MusicNB Solo Record of the Year! Well with the influence of the public vote and the music community here, I took home the '2015 Solo Record of the Year' at the MusicNB Awards in October. It was a surreal experience, and more than any other to date - a real personal and career milestone for me! I also performed at the weekend's festivities, appearing at the Songwriter Circle Showcase at The Empress Theatre with some of NB's favourite performers and storytellers. I stated in my acceptance speech: "This business is about the long-haul and the slow-burn . . . and if I can do it, anyone can - as long as you believe in yourself." I'm living proof of that!
My own TV show! It was my great pleasure recruiting, introducing, and exchanging stories with two dozen of my best musical friends! Now, episodes of 'Jared & The Storytellers' will begin airing on Rogers cable TV and streaming online for Rogers customers - frequently in NB - September, 2015!
1st Place Winner at the Indie Internationals 2015 ! Well lightning has already struck twice as I just received the sudden news that I have earned FIRST PLACE in another major international competition - the Indie International Songwriting Contest. I am still stunned by the announcement; these are songwriting contests that I nearly DIDN'T apply to, believing that I had little to no chance on winning anything. And after the continuing success of my song "I Am Overcome" in other arenas, it is nice to know that I am really not just a one-trick pony! This time my tune "Where You Are (Reprise)" took the top slot - in the Country/Americana category! Check out the prizes and profiles on their website here:
Winner at the Independent Songwriting Competition 2015 ! I'm happy to announce that although I received only an Honourable Mention, I am considered a "winner" at the International Songwriting Competition! I'm still stunned that I made the Final 250 of the original 18,000 entries - and one of the very few Canadians to do so. This time the award is for "I Am Overcome", and I look forward to submitting my promising new material from Lionheart Soul next year! And I have to say that my ongoing success really has much to do with the people who support me and coax me on! Thanks!
Major network TV spot! I was elated to find out at the last minute that my song "I Am Overcome" was selected to play during a scene of the TV show Reign on CBS. This is definitely the most exciting news for my music so far, and the series' million+ viewers will hear my work! If you want to see the episode for yourself, it is #13 of season two, and can be found on CBS, on Netflix (U.S.), or click the poster: