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May 4, 2013 - Global Country Star Search Winners Declared

The 2013 Global Country Star Search competition took place at the Naked Cybercafe & Expresso Bar in Edmonton on May 4th. Competitors came from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, BC, and of course Alberta. Saskatchewan cleaned up in the 18 to 29 age category, with Stephanie Lloyd of Debden being declared the winner, and Christianne Godart of Middle Lake as runner up. Jess Mast from Salmon Arm, BC, was the youth winner (13 - 17), and Cassidy Zahar from Vilna was the runner up. Dahlia Wakefield from Edmonton took the over 30 championship with Melody Lovejoy, also of Edmonton being the runner up. The winners will be performing on the Global Country Concert at Festival Place on June 23rd, and will be traveling to Nashville and Pigeon Forge next March for the North American Country Music Associations International competitions.

                               Maryanne Gibson, Global Country CEO with                                                                       18 - 29 Winner, Stephanie Lloyd, Debden, SK            

     Youth winner, Jess Mast of Salmon Arm, BC

                                    Over 30 Winner, Dahlia Wakefield, Edmonton, AB

                        18 - 29 Runner Up, Christianne Godart, Middle Lake, SK  
                                 Youth Runner Up - Cassidy Zahar, Vilna, AB

                           Over 30 Runner Up - Melody Lovejoy, Edmonton, AB


2013 Country Star Search - Deadline extended to April 30th

There is an exciting opportunity for budding artists seeking a career in Country Music and chance to obtain an education on how the music business works.

Each year Global Country holds an Annual Country Star Search Competition. From the competition there have been many success stories. First of all the winners have the opportunity to enter into the North American Country Music Associations International Competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Along with this, they are provided with a fully guided tour of the sights and sounds of Nashville, along with behind the scenes glimpses of how the music industry all works. 

As well, the winner will get many other local performance opportunities and prizes, including a complete CCMA delegate package for this year's Country Music Week in Edmonton, a $1,000 prize from Factor, and more.

Global Country has offered its’ winners valuable experience and education about the music industry, and has opened up many doors and contacts on both sides of the border. Many of the winners have gone on to further their own careers with recordings and radio airplay across the country.

Comments from previous winners:

“The trip was nothing short of an inspiring, eye opening, extraordinary adventure. You have worked tirelessly and for the sake of helping young artists thrive”

“The Nashville trip was amazing, you taught me so much about Nashville, and the business along with how the industry works”

“It was a life changing experience. I learned so much about the industry and made some amazing new friends”

I’m so glad to have been part of the Nashville crew, I love hearing of everyone’s success and looking forward to seeing everyone in the future”

“So many wouldn’t be as far as they are now, without Global Country”

The competition is now in it’s 6th year.

Registration deadline has been extended to April 30, 2013 or until all the slots fill up.  Get your entry form in soon!

2013 entry forms are now here. Click on them to download and print:

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2012 Country Star Search Winner declared :
 June 11, 2012

The Global Country Star Search finals took place at the Arden Theatre on June 11th. 
All six finalists put on amazing performances, but there could only be one winner. Both the audience and the judges voted Candice Ryan of Spruce Grove as the 2012 Star Search winner, with Lyndsay Butler of High River the runner-up.

                  2012 Country Star Search Winner Candice Ryan

Candice Ryan started singing before she could walk or talk. When she was old enough, her mom sent her to voice lessons, which lead to guitar and piano lessons. Her vocal inspirations throughout the years have been Martina McBride, Natalie Maines, and Whitney Houston. She entered her first major singing competition in 2008 at the Big Valley Jamboree by qualifying on the grounds in Camrose. The prize was the privilege of singing on the stage in the beer garden in front of 17,000 fans, which sparked a fire inside her that keeps growing with each year that passes. Candice has performed at numerous fund raisers, including Pennies For Heaven at Leduc, Alberta, in June of 2010, Tickled Pink for Breast Cancer at Two Hills, Alberta, on August 20, 2010 and an MS Benefit Concert  at  Spruce Grove, Alberta in May 2011. She was honoured to be a part of the Opening Ceremonies for the Alberta Special Olympics on February 11, 2011. This 26 year old songstress spend a year and a half writing songs for her independent debut album, scheduled for release in the Summer/Fall of 2012. For more information on Candice go to

