Donny Parenteau

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Donny Parenteau
Born Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Genres Country, Western swing[1]
Occupations Musician, Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Instruments Fiddle, Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Electric mandolin, Double neck guitar and Mandocaster[1]
Years active 1991-Present
Labels Independent, 306 Records/EMI
Associated acts Neal McCoy, Brad Johner
Website DonnyParenteau.com

Donny Parenteau (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) is singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best for known his solo career and his work as fiddle player, guitarist, and mandolin player for country music singer Neal McCoy. In February 2011, Parenteau signed with the record label 306 Records/EMI to help distribute his albums.[2]

Early life[edit]

At 14, Parenteau took up the fiddle. After mastering the fiddle, he picked up other instruments like the guitar (both acoustic and electric) and the mandolin (both acoustic and electric). Parenteau cites some of his influences as Bryan Sklar,[1] Freddie Pelltier,[1] and George Pistun[1]

Career[edit]

After picking up the violin at a young age, by 19 he was playing professionally.[1] In 1991, Parenteau was playing in Edmonton, Alberta and was invited to a show by Neal McCoy who was also playing in Edmonton.[1] Upon talking with McCoy, Parenteau discovered they had similar taste in music.[1] McCoy was looking for a fiddle player, but didn't have the money to hire one. Parenteau wanted the chance to audition and would not let up until he got the chance to audition. Parenteau listened to the group jamming and had a grasp of what they were playing. It was that song he would use as the audition piece.[1] During his time touring with McCoy, Parenteau got to open for such artists as Merle Haggard,[1] Tim McGraw,[1] Faith Hill,[1] Buck Owens,[1] George Jones,[1] Charlie Pride,[1] Loretta Lynn,[1] Charlie Daniels,[1] Hank Williams, Jr.,[1] Reba McEntire,[1] Garth Brooks,[1] and Shania Twain.[1] Parenteau also graced the Grand Ole Opry stage.[1] Parenteau was the only member of the live band that was also on the recordings.[1] After performing with Neal McCoy for 12 years and playing 250-300 shows a year, Parenteau returned to Prince Albert to embark on a solo career.[1]

Charity work[edit]

Parenteau has done a number of humanitarian and charity work. Evidence of that was winning the 2001 SCMA International Humanitarian Award. Parenteau has also made appearances on Telemiracle starting on the 32nd edition of the telethon. Parenteau co-wrote the new Telemiracle opening theme song with Brad Johner entitled You are the Miracle.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

What it Takes

  1. "Country Calling Me"
  2. "Old Man Thibodeaux" featuring Joel Sonnier
  3. "Postmarked Heaven"
  4. "Father Time"
  5. "Backyard Swing"
  6. "Someone More Lonesome"
  7. "What it Takes"
  8. "Cold Virginia Rain"
  9. "Belly Up"
  10. "What She Left Me For"
  11. "Dancing Fool"
  12. Funky Two Step"

To Whom it May Concern

  1. "Bustin Out"
  2. "Holding on to Your Dreams"
  3. "My Girl"
  4. "Mama Taught Me to Love"
  5. "Close to You"
  6. "Fiddleback"
  7. "Turn it Up"
  8. "My Dirt"
  9. "Chance Are"
  10. "To Whom it May Concern"
  11. "Play On"

Singles[edit]

  • "Belly Up"
  • "Father Time"
  • "Postmarked Heaven"
  • "I Love Christmas"
  • "Turn it Up"
  • "My Girl"
  • "Watching Over Me"
  • "My Dirt"
  • "To Whom it May Concern"
  • "Can't Afford to Love You"
  • "Sun Shower"

Music videos[edit]

  • "Belly Up"
  • "My Girl"
  • "To Whom it May Concern"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Donny Parenteau awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards
0 2
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
7 14
Canadian Country Music Awards
0 3
Juno Awards
0 2
Saskatchewan Country Music Awards
24 46
Western Canadian Music Awards
0 2
Totals
Awards won 31
Nominations 69

Parenteau has been nominated for a multitude of awards all across Canada picking up a number of them along the way. In 2008, Parenteau was nominated for his countries highest honour by being nominated for a Juno Award.

