SiriusXM Canada announced the eight semi-finalists for its fourth annual Top of the Country competition, where emerging artists compete to be named Canada’s next big country music star.
Shining a spotlight on Canadian talent is a priority for SiriusXM, and in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), this competition is the ultimate platform to do so.
What’s Up For Grabs For Winners?
Opportunities to perform at some of the biggest country music events in Canada, a SOCAN songwriting camp, industry mentorships and $25,000, are up for grabs as they proceed to the next stage of the competition.
“We are always so impressed by the caliber of musicians who participate in the competition, and this year is no different. We are thrilled by the submissions we’ve received and for Canadians to learn more about these talented and vibrant artists in the Canadian country music community,” says Paul Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Marketing, SiriusXM Canada.
“Our next step is to have these incredibly gifted semi-finalists record their own original tracks and in-studio videos, and then voting will be in the hands of country music fans across Canada!”
Introducing SiriusXM’s Top Of The Country 2022 Finalists
Representing 6 provinces across Canada, the 2022 SiriusXM Top of the Country semi-finalists are:
Devin Cooper – Innisfail, AB
Mallory Johnson – Conception Bay South, NL
Five Roses – Montreal, QC
Josh Ross – Burlington, ON
Danielle Ryan – Pitt Meadows, BC
Kyle McKearney – Calgary, AB
SACHA – Warkworth, ON
Shantaia – Spiritwood, SK
What’s Next For The Top 8 Finalists?
The next stage of the competition brings an exciting opportunity for the finalists to record their own original tracks and in-studio videos, which will be shared online for country music fans to vote for their favourites later this Spring.
After the voting period is complete, three finalists will be selected to participate in industry mentorships and perform at various showcases, including Country Music Week 2022 in Calgary, Alberta this September, where the grand prize winner will be announced.
A Word Of Advice From 2021 Winner, Tyler Joe Miller
“The Top of the Country competition provided me with invaluable opportunities and experiences and opened the door towards taking my music career to the next level,” said Tyler Joe Miller, the reigning Top of the Country winner. “This next step of the competition is so exciting for these artists. My advice to this year’s semi-finalists would be to enjoy every moment, foster new relationships within the industry and thank your fans for being there every step of the way.”