Countdown to the CMAOntario Festival & Awards – Q & A with Genevieve Fisher

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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 London native, Genevieve Fisher!

How important is it to you that Ontario have its very own country music awards show?

I feel it is extremely important for Ontario to have its own country music awards show. Not only does it bring the Ontario country music family together, but it gives us time to help celebrate each other’s accomplishments and successes over the past year. It also presents an opportunity to showcase new artists as well as interacting with so many wonderful people in the industry! I cannot thank the CMAOntario enough for the support and opportunities they’ve given me!

The CMAOntario Awards are possible because of the generous assistance of Slaight Music. Have you been directly supported by any of their initiatives?

I have not been directly supported by any of their initiatives; but it is wonderful to see what they have done for so many deserving 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!  

People should definitely check out Brooklyn Roebuck, Melissa Megan and Julia Haggarty. These ladies are the real deal. They are genuine, talented and deserve to be recognized! I love these girls!

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

Work hard and stay true to who you are. It can be really difficult to find that balance; so be sure surround yourself with supportive and genuine people. It is also so important to create a brand for yourself; what do you stand for? What defines you? Make sure you have a clear vision for yourself!

What accomplishment over the past year are you most proud of?

This past year has truly been a whirlwind. I think I am most proud of the fact that “Take It On Home” became my first top 20 single in Canada. This remains a memorable milestone for me, especially as an independent artist. I can’t thank Canadian Country Radio enough for their support!

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?   

Social media is so important and plays an important part in an artists career. It’s an avenue for artists to connect with their fans, promote music, shows and other aspects of their lives. I personally love Instagram; it’s everything in one. I love that I can create a story through pictures and videos to keep my fans up to date with what I’m doing!

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

I want to take this opportunity to thank them for the love and support that they’ve given me over the past 10 years. I couldn’t have done this without them. They are what drives and inspires me. They make me love what I do!

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