                    2012 Country Star Search runner-up Lyndsay Butler

23 year old Lyndsay Butler from High  River, AB, has been singing since she was old enough to talk. She recently won the Ranchmans, Country 105, Lammles Rising Star contest in Calgary. She regularily sings the national anthem at Seaman Stadium in nearby Okotoks. Lyndsay now has her own band and performs locally on a regular basis.

Youth winner: Olivia Wik

Olivia Wik is a 16 year old aspiring country singer/songwriter who plays acoustic guitar. As a young performer, Olivia participated in numerous musical theatre productions in Alberta and Vancouver Island, giving her confidence to perform on stage. Olivia then entered a talernt contest and won, thus starting her singing career.
Since April, 2011, Olivia has performed over 95 times at various festivals and venues, including Big Valley Jamboree, Edmonton Indy, River City Round Up, and the CFR. Olivia showcased at the 2011 CCMA designate hotel, The Sheraton, in Hamilton, Ontario, was the winner of Country Vocal Showcase during the CFR, and was nominated for the 2011 ACMA Female Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice awards, and in 2012 won the Youth Division of Global Country Star Search.
Olivia gives back to the community by supporting various charities, including Relay For Life and Invisible Children.
She is currently writing songs with Mitch Smith (of The Orchard) and Nashville songwriter, Larry Wayne Clark, for her upcoming EP.
For more information:

2012 concert photos


                 2012 Country Star Search winners and finalists

The Global Country Star Search finals in the 13 to 17 age category were held on May 19th. This was an amazingly close contest this year, the closest we've ever had, with Olivia Wik being declared the winner, and Cassidy Zahar being declared the runner up. Hailey Mills, Olivia Rose Leaf, Mariya Soetaert, and Jolean Lougheed all received honorable mention.

                          Olivia Wik                                      Cassidy Zahar

Six finalists in the 18 and over category were chosen to compete at the 14th Annual Global Country Concert at the Arden Theatre on June 11th, where the audience vote will help determine the winner. The finalists are:  Tyler Lizotte, Lyndsay Butler, Dan Grosse, Candice Ryan, Melody Lovejoy, and Jessy Mossop. Be sure to be at the Arden Theatre to see these amazingly talented artists perform with a full band, and help to determine who will be the winner that will travel to Nashville next March to represent Global Country at the North American Country Music Associations International competitions.

Artists are shown in the order they will appear at the final competition. Based on the draw they participated in after the semi-finals.

  Tyler Lizotte                      Lyndsay Butler               Dan Grosse                     Edmonton                           High River                         Calgary    
Candice Ryan               Melody Lovejoy             Jessy Mossop
             Spruce Grove                   Edmonton                      Edmonton





2011 Global Country Star Search winner declared:
June 14, 2011

We are pleased to announce that our audience at the 2011 Country Star Search finals at the Winspear Centre on June 13th, voted Andrew Scott as their favorite, with Stephanie Poinier declared the runner-up.  Global Country is proud of how well all our finalists did. It was a tough job for the audience to vote to determine the winner. Also a big thank you to our auditors, Wilde & Company Chartered Accountants, Vegreville, for once again tabulating the ballots.

         Warren Berg of CFCW with 2011 Country Star Search Winner Andrew Scott

                                                           Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott was born and raised in Grande Prairie and now lives in Beaumont. He is an energetic and captivating singer/songwriter/entertainer. His musicianship is top notch and his performances are always full of funk, humour, strange instruments, pterodactyl squawks, grunts, grooves, storytelling and good ol'fashioned zip zap wit. He and his wife Julie have recently returned from a few years of living, teaching, and performing in Japan and France, and now have their eyes set on becoming a part of Canada's vibrant musical community. 


