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The Country Star Search Talent Development Program

This program provides much needed development, education, practice, and training for emerging country music artists.  Topics include stage presence, vocal training, public speaking, performance practice, learning to tour, on and off stage professional development, interviews, choosing a manager, working with a publicist, developing a promo kit and a marketing plan, applying for funding, choosing and working with a band, preparing for the studio, choosing an agent, recording a demo or a full album, acquiring radio airplay, and other seminars that will help launch the careers of new artists. The program helps emerging artists advance their careers. It basically teaches artists about the Business of Music.

In addition, Country Star Search winners will showcase and compete at the North American Country Music Associations International competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and will have an extensive behind the scenes tour of Nashville, meeting writers, studio personel and others who can provide valuable insight regarding a career in country music. The Nashville program, which is being co-ordinated by Global Country Mentor RyLee Madison, a Canadian singer/songwriter who has made the transition to Nashville, is being further developed to include more writing seminars and showcase opportunities.


November 7, 2015 - Workshop Participants

(l-r) Maryanne Gibson (CEO Global Country), Dahlia Wakefield, Mariya Stokes, Ben Klick (on phone via Skype), Shawna Lynnje, Nicky Peddle, Karen Claypool, Josh Ruzycki, Shila Marie, Bill Borgwardt (Road Manager), Michelle Lavallee, Danita Lynn.


June 15th, 2010 -Talent Workshop Summary

The Global Country Artist Development Workshop was a fun and great learning experience
for those preparing to try to make a career in the music business. Topping off the workshop was a
amazing motivational session with Nashville performance coach Tom Jackson, the
man behind the success of such artists as Taylor Swift.


       Songwriters          Global Country presentation

       Songwriters session with Gil Grand, Katie      Global Country presentation with Kelly Jarrott,         Mission, Anthony Smith and RyLee Madison     Maryanne Gibson and Wayne Paige

       workshop participants           Motivational talk

         Some of the workshop participants                    Motivational session with Tom Jackson  

                                                  Tom Jackson

                           Nashville performance coach Tom Jackson


Talent workshop
Success is a Journey
Have You Planned Your Trip?
2010 Talent Development Workshop
Presented by Global Country Canada
June 12, 13 & 14, 2010

Successful careers in the music business require planning. Global County’s Talent Development Workshop will provide an overview of the planning necessary to help make your career in the music industry a successful one.


Join us on June 12, 13 & 14th, 2010 and learn:

  • How to create your own Business Plan
  • How to write a grant application
  • How to set yourself up for success on stage
  • How to prepare for the studio
  • Keys to creating a successful Marketing Plan
Songwriters Circle
A songwriters circle featuring: Gil Grand, Anthony L. Smith, Rylee Madison, and Katie Mission, will be held on Saturday, June 12th as part of the workshop.
Showcase Opportunity
There will be a limited number of showcase opportunities for participants during the workshop. Slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Participants must be registered for the workshop in order to showcase.
Backstage Pass

As part of the workshop we will take you backstage during the preparations for the Global Country All Star Concert and provide you with an opportunity to meet with some of the guest artists.


As an added bonus all participants will receive a FREE ticket to the Global Country All Star Concert at the Winspear Centre for Music on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

Spaces are limited for the workshop, please register early to avoid disappointment.

Plan for your Success, REGISTER NOW! - Download Registration


Special thanks to:

Coming direct from Nashville...
Gil Grand, Nashville, TN

1998 was the year Gil Grand left his home town of Sudbury Ontario Canada and headed for Nashville Tennessee. He could have never imagined that in a matter months he'd be signed to a major US record deal with Sony Music Nashville’s Monument Records. His debut album Famous First Words immediately gained the attention and accolades of the country music industry. He received three CCMA nominations including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Wrangler Rising Star.

Before long Gil was on tour with Tracy Byrd and label mates The Dixie Chicks.

After enjoying the success of several top 5 and top 10 radio singles, the stage was set for the release of Gil Grand's second album entitled Burnin. Released in December of 2002, Burnin’ has become virtually a “greatest hits” album. Cry A Little, Break It To Them Gently, Never Coming down, Run and the title track Burnin all blazed their way up the charts and were mainstays on radio airwaves across the country.

The success of this record earned Gil 5 CCMA nominations including Single Of The Year, Socan Song Of The Year, Video Of The Year, and Best Album Graphics, with Gil taking home the award for Independent Male Artist of the Year.

