For 604 Records recording artist JoJo Mason, the past few years have been an incredible journey.With five Top 10 tracks under his belt, the Vancouver, British Columbia based artist was an easy choice for our September 'Emerging Signed Artist'.
Born February 26, 1990 in growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan JoJo spent most of his early years like many true Canadian kids – playing hockey on ice rinks and frozen lakes. With the opportunity of a successful career in the sport in his teens, he relocated to Victoria, BC in 2004 to play at the junior ranks. But this pursuit suddenly came to a screeching halt after suffering a herniated disk. This injury was devastating to his future in hockey and drove him down an unknown road without a destination. His dreams of becoming a professional athlete were suddenly crushed and it got to the point where he couldn’t even stand on his feet for more than an hour at a time because of the pain. Unfortunately the injury forced him into retirement at the young age of 19.
Mason struggled over the next several years, adjusting to life without hockey. He worked a series of jobs around Victoria before succumbing to the partying lifestyle. He became a heavy drinker and smoker, and was close to losing it all in the throes of depression. He describes that part of his life as a nightmare and he quickly realized that he was quickly becoming literally the worst version of himself. Thank goodness in the lowest point in in his life he discovered that music 'found' him and legitimately saved him.He’d grown up with no previous ambition to make music. He’d listened to his parents’ tapes of Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and his favourite, Brad Paisley — three of the revolutionaries — but that was about all. A move over to Cloverdale, British Columbia quickly opened the door to country music for him.
As an independent act, Mason was doing all right. His first two singles charted Top 10, which is rare for an indy country act, but little was known about him. Later, he met songwriter/producer Dan Swinimer and worked on developing his vocals. He signed to Manicdown Productions in 2014 and released his debut single, "It's All Good", in early 2015. It reached the top 10 on the Billboard Canada Country chart. Mason's second single, "Good Kinda Love", was released in November 2015. He signed to 604 Records for the release of his third single "Red Dress" in May 2016 and everything has been going uphill ever since! Those 3 hit singles put him on the map while his debut album 'Both Sides of the Bar' made the Canadian country music scene really take notice.
Mason’s 2019 sophomore EP “Chapter Two” was a fan favourite, with lead single “Future” quickly becoming his highest streamed song to date. The track peaked Mason’s interest immediately, notably blending two of his favourite genres; country, with a little bit of soul. This Top 3 song has become his highest charting single to date, while his third single “As If We Won’t”, released November 25, 2019 also had steady success peaking at #3 on the Canadian Country Charts. Co-written by Mitchell Tenpenny, Lindsay Rimes & Matt Rogers.
He’s been nominated twice for the Canadian Country Music Association Award Rising Star award and has had four BC Country Music Association nominations for “Entertainer of the Year,” “Male Artist of the Year,” “Single of the Year,” and “Fan’s Choice.” A Canadian Country Music Award nomination for Best Rising Star in 2017 led to Mason joing Gord Bamford on his “Honkytonks and Dive Bar” tour for much of that year. Jojo embarked on his first headlining run with “The Hug Life” tour which hit the road for a handful of western Canadian dates in the fall of 2019 bringing along with Eric Ethridge & Sons of Daughters.
Jojo is ready to hit the ground running once again, with the release of “Chemical” that was released in July. This high energy track is the first release from Mason’s forthcoming EP and was co-written by Mitchell Tenpenny, Lindsay Rimes and ERNEST. This new single comes off the heels of Mason’s latest video, a poignant rendition of the Black Eyed Peas hit “Where is the Love” which is dedicated to giving awareness to 'Black Lives Matter'.
Even with the pandemic curbing many concerts this summer Jojo performed at the Diesel Bird Music Festival on August 7, at Calgary’s Ramada Hotel Downtown, alongside Shawn Austin, Clayton Bellamy, Kristin Carter , Dan Davidson, Andrew Hyatt, Kelly Prescott and Kadooh. He has most recently taken on a very creative way to get music out to his fans renting an RV and touring across Canada having radio stations across the country hold contests to have Mason provide a backyard concert at a winner's home! How ingenious!!!!!
This talented guy has a super future ahead of him...known for being incredible to his fans and a master hugger with a smile that melts your heart..well Jojo.. nothing looks 'Better On You'!!!
After over a decade in the music business our featured 'EMERGING SIGNED ARTIST' Kadooh is taking things in a whole new direction and stepping into the spotlight for the first time. Known as the guitarist and backing vocalist of JUNO nominated/multi-platinum rock band State of Shock, he has always carried with him an appreciation for all genres of music — and now he’s ready to take it back to his roots.
