George Canyon

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George Canyon
Born (1970-08-22) August 22, 1970 (age 44)
Origin Pictou County, Nova Scotia Canada
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, Guitarist
Years active 1996–present
Labels Shoreline, Universal South, Universal Music Canada
Website http://www.georgecanyon.com

George Canyon (born August 22, 1970) is a Canadian country music singer. He was runner up Nashville Star 2 in 2004. He grew up in Fox Brook, Pictou County, Nova Scotia and later lived in Hopewell, Nova Scotia (where he still owns land) before he moved west. He also holds an appointment in the Canadian Forces as the Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.[1]

Biography[edit]

George Canyon has held many jobs: he spent time working as a police officer, a slaughterhouse beef inspector, and the owner/operator of his own recording studio. He always dreamed of becoming a professional musician.[2]

Canyon is the father of two children. His wife worked three jobs during the day so that he could sing at night. In 2004, George Canyon competed in Nashville Star 2. He was the runner-up in the competition, but became very well known in Canada and garnered much support, being the only Canadian to make the cut for the competition. After the competition ended, he received many accolades from fans and the industry alike. These include the top 5 hit "My Name", a Juno Award for Best Country Recording of the Year (for his album One Good Friend), and, four Canadian Country Music Awards Nominations (CCMAs) including Male Vocalist of the Year and the Fan Choice Award.

On September 22, 2007, Canyon performed at China-Canada: Hand in Hand;[3] a joint concert held in Vancouver between CCTV (China Central Television) and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) to commemorate the one-year countdown of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. One of the songs performed by Canyon was "What a Fine Jasmine Blossom". Sung entirely in Mandarin, Canyon performed the duet with Mandarin singer Tang Can.[4]

On 9 January 2008, Canadian defence minister Peter MacKay appointed the Nova Scotia–born Canyon to the position of honorary colonel at 14 Wing Greenwood, the largest air base on the east coast.[5] After this appointment expired in December 2011, Canyon was appointed colonel commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.[1]

Canyon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14 and has given talks to children about diabetes.[6]

On 16 October 2014, Canyon was named the official anthem singer for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League.[7]

Acting[edit]

In addition to his singing career, Canyon has also performed as an actor in movies and television. His first role of note was as "Head Forest Ranger" in several episodes during the seventh and final season of the popular Showcase television series Trailer Park Boys in 2007. He also appeared as the character "Charlie Wells" in the series Heartland in 2010. His most notable film role to date was as the character "Cattle Jack" in the 2012 film Dawn Rider,a remake of a 1935 John Wayne film of the same name.[8]

Band[edit]

  • Jay Buettner (Guitar)
  • Justin Kudding (Bass)
  • Adam Dowling (Drums)
  • Mike Little (Keyboard & Accordion)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

1990s[edit]

Title Album details
Ironwolf
George Canyon
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Shoreline Records

2000s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[9]
US Heat
[10]
One Good Friend 35 23
Somebody Wrote Love
Classics
  • Release date: October 9, 2007
  • Label: Universal Canada
What I Do
  • Release date: November 11, 2008
  • Label: Universal Canada
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
CAN
[13]
Better Be Home Soon
  • Release date: March 22, 2011
  • Label: Universal Canada
25
Classics II
  • Release date: November 20, 2012
  • Label: Universal Canada
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Decade of Hits
  • Release date: September 9, 2014
  • Label: Big Star Recordings

Holiday albums[edit]

Title Album details
Home for Christmas
  • Release date: November 8, 2005
  • Label: Universal South Records

