Jaydee Bixby

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Jaydee Bixby
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Background information
Birth name Jaydee Bixby
Born (1990-08-14) August 14, 1990 (age 23)
Origin Drumheller, AB
Genres Country music
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 2007–present
Labels Her Royal Majesty's Records (2008-2009)
On Ramp Records (2010-2012)
Fontana North (2013-present)
Website JaydeeBixby.com

Jaydee Bixby (born August 14, 1990 in Drumheller, AB) is a Canadian country musician who was the runner-up on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. In 2008 he signed with Her Royal Majesty's Records and went on to release his debut album Cowboys and Cadillacs. Moving on to On Ramp Records in 2010, he released his second album Easy to Love.

Before Canadian Idol[edit]

Bixby was born in Drumheller, Alberta, where he grew up. He moved to Red Deer, Alberta where he attended Hunting Hills High School. He was in a band called the "Bixbys" with his mother, father, and a family friend; they played at bars, weddings and rodeos. Jaydee has five sisters, four older and one younger. His father taught him guitar.[1]

Canadian Idol[edit]

Bixby auditioned for Canadian Idol in Calgary, Alberta. He sang "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" in his audition, and prompted judge Zack Werner to ask him what decade it was in Red Deer.[2] All four judges agreed that Bixby should go on to the Toronto round. During his first solo in the Toronto rounds, he prompted Werner to tell everyone that he was the competition. During the semi-final rounds of the show, the judges predicted him as a potential winner. He made the top 10, and gained the support of votefortheworst.com. He did well week one of the top 10, but after that failed to really impress the judges, until the top 5 week. Although Bixby never fell into the bottom 3, he was runner-up to Brian Melo on September 11, 2007.

Performances and Results[edit]

Week Theme Song Sung Artist
Top 22 Idol's Choice "Johnny B. Goode" Chuck Berry
Top 18 Idol's Choice "I Got A Woman" Ray Charles
Top 14 Idol's Choice "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" John Michael Montgomery
Top 10 Billboard No. 1 Hits "It's Only Make Believe" Conway Twitty
Top 9 Songs From the 1960s "Runaway" Elvis Presley
Top 8 Acoustic Music "Time of Your Life" Green Day
Top 7 Hits of Queen "I Want To Break Free" Queen
Top 6 Songs of Pop-Rock "Amazed" Lonestar
Top 5 Inspiring Artists "I Can't Stop Loving You" Elvis Presley
Top 4 Pop Standards "Fever"
"When You're Smiling"
Peggy Lee
Louis Prima
Top 3 Judges' Choice
Idol's Choice
"Break It to Them Gently"
"Ring of Fire"
Burton Cummings & Gil Grand
Johnny Cash
Top 2 Idol's Choice
Idol Single
New Choice
"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
"All I Ever Wanted"
"It's Not Unusual"
Bon Jovi
Brian Melo
Tom Jones

Post Idol[edit]

Bixby was a part of the Telus "Winners Tour" for the top 3 of Canadian Idol season 5, along with winner Brian Melo, and 3rd-place finisher Carly Rae Jepsen. Four shows were sold out in Bixby's hometown of Red Deer, Alberta, although only one was originally scheduled there. Bixby later opened for Aaron Lines, and toured with the Tennessee three.

Career[edit]

Cowboys and Cadillacs (2008-2009)[edit]

Bixby moved from Alberta to Vancouver to work on his music career, his first time living on his own.[1] He was signed to Her Royal Majesty's Records/International Arts, and his debut album, Cowboys and Cadillacs was released on July 8, 2008.[3] The album was recorded in Vancouver and featured some of his own songwriting.[4]

Bixby also released a song called "21st Century Christmas," which debuted on the collaborative Open Road album Christmas on the Open Road. His charitable work includes fund-raising for World Vision.[1] On March 2009, he participated in Saskatoon's Kinsmen Telemiracle Marathon.

Easy to Love (2010-2012)[edit]

Bixby left Your Royal Majesty Records and was picked up by On Ramp Records. He released the single called "Boy Inside the Man." His second album, Easy to Love, was released on May 25, 2010.

On June 7, 2010, Bixby performed at the CMT Global Artist Party with 15 other international country stars.[5]

Bixby, Crystal Shawanda, and other country stars from the Canadian Country Music Association hosted a Hall of Honour induction on September 10, 2010.[6] Two more singles from Bixby followed in 2010, "Tailgate" and "Can't Ask (For More Than That)."

Jaydee was nominated for three awards for the 2010 British Columbia Country Music Awards.[7][8]

Work in Progress (2013-present)[edit]

Bixby left On Ramp Records to create his own label, Black Sheep Productions. His third album, Work in Progress, was released on August 13, 2013. Work in Progress features songs written by Bixby and a cover of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Sales
CAN
Cowboys and Cadillacs 8
  • CAN: 24,000[9]
Easy to Love
  • Release date: May 25, 2010
  • Label: On Ramp Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • CAN: 4,300[9]
Work in Progress
  • Release date: August 13, 2013
  • Label: Fontana North
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2008 "Old Fashioned Girl" Cowboys and Cadillacs
"Boys in the Band"
2009 "Broken Windows"
"My So Called Life"
2010 "Boy Inside the Man" Easy to Love
"Tailgate"
"Can't Ask (For More Than That)"
2011 "Dream Bigger"
"Closer Than You Think"
"Always Love My Country"
2013 "Walk You Home" Work in Progress
"On and On"
"She's Gone"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Old Fashioned Girl"
"21st Century Christmas"
2009 "Broken Windows"
"My So Called Life" Stephano Barberis
2010 "Can't Ask (For More Than That)"
2011 "Dream Bigger"

Album appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2008 "21st Century Christmas" Christmas on the Open Road

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Presenter Award Result
2010 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star[10] Nominated[11]
British Columbia Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Entertainer of the Year Nominated
2011 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Nominated

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