Léa Jarry / Phil G. Smith
Léa Jarry never ceases to surprise. The artist from Baie-Saint-Paul left her mark 10 years ago to study music and live her passion in the big city. After years of writing and experience on the Quebec scene, Léa draws the attention of Rosemarie Records with a video published on Instagram and signs her first record contract. In May 2019, she released Entre temps, a mini-album of 4 original French songs that opened the door to a unique and personal country-folk universe that allowed her to make her mark.
This first effort earned her a first GAMIQ nomination in the EP Folk category of the year and she also got recognized by her country industry peers with 3 nominations at the last Gala Country. The winner of the Socan Songwriter of the Year Award at the 2020 Country Gala, Léa continues her rise with a first full-length album entitled L’heure d’été, released on October 23. Greatly influenced by the pop country sounds of artists like Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood, Léa reveals her happy nostalgia with a kind sweetness in her new album.
Phil G. Smith arrives in the spring of 2019 with On fait du country, his first album with French American country rock sounds, directed by John Anthony Gagnon-Robinette (recognized for his work with Kaïn & Matt Lang).
Author-composer-performer from the Outaouais and graduate of the École Nationale de la Chanson, Phil G. Smith saw his radio clips, Que l’bon Dieu nous pardon & On fait du country, tracer un chemin jusqu’au sommet des palmarès des radios country du Québec, receiving the Stingray Star Award at the Festival Western de Saint-Tite. Winning 4 nominations at the 2020 Country Gala (Discovery, Song, Male Performer & Show of the Year), Phil G. Smith also received his first nomination at the 2020 ADISQ Gala (Country Album of the Year). Phil G. Smith is also a member of the Wild Ouest duo that launches The Best Law EP in the fall of 2020 and is preparing his new album for release in 2021.
Phil G. Smith’s songs were born somewhere on the road between Nashville and Saguenay, between Tim McGraw and Dany Placard. It smells like dirt, whiskey and campfire!