Growing up in small-town Alberta, Kadooh remembers a time where Charley Pride and Conway Twitty would monopolize his mom’s minivan speakers on long hockey trips, leading the would-be guitarist to pour over records by Garth Brooks, John Michael Montgomery, and Brooks & Dunn. “I grew up in a really little town, it was all country and rural roads — I had a lot of that growing up,” he explained. “Country has definitely always been a part of my life.”
Signed under 604 Records with other artists like Andrew Hyatt and Dallas Smith, the singer/songwriter has released his first two singles as a solo artist “24 Reasons” and “Somethin’ To Roll On”, On”, and has already won his first BC Country Music Association Award (Ray McAuley Horizon Award). His debut six-song EP was released June 2019 — the culmination of what lead him to head out to the west coast 16-years ago.
“I moved out to Vancouver to be this person . . . it’s a bit of a change but it’s going to be great,” he said. “I’m so excited about it, and nervous at the same time, which I think is a good thing.”The project was brought together with the help of producer Jeff Johnson and reflects Kadooh’s new sound — one that has found influence in not only his everyday life, but an engrained love of music as a whole.
“I try to write about what I’ve experienced and my own thought pattern . . . all I’ve gone through in relationship breakups, there are lots of lumps, or good things in love,” he said, adding as a pretty fun, tongue-in-cheek kind of person, it was important for his music to reflect that. “Country music is a genre I’ve really grown to love, and I think it’s opened itself up on both the pop and rock side. The parameters have really expanded, and that’s been really great for me.”
Another guiding force came in the form of award-winning musician and songwriter Chad Robert Kroeger from the band Nickelback, who Kadooh said provided not only inspiration, but co-produced two of the EP’s forthcoming tracks, as well.“Chad has always been a big influence . . . kind of the big brother I never had,” he explained. “He really bit me with the bug of playing live and his drive to be in music really helped push me in that direction.”
Ready to take his place front and centre, Kadooh says while he may not be used to taking on the role of frontman just yet, he can’t wait to see what this new path has in store.“In the past, I kind of just got to be the guy on the side, and now it’s all about being in the middle and doing the best I can to entertain people,” he said with a laugh. “Music means so much to so many, and I can’t wait to get my new sound out there for people to hear.”
We finally got to meet Kadooh over a chance meeting at the hotel elevator during CCMA week in Calgary in 2019 and his fun, playful personality blew our socks off and made us instant fans. He remembered us everytime we ran into each other that weekend and always took the time to talk to us.
On August 7th catch him as he is a part of the sold out Diesel Bird Hotel Musical Festival headed by Dan Davidson being held at the Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary! We're really looking forward to seeing what is ahead for this talented and personable young man.
~ MATT LANG ~
Our “EMERGING SIGNED ARTIST” for July, comes all the way from Maniwaki, Québec - Matt Lang! This Christine, has actually vacationed in Maniwaki. I loved it there, it’s so beautiful, and picturesque!
Matt started writing songs at the young age of 16. His songwriting is loosely based on things he’s heard, some of his life experiences & love, and relationships. Songs that everyone can relate to!
Matt recorded his first English-language album in Nashville in 2018 with a Quebec born producer, Danick Dupelle (also known as band member of Emerson Drive). At that time, he didn’t speak a word of English ! That in no way stopped him, as the album went No.1, on the national iTunes Country Albums chart for multiple weeks in early 2019. By that time, Matt was mastering the English language at a rather quick pace and is now all but fluent, adding language skills to his long list of success stories. Talk about a great start out of the gate !
Matt’s singles off his first EP, ‘Love Me Some You’ and “My Final Pour,” have performed brilliantly, on all streaming platforms, with total EP streams exceeding 7.5 million+ to date.
Proudly from Maniwaki (QC), Matt has always wanted to bring - Nashville to Québec. Not an easy job, but Lang is doing it ! As you know, the Two Christine’s love Nashville and we’d love to bring Nashville to Ontario - so we understand !!
Matt performed over 150 live shows between 2018 - 2020, to ever-growing crowds. There’s no doubt that in his home province of Québec, that it’s hard to get tickets to a Matt Lang show, mainly because they’re sold out rather quickly ! Lang and his band had the opportunity to open for Tebey on ‘The Good Ones’ tour in Ontario and Western Canada. We were fortunate to catch the show when it was in Toronto - early 2020 ! Such a talented performer and it was a very fun evening! We also seen Matt at the Sirius XM competition and we were blown away. Matt and his band, performed their first European shows in March 2020, at the prestigious C2C Festival in Berlin. In addition, he was booked to perform at C2C London, UK, before COVID-19 forced Matt and his band to return home early. Were sure there was many take aways, and things they learned during that amazing, once in a lifetime experience !
