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 Foxx Worthee

“I’ve Never”



Half shotgun shell, half wildflower, Foxx Worthee came together in 2004 as vocalists Crystal and Nicole combined to create one of the most original country music acts in Canada today. Known for their effortless harmonies and willingness to push the boundaries of country music, Foxx Worthee has established themselves as one of the most sought after bands in Alberta.
As a fixture on the country music circuit, Foxx Worthee has garnered recognition across the music industry as electric entertainers and have been regular performers at both the Calgary Stampede and the Craven Country Jamboree.
After years touring both Alberta and the girls’ home province of Saskatchewan, Foxx Worthee has stepped back into the studio in 2016. and is proving to be a huge year for Foxx Worthee, with the release of two original singles, winning the Lammles’ Country 105 Rising Star Competition and performing on the main stage at Country Thunder in Calgary.
The girls’ newest single, I’ve Never, has dropped!




A lot of news from our friends at Big Star Recordings and Invictus Entertainment Group. 
Brett Kissel



  • Brett’s sold out “Hometown Homecoming” show in St. Paul, AB was a massive success on June 18th – check out the recap here:
  • Brett’s current single “Cool With That” is now another Top 10 radio hit!
  • If you’re at Calgary Stampede, and lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold out show, you’re in for an amazing night tomorrow, when Brett takes the stage with Thomas Rhett!
  • Quebec will be getting their Brett Kissel fix this Summer, as 5 concert dates are set to go across the province!
Emerson Drive
Stage Setup before the show at Cavendish


  • Emerson just came off Cavendish Beach Music Festival, where they played to the mass of fans in attendance.
  • New music coming this Fall to country radio! We’ll keep you posted when to expect it, and details on a new album that’s in the works!
George Canyon



As reported in Canada Country Aircheck yesterday:

After many years of phone calls, meetings and medical examinations, Canadian country music star living with type 1 diabetes, George Canyon is elated to learn the exciting news that Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medicine has awarded him his Category 3 Aviation Medical. On the same day, Transport Canada also issued similar medical certifications to four other pilots with type 1 diabetes. Canyon, along with other groups, has been meeting with members of Transport Canada and the Federal Government for the past five years working to amend the rules that have prohibited type 1 diabetics (T1D) from holding a Category 3 Medical. With the new Category 3 Medical certificate Canyon, and other qualifying pilots with T1D, can now attain and hold a Private Pilot License.  Congratulations George!


  • “Daughters Of The Sun” continues to rocket up the country radio charts!
  • Fans can vote for the video for “Daughters Of The Sun” on the CMT Chevy Top 20 here:
  • George has a busy Summer ahead, with dozens of tour dates on the books, including a stop back at the Canadian National Exhibition this August!
Cory Marquardt


  • Check out the video for Cory’s “Don’t Count Saturday Night”
  • The video already has over 110,000 views on Youtube in just a few weeks!
Jordan McIntosh



  • Jordan’s new single “Sunroof” hits country radio today July 12th! Latest single off the #1 iTunes Canadian country album debut “Steal Your Heart”
  • Jordan’s set to hit the stage at Calgary Stampede this Wednesday, July 13th with Hunter Hayes, after just finishing a performance at Ottawa’s Bluesfest this past weekend!
Aaron Pritchett

  • Aaron’s latest album “The Score” debuted #1 Canadian country this past week, after its release on June 24th!
  • New single “Out Of The Blue” now at country radio – follow up to the Top 10 charting hit “Dirt Road In ‘Em” last month!
  • Aaron performs for all the lucky folks again this year at Calgary Stampede!
  • Check out Aaron’s latest offical music video for “Dirt Road In ‘Em” here:
Beamer Wigley



  • Our newest talent Beamer Wigley will release his debut single “Meteorite” to iTunes this Friday, July 15th! Listen for the song to hit country airwaves starting next week!
  • Debut album to release September 9th



