SaskMusic Songwriters Showcase at Country Thunder 2024

SaskMusic Songwriters Showcase at Country Thunder 2024

July 12-14, 2024

by SaskMusic

July 10, 2024 in SaskMusic News

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We're pleased to be partnering again this year with Country Thunder Saskatchewan for the Songwriters Showcase.

On the afternoons of July 12-14, you can find the showcase stage on the CT grounds to listen to songs and the stories behind them. Each afternoon, 4 different artists will take turns sharing their music, songwriters-in-the-round, acoustic style. (Get there early as seating is limited!)

 

Fri July 12, 2:30-4:00pm

Chris Henderson

Chris Henderson

Jarrid Lee

Jarrid Lee

Quinton Blair

Quinton Blair 

Tenille Arts

Tenille Arts

 

Saturday July 13, 2:30-4:00pm

Brody Siebert

Brody Siebert

Jeffery Straker

Jeffery Straker

Morgan Robertson

Morgan Robertson

Teagan Littlechief

Teagan Littlechief

 

Sunday July 14, 1:30-3:00pm

Conor Cassidy

Conor Cassidy

Eli Barsi

Eli Barsi

Kendra Kay

Kendra Kay
 

Mark Smith

Mark Smith (of the Poverty Plainsmen)
 

 

About the Artists

Brody Siebert: Born and raised in the small farming community of Spiritwood Saskatchewan, Brody Siebert is well on his way to proving he is a part of the amazing crop of artists on the rise in Canadian country music. Brody has recently hit a total of 1,000,000 streams as an artist across all streaming platforms. In the short time he’s been on the scene, Brody has played Craven Country Jamboree, Rockin' River Music Fest, Country at The Creek, and has opened for the likes of Granger Smith, Aaron Goodvin, The Hunter Brothers, and more. Following the success of his single "I'm in a Bar" in 2017, Brody walked away with the Saskatchewan Country Music Association’s Male Artist of the Year award. That same year, he was also tapped to perform in Saskatoon at the CCMA Rockin’ Country Cabaret alongside industry heavyweights like Chad Brownlee and the Road Hammers. 
www.brodysiebert.com      Instagram

Chris Henderson: Since his debut in 2008, Chris Henderson has been one of the busiest Recording Artists in Canada. The former high school teacher has been touring relentlessly, and has released 17 singles to National radio including, “Don’t Miss Your Kiss Goodbye” (peaked at #47), “My Regret” (#47), and many more. Henderson has been nominated for dozens of awards including three consecutive wins as the, “Male Artist of the Year” at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in 2018-20, and “Songwriter of the Year” in 2014. Henderson has released 4 studio albums and has appeared on stages such as the Craven Country Jamboree, Big Valley Jamboree, Boots & Hearts, Dauphin’s Country Fest, the Telemiracle cast, and many more.
chrishendersonmusic.com      Instagram

Conor Cassidy: A complementary balance of anthemic road-ready rock and tender acoustic storytelling, British born singer-songwriter Conor Cassidy offers a refreshing take on classic Americana. Throughout the years he has toured and written with Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Simon Climie, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Max Rafferty of The Kooks, and Paul Young. After following his parents on a transatlantic move to Saskatoon, Canada, Cassidy began recording his songs at OCL Studios in Alberta, working alongside engineer Josh Rob Gwilliam and drummer Andrew Hemmerling. He released his debut single “Radio Silence” in 2022, and has since released six singles. More recently, Cassidy is working with Saskatoon’s own S.J. Kardash on his debut EP and has upcoming shows in Western and Eastern Canada.
linktr.ee/conorcassidymusic       Instagram

Eli Barsi: Eli Barsi is an Award Winning Singer / Songwriter / Musician / Recording Artist / Author & Painter, originally from the Southeastern Saskatchewan Prairies. Over the last 3 decades, she has written 17 studio albums, released 11 charting singles, 6 CMT videos, and received numerous awards in Canada and the USA. She was recently honoured with the Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Arts & Culture in Saskatchewan. Eli tours extensively internationally, sharing her brand of Western Roots, Folk & Country Music. Her soulful voice and Carter Scratch guitar picking is joined with the rhythmic upright bass playing and harmony vocals of husband John Cunningham. 
www.elibarsi.com        Instagram

Jarrid Lee: Immerse yourself in the soul-stirring world of Jarrid Lee, a rising country-rock sensation hailed for his unique blend of authentic narratives and compelling melodies. The Plains Cree musician, based in Saskatoon, is a multiple SCMA and SaskMusic nominee, cementing his place as a genuine voice in the country music scene. Fans of Don Amero, Brett Kissel, and Chris Stapleton will find a kindred spirit in Jarrid's artistry. Known for chart-topping singles like "That's How You Country," his music serves as a vibrant tapestry that weaves the cultural richness of Indigenous storytelling with universal themes of love, resilience, and community. Jarrid Lee isn't just an artist; he's a cultural ambassador echoing the calls for social change, showcased in his stirring guest blogs and philanthropic efforts.
jarridlee.com        Instagram