In the summer of 2005, Gil Grand recorded his third album entitled " Somebody's Someone". Working with CCMA Award winning producer, Joel Feeney, he has put together his finest collection of songs to-date. In September, the album’s producers Gil Grand and Joel Feeney received the prestigious CCMA Award for Record Producers Of The Year.

Gil has recently moved to Nashville TN where he and business partner Randy Gee have launched  "Grand & Gee Music Group" a music publishing company and recording studio.

When he isn't working with co-writers or developing new artists at the studio, Gil Grand continues to wow audiences with his pure traditional voice and his ability to entertain and connect with the fans. “It’s an incredible feeling to share your music with the fans and to know you’ve touched someone’s life.
Rylee Madison, Nashville, TN

RyLee Madison is an honest performing songwriter who writes music inspired by her own observations and take on life. As an award-winning artist and a touring musician, and an Ambassador for the Canadian Red Cross, RyLee’s life overflows with fascinating experiences that surface throughout her music.

RyLee’s recording career includes three albums and 8 national country radio singles in Canada.

Currently living in Nashville TN writing full-time, RyLee is anticipating the release of her fourth CD in the early spring of 2010.
She is a five-time winner of the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia (MIANS) Awards, five-time nominee with the East Coast Music Awards, and two-time Just Plain Folks Award nominee – USA.
Anthony L. Smith, Nashville, TN 

Anthony L. Smith, a versatile songwriter, producer and arranger, has achieved success in Country, Pop, R&B, and Jazz. Smith's hits include, "When Love Cries," by Donna Summer, "Watch This," by Clay Walker, "What About Now," by Lonestar, "Love Happens Like That," by Neal McCoy, and "Jimmy's Got A Girlfriend," by The Wilkinsons. His film credits include, Almost An Angel, Earth Force, and Graveyard Shift. Artists including Trent Tomlinson, Regina Belle, Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, Jo Dee Messina,Rio Grand, Kirk Whalum, Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, John & Audrey Wiggins, Julie Reeves and Anita Cochran have also recorded his songs.

An Alabama native, Anthony chairs the Membership

Committee of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and has lobbied with NSAI in Washington, D.C. 

Along with...

Phil Anderson, Powersound Studios, Edmonton, AB      
As a Canadian based producer Phil has made 60 Record/CDs since 1990. He also played and toured extensively from 1981 – 87 and then moved on to Radio production for Rawlco Radio. Much of his work could be referred to as rock, but he has variety of musical styles to his credit. He has worked extensively with platinum producers Nick Blagona (Deep Purple, Tea Party) Rich Chycki and Garth Richardson. Phil has worked throughout Canada at various studios. He prefers to work at his own facility Powersound Studios in Edmonton but often ventures to Metalworks in Mississauga. While there, he has worked with the likes of Jeff Martin (Tea Party) and Trevor Hurst (Econoline Crush)
Over the years he has had several singles make it into the Canadian top 40 charts with groups like Starewell and Tupleo Honey.

Phil is able to work at various levels and budgets as he fully understands what it takes to be a part of this industry.

Kelly Jerrott, Conference Coordinator, Edmonton, AB
Kelly Jerrott has over twenty years of experience in the arts and culture industry. She has extensive experience in organizational management and venue management with training and expertise in board governance, business management, leadership and human resources management.
Kelly has held the positions of Executive Director with the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and Music Alberta. Before moving to Alberta Kelly was actively involved in the arts and culture community in Nova Scotia and served as General Manager of the historic Savoy Theatre. Kelly is actively involved in the music community. She is a former board member of the Western Canadian Music Alliance and was a member of the Host Committees for the 2004 JUNOs and the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards. She has experience as a judge for various vocal competitions and as a jury member.

She is working towards a Master of Arts in Leadership Degree with Royal Roads University. Kelly currently works with organizations providing advice and assistance to help them find solutions to problems.

Allison Kwan, Alberta Foundation For The Arts, Edmonton AB
Allison Kwan has worked in various genres of music as an arts administrator, production manager, performer, and teacher.  She is currently the Arts Development Consultant overseeing the music discipline at the Arts Branch of the Ministry of Culture and Community Spirit.  Allison is responsible for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Individual Music Projects, Arts Festivals, Arts Partnerships, and Designated Arts Organizations grant programs.
Prior to working at the Arts Branch, Allison was Product Manager and Assistant Label Manager at Bodog Music, an indie label, management and publishing company based in Vancouver.  She also held the position of Licensing and Royalties Analyst at TVT Records/TVT Music Publishing in New York.

A graduate of New York University with a Masters of Arts degree in Music Business, Allison also holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law & Economics) from the University of Alberta.
As well as others!
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