                                             Stephanie Roinier - runner-up

2011 Concert photos


Star Search update
June 2, 2011

Due to unexpected personal circumstances, Joe Bauman will not be able to compete at the Star Search finals at the Winspear Centre on June 13th. This means that there will only be 4 finalists who will perform with the band before the audience votes to determine the winner.

Country Star Search Finalists
May 14, 2011

Shown in the order they will appear at the final competition. Based on the draw they participated in after the semi-finals.

       Tyler Lizotte                           Joe Bauman                            Andrew Scott  
    Fort Vermillion, AB                        Red Deer, AB                        Beaumont, AB                                    
    Stephanie Roinier                 Jayson Bendera              
Quebec                          Kelowna, BC                    

The five finalists will perform with the live band at the Global Country All Star Concert at the Winspear Centre on Monday, June 13th, 2011. The audience will cast their ballots to determine who they feel should be the 2011 Global Country Star Search winner, and the auditor will announce the winner at the end of the concert. Be part of the excitement in selecting who will represent Global Country at the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2012. Get your tickets as soon as they go on sale on May 24th.

Country Star Search 2011 - Youth, Junior & Over 35 Division Winners
May 14th, 2011

Brendan Guy                                      
                                                                Leduc, AB                                  
7 - 12 Winner

Brendan Guy is a twelve year old country/pop singer whose personality lights up the stage. He has been singing and performing since he was able to walk & talk. He loves to get up and entertain people, on and off the stage. Brendan’s love of performing really shines through and captures the hearts of his audiences.

Brendan is passionate about giving back to the community and since joining Premiere Entertainment in November 2010, he has been given this opportunity., He has performed at many events such as The World’s Longest Hockey Game, Educational Aid for the Blind 2011 Fundraising Dinner, Kids Kottage Radioathon, and A Song for Prya.

In 2010 Brendan starred as Artful Dodger in the Stageworks Academy of the Performing Arts’ production of “Oliver”. He hopes to appear in more Musical Theatre productions in the future.

In addition to performing, Brendan enjoys quadding, camping and just hanging out with a good book. 

Brendan is pursuing his dream of becoming a recording artist by continuing to perform and grow as an artist.

                                                      Payton Klassen                    
                                                           Sherwood Park, AB                           
                                                                13 - 17 Winner     

Payton Klassen is an energetic 14 year old country singer / song writer who lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta. She has been singing ever since she could talk and loves to play her guitar and perform! Some of her idols are Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Leanne Rhymes.

Payton has had the privilege to give back to the community by performing with fellow Pure artists at such events as the World’s Longest Hockey Game, Kids Kottage Radiothon, Voices for Hope, and A Song for Pyria. She has also performed at Taste of Edmonton Safeway sponsored Pancake Breakfasts and the Taste of Leduc as part of the CCMA endorsed event, Picks & Sticks!

Besides having recently won the 2011 Global Country Star Search (youth division), Payton has also competed in Northern Star, and received 2nd place in the 2010 Sherwood Park Talent Quest.

Some highlights so far have been singing Oh Canada at Rexall Place for an Oil King’s hockey game and performing on the Rogers Family Stage at Big Valley Jamboree 2010, and then watching her idol, Martina McBride, perform on the main stage.

In addition to music Payton loves to ride horses and hang with her friends. She also regularly volunteers at a long term care facility.

Payton is pursuing her dream to become a country recording artist and loves writing new music that will someday be recorded onto her future album.

                                                                    Tommy Mueller
                                                                    Calgary, AB  
                                                                    Over 35 winner

Triple Threat Tommy J. Mueller was born July 25th 1975in Prince George B.C. where he was introduced to Country/ Gospel music by his uncles when he was 12. He has been in love with music ever since. Tommy found his calling in Country music and has a great sound, and heartfelt presence when performing, that draws you in and keeps you glued to his performance. He has lived in Calgary for the past 11 years and calls it home.

