Since arriving on the music scene over 10 years ago, critically acclaimed singer songwriter, Johnny Reid has captured the hearts of fans and audiences around the world. Born and raised in Lanark, Scotland, the blue collared soul singer is widely known for his lyrical honesty and musical ability, as demonstrated by album sales totaling over 1 million units, countless awards and multiple SOLD OUT national arena tours.
Having released seven best-selling albums and 2 multi-platinum certified DVD’s, Reid’s massive success has caught the attention of famed artists such as Joe Cocker, for whom he penned the platinum selling single “Fire It Up” and famed producer Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel), whom he shares a recording partnership with.
His recordings are filled with classic rock riffs laced with blue-collar roots and a voice that brims with force and honesty. He’s an undeniable fan favorite, writing songs that chronicle the working-class hero and have a blue-collar everyman feel, filled with fervent honesty and just the right mix of both personal and universal storytelling.
Connecting with audiences of all ages, Reid thrives as a performer and songwriter sharing his stories and songs around the world with incalculable influence. He’s a modern day working class hero with long standing collective appeal – one that captures the hearts of many one song at a time.
Discovered in the summer of 1984 when a band from Newmarket, Ontario called Tokyo spent two evenings performing before capacity crowds at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens opening for Boy George and Culture Club. Their dynamic original sound captured the moment, and the race to sign them was on. Tokyo, which had become a major force in suburban high schools and the Ontario club circuit, officially became Glass Tiger early the following year when a record deal was finally signed with Capitol Records.
With Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams; Aerosmith; Ozzy Osbourne) at the helm Glass Tiger was immediately introduced to the recording studio to work on their first album. The Thin Red Line set a record for being the fastest selling debut recording in Canadian history, going gold within weeks of its release. To date, Glass Tiger has sold over 5,000,000 records on the strength of 4 Platinum records in Canada and one Gold in the United States. One of Glass Tiger’s many hit singles “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” yielded a #2 spot on Billboard that was followed by “Someday” which reached #5. Both songs also made Canadian history when Glass Tiger won successive Juno's a year apart for Single of the Year from the same album.
Glass Tiger’s second release Diamond Sun, and third album, Simple Mission, solidified their reputation as being one of Canada’s best song crafters. Diamond Sun sported four charting singles: “Diamond Sun,” “I’m Still Searching,” “My Song,” and “(Watching) Worlds Crumble,” achieving Double Platinum status; while Simple Mission went Platinum, with “Animal Heart”, and the notable Celtic duet classic, "My Town", which features the legendary Rod Stewart.
With five Juno awards and a Grammy nomination world tours, hit singles, over 5 million albums sold, top producers, and sharing stages with some of the biggest acts of all time, Glass Tiger’s has solidified itself as an Iconic Canadian act.
Currently working at Johnny Reid’s Nashville studio on pre-production for a new 2017 release the band has never been more Fired Up!
“Our performances have never been tighter, and we are playing at our highest level ever, we are re-ignited, recharged and looking forward to every show." Says lead singer Alan Frew.
Everyone in Blackjack Billy is bonded together by music — specifically, the no-holds-barred, good-time, party-down rockin’ country that is endearing them to fans throughout and beyond the U.S.
The group first impacted in 2013, when they independently released their first single, “The Booze Cruise”, to digital media. With no promotion, the summertime anthem nonetheless won frequent rotation by SiriusXM’s "The Highway", achieved Platinum certification in Canada, charted #1 in Australia, and became the hottest-selling iTunes song in America by any act without a label deal that year.
That happy fact leads to more recent developments. First came one of the founding members Rob Blackledge’s decision to leave the band. What seemed at first like a problem turned quickly into an opportunity both for Blackjack Billy and young bass phenom Ian Munsick.
Jeff, meanwhile, began his journey in Montreal and then headed to New York City to learn the art of studio engineering, production and song writing. There he started making writing trips to Nashville and fell in love with country songwriting which led to he and Robert Ellis Orrall putting together the group Love and Theft in hopes of creating a modern-day variation on the Eagles. Jeff then moved to Nashville, produced their first album and wrote some of their material, including the No. 1 hit “Angel Eyes”.
Jeff met Noll through their mutual publisher, EMI and the impact was immediate. ‘I had written with a lot of people over the years and the first time I sat down to write with Noll we completely connected. I basically just wanted to write everything with him after that.’ With that Blackjack Billy was born.
