YYC MUSIC PROGRAM
About: Raised in a small prairie town, Christina grew up in a musical family where the sounds of southern rock, country, gospel and blues could often be heard on playing on her Dad’s stereo. These collective influences have been a driving force in shaping her as a singer/songwriter. The sound produced from her has been described as being unexpectedly pronounced, chilling, and soulful.
Fun Fact: In elementary school, I spent my recess and lunch time sparring with the boys on the playground. One of them went on to become a professional UFC fighter. I like to think I am the prime reason for his success.
Calgary-born Darcy Stamp has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Josh Groban George Canyon, Tyler Connelly, among many others. An established sideman in the recording studios of Nashville and Calgary, he's played on well over one hundred albums, performing multiple genres and styles. Darcy has performed live at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian, as well as appearing for an extended engagement at Disney Epcot. Stamp is currently recording and producing his first album as a classical crossover violinist featuring pop/rock instrumentals of original compositions and re-imagined iconic songs.
Genre: Classical-crossover violinist
Originally from Innisfail, AB, Devin Cooper's unique sound creatively blends influences from country, blues and rock and roll. His live shows are guaranteed to deliver, with raw storytelling lyrics and killer guitar licks that provide a dynamic performance.
Genre: Country Rock
Fun Fact: I attended SAIT and became a 3rd Class Power Engineer before pursuing music full time.
Josh Williams is a 25 year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Edmonton, Alberta. He is completely self-taught and plays a number of instruments entirely by ear. His love for music has taken him all over the world and he continues to perform and tour. After leaving a football scholarship at Simon Fraser University, he auditioned and was accepted into the Prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He endeavours to create and share positive, meaningful music that will inspire and provoke thought around the world.
Fun Fact: Josh is currently becoming a Fire Fighter with the Calgary Fire Department.
From Lacombe, Alberta, Justine is a songwriter who loves to improvise vocally and on guitar with new/old songs. I love performing my own material and playing around with old country/folk tunes with the odd soul/pop song in the mix. Her three studio releases reveal a clear, rich and emotive voice and finely-tuned song-craft. Justine deepens her artistry in her new country roots album “Stay.”
Ken Stead already has a firm foothold in the Canadian roots community, having graced the grassy stages and sessions of Edmonton Folk Fest, Canmore Folk Fest, and North Country Fair, as well as rowdier venues like Main Stage Big Valley Jamboree, the Calgary Stampede Coke Stage and Wild Mountain Festival. Whether playing solo, or with his 5 piece band, Ken Stead makes every room feel like home. A generous demeanor, a delicate wit, and an empathetic understanding of audiences of all shapes, his performances are as true and honest as the songs themselves.
Genre: Singer/songwriter, Rock
Megan Dawson is a sweet songstress based out of Calgary, Alberta. Coming off the release of her first single, “My Way Back,” Megan writes the kind of music that creates a connection between the writer, and listener. You can find her singing all throughout Alberta.
Fun Fact: I am an extreme tea lover!
Sidney May Weich
Sidney May Weich is a singer/songwriter from Calgary Alberta
who has a specialty for writing songs with character and catchy hooks. Her
hybrid sound of folk and pop along with her honesty in writing makes her songs
irresistible. Sidney has played all over western Canada and is currently
working on her debut EP.
Fun Fact: Along with writing songs, I am also a huge reader and writer of poetry! I would love to publish a book of poems one day. Richard Siken is my favorite poet.