Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Kessi Blue

Kessi Blue’s music has been described as sultry, seductive and powerful, brooding with raw sentiment through Alanna’s distinctive soulful voice and lush expanding production. As Music Blog Under The Gun Review  says “No name immediately comes to mind when trying to think of a comparison for Alanna Clarke which I believe is a testament to her unique qualities as a songwriter and force to be reckoned with within the pop realm.” With influences spanning from classic 60’s songwriters to early 90’s alternative rock female artists to the most bubblegum of pop songs, Alanna has pulled inspiration from a mix of genres to become the artist she is.

Growing up an only child in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies fueled Kessi’s independent spirit from the start. It is here, surrounded by nature that she was inspired to begin writing songs & picking up the guitar and piano.

Kessi left high school early to be home schooled and pursue music full-time at age 15. She toured Canada on her own and through a demo that was passed on by a friend at a music panel, met songwriter Christopher Ward, (Best known for writing ‘Black Velvet’ by Canadian Artist Alanna Myles). Impressed by Kessi’s songs, Christopher contacted her and they started collaborating together where he quickly became a song writing mentor. With a cluster of songs in hand and her high school days behind her, she set off to follow her dreams in music and hit the road on tour in her native Canada at the age of 18.

In 2012 Kessi started traveling back and forth to Los Angeles to play shows and demo new material. In Nov. 2014 Kessi Blue released and premiered the single ‘Heartstrings’ on Freebikevalet.com.

Kessi calls Los Angeles home (Cochrane, Alberta), she also spends time in Berlin and Calgary.

London UK Blog Alfitude.com called her “Power pop with a distinctive voice” & LA Music Blog Free Bike Valet says “Kessi Blue is bound for indie popstress prosperity”. She has played NXNE, Canadian Music Week (2010-2012), The Annual Honey Jam Showcase (Toronto), Edmonton Folk Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, and legendary venues like The Viper Room and Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles), as well as many others.

Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Lexi Strate

Rich, rasp-filled, and sensually soulful, it’s hard to believe that Canadian emerging pop artist – Lexi Strate – has uncovered such a mature and seasoned voice at the age of 22. Then again, one might expect it from a teenager who locked herself in her bedroom those influential years to learn YouTube covers. A small town girl with big dreams, Lexi simply hasn’t had any time to waste.

 Now, as she closes in on a momentous tipping point, the Alberta-born songstress is ready to show off her evolution – and with thousands of subscribers cheering her on.

 Winner of the Virgin Radio Star Competition in 2012, Lexi won the opportunity to travel west and record her first single, “Turning Point” in Vancouver with chart-topping songwriter Mike James (Kelly Rowland, Kreesha Turner, Shilo). The song debuted on Edmonton’s 104.9 Virgin Radio – winning Astral Media’s Breakthrough Artist within only a month – and began receiving national airplay across Canada. As she built momentum, Lexi’s next track “Unstoppable” was featured on CW’s TV series “Beauty & The Beast”, and by January 2013, she had released her next single, “All For You” into the radio world. A collaboration between songwriters Mike James, Stef Lang (Mr. Immature), and Davey Badiuk (Dragonette), Lexi again went on to receive radio play across Canada and the song was featured in the hit TV Sci-Fi series “Continuum”.

 After plugging into the Vancouver music scene, Lexi began honing her songwriting skills under the mentorship of world-class producer Jeff Dawson (Danial Powter, Kelly Rowland, State of Shock, The Dudes) and top #10 Canadian recording artist Laurell (Can’t Stop Falling, Unbreakable). Toting her favourite albums with her (Dallas Green, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Adele, Jan Arden and Maroon 5) and pages of hand-written notes, Lexi fearlessly focused every songwriting session towards her artistic discovery.

 All the hard work was worth it. With urban-pop beats providing a foundation for iconic throwback influences of Paula Abdul and Diana Ross eras, Lexi has created a sound that is both familiar and new. Compared to the likes of Jesse J, Rihanna, and Pink, Lexi holds a tonal character that stands all on its own. Composing melodious, hook-filled lines with her pen scrawling rebelliously fun, unapologetically nostalgic lyrics, the songstress has unearthed from within the very voice and heart of her music.