We bought a converted airport shuttle bus, booked some shows and hit the road,” Jeff says. “We needed a drummer, met Brad (Cummings) literally three days before our first run down to Key West. He was literally learning the songs on the long drive down.’
Until then, word of mouth and incendiary performances alone are building Blackjack Billy’s fan base. “We are you,” Noll explains. “We’re big-time country fans. “We’re big-time rock and roll fans. We love music. We love mingling with and being part of the crowd. Usually when we’re done playing, we go find the coolest group of fans and go party with them. We’ll steal a golf cart and be out there in the crowd. We stole Storme Warren’s cart a couple of times.”
He turns to Jeff. “I’ve heard you say that we’re going to out-fun everyone. We’re going to have more energy than the crowd every night. If they step it up a notch, we’re going to step it up two.”
How’s that sit with the new guy? Ian sums it up succinctly: “I’m just happy to be here, man!”
Spawned from several successful acts such as Wonderful Grand Band and The Irish Descendants, this band came together in 1997 and had an immediate impact on the Atlantic Canadian music scene with an energetic live show as well as an award-winning debut album that effortlessly mixed traditional and pop/rock elements.
Since the late ‘90s, The Fables have thrived amid numerous personnel changes, an extended hiatus, and a vastly altering music business. All four of their studio albums have received numerous accolades and have produced radio hits such as “Heave Away”, “Tear the House Down”, “St. John’s”, and “Mauzy Monday”. Much to the delight of fans across Newfoundland and beyond, the original Fables line-up of Glenn Simmons, Billy Sutton, D’Arcy Broderick, Dave Fitzpatrick, and Clyde Wiseman has reunited for a string of summer 2015 dates.
Glenn Simmons is the lead singer and principal songwriter of the group, with a high-profile career spanning forty years. He spent much of the ‘70s on CBC Television performing in numerous variety shows. In 1979 he became one of Newfoundland’s most recognizable faces as vocalist and lead guitarist for Wonderful Grand Band. On the strength of this band’s wide-ranging influence, Simmons has experienced success as a songwriter as well as a producer, receiving a Canadian Folk Award nomination for his work with The Navigators’ Soldiers and Sailors in 2012. In 2015 he received the ECMA Musician’s Achievement Award for lifetime contribution to east coast music.
Fans were first introduced to D’Arcy Broderick in 1982 when he joined Sons of Erin, and again in the early ‘90s when he formed Juno-winning group the Irish Descendants with Con O’Brien. Signed to Warner Music Canada in 1993, this band went on to see national acclaim throughout the ‘90s before he left to form The Fables. Broderick’s talents as a vocal balladeer and his skill as a fiddler are key elements to The Fables’ sound.
Also, a former member of Irish Descendants, multi-instrumentalist Billy Sutton is The Fables’ secret weapon. He has a masterful command of bouzouki, fiddle, mandola, and accordion, and more. In addition, he currently plays drums for Shanneyganock as well as bass guitar for Ron Hynes. Billy is also an in-demand studio engineer, working with artists such as Kim Stockwood, Ennis Sisters, and Matthew Byrne. His playing has been featured on countless award-winning albums, and he is one of Newfoundland’s most recognizable musicians.
Sutton is not the only multi-instrumentalist in the group. Dave Fitzpatrick is The Fables’ drummer, but as a solo artist and producer he has played guitar, bass, and drums on over 100 recordings in a career that has spanned 30 years. A veteran of the road, Dave brings a wealth of experience to the band and contributes an important vocal harmony element as well.
Rounding out the group on bass is Clyde Wiseman. His live and studio credits include John White, Ron Hynes, Frank Maher, Kelly Russell, and The Newfoundland Kitchen Band just to name a few. His fluid bass style and baritone harmony vocals contribute greatly to the signature Fables sound.
Continuing to spiral down the rabbit hole of the music scene, is Newfoundland based rock band, Cabbages & Kings. The band earned success even in their early days after releasing their self-produced debut album in 2014. The release was followed by a MusicNL award, ECMA nominations, and multiple showcase opportunities. After releasing several self-produced and directed videos Cabbages & Kings seem destined to carve their own path and create their own brand of high energy rock. No exceptions to this rule were applied on the 2016 release of Vale, the bands sophomore record. Vale is another ambition created in-house and already has started to earn the band more accolades including MusicNL Alternative album of the year and Video of the Year.