Too many times I’ve been faced with racism in my life to count and I didn’t expect it from my colleagues but it is what it is. Let’s talk about and make things right so we can have a better brighter future. To read part of the story click the link.
CBC STORY HERE
Jarrid Lee goes to #1
Jarrid Poitras aka Jarrid Lee is an award winning singer/songwriter from St.Paul who now currently resides in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. After his debut album released in June of 2020, Jarrid found himself on the Canadian Indie Country Countdown with host Walter James Scott climbing the charts starting in October of 2021. This countdown features some of Canada’s top Independent artists which means that they are not signed to a major record label and this countdown gives them the platform needed to reach wider audiences with the show broadcasting on 20 different stations and various countries around the world. “This past year was very challenging for me so I had to find ways to adapt and overcome during the midst of a global pandemic .” says Jarrid Lee. After 12 weeks of voting the first show of the year was aired so Jarrid was sitting at #3 and he had not yet heard his song being played when they got to the #1 spot on the countdown. “I was in disbelief, shock, and in total aww as Walter began reading my bio so I knew this year was starting off right I then got on the phone and called mama.” Explains Jarrid Lee.
Walter James Scott reads over Jarrid’s bio “He is originally from St.Paul Alberta, he is an award winning singer/songwriter. Growing up he followed his dad Rollie’s band called County Express to many events getting a taste of the music life. His dad Rollie bought him his first electric guitar at the age of 12 and that’s when the endless hours of swollen fingers and sled teaching began. Although he had not received any formal training music lessons or guitar lessons he decided to start writing music at the age of 14. Now living in Saskatchewan in only 4 short years he has played at numerous venues and shows across western Canada opening up for such names as Trooper, Collin Raye, David Lee Murphy, Midland, and his idol Luke Bryan. He has also opened up shows for Tom Cochrane, Red Rider, and also music legend Tanya Tucker and many many more. That is an impressive list. Here is Canada’s Jarrid Lee with his #1 song on the Canadian Indie Country Countdown Up on Stage.”
Jarrid explains further that he thanks ALL of his friends and family back home in the Lakeland as well as the new fans discovering Jarrid Lee for their continued love and support. “There will come a day when we can all gather together for some much needed live music but for now I’m only a click away.” To follow and support Jarrid please follow www.JarridLee.com for updates and a full length album is on the horizon.
I have decided that interviewing other artist will both be beneficial for them and myself to expand out network of like minded individuals to enhance the music experience for most listeners. I started my own podcast called "Backstage Pass" which has been, and will be airing every Saturday Night at 7pm CST on my Facebook Fan page at JarridPoitrasMusic where you can capture emerging artists as well as a few special highly established artists for an intimate interview from the comfort and safety of your own space. Each artist will be sharing new music live and unplugged along with the inspiration behind the songwriting process along with their personal story and journey that will be a way to for surely warm your heart.
We hope that you can watch a few of the interviews and really get to know the artists you love behind the curtains for an up close and personal encounter hosted by yours truly for an exciting take on life in the music industry with the show called "Backstage Pass."
See you all on there
There are numerous ways one can buy, steam or add my music to your phone or desktop computer. Please click on the link to find out some of the ways you can get the new album.
If you want to know what songs inspire me then all you have to do is click on this link to get a glimpse of what really goes through my mind.
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As you can imagine the past 2 years of my life have been hectic with getting married, going to school, graduating all while trying to record an album for everybody to enjoy on a students salary. Well I am happy to announce the arrival of the 5 song Jarrid Lee EP entitled “Up on Stage” that captures a few stories of how I grew up and one tale that will leave the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The tracks on the album are as follows:
Up on Stage
Glass of Wine
I could tell you the story of how all these songs came to be but we can do that in person after this global pandemic subsides. The official release date is June 10th 2020 to all media platforms and radio across Canada with hopes of getting onto satellite radio so that we can reach a larger audience.
A presale of the album will be going up on May 27th 2020 so you can order your copy then on ITunes or whichever supplier you obtain your music. This has been a journey and an amazing project so the goal now is to get as many spins on the radio, streams, views, shares, likes and purchases as humanly possible, so let’s share this release with everybody we know .
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your love and support. Yours forever in music Jarrid Lee
There was no shortage of talent at the Elkhorn Resort in Manitoba over the past week with numerous artists all specializing in their respective genres and disciplines. I was excited to fly to Winnipeg and meet up with the staff of Manitoba Music on our free day prior to heading out to the resort so I decided to take in the sites and find the nearest stage with music. Luckily there was a Festival going on in the windy City of Winnipeg which had multi award winning fiddle champion Patti Kusturok playing so I attended her show.