After many years of phone calls, meetings and medical examinations, Canadian country music star living with type 1 diabetes, George Canyon is elated to learn the exciting news that Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medicine has awarded him his Category 3 Aviation Medical. On the same day, Transport Canada also issued similar medical certifications to four other pilots with type 1 diabetes. Canyon, along with other groups, has been meeting with members of Transport Canada and the Federal Government for the past five years working to amend the rules that have prohibited type 1 diabetics (T1D) from holding a Category 3 Medical. With the new Category 3 Medical certificate Canyon, and other qualifying pilots with T1D, can now attain and hold a Private Pilot License.
“Before he was an international country music star, George Canyon participated in the Canadian Diabetes Association’s D-Camps program in Nova Scotia. The D-Camps program runs camps where children living with type 1 diabetes can come together each year to realize they are not alone; the experience helps to normalize the disease, and inspire kids to realize they can achieve anything. George’s accomplishments in life are a great example and a shining light for all D-Campers, both in the music industry and now as one of the first Canadians living with type 1 diabetes to achieve a Category 3 Medical allowing him to attain a Private Pilot License.” Rick Blickstead, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association
In 2009, Canyon took his personal story and his own plane across Canada and organized talks and concerts to inspire youngsters afflicted with type 1 diabetes, with his inspiring message and project he named “The Sky’s Not The Limit”. He urged them to take ownership of their disease, pursue their dreams, and achieve their goals. “Being a kid is hard enough without having a disease that limits your choices. If I can tell my story and change a life or two, that’s the kind of imprint I want to leave”, says Canyon. His message “control your disease and live your dreams” has certainly been an effective one and today’s news is proof of that. “I am personally thrilled to achieve this huge milestone in my life and even prouder to have another great step forward for our Diabetic community”.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for George on many levels,” says Dave Prowten, President and CEO of JDRF Canada. “This is the culmination of technological advancements on how Canadians live with type 1 diabetes and the perseverance of my friend, George. I’m so proud of his commitment to continually break barriers that have previously limited the T1D community.”
Canyon is currently in the planning stages for ‘The Sky’s Not The Limit’ Program for 2016-2018, a partnership with JDRF Canada, with details to be announced this summer.


“Story of My Summertime”

Debut EP from this vibrant, Canadian Pop/Country singer/songwriter. EP features fun modern sounds with true country overtones. The soundscape takes the listener from the upbeat, carefree “Dream Girl” & “Story of My Summertime” to the enchanting & pensive “Silly Me”
Lovesy’s strong work ethic, contagious energy and passion for writing and performing drives her creatively.Cambree is called upon regularly to sing the anthem for crowds of over 40,000 and she’s opened for numerous notable acts including, Dallas Smith, AJ Woodworth & The Matinee. Cambree performs every chance she gets and continues to connect with her ever-increasing following of online fans. Lovesy plans on hitting the road to meet and introduce her self to Canadian Country Radio in support of this current release.Lovesy has always been an advocate of originality; “I’m a big supporter and encourager of being exactly who you are”. She is a self-described dreamer, whose goal is to share her music with the world.




It is cool to see four artists who all have great talent to create and move outside the box and put together a group in this case called The Highway Women. We thought we would introduce you to them including our own Canadian artist Riki Knox. There sound is very soulful on the track you can listen to on their website
The Highway Women were formed in 2016 by a group of independent female artists bound together by their love for Country music. Strongly influenced by the iconic supergroup ‘The Highwaymen’, these four women have joined forces to honour the story-telling, individuality and vision of the heart and soul of Country music.


Abbi Scott

As a child, Abbi recognized her God-given talent and love for music. Abbi’s tireless dedication to her music has set her apart from the pack and has created opportunities of which most aspiring artists could only dream. Abbi has opened for several of country music’s hottest artists, including Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, Cole Swindell, Josh Thompson, Trick Pony, DJ Miller, David Bradley, Dustin Lynch, Maggie Rose, and Confederate Railroad. Through sharing the stage with these heavy hitters, Abbi has been blessed with an ever-growing fan base that she wholeheartedly appreciates and adores. Abbi now calls Nashville, Tn her home and continues to make her mark playing on college campuses, area venues, and wherever the fans take her. Abbi is a proud Lipscomb University Bison!
Pearl Clarkin

She has already been named one of the top unsigned artists in the country by CMT. In 2009 she placed in their Music City Madness singer/songwriter contest. In the industry and music competition world Pearl is considered a triple threat. She sings with an ethereal voice that has been called “enchanting” “angelic” and yet “sultry”. While Pearl would never be considered a fierce competitor… she wins with ease. Pearl has been writing since the age of 12 when she wrote her first song with Macy Gray at an American Idol camp. 