Matt has always dreamed of having an international career and we feel he is on the right track, and well on his way to achieving this! His warm and powerful voice, combined with his impressive live show, quickly got him noticed by the Canadian country music community in English Canada, so much so, that in February 2019, he was signed to new record label and management company, Jayward Artist Group Inc. Based in Toronto. Jayward was founded by successful singer/songwriter/producer, Tebey, and veteran artist manager and label executive, Jill Snell. The label is distributed by The Orchard and promoted by Sony Music Canada.
These are some of the Awards that Lang has won - the national SiriusXM ~Top of the Country competition in September 2019, three prizes at Québec’s Country Gala, SOCAN’s Country Music Prize and got his first ADISQ nomination for English album of the year. He finished his 2nd English album, titled “More” and it was released in June 2020. The first single off of that album, ‘Water Down The Whiskey,’ was released to all media outlets in August 2019. It was the most-added song across all formats upon release, and reached Top 20 at Canadian country radio, and has soared past a million streams – all in short order. Not to bad at all! Matt’s current single is “Getcha”. It’s already hit #1 “Most Added Song in Country Radio” on Mediabase and Nielson BDS”! Congratulations!!
We feel even though Matt’s climbed quickly, that he’s going to be around for a very long time!! There is more exciting things on the horizon for this amazingly talented young performer, so follow him now, on all social platforms, to stay in the know! We wish you the best of success going forward Matt !
Our 'EMERGING SIGNED ARTIST' for the month of June has had one of the biggest years that we've ever seen crossing nationwide airplay charts and gaining immense popularity in country music throughout Canada and the States. Tenille Arts is one of those special women that not only sparkles with natual beauty but her talent in singing and writing music is off the charts!
A vocalist and songwriter with one foot in country and the other in pop, she became a breakout artist in her native Canada before her star began to rise in a major way in the United States.Born and raised in the small Canadian prairie town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, 26 year old Tenille Arts’ dream of performing took root at the tender age of eight. A next door neighbor had overheard her singing a Shania Twain song in her back yard and encouraged her mom to help her pursue music.Soon Tenille was taking lessons in piano and voice, and when she was 13 she started writing her own songs. It wasn't long before she was performing at showcases and talent competitions in Canada, and in 2009, she posted a video online of her performing an acoustic version of Taylor Swift's "Fifteen." The clip was seen by a music manager in Nashville, and he made an offer to represent her. She briefly relocated to Nashville but after it originally didnt work out she came home to Canada to finish high school, write more songs, work on her performing skills, and gain some life experience.
After landing a publishing deal in 2015 with Noble Vision Music Group she ended moving back to Nashville which she describes as one of the best career moves she could have ever made. She fully immersed herself into the country music scene and started collaborating with new people every day. She admitted she needed that time to figure out her “sound,” and it looks like she was right. In the same year Tenille released a single, "Breathe," that benefitted Cystic Fibrosis charities, an important cause for her since she gave dance lessons to a young girl living with CF. The track became a Top Ten digital Country single in Canada, and in 2016, Arts dropped a six-song self-titled EP that topped the Canadian digital country charts and broke into the Country Top 100 in the United States.
That helped the Canadian Country Music Association recognize her growing success with a 2016 nomination for their Discovery Artist Award, while the Saskatchewan Country Music Association presented her with the Emerging Artist Award that same year, along with the Album of the Year prize for her EP. She then followed up in 2017 with winning 'Album Of The Year'.She was nominated for 'Interactive Artist of the Year' at the 2018 CCMA Awards and the recognition continued to gain momentum in her home province with winning 'Female Artist Of the Year' in 2018, 2019 and most recently for 2020 at the SCMA awards in Regina.
Tenille’s 2018 touring included dates with Reba McEntire, Scotty McCreery and a 17-date tour opening for hit singer/songwriter Dean Brody. As soon as the tour ended, she received news CMT included her in their “Ten Must-See Indies You Need to Know,” a video discovery program that spotlights rising independent artists and established artists signed to independent labels.
Tenille's popularity in America received a big boost in January 2018, when she appeared on the reality dating series 'The Bachelor' singing her song "Moment of Weakness." Suddenly the song gained life on radio and streaming services and the following March Tenille signed a recording contract with Reviver Records in Nashville . Her first single for Reviver, "I Hate This," dropped in July 2018, and "Mad Crazy Love" followed in September 2018. A handful of 2019 singles preceded the January 2020 release of her second album 'Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between'.
'I Call You Names' is a song she specifically wrote about the journey of the relationship with her mother. It talks about being a bit of rebellious teenager she hoped it was a good enough apology to her mom for all those teenage years.Her newest single 'Somebody Like That' has garnished the most airplay so far in her career and is currently #9 on the Canadian country Music Billboard charts. This song also got a serious push in airplay by being featured on the latest season of 'The Bachelor' making it her 3rd appearance on the reality show series.
