Three of the famous country music artists – who have or still call Langley home – are competing for a Juno.
The announcement came out this week that Aaron Pritchett, 46, is one of many musicians up for a Juno Award for his album, The Score. Along side the former Langley resident are a pair of Willoughby boys who are no stranger to the limelight: Chad Brownlee for his album Hearts on Fire, and Dallas Smith for his album Side Effects.
“It is an incredible honour to once again be nominated for a Juno Award” Pritchett said. “This album is so incredibly meaningful to me, and I am really looking forward to celebrating all the incredible Canadian talent in Ottawa this year.”
This is Pritchett’s third nomination, having being previously nominated in 2006 and 2009 in the same category. The Score is Pritchett’s seventh studio album and was released in June of 2016.
He won fans’ choice, single of the year, and video of the year at the 2016 British Columbia Country Music Awards this past October.
He’s will headline the Kootenay Country Music Festival during the July long weekend, along with country superstar George Canyon.
In the meantime, 39-year-old Smith’s single Autograph just hit #1 on the country billboard.
“Very thankful for all the support Canada has given me in my career,” he said of that accolade. “My heart is full. Thank you!”
As for news of the Juno nomination, Smith was tweeting out thanks and congratulating his fellow contenders including his “partner in crime” in the Boys of Fall charity golf tournament here in Langley (started 2012) – Chad Brownlee.
“What a day,” 32-year-old Brownlee posted on Facebook this morning. “Pretty amazing when you wake up to news like this.”
There are also two women, with ties to Langley, who are both Juno contenders.
Amanda Tosoff (Words) is competing against trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg (Bria), who was popular on the Langley swing scene for a number of years, before heading to New York to live and co-found the New York Hot Jazz Festival.
Tosoff is a B.C.-raised but Toronto-based pianist, composer, and band leader who taught at Langley Community Music School for a number of years. She came back last fall to perform at the school.
These two women, who both boast ties to this community’s music scene, are competing in the vocal jazz album of the year category.
This year’s Juno Awards ceremony will be held in Ottawa on April 2. Other celebrities nominated for Junos this year include music greats such as Celine Dion, Leonard Cohen, The Tragically Hip, and Colin James.
CAPTION: Langley’s Chad Brownlee (above) released Hearts on Fire in April of last year.
CAPTION: Langley’s Dallas Smith released his latest album, Side Effects in early September.
CAPTION: Former Langley resident and Canadian country music celebrity Aaron Pritchett was back in town in December to participate in the JRfm Basics for Babies fundraising family day at Langley Events Centre.