The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Discovery Program was created in 2013 as an initiative to help support new artists pursue careers in country music. Each year, participants chosen for this program are brought together to learn about the music business from industry insiders and artist mentors, with finalists putting their newfound knowledge to use at the CCMA Discovery Showcase during Country Music Week.
This year, the CCMAs will take place in London, Ont., on Sept. 11, and the Discovery Showcase will take place on Sept. 8. Here, we will spotlight some of this year's up-and-comers slated to perform.
Name: Runaway Angel
CBC Searchlight followers may recognize Runaway Angel, one of the regional finalists in 2014. The trio of singers — Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers, who were all solo artists before forming the group — were brought together via CMT's Karaoke Star and CCMA Week, and have been making music together since 2013.
"We have really begun to love writing as a group," they told the Canadian Country Music Association, of their songwriting experience together. "We have a lot of fun and feel very free to be creative and forthcoming with our ideas because we know we're on each other's team. We have such different strengths and we really love how they complement each other."
When asked if there were any country artists they were hoping to work with in the future, they said CCMA-nominated artists Deric Ruttan and Carolyn Dawn Johnson but added, "We love so many artists from the Canadian country music family!"
"There are groups like High Valley that have stuck it out and never gave up while always delivering amazing material and treat their fans like gold," they continued. "And newer artists like Jessica Mitchell remind us that it's all about the music and power of an incredible song."
Runaway Angel is slated to release its sophomore album in 2017.
Watch the 2016 CCMA Awards on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m NL) live on CBC Television.
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