2017 JUNO Award winner and platinum-selling country artist Jess Moskaluke recently reached a major milestone in her career when her current hit single “Drive Me Away” landed in the Top 3 at Canadian country radio, making her the first Canadian female to crack the Top 5 in nearly a decade – the last time being 2008 when Terri Clark’s single “In My Next Life” hit #1. In the spirit of shattering glass ceilings, Moskaluke also achieved platinum-selling status for her smash hit “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” – the only Canadian female country artist to do so since Shania Twain.
Crowned the 2017 JUNO Award winner for Country Album of the Year, Moskaluke is also the three-time consecutive Canadian Country Music Association “Female Artist of the Year”, and was most recently presented with five SCMA Awards including “Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year”. She also capped off 2016 as the most played female Canadian artist at radio, and with a new album in the works for later this year, it is apparent that all eyes will remain on Canada’s reigning queen of country as she continues to make waves through 2017 and beyond.
Set to hit the road this summer for a slew of festival dates, Moskaluke will also join Country music stars Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi and more for the Coors Banquet One Horse Town event, which brings superstar acts to a small-town stage in a nationwide competition. Fans can also see her this summer as she joins country heavyweights Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert on the mainstage at Canada’s largest camping and country music festival, Boots and Hearts (August 13th).
After Iconic musician Tom Cochrane’s early beginnings as a folk-based singer/songwriter playing the coffeehouses of Toronto’s famed Yorkville scene in the early ’70s, Tom became the driving force with the adventurous rockers Red Rider prior to achieving massive international success (over 3 million units world-wide and rare diamond-sales status at home) with the breakthrough 1991 album Mad Mad World and its anthemic hit Life Is A Highway, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! With his other recordings combined he has sold over 6 million world-wide. Over the course of this long and illustrious career, now spanning more than 40 years, the pride of Lynn Lake, Manitoba has covered more terrain than the Franklin expedition.
He has continued to create potent new material (5 more recordings and several separate single releases since Mad Mad World ) while cementing his place in the hearts of Canadians through passionate crowd-pleasing performances from coast to coast and his unwavering work on behalf of humanitarian causes and organizations. An Officer of the Order of Canada recipient and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Cochrane has won eight Juno awards and numerous other industry honors, including the 2013 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award and a Grammy nomination.
Opting against the usual childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut, putting out fires or pitching in the Major Leagues, singer/songwriter Dan Bremnes was convinced that a future as a drummer would complete him. As it turns out, even from a young age, Dan’s instincts were right on target.
A couple of years after finding a steady rhythm on the drums, Dan’s repertoire expanded when he started playing the guitar. Soon thereafter, Dan also discovered a passion for songwriting. As the young writer experimented with chords and melodies and fumbled with early attempts at lyrics, full-fledged songs began to emerge.
But as exciting as these developments were, it was still difficult for Dan to make sense of doing music for a living. Unlike the United States, the Christian music scene was virtually non-existent there, so pursuing something in that vein seemed nothing short of impossible.
It was a six-month missions trip in Australia with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) that would help re-shape his perspective: “While I was there, something happened in my life, and God started working on my heart. I started to go a lot deeper in my faith,” Dan shares. “Something sort of clicked in me. I’ve always had these opportunities to lead worship and share about my faith, and I started thinking about making music that was really intentional about reaching people on a spiritual level. I wanted to come right out and speak about God and my relationship with Him.”
With his mission solidified and a million ideas swirling around in his head, Dan devoted himself to fleshing them out. The result of his efforts landed on his critically celebrated independent debut, Your Strength.
Proving quite the adept multi-tasker, Dan invested countless hours in being his own publicist, booking agent and marketer. He called radio stations, booked his own interviews and television appearances, and with a lot of sweat and elbow grease, his efforts began paying of: in addition to sharing the stage with the Christian artists he’d always looked up to and touring extensively in Australia and New Zealand, Dan collected a host of awards, No. 1’s and accolades in Canada, including a finalist position in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
As he’s continued touring, recording and writing songs as an independent artist, it’s no surprise that Dan’s passionate vocals and evocative, authentic songs of faith have attracted the attention of Nashville’s Capitol Christian label. Now, with the forthcoming release of his EP, which includes the dynamic and deeply personal first single, “Beautiful,” Dan, along with his wife and baby boy, are now embarking on another exciting adventure Stateside.