Photo supplied by Eric Ethridge
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) Festival & Awards are fast approaching and we have had the opportunity to catch up with some of Ontario’s best country music artists in advance of the festivities. Today we are pleased to introduce you to Sarnia native, Eric Ethridge!
How important is it to you that Ontario have its very own country music awards show?
I think its very important ! In today’s Canadian country music market, it is so competitive across the nation that people unfortunately only get to experience a portion of the tremendous talent out there. We are lucky to be in a province with so many talented artists, and I think it’s fantastic that CMAOntario awards is an opportunity to showcase that.
The CMAOntario Awards are possible because of the generous assistance of Slaight Music. Have you been directly supported by any of their initiatives?
As of right now I have not, but I have heard fantastic things and I know they support some great artists!
The 2018 Fresh Faces Showcase & Concert will take place on Saturday, June 2 in Market Square (London, ON) as part of the weekend’s festivities. It will feature performances from Meghan Patrick, The Reklaws, Brad Battle, Johnson Crook, The Redhill Valleys, Joshua Davie and Kelsi Mayne. We have so many amazing up and coming country artists in Ontario. Who is someone else you think is someone that country music fans should be checking out? Give them a shout out!
Make sure you guys check out Ben Hudson, he’s a great guy and I’m excited to hear his new music coming out!
If you were asked to give a rising country artist some advice, what would it be?
Be patient, stay humble and work your A$$ off.
What accomplishment over the past year are you most proud of?
I am most proud of finishing me upcoming EP, and have two songs on the Billboard Charts as an independent artist!
What is your opinion on the value of social media to help you succeed as an artist in today’s society? Do you have a favourite social media platform?
In today’s market, social media is absolutely integral. You’re behind if you’re not capitalizing on that opportunity! My favourite is Instagram, I was always more a a picture-book kind of person as opposed to reading words haha – check me out at @ericethridgemusic !
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
THANK YOU!! I wouldn’t be able to do what I do as an artist without your support. Thank you for coming to shows, sharing my music, and all the positivity!
You can check out the programming details for the weekend here!
I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.