Tommy J Mueller has a soft country voice compared to a cross between Tim Mcgraw and Alan Jackson. He is also a successful actor, landing a principal star role on the Blackstone TV series as ”Rick Amenakew”, corrupt band councillor, and also landing work on Heartland Christmas, High Noon, Wild Roses, Blue Mountain, Santa Baby 2, and 21 Jump Street, which has gained him his ACTRA union membership and a name in Canadian Film Television.

Tommy J Mueller also has been working fulltime outside of acting/music as Director of the First Nations Talent Division for Alberta’s biggest and best A+Rated Film/Television/Modeling Talent Agency SilverScreenInc. He released his first single "World For You", in February 2008 which he had gained great feedback from fans on myspace and also released his CD single 'YOU' to online music sites reaching #1 for two weeks in July 2009. He has been climbing Reverbnation's Calgary Country Artist Charts in one week went from 65 to 15th overall and continues to climb.

Tommy will soon be touring North America playing venues all over. With that old school feel and Tommy J Mueller's charisma, he and his band will be making their mark in the music industry. So Keep your eyes and ears open for TJM country.

These winners will perform with the All Star band at the Global Country All Star Concert at the Winspear Centre on Monday, June 13th, 2011.




Country Star Search and Annual Concert at the Winspear Centre

This is an exciting search for country music talent.  Preliminaries for this talent search run in the month of May. This Search leads into the Annual Concert in June where the finalists perform with a live band and the audience votes by ballot to determine a winner.  The winner receives a substantial prize package. In addition the final winner will then fly to Nashville to experience the sights and sounds, and learn about the business of country music, plus have the chance to compete in the North American Country Music Associations International competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

***Country Star Search is geared for artists who are truly seeking a career in "Country Music. “Country”  through our contest is defined as Country/Modern, Country/Traditional,  
Country/Gospel and  Country/Bluegrass. This fits in with our mandate "To preserve the history of country music and develop new talent." Our programs are geared towards developing talent of emerging artists in the country music  genre. It is important that contestants fit the categories In order to fairly assess the competition and move on to  the North American Country Music Associations International competitions.

  Prize Package - 18 to 34 years of age - Country Star Search 2011 Winner
  1. Entry into the Global Country Talent Development Workshop.
  2. Opportunity to perform on Global Country Shows & the annual Global Country Concert at the Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Alberta in 2012.
  3. Trip to Nashville (Accomodation and transportation) in March 2012 with opportunities to tour various sites such as Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Old Opry, Ryman, and other points of interest (at winner's expense).
  4. Trip to Pigeon Forge (in conjunction with Nashville Trip) March 2012 to compete in the North American Country Music Associations International Competitions and attend various shows in the area.
  5. Complete Canadian Country Music Week registration package from the Canadian Country Music Association. Includes seminars, Songwriter’s Cafe, New Artist Showcases, Roots Showcase, and Great Guitar Pull, plus preferred seating tickets to the CCMA Awards and Post Awards reception during Country Music Week September 2011.
  6. E Pack (Vocal mic, Clip, Pouch, Tripod Boom, and Stand with 21 foot Mic Cable) from Sennheiser
  7. 2 song demo recording at Powersound Recording Studios in Edmonton (must be completed by December 2011).
  8. $1,000 Prize sponsored by FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record).
  9. One year membership with Alberta Music Industries Association, which includes membership in the Western Canadian Music Alliance.
  10. Registration for Western Canadian Music Alliance Conference, October 2011, Whitehorse, Yukon.
  Prize Package - 7 to 12 years old, and 13 to 17 years old
  1. Opportunity to perform on stage with a live band at the Winspear Centre during the Global Country Concert.
  2. One year Global Country mentorship and entry into the Talent Development Workshop.
  3. Opportunity to enter in the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and tour of Nashville (at winner's expense) 2012.
  4. The winner of the Junior Division will receive an automatic buy into the Northlands Northern Star Talent Search Junior Division finals that run July 22-24, 2010, and the winner in the Youth Division, will receive an automatic buy into the Northern Star Talent Search Youth Division Semi Finals that run July 25-29, 2011.    
       **New Category** Prize Package over 35 years old
    1. Opportunity to perform on stage with a live band at the Winspear Centre during the Global Country Concert.
    2. Opportunity to enter in the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and tour of Nashville (at winner's expense) 2012.
    Judges will make their decision based on vocal ability, performance, star quality, stage presence, overall talent, and marketability. The judges decision is final.
      Scoring System
    10 points - Outstanding
    8-9 points - Excellent
    6-7 points - Very Good
    4-5 points - Good
    2-3 points - Average
    0-1 point - Below Average

