Boots & Hearts 2018 Emerging Artist Showcase Finalists Preview – Presented by Downtown Orillia

Presented by Downtown Orillia

The Emerging Artist Showcase contest returns to Boots & Hearts 2018, presented by Chevrolet and featuring seven up-and-coming country artists ready to make their mark.

In past years we’ve seen talent like Tebey, Tim Hicks, The Reklaws, Trinity Bradshaw, Johnson Crook, James Barker Band, Vanessa Marie Carter, and Jade Eagleson take the stage in the competition. And this year, Brad James, Cory James Mitchell, Dustin Bird, Julia Vos, Karli June, Nate Hall, and Kris Barclay will add their names to that list.

The opening rounds of the 2018 Emerging Artist Showcase will take place on Thursday, August 9 – kicking off the four-day country music festival at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. The showcase starts at 4:30 pm, and we encourage everyone headed to the festival on Thursday to get through the gates and to the stage to see these artists perform.

In past years artists have typically played one original song and one cover for the fans and judges. The two-song set may be short, but these artists know what’s on the line, and we promise that you’re going to see energy, enthusiasm and a whole lot of fun up on the stage.

The winner of this year’s Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase will collect a grand prize that includes…

🏆 A chance to play the main stage, opening for Brett Young on Sunday at B&H 2018
🏆 A single release with Warner Music Canada
🏆 The opportunity to perform at Boots & Hearts events throughout the year
🏆 A trip to Nashville that includes
✈️ Flights
🏨 Hotels
🎵 Professional songwriting session
📸 Professional photoshoot
💵 $500 spending cash

To get everyone ready for the showcase, we’ve got some information about each of the finalists, including links to their websites and social channels so you can check them out before you see them play.

Check them all out (in alphabetical order) and leave a comment telling us if you have seen any of these emerging country artists play before, and who your favourite is going into the festival!

Boots & Hearts 2018 Emerging Artist Showcase Finalists

Kris Barclay

Hometown: Ajax, ON
Notes: Barclay enters the Emerging Artist Showcase as the Wild Card winner, taking the final fan vote to earn the seventh spot.
Web: www.krisbarclay.com
Facebook: /krisbarclaymusic
Instagram: @kris.barclay
Twitter: @kris_barclay

Dustin Bird

Hometown: Stirling, ON
Notes: Bird bills himself as a country/pop artist with influences including Ed Sheeran, Stevie Nicks, Elvis, and The Eagles to go along with Johnny Cash, Eric Church, Hank Williams, and Dolly Parton.
Web: www.dustinbirdmusic.com
Facebook: /dustinbirdmusic
Instagram: @dustin_bird
Twitter: @dustin_bird

Nate Hall

Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Notes: Hall is a hungry young singer-songwriter, putting in work to get where he wants to be. He lists Kira Isabella as a collaborator.
Facebook: /officialnatehall
Instagram: @officialnatehall
Twitter: @natehallmusic

Brad James

Hometown: Hamilton, ON
Notes: This fall, Brad James is playing the Winding Roads Country Festival in Port Perry, ON, headlined by CCMA winner Madeline Merlo and in support of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Web: www.bradjamesmusic.com
Facebook: /bradjamesmusic
Instagram: @bradjamesmusic
Twitter: @bradjames

Karli June

Hometown: Listowel, ON
Notes: Karli June has released multiple singles to Canadian country radio, and continues to work on new music. With influences like Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, Kellie Pickler, it’s no surprise that she’s reaching for the stars.
Web: www.karlijune.com
Facebook: /karlijunemusic
Instagram: @itskarlijune
Twitter: @karlijunemusic

Cory James Mitchell

Hometown: Port Lambton, ON/ Sarnia, ON
Notes: Cory James Mitchell and his band have been all over Ontario in recent months, playing for crowds at Canadian Music Week, summer festivals, and more, bringing a legit southern rock/country vibe to the stage each and every night.
Web: www.coryjamesmitchellband.com
Facebook: /coryjamesmitchellband
Instagram: @coryjamesmitchellband
Twitter: @theCJMBand

Julia Vos

Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Notes: Vos enters the contest as the only non-Ontarian, looking to show what Alberta brings to the party. The Sheridan University student recently sang the national anthems at Rogers Centre before the Blue Jays vs. Twins game.
Facebook: /juliavosmusic
Instagram: @juliavos
Twitter: @JuliaVos

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Boots & Hearts 2018 Emerging Artist Showcase Finalists Preview – Presented by Downtown Orillia

Presented by Downtown Orillia

The Emerging Artist Showcase contest returns to Boots & Hearts 2018, presented by Chevrolet and featuring seven up-and-coming country artists ready to make their mark.

