Alberta’s own Drew Gregory certainly is a country music sensation and has just proven that as a Top 3 finalist and the $50,000 winner of the Project WILD Development Program after a six-month-long journey of education and development.
The Project WILD Development Program is part of a seven-year, $4.9 million program, designed to educate, promote, develop and kick-start the international music careers of three emerging Alberta artists annually.
Gregory says of Project WILD,
“Project WILD was such an incredible experience all the way through and so important at this point in my career. The program pushed us to figure out what made us unique as artists and then gave us the tools to make that unique brand work. This helped clearly define our business and branding plan coming out of the pandemic and, of course, the winning of $50,000 to go with the plan will be massive in coming back stronger than ever!”
On social media, he goes on to say,
“Real proud of the work my team and I have put in the last six months. A huge thank you to Project WILD – Country Artist Development, Alberta Music and all involved for pushing us so hard! Congrats Shaela Miller and Kyle McKearney on your top spots!! These two are amazing and you need to be following them! Special thank you to Sirroma Entertainment, Rob Pape, my family, my band and all our followers for supporting me so much throughout. We are gonna make the very most out of every single penny of this 50K!”
March 20 was also a fabulous night for this much-beloved and talented artist as he was recognized at the Country Music Alberta Awards (CMAB) where he took home the hardware for Horizon Male Artist of The Year, making it his third win in this category, having won the honour in 2015 and 2019 as well.
Gregory expressed this on his recognition,
“It’s always such an honour to be recognized by the industry peers that I have come to respect so much. I could not love being in this province’s country music scene more, and I think Alberta has something very special in the way artists and industry support each other here. I hope to use this recognition to keep building the Alberta Country Music brand across the country.”
Drew Gregory continues to be a staple of the Western Canadian country music scene and has gained a loyal fan base, accumulating over 1.8 million career streams to date, 364,000 YouTube video views and 22,000 spins at Canadian radio. His EP Good Place to Start reached #1 on iTunes on its release in June of 2018.
With his authenticity and truthfulness to his music with songs that come with are infused with a down-home realism, a gritty honesty, and a vibrant sense of rootedness that comes from years spent working on his farm and growing up in a small rural community, Drew Gregory will be one artist that always stands out. He has been gearing up to deliver new music later this year.
We, at Canadian Beats, congratulate you Drew on these two recent honours that have been bestowed on you. They are muchly deserved! I am personally proud to call you, my friend.
Hi all. I’m Nanci Dagg. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have lived my entire life here. There is nothing I like better than supporting local artists followed by supporting Canadian artists. Although I was a classic rock gal, my go to genre is country. Something about this music that just makes me feel great. I can be found at most country music concerts and shows (from someone’s house to really large venues) taking lots of pictures. Music and photography are two of my passions. Add to this mix, writing about artists, well let’s say, life doesn’t get better than this.