Year Nominated work Event Award Result
2001 Himself Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[3] International Humanitarian Won
2003 Himself/Fiddle Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[4] All-Star Band Won
2004 Himself Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[5] Aboriginal Artist of the Year Won
Himself/Fiddle All-Star Band Won
2005 "The Great Unknown" Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards[6] Best Producer/Engineer Nominated
Himself Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[7] Aboriginal Artist of the Year Won
Himself/Fiddle All-Star Band Won
2006 Himself Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[8] Aboriginal Artist of the Year Won
Himself/Fiddle All-Star Band Won
2007 "What it Takes" Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards[9] Best Album of the Year Nominated
"What it Takes" Best Country Album Nominated
"What It Takes" Best Producer/Engineer Won[10]
"Father Time" Best Song Single Won[11]
"Father Time" Best Songwriter Nominated
"Postmarked Heaven" Best Songwriter Nominated
Himself Canadian Country Music Awards[12] Chevy Truck Rising Star Nominated
"What it Takes" Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[13] Album of the Year Nominated
Himself Aboriginal Artist of the Year Won
Himself/Fiddle All-Star Band Won
Himself/Specialty All-Star Band Won
Donny Parenteau Band Back Up Band Won
Himself Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Himself Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Himself Record Producer Won
"Country Calling Me" Single of the Year Nominated
"Country Calling Me" Song of the Year Nominated
"What it Takes" Western Canadian Music Awards[14] Outstanding Aboriginal Recording Nominated
"What it Takes" Outstanding Country Recording Nominated
2008
"What it Takes" Juno Awards[15] Aboriginal Recording of the Year Nominated
Himself/Fiddle Canadian Country Music Awards[16] All-Star Band Nominated
Himself Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[17] Aboriginal Artist of the Year Won
Himself/Fiddle All-Star Band Won
Donny Parenteau Band Back Up Band Won
Himself Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year Won
Himself Male Vocalist of the Year Won
Himself Record Producer Nominated
"Father Time" Single of the Year Nominated
"Postmarked Heaven" Single of the Year Won
"Father Time" Song of the Year Nominated
"Postmarked Heaven" Song of the Year Won
2009 Himself/Fiddle Canadian Country Music Awards[18] All-Star Band Nominated
Himself Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[19] Aboriginal Artist of the Year Won
2010 Himself Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[20] Aboriginal Artist of the Year Won
2011 Himself Saskatchewan Country Music Awards[21] Aboriginal Artist of the Year Won
Himself/Fiddle All-Star Band Nominated
Himself/Specialty All-Star Band Won
Himself Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Himself Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Himself Manager Nominated
"My Girl" Single of the Year Nominated
"My Girl" Song of the Year Nominated
"My Girl" Video of the Year Nominated
Himself Aboriginal People's Choice Awards[22] Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year Nominated
"To Whom it May Concern" Best Country CD Nominated
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards[23] Best Album of the Year Nominated
Best Country Album Won
Best Producer/Engineer (with Harry Stinson) Won
Best Song Single Nominated
Best Music Video Won
Himself Best Songwriter Won
Best Male Artist Won
2012 "To Whom it May Concern" Juno Awards Aboriginal Recording of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Kelly, Lorena. "Donny Parenteau: Called by Country". The Session. Retrieved 03-13-11. 
  2. ^ "Donny Parenteau signs with "360 Records/EMI". CashBoxCanada.ca. February 18, 2011. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  3. ^ "2001 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  4. ^ "2003 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  5. ^ "2004 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Music Awards- 2005 Category Finalists". Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  7. ^ "2005 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  8. ^ "2006 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  9. ^ "2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards Finalists". Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  10. ^ "Best Producer/Engineer". Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  11. ^ "Best Song Single". Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  12. ^ "Canadian Country Music Awards Nominees Released". NationTalk.ca. August 1, 2007. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  13. ^ "2007 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  14. ^ "2007 Awards Winners". Western Canadian Music Alliance, Inc. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  15. ^ "Artist Summary - Donny Parenteau". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  16. ^ "2008 CCMA Awards Nominees". Canadian Country Music Association. July 30, 2008. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  17. ^ "2008 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  18. ^ "2009 CCMA Awards Nominees Listing" (Press release). Canadian Country Music Association. July 29, 2009. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  19. ^ "2009 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-12-11. 
  20. ^ "2010 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 03-05-11. 
  21. ^ "2011 S.C.M.A. Awards Winners". Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Retrieved 10-12-11. 
  22. ^ "Nominees Announced For 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards". Manitoba Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 11-18-11. 
  23. ^ "2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards Winners". Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Retrieved 02-29-12. 

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