Country Music


October 2, 2020 (Toronto, ON) – Through the chaos that has been unleashed in 2020, Kitchener native Josh David has been the calm in the storm for many Canadian country music fans. With the March release of his reassuring debut single “Safe Place to Break,” Josh turns up the emotion with the release of his sophomore track “Lonely Tonight,” available across streaming platforms today. Already picking up traction as the cover of Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Country playlist, “Lonely Tonight” will be available at Canadian country radio on November 2.


Described by Josh as a song “about two people who find themselves in a whirlwind of emotions, going back and forth to a relationship that they know just isn’t meant to be, ” the new single affirms his incredible skill as a songwriter and storyteller, with poignant emotions in both his lyricism and his tone.

Quickly becoming known for his ability to elicit raw sentiment through his music, the weight of Josh David’s early 2020 debut was felt immediately, with out of the gate support across streaming platforms, including adds in Apple Music’s Country Lovin’, Canada’s Country, Hot Releases and Hot Tracks, Spotify’s Live Country, and debuting #2 on Amazon Music’s 2020 Artist To Watch, in addition to Amazon’s Faceout Feature on Introducing Country, and inclusion in their Breakthrough Country, Acoustic Chill, Fresh Country, and Brand New Music playlists. The release also saw several Canadian country radio adds – being played coast to coast, including on CBC/SiriusXM Country. The instant connection listeners felt with the track resulted in well over 130K streams – not an easy feat for a brand new artist. 

Josh David has been performing in live music venues since a young age and has quickly carved out his place as a local favourite, performing regularly; totalling more than 100 shows a year. He’s taken the stage at The Kitchener Bluesfest seven years in row and has performed alongside the likes of JUNO award winning Steve Strongman, Rob Szabo, Shawn Kellerman, and members of The Western Swing Authority. Having opened for country music heavy hitters Aaron Pritchett, Meghan Patrick and The Reklaws, he has also worked with some of the biggest names in the recording industry, such as Jason Barry, David Kalmusky, Emma-Lee, Byron Hill and Jeff Johnson. Josh’s talents were realized early on when he found himself as a Top 8 World Finalist for the 2013 American Country Star competition.

For more information, please visit www.joshdavidofficial.com

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Josh David To Release Video & Acoustic Version of Debut Single

Josh David debuted his striking release of “Safe Place To Break” on March 6th, 2020 and the weight of Josh David’s single has been felt immediately, with continuous support across streaming platforms including adds in Apple Music’s Country Lovin’, Canada’s Country, Hot Releases and Hot Tracks, Spotify’s Live Country, and Amazon Music’s 2020 Artists to Watch, Brand New Music, Fresh Country and Introducing Country. 

This single was also released to country radio on April 14th, seeing support coast to coast and Josh appeared as a featured songwriter on The BlueJay Virtual Sessions – Round #8, along side Andrew Allen, Julia Vos & Kelsi Mayne.

As a follow up, on July 10th, 2020 will see the release of the Safe Place To Break (Acoustic Version) and Official Music Video, Directed by Rich Misener. 

You can catch Josh broadcasting weekly live streams on Twitch and YouTube.


New album Lonesome Stretch Of Highway out May 2020


EDMONTON, AB — Edmonton-based Royalty Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Mike Plume. The label will release Plume’s new album Lonesome Stretch Of Highway in May 2020, with the singles “Younger Than We Are Today” and “I’m Your Huckleberry” released to radio and digital service providers in February 2020.

Lonesome Stretch Of Highway finds Plume reborn in many ways. Its nine tracks bear his distinctive mark, but with an added crackling energy that’s a byproduct of hard-won experience. Recorded in his adopted hometown of Edmonton, the album marks Plume’s third collaboration with producer Marek David, and the first time they’ve worked together since 2001’s Fools For The Radio.

Royalty Records president Rob Smith says, “I have been a fan of Mike as a writer, artist and performer for a long time. I am proud to have him working with Royalty and even more proud to say that, I believe we’re releasing the best work of his career to date.”

Having first arrived on the scene in the midst of the alt-country insurgency of the early 1990s, Mike Plume and his loyal band have logged countless miles around the globe, touring with the likes of Steve Earle, The Mavericks, John Hiatt and others, while befriending legends such as Levon Helm and Stompin’ Tom Connors. The lessons he’s learned along the way have left an indelible mark on Lonesome Stretch Of Highway, with songs such as “Younger Than We Are Today,” “I’m Your Huckleberry,” “It’s A Long Way” (featuring The Road Hammers), and “Perfume And Gasoline” destined to take a place among his best-loved tunes.
Plume has long been known for his richly detailed storytelling style and unyielding devotion to rock and roll’s original spirit. That’s all present on Lonesome Stretch Of Highway, powered by Plume’s earthy, uncompromising voice. That combination is proof that one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters remains at the top of his game and is ready to hit that highway again.

More details to come! 

Mike Plume is available for interviews and on-air appearances.

