2017 Western Canadian Music Award Winner


It's been a whirlwind of a couple of months, but we are excited to announce that Nuela Charles took home the 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for Urban Artist of the Year. 


Awards History

From 1995 to 1999, the music industry associations of Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan joined forces to stage a yearly independent music festival and conference known as the All Indie WeekendThe success of these events led the three music industry associations to form the Prairie Music Alliance Inc. (May1999), a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization, who would host Prairie Music Week until 2002.

In January 2003, the Prairie Music Alliance Inc. united with the music industry associations of British Colombia and the Yukon forming the Western Canadian Music Alliance Inc. (The Northwest Territories joined in 2009). 

With the shared vision of developing the infrastructure of the independent music industry across western Canada, the Alliance continued the successful music festival and conference tradition with the Western Canadian Music Week (now BreakOut West), host of the Western Canadian Music Awards and Western Canadian Music Industry Awards. In 2017, BreakOut West celebrates its 15th year as an integral part of Canada’s music industry. (More here: https://breakoutwest.ca/about

Nuela Charles Showcases at Breakout West 2017

This year Nuela Charles is nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award in the Urban Category for her album "The Grand Hustle." Her music video director Brandon Fletcher is also nominated for Music Video of the Year for "Crumbling Down."

If you are in Edmonton, Nuela will be showcasing both Friday and Saturday Sept 15/16, 2017.

Check out the info below and www.breakoutwest.ca for more info.


Nuela Charles Top 10 Finalist in Allan Slaight's Juno Masterclass

Slaight Music and The JUNO Awards have teamed up to create the premier artist development program in Canada: The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.

The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program serves as a bridge between the two key pillars of CARAS/The JUNO Awards; music education through MusiCounts and the celebration and promotion of excellence through The JUNO Awards. This program fills the gap between them by providing the crucial tools to help new and emerging artists become “JUNO ready”.

Nuela Takes Home Female Artist, R&B/Soul & Single of the Year !!

Amid repeated cries that Edmonton is awesome by host Bridget Ryan, the evening saw performances by several of the winners, including celebrated soul, pop and R&B singer Charles, who added three more EMAs to her shelf — both Single of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for the evocative Crumbling Down, and Female Artist of the Year, her second including 2013’s win of the same trophy. The prizes this year came in the form of a record in a stylized sleeve. (Excerpt from Edmonton Journal)

"Coming For You" Winner in International Songwriting Competition

ISC and the judges awarded the song "Coming For You" an Honorable Mention in the AC (Adult Contemporary) category in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). Although being selected an Honorable Mention does not garner any physical prizes, with over 16,000 entries from 137 countries, ISC still considers this as an ISC winner.  That's pretty amazing. Big thanks to Jasmine Denham and Ari Rhodes for helping write one of my favourite songs!! <3

CMW Showcase Review by The Revue

Major thanks to The Revue for stopping by my Canadian Music Week showcase last Thursday and for your kind words.

At this point, a quick trip was made to check out Nuela Charles at The Painted Lady, another artist that The Revue previewed before the festival. The venue is a smaller, more intimate venue, and it suited NUELA’S IMPRESSIVE SOUL-TINGED VOCALS perfectly. IT WAS PALPABLE AMONG THE CROWD THAT WE WERE EXPERIENCING SOMETHING SPECIAL. This is definitely an artist to watch.
— TheRevue.ca

Nominated for 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards: Urban Artist of the Year / Video of the Year

Excited to announce that Nuela Charles was nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for Urban Artist of the Year. Director Brandon Fletcher (Faked Potatoes) was also nominated for Video Director of the Year for Nuela's music video "Crumbling Down."

The Western Canadian Music Awards are presented in conjunction with Breakout West festival which is held September 15-17 this year in Edmonton, AB. 

For more nominees visit : http://breakoutwest.ca/fest/blog/2017-western-canadian-music-award-nominees/ 

Music City: Nuela Charles climbs with 'Crumbling Down'

Music City, a new CBC series will be putting the spotlight on some of Edmonton's best up and coming acts — chronicling their burgeoning careers and their connections to Alberta's capital city.

For Nuela Charles, there's no place like home.

The Edmonton-based soul/R&B/pop singer and songwriter is among a handful of Alberta acts headed to Toronto this weekend for Canadian Music Week. The annual music industry conference and showcase is an opportunity for artists like Charles to reach out to a wider audience and to establish business connections.

'All roads lead to Edmonton'

A staunch do-it-yourself artist, Charles has developed a solid career locally and abroad through talent and hard work. Music from her three albums has been used in a dozen television programs and films in Canada and the U.S.

The release of her latest single Crumbling Down found her quickly climbing the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart. And periodic trips to Europe have helped establish her name on that side of the pond. All of these milestones she achieved virtually on her own.

Charles was born in Kenya. Her family spent several years in Switzerland and then in a number of western Canadian locales before settling in Edmonton. Charles is quick to praise her adopted home, citing strong support from the local music community.

"The support that I've gotten over the years, for me to go to another city and essentially start over, it just doesn't make a lot of sense and I wouldn't want to leave," she said.

"Why ruin a good thing?"

Charles has recently enlisted a publicist. She hopes industry events like Canadian Music Week will help secure a booking agent.

The plan is to lessen the workload of songwriting, recording, production, marketing and the need for the occasional temporary job. Her goal is to get to where her whole career is in music.

"I just want to be able to create a life where music will sustain me 100 per cent." 

Despite the need to go to Toronto, L.A. and Europe, for Charles all roads, music and business, lead to Edmonton.

Edmonton acts The Velveteins, Nature Of and Faith Healer are also showcasing at CMW 2017.


ORIGINAL POST: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/music-city-nuela-charles-climbs-with-crumbling-down-1.4078145