At the end of September, the artists of MDM Recordings present an incredible country/folk music showcase in Apologetically Canadian. Taking to the stage will be record-breaking and chart-topping independent artist Tyler Joe Miller, singer-songwriter and Juno and CCMA Award nominee Don Amero, iHeart Radio’s ‘Future Star’ duo Five Roses and the multi award-winning Jess Moskaluke, the first Canadian female artist to go platinum in Canada since Shania Twain. The four artists taking part in the five date run all spoke to us about their careers so far and what it means to be bringing a little bit of Canadian country to the UK!
Tyler Joe Miller
Tyler Joe Miller burst onto the scene with debut single ‘Pillow Talkin’ and here at Maverick we have been fans ever since. The catchy tune quickly earned him the title of iHeartRadio Future Star and became his first #1 single at Canadian country radio. his second single, ’I Would Be Over Me Too’, steadily rose up the charts and earned Miller the distinction as the first independent Canadian country artist to reach #1 at radio with their first two singles. In 2020 he released his debut EP ‘Sometimes I Don’t, But Sometimes I Do’ which included the singles ‘Fighting’ and ‘Sometimes I Do’. Miller received four CCMA Award nominations (“Rising Star”, “Male Artist Of The Year”, “Album Of The Year” and “Fan’s Choice”). Miller is extremely passionate about helping people around the world and spends majority of his time, when he isn’t on the road, working with the Non-Profit Organization that he created called ‘The Climb Outreach Society’ which partners with Hope Of Life International, an organization based in Guatemala that assists in building homes, schools, water systems and rescuing malnourished children. Most recently, Miller has been nominated for three CCMA Awards including “Single of the Year” for ‘Wild As Her’, Musical Collaboration of the Year for ‘Never Met a Beer’ with Matt Lang, and Songwriter(s) of the Year.
After self releasing their debut EP in 2018, Five Roses made their MDM Recordings Inc. debut in 2021 with ‘Might As Well Be Me’, produced by Danick Dupelle, which has garnered over 1M combined streams to date and earned them the title of iHeartRadio/Pure Country Future Star. They have shared the stage with fellow Canadian country artists Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick, The Reklaws and most recently as direct support for Tebey on the Shotgun Rider Part II Tour. Kicking off 2023 with the release of ‘Sweetheart Of Summer’, Five Roses went on to release their sophomore EP earlier in the year which also included French versions of ‘Feel Good’ and new single ‘To The Moon And Back’, paying homage to their home province and their love for their supportive Quebec fanbase.
Jess Moskaluke was one of the stand out performers on the outer stages of C2C London earlier this year. Her pop-infused hooks, and sonic versatility has won her fans around the world as she has been plugging away these past few years. The first Canadian female country artist since Shania Twain to achieve Canadian Platinum single status with the hit ‘Cheap Wine and Cigarettes’, Moskaluke has since gone on to earn Canadian Gold certifications for ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Kiss Me Quiet’, and her first number one, ‘Country Girls’, and was notably the first Canadian female country artist since 2008 to have a song in the Top 3 with ‘Drive Me Away’. The 2017 JUNO Award winner for ‘Country Album of the Year’, Moskaluke has taken home multiple CCMA Awards including ‘Album Of The Year’ (2018) and ‘Female Artist of the Year’ (3X consecutive) and is a 2017 SOCAN Award winner and the 2020 WCM Award winner for ‘Country Artist of the Year’.
3x JUNO Award nominee Don Amero tells engaging and unique stories, winning over audiences around the world. Last year was a momentous year for Amero; he earned a 2022 CCMA Award nomination for ‘Ford F-150 Album of the Year’ for his previously released EP ‘Nothing Is Meaningless’ – which includes his hit single ‘You Can’t Always Be 21’, and later went on to join Tim & The Glory Boys as direct support on their cross-Canada Home-Town Hoedown tour. Amero recently shared new music including singles ‘Ain’t Too Late’ and ‘Go Girl’ and he is working on another EP, due out fall 2023. His ‘Through The Fire’ podcast has been met with much enthusiasm, featuring engaging conversations with Canadian public figures focusing on the journey one takes to overcome adversity, and he recently added author to his growing resume after sharing the news of his first children’s book “These Roots Of Love”. The father of three does a lot for the youth in Canada, he is now a youth mentor for the Winnipeg Jets and True North Youth Foundation’s ‘Project 11’.
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