For all enquiries, please contact:

Jason Schneider / jason@jasonschneidermedia.com / 226.500.4865

Royalty Records Celebrates – A 45 Year Legacy of Country Music

It’s forty-five years and counting. A collection of Royalty Records favourite B-sides from the last 45 years. 

Looking back to 1974 it doesn’t really seem all that long ago, but the dream of starting both a western Canadian based record label and music publishing company had been top of mind for R. Harlan Smith. After years of touring across Canada, Smith would always return to the prairies wondering why there did not seem to be much attention of any kind given to the vast amount of incredible and mostly unheard of great musicians, songwriters and artists from the prairies that just maybe, with a little helping hand could help build a more complete national Canadian country music industry.

ABOVE (back row L to R): Tracy Lynn, George Hauser, Jimmy Arthur Ordge, Glory-Anne Carriere, R. Harlan Smith, Larry Gustafson, Danny Hooper, Joyce Smith, Wilf Ingersoll; (front row L to R) Fred Larose, Frank Walls, Chris Nielsen, Laura Vinson.

Incidentally, Helping Hand Music was the original name of Royalty Music Publishing Inc. which had actually been up and running a couple of years before Royalty Records became a reality.  In an era of plucky upstart indie labels, Royalty remains true to its roots as one of the original Canadian country labels. The songs, the artists, recalling the times in the studio, this collection is a joyous trip down a historical memory lane.

 Royalty Records has developed decades of Canada’s great country artists and continues to do so to this day. 

ABOVE: (back row L to R) Neil MacDonald, Darren Gusnowsky, Mitch Smith, Rob Smith, Kham Yawnghwe;(front row L to R) Christie Armstrong, Kathryn Hummel, Stacie Roper, Ryan Langlois, Melissa Langlois,Andreas Wegner, Kasha Anne, Ben Shillabeer, Rob Shapiro, Teddy Michaylaow, Paul Biro.


Big congrats goes out to Chris Buck Bandon their 2018 BC Country Music Association Award nominations announced today for Entertainer of the Year, Fans Choice Award, Group Duo of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year!!! #BCCMAawards#BCCMA2018

Chris Buck Band will be performing live on the award show. For ticket and award show weekend details, head over to bccountry.com



ANNOUNCED –  Sunday October 22nd, 2017  – Coquitlam, BC


Chris Buck Band was nominated in 7 categories and took home Album of the Year.

Released early Spring 2017 and signed in 2016 with Royalty Records / Sony Music Canada, Chris Buck Band’s debut album, boasts over 2.2 million streams on Spotify, featuring 4x top 40 country radio hits including, “Leave Your Light On“, the club country dance sensation “Giddy Up“, “Sun Sets Down” and their billboard top 20 radio smash “That’s When You Know ft Kira Isabella”.

So honoured and grateful to have even been recognized! I co-wrote on every song on this album, this means even more because of that. Won’t forget this oneChris Buck

Alongside this incredible accolade, band member Phil Puxley won Special Instrument of the Year for Banjo and Jeff Johnson of Baileyway Entertainment took home Producer of the Year.

It’s an honour to get to share in the creative processes and recorded journeys of the artists and bands I produce. They include me in their musical vision and I will always value that bond of trust and do my best for everyone I work with. More than winning an award like a CCMA or BCCMA is the friendships and the community that growth that comes from collectively celebrating this amazing music business.Jeff Johnson

The award show was hosted on Sunday October 22nd, 2017 at the Molson Canadian Theatre (formally Red Robinson Theatre) – Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, BC, where winners were revealed.

For a full list of all winners, follow this link: http://bccountry.com


Chris Buck Band Nominated for 7 BCCMA Awards


ANNOUNCED: Friday September 22nd, 2017 – Vancouver, BC

The 41st Annual BC Awards nominees, includes Chris Buck Band who ties with fellow Sakamoto Agency mates,  The Washboard Union for the most nominations this year with 7 each, in artist award categories.

Chris Buck Band have been nominated for Album of the YearGroup or Duo of the YearEntertainer of the YearFans’ ChoiceSingle of the YearThat’s When You KnowSocan Songwriter of the YearThat’s When You Know (Jeff Johnson, Chris Buck) and Video of the YearThat’s When You Know.

Band members Taylor Allum (Drums), Phil Puxley (Banjo) & Ryan Stead (Guitar), Producer – Jeff Johnson and Video Director – David MacDonald are also amongst those nominated this year.

The award show & winners will be revealed on Sunday October 22nd, 2017 at the Molson Canadian Theatre (formally Red Robinson Theatre) – Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, BC.

For more details, click here.



July 12, 2017 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced the final nominees, in which eight (8) CCMA Awards will be presented during the 2017 CCMA Awards Show.  Chris Buck Band were amongst those announced today, up for their 1st CCMA Award Nomination for “Video of the Year” for “That’s When You Know” featuring Kira Isabella. The show will be broadcast from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC.

So grateful for our first ever CCMA Nomination. I’m overwhelmed with all your messages and support! 🙏❤️ What a year we’ve had and hope to see y’all in Saskatoon!!!Chris Buck
Ticket and event information regarding PotashCorp Country Music Week can be found at ccma.org.

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