New Country Spirit, today announced the Top 3 winners of the Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase – a partnership initiative with the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario).
Thirty-nine contestants, including solo artists and bands of all ages from across Ontario submitted their video of either a cover or original song. The videos were featured on the New Country Spirit Facebook page and after just seven days of ‘votes by views’, the artists accumulated more than 145,000 total combined YouTube views, with a total reach of approximately 105,000. Artists submitted 15 creative cover songs and 24 original songs. Ten finalists were selected from the talented group of 39 and apanel of music industry professionals independently reviewed the artists’ video submissions. The Top 3 winners of the 2018 New Country Spirit & CMAOntario Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase are:
- Grand Prize Winner: Big City Lights – Toronto, ON
- Second Prize Winner: Mackenzie Leigh Meyer – Hamilton, ON
- Third Prize Winner: Nicole Rayy – Oakville, ON
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“One of our goals for the Showcase was to expand country music artists’ fan base by helping them be seen and heard online and at a ‘live’ performance. For our first year doing this type of project, we couldn’t be happier with the combined total of 145,000 new YouTube views for the 39 artists that applied to the Showcase. Those 145,000 new views translate to almost a 30% overall increase in ‘viewership’ for the artists!” said Wendy Perry, Owner of New Country Spirit. Wendy went on to say, ‘Thank you to the artists that applied for the Showcase opportunity. We truly are lucky to have such a talented country music community in Ontario. We would also like to thank CMAOntario for partnering with us on this project, to our host venue, The Mississauga Waterfront Festival for providing a live performance opportunity for our winners, and to all our prize contributors. Most of all, thank you to all the fans, friends and followers for taking the time to support the Showcase participants – by liking, sharing and viewing you have contributed to the development of country music artists in Ontario…your engagement made a difference and who knows what future opportunities lie ahead for these artists”.
The Grand Prize Winner has won a performance opportunity on the Tim Horton’s Main Stage at Mississauga Waterfront Festivalon June 16, 2018, $300 in New Country Spirit merchandise,a $200 honorarium donated by CMAOntario, a professional photo shoot withBrandon Ferguson Photographyvalued at $500, a $100 Gift Card donated by Rock N Horse Saloonin Toronto and complimentary CMAOntario Conference & Awards show package for 2019 (priceless!).
“Congratulations to all of the artists that participated in the New Country Spirit & CMAOntario Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase,” said CMAOntario President, Catherine Faint. We would like to thank New Country Spirit for partnering with us on this initiative that showcases our members’ talents. We would also like to thank The Mississauga Waterfront Festival for providing a great performance opportunity for the Showcase winners to ‘take the stage’! As always, thank you to the country music fans in Ontario, Canada and around the world for supporting our members.
New Country Spirit’s Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase, in partnership with CMAOntario, has given Ontario artists the opportunity to be seen and heard both on-line and ‘live’ on the Tim Horton’s Main Stage at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival. We are committed to building our ‘country’ community by supporting local artists and their never-ending passion for creating and sharing stories through music.