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Album release and pre sale 

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:

Country Girls

Small town

Up on Stage

Glass of Wine

Spedden Devil 

 

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

Post review for Indigenous Music Residency 2020 

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

Jarrid Lee

Indigenous Music Residency  

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. 

For the link to read the full story please....

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Battleford Shines  

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. 

https://battlefordsnow.com/2020/01/15/battlefords-shines-a-success-for-dekker-centres-annual-fundraiser/

Post review after opening for Tanya Tucker 

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.

 

Jarrid Lee

Opening up for Tanya Tucker 

We played a wedding for an amazing couple in Edmonton over the summer and in attendance were some political figures which included the current chief of Enoch Cree Nation along with 2 past chiefs. We always do our best on stage but sometimes people aren’t around to hear what kind of magic we come up with so I like to send out sample CDs with a smile and a handshake. I gave my current single “Small Town” to Harry Sharphead and it somehow found it’s way into the ears of a manager at River Cree Casino. One thing lead to another and without hesitation I received a phone call and an email that I would be opening for Tanya Tucker on Nov 7th and if it wasn’t for that small interaction we wouldn’t be on our way to meet such a huge icon in country music. For tickets to the show please follow this link.

https://www.ticketmaster.ca/tanya-tucker-tickets/artist/772429 

Finally catching a break  

Growing up in St.Paul the nearest casino to us is situated on the Cold Lake First Nation Reserve proudly  called Casino Dene. I have been trying to get my foot in the door to play the casino circuit and to my surprise there was a band cancellation that lead up to myself being asked to play a weekend on Sept 19th-21st. I called the b 

oys up (my band “chief & council”) and told them that “we are in” and “we need to pack the casino with all of our family and friends so that my debut goes well so we will at least get a call back.” 

I have watched some of the best bands, and artists in Canada come through Casino Dene,  and I felt like once I reach that stage I know that in my music career.... I have made it. People like my mentor Duane Steele have played there, Sweet Tequila, Cadillac Black,Just the Boys, Country Fyre, Endless Drive, Last Minute, just to name a few ..... are some of the bands that I look up to and admire for their musical abilities and talents. I knew that one day I would be able to play, and even if it was just one night or for one weekend I would be happy knowing I at least got to play one of my favourite stages for entertainment in the Lakeland.  

Well guess what? I’m excited to announce that we will be back on Oct 26th for a night of heart pounding country, along with some toe tapping fiddle, 90s heartfelt country along with some original music and blues that you won’t want to miss. We have one of Canada’s top fiddle players joining us and you may have heard of Alex Kusturok brings a unique old metis style, mixed with his own flavour that makes songs like Big John McNeil and the Red River Jig impossible to sit down to. Be sure to keep an eye out for a battle during Orange Blossom Special where Donny Anaquod lead guitar player for “Chief & Council” takes on Alex Kusturok in a head to head duel over who can play lead to that song the best. This makes 1 night of music a night you won’t forget. Here is a link for the event so set yourself a reminder. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/667361337118668/?ti=icl 

Finally catching a break 

Jarrid Lee 

 

Paying it forward 

In all my years of being around music I have never heard anything quite like the sound that this homeless man makes, I was featured on CBC news recently with a story that will quite make your heart flutter, eyes water, and will be sure to leave a nice lump in your throat. Get ready to meet my new friend Mr. Myles Haley.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/act-of-kindness-gets-saskatoon-homeless-man-back-in-tune-1.5226768?fbclid=IwAR2hJgiTyagDNoiwekMbf9ge5rxEuvTyzIMAX5TMwK3oCMe7diRIBN8mHwY

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  • Ryan P
    Ryan P Hometown
    I remember your first unplugged live concert on the Conklin airstrip. That was epic and the beginning of a spectacular career. Awesome work and dedication and I'm honored to call you brother. The charged meeting speaker, your amp and two microphones. I seen it "up on stage" that night. Can't wait for you to rock the wedding!

    I remember your first unplugged live concert on the Conklin airstrip. That was epic and the beginning of a spectacular career. Awesome work and dedication and I'm honored to call you brother.
    The charged meeting speaker, your amp and two microphones. I seen it "up on stage" that night. Can't wait for you to rock the wedding!

  • shelley
    shelley kehewin
    Hi Jarrid, we are coming to watch you at dene this weekend

    Hi Jarrid, we are coming to watch you at dene this weekend

  • Vag
    Vag Saskatchewan
    Keep that aim set high, brutha, proud of ya!

    Keep that aim set high, brutha, proud of ya!