Midnight Roses named 2014 SCMA Rising Stars

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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

Organizations: Saskatchewan Country Music Association

Geographic location: Swift Current, Kansas City, Canada

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