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Alberta’s newest up and coming country sensation Dan Davidson exploded onto the Canadian country scene in 2016 with the release of his second single “Found” (Co-written by Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers). Dan became arguably the indie story of 2016 as his single “Found” rocketed up the charts and he became the #1 charting indie artist in Canada. By June 2016, “Found” reached #22 on the charts and was the 8th highest charting Canadian song in the country. The hit single also went to #57 (so far) on the Shazam charts across all formats and hit #18 on the iTunes sales charts.
The future is bright for Davidson. Already in only 2 years of being involved in the country music scene, his name is right up there on the charts with some of the top artists in north America – and he has found a way to do it 100% indie. Dan is new to the country scene, but is far from “green” in them music industry. He spent 10 years playing in the well-known Canadian indie rock band Tupelo Honey (who had several top 40 hits, top selling iTunes records and toured with bands like Bon Jovi). On the advice of a couple long time friends (who happen to be top selling Canadian country artists), Dan decided to start focusing on his new country project.
Dan’s sound came together as he started writing and working on music with Toronto producer Jeff Dalziel (Alee, Andrew Hyatt, Autumn Hill, Brett Kissel) and the two spent the better part of a year developing an EP that’s characteristic of Dan’s love of “good time” music.“ I love country music because it’s not about being cool, it’s about feeling something. It’s about having a good time and connecting with people. Country fans love live music, and are loyal to the artists they love. You can catch Dan sharing the stage in 2016 with artists like John Pardi, The Washboard Union, Kira Isabella, Beverly Mahood, George Canyon and many more!
Blending rural roots with an urban polish, Olivia Rose’s melodies tend to have a “stuck in your head” characteristic. Having hit a chord with audiences of all ages. Her firecracker stage presence has had her grace some of Alberta’s finest stages and opening for Brett Kissel¨ Cold Creek County¨ Chad Brownlee and Aaron Pritchett along with many other notable artists.
Not only being a multi nominated Alberta Country Music Association artist¨ 2016 recipient of the CN Youth award for the Mayorßs Celebration of the Arts¨ this young performer is also a two time winner of the Edmonton Music Awards Rising Star award. Olivia Rose is currently nominated for 3 Edmonton Music Awards Female Artist of the Year¨ Country Recording of the Year¨ and People’s choice.
Comprised of bassist/vocalist James Murdoch, guitarist/vocalist Robb Angus, guitarist/vocalist Kiron Jhass, steel player Darrek Anderson and drummer Ben Shillabeer, The Dungarees have a definitive musical mandate; Take the undeniable lyrical styling, twangy telecaster and steel guitar that they love from classic country, and inject it with harmony, modern intensity and pop sensibility.
Among Canada’s fastest rising stars, The Dungarees have performed at marquee festivals including Boots and Hearts Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede, Big Valley Jamboree, Country Thunder, Dauphin CountryFest and SunFest. Gracing arena stages, the band has proudly opened as direct support for Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert, and will be supporting the legendary Dwight Yoakam in October 2016.
The band’s lead single, “Ain’t Through Being Happy Yet”, received rotation and feature plays on commercial country radio across Canada. Produced by The Road Hammers’ Clayton Bellamy, the sophomore single "I'm Down" is set for an August 2016 release.
The Dungarees took home “Country Artist of the Year” at the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards, and both Darrek Anderson and Ben Shillabeer received All-Star Band nominations at the Canadian Country Music Awards. The band was most recently nominated for "Group of The Year" at the 2015 Alberta Country Music Awards, and was honored to be shortlisted for numerous 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards.