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Bootcamp Dream Team pt5: Clayton Bellamy

Bootcamp Dream Team pt5: Clayton Bellamy

Introducing some of the Project WILD Bootcamp faculty – the women and men we found who are the best at what they do, handpicked and brought to you, to coach, teach, and develop. Get to know them, connect with them via social media, and get prepared.


PART FIVE:  Clayton Bellamy

What Clayton brings to Project WILD:  Clayton Bellamy has had enormous success with his band The Road Hammers, as well as a solo performer. He has remained an incredibly accessible star of the Canadian country music industry, down to earth and willing to tell a great story. His accessibility to our Top 12 to share his stories and experience is irreplaceable.

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“If you don’t stand for anything in your life, then your music won’t stand for anything either”. This rather bold statement is from the mind and mouth of Juno award winner Clayton Bellamy. With the release of his fourth solo album “Five Crow Silver”, Bellamy is out to back that statement up in his typical “take no prisoner’s” style. Most people know of Clayton from his years with his platinum selling band The Road Hammers, but this is only one piece of a large and varied musical puzzle.

Delving deep into his roots rock influences, Bellamy has enlisted a who’s who of rock n’ roll royalty to flesh out his new collection of songs, “Five Crow Silver”. Recorded at various locales in Canada and America, the line up includes Garth Hudson (The Band), Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones), Ian McLagan (The Faces), Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton from Stevie Ray Vaughn’s legendary backing band Double Trouble, Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar), Tom Wilson (Blackie and the Rodeo King’s), Audley Freed (The Black Crowes), Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Joe Walsh), Kelly Prescott, Mike Plume and his old buddies from The Road Hammers, Chris Byrne and Corbett Frasz. While the supporting cast is truly stellar, the main emphasis is still on Clayton’s hard charging vocals and his unflinching autobiographical look at life, love, music and the never ending quest for redemption and fulfillment.

Co-producing “Five Crow Silver” with veteran producer/writer/mixer Scott Baggett (Alison Krauss, John Waite, The Road Hammers, Billy Joe Shaver and a list of dozens), Bellamy has crafted a fully realized suite of songs that draw from all musical genres. There’s the Stones/Faces swagger of “You Could Be Mine”, the Celtic rock stomp of The Pogues-ish “Victim Of My Own Compromise” and the Neil Young and Crazy Horse white knuckle ride through “End Of My Rope”. The first single “Goodbye America” takes an honest inside look at the American dream on a track that could easily be on any Clash album.

But it’s not just about wearing your influences on your sleeve. Bellamy has taken all of these musical touchpoint’s and melded them into his own cohesive musical vision. Long known for his athletic marathon live shows, Clayton now has the recorded proof to back up the opening statement in the first paragraph. He’s standing tall for his beliefs and after one listen to “Five Crow Silver” you’ll be a true believer too. Guaranteed.

Bootcamp Dream Team pt4: Meet Leeroy Stagger

Bootcamp Dream Team pt4: Meet Leeroy Stagger

Introducing some of the Project WILD Bootcamp faculty – the women and men we found who are the best at what they do, handpicked and brought to you, to coach, teach, and develop. Get to know them, connect with them via social media, and get prepared.


PART FOUR:  Leeroy Stagger

What Leeroy brings to Project WILD:  Leeroy was the 2015 winner of The Peak Performance Project! He brings all the experience of a decade of making records and touring. He knows what its like to go through this program, to go through bootcamp, to be a solo guy bringing in a band, to be a family man while being on the road, to having success early and working through obstacles in life to sustain a career. He brings all the stuff relevant to your career and is a great choice for mentor.

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@Leeroystagger 


Leeroy Stagger is a Lethbridge based Producer and Musician. He has released 11 albums internationally to critical acclaim across the globe and has been playing throughout North America and Europe for the past 10 years. He has toured with artists such as Steve Earle, Ron Sexsmith, The Pixies, Tegan And Sara, Los Lobos and GeorgeThorogood. His music has been place in film and television shows such as Greys Anatomy, Sons Of Anarchy, Degrassi, Arctic Air, Defying Gravity and Heartland. He was also the winner of the 2015 Alberta Peak Performance Project.

Bootcamp Dream Team pt3: Meet Kate Matthews

Bootcamp Dream Team pt3: Meet Kate Matthews

Introducing some of the Project WILD Bootcamp faculty – the women and men we found who are the best at what they do, handpicked and brought to you, to coach, teach, and develop. Get to know them, connect with them via social medai, and get prepared.


PART THREE:  Kate Matthews

What Kate brings to Project WILD:  Kate brings flair! Kate brings what you would hope for in someone helping you with the outer layers ~ depth. Kate is earnest and sincere in using her talents to help artists work their way to the next level in their careers. She is great at her job and a wonderful person to spend a week with!

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@_kate_matthews 


Kate Matthews has been in the image business since the age of six when she got her hands on her first makeover client—her dear cat Cynthia. She’s come along way since then, and to the relief of cats everywhere, has moved on to human subjects and has become a professional wardrobe stylist and brand consultant.

She began her career in the music business in 2006 while finishing her Marketing degree at the U of S. Soon after convocation she focused on artist management and a variety of opportunities in the music industry. In 2012, Kate was offered a position in the fashion department at ELLE magazine where she wrote articles, interviewed celebrities and worked with top photographers and models.

Since working at ELLE, Kate has found her niche as an image and brand consultant for musicians, which allows her to combine her love of fashion, music and marketing. Kate approaches branding and wardrobe styling from a “big picture” perspective that is tailored specifically to the music industry. Her work is informed not only by the visual elements of fashion—but also by the artist as a whole—their music, brand, marketing strategy, career goals, personality, history, artistic references and so on. Kate’s focus is working on photo shoots as a wardrobe stylist and creative director where her goal is to help artists create and convey their unique, authentic brand.

She has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, and her placement and client list includes ELLE Magazine, Globe & Mail, National Post, Canadian Musician, Warner Music Canada, Live Nation, CityTV, CTV, GLOBAL, CBC, the Food Network and more. 

She is thrilled to be part of Project Wild and is looking forward to spending time with her fellow faculty, the organizing team and all of the incredibly talented artists at boot camp!

 

Bootcamp Dream Team pt2: Meet Liam Killeen

Bootcamp Dream Team pt2: Meet Liam Killeen

Introducing some of the Project WILD Bootcamp faculty – the women and men we found who are the best at what they do, handpicked and brought to you, to coach, teach, and develop. Get to know them, connect with them via social medai, and get prepared.


PART TWO:  Liam Killeen

What Liam brings to Project WILD:  Liam brings his long experience as a musician who developed a skill at the business side of music into a career. His approachable but no-nonsense presentation style is always well-received and gets the facts across about the business side of music.

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@liamkilleen 


Liam Killeen got his start in the music industry as the drummer for the Pop-Punk band Not By Choice in 2002.  Five months later, the band had a record deal, released their first single Standing All Alone and hit the road for a year and a half.  The band won their first MuchMusic Video Award in 2003 for their single Now That You Are Leaving, and also appeared on two editions of MuchMusic’s Big Shiny Tunes albums. Not By Choice released two albums, enjoyed two top-ten singles, and toured internationally with Sum 41, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, and many other acts.

Liam joined the management team at Coalition Music in early 2009. Currently he manages USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker), The Tea Party, Zubin Thakkar, and The Proud Sons. He strives to find new and exciting opportunities to build the careers of his artists in the ever-changing industry.

Liam has also been dedicated to educating emerging Artists and Managers with regards to treating their art as a business via the Coalition Music Artist Entrepreneur Workshops and Bootcamps. In addition, he is currently a Professor of Talent Management at Toronto’s Ryerson University in their Creative Industries department.

Bootcamp Dream Team pt1: Meet Tamara Beatty

Bootcamp Dream Team pt1: Meet Tamara Beatty

Introducing some of the Project WILD Bootcamp faculty – the women and men we found who are the best at what they do, handpicked and brought to you, to coach, teach, and develop. Get to know them, connect with them via social medai, and get prepared.


PART ONE:  Tamara Beatty

What Tamara brings to Project WILD:  Tamara simply has a reputation as one of the very best in her field. She is beyond a voice or performance coach – she has a unique ability to connect with an artist’s core and bring out their best.  She will be with us all week.

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@Tamara_Beatty 


Voice and Performance Coach Tamara Beatty, entering her 8th season as a Voice Consultant on NBC’s Emmy Award winning reality TV show “The Voice” (S5-11 Blinds, S6-11 Finales) is a sought after coach & consultant in the education and entertainment industry.  Her coaching style is precise, intuitive, and powerful.

Her private lessons and workshops have been called “mind-blowing”, “transformational”, and even “spiritual” in the way, in mere minutes, Tamara can bring a bring a performer to life by guiding them through their “walls” or ‘blocks’ into what she calls effective ‘translation’.  Once a singer is properly translating, she then draws upon her 20+ years as a technical voice coach to help singers sing “higher, longer, stronger, and moreauthentically”.

As a former competitive athlete, Tamara pulls from her Olympic Level Coaching to create technical singing programs that respect a singer’s signature sound while considering fatigue and injury from overuse.  Her tailor-made voice programs are sought after by touring and studio singers all over the world.  She has also created and co-authored published materials which continue to educate singers and singing instructors internationally.  She currently shares her time between Los Angeles and Canada.
 

5 Questions with Sykamore

5 Questions with Sykamore

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

My parents met as rodeo athletes, so you might say country music is how I came to be in the first place lol. I grew up on a cattle ranch and had a very rural upbringing, so country was the genre of my people, it was always on the radio and it was the first music I remember hearing. So naturally when I got interested in music and started writing, it all had a touch of country to it, I consider myself highly influenced by it.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

My first ‘attempts’ at writing date back to when I was about 14 – my friend and I formed fake, funny band we called Slap Cow [there was a reason why we named it that but it escapes me now lol] and we would write these sort of parody songs. But I didn’t really seriously start writing until I was 18 and in college – another friend of mine walked me through the process and we started writing songs together and playing them around town. I came to really enjoy it and started writing alone in my spare time.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

Either Thomas Rhett or Brothers Osbourne. They’re both doing something really unique right now and their live shows seem like a ton of fun!

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

I’m not sure if this is a trend or just the new way of things, but I really enjoy the pop crossover that country is allowing right now. It’s not exactly a new thing but the pop country sound is always evolving and pushing the envelope, which is appealing for an artist like me who errs on the pop side of things but is rooted in country. It gives me more room to breathe and space to be myself on a record and within my brand.

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

It’s always fun to meet and be around fellow artists, because you just don’t interact with them much due to the nature of our industry [always touring, never in the same place]. So just making new friends and being inspired by people in my lane is something I’m definitely looking forward to.


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5 Questions with Jamie Woodfin

5 Questions with Jamie Woodfin

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

Music was a huge part of my upbringing, in fact, I’m not sure I can think of a time my parents didn’t have a stereo blasting anything from Travis Tritt and Willie Nelson to Elvis Presley or Patsy Cline. I was influenced by many different genres growing up and have always appreciated good music for what it is regardless of genre. In particular, I remember hearing the album No Fences by Garth Brooks for the first time and being completely blown away! The songwriting was unreal and the way he sang those songs made me realize I really wanted to do the same thing.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

The first band I ever played in was with a group in the summer of grade 8 formed with a couple friends. We ended up writing a handful of songs that summer and played them at our first live performance in front of our school talent show. A couple years later during a recording session, I was feeling very inspired by the experience and wrote my first uncollaborated song.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

Two artists I have always admired are Garth Brooks and Eric Church; I would absolutely love to open for one or both of them. I feel like their live shows are second to none and that hey are true pioneers in the country music industry. In my opinion, they have paved a road completely of their own.

