WILD 953 and Alberta Music Present Project WILD: Top 12 Showcase Series

Project WILD Showcase Series 2016

This past June, WILD 953 and Alberta Music announced the Top 12 Artists for Project WILD Country, and kicked off a summer of fun as well as an enormous challenge for it’s participants. Now that boots and guitars are shined up, and the finalists have gained the insider’s edge, the Top 12 are set to put their best foot forward at the showcase series. The listener’s vote for their favourite act counts towards narrowing it down to the Top 3 in November, and eventually the top prize winner of $100,953.00!

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“It’s not goodbye – it’s see you later..”

shantelle davidson

Where do I start.. Lastnight was the icing on the cake! Listening to the songs we created with our amazing Producers ( while wearing ridiculous attire) was a definite highlight for me.
The bond that is created when you write with another human being is very special and incomparable. It is fascinating to see something so beautiful come from nothing. Thoughts put into words, words put into music…I am so humbled to be a part of this group of people. I absolutely loved the mason jars full of lovely notes from my new friends. To top off a wonderful day of reflection – we sang with Mike Plume around a camp fire..What a treat!

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Straight Outta Comping


The final touches are being added to the two songs Sykamore and I recorded with members of my band and the awesome house band. Liam and Scott have done us proud with their efforts and dedication to this as they work behind the scenes during our classes. All of the music that is coming out of the studios is bang on! The Listening party on the las day will be a real treat.

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WILD Reflections

As some of you probably already know, I am a big Bryan Adams fan and grew up listening to his music. Monday evening, I had an absolutely unforgettable experience. I had the opportunity to perform with the legendary drummer Pat Steward who played on his album “Reckless”. For my showcase, I played a few of my original tunes, and then we broke into the iconic hit song “Summer of 69”! The energy throughout the room was unbelievable – from the moment the first chord was strummed to the last note. What we all experienced is something I will cherish forever. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity.

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And that’s a wrap….

How has a week gone by so quickly? But, it has.
Last night was our showcase. We got to share the stage with Sykamore, The Dungarees, and Ken Stead.
We felt great, Luanne had some butterflies, but we went on stage, feeling like we belonged. 20 mins to shine….. and we sure did…..
The talent on this stage this week, has been mind blowing. Cole Bradley, Dani Lynn, Jamie Woodfin, Amy Metcalfe, Brad Saunders, Trevor Panczak, Sykamore, The Dungarees, Ken Stead, Shantelle Davidson, and Midnight Lights. Each act brought to the table, their originality, and their talent, and their passion. We have become fans of each and everyone one of them, and we highly recommend you do too.

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Hi Five!!

mike plume dungarees

Day 5 is in the books and the killer week continues!  Where to even start….. The day started with some invaluable coaching from Social Media Swami Glen Erickson, and Publicist Aimee Hill. The devil is in the details, as they say, and Glen and Aimee did an outstanding job laying it all out for us.…

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Friends Family and Falsetto

The last day….A day that at first felt distant. I find myself reflecting on all that I’ve learnt but also thinking of those that I’ve met. Its amazing to me how fast you can get to know people in a situation like this, it makes you wonder why in the “Real World” it takes us so long to become connected to new people.

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Mike Check

Today has been ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING.   Mike Plume, Mike Plume, Mike Plume…I can not say enough about this man.  Mike has given me so much motivation to write.  New ways to write, better ways to write and new ways to be inspired.  Mike did his entire session in the most poetic and honest way.  He…

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The “Gut Feeling”…

Something that really resonated with me today was during Aimee Hill’s presentation. As an Artist Branding is very important. How do I want to present myself? What will my brand look like? How do I want to be perceived? What really cleared the air for me was when Aimee’s presentation explained the “Gut Feeling”. When you look at the Apple symbol on your Mac Book – what do you think about? For me it’s a world of possibility, innovation and creativity. Also, the “apple a day keeps the doctor away” thing.. I think about being in elementary school and the old Apple computer my Mom had. I have never thought of my brand in this way before.. How important and powerful it can be! So – my mission is to give my audience an amazing “gut feeling” every show and every time someone buys my cd or merchandise. Thank you Aimee Hill!

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You Can’t Predict The Weather… or Snoring

cole bradley

“Its better to aim for the stars and land on the roof, than to aim for the roof and land in the basement” – Mike Plume

Man, since my last blog so much has happened here at Rocky Ridge Canyon. The Dungarees and I are almost finished with our producer Winston and we have two solid tracks that are sounding killer. It’s been a pleasure working with these dudes. I love their vision; their work ethic and they are beauties! They also like to chirp me, and I appreciate their attempt. James Murdoch is about to go on stage with the boys and I’m sure he is feeling the heat after my threat about stealing his bass duties. I am sure he will be expecting my critique after the show. 😉

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