“The Emerging Artist Showcase is so close to our hearts as part of the vision of the festival and in our third year to have received almost 250 entries from across the country made it a challenge to select only eight finalists,” said Shannon McNevan, Executive Director, Republic Live. “One of our favourite parts of the festival is being able to give these emerging artist a glimpse of what’s possible for them while they share the stage with some of the biggest acts in the world. This is a unique opportunity to showcase their talent in front of industry leaders, compete for a chance to perform on the main stage in front of 35,000 fans, work with Big Machine Label Group Canada, spend a week in Nashville to hone their craft, and work with industry experts to build their entire portfolio as an artist with photo shoots, media training and much more. We are proud to be able to create a platform like this for country music in Canada with our partners SiriusXM Canada and Big Machine Label Group Canada.”Republic Live, organizers of the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, announced their Top 8 Finalists for Emerging Artist Showcase presented by SiriusXM Canada earlier today. The final 8 include Trinity Bradshaw, Brea Lawrenson, Ty Baynton, Sea Perry, Chris Henderson, The Command Sisters, Kaitlin Kozell and Runaway Angel. These artists will be competing for a chance to perform on the Main Stage at Boots and Hearts on Sunday, August 3rd, before Hunter Hayes, and win a single release with Big Machine Label Group Canada. Fans are invited to vote for the Top 8 Finalists at www.bootsandhearts.com/showcase which will determine their placement in the performance line up when in front of a panel of judges at the SiriusXM Front Porch Stage at Boots and Hearts on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
The Top 8 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase Finalists include:
- Ty Baynton, Waterdown, ON; tybaynton.com
- Trinity Bradshaw, Summerside, P.E.I; trinitybradshaw.com
- Chris Henderson, Estevan, SK; chrishendersonmusic.com/
- Kaitlin Kozell, Mississauga, ON: kaitlinkozell.com
- Brea Lawrenson, Carleton Place, ON; brealawrenson.com
- Sea Perry: Chris Milligan, Port Perry, ON; Chad Bouchard, Sudbury, ON; and Shawn Fisher; Waterloo, ON; seaperry.com
- Runaway Angel: Cadence Grace, Whitby, ON; Stacey Zegers, Wardsville, ON; Ann Chaplin Deep River, ON; runawayangelmusic.com
- The Command Sisters: Charlotte Command and Sarah Command, Spruce Grove, AB; thecommandsisters.com
A full list of biographies are available at www.bootsandhearts.com/showcase
“SiriusXM Canada is thrilled to once again present the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase”, said Andreanne Sasseville, Director, CCD and Industry Relations, SiriusXM Canada. ”Partnering with Boots and Hearts each year allows us to help provide exposure and awareness to these very talented artists with hopes that one day we’ll see them headlining festival main-stages across North America”.
About SiriusXM Canada
Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as SiriusXM Canada. SiriusXM Canada, with over 2.4 million subscribers, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company and broadcasts more than 120 satellite radio channels featuring premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from the most recognized news, entertainment and major sports brands including the NHL, NFL, NBA, NASCAR, CNN, CBC, FOX, BBC, Howard Stern, Oprah, Disney, Comedy Central and more. SiriusXM programming is available on a variety of devices including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks and boats, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. SiriusXM programming is also available online at www.siriusxm.ca and on Apple and Android-powered mobile devices. SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with every major automaker and its radio products are available at more than 3,000 retail locations nationwide. To find out more about SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), visit our website at www.siriusxm.ca. Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at twitter.com/siriusxmcanada and on Youtube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.
About Big Machine Label Group
At the helm of the independent Big Machine Label Group is industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who serves as President and CEO. The conglomerate encompasses Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Reba; Platinum sensations The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line; Legendary group The Mavericks; Gold-selling artists Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore; Chart-topping act Eli Young Band as well as Hot newcomers Thomas Rhett, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Laura Bell Bundy, The Cadillac Three and Danielle Bradbery, in addition to soundtracks for ABC’s hit drama “NASHVILLE.” BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations. In 2012 BMLG rejuvenated its publishing arm with Big Machine Music, which has created a joint venture with Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald’s Prescription Songs, allowing the two companies to co-publish songwriters and artists whose unique talents translate across genres. Big Machine was also the first-ever label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights. The label group has also forayed into the racing world, sponsoring the Brickyard 400 as well as back-to-back Indy 500 drivers.
Boots and Hearts is an annual country music festival event run by Republic Live taking place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario from July 31st – August 3rd, 2014 with headliners Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton confirmed to perform, along with Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, Paul Brandt, Gord Bamford, The Road Hammers, Tim Hicks, Neal McCoy, Tyler Farr, Danielle Bradbery, Deric Ruttan, Sawyer Brown, Dan + Shay, David Lee Murphy, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Jess Moskaluke and Jordan McIntosh with more artist announcements to come. Boots and Hearts features 3 stages, BOOMTOWN Entertainment area, Sports and Outdoor Zone, midway, market stalls, food vendors and much more. Children under 12 years of age receive free admission. For more information please visit www.bootsandhearts.com