For Immediate Release (Camrose Alberta)
The full lineup for this summer’s Big Valley Jamboree is finally assembled, and with a range of country artists from all-time classics to up-and-coming superstars, we’ve got country for everyone this August long weekend in Camrose, Alberta. In addition to Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Florida Georgia Line, Paul Brandt, Dallas Smith, Brett Eldredge, and many more, we’re proud to announce even more of country’s hottest acts joining the roster for the biggest party this summer.
George Canyon got his big break on the hit series Nashville Star, which springboarded his career into stardom. His integrity and dedication to his family lives as a theme through the songs he writes and the stories he tells with his music and the way he lives his life. A diabetic, a former Air Cadet, and a licensed pilot, George is an active motivational speaker and philanthropist, earning him the title of first-ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. In the past two years, he has been recognized as the most played Canadian artist at Canadian country radio. He's also one of the most recognizable and requested stars on CMT. His videos garner hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube and he has won multiple Juno, East Coast Music Awards and Canadian Country Music Awards including "Humanitarian of the Year Award" for his philanthropic endeavours. On September 19, 2015, George was bestowed the honour of being inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and said he “considers this another blessing that God has given him”. George’s latest album “I Got This” was released in February 2016 and dominated the Number 1 position on the Canadian Country Music sales charts for 5 weeks.
After winning $10,000 in a Battle of the Bands, Patricia Conroy was able to send recorded demos to Warner Music Canada, and shortly after she was touring and earning fans all across Canada. The fruits of this hard labour would eventually result in Patricia being named the Canadian Country Music Associations “Female Vocalist of the Year “for 1994 and “Album of the Year” status for her sophomore release. Her final cd with Warner Canada, and the next two independent CDs kept the hits coming and resulted in the well deserved and popular win at the 1999 Canadian Country Music Association Awards where Patricia was voted "Independent Female Artist of the Year”, an award she went on to receive 2 more times.
It’s hard for John and James Abrams to recall a time in their young lives where they weren’t creating and playing music together. As fourth-generation musicians, The Abrams have already taken the “family business” to a whole new level, with their recent signing to Warner Music Canada and release of their major label debut self-titled album. Still only in their mid-twenties, they have been touring their distinct Country sound worldwide for over sixteen years, have been featured on CMT, NBC, FOX, Cosmopolitan NPR, BBC and CBC, and are among the youngest performers to ever play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Their major label debut single last year, “Fine,” charted in the top 40 on Country radio.
Andrew Hyatt, hailing from Sudbury, ON, is often known as the man with "Nickel bones & a Nashville soul”. From working in the Sudbury Nickel mine, to writing songs & independently touring Canada, Andrew released his critically acclaimed debut album Iron & Ashes in 2017. His lead single “On Me” is racing up the radio charts, making waves with a coveted #1 Most Added spot at Canadian Country Radio. As Andrew prepares to bring his unforgettable live show to festival main-stages across the country, 2017 is quickly becoming a landmark year for one of Canada’s most promising young voices.
With a generous demeanor, delicate wit, and an empathetic understanding of audiences of all shapes, Ken Stead’s performances are as true and honest as the songs themselves. Playing over 100 shows a year and touring across the country, Ken Stead’s natural ability is amplified by his drive and dedication to his craft. He’s been honoured with Folk/Roots Recording of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards, and was a Top 3 winner in the inaugural year of Project WILD, a radio-sponsored career development program and competition in Alberta. Going forward with vigour and heart, Ken will be releasing his new full length recording Civil War, in 2018. Produced by Winston Hauschild, Civil War is an earnest portrait of life’s conflicts, struggles and relationships, and how that mirrors the larger political climate. It’s full and dynamic roots rock with an emphasis on message; bridging binaries and breaking barriers of all types. It’s big and beautiful music that doesn’t need to polarize to speak strongly and directly.
Kalsey Kulyk grew up in a tiny mill town called Hudson Bay located in Saskatchewan, where she wrote her first song as a child. Through seasons marked by warm rides on her grandparents’ combine and chilly days spent sledding at Hardy’s Hill, she started to share her singing with family and friends. She continued to write music through high school, but it was during this time she first began getting sick. After repeated tests, she was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. During this time, she found solace in writing songs about her experiences. One night at a spiritual center, she felt moved to play for the audience, and after a listener thanked her for giving a voice to exactly the way he had been feeling she realized the power of music and how songs could be her tonic for healing others. Today, she’s blessed to live in the heart of Music City where the purpose behind her music remains the same: transforming struggles into rejuvenation. Other people might describe her music as “poignant” or “impassioned”, but for her, it’s about creating something even bigger, a remedy. In sharing her own voice, she hopes to reawaken others and to empower them to “sing and be heard”.
Noted for her superior writing skill and raw performance style, Sykamore has been creating music since 2012, releasing her debut indie album PETAL in summer 2013 and performing and sharing bills with Canadian music heavyweights and JUNO winners such as Paul Brandt, Tebey, MacKenzie Porter, Lindi Ortega, and Adam Cohen. More recently, Sykamore received first prize in the ATB Financial All-Albertan Songwriting contest, with her original song, “Heaven In the Pines”, taking home $10,000 from ATB Financial and an additional $2,000 from Alberta Music. Her music has been featured on the hit TV show Heartland (“I Can Make You Happy”), and she just returned from the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Halifax where she was nominated for the Discovery Award - one of six finalists that were culled from over 250 entries across Canada. Metro Magazine Calgary recently called her “One of Five Young People to Watch in 2016”.
Kristy Lee Akers
Kirsty Lee Akers is one of Australia’s most authentic recording artists. She is a rare talent who is proud of her indigenous heritage. Akers describes herself as a fusion of modern Americana and Country Pop stylings. She splits most of her time between Australia and Nashville, and in the past few years has also showcased her music in Canada. Akers is the only artist in history to have won the three major prizes in Australian Country Music: Toyota Star Maker, Telstra Road to Discovery, and a coveted CMAA Golden Guitar Award. Her 4th studio album entitled Burn Baby Burn achieved her highest ever chart position at #1 on release on the Australian Country charts. The very same album has now seen six singles released that have all achieved #1 spots on the Australian charts. Come awards season the album produced a stellar list of accolades including a Golden Guitar Award Finalist spot, an APRA Award finalist spot (Radio Airplay Award), Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition (Songwriting Award) finalist spot and seven CMC TV Award nominations. Internationally it has seen her recognised with honourable mentions in the International Songwriting Competition (USA) and also added to both CMT and Great American Country in the United States.
The Saloon House Band ft. Big Mike & Kixxsin
The Saloon House Band features veteran performers Big Mike & Kixxsin along with some potential surprise guests and will close out the Coors Banquet Saloon as you dance each and every night away under the stars. Mike Callan was born and raised in the small town of Williamsford, Ontario, on a steady diet of country greats like Don Williams. Perhaps foreshadowing his future direction, he also found appeal in outsiders like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. Moving to Calgary, Alberta as a teenager, he discovered and embraced modern country heroes like Travis Tritt and Mark Chesnutt while he taught himself how to play guitar. He made his stage debut at 15 years old and by age 16 was writing his own songs. The clever wit and charisma that are a part of his songs are an extension of his personality. With his strong, traditional voice and an imposing physical presence, Mike owns the stage when he steps on it. There is a great energy in his performance, administered with a nudge and a wink in the up tempo numbers, but he can deliver a ballad powerful enough to make you think he’s the strong, silent type while you wipe away a tear.