Jeffery Straker: Singer-songwriter pianist Jeffery Straker grew up taking piano lessons in a small Saskatchewan farming town, raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He’s gone on to perform over 100 shows per year across Canada, Europe and Latin America. Across 8 albums to date, critical comparisons have been drawn to the likes of Harry Chapin, Kris Kristofferson & Murray McLauchlan while performances have seen him live on BBC radio in the UK, on theatre stages, and performing to festival crowds. Named 'Roots-Folk Artist of the Year' in consecutive Saskatchewan Music Awards, Jeffery has also been honoured with a Western Canadian Music Award. He’ll debut his new album “Great Big Sky” with a series of unique shows performed in grain elevators across Saskatchewan in summer 2024. 
www.jeffstraker.com       Instagram

Kendra Kay: Raised in a rodeo family on the Canadian prairies, few people capture the spirit of country music like 7X MCMA award-winning artist Kendra Kay. In 2023, she released her debut full length record ‘Homegrown Heart’, which debuted at #1 on the Canadian Country iTunes Charts, #3 on the All-Genre iTunes Charts and amassed over 3 million streams. Coming off her debut album release, she has been back in the studio recording for her next project that is set to release in 2024. Teaming up with CMA award winning producer, Trent Willmon to bring the true elements of country music that Kendra Kay is becoming known for. Along with her music, Kendra has earned Championship Buckles in Barrel Racing, and is combining that grit and determination with her signature ‘powerhouse vocals’ to bring her sound to life. kendrakaycountry.com         Instagram

Mark Smith: Mark Smith is a co-founding member of the CCMA and SCMA award winning band The Poverty Plainsmen. Mark started singing at a very young age and picked up his first guitar and learned to play at age 14.  Songwriting has always been his passion and over the years he wrote and co-wrote several songs on the three albums that were released by The Poverty Plainsmen. Mark and The Poverty Plainsmen toured extensively from 1987 to 2008 on the Canadian prairies, playing at various festivals, rodeos, and honky tonks. They were invited to play the Country Thunder main stage back when it was known as The Big Valley Jamboree every year from 1990 to 1999 and then again in 2005.  Mark is very honoured to have been asked to take part as a songwriter at this event. Thank you to SaskMusic, Casino Regina and Country Thunder Sask.
facebook.com/The-Poverty-Plainsmen      

Morgan Robertson: Morgan Robertson's musical journey began in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, where she was enchanted by the melodies of her father's farm and the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party summer camp. Starting fiddle lessons at six, she quickly immersed herself in guitar and songwriting, fueled by inspiration from artists like Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves. With raw honesty, Morgan's lyrics reflect personal experiences, earning recognition such as the SCMA Youth Development Bursary in 2021. Grounded in her blue-collar roots, she infuses authenticity into her music, balancing her passion with work on the family farm. Through heartfelt storytelling, Morgan invites listeners into her world of emotion and connection. As she prepares to release "Another Beer" and her debut album, her commitment to authenticity remains unwavering, driven by passion and creativity.
linktr.ee/morganrobertsonmusic     Instagram

Quinton Blair: Residing at the central point of Canada, reigns Quinton Blair; an artist genuine to the core and brandishing all the qualities of the real deal. Blair is the 2023 Manitoba Country Music Association Fans Choice Award winner; along with additional accolades for MCMA Roots Artist of the Year (four times); MCMA Male Artist of the Year (four times), and, Songwriter of the Year, for the song 20 Dollar Bottle. Blair has released five singles to Canadian radio, granting him national exposure to many markets across Canada, with a loyal Prairie following. He has been creating moments and memories in every southern province from BC to PEI, including a hearty stint supporting Tim and the Glory Boys on their Hometown Hoe-Down tour. From tear-jerkers to boot scooters, Blair has an incredible handle on the country music songbook, and an uncanny ability to read a crowd and bring them to the dancefloor.
www.quintonblair.com      Instagram

Teagan Littlechief: In a crescendo of destiny, Teagan Littlechief, a musical prodigy deeply entwined with her Cree roots, stormed into the limelight at the tender age of 15. The GX94 contest became her battleground, where she wielded her vocal prowess like a warrior's weapon, seizing victory with a spellbinding rendition of Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing." Teagan's journey saw her winning multiple SCMA Indigenous Artist of The Year awards, as well as the esteemed Queen's Jubilee Award. Additionally, she was voted Next Big Thing by 92.7, further solidifying her position as a rising star in the music industry. Teagan's sound transcends genres, infusing her work with a timeless resonance that captivates audiences worldwide.
www.teaganlittlechief.com          Instagram

Tenille Arts: Born and raised in the small prairie town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Tenille Arts picked up the guitar and penned her first song at age 13 and has been performing nonstop ever since. She has racked up over half a billion streams and garnered over 750,000 digital followers in a relatively short period of time. Her critically-acclaimed Love, Heartbreak, & Everything In Between album yielded her first #1 single, “Somebody Like That,” which is certified double platinum. In 2022, Tenille was nominated by the ACM Awards for New Female Artist of the Year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards for Best New Country Artist, the CMT Music Awards for Female Video and Breakthrough Video of the Year, and she won the MusicRow Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” and the AIMP 2022 “Rising Artist-Writer of the Year Award.”
www.tenillearts.com        Instagram

 

How were the artists for this stage selected?

For our collaboration with Country Thunder, CT organizers and SaskMusic collaborated to curated and contribute artist selections for the lineup. (SaskMusic posted a call for submissions to our members to help us locate interested artists.) The lineups reflect a mix of emerging and established songwriters.

 

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