 A face as stunning as her voice is sultry, Lexi’s sugar and smoke combination captivate audience after audience. Performing since the age of 12, Lexi has stood in front of thousands across Alberta, gracing numerous venues, hockey arenas, and most recently opening up for artists like Virginia To Vegas,The Sheepdogs, and The Trews (who asked Lexi to join them onstage across Southern Alberta to perform Serena Ryder’s parts on “In The Morning”).

 Hands Up! Music, who quickly jumped on board and are currently finishing Lexi’s debut EP. The first single off the highly anticipated release, “Antitode”, is a is a gritty Brittish-sounding pop song with infectious vocal hooks and a behind the beat swagger that can’t be ignored.

Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Shawn Hook

Shawn Hook’s last album, 2012’s Cosmonaut and the Girl, was out of this world, yielding three Top 20 hits, “Every Red Light,” “So Close” and “Two Hearts Set On Fire,” and setting him up for a promising career. His electro-injected dance-pop earned a Juno nomination for Breakthrough Artist, a national tour with Midway State, and a dedicated fan-base proudly named Hooksters. The accomplished singer-pianist has now finished working on his new album for Universal Music Canada, due June-2015.

The first single, “Million Ways,” shows the Vancouver native moving even further from his acoustic roots. The song is a mix of pop, disco, soul, R&B and electronica and showcases Shawn’s enviable falsetto.

“I’ve been listening to a lot of indie electronic music since I put out Cosmonaut and the Girl — like Phantogram, Capital Cities, M83, Empire of the Sun and Disclosure,” says Shawn of his new influence. “It’s still electronic, but not dance. It has old school synths, cool programmed beats and some real instrumentation mixed in.”

For the past two years Shawn has been non-stop writing music with A-listers Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow, Jason Mraz), The Fliptones (Jason Derulo, Jake Miller), Jimmy Harry (Pink, Hedley), Todd Clark (Phillip Phillips, Serena Ryder, Lucy Hale), Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Nelly Furtado), his Canadian peers from The Midway State, Mike Wise and Nathan Ferraro as well as finding confidence in writing on his own.

Highlights on Shawn’s new album include the electronic R&B-styled “Analog Love,” faster dance-pop “Bad Girls,” 90s house-vibe “In Over My Head,” and, of course, current chart topping smash single “Sound of Your Heart.” Over 8 million streams and counting for “Sound of Your Heart” on Spotify worldwide.

“My last album was a stepping stone, but I’ve evolved a lot and become a lot more comfortable with how I write and how I sing,” says Shawn. “I’m more self-assured. So moving forward with the new record, these songs are fresh and new.”

Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Liteyears

LITEYEARS is a five-piece pop band hailing from Toronto, Ontario and is the latest project from long-time collaborators and brother duo Brent and Brian Wirth (formerly of Thought Beneath Film). After garnering a surplus of accolades with their previous band , which includes winning the $50,000 grand prize of Slaight Music’s coveted “It’s Your Shot” competition, working with industry heavyweights Tom Lord-Alge (Blink 182, P!NK, Weezer) and Bob Ludwig (Daft Punk, Nirvana, Queen) on two records, completing several Canadian and North American tours, and receiving commercial radio play and video rotation on MuchLOUD for three of the band’s singles, the Wirth brothers are embarking on a new sonic path with LITEYEARS, one that features a more mature, focused, and accessible sound.

