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Country Wild is HERE!

Hey Y’all

COUNTRY WILD has arrived! If you haven’t yet be sure to check out the official music video for my newest single Country Wild. The single is now out to Canadian Country Radio so get your request in today :)

Thanks again to everyone who made this video possible!

Enjoy! xo

Nicole

Country Wild!

Hey Y’all!

It’s finally time!! Country Wild hits the radio this MONDAY July 7th! In order to celebrate the release of this song I am going to debut the official music video TOMORROW!

Keep your eyes on my Facebook and Youtube to watch the video and for details on a Country Wild contest!

Until then enjoy this teaser :)

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I’m also excited to tell y’all that I’m off to the Calgary Stampede on Monday! I’ll be there for three days playing three different shows. I’ll keep you updated along the way and post about it when I get back! I can’t wait as this is my first time going to the Stampede!

Lots of LOVE! xo

Nicole

TurtleFest!

Hey Y’all!

A BIG thank you to TurtleFest and Country 107.3 for letting me be a part of this year’s TurtleFest! I had such a blast performing, making new fans and friends and rocking out to the music from the other artists, Marshall Dane, Amy Churm and Shane Chisholm.

Another Big thank you to Kevin Vienneau, David Patel, Aaron Solomon and Chris Nicoloff for joining me on stage! 

Also, it was such a pleasure to be part of the meet and greet event afterwards. Thanks to all the lovely folks who made the time to meet me and buy a CD!

I hope to be a part of TurtleFest again in the future!

Nicole Rayy xxoxx

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Thank YOU!!

Hey Y’all!

I wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to my music video shoot! I really appreciate you taking time out of your life to help me out and make my video happen! A special thank you to country artist Billy J White for helping with the location, organization and SO much more; I couldn’t have done this without you! Another special thank you to Haley Copeland and Hilary Turk for spending your entire day with me to be in the video! Another thank you to Paul Fisher for help on the set design and location. Also, thanks to Karren and Gary Copeland for letting us use your house and trucks! Finally, I couldn’t have made this happen without the organization and help of Linda Ewing, Kim White, Billy White and the clean up crew Chris White & Travis Gourlay!

Most importantly thank you to the video making magic team Galang, Max and Thanh! Thanks for being such amazing directors, film makers, photographers and so much more! You were all amazing to work with and did such a fabulous job putting everything together!

I can’t wait for y’all to see the finish product! It will be available for you to watch VERY soon, but until then here are some behind the scenes pictures you can enjoy! :)

xox Nicole

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Spring of Music

Hey y’all!

The weather is finally heating up and so is the music scene! I’ve got a bunch of shows coming up that I’m so happy to be a part of and would be even happier to see YOU in the audience!
It all kicks off with the 15th Annual Tin Pan North Festival! I will be playing at The Mooshine Cafe in Oakville Friday, May 23rd at 9:30pm along with some other fabulous singer/songwriters: Billy J White, Marshall Dane and Peter Light. Make sure you get your tickets now because you don’t want to miss this! http://tickets.ticketwindow.ca/eventperformances.asp?evt=1647

On May 27th I will be playing as part of the Discoveries Showcase at the Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Make a reservation for dinner and stay for the music! http://hughsroom.com/2014/05/jane-harbury-presents-discoveries-12/ I will be playing along with three others artists: Ewen Farncombe, Daniel Mendez and Emma Phillips. This night is all about discovering new talent so if you are looking for some new music for your iPod you’ll want to be there!

I’m also very excited to announce that I will be shooting my first big music video! My new single COUNTRY WILD will be hitting the airwaves in June and I can’t wait to have an awesome video to go with it. That being said I need YOUR help to make it amazing! If you want to get Country Wild with me and be a part of the video please send me a message on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/NicoleRayyMusic and I will send you all the details!

I have lots more news and shows ahead this summer! Be sure to keep checking my website and my Facebook and Twitter for all the updates :)

Lets get COUNTRY WILD!

XOX
Nicole

Help me play at Manitoulin Country Fest!

Manitoulin Country Fest is having a contest on their Facebook page for a chance to play in the MCF Beer Tent this year! Videos from several artists (including me!) have been posted to their page.  The videos with the most likes by May 2nd will be sent along to a jury for selection. The top 2-4 will be chosen. So please go to https://www.facebook.com/ManitoulinCountryFest scroll down till you see my cover video and hit the LIKE button! Every Like helps and it only takes two seconds of your time!

I would really really appreciate it!

Thank you!

<3 Nicole

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CBC Music Searchlight Contest!

Hey Y’all

My upcoming single ‘Country Wild’ is a part of CBC Music’s Searchlight contest and the voting is NOW open!

The public voting will establish the regional finalists and then there will be a national winner! It only takes a few seconds and I would greatly appreciate your vote! Just click the link below, scroll about halfway down the page, and click the blue “vote for this artist” button. You can vote everyday until April 6th and you can cast up to ten votes a day. There are SO many amazing artists in the competition so be sure to check them out and cast your votes! If you use all ten votes a day on me I wouldn’t complain. :)

CLICK HERE TO VOTE: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Nicole-Rayy

Thanks so much!!

Nicole xo

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More From Nashville!

