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Award-Winning Canadian Country Artist Tenille Releases New Album “Light”!

February 14,






Toronto, ON – 2012 CCMA Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recipient Tenille will release her sophomore album Light on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The album features the single “Dear Heart,” which is currently being played on Canadian Country radio. Additionally, on February 23 Tenille will host her annual Big Hearts For Big Kids fundraiser at the TEC Centre in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta. The evening will include performances by Tenille as well as top Canadian Country acts including Deric Ruttan, Jason McCoy, Victoria Banks, The Jeffersons, Sean Hogan and Wyatt. To date, Big Hearts For Big Kids has raised nearly $200,000. All proceeds go to Sunrise House; a Grand Prairie-based, emergency youth shelter that serves a wide area of Northern Alberta.


Based on the concept that light and hope can be found anywhere, even in the darkest corners of a person’s life, Light showcases Tenille’s substantial growth as an artist and her belief that music has the power to motivate people to make positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others. Nowhere is that clearer than on songs like “Pay It Forward,” the theme song for her 2012-2013 Canadian ‘Play It Forward’ tour, and lead single “Dear Heart,” co-written with Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride), Caitlyn Smith (Rascal Flatts) and Kelly Archer (Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch) – which expresses Tenille’s willingness to share her own vulnerability and openness with the world.


“I can’t wait to share Light with everyone,” says Tenille. “The songs and the messages on this record mean so much to me and I had a blast working on it with an amazing team of musicians and my producer, Fred Mollin. Watching them breathe life into these songs was an unforgettable experience.”


On the strength of her 2011 Royalty Records debut, Real, which entered the SoundScan Country chart at #13 the first week of its release, Tenille became the youngest artist ever nominated for the coveted Canadian Country Music Award for Female Artist of the Year (2011), and in 2012 the youngest recipient of the CCMA Slaight Music Humanitarian Award. That same year the 18-year-old’s talent and dedication garnered her the Grand Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In early 2013, Tenille took home the Association of Country Music in Alberta’s Fan’s Choice Award, won the ACMA Female Artist of the Year Award for the second year running and was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Light – Track Listing:

  1. Starts With You
  2. Dear Heart
  3. Into The Light
  4. Maple Grove Road
  5. Fall In Love
  6. Pay It Forward
  7. That’s What it’s Like to Leave
  8. Some Will Call it Love
  9. Where Did She Go
  10. Getting Good at Goodbye
  11. Halfway to Somewhere
  12. One Last Look Around
  13. Dare to Be

Website: www.tenille.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/realtenillemusic 

Twitter: @_Tenille

YouTube: www.youtube.com/realtenillemusic

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Tenille will be available for advance and in-person interviews surrounding the release of her new album Light. On February 27 & 28 she will be in Toronto and available for select interviews. 


For more information or to request an interview, please contact:


Strut Entertainment

Liz Reid




Strut Entertainment
1240 Bay Street, Suite 205
Toronto, ON M5R 2A7

Hey Romeo Nominated for Multiple CCMA Awards, including Fans’ Choice Award


July 18th, 2012

Hey Romeo Nominated for Multiple CCMA Awards, including Fans’ Choice Award

Toronto, ON – 2011 Group of the Year Hey Romeo have been nominated for the 2012 Fans’ Choice Award, Group of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Additionally Hey Romeo members also received nominations for “Keyboard Player of the Year” (Rob Shapiro), “Guitar Player of the Year (Darren Gusnowsky)”, “Drummer of the Year (Brad Tebble)” and “Bass Player of the Year (Curtis Ebner)”.

Fan’s Choice Award, voting opens this July 18th, 2012 until Friday, September 7, 2012 where fans can vote for their favourite artist online at www.ccmas.org. The winner will be announced at the CCMA Awards, which will broadcast live from Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Hey Romeo released their third studio album, Twist of Fate (Royalty Records), on June 26, 2012. The new record was co-produced by Hey Romeo and Byron Hill (Gary Allan, Gord Bamford) and features 12 songs including the first single, “Jump Back In.” Recently, they joined country icon Gord Bamford on select dates during his cross-Canada tour and hosted the first annual Alberta Country Music Awards at Westerner Park in Red Deer. They have also opened for legendary country acts including Sugarland and Johnny Reid, making a name for themselves within the Canadian country music industry.

Last year was particularly memorable for the band, garnering a win for Group of the Year at the CCMA Awards and keyboardist Rob Shapiro received an All-Star Band Award for Keyboard Player of the Year for the third year running. In 2010 Hey Romeo’s sophomore album, That’s What I Am, sparked five hit singles including “Searchin’ For You,” which went Top 20 on both the Mediabase and BDS charts, and “That’s What I Am” peaked at #13 on the Billboard Canada Emerging Artist chart. A year after the release of their debut album, the band took home a 2008 CCMA Award for Top New Group of the Year.

In addition to their Fans’ Choice nomination, Hey Romeo will be performing at the CCMA FanFest on September 8 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

Website: www.heyromeo.com
Twitter: @heyromeo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/heyromeoband



Established in 1976, the CCMA is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization’s efforts is Country Music Week – an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada’s country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Awards were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada’s unique culture.

For more information please contact:
Strut Entertainment
Liz Reid