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

Seeing artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Mo Pitney, Chris Stapleton, and Aaron Watson getting recognition strictly based on their music & songwriting talents excites me. I believe it is important to recognize that people are hungry for quality and authenticity in music more now than ever.

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

More than anything I am excited to grow as an artist and learn as much as I possibly can. The music industry has so many different “areas” and it’s important to me that I work at strengthening my skills and becoming a more well rounded artist. I am especially excited to work on the charity fundraising event as one of our assignments as I have always had a desire to get involved with, or create, a charity event. I have had a few opportunities to get involved with community events over the past few years and understand how important it is to help out whenever possible.


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5 Questions with Trevor Panczak

5 Questions with Trevor Panczak

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

I don’t think it was one particular thing or event that brought me to it. I grew up in the country, so I feel like country music has always been with me. The exposure to it over time has made me believe that it courses through my veins. I really don’t know where the country stops and I begin. I’m not me without it. I will say that there were many avenues of exposure to the genre. My dad, Johnny, had a love of country music that he passed onto me. For the most part, whatever my dad liked…I liked. There was always a radio on at the farm or in the truck. As a child I used to love listening to The American Country Countdown on 1220 CJOC Lethbridge AM radio. Bob Kingley’s format of songs and stories mesmerized and hooked me further at a young age. My Grandma Lola helped when I was a teenager. She encouraged my Dad to get me to sing and play guitar publicly. Dad taught me all the chords and songs that he knew on my Aunty Diane’s borrowed acoustic guitar and when he ran out of things to teach, we learned together. I was 14 when I had my first country music performance with a guitar in my hand and I couldn’t be more thankful for all that country music has brought me over the years. It has taken me coast to coast through our great nation of Canada & internationally. It has allowed me to meet many life long friends and open up for some of my heroes.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

I was 14. It was all around the time of my first country appearance. I took one of my math scribblers from school and started writing songs in it and filled it up.
My 2nd song is the one that is more memorable to me. I was driving a swather home from our other farm (about 15 miles away)and this idea came into my head. Of course there was no pen or paper in the swather so I had to sing it over and over all the way home so I wouldn’t forget it going a turtle like 12 miles an hour. The song was called “I Want You” and it was extremely repetitive. Keep in mind I was 14 at the time. Haha. Here’s one of the choruses.

I want you you you
I want you.
I want you you you
I’m mad about you
You make me feel alright
you keep me satisfied
I want you
I want you

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

f you asked me this 5 months ago it would have been Merle Haggard. It is safe to say that he was a major part of my country music life. I didn’t know him, but I miss him just the same. Blake Shelton would be my choice of today.

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

That “Bro” Country is on its way out. Many performers like Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson and Lee Ann Womack have heart and soul in their works and they have stuck to their artistic guns in spite of what is commercially acceptable and/or radio friendly and it’s came to fruition for them. That’s what I want with my music…

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to building more relationships… not only with the Top 12 finalist but with the Project WILD 2016 organizers and teachers. I’m really optimistic about sharpening my entertainer/business blade through all of the literature, industry professionals & peers, and focus, that has come and is coming via the Project WILD 2016. I am in a position in my career that I need some more help, support and structure if I am going to elevate my band, my team and myself to the next level.


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5 Questions with Shantelle Davidson

5 Questions with Shantelle Davidson

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

I was raised on Country Music and my Grandma owned a Resort where she was lead singer in the house band. Her stage was my very first to sing on!

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

I wrote my first song when I was 12 or 13 called “what’s it all about”; a song about a curious young girl (me)

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

Carrie Underwood!!! Nuff said.

