Search for the next big name in country music returns

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and SiriusXM announce the return of Top of the Country.

The nationwide search for Canada’s next big country music star provides emerging artists with a national platform, performance opportunities at some of Canada’s biggest country music events, SOCAN songwriting camps and valuable industry mentorship to help propel their careers to the next level – not to mention a chance to compete for one of the biggest music prizes in Canada – $25,000.

Canadian country solo artists and groups can register starting Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. ET until 12 p.m. ET on Feb. 1 at topcountry.siriusxm.ca.

“The 2018 inaugural SiriusXM Top of the Country competition was an immense success,” said Jeff Leake, SiriusXM Canada programming director. “We discovered and supported many talented musicians including Andrew Hyatt, our first grand prize winner. We’re excited to provide nationwide exposure, development opportunities, mentorship and valuable industry connections to a new group of artists again this year.”

Following registration, eight semi-finalists will be chosen by a jury of industry experts to record professional, original tracks and in-studio videos for the Canada-wide online vote, taking place later this spring. Once voting is complete, the top three acts will emerge as Top Country finalists, receiving a stage spot at one of Canada’s largest country music festivals. Finalists will also attend a SOCAN songwriting camp in Nashville and an exclusive mentorship session in Toronto with major country artists and industry professionals.

The grand prize winner will be chosen live during CCMA Country Music Week, being held this year in Calgary from Sept. 5-8. Finalists will battle it out on stage airing live on SiriusXM Canada, with industry professionals deciding the winner.

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