“We felt severely stifled by the two guitars, bass and drums formula and realized that we were itching to do something that was lightyears away from TBF musically,” says frontman Brent Wirth – hence the band’s moniker. While inevitably exposing their rock roots via stark dynamic shifts and explosively anthemic choruses, LITEYEARS’ sound is a significant departure from their previous work. Built upon a foundation of strong, expansive percussion, the band’s sound meshes programmed electronic loops, ethereal keyboards, and delicately understated guitar counterpoint with traditional, organic instrumentation: namely piano, symphonic strings, and glockenspiel. “Freeing ourselves from working exclusively with a specific set of instruments was the inspirational jolt we needed” says Wirth, “every song was a blank canvas that we could fill with any sonic palette we wanted to.” Ultimately, the band was able to expand on this philosophy with their five-part live video series “The Zoetic Sessions”, which was filmed at the iconic Zoetic Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario and features various large-scale collaborations (ie. the band performing with a 10 piece drumline, 40+ piece orchestra, world percussion ensemble, string quartet, etc.) and alternate musical arrangements for each song from the band’s debut EP. At this time, the band has released the first three instalments from the series, which have already accumulated over 250,000 combined views online to date.

The band is comprised of university music graduates, music scene veterans, well-worn touring musicians, and recording engineers/studio owners. This combined experience ultimately dictates the thought, care, and personal standards each band member expects not only from each other, but, most importantly, the music as well. After a year spent in studio hibernation, LITEYEARS debut EP American Towns showcases a band with unrelenting perseverance and the drive to create a record that doesn’t compromise. Joining lead vocalist/pianist Brent and guitarist Brian are bassist Nick Haberer, keyboardist/percussionist Adam Slinn, and drummer Joey Muha, who has notably attained viral fame, a loyal online fanbase of 520,000+ users and over 120 million combined views users via his distinctive drum cover videos.

LITEYEARS’ debut EP American Towns was released on August 12, 2016 via Slaight Music and features the band’s debut single “Rhythm In The Stars”, which was serviced to Canadian national radio on July 29, 2016 by RPM Promotion and has since received airplay on Sirius XM Radio and Virgin Radio as well as a variety of college/university radio stations. Mixed by JUNO Award winning mixing engineer Vic Florencia (Jason Mraz, Nelly Furtado, Tyler Shaw) and mastered by 11-time Grammy Award winner and industry legend Bob Ludwig, American Towns is a finely tuned machine that has lost none of the human heart and its five songs promise to be the perfect soundtrack to your wild, restless nights and quiet, dreamy mornings after. One can expect to see LITEYEARS on the road this spring as the band embarks on a nationwide tour in support of their debut effort in March 2017.

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Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Cassie DaSilva

Cassie Dasilva is a singer-songwriter from smalltown Ontario. Several hilariously failed attempts at a love life have inspired her committed relationship with music. The young artist is clumsily navigating the world, writing songs and preparing for her debut release. 

 

Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Bryan Finlay

Biography Bryan Finlay (born August 31st, 1993) is a Canadian Pop recording artist. His inspiration comes from such pop artists as Jessie J and Bruno Mars, rock acts such as Maroon 5 and Neon Trees, and Soul performers including Adele, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, and John Legend.

Bryan got his start competing against 140 other local musicians in a local radio contest. He was named the winner of the “7th Annual 91.7 The Bounce Showdown.” It was here that Canadian pop/R&B recording artist, Shawn Desman, and the production duo of Hipjoint Music Group Vancouver discovered Bryan’ s talents. This win gave Bryan the opportunity to record with world-class record producers, Mike James and Troy Samson (Hipjoint Music Group).

From there on in, Bryan has been spiralling up within the industry. In February 2011, Finlay released his first self-titled EP through a digital distribution deal with Hipjoint Music Group/Universal Music. Later that year, Bryan signed a Worldwide Licensing Deal with ‘ DMX Music licensing’ for Hollister/Abercrombie & Fitch C.O. They would later add his single Sentimental Fool to the Hollister Summer 2011 Playlist where it was featured globally. Sentimental Fool, went on to be a Top 20 radio hit, playing up against artists such as Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, and Adele. Bryan’ s second single from his debut EP, All I Can Do, was picked up by Epitome Pictures in July 2011 and featured on the MuchMusic (Canada)/TeenNick (US) multiple-award winning hit Canadian teen drama television series, DEGRASSI .