She finally made her first Grand Ole Opry appearance on September 21st 2019. Stepping onto that iconic stage was dream come true for her and what made it even more memorable for her was that her parents and siblings made the trip from Saskatchewan for the wonderful evening, as did much of her extended family and friends.We were very blessed to have personally met her in March 2019 at Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville at a songwriter's round with Dean Brody. She absolutely captivated the audience each time it was her turn in the round. It is astonishing to see how far this young lady as come in a few short years and we know the future holds only good things for her and the promise of even more fabulous music for many years to come!
Nice? Yes, they are that, but perhaps a better word is fierce. And super talented! The four ladies who make up award-winning Calgary, Alberta all girl country band Nice Horse are wild, wildly entertaining, fun, fresh, feisty and, yes, fierce! They’ve quickly already established themselves as one of the most talked-about, most eye catching and fastest-rising acts in the Canadian country music industry.The band consists of Brandi Sidoryk, Krista Wodelet, Katie Rox, and Tara McLeod. Krista and bassist/vocalist Brandi both came from classical backgrounds with degrees in orchestral performance and vocal performance. Katie who is on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals, established herself as a solo singer-songwriter and newcomer Tara McLeod, who joined the crew two years ago, has a musical background almost as eclectic as the entire band’s, backing up other artists such as Shawn Desman and Fefe Dobson.
Friends from very diverse musical backgrounds formed almost 5 years ago during an unforgettable girls’ trip to Hawaii. What began as a part-time project is now their full-time focus and has evolved into the first self-contained all-female country band in Canada. They all had other projects that they were serious about so this was supposed to be 'the fun band', just a way to hang out together and have a good time because they knew each other through the business. After spending time together writing they started to realize they has something incredibly special and it began to just roll out of control and the results in such a short time have been astonishing!
A live act to be reckoned with, Nice Horse have already shared the stage with amazing artists like High Valley, The Washboard Union, Paul Brandt, Tom Cochrane, Jess Moskaluke, Gord Bamford & the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. They’ve performed at such big-time country music festivals as Boots & Hearts Music Festival, Big Valley Jamboree and Dauphin's Countryfest, as well as showcasing during other high-profile events such as Rogers Hometown Hockey, Nashville's Americana Fest , JUNOfest, and during the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Week.
Not surprisingly, the awards and accolades have followed, including a pair of Canadian Country Music Association nominations for 'Interactive Artist or Group of the Year' at the 2018 CCMA Awards, two 2019 Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards including 'Group of the Year', and a win for 'Country Recording of the Year' at the 2018 YYC Music Awards. Honorable mentions include placing second in the 2017 Project WILD competition hosted by Calgary radio station WILD 953 - Calgary's New Country. and being named an 'Emerging Canadian Artist to Watch For' by Canadian Beats magazine.
C To C Canadian Country Music Insider has had the privilege of seeing them perform 3 times so far, once during the 2018 CCMA Fan Village in Hamilton, an opening slot of Dan Davidson's CD release party in Toronto in 2019 and at a Songwriter's series for CCMA week in Calgary last September. Each time they brought a type of electric energy that transmitted right into their audiences.
in 2017 their full-length debut CD 'There Goes the Neighbourhood' was produced by CCMA and CMAO winning Jeff Diesel along with iconic Canadian producer Bob Rock. It yielded a pair of hot radio and video singles, including for the sassy femme-country 'Mansplainin' and the catchy-as-all-get-out single 'Pony Up'. Most recently Jeff Diesel has helped them produce their latest single 'Hot Mess'. The band is currently signed with Coalition Music records.
They're shared influences range from Miranda Lambert and the Dixie Chicks to The Cadillac Three and Brothers Osborne. They want to be taken seriously and respected for that music and their skills, and not the gender of the members although they say being an all female band is a source of pride for them.But at the end of the day they want to be a good band — not a good female band, but a 'good' band. And they are..and only getting better. And believe it or not, actually nicer! Proof of that can be found in the work they’ve done to support the charity Can Praxis that is close to their heart., It's a non-profit organization that, fittingly, uses horse therapy to work with veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD, and help them regain their family relationships.
What’s next for Nice Horse? They've agreed that they want to take over the world pointing to the fact that they’ve already taken their talents across the pond for packed houses during recent European tours. They see the huge potential in it so they want to chase it as far as it will go once this Covid 19 pandemic settles down.Nice Horse. Good luck trying to rein these wild women in! They're about to gallop into taking Canada by storm!!