2015 was an awesome year.
I travelled to Kansas City for the Folk Alliance International Conference where I had the chance to play music and meet some amazing people. Thanks to the Bow Valley Music Club for their support with showcase rooms and other logistics and to Factor for a travel grant to help me attend.
Next I attended the Songrise Songwriting South Conference in Red Deer. I had an the opportunity to present songs for feedback and to write with people I had never met before. My demo “Piece of Me” was picked to be recorded and “shined” at the beautiful OCL studios as part of the conference.
Every year I look forward to The Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. In 2015 I made it to the finals in the Sonic Youth and the Beaver Tales categories. Therefore, I had the opportunity to perform the songs live at The Ship and Anchor (Sonic Youth) and the National Music Centre (Beaver Tales) for the event finals. I am proud to say “Crawl” won the Sonic Youth Category. Which came with the impressive prize of being able to perform "Crawl" at the Calgary Folk Festival along with the other song contest winners.
The 2015 Edmonton Music Awards were back and I entered the new Adult Alternative Category. “Queen of the May” from my CD “Ode to Tennyson” won best Alternative Recording of the Year. I missed the awards show because I was at the Ed Sheeran concert. But Ed Sheeran and a music award in the same night made for happiness overload.
With the help of a Factor Demo grant I went back to Homesteader Recorders to record my CD “Tattered Rose” with the amazing team of Barry Allen and Gord Matthews. We combined these recordings with the OCL recording of “Piece of Me” to make the final 7 song CD. “Tattered Rose” was nominated for a CFMA and it actually won in the Young Performer of the Year Category. It took 5 nominations but it finally happened. I was so surprised that I didn’t even have my shoes on when they called my name at the awards ceremony. Making things even sweeter the CFMA’s were in Edmonton this year so my family could be there. I also was privileged to play at a nominee showcase and New Folk Workshop.
The highlight of my summer touring was opening for the Travelling Mabels at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, BC. They were a dynamic group to watch and the Evergreen Cultural Centre was a great place to play.
I started my first year of the music program at MacEwan Universtity this fall. Thanks to the Victoria School Arts Foundation and MacEwan University for scholarships. I am spending time learning music theory, history and singing as part of group ensembles; when I am not gigging or writing music or cheerleading.
“Tattered Rose” has been played on radio stations around the country but its has spent the most time on the charts in Kamloops, BC. Thanks to all the DJ’s there for playing the CD and all of the people for listening. Nothing feels better than knowing my music is being heard. “Tattered Rose” even made it on the Earshots National Top 10 Folk, Roots, and Blues Chart in December. How’s that for a Christmas present.
And now it is on to 2016, I have started working on recording new music with support from a Factor Juried Sound Recording Grant. Russell Broom, who I met at the Songrise Conference, is my producer. Its looking like a good year already