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

 Feel good melodies and great hooks.

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

Writing with Brad, recording at Bootcamp and getting to know my fellow Artists! 🙂


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5 Questions with Cole Bradley

5 Questions with Cole Bradley

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

I’m pretty sure that the first time I fell in love with country music was when I was two years old sitting in my car seat and my mama was blasting “Callin’ Baton Rouge” on the stereo. I spent my summers in British Columbia on a lake and my older sister and her friends would always play country music on the boat. I love the honesty, sincerity and storytelling in country music and it continues to shape who I am with each and every song I listen to and write.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

The first song I ever wrote was when I was eight years old. I wrote it in when my family and I visited Cairo, Egypt after I had my first experience witnessing absolute poverty. Throughout the years, my song writing has improved significantly, but I still love to write about the real-life experiences I have encountered in my life.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

If I could go on tour with anyone it would be Kenny Chesney. In my opinion, Kenny has owned the country music scene for the last 20 years while remaining true to himself as an artist and has led the current changes in the genre. He is a tremendous songwriter and is a genius live. Kenny also does an incredible job of marketing his brand in the country music scene.

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

Although many may disagree, I think the best trend in country music currently and in the last few years is the expansion of the genre to include more types of music. Call it “bro-country” or “new country” or whatever label you want, but I love how artists aren’t limiting themselves to one particular style and are testing the limits with new music. I grew up listening to and playing many different genres of music including country and I think that has influenced my sound and it resonates with fans. Good music is good music and I believe this trend is allowing country music to grow into something bigger than it ever has been.

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

I am looking most forward to the bootcamp in August. It is going to be an incredible learning experience being able to work with fellow artists, producers, songwriters and many experts in the Canada’s country music industry. It will be an invaluable way to improve my craft and make lifelong connections and friendships.


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5 Questions with DOMINO

5 Questions with DOMINO

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

We have all been drawn to Country music at different points of our life. All of us growing up had CFCW on our family’s kitchen radio; that started a long love of Country Music; instilling it at an early age. We are all drawn to the strong storytelling of country music, and the way country music can bring out a variety of emotions.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

Kent and Luanne both started writing as teenagers, and thankfully have gotten a lot better at it since then! As a group our first song that we wrote together was “In a Small Town” back in 2012. We were asked by Kent’s home town of Donalda, AB to write a song for the Big Valley Jamboree Contest to bring BVJ to a small town in Alberta. That was our first co-write as a band and can be found on our album Scrapbook.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

We all realized what huge fans we are of Canadian artists. Was difficult to narrow the list down, but we thought Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett and Carolyn Dawn Johnson would be amazing to go out on tour with.
Outside of the Canadian artists, a tour with Little Big Town, or Lady A would be incredible as we feel we have a lot of similarities.

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

We are loving the trend of the great story tellers and singer songwriters coming back in to Country Music. Folks like Chris Stapelton and Jamie Johnson are starting to become mainstream and we love that! Slowly more and more female singers are making it back on to the charts, and that is a good thing!

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

The whole program is going to be incredible but Boot camp is where we feel the most knowledge will be gained. Having key industry professionals taking the time to offer hands on advice, mentorship and the chance to collaborate with the other Project Wild artists will be so valuable. Not to mention the camaraderie with fellow artists will be an additional bonus.


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5 Questions with Midnight Lights

5 Questions with Midnight Lights

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

Jason: My mom always used to play country in the car when I was a kid, and I was hooked when I heard Paul Brandt’s “Small Towns, Big Dreams”.
Katie: Jason says that he brought me to country music, which is likely true, but I used to love CMT (back when CMT played music videos)

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

Katie: I remember so clearly the extreme excitement I felt after writing my first song. I was in 6th grade and I thought it was my ticket to fame… Pretty sure it was awful.
Jason: Several years ago, I couldn’t sleep and found myself in our music room, writing out lyrics on paper. Katie helped me finish what became my first song. Now we co-write constantly.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

Jason: Paul Brandt and High Valley… I feel like we share a lot of values with them. Keith Urban would be amazing too.
Katie: Without a doubt, my dream is to open for Bryan Adams or Phil Collins. In country music, definitely Little Big Town or Rascal Flatts.