Bryan’ s latest surge of international interest occurred after receiving an unbelievable 7,600,000+ spins on his single “Good Times” on Spotify in late 2015 as he ended up on some popular trending playlists. Watch for a new EP from Bryan Finlay this spring!

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Tareya Green (Autumn Hill)

Calgarian singer/songwriter, Tareya Green, is best known for her role as lead singer in the pop-country duo Autumn Hill. Their debut studio album, Favourite Mistake, was released in 2013 and produced four country radio airplay hits. With “Anything at All” charting at both the adult contemporary and country formats, the duo earned the distinction of being the first Canadian country music act to crossover to pop radio since Shania Twain. Their sophomore album included the smash hit “Blame” which was the duo’s first Top 5 charting single. They have thrice topped the CMT Canada chart with their hits “Anything At All”, “Can’t Keep Waiting”, and “Blame.Championed by their industry peers, Autumn Hill received multiple nominations from the JUNO Awards and the CCMA Awards.
 
Tareya is following up the success of Autumn Hill with her long-anticipated solo album release, expected in 2017.
Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Dan Talevski

Sometimes, things just click.  They certainly have for Dan Talevski. At the tender age of 27, he’s already accomplished more than some artists twice his age. Millions of people have seen him sing on YouTube. He’s been signed to a major record label. Groomed for stardom alongside Justin Bieber. Toured with Backstreet Boys. Worked in the studio with will.i.am. Written songs for Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Keshia Chante and others. And now, with Guilty As Sin, his debut single for eOne Music Canada, he’s poised to take his rightful place as Canada’s next musical sensation.

http://www.dantalevski.com

Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Andrew Allen

Singer. Songwriter.

Allen’s DIY ability and optimistic attitude have served him well. He’s scored three Top 10 hits in Canada, 2009′s “I Wanna Be Your Christmas”, 2011’s “I Want You” and his biggest single released in 2010 “Loving You Tonight,” which was lodged in the upper reaches of the charts for more than 22 weeks and broke the US Top 30 while gaining over 4 million views on YouTube.

A lilting, sunny tune about an ideal romance, “Loving You Tonight”  helped put Andrew on tour with acts like The Script, Bruno Mars, One Republic, Train, Joshua Radin and The Barenaked Ladies…

Radio play aside, Andrew is a true live performer with an exceptional voice, incredible songs and limitless energy… not too mention a spatter of comic wit and story-telling ability that helps create a dynamic and interactive live show. He’s definitely an artist that embodies the term ‘live’.

Also an incredibly accomplished songwriter, Allen’s songs can be heard on the Grammy Nominated record, ‘Atmosphere’ by EDM aritsts KASKADE and Project 46, as well as on The Voice Germany’s winner Nick Howard’s sophomore release. 2015 holds promise with some big releases coming in the Spring!

Christmas Canada Pop Artists

Emma-Lee

Voted Toronto’s “Best Female Vocalist” by NOW Magazine, singer and songwriter Emma-Lee enjoyed her first taste of radio success in 2016 with her single “Worst Enemy” reaching #18 on the AC Mediabase chart and #24 Hot AC. The powerful anthem delivered a “be yourself and make no apologies” message, resonating with fans across Canada and beyond.

This holiday season Emma-Lee is excited to share her first original Christmas song titled It Won’t Be Christmas“I wanted to put out a song that was both sentimental and something people can dance to! My favourite Christmas song is Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, and I wanted to release something that evoked a similar spirit” she says of the single. At radio now and available for sale November 18th, the song cleverly pays homage to a number of Christmas classics while driving home the true meaning of the holidays: being with the people you love.

Emma-Lee is continuing to work on a full length album set for release in late Spring of 2017. Produced by Karen Kosowski, the album will feature songs written on the artist’s travels to Los Angeles and Nashville, as well as music written and recorded in a small 1950’s cabin in north Ontario where Kosowski and Emma-Lee frequent for inspiration.

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