In past years we’ve seen talent like Tebey, Tim Hicks, The Reklaws, Trinity Bradshaw, Johnson Crook, James Barker Band, Vanessa Marie Carter, and Jade Eagleson take the stage in the competition. And this year, Brad James, Cory James Mitchell, Dustin Bird, Julia Vos, Karli June, Nate Hall, and Kris Barclay will add their names to that list.

The opening rounds of the 2018 Emerging Artist Showcase will take place on Thursday, August 9 – kicking off the four-day country music festival at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. The showcase starts at 4:30 pm, and we encourage everyone headed to the festival on Thursday to get through the gates and to the stage to see these artists perform.

In past years artists have typically played one original song and one cover for the fans and judges. The two-song set may be short, but these artists know what’s on the line, and we promise that you’re going to see energy, enthusiasm and a whole lot of fun up on the stage.

The winner of this year’s Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase will collect a grand prize that includes…

🏆 A chance to play the main stage, opening for Brett Young on Sunday at B&H 2018
🏆 A single release with Warner Music Canada
🏆 The opportunity to perform at Boots & Hearts events throughout the year
🏆 A trip to Nashville that includes
✈️ Flights
🏨 Hotels
🎵 Professional songwriting session
📸 Professional photoshoot
💵 $500 spending cash

To get everyone ready for the showcase, we’ve got some information about each of the finalists, including links to their websites and social channels so you can check them out before you see them play.

Check them all out (in alphabetical order) and leave a comment telling us if you have seen any of these emerging country artists play before, and who your favourite is going into the festival!

Boots & Hearts 2018 Emerging Artist Showcase Finalists

Kris Barclay

Hometown: Ajax, ON
Notes: Barclay enters the Emerging Artist Showcase as the Wild Card winner, taking the final fan vote to earn the seventh spot.
Web: www.krisbarclay.com
Facebook: /krisbarclaymusic
Instagram: @kris.barclay
Twitter: @kris_barclay

Dustin Bird

Hometown: Stirling, ON
Notes: Bird bills himself as a country/pop artist with influences including Ed Sheeran, Stevie Nicks, Elvis, and The Eagles to go along with Johnny Cash, Eric Church, Hank Williams, and Dolly Parton.
Web: www.dustinbirdmusic.com
Facebook: /dustinbirdmusic
Instagram: @dustin_bird
Twitter: @dustin_bird

Nate Hall

Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Notes: Hall is a hungry young singer-songwriter, putting in work to get where he wants to be. He lists Kira Isabella as a collaborator.
Facebook: /officialnatehall
Instagram: @officialnatehall
Twitter: @natehallmusic

Brad James

Hometown: Hamilton, ON
Notes: This fall, Brad James is playing the Winding Roads Country Festival in Port Perry, ON, headlined by CCMA winner Madeline Merlo and in support of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Web: www.bradjamesmusic.com
Facebook: /bradjamesmusic
Instagram: @bradjamesmusic
Twitter: @bradjames

Karli June

Hometown: Listowel, ON
Notes: Karli June has released multiple singles to Canadian country radio, and continues to work on new music. With influences like Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, Kellie Pickler, it’s no surprise that she’s reaching for the stars.
Web: www.karlijune.com
Facebook: /karlijunemusic
Instagram: @itskarlijune
Twitter: @karlijunemusic

Cory James Mitchell

Hometown: Port Lambton, ON/ Sarnia, ON
Notes: Cory James Mitchell and his band have been all over Ontario in recent months, playing for crowds at Canadian Music Week, summer festivals, and more, bringing a legit southern rock/country vibe to the stage each and every night.
Web: www.coryjamesmitchellband.com
Facebook: /coryjamesmitchellband
Instagram: @coryjamesmitchellband
Twitter: @theCJMBand

Julia Vos

Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Notes: Vos enters the contest as the only non-Ontarian, looking to show what Alberta brings to the party. The Sheridan University student recently sang the national anthems at Rogers Centre before the Blue Jays vs. Twins game.
Facebook: /juliavosmusic
Instagram: @juliavos
Twitter: @JuliaVos

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