For the past little while, the upper reaches of Canadian country radio have proven a tough nut to crack for both homegrown talents and female soloists. This week, we are blessed. Multiplatinum superstar Paul Brandt who has been recording since the late 90s teamed up with hot young female soloist and two-year CCMA winner Jess Moskaluke to shimmy up the charts with sumptuous track, “I’m an Open Road”. Jess herself scores her very first Top 10 hit, “Kiss Me Quiet”. While her earlier “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” went gold, it just missed the airplay Top 10 by a notch. Scoring a hat trick at this year’s CCMA gala, including Male Artist of the Year, Gord Bamford cracked the Top 10 last week and holds steady with his beautiful song “Don’t Let Her Be Gone”.
Because they have been underdogs in the current climate, female soloists in general are sharpening their spears and attracting momentous support. From the United States, Carrie Underwood hits the Canadian airplay Top 5 with her latest single. New at the game, Cam, (Camaron Marvel Ochs) who is originally from California, is attracting lots of fans north of the border with her gorgeous music, into the iTunes Country Top 5 and just shy of the airplay Top 20. Many fans are in high anticipation of Canadian Kira Isabella’s return to the charts with new music. Last year, she scored two Top 10 airplay hits.