Chanteur Country Canadien né Fred Lays Jr., le 22 Août 1970.
Canadian country singer George Canyon was born Fred Lays Jr.
on August 22, 1970. He grew up in Fox Brook, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. His
first guitar was a gift from his mother and father, who made the instrument for
him when he was four years old. Before he reached his teens, Canyon was a
proficient guitarist and giving instruction to others. Like fellow Canadian
singers Gil Grand and Paul Brandt,
Canyon studied pre-med before he was drawn to a career in country music. He even
spent time as a hospital orderly, among his other odd jobs, but a foray into
musical theater at school led to a change of plans.
During his years at Nova Scotia's St. Francis Xavier University in the early '90s, the singer/songwriter was auditioning for a production when members of a local rock group heard him singing. The band, Branded, decided they'd found the country-sounding Vocalsist they had been looking for and invited him on tour. The music bug bit Canyon hard, and for several years he never looked back. Canyon performed in the Calgary region of Alberta, where he met the woman who would become his wife. When they wed in 1994, he stepped away from his musical aspirations and returned with her to Nova Scotia. But the pull of music was strong, and after several months he made the decision to embark on a solo career. Canyon and his wife, Jennifer, packed up once again to head back to Alberta.
A burgeoning friendship with singer Big Al Downing resulted in Canyon recording a demo album, Ironwolf, self-released in 1996. Downing set up a recording session in Nashville, as well as arranging to get the younger singer/songwriter's music in front of former RCA executive Freddie May. The demo didn't catch May's attention, but the executive gave Canyon a chance to show him something else. On a 12-string guitar, Canyon played some of his other compositions, including "The Shaft," a song he penned about his family's experiences in Nova Scotia's coal mines. The tune prompted May to arrange for a new recording session in Nashville. The result was Canyon's eponymous debut album, George Canyon, in 1999. "Enough Said," a single from the debut, was co-written by Dana Oglesby, the songwriter behind "Check Yes or No," which was a hit for country star George Strait. Julian Austin, another Canadian singer/songwriter, helped Canyon out by appearing in the music video for the single. Other country artists appeared, too, traveling north for the video shoot. The video found a spot in the Top 20 aired by Country Music Television. Another single from the debut, "Her Everything," was also well received.
Several albums followed, including One Good Friend (2004), Home for Christmas (2005), Somebody Wrote Love (2006), Classics (2007), What I Do (2008), and Better Be Home Soon (2011), all on Universal Canada, and several of them sold well enough to be certified gold. Since starting his solo career, he has represented the Canadian Juvenile Diabetes Foundation as a spokesperson. Canyon himself suffers from the disorder, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14.
Talents : Vocals, Guitar
Style musical : Contemporary Country, Traditional Country
Years in activity :
|1999||CD SHORELINE ? (CAN)||GEORGE CANYON - My Love's Unchanged / I'll Burn That Bridge / Love To Burn / Scotia Home / Ironwolf / The Shaft / Way Too Much / Angelyna / Enough Said / Her Everything / Good Day To Ride|
|1999||CD SHORELINE 0014 (CAN)||GEORGE CANYON - Love To Burn / Her Everything / Ironwolf / I'll Burn That Bridge / My Love's Unchanged / The Shaft / Enough Said / Angelyna / Way Too Much / Scotia Home|
|09/2004||CD UNIVERSAL SOUTH 000315902 (CAN)||ONE GOOD FRIEND - Who Would You Be / Unfinished / Workin' On Ten / My Name / I'll Never Do Better Than You / Hell Or High Water / Letting Go / You're In The Right Place / Bird In December / One Good Friend|
|11/2005||CD UNIVERSAL SOUTH ? (CAN)||HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer / Blue Christmas / Away In A Manger / Frosty The Snowman / What Child Is This / Silent Night / Santa's On His Way|
|07/2006||CD UNIVERSAL DISTRIBUTION 0249859293 (CAN)||SOMEBODY WROTE LOVE - Time For Goodbye / Somebody Wrote Love / Coming From You / Your Smile / Drinkin' Thinkin' / I Want You To Live / Happy Man / Madi's Song (The Man She Thinks I Am) / Ladders To Climb / Some People Change / Quitters / The Hard Times|
|2007||CD UNIVERSAL MUSIC 74735 (CAN)||CLASSICS - Ring Of Fire / Seven Spanish Angels / Good Ol' Boys / Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love) / Good Hearted Woman / He Stopped Loving Her Today / My Best Friend / Kiss An Angel Good Morning / Okie From Muskogee / Hello Darlin' / Release Me / Folsom Prison Blues / The Battle Of New Orleans|
|11/2008||CD UNIVERSAL MUSIC 251789966 (CAN)||WHAT I DO - Just Like You / Pretty Drunk Out Tonight / All Or Nothing / Let It Out / In Your Arms Again / Back To Life / Betty's Buns / If I Was Jesus / Fool In Me / What I Do / Last Man / Second Chance / I Believe In Angels|
|03/2011||CD UNIVERSAL MUSIC 0262765022 (CAN)||BETTER BE HOME SOON - Never Miss Your Water / Every Shade Of Gone / Better Be Home Soon / Surrender / When Love Is All You've Got / Power Of You And Me / When November Falls / Lonesome / That's Where You Came In / Real Thing / Crawfish Crawl / Sunshine / Sacrifice|
|11/2012||CD INVICTUS / UNIVERSAL RDL 2012001 (US)||CLASSIC II - Rhinestone Cowboy / Tight Fittin Jeans / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / Mama Tried / King Of The Road / Pancho And Lefty (featuring Jim CUDDY) / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / I'm A One Woman Man / Today I Started Loving You Again / Devil Woman / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / She's Gone, Gone, Gone / Together Again / Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line / Green, Green Grass Of Home|
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