Canadian country music artist Charlie Major has had no shortage of exciting career moments, but being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame might just be close to the top of the list. The Canadian Country Music Association recently announced that Charlie Major and music publicist Anya Wilson have been selected as the 2019 inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Major has been at the forefront of the Canadian country music scene since the early 90’s when he became the first Canadian artist in history to score six Number One hits with his debut album, The Other Side in 1993. Major went on to have nine more chart-topping hits in his career leading him to perform across the world, headlining tours, and connecting with his fans at fairs and festivals.
More than 25 years later, Major has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone, winning three JUNO Awards, and seven CCMA Awards. The Canadian legend has recorded seven studio albums and has released over twenty singles, continuing with new music on the horizon.
“It is an honour to be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame with so many of my heroes and mentors like Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, The Good Brothers, Terry Carisse and Murray McLauchlan to name a few,” said Major. “I’m sincerely humbled and look forward to celebrating with everyone in Calgary this September.”
Anya Wilson began her music industry career in the U.K. Wilson worked in publicity and radio promotion, becoming instrumental in the success of such legendary artists as David Bowie and T.Rex. Wilson moved to Toronto and broke ground as the first independent female radio tracker in Canada.
Giving back to Canada’s country community has always been a priority for Wilson. She has served on numerous CCMA committees, helped establish a radio presence at the annual CCMA conference and voluntarily became the organization’s first publicist. Wilson was also a driving force in the creation of the Country Music Association of Ontario and served as its vice-president for several years.
Inductees of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame are chosen annually by a selected Hall of Fame Electors Committee, comprised of over 70 industry peers. The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at a private industry event held during Country Music Week in Calgary, AB from September 5-8, 2019.
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.