KK Bodiford

KK Bodiford is a country artist that encompasses every bit of raw and real! She never holds back in the way she writes and performs. When you ask someone what kind of person she is, everyone always says KK is the best kind of crazy with the biggest heart! She is COUNTRY and ROCK to the core! KK grew up in Topeka, Kansas. She was always writing from a very young age, playing piano, and singing every chance she could get. When KK graduated from Kansas State University, she moved down to Austin, Texas to pursue her aspirations of making music her full-time career. 


Riki Knox (Our Canadian Girl)
Riki Knox is a singer, songwriter and entertainer whose unique sound and true country lyrics have seen her blazing a new trail in the Country music scene. Fearlessly representing her brand of edgy, fun and relatable music, Riki has a style that is authentically her own. With the coined ‘Bro Country’ at it’s peak, she offers a strong reminder that being “raised country” is a way of life…without gender attachment. – See more at:
Growing up in a small town Ontario farming community, Riki learned that it’s the simple
things in life that mean the most.


She was nominated as a Rising Star at the 2015 CMAO (Country Music Association of Ontario) Awards and won the Durham Region Music Award for ‘Best Country Song’. Riki was also a fan favourite at Country Music Week ’15 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she represented MusicOntario and was a featured artist on the Diamonds in the Rough Stage.
Riki’s debut album, named after the title track “That’s Country Y’all” was released in November ’15, preceding a highly successful and sold out launch party. Compared to the sounds and sass of Miranda Lambert with the heartfelt honesty of Dolly Parton, Riki blends her country sound with a touch of rock and a whole lot of soul.
A girl whose big dreams and determination far surpass her small town roots, Riki Knox is destined for a very bright future!


Visit them online here

Brea Lawrenson
Daddy’s Moonshine
 Brea Lawrenson captures emotions and stories in her music that have put her on the charts six times in the last three years.  Her success is further punctuated with appearances at fairs and festivals where she has shared stages with the Small Town Pistols, Bobby Wills, Brett Kissel, Tom Cochrane and the The Road Hammers to name but a few.
July 5th marks the next chapter in Brea’s story with the release of DADDY’S MOONSHINE, a smoldering, driving country song featuring Brea’s signature crystalline vocals produced by Stephane Deraspe.
Look for Brea Lawrenson to hit the stage at Cavendish Beach Music Festival on July 10th  and Boots and Hearts on August 5th.




Ridin’ Shotgun
Don’t Call Me Tomorrow


Ridin’ Shotgun is a six piece Ottawa area based country band that has been together since 2008. Playing festivals, private functions, arenas, and fairs they have opened for the likes of Jason Blaine, Dr. Hook, Brett Kissel, and Brea Lawrenson.
Written by Bill Pulcine, Steve Geyer and lead singer Terry McClelland, Don’t Call Me Tomorrow is the debut single from their soon to be released Ridin’ Shotgun EP.
Ridin’ Shotgun this summer…..
July 22, Cornwall Ribfest – Cornwall, ON
July 23, Delta Fair – Delta, ON
Sep 23, Carp Fair – Carp, ON


Peter James Band
Floatin’ Down The River


Peter James is a versatile, home-grown musician on a journey. His travels have taken him from a decade entertaining abroad to ‘Floatin’ Down The River’ back home in the Fraser Valley. With his band of seasoned musicians, the Peter James Band, Peter brings the flavours of classic and modern country music together harmoniously, but with a signature kick.





That’s a wrap for 2016!




