George Canyon Stays Hands On

Artist: George Canyon
Published: 2006-07-12

"I'm home on the range, mending the fences here on the ranch and milking every minute with my family that I can." George Canyon is enjoying his last few days off at his Alberta ranch before hitting the dusty trail in support his new release, Somebody Wrote Love.

The promotional tour will bring him to Wal-Mart's across the country over the coming weeks for a series of in-store appearances and autograph sessions, including a stop in his native Nova Scotia next Monday. "I'm looking forward to coming home and shaking some hands and saying hi and thanks to everybody who has supported me over this past while," said the Pictou County native. "It's been a busy couple of years, and I don't think I would've made it if it weren't for the love and support of the good folks back home in Nova Scotia keeping my feet on the ground."

Canyon's career is the stuff of legend. The tall, modest singer rambled around the country rock circuit for years, before placing second in the USA Network's Nashville Star talent search in May 2004, instantly making him a household name to millions of music fans. Soon after, he signed on with Garth Brooks' manager and promptly landed a recording contract with Universal Music.

The last two years has been a whirlwind for Canyon, culminating in the writing, recording and release of the new cd. "I'm glad it's done, and I'm real pleased with it. It's a strong and diverse collection of songs that reveals the real side of me. "My fingerprints are all over this record."

Canyon recruited some of the best studio players in the world for Somebody Wrote Love, but it was a fellow Nova Scotian who brought a deeper sound to the recording sessions. "Dave Gunning was very involved with a lot of the tunes. He's a good buddy and an amazing talent and we have great old time working and playing together. I'm hoping he can join me on the road again this time."

After a few select summer shows, Canyon will take the full band back on the road across North America this autumn. He couldn't say if the upcoming tour will bring him to Halifax, but reminisced about his very first concert experience. "I saw Randy Travis at the Halifax Metro Centre way back when, so it would be real neat to come full circle, back to the place where it all started for me. Let me see if I can pull a few strings and hammer something out."

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Writer: Stephen Clare

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