by SaskMusic

April 28, 2018 in Industry News

SaskMusic, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, presented the SCMA keynote interview with Jess Moskaluke. Jess, joined by Mike Denney (head of MDM Recordings Inc.) and Carmen Choney (tour manager), was interviewed by SaskMusic’s Brittney MacFarlane. The event was part of a weekend’s worth of activities that form the annual country music celebration, taking place this year in Prince Albert.

We discussed the path Jess has taken on her way to the top of the Canadian country music industry; artistic vision; an artist’s support team; marketing; industry trends; and many other topics.

An internationally celebrated artist, Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc./Universal Music Canada) continues to dazzle the country music world with her infectious love of the genre. Acclaimed as the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008 (“Drive Me Away”), and the first female Canadian country artist since [her childhood idol] Shania Twain to achieve Platinum single status (“Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), she has achieved three Top 10 hits with “Kiss Me Quiet”, “Take Me Home” and “Drive Me Away,” and recently went Gold with single “Kiss Me Quiet.” A four-time JUNO Award nominee (including receiving the 2017 JUNO for Country Album of the Year), and 2017 SOCAN Award winner, Moskaluke is also the three-time consecutive CCMA Award winner for Female Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) - the first resident of Saskatchewan in the history of the awards to achieve this title.

A proud small town girl, when she first posted her music online, no one could have anticipated the bright future that lay ahead. Many years later with her growing fan base, she has over 32 million views on YouTube to date. In 2016, Moskaluke had the #1 Most Played Song (“Take Me Home”) at Canadian Country Radio and was the top spun Canadian female artist for the second year in a row.