      For information on becoming a sponsor for Country Star Search please visit our Sponsor Opportunities page.
    2010 Global Country Star Search Winner declared

    Global Country congratulates Kasha Derechey from Edmonton, who won the audience's hearts and votes and was declared the 2010 Country Star Search winner. The runner up was Ivan Daigle from Petiteadiac, New Brunswick. All the competition finalists made a great showing, and Global Country is proud of their performances.                                                            


                           Sean Burke of CISN 103.9 interviews Country Star Search winner Kasha Derechey while runner up Ivan Daigle watches.

    Sean Burke of CISN 103.9 interviews Country Star Search winner Kasha Derechey while runner up Ivan Daigle looks on.

                                                 Kasha Derechey  

    Kasha is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Edmonton. She began singing at the tender age of 4 at family weddings and senior homes, accompanied by her father on guitar. Now, she possesses those head turning qualities that will get you singing along. Music is a very important part of her life. Aside from singing, Kasha teaches piano and is also a dance instructor. She teaches family friendly programs, as she is a wife and mother of two young girls. As an artist Kasha hopes to do nothing more than to serve the music...and insure that her audience feels the message of the songs. Visit Kasha's Web Site 

                                        Ivan Daigle

                                                            Ivan Daigle

    Over the course of the last 10 years, Ivan Daigle has grown from the local New Brunswick country music’s scenes favorite young rising star, to an exiting concert performer. He spans country generations with ease and keeps fans entertained. His performances are genuine and he has the ability to tailor his shows to the audiences that he performs for.

    Whether its a small crowd of 3, or a sold out auditorium, Ivan hits the mark. Songwriting since the age of 10, Ivan has taken his emotions, put them in to words, and set those words to music, taking us to places that some of us have never been to before, places we wish we were at now, or places we almost wish we could forget, He has won first place in several singing competitions, most recently, in Summerside, PEI, at the Atlantic Starr, where Ivan beat out 14 other competitors. For Ivan, entertaining his fans is the most important part about performing. Whether he makes you cry, laugh, or a little shocked, he promises a good time.  Visit Ivan's Web Site

    Country Star Search Finalists
    May 15th, 2010

    Christina Dubinsky
    Sherwood Park, AB

    Sheritta Kahpeaysewat
    Cochin, SK

    Kasha Derechy
    Edmonton, AB

    Ivan Daigle
    Petiteadiac, NB

    Kara Wilson
    Edmonton, AB

    Tyler Lizott
    Fort Vermilion, AB
    Country Star Search 2010 - Youth & Junior Division Winners
    May 15th, 2010

    Livy Jeanne
    Ardrossan, AB
    Youth Division Winner

    Daylin Jorgensen
    St Albert, AB
    Junior Division Winner

    Livy Jeanne – Youth Division Winner - ages 13 to 17:
    Livy Jeanne is a fifteen year old student from Ardrossan. As a country music singer/songwriter, Livy has been very successful in competitions throughout Alberta and BC, including having the distinction of being named the Comox Valley Idol in 2008, as well as being one of 16 songwriters selected from over 300+ entries in the Calgary Folk Fest Song writing Competition. In 2009 Livy had the great privilege to be invited to a private songwriters retreat, where she had the honour to work with lead singer/guitarist Bill Henderson of Chilliwack, and award winning songwriters/producers/publishers Ron Irving and Larry Wayne Clarke. In 2009 Livy had the opportunity to showcase her own songs at the prestigious Vancouver Island Music Business Conference. She makes a return appearance in 2010, and has been selected, from many artists, to be one of only five “featured” artists to perform.

