Countdown to Cavendish Beach Festival – Q & A with Jess Moskaluke

By: Jenna Melanson

Are you planning to attend the Cavendish Beach Music Festival on July 10-12, 2015? We were fortunate enough to score a series of interviews with some of the Canadian talent, so now Canadian Beats presents our Countdown to Cavendish Beach Music Festival. So far in our countdown we have featured Livy JeanneJason Benoit & The Bros Landreth.

Now I’m happy to announce that the next in the series is Saskatchewan based country artist, Jess Moskaluke. If you haven’t heard of Jess before, you will soon enough. She’s toured with many of Canada’s biggest country stars, such as Chad Brownleee and Bobby Wills, and will be touring with Dean Brody & Paul Brandt this fall. This 2014 CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year is one to keep an eye out for, cause she’s not going anywhere but up.

When did you decide you wanted to pursue music as a career path?

I didn’t! It kind of just started happening, until I got so busy it came time to quit my “real” job.

Who have been your biggest musical influences throughout the years?

Shania is a huge one for me. There have been lots of other too! Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and anyone from P!nk to Rihanna!

As a country artist, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival is a pretty big deal, how does it feel to play this festival?

I’m so excited to play Cavendish… I’ve wanted to for years! It’s always got a killer lineup, and I learned first-hand this spring how crazy fun PEI people can get.

How would you explain one of your live shows to someone that has yet to see you in concert?

I would tell them they have to see it!

What’s your favourite song to perform live?

This changes every night depending on the crowd’s reaction. “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” is always a crowd favorite, but I’m also looking forward to playing some new material for them, as well.

There are a ton of great performers at this year’s Cavendish Beach Music Festival, are there any specific performances you are excited for?

I wish I could stay all weekend. I’d love to see Eric Church and the Bros. Landreth!

Are you performing at any other festivals throughout the summer?

SO. FREAKING. MANY! Calgary Stampede, Holstein Rodeo and Country Music Fest, Gone Country Festival, Boots and Hearts, just to name a few.

If you were asked to give a rising Country artist some advice, what would that advice be?

I always say hard work always pays off in some way. Work as hard as you can, and then work even harder!

One thing that is a major marketing innovation these days is social media, making it possible for artists to connect with their fans by a simple touch of the keyboard. Do you feel this is a vital tool that all artists should partake in?

Yes! Absolutely! I really think that we owe it to our fans to thank them for buying our music, and that we benefit from knowing what they listen to.

What’s up next for you?

A lot of great summer shows, new music, and a fall tour with Dean Brody and Paul Brandt. Life is good!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

I love you guys, and, as always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to do this crazy job. See you on the road!

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