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June 3, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The talent for the second of three CCMA Songwriters’ Showcases, On the Road to Halifax, was revealed today by the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®), in association with Music Nova Scotia and the Country Music Week 2015 Halifax Host Committee. Performing alongside Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Michelle Wright, in Yarmouth on Saturday, June 27 at the Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre, are Mark Cameron, Samantha Power and Jason Price.
“These regional showcases are providing an exceptional opportunity for some of our brightest emerging singer/songwriters in Nova Scotia. To take the stage alongside Canadian artists who have paved the way for the genre, in their own backyard, is something most artists only dream about,” said Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia, Scott Long.
“One of our goals is to foster growth in our music industry,” said Country Music Week Halifax Host Committee Chair, Stacey Jones-Oxner. “We are passionate about leveraging opportunities across the province for local artists to get in front of audiences, and share their sound and stories.”
Tickets for the June 27 showcase in Yarmouth (doors at 7:00 p.m. AT, show at 7:30 p.m. AT) go on sale this Friday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. AT and will be available via the Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre (box office phone 902-742-8150; in-person at 76 Parade Street, Yarmouth; open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. AT).
The first of the three showcases is set to take place in Truro on Saturday, June 13 at the Marigold Culture Centre. Tickets for the show, headlined by CCMA Award winner, Deric Ruttan, who has written an array of hit songs for himself and others, with Nova Scotian artists JD Clarke, Amanda Riley and Makayla Lynn, are still available. CLICK HERE for ticket info.
Still to be revealed, the lucky local artists who will take the stage on Tuesday, July 28 in Membertou alongside Carolyn Dawn Johnson, a multi-CCMA Award winner currently touring with Miranda Lambert. Tickets for this event, performed at the Membertou Convention Centre, will go on sale soon.
More information on the performers and their songwriting stories at the Yarmouth CCMA Songwriters’ Showcase at the Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre on June 27:
Since 1990, Michelle Wright has sold nearly two million albums, including two Double Platinum-certified and Gold albums. Michelle has twenty-five Top Ten radio hits, forty major music awards, including five CCMA Awards for Female Artist of the Year, and an America’s Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Artist. Michelle is a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and is currently enjoying the release of her new single, “Laugh A Little”.
Facebook: facebook.com/michellewrightmusic | Twitter: thewrightmusic
Singing and songwriting was always a hobby Mark Cameron kept to himself, until a cross-country trip inspired him to start sharing what he was working on with others. It wasn’t long after that trip that Cameron released his first original song, and lined up shows and festival appearances. From there, he embarked on another journey, this time to Nashville. The result: his 2012 album, Just The Way You Like It. Cameron has now released three national singles and appeared on the CMT Canada series, Big In A Small Town.
Facebook: facebook.com/Mark-Cameron-Music | Twitter: TheMarkCameron
Samantha Power is a Country Music singer/songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been racking up the travel miles to Nashville since signing with Artist Management Company VMG Entertainment Inc. After receiving a nomination for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Country Recording of the Year, Power has been focussed on performing and songwriting for her upcoming album. Power is influenced by the greats: she draws from artists such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Jewel, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride.
Facebook: Samanthapowermusic| Twitter: SamanthaPMusic| Instagram: Samanthapowermusic
It all started when Jason Price bought a second-hand guitar to teach his kids that if you stick to what you start, you will get better, and be rewarded. In less than a year, he played his first live performance, wrote his first song, performed in a sold-out show and made his television debut on CTV's Christmas Daddies. From there, he began hosting a weekly acoustic open mic night where he continues to hone his skills. He’s now the front man of his own band, has performed at multiple venues and festivals and won both the Canada Day Idol competition in Dartmouth, NS, and the Frank Spinney Talent Show in Wolfville, NS, among other accolades.
Facebook: JasonPriceCountry| Twitter: pricey8799| Instagram: jasonpricecountry
About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA):
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2015 CCMA Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund” and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax and Destination Halifax.
About Music Nova Scotia:
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by providing education, information and resources to members; acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise; and supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally.
Halifax Host Committee, Country Music Week 2015
Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2015 CCMA Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund” and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax and Destination Halifax.