    Livy Jeanne has entertained audiences in both Canada and the US, including at Edmonton Oil Kings, and Salt Lake City,” Utah Grizzlies” games, as well as the Shrine Circus, WIN House Empty Bowls Luncheon, Run for the Cure, The Stollery Hospital, Casa for Kids, and many more events.

    The teenage songwriter has had the honour of being asked to co-write a song for the Canadian Mental Health Foundation called "Save Me", as well as "The Circle of Giving" for the Minerva Foundation.

    With a focus on giving back to the community, Livy has performed in many events for non-profit organizations, including being one of the artists nominated for the AFP Heart and Soul Philanthropy Award for her work with 'Soaring with Song' – Creating a World Without Breast Cancer, held at the Winspear Centre in June of 2009

    Livy continues to write her own songs and is currently working on her first CD, while sharing her gift of song and charting a course towards becoming a professional Country Music entertainer.

    Daylin Jorgensen – Junior Division Winner - ages 7 to 12:
    Daylin Jorgensen is 12 year old St Albert student. She has been singing for a little over five years. Recently she purchased her own guitar and started taking lessons. Daylin is no stranger to competitions, having competed in Country Vocal Spotlight in 2008, Northern Star Talent Search, and Futures Fest, where she won first place in the 9-12 musical theatre competition in 2009. Also in 2009 she was selected as one of five Edmonton semifinalists for the nationally televised show, Karaoke Star Jr. She has sung the National Anthem at Edmonton Oil King Games, and in front of 28,000 fans at an Edmonton Eskimo game. Daylin has participated in various fundraising events, believing that she can help give back to the community by sharing her joy of music and entertainment. Aside from music, Daylin enjoys drama, playing soccer and volleyball, and swimming. 

    Heading to Nashville
    January 26th, 2010

    Alex Hughes, along with Sean Sonego, the Youth Division Star Search winner, will be heading to Nashville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in March to compete in the North American Country Music Associations International competitions. Olivia Rose Leaf, the Junior Division winner, is unable to compete this year but will be competing at NACMAI next year.

    The 2010 Country Star Search preliminary competitions will be held on May 8th. Entries are now coming in. Anyone wishing to compete should go to the Country Star Search page and get their entries in. A limited number of entries will be accepted.

    Alex Hughes
    Country Star Search
    Open Division Winner 2009
    Sean Sonego
    Country Star Search
    Youth Division Winner 2009
    Country Star Search Winner 2009
    January 26, 2010

    2009 Global Country Star Search winner, Alex Hughes, recorded two original demo songs at Powersound Studios in January, with Scott Greene doing the engineering. The recording session was part of her prize package for winning the Star Search competition. Besides having one of the newest recording studios in town, and offering a full service facility, Powersound Studios owner Phil Anderson also teaches a full time recording arts program at the studio.

    Phil Anderson, Scott Green, and Alex Hughes (l to r)
    June 15th, 2009
    Country Star Search Winners 2009

    1st Runner Up
    Kara Wilson
    Open Division
    18 years old and over
    Edmonton, AB

    Country Star Search Winner 2009
    Alex Hughes
    Open Division
    18 years old and over
    Calgary, AB

    Olivia Rose Leaf
    Junior Division Winner
    7 to 12 years old
    Elk Point, AB

    Sean Sonego
    Youth Division Winner

    13 to 17 years old
    Edmonton, AB
    June 16th, 2008
    Country Star Search Winner 2008 - Stan Hitchcock

    On Monday, June 16, 2008, Global Country marked the 10th Anniversary of the highly acclaimed Festival of the Stars at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. Five finalists in the 2008 Country Star Search competition performed with a live band before a packed audience, who voted by secret ballot to determine the winner. It was a tough choice for the Winspear audience, as the performers all had enormous potential, but in the end, Stan Hitchcock from St. Albert, AB, blew the audience away with his rendition of the George Jones hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. As soon as Stan started performing you could read it on the faces of the audience that he had them in the palm of his hand.

    Stan Hitchcock has been singing since he was 12 years of age. Born in Westlock, AB, he was heavily influenced by the classic country stylings of George Jones, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, and Waylon Jennings. In 2001 he won the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame singing competition in Calgary. In 2002 he moved to the Toronto area where he formed a band and spent two and a half years performing around southern Ontario as Stan Hitchcock and Laredo. In 2006 he returned to his Alberta roots, locating in St. Albert. Once again he was back on the road performing around the northern Alberta and British Columbia bar circuit, this time as Stan Hitchcock and Freightrain. Besides being a dynamic performer in the classic country style, Stan is also becoming an accomplished songwriter, having penned and performed much of his own material.

    ›› photos from Country Star Search 2008 and
    The 10th Festival of the Stars Concert
    March 27th, 2008
    Global Country's 2007 Canadian Country Star Search Winner, Paul Chesters,

    of Regina, Saskatchewan, maintained an almost perfect score to garner the International Male Vocalist and International Male Entertainer awards at the 2008 North American Country Music Association’s International Awards held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from March 10th to 15th.

    Each year Global Country enters their Country Star Search winner into the NACMAI competitions, and also provides an extensive tour of Nashville. The result is a highly educational experience as well as the opportunity to compete internationally.

    ›› Photos of Country Star Search Winner in Nashville
    June 19th, 2007
    Country Star Search Winner 2007
      Paul Chesters and Maryanne Gibson, CEO Global Country
    Winner of Country Star Search 2007 - Paul Chesters

    After more than a month of weekly competitions, and a night of semi-finals, the grand finale was held at the Winspear Centre, on Monday, June 18, where audience members cast their votes for their favorite finalist. The competition was stiff, but Global Country was proud to announce that the 2007 Rising Star is Paul Chesters.

    Paul Chesters was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he started singing at the age of five. He sang with the award winning U of R Chamber Singers. Paul received a scholarship to attend the Iowa School for Music Vocations (jazz and classical). He was the 2004 winner of Regina's 620 CKRM Talent Search. He has performed with or opened for Duane Steele, Steve Fox, The Poverty Plainsmen, Jason McCoy, and Julian Austin.

    The 2007 Global Country Rising Star (Country Star Search Winner) is enrolled into the Rising Star Program, offering a trip to Nashville and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. Paul will compete in the North American Country Music Associations International Competitions in March 2008.  Paul’s official launch will take place on Tuesday, November 6th at the Rodeo Concert at the Winspear Centre.  We look forward to working with Paul and help kick start his career.  Country Star Search is “Canada’s version of Nashville Star “.  It is an exciting new program launched by Global Country in 2007.  The 2008 competitions will start in March 2008 and the Finalists will once again be determined by audience vote.  This process proved to be very successful. - Read Latest Press Release

    Country Star Search 2008 Preliminaries will start on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 and will run every Thursday to May 29th, 2008. Entry forms will be accepted after February 1st, 2008.


    March 16th, 2007
    Global Country Canada has launched a new program to find artists to take into it's Rising Star Program. Country Star Search will be open to amateur Canadian country artists over the age of 18. The preliminaries will take place at Cook County Saloon on Thursday evenings throughout the month of May, with five finalists performing on stage during the
    All Star Concert at the Winspear Centre on June 18th. The winner will be determined by an audience vote. Besides acceptance into the prestigious Rising Star program, which offers special mentoring and performance opportunities, the prize package will include a trip to Nashville and entry into the North American Country Music Associations International competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, registration to the CCMA's Country Music Week and Western Canadian Music Awards Show & Conference, a demo recording package, and more. - Bill Borgwardt, Country Music News

    Stan Hitchcock
    2008 Country Star Search Winner
    Paul Chesters
    2007 Country Star Search Winner
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