There is an authenticity and truthfulness to the music of Drew Gregory that is undeniable. The songs of this award-winning Alberta country music sensation are infused with a down home realism, a gritty honesty and vibrant sense of rootedness that comes from years spent working the land as a farmer – an aspect of his life that is deeply connected to his talent as a musician, singer and songwriter.
Gregory the singer is also Gregory the farmer – two sides of the same engaging, unpretentious and amiable coin, solidly rooted in the landscape and soil of his rural homestead. The music on his forthcoming EP Good Place to Start is as approachable as he is, something that also translates on stage as he forms an instant rapport with any audience for whom he performs. “It’s all pretty true-to-life stuff and I think that makes the music stronger and people react to it more wholeheartedly because they know I am singing about my own life and my own experiences, who likes the simple things in life, who likes to have a good time, just like the people listening to the music,” Gregory said.
Growing up in the small rural community of Standard, Alberta (population around 350) Gregory was exposed to music through local radio as well as from his dad’s extensive classic rock vinyl collection, and soon came to appreciate both the country and rock sounds that flowed through the family home. By the time he was 15 he had acquired his first guitar and from the first strum of the strings, he knew that making music was going to be a big part of his life.
With the release of their new album, Along for the Ride, Alberta’s Renegade Station embarks on a dynamic musical journey that sees the talented quartet elevating their already impressive reputation for creative excellence and superior showmanship to new heights.
Understanding that sometimes you need to shed elements of your past in order to embrace the wide, wonderful future, the group changed its name and has revitalized and focused their musical identity. They have pushed forward with a passion, and unrelenting drive that will see Renegade Station become a name that anyone hearing their unique pop and rock-infused brand of country music is unlikely to forget.
Their name is symbolic of the group’s unconventional approach to their music and sense of independence. They are unabashed about injecting their original music and the songs presented to them by other noted songwriters with healthy doses of pop and classic rock nuances – with a focus on lushly produced and beautiful layered vocal harmonies which owe as much to Fleetwood Mac as they do to Lady Antebellum.
The rock-solid foundation that was built is not being shunted aside as the talented quartet moves forward. Renegade Station’s legacy is etched deep into the firmament of the western Canadian music scene and that can never be taken from them. In recent years they have won back to back Association of Country Music in Alberta, as Group of the Year (2015 and 2016) as well as the ACMA Fan’s Choice of the Year in 2015. They also garnered a CCMA nomination for songwriter of the year for their tune 2:15 and Luanne was also nominated for CCMA Bass Player of the Year for 2016.
On the outskirts of small town, Hillmond, Saskatchewan comes the immense voice of Jordyn Pollard. With a passion for country / pop music; Jordyn’s vocals are often compared to the likes of Taylor Swift, Tori Kelly and Sarah McLachlan.
Since embarking on her musical career, Jordyn has already achieved many successes. From this she has earned a SCMA Youth Development Bursary, Saskatchewan Country Music Association Youth Talent Search winner and ample performance opportunities. Sharing the stage with the likes of Brad Johner, Gord Bamford, Jo Jo Mason, Jade Eagleson and Brett Kissel, have been a highlight for this young artist. Jordyn was accepted to perform at the 30th Anniversary of Saskatchewan Country Music Awards on their songwriters’ stage.
Building on her social platforms, Jordyn has been recognized by Kelsea Ballerini, for her cover of ‘Yeah Boy, Nashville Rising star Bailey Bryan on Twitter for the cover of ‘Hard Drive Home’; and by Levi Hummon for her cover of his song ‘I Still Do’. Jordyn’s You Tube channel boasts of over 1700 subscribers and 90 video postings including original, live performance and cover songs; gathering fans from all over the world.
Growing up on a mixed farm with her 2 siblings and attending a small town country school, Jordyn thrives on family and community spirit. Jordyn was involved with the local 4-H, but has since decided farming wasn’t quite her niche’ but continues to help when needed. An honour student and active in many school and community events. Jordyn is a Red Cross Anti Bullying Advocate; giving presentations to elementary and middle school students on bullying and the effects it has on those being bullied. She is looking for a position with the Big Brothers Big Sisters after school mentorship program to continue educating younger people.
Jordyn has had leading roles in numerous musical theatre productions garnering them from being part of the school’s Musical Theatre program which she continues to partake in. Jordyn has been part of the school leadership for the last 4 years as well as being actively involved with school sports.
Jordyn is very involved and committed to using her talents in assisting with many local community and non-profit initiatives. Currently having contributed to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) ‘Concert in the Dark’, Parkinson Alberta’s Step and Stride, and ‘Jammin at the Jube’ in Lloydminster supporting Autism.
Pollard is continually honing her song writing skills while working towards her debut EP. She will be recording with the award winning Bart McKay in Saskatoon, Sask. With her passions of music, family and travelling, one can be sure the songs on this debut EP will have stories to tell.