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

Katie: Beats are coming in and twang is going out!
Jason: Tight blue-jeans, Tailgates, and beer. Just kidding! But I love the modern blue-grass sound that’s getting more popular.

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

Jason: I’m looking forward to the Final Showcase and having a chance to show a new audience who we are and our music.
Katie: I think I’m looking forward to after the Final Showcase when I’ll be able to sleep at night!


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5 Questions with Brad Saunders

5 Questions with Brad Saunders

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

I grew up in Newfoundland which is a very musical place. My childhood was surrounded by music. I didn’t start playing guitar until much later in my life when I was given a guitar as a birthday gift. I couldn’t put it down after that, I would often play for 12 hours a day, learning anything I could from YouTube tutorials.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

I wrote my first song at the age of 8 years old. I worked at a fish plant for a guy that later became a mentor to me. One day he was playing guitar after work and it was at that time that we wrote a song together.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

If I could open for any performing artist I would have to say Johnny Reid, Or Paul Brandt, these artists pride themselves on their interaction with their fans, they are also actively involved in numerous charities.

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

The best trend in country music right now is that the genre has opened up to so much more than just traditional country. Many of the stylistic changes to the genre have made it more appealing to a broader audience. I like the pop elements that have been implemented, making country music a lot more catchy, hooky.

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

The part I’m most looking forward to with Project WILD Is the boot camp. I’m hoping to learn as much as possible about the music industry and grow as an artist. I believe this program will give me the tools to succeed. I’m also looking forward to learning more about social media, stage presence, and I’m really excited about being brought together with so many other like minded people for the experience of a lifetime.


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5 Questions with Dani-Lynn

5 Questions with Dani-Lynn

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

I feel like country music was bred into me from the start. I grew up on a farm in a very musically inclined family so there was always music of some sort going on and Country was always our genre of choice. When I first started performing I performed quite a bit of pop as I was pretty young and that’s what I was listening to at the time, but before long my love of Country took over and I was headed to Nashville to start my journey!

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

I took my first trip to Nashville when I was 14 and started co-writing at that point.I had always had an interest in songwriting but the first real experience I had was writing with various songwriters in Nashville. One of the most memorable for me in the first few days was writing with Karen Staley in a hotel room about my middle school lifestyle. Always so cool for me to look back at experiences like that and how they have shaped my writing style now.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

Chris Stapleton is probably my favorite artist on radio right now as he has really carved a new path in the industry. I love his vocal stylings and I absolutely idolize his songwriting!

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

I think my favorite country music trend right now is how much roots and rock is coming into the country sound! I love the folk songwriting style that is being played with an edgy feel to it, so original and definitely draws my ear!

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to heading out to boot camp. I can’t wait to get some coaching on stage, to work with the other artists and do some songwriting with them, and to step it up with all of the behind the scenes things like social media and my team! There are so many things to be taken in from this experience, I can’t wait to be submerged in the knowledge that is to come!


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5 Questions with Amy Metcalfe

5 Questions with Amy Metcalfe

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

It’s funny because I’ve never really felt like I was brought to country, I just was country. I ride horses, drive a tractor, went to a school outside the city etc. It’s just part of who I am, so it made sense that as I started to write music most of it came out sounding country.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

I was six years old, and it was on the piano. I can still play every part of it today!

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

Hmm tough one. You know there are people you would love to open for because you love their music and want to hang out with them. But sometimes that doesn’t make the most sense musically. So I’m going to answer who I think I would blend nicely with and it would make the most sense right now in the scene :Thomas Rhett !

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

The best trend …. I would say I like that country music has continued to value good quality writing and that’s a trend I hope never goes out of style!