It wouldn’t be a summer festival in Manitoba without a little bit of weather. But an afternoon of grey skies and scattered rain didn’t dampen spirits on the final day of Dauphin’s Countryfest.
“It was a terrific weekend all around, with so many people pulling together to make a great experience for everyone,” says Eric Irwin, president of Dauphin’s Countryfest. “Thank you to our valued patrons – most of who come back year after year. Without you there would be no Countryfest. Thanks also to the thousands of volunteers who work hard to make everything happen. Without you, there would be no Countryfest either.”
The Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Main Stage kicked off with a tribute to Merle Haggard by Noel and Ben Haggard and The Strangers. Both sons sounded an awful lot like him, as they delivered some of his most renowned songs like Okie from Muskogee and Mama Tried. It really was the next best thing to having the legend himself play Countryfest. As a bonus, the grey skies cleared right up during their performance, as the sunshine made its first appearance of the day.
Terri Clark took over the stage next, with a heart-and-soul performance of hits such as Girls Lie Too and Better Things To Do, and showing once again why she continues to be a country music fan favourite.
Dwight Yoakam topped off the night, arriving late after weather rerouted his flight through Saskatchewan. That didn’t deter the near-capacity crowd from waiting it out until just after 11:30pm, nor did it deter Dwight from delivering a top-notch performance to the Countryfest crowd. He, too, paid his respects to Merle Haggard during his show, with a touching rendition of Silver Wings.


Steve Arsenault
Heart And Soul
100% Cancon



Born and raised in South Rustico, P.E.I., Steve grew up listening to country and classic rock. It wasn’t till he was seventeen, when he first picked up the guitar. Teaching himself the basic chords and learning how to play songs gave Steve the drive pursue music. Singing and playing guitar became a huge passion which led Steve to compete in singing competitions all around P.E.I..
Winning various competitions and playing with a local band for a few years, Steve decided to move to Alberta to further his career in 1999. Since then, Steve has played all over Alberta and out of province as an Artist. While pursuing his own career, Steve also played guitar for other country acts such as Duane Steele, George Canyon, Jason Greeley, Drew Gregory and Mackenzie Porter, just to name a few.
Steve is a triple threat!! Very powerful singer with great range, great guitar player with great feel and is an aspiring songwriter. Currently releasing his first single with many more songs to come and a bright future in the music industry.




Jessica Mitchell



In yesterday’s Canada Country Aircheck Indie news we inserted the wrong picture of Jessica. We apologize for the error.

Country-folk songstress Jessica Mitchell is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book. Based in Toronto, and Nashville TN, she has spent the last decade digging deeper into her artistry, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, which has lead her to become country music’s best kept secret.

After years of experimenting and dabbling in the rock genre, her dream of becoming a rock ‘n’ roll queen quickly shifted towards the country maven she is today. Joining forces with Slaight Music, it wasn’t until this pivotal moment where Mitchell was inspired by the raw honesty and storytelling nature of the country music genre. “What I love so much about the genre is the clever way in which country singers emote,” explains Mitchell. Influenced by artists such as Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos and Radiohead, Mitchell’s music tells it like it is, while delivering emotional vulnerability that showcases a more mysterious truth.

Mitchell’s own vulnerability is felt through tracks such as “That Record Saved My Life” and the soul searching “Grown Up Things”, which was written during what Mitchell describes as one of her darkest periods.

After losing her mother to a long battle with cancer, Mitchell had her own epiphany about what kind of artist she wanted to become. As she puts it, “You’ll never see the light until it’s completely dark, and it got DARK for a while.” Staying true to who she is as a songwriter Mitchell believes that at the heart of every relatable piece of music is pain and loss. Her hope is that sharing these personal experiences will forge genuine bonds with her audience.

Being introduced to Todd Clark of Pilot Speed as a writing partner enabled Mitchell to explore new ideas through conversation, and in turn expand her repertoire. “I want to connect with people,” she says, “and create something that sounds real to someone. Something that might change someone’s life or help that person through a difficult time.”

When listening to Mitchell’s music, she makes it very easy for you to latch onto her inviting melodies and the genuine, soulful nature of her words. The rich tone and hopefulness in her voice grabs you and pulls you in – and once the song is over, you can’t help but feel as though you have personally connected with her on a deeper level.


Jessica’s new single is “Workin On Whiskey” Here is Jessica at the CMAO Awards