015.
4. JOAL KAMPS (Calgary)
Alberta’s own JOAL KAMPS is a free-spirited singin’, songwritin’, stortellin’ sensation – passionate about sharing his original award-winning music with others. By blending storytelling with songwriting, Joal creates music that he describes as “Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop.” Joal has already released several albums, won awards for his songwriting, and performed numerous tours and festival dates throughout western Canada, the northwest United States, and in Europe – all as a self-taught independent artist.
5. Bryan Finlay (Calgary)
Bryan Finlay is a Canadian Pop recording artist and songwriter. He has been Featured in Billboard Magazine, VICE, Noisey, and on Much Music. He has had several top 10’s in large Canadian markets. He has opened for major label artists like Down With Webster, Lights, K-OS, Kay, Kreesha Turner and more. He co-wrote the hit single “She’s So Hepburn” for YTV Next Star Finalist Ryland Clark. He Has had several songs placed on TV and in retail stores (Degrassi, Hollister). His debut album was recently released by a successful label in Korea. He has collaborated with German DJ Group, Inpetto on the track “Never Too Late” which is currently playing on radio in Europe, and was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine Russia.
6. Lindsey Walker (Edmonton)
Hilarious at times, but always touching, Lindsey Walker is a passionate force to be reckoned with.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lindsey has been calling Alberta home for over 8 years. After studying music and touring with various Edmonton-based bands, Lindsey made the leap into her first adventure as a solo artist. Since 2011, Lindsey has been touring very frequently, sparking a faithful following across Western Canada. Prior to her debut release (Our Glory; 2013) Lindsey was nominated for the 2013 Edmonton Music Award in the “Artist to Watch” category. The album was officially released May 2013 to a sold out crowd in Edmonton. Enlisting fans through Indiegogo's crowd-funding platform, Lindsey received an overwhelming response, garnering interest from numerous blogs, and was even featured on the Indiegogo homepage as a Success Story.
From her debut release, Lindsey has had one of her songs placed in film: Love You Right was played in the Canadian documentary “What's for Dinner” which aired nationally on CityTV.
7. Nuela Charles (Edmonton)
Nuela Charles is an alternative-soul singer songwriter whose second album “Aware” was released October 23, 2012. Since then she’s opened up for the likes of Ziggy Marley and Shad, has won countless awards including the inaugural Edmonton Music Prize in 2013 and has had multiple songs in TV shows including most recently Showtime’s “House of Lies,” and MTV's "Finding Carter." Her song "Unfortunate Love" has also been added to Tastemaker radio station KCRW and their online Eclectic24 radio station.
Currently, Nuela is spending her time writing and co-writing for her new record with various writers, spending time in Vancouver and LA.
8. Sean Hamilton (Calgary)
If you asked him, Sean Hamilton probably wouldn’t tell you about his music. He probably wouldn’t brag about the bands he’s played in or the countless miles crammed in a van full of guys and gear and too many fast food wrappers. And he definitely wouldn’t complain about working his nine-to-five job to make ends meet and fund the next campaign.
If you asked him, Sean Hamilton would tell you about his friends, because that’s who he makes his music for.
Sean grew up in Calgary’s bars, playing loud and fast and angry with his friends. Punk rock taught him to sing, but Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie showed him why he should.
Sean isn’t a punk. He’s too honest, too in love with the world and too damned determined to save it, one folk song at a time.
Sincerity is his trump card. He’d wear his heart on his sleeve if it weren’t already duct taped to the body of his acoustic guitar. From there it beats out a rhythm in time to his unvarnished vocals, his songs delivered with a reckless joy that begs you to sing along.
9. The Wisers (Calgary)
The Wisers are the beating heart of Canadiana, through and through. The four-piece, composed of best-friends-might-as-well-be-brothers Chad Thomas (guitar and vocals), JJ Shiplett (guitar and backing vocals), Greg Peace (bass and background vocals) and Darryl Swart (drums), move seamlessly from danceable rock songs to meandering beers-by-the-fire ballads – unsurprising given that most of the initial jams were banged out by Thomas on the acoustic between work-life and raising a family.
Equal parts The Raconteurs and the Tragically Hip, The Wiser’s debut record It's Safe I'm not Here is music for road trips and rye sips.
Recorded over six unending days at The Bathouse, the Tragically Hip’s famed farmhouse studio tucked between Montreal and Toronto on the banks of Lake Ontario, the storytelling exhales the struggles of reluctant working life and the musician lifestyle. The bluesy guitar licks, pounding bass lines and whiskey-drenched vocals of It's Safe I'm not Here echo the polarized spirit of Canadiana.
In their freshman year the band’s debut effort has garnered 25 college radio adds across Canada, charting on 11 of those stations and peaking at #4 on CHMR St. John’s, not to mention sitting in the top 5 of The Hawk 101.5 for 8 months (Sept 2014 - April 2015). Recognized as Calgary’s latest and greatest independent act by X929 CFEX-FM as 2014 XPosure winners, The Wisers are rapidly earning legions of fans from the beer-soaked floors of smokehouses to the hungry ears tuned in to college airwaves.< Previous Post Next Post >