The Midnight Roses
The Midnight Roses walked away with the prestigious Rising Star Award at the 2014 Saskatchewan Country Music Association awards weekend hosted in Nipawin.
The quartet of Myshel Pajuaar, Liza Holder, Paula McGuigan and Eliza Doyle captured their first SCMA award after being nominated for a trio of group honours during the 25th Annual SCMA Gala. They placed behind Wyatt in the Group of the Year category, while they were edged out by Eli Barsi's Portrait Of A Cowgirl in the Roots Album of the Year category.
The Midnight Roses join a long list of up-and-coming artists to have earned the Rising Star recognition, as Swift Current's Will Ardell took the honour a year ago and Blake Berglund earned the award in 2011. Pre 2002 the award was known as the Most Promising Entertainer with the most recognizable name the Johner Brothers winning in 1991.
It has been an eventful run for the Midnight Roses over the past two years. After winning the Big Dog 92.7 Regina’s Next Big Thing contest in 2012, the Midnight Roses released their debut album Say Darlin' Say in May of last year. They followed up with a busy summer and fall of touring, including appearances at the Summerland Bluegrass Festival, the Ness Creek Festival, and the Regina Folk Festival, and they launched their 2014 appearances by performing at the Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City in February.
The Midnight Roses are currently hoping to be named a Regina regional winner in the Searchlight competition at http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/The-Midnight-Roses.
Searchlight is a CBC Music and CBC Radio One contest searing for Canada's best new artist, and regional on-line voting closes on Mon., April 21 at 3 p.m.
The Midnight Roses and Will Ardell both earned multiple nominations in the 2014 edition of the SCMA Awards. Ardell came up empty despite being nominated for a quartet of awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (Composer) and Single of the Year, and video of the year.
Glenna Switzer had also earned a pair of SCMA nominations for All Star Band (keyboard) as well as Country Music Person of the Year.
A listing of 2014 SCMA award winners includes:
Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year: Codie Prevost
Female Vocalist of the Year: Jess Moskaluke
Male Vocalist of the Year: Codie Prevost
Group of the Year: Wyatt
Rising Star Award: The Midnight Roses
Song of the Year (Composer): “Don’t Miss Your Kiss Goodbye”, Chris Henderson, Troy Kokol, Willie Mack
Single of the Year: “Good Lovin” by Jess Moskaluke
Video of the Year: “Jesse James” by WYATT
Album of the Year: “Shoulda Been Here Last Night” by WYATT
Country Gospel Album of the Year: “Not Unto Us” by The Trudel Family
Aboriginal Artist of the Year: Yvonne St. Germaine
Roots Artist/Group of the Year: Eli Barsi
Roots Album of the Year: “Portrait Of A Cowgirl” by Eli Barsi
All Star Band (Guitar): Rich McFarlane
All Star Band (Bass): Al Leblanc
All Star Band (Drums): Hal Schrenk
All Star Band (Keys): Bart McKay
All Start Band (Fiddle): Donny Parenteau
All Star Band (Specialty): Rich McFarlane
Record Producer: Bart McKay
Recording Studio: Mosaic Music, Prince Albert
Manager: (Tie) Tera Maguire and Al Leblanc
Youth Development Bursary: Lane Shields, and The Hart Boys
Humanitarian Award: Stephen Maguire
Achievement Award: Codie Prevost
Legends and Legacy Award: Dave Baker