Canadian Beats had the chance to interview the six artists performing at the CMAO New Faces Showcase West, on Saturday March 19, 2016. The event was held at The Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon in London, Ontario. This is part 5 of a 6-part series, featuring each artist. All were asked the same set of questions. It is interesting to see the diversity in their answers.
Today we chat with Genevieve Fisher. Great personality and stage presence.
Please tell us about yourself for anyone who hasn’t heard your music or know who you are.
My name is Genevieve Fisher and I am a Canadian Country singer from London, ON. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved to sing. Growing up, I was always competing in singing competitions across southern Ontario. The first competition I ever entered was at the Ilderton Fair when I was just two years old. I sang “You Are My Sunshine” and the rest is history. That song will always hold a special place in my heart. The past 7 years have been filled with so many amazing memories and successes, but of course in the music industry, there are moments that can be difficult at times. I am blessed to have a great team to help me see through the good, the bad and the ugly. This is all part of the process! Although I am only 23 years old, I have been submersed in this industry for what seems like forever. My years of experience have taught me to be patient and to see everything with as much positivity as I can. This is what keeps me going. Another thing that keeps me going is my family, friends and of course, my fans! Their love and support is what drives me.
Another fun fact about me, and something I am very proud of, is that I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western University! My four years of university taught me a lot about multi-tasking and perseverance, as I was still perusing my music career at this time. Let me tell you, over the course of these four years, there were many tears (LOL!).
I am extremely happy with the progress of my career and I cannot wait for Canada to see more of Genevieve Fisher!
When did you first know you wanted to pursue music for a living?
Looking back, I was about 16 when I knew this was what I wanted to do for a living. That’s the age that my career took a turn for the better. That was the year that manager, Remo DiCesare, approached me about helping me with my career. He has played a huge part in my success as an artist and I am very lucky to have him!
What do you feel sets your music apart from other artists in the same genre?
This one is kind of hard to answer! But I will say that I think I have a unique sound when it comes to my voice and vocal ability. I grew up listening to old country music (Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee are two of my favourites), so I think a lot of my vocal qualities have been influenced by these artists.
Do you have any Canadian artists that you draw inspiration from when creating your music?
Absolutely! I am a huge fan of Deric Ruttan, his writing skills are phenomenal and really inspiring. I am also a huge fan of Amanda Wilkinson (Small Town Pistols) and Stacey Lee Guse (The Western Swing Authority). Their flawless vocals really drive me to continue to craft my voice.
What song, that you perform, best shows us who you are? Why?
Definitely “House of the Rising Sun” as well as my original song “July.” “House of the Rising Sun” is a song that I really connect to both vocally and emotionally. I love performing fun upbeat songs at my shows, but a song like “House of the Rising Sun” is one of those songs that really shows my vocal ability, and for me, it is important to sing a song like that during my set as I am proud of the progress my voice has had over the years. “July,” a song I wrote approximately 5 years ago, was the song that got me my first top 50 hit on radio. It hit #41 on the charts, so it’s a pretty important song to me. It’s also a song that I wrote from personal experience, which makes it pretty special. I love that “July” has kind of become my signature song. I love that so many people, of all ages, are able to connect to it!
As a relatively new artist to the scene, what do you see as the future of Canadian Country Music?
I truly am very excited for the future Canadian Country Music. I think new artists that are beginning to break through have a lot to bring to the table. For me, personally, I feel that Canadian artists are going to start bringing back a more traditional country sound. Many of us artists have been writing and producing songs that have a Pop feel to them, which I absolutely love, but I do find it important to remember the roots of country music.
What was it like to get the call from the CMAO to perform in London at the New Faces Showcase West?
Getting the call was really exciting for me as this is the first showcase I’ve been a part of in Ontario! I think it was even more special as it was being hosted in my home town! I am honoured to be a member of the CMAO. The fact that they provide opportunities such as this for artists is remarkable. These showcases allow us to show Ontario our talent, but it also brings us all together. Creating relationships with other artists is extremely important!
What is ahead for you for the rest of 2016?
I have a lot planned for 2016! On April 4th, I will be making my way back to Nashville for some writing sessions; so, new music is on the way! I will also be getting back into the studio, focusing on some new singles for radio. In terms of performances, there is a lot in the works! I am really excited for my performances this summer – so stay tuned for those announcements! I am also really looking forward to the CMAO Awards on May 30th as well as the CCMA Awards which will be taking place in my home town! It is going to be a great year!
When you are not performing, rehearsing or recording, what do you like to do for fun?
I consider myself to be a pretty active person! I love to travel and spending time with family and friends. I also recently started boxing at my gym and I love it (I can throw a pretty good punch!). Another fun fact about me is that I love to cook! Growing up, my mom was adamant about teaching my sister and I to cook, and let me tell you, I am grateful for that! My mom’s Italian, so I need to make sure I learn how to cook some of her signature dishes! All in all, I’m a pretty simple gal and love when I have a low key night on my couch drinking wine and watching trashy TV!
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.