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

Growth!! In all aspects as an artist, as a business person, as a friend, cowriter, and as a morning person… because I don’t know if you heard but at camp we have to be up at 7:30am for 10 days straight. I don’t know the last time I’ve even seen 7:30 am on a clock. Wait what’s a clock ? I mean iPhone .


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5 Questions with Ken Stead

5 Questions with Ken Stead

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

I actually used to listen to a ton of rap and hip hop music.  It was while living at my folks house still that as a punishment I was asked to go to the Edmonton Folk Festival.  I heard Roots/country music there for the first time.  Artists that sing from and to the soul of the audience.  Watching how music like this could change the very moments we find ourselves in amazed me.  At the core of country, this is what got me excited about it.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

I wrote my first song after I had pulled my hamstring running a 200M race.  I had a long road to recovery with nothing but a guitar and a few chords.  It just seemed to come out.  Now, every new chord, new idea, is like a new tool in the toolbox.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

Foy Vance – He’s not country but the guy has nothing but soul in his voice and lyrics.  

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

Jason Isbell is not new to the scene but he was new to the Country charts.  His stripped down music, poignant lyrics, and lyrics that can rip a hole into whatever walls you’ve spent time building has me excited for where country is going.  

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

To be totally honest, I am super excited to learn.  I’ve been “organically” playing music professionally for 3 years and really would love to learn how to take my music to the next level.  There are so many people to learn from that are a part of this and am looking forward to sucking out all the info I can! 


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5 Questions with The Dungarees

5 Questions with The Dungarees

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.


1. What brought you to country music?

Each member of The Dungarees has been inspired by several diverse genres that shaped our personal musical style but the one commonly held influence shared between all of us is country music. We all seem to have memories from our childhoods of our parents listening to artists like Eddie Rabbit, Rodney Crowell, Dwight Yoakam and Clint Black when we were younger. Country is our roots and it feels like the most natural, visceral, almost instinctive musical response we have as a group.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

We have all been playing music independently for many years but we did all come from backgrounds where it was important to write and perform our own songs. We all started writing tunes in our teens and playing them with our various musical projects. That’s why, when The Dungarees were initially formed as a cover band, the idea was doomed from the beginning; we all had song writing in our veins. It only took a few months for our own original tunes to creep into the setlists. We now go on annual trips to Nashville where we co-write with incredible writers in addition to the writing we do together at home.

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

Eric Church, Willie Nelson or Dwight Yoakam. And we are incredibly honoured to announce that we will in-fact be opening for Dwight in October for a handful dates!

4. What is the best trend in country music right now?

We love and are inspired that there are some Roots/American country artists creeping into the mainstream. Artists like Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price and Kacey Musgraves, are connecting with audiences all over the musical universe, not just with country fans. They are staying true to their roots in the country world but are making a connection through musical honesty and integrity. Music fans respond to that no matter the genre.

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

Learning!!!! And improving! So much of being a musician/performer is DIY right from Day 1. And an integral part of being an artist IS DIY in order to create something that is unique to yourself. But at a certain point you need guidance and training so you can take those skills and make them your own. We’re really looking forward to learning about the business/marketing side, as well as performance coaching. Each of us has been doing this for a long time. But we’ve never been given the opportunity to refine and hone our skills as performers and business people. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!!


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New BOOTCAMP Dates & Location Announced!

New BOOTCAMP Dates & Location Announced!

Project WILD, WILD 95.3 Calgary, New Amsterdam Vodka and Alberta Music are thrilled to announce that this year’s Top 12 artists will be attending Bootcamp at Rockridge Canyon August 26 – September 2 for Project WILD 2016! 

For the past seven years RockRidge has served as the home for the intensive one-week bootcamp designed to take artist’s careers to the next level, and we couldn’t be happier to be back. 

APPLY NOW! APPLICATIONS CLOSE MAY 4TH AT 5:00PM