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The 2018 ECMAs are taking place now in Halifax until May 6. With so many talented East Coast artists up for awards, we knew we had to chat with some of them in anticipation of the big event! Every week from now until May 4, we will be chatting with a nominee. First, we spoke with the progressive metal band, Tactus and then Clare, Nova Scotia-born, Jacques Jacobus, Christian rock band, Rekoncyle, St. John’s based Earle and Coffin, Halifax based artist, Nicole Ariana, New Brunswick’s own, Tomato/Tomato, Nova Scotia’s Makayla Lynn, and last week Dartmouth-based Ian Janes.
Now, let’s focus on Newfoundland’s country artist, Jason Benoit. Jason is nominated for Country Recording of the Year at the 2018 ECMAs for WAVES.
Take some time to check out the video for his single, “Cold Day Comin’” below, and find out more about this talented country artist in our interview.
First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Heyyyy! My name is Jason Benoit. I’m a country music singer/songwriter from the beautiful island of Newfoundland on Canada’s East Coast.
You are nominated for the East Coast Music Awards this year, what was your reaction when you found out you were nominated?
I remember taping the ECMAs when I was a kid so I could watch it again and again, so needless to say I was a little excited. To finally be up for an ECMA award is truly a very big deal to me!
Is this your first nomination?
Yes, this is my first ECMA nom.
What are you most looking forward to at 2018 ECMAs in Halifax this week?
I’m most looking forward to enjoying the world-class music that has come out of the east coast this past year… while enjoying a beverage or two. Haha
Do you have any memorable stories from previous ECMAs?
I remember watching the Rankin Family on the show when I was a kid, thinking how much I wanted to be on that stage performing one day like them. Last year I got to do that and that was definitely a big check off my bucket list.
If someone has yet to catch you live, what can be expected from your live performance?
My band and I on stage, telling stories and singing songs … no twerking, sorry.
You are nominated up against many talented East Coast artists, who are you looking forward to checking out in Halifax?
Makayla Lynn – I’ve sung with Makayla Lynn many times. It’s always great to catch up with old friends, also Classified is always a hoot.
If you were asked to give an up-and-comer some advice, what would that advice be?
My best advice? Assemble a rock-solid team behind you who believes in you and your music and you WILL succeed. 50% of success in this business is your talent and professionalism as an artist and the other 50% is a team who can get you in front of the right people and open the right doors at the right time. So important. You can’t go at it alone. It’s a TEAM effort all the way.
Now’s your chance to plug your new music, tours or anything else, what do you have going on this year?
Keep an eye out for my brand new single coming out in June called “Slow Hand”, my take on the 1982 hit by Conway Twitty. I’m a huge classic country music fan and I’m super excited for this single! Also, I’ll be playing with the Washboard Union and Autumn Lynn Carver June 15th at Queens Place in Liverpool, NS.. get your tickets now! It’s gonna be a blast!
Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I wouldn’t be able to continue doing what I love without your support and I thank you with all my heart! Infinite thanks to you all!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.