The next morning was an early rise with no rest for the wicked as we boarded our charter bus to make way to the resort which was about a 3hr trip so some of the artists and mentors were getting to know one another. We were greeted with a sharing circle and smudge to Treaty 2 territory lead by a local elder in which we would have to share where we were in music and what we were expecting out of the week residency.
We started the evening off with an awesome variety of respectful singers enticingly serenading each other as karaoke stars up until we were blown away from a duo between Jace Martin and Crystal Shawanda singing Shallow to a tee as uproar of applause from an utterly impressed crowd rang through the resort.
Our first couple of days were jam packed with different topics on which every artist needs in order to be successful and we were graced with the presence of numerous professional presenters all very deeply educated in their profession. I had a lot of my questions answered and now know what to do when it comes to sharing my music with the world.
The hardest part of the time there was the showcase having a trio of well established and ground breaking mentors pay 100% attention to our 2 song showcase, and giving feedback we may or may not like to hear but it’s the truth. I found myself giving in to the process and opening my heart and sharing a very emotional tribute to a high school friend that lost his life to cancer through song and knowing that somewhere I made his wife and children happy with this honour. I got feedback that I know will change my life and now I know which direction to go and exactly what it needs to be successful in my respective genre.
We had 1 last night of music for an open mic and we all shared songs that were near and dear to our hearts leaving no dry eye in the resort and we had enough time to write a song and lay a few tracks with the legendary David Strickland for a very special departure. With love, and music anything is possible. I made new friends that I now consider all to be my family and I have a huge announcement that I will be heading south for a very long awaited trip.
So stay tuned I have new music coming out very soon.
Yours in music
ARTISTS FROM ACROSS CANADA TO PARTICIPATE IN WEEK-LONG RESIDENCY TO DEVELOP BUSINESS AND ARTISTIC EXPERTISE, PRESENTED BY MANITOBA MUSIC AND CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS.
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Jan 11th 2020 was a showcase that featured many different talented artists all local to North Battleford and surrounding area. The showcase was to fundraise for the Dekker Center, a place that makes any and all artists feel at home from dance, visual, music, etc. Here is a write up from the local paper. It’s an honour to give back and we all do it because we love to entertain.
Its been 17 years since Tanya Tucker has released a new album and it’s been 4 years since I started performing in front of a live crowd and yet both of us were excited as if it was our first time on stage. As we started our afternoon setting up gear and testing all of equipment we can feel the tension of the on coming night as if it were like the strings we were tightening to tune our guitars. We got word from River Cree and the Venue that it was going to be a sold out show and they were busy adding more rows to the already crowded Venue. We were asked to leave as Tanya did her sound check and we knew that we wouldn’t have much time to do our sound check which added a little more anxiety to our growing excitement. The need to sound as tight as possible for the show came with a price that we would have to pay by playing our set and ironing out small changes in our songs during our soundcheck. As the lights started to dim and the crowd started to roll in I began to notice friends and family fighting to get as close to the stage during our performance for the best possible chance to take pictures and videos of us on this epic stage. We got word from the stage manager to take our positions and the on stage sound engineer would give us the thumbs up when all of equipment and mic’s were hot and then the show began.
I introduced my brother Alex and we started off with a fiddle tune called Boil the Cabage to which the crowd started to dance, holler and cheer us on. Growing up in Alberta this was my backyard so to speak this was my time and this stage was ours for 30 minutes, so ever since River Cree opened the Venue I was hoping to play on this huge stage since it opened up. It was nothing but an adrenaline rush as we heard the roar of the crowd after our first song and I introduced the band of brothers which are all seasoned veterans in their field of expertise soon there after. One song after another and we can hear the crowd settle into their seats and we knew it was a full house, to the left of us were a row of people standing in line getting pictures with Tanya in a back room that had a photographer and backdrop of River Cree on it. I began to get emotional knowing that there were too many people to thank for my success over the years like my wife, friends and family but what hurt the most were the people that were not with us in life anymore and those were the ones I wanted to be there and I wanted to thank the most.
We got to take a group picture with Tanya however our drummer Jonas was busy packing up to get his kit off the way for Tanya and he wasnt present for group picture. I gave her a hug and thanked her for choosing me to open up the show for her and then we made small talk about the cold Alberta weather to which she made a joke about being there to throw out some heat on stage during her performance. A dream come true, yes it was opening up a show for a legend in country music and for a lady that has inspired so many other artists to be the best they can be. We talked with her band and found some mutual friends in common then came the invite to head to Nashville and get to know the city with our new found friends. Nashville will be on my mind until I make it there in May and with your love and support we can make it there ... even if it’s just for a visit.