Backstage Pass: Building a Music Team – Lethbridge

Join Alberta Music, Liam Prost, Shaela Miller and Ryland Moranz for a discussion on Building a Music Team. Learn about the different roles managers, agents, record labels, publishers and publicists play in helping you develop your career. Following the panel, there will be time to network and meet creatives in your community. This event is open to everyone, including Alberta Music members and non-members. This event is ALL AGES.

Liam Prost:

Liam Prost is a music industry multitasker, working simultaneously as Programming Manager for the BreakOut West festival and conference with the Western Canadian Music Alliance, in operations with the Calgary Folk Music Festival over eight years, 10 festivals, and four job titles, and as an independent artist manager with his own company Tamarack Records. Liam specializes in content creation as a photographer, videographer and writer.

Shaela Miller: 

Shaela Miller’s years spent doing good country music work are safely etched into public consciousness. A turn at this point is by no means an undoing, but a welcome lead into new waters.  Miller’s rising profile is being amplified by a sonic reintroduction to one of Canada’s best voices and most sincere stage personalities.  On the heels of exploring a new sound, years of top-tier festival circuiting, TV placements like HBO’s True Blood, CBC’s Heartland and many other accomplishments, Shaela sets aside (at least for now) her Loretta Lynn likeness in favour of the synth laden corridors of a new sonic pathway.

Shaela’s forthcoming album “After the Masquerade”, is a self-indulgent trip back to a world of music she’s been patiently waiting to explore. The record was produced by Graham Lessard (Stars, Timbre Timbre) and recorded at Studio Bell in Calgary’s National Music Centre. Released on Canadian upstart Neon Moon Records, it’s a binary of “country and new wave that sees the two contrasting styles collide in dazzling fashion” (Plastic Mag) – a collision of genres that helped rear a young songwriter years ago.

Ryland Moranz:

If you look carefully enough, via clues like this lyric from Run Rabbit Run, the underlying thread running through the rustic alt. country and poignant folk songs of Ryland Moranz will reveal itself as the passage of time.

Continuing in the grand tradition of great storytellers, Ryland filters the spirits and genius of literary giants like Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemingway through the compositional templates determined by Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, or Blaze Foley, whose tragic demise is recalled in the affecting There Ain’t New Songs, which, like the ragtime-style Run Rabbit Run, is one of many sublime highlights featured on Ryland’s beautiful January 2021 sophomore release, XO, 1945.

Both in his own right as a solo artist and as an integral member of Leeroy Stagger’s potent alt. country outfit, the Rebeltone Sound, Ryland spends considerable time traversing the highways and byways of Canada, the US, and Europe, reflecting on personal growth and empathetically noting all around him, absorbing the images, stories, events, and experiences of the road as he goes. While the miles and time slip by Ryland reads, mainly history and classic literature, and of the new songs that have emerged from an inspired combination of the compelling pages of his book choices and all he sees through tour bus windows in pursuit of his art.

This program is supported by FACTOR and the Government of Alberta.