Ken stead

Ken stead

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Stead excelled at Track and Field and started to show an interest in music when it was cool to listen and appreciate rap and metal in the locker room. But he has his mother to thank for his now burgeon­ing career as a folk musician.

 

As a songwriter, Stead says he has a very organic and spon­taneous process which sometimes means his artistic output is firing off in many different directions.

“Sometimes I am too spontaneous because my songs come out in different genres. I have some blues songs and some reggae songs that came out at the same time as the songs for Fear Has No Place Here. When I write it’s always guitar first and then melody and those two things evoke the emo­tional tone and then that’s when ideas from my life start to come out as lyrics.”

Ken Stead

Ken Stead

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Stead excelled at Track and Field and started to show an interest in music when it was cool to listen and appreciate rap and metal in the locker room. But he has his mother to thank for his now burgeon­ing career as a folk musician.

 

As a songwriter, Stead says he has a very organic and spon­taneous process which sometimes means his artistic output is firing off in many different directions.

“Sometimes I am too spontaneous because my songs come out in different genres. I have some blues songs and some reggae songs that came out at the same time as the songs for Fear Has No Place Here. When I write it’s always guitar first and then melody and those two things evoke the emo­tional tone and then that’s when ideas from my life start to come out as lyrics.”

Mariya Stokes

Mariya Stokes

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Mariya Stokes is an award-winning singer/songwriter with small-town, country roots. Her fiercely honest songs, bright voice and quick wit moves and engages audiences every time she performs.

At the age of 18, Mariya moved from her hometown of Stavely, Alberta to pursue her career Calgary. She cut her teeth as a performer at music events such as the Sled Island Festival, the Canadian Country Music Weekend in Fort Macleod and Cowboy Poetry Gatherings all over Alberta.

Stokes recently gained international recognition when she won two awards for her work, including "2016 International Modern Country Songwriter of the Year" from the North American Country Music Association. Prior to that she was the winner of the Ponoka Stampede Talent Search, a runner up in the Global Country Star Search, and a finalist in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search.

She released her self-titled EP in 2011 and has spend the past five years honing her craft as a songwriter and performer. Currently, she is recording her second EP which is due to be released in summer 2017. When she's not working on her own projects, she is also a vocal coach, working with Brian Farrell to mentor aspiring singers of all ages.

Stokes cares deeply about supporting her community and volunteers her time at the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre. She spends much of her time volunteering at the Centre, writing original songs that capture the essence of the community with clients of the centre. The organization released their first album entitled "Shelter From the Storm", in August 2015 and released their second album , "Verses Vs. Homelessness", in June 2016. Stokes track "Lucky" is featured on the album.

"Mariya Stokes is an excellent musician. She thinks creatively and uniquely as an artist; her work ethic is exemplary - she is prepared and dependable; she has a passion for performing and continually learning about music; she listens closely to music - to hear groove, style and the stories inside the song; and she collaborates as a performer and songwriter with other fine musicians.

Mariya is an associate vocal coach with me - I respect her innovative teaching approach with singers as well as her extraordinary talents as a singer/songwriter and musician." - Brian Farrell, Vocal Coach and Artistic Director of Revv52

Mariya Stokes

Mariya Stokes

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Mariya Stokes is an award-winning singer/songwriter with small-town, country roots. Her fiercely honest songs, bright voice and quick wit moves and engages audiences every time she performs.

At the age of 18, Mariya moved from her hometown of Stavely, Alberta to pursue her career Calgary. She cut her teeth as a performer at music events such as the Sled Island Festival, the Canadian Country Music Weekend in Fort Macleod and Cowboy Poetry Gatherings all over Alberta.

Stokes recently gained international recognition when she won two awards for her work, including "2016 International Modern Country Songwriter of the Year" from the North American Country Music Association. Prior to that she was the winner of the Ponoka Stampede Talent Search, a runner up in the Global Country Star Search, and a finalist in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search.

She released her self-titled EP in 2011 and has spend the past five years honing her craft as a songwriter and performer. Currently, she is recording her second EP which is due to be released in summer 2017. When she's not working on her own projects, she is also a vocal coach, working with Brian Farrell to mentor aspiring singers of all ages.

Stokes cares deeply about supporting her community and volunteers her time at the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre. She spends much of her time volunteering at the Centre, writing original songs that capture the essence of the community with clients of the centre. The organization released their first album entitled "Shelter From the Storm", in August 2015 and released their second album , "Verses Vs. Homelessness", in June 2016. Stokes track "Lucky" is featured on the album.

"Mariya Stokes is an excellent musician. She thinks creatively and uniquely as an artist; her work ethic is exemplary - she is prepared and dependable; she has a passion for performing and continually learning about music; she listens closely to music - to hear groove, style and the stories inside the song; and she collaborates as a performer and songwriter with other fine musicians.

Mariya is an associate vocal coach with me - I respect her innovative teaching approach with singers as well as her extraordinary talents as a singer/songwriter and musician." - Brian Farrell, Vocal Coach and Artistic Director of Revv52

Mariya Stokes

Mariya Stokes

The Black Clover (map)

Mariya Stokes is an award-winning singer/songwriter with small-town, country roots. Her fiercely honest songs, bright voice and quick wit moves and engages audiences every time she performs.

At the age of 18, Mariya moved from her hometown of Stavely, Alberta to pursue her career Calgary. She cut her teeth as a performer at music events such as the Sled Island Festival, the Canadian Country Music Weekend in Fort Macleod and Cowboy Poetry Gatherings all over Alberta.

Stokes recently gained international recognition when she won two awards for her work, including "2016 International Modern Country Songwriter of the Year" from the North American Country Music Association. Prior to that she was the winner of the Ponoka Stampede Talent Search, a runner up in the Global Country Star Search, and a finalist in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search.

She released her self-titled EP in 2011 and has spend the past five years honing her craft as a songwriter and performer. Currently, she is recording her second EP which is due to be released in summer 2017. When she's not working on her own projects, she is also a vocal coach, working with Brian Farrell to mentor aspiring singers of all ages.

Stokes cares deeply about supporting her community and volunteers her time at the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre. She spends much of her time volunteering at the Centre, writing original songs that capture the essence of the community with clients of the centre. The organization released their first album entitled "Shelter From the Storm", in August 2015 and released their second album , "Verses Vs. Homelessness", in June 2016. Stokes track "Lucky" is featured on the album.

"Mariya Stokes is an excellent musician. She thinks creatively and uniquely as an artist; her work ethic is exemplary - she is prepared and dependable; she has a passion for performing and continually learning about music; she listens closely to music - to hear groove, style and the stories inside the song; and she collaborates as a performer and songwriter with other fine musicians.

Mariya is an associate vocal coach with me - I respect her innovative teaching approach with singers as well as her extraordinary talents as a singer/songwriter and musician." - Brian Farrell, Vocal Coach and Artistic Director of Revv52