Congrats to our latest CKXS Emerging Artist(s) of the Month – Edmonton, Alberta’s Lexi Strate and Langley, B.C.’s Robyn & Ryleigh!
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Every day at 2:20 pm listen in during WEEKDAZE with Jay Smith as we’ll preview some of the best new music coming out of Canada! If you like what you hear, vote for your favourite new artists. The winner each month will receive additional airplay and become a permanent part of the CKXS landscape.
April’s XS Emerging Artist(s) Of The Month
LEXI STRATE and ROBYN & RYLEIGH
LEXI STRATE - This new and exciting, raw Alberta talent is determined to make her mark in the pop scene! Unexpected sultry tones and strong, soulful vocals, combined with her stunning urban-chic style, Lexi stimulates the senses and undeniably captivates her audience.
Lexi got her big break in Edmonton when she won a big radio contest in 2012. The prize was a trip to Vancouver to record two singles with the talented Mike James and his Milk Music Co. team. Lexi’s very first single, “Turning Point” debuted on Edmonton’s 104.9 Virgin Radio in September. She was also named Astral Media’s Breakthrough Artist for the month of October, capturing audiences all across Canada, with national radio play! In December, Lexi released her next single,”Unstoppable (We Got That Feelin’)”. This fun, edgy dance track was featured in the CW’s TV series “Beauty & The Beast”.
Her latest release (Jan. 2013) is “All For You”, co-written by Milk Music Co.’s Mike James (Kelly Rowland, Kreesha Turner), Stef Lang (Mr. Immature), and the brilliant Davey Badiuk (Dragonette). This high-energy track’s catchy hook, describes a ”hurricane” of reckless feelings and emotions experienced when blind-sided by unforeseen love. With an exciting sound that stands alone, and a certain, relatable message, this song is sure to be a radio hit.
With diverse influences such as Dallas Green, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Adele, Jann Arden and Maroon 5, Lexi’s songs reflect a new and interesting edge to pop music. Lexi is currently teaming up with Canadian producer/songwriter, Jeff Dawson, radio artist Laurell, as well as Mike James and the Milk Music Co. team, to continue to create and record music that her fans can connect with.
Watch out for this bright Alberta star! Her future is NOW!
ROBYN & RYLEIGH - Sisters Robyn Gillespie (left) and Ryleigh Gillespie (right) are a talented emerging country/pop duo hailing from Langley, British Columbia. Their sound is a reflection of their favorite musical influences the energy of modern rock blended with traditional country elements of acoustic instruments, meaningful lyrics, and sibling harmonies.
“R and R”, as their friends and family lovingly tag them, are true Canadian country girls in daily life, growing up in a serene setting on the family property in BC’s Fraser Valley. When not on a stage or in front of a camera, Robyn can be found working on her own car, while Ryleigh is an avid quadder, and once beat some farm boys in a tractor race at a fair after one of their gigs.
The girls began singing and performing together organically. Robyn began writing the first of her many songs at age 12, and discovered singing in front of receptive family members and friends was fun and well received. Soon after, Ryleigh began harmonizing to her sister’s songs from an adjoining room, creating what is now their signature sound. Duly impressed, their mom and dad encouraged them to sing together, and that’s when the sibling magic took over. Robyn has blossomed into a prolific songwriter and guitar player, also dabbling with every instrument she can get her hands on. Ryleigh is now also co-writing some of the girls’ songs, in addition to being a working actor. The girls’ first, full-length album is set for Spring 2013 release on Raincoast/MDM Recordings.
Robyn and Ryleigh are authentic country girls – singing about fast cars, boys, and hot summer nights. Part mud, part makeup, part glamorous, part funny. The perfect recipe for a couple of girls you’d like to get to know better.
March’s XS Emerging Artist Of The Month – WARREN DEAN FLANDEZ
Born in Yellowknife and calling Vancouver home, Warren grew up singing in the church, steeped in the rich tapestry of gospel music. At the age of 15, Warren began singing lead in a soul gospel choir under the direction of Checo Tohomaso, former backup singer and keyboardist of Marvin Gaye, Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores. It was under Checo’s mentorship that Warren developed his craft through studying the ways of Motown and channeling the essence of soul greats.
An accomplished recording artist, songwriter, musician, producer and entrepreneur, Warren also heads a growing entertainment empire known as Studio Cloud 30. Since its expansion in 2010, Studio Cloud 30 has quickly become one of Canada’s leading artist development companies with several divisions under its umbrella, including boutique imprint label 30 Records.
In May of 2011 Warren released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Vintage Love’ (30 Records/Fontana). ‘Vintage Love’ was a collaborative effort produced by the incomparable Mike Southworth that featured contributions from R&B songstress Divine Brown, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas), Andrea Martin (Roc Nation) and a song penned by legendary songwriter Diane Warren.
‘Vintage Love’ garnered national praise from publications such as the Toronto Star, Vancouver Province and Montreal Mirror, which listed ‘Vintage Love’ as #2 on their top 10 R&B albums of 2011 in the company of Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly and Jennifer Hudson.
February’s XS Emerging Artist(s) Of The Month – LEANNE PEARSON
“Here and Now” is her first offering to Canadian radio. Co-written by Leanne and produced by Bart McKay this single is from her debut release “Serendipity”.
If you think her name is familiar well that’s because she was a top six finalist on CMT’s “Big In A Small Town.” TV show, and this past summer she was the winner of Dauphin’s Countryfest Talent Contest. A great start for a talented young lady.
“Leanne has the maturity as well as the talent.” - Aaron Pritchett
“There’s a thing about you, it’s the ‘get it’ factor. You understand who you are, you’re confident in who you are and you’re not trying to be somebody else.” “Your voice is ridiculously good and you have this sweetness about you.” – CMT’s Casey Clarke
“You come across as such a level headed kid. You have a great voice, a great smile… so if you keep that level head, I think we may see more of you.” - CMT’s Joel Stewart