Monday, 13 October 2014

High Valley

High Valley - County Line (2014)

Canadian pop country trio High Valley is made up of brothers Brad, Bryan and Curtis Rempel. The brothers grew up on a farm in the remote rural community of La Crete, Alberta where it seemed there was always a lot of country music being played, and the brothers quickly absorbed it, forming High Valley before any of them was even a teenager. The young band played wherever they could, often at church camps, eventually working their way up to open for country stars who toured through, all while still attending school and holding down part-time jobs. They recorded for the first time in Nashville in 2001 and released a debut album, the self-titled High Valley, on Open Road Records in the fall of 2010.

Kira Isabella - Caffeine & Big Dreams (2014)

Kira Isabella - Caffeine & Big Dreams (2014)
Isabella will likely get the ingenue label thrown at her — after all, she's only 21 — but she's been doing this a long, long time. She's been playing guitar, writing songs and performing since she was seven, and left her hometown of Ottawa for Nashville as a teenager. Her debut album, Love Me Like That, came out in 2011 and she's already opened for Carrie Underwood.

Caffeine & Big Dreams should push Isabella to the next level, and her timing couldn't be better, what with fellow upstarts like Kacey Musgraves and Lindi Ortega making a splash, and Taylor Swift breaking up with country music, leaving a giant hole in the Nashville scene. In fact, we're so sure that this is Isabella's time to shine, CBC Music recently kicked off its Next Big Thing series by profiling her.