Hey Y’all!
Thought I would fill you in on the rest of my trip to Nashville!
On Day 8 the song writing continued! I finished up the song I started last week with Jeff Jones called ‘Till All Our Troubles Are Gone’!  Michaela Clarke  and I went back to Broadway for dinner and to enjoy some more #LiveMusic!
On Day 9 I met with Jon and Sally Tiven for more writing! Jon had already written the music so Sally and I worked out the lyrics to create a funky tune called #SeriousThisTime.
On Day 10 Carli and Julie Kennedy arrived in town! We went out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and then headed to the #BlueBirdCafe to listen to a songwriters round. It was an amazing night!! We got to hear #JessiAlexander #JonRandall and #CharlieWorsham! If you aren’t familiar with these singer songwriters go change that now and look them up :) . Also, Sheryl Crow made a surprise appearance and Michaela and I had the privilege of meeting her.
Day 10-Wrote another great song with #MaksGabriel and #KrisBergnes called #NeverCryLikeThatAgain. I really love it and can’t wait for you guys to hear it! Then it was off to #DaisyDukes with Carli KennedyJulie Kennedy and Michaela Clarke Music to play a show together!! It was awesome to be able to share the stage with such wonderful Canadian Country Girls! To end the night we went to #TheListeningRoom to hear another great round of songwriters. So inspiring!
On Day 11 I hungout in #CareyOtt‘s basement studio and made a demo of a new song we wrote called #TrucksTooLoud.
Then I went to the #BlackBirdStudio with Jeff Jones to record a demo of our song #TillAllOurTroublesAreGone! I still can’t get it out of my head.
Day 12- I had a day off from writing and went shopping at the Green Hills Mall with Michaela Clarke Music
On Day 13 my parents arrived for a visit! Michaela and I got our hair done in the morning and then met up with my parents to go to a hockey game! Then we all went out for dinner. It was packed on #Broadway because everyone was out celebrating #MardiGras!
Day 14-Michaela and I said goodbye to the #SOCAN house and it was off to the #HermitageHotel for the last few days. In the evening we went out to see the musical #Ghost  and then went back to our hotel for some room service and to watch the #Oscars!
Day 15 was a “Snow Day” in Nashville so it was a lazy morning and it was time to say goodbye to Michaela Clarke  who was flying back home to Alberta. (I miss you already!)
In the afternoon I headed to the famous #Ryman! I got to go up on stage and sing a verse of #CountryWild!!! Spent the rest of the day checking out #LiveMusic at all the bars on Broadway! At #LegendsCorner a lovely singer#KinseyRose was performing and she let me take her break to sing a tune myself!! Thanks so much Kinsey :)
Day 16 I spent the morning at the #CountryMusicHallOfFame! It was incredibly cool and inspiring! Then went to check out the #OprylandHotel! It was AMAZING! It feels like an entire other world while you are in there. Since this was my last night in Nashville I spent some more time soaking up the Live Music on Broadway!
Day 17 it was time to go home so I packed up and headed to the airport with my parents to fly back to #Toronto!
I’m happy to be home but I had such an incredible time in #Nashville I already can’t wait to go back!!! <3
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CMAO First Ballot Nominations!

Hey Y’all

I’m extremely excited and honoured to be nominated on the first ballot for the Country Music Association of Ontario awards!

I’m nominated for:
Single of the Year: Let’s Fall in Love
Album of the Year: Only Everything
Female Artist
and Rising Star

I am very thankful to be on a list with so many talented singers and songwriters from Ontario.
I would really appreciate your vote!

Thanks,
Nicole Rayy
xox

CMAO

Hey From Nashville!

Hey Y’all,
I wanted to update you while I am on my writing trip here in Nashville!  I left the snow behind and I’m enjoying the sun here in Music City! On Day 1 I got all settled in to the lovely SOCAN house and enjoyed a delicious Mexican dinner at Chuys! Then it was off to the famous Blue Bird Cafe where Mike Henderson and some kicka** musicians were rockin’ the house! Day 2, I had my first writing appointment with Jeff Jones! We have a hit in the making on our hands. Then it was out to dinner with some new musicians friends! To end the night Michaela Clarke and I got to attend the Big Machine Label party! Front row! Amazing performances from Eli Young Band Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw!
Day 3 in Nashville, went to the Nashville Convention Centre to see Little Big Town talk about the ups and downs of their music career. Wrote a great song with Michaela ClarkeTom Petric & #BrentonThorvaldson called Use To Say. Then went to a singer/songwriter night at The Row hosted by Randy Finchum Oden’s Row. Ended the night at the Big Machine Label Party round 2! Got to listen to #TheBandPerry #JustinMoore #MotleyCrue and #BrantleyGilbert! On Day 4, I had an awesome writing session with Michaela Clarke Music and Bruce Wallace#KeepMeGuessing. Went to Margaritaville on Broadway with Michaela for dinner. We got to listen to some lovely fellas play some great live music! #StevenDorian #ChrisHatfield. Day 5, I wrote a new tune with Nettie & Howie called Perfume and Cigarettes. Then headed back to Broadway for dinner with Michaela at the Hard Rock Cafe and some cowgirl boot shopping!
On Day 6, it was off to the Grand Ole Opry! Got to sit right on stage behind the artists performing. My favourite performer of the night was Chris Janson! I got to explore the backstage area and even got to meet the fabulous Pam Tillis! On Day 7, Michaela Clarke and I went to the famous Pancake Pantry for breakfast. It was delicious, and a lovely couple who sat next to us even offered to pay for our meal. In the evening we headed to Tequila Cowboys where I got on stage for my first time in Nashville to sing Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert with the band!
It has been such an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to see what this next week brings! I will be sure to keep y’all updated.
Love,
Nicole Rayy xo
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