Singles[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN Country
[15]
1999 "Her Everything" George Canyon
"Enough Said" 71
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN
[16]
US Country
[17]
2000 "Way Too Much" George Canyon
2004 "Good Day to Ride"
"I'll Never Do Better Than You" One Good Friend
2005 "My Name" 44
"Who Would You Be"
"One Good Friend"
2006 "Somebody Wrote Love" Somebody Wrote Love
"Drinkin' Thinkin'"
2007 "I Want You to Live" 76
"Ring of Fire" Classics
2008 "Seven Spanish Angels"
"Just Like You" 64 What I Do
2009 "All or Nothing" 99
"Let It Out" 86
"Betty's Buns" 92
"In Your Arms Again" (with Crystal Shawanda)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN Country
[18]
CAN
[16]
2010 "I Believe in Angels" 85 What I Do
"Pretty Drunk Out Tonight"
"Better Be Home Soon" 87 Better Be Home Soon
2011 "Surrender" 98
"Sunshine" 96
"When Love Is All You've Got" (with Richard Marx)
2012 "Saddle Up" N/A
"Rhinestone Cowboy" Classics II
2013 "Pancho and Lefty" (with Jim Cuddy)
"Slow Dance" 14 76 Decade of Hits
2014 "Crazy Love" 41
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1999 "Her Everything"
"Enough Said"
2000 "Way Too Much"
2004 "I'll Never Do Better Than You"
2005 "My Name" Shaun Silva
"One Good Friend" Margaret Malandruccolo
2006 "Somebody Wrote Love"
"Drinkin' Thinkin'"
2007 "I Want You to Live"
"Ring of Fire"
2008 "Seven Spanish Angels"
"Just Like You"
2009 "Let It Out"
"Betty's Buns"
2010 "I Believe in Angels"
"Better Be Home Soon" Oswaldo Quiroz/Warren P. Sonoda
2011 "Surrender" Blake Horobin
"When Love Is All You've Got" (with Richard Marx)
2012 "Saddle Up" Warren P. Sonoda
2013 "Pancho and Lefty"
"Slow Dance" (live)
"Home for Christmas"
(with Aaron Pritchett, One More Girl and Jordan McIntosh)
Stephen Lubig

Awards and nominations[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

Year Category Result
2005 Country Recording of the YearOne Good Friend Won
2007 Country Recording of the Year – Somebody Wrote Love Won
2009 Country Recording of the Year – What I Do Nominated

Canadian Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Year Category Result
2004 Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award Won
2005 Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans' Choice Award Won
Male Artist of the Year Won
Album of the Year – One Good Friend Nominated
Single of the Year – "My Name" Won
SOCAN Song of the Year – "My Name" Won
2006 Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year – "Somebody Wrote Love" Won
2007 Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year – Somebody Wrote Love Nominated
Single of the Year – "I Want You to Live" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "I Want You to Live" Nominated
2008 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "Ring of Fire" Nominated
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year – Classics Nominated
2009 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year – What I Do Nominated
Single of the Year – "Just Like You" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "Just Like You" Nominated
2010 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "I Believe in Angels" Nominated
2011 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year – Better Be Home Soon Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "Better Be Home Soon" Nominated
2013 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Album of the Year – Classics II Nominated
2014 Fans' Choice Award Nominated

Other awards[edit]

  • 2004 – winner, Music Industry of Nova Scotia, New Artist Recording of the Year – for the album George Canyon
  • 2004 – winner, Music Industry of Nova Scotia, Country Recording of the Year – for the album George Canyon
  • 2005 – winner, The East Coast Music Awards, Galaxie Rising Star
  • 2005 – winner, The East Coast Music Awards, Country Recording of the Year – for the album One Good Friend
  • 2005 – winner, The East Coast Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year
  • 2005 – winner, Canadian Radio Music Awards, Best New Group or Solo Artist (Country) for his single Good Day To Ride
  • 2005 – winner, Music Box Awards (Paris, France), New Artist Male US/Canada
  • 2005 – winner, 2005 Nova Scotia Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence, Ambassador Award
  • 2006 – winner, ECMA, Entertainer of the Year
  • 2007 – winner, ECMA, Entertainer of the Year
  • 2007 – winner, ECMA, Country Recording of the Year
  • 2007 – winner, ECMA, Video of the Year, for the video Drinkin' Thinkin'
  • 2007 – nominee, ECMA, Best Album of the Year, for the album Somebody Wrote Love.
  • 2008 – winner, ECMA, Entertainer of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Canyon honoured by air force cadets". The Chronicle Herald. December 24, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ url=http://www.georgecanyon.com/about
  3. ^ YouTube - Suzie McNeil - China-Canada: Hand in Hand
  4. ^ YouTube - George Canyon sings in Mandarin - Hand in Hand
  5. ^ "Meet Col. Canyon, the country star". CBC. January 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Dead link". The Official Community of George Canyon. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  7. ^ "George Canyon named 2014-15 Flames anthem singer". CalgaryFlames.com. 
  8. ^ George canyon @ IMDB.com http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1663615/
  9. ^ "George Canyon Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "George Canyon Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – George Canyon – One Good Friend". Music Canada. 
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – George Canyon – Somebody Wrote Love". Music Canada. 
  13. ^ "George Canyon Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – George Canyon – Better Be Home Soon". Music Canada. 
  15. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "George Canyon Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  17. ^ "George Canyon Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  18. ^ "George Canyon Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 

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