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Locals up for some Sask. Country Music Association awards

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Swift Current band The Midnight Roses’ popularity exploded in 2013. They were everywhere: Regina Folk Festival, local concerts, major tours. The group’s notoriety flourished.

Apparently those with the Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) took notice.
After being named Sask Music’s next big thing for 2012, along comes this year’s SCMA awards.
The Midnight Roses garnered multiple nominations for the 2013 SCMA Awards which were officially announced Feb. 28.
The roots/bluegrass/country are up for Group of the Year, the Rising Star Award, and for Roots Album of the Year for Say Darlin Say.
 “We were all really excited,  explained Myshel Pajuaar, the group’s lead singer who says this recognition ranks right up there with other awards she has been part of. “It’s a pleasure to be part of such an association that can allow an artist to develop and grow. It’s great to be acknowledged for our work.
“It’s always an honour to be nominated. Not only will we be able to use this in our portfolios, but it’s also another way to get ourselves out there ... We, like other musicians, pour so much of ourselves into our music, so its always a compliment to be recognized.”
True to form, the group is staying busy. They recently returned from Kansas City, MO where they were invited by the Folk Alliance to perform. Pajuaar said the Roses had eight showcases.
She called it “an amazing experience”  and they hope more shows will follow from the connections they made. They are awaiting responses from the various festivals.
Pajuaar added the group showcased last year for the Organization of Saskatchewan Art Councils and were excited to receive a number of opportunities to perform.
Those concert opportunities will occur in the fall.
All of this success and popularity has been fun, but for Pajuaar, it’s the composing and performing of their music which has been the enjoyable part.
The group which also features Paula McGuigan (upright bass), Liza Holder (guitar and mandolin), and Eliza Doyle (banjo, guitar), mesh well together and are really enjoying their craft. The rest is just extra.
“We are in this for the love of music; success has just been the icing on the cake,” explains Pajuaar. “We had the pleasure of auditioning for The Next Big Thing in 2012 which resulted in us winning the competition with a grand prize of $15,000. That was really the beginning for us. We were able to record our first album and were given amazing opportunities to perform. We have been fortunate enough to keep up the momentum and can only hope that with our continued hard work we will be able to further our success.”
Glenna Switzer, another southwest Saskatchewan resident also garnered a couple of nominations.
One is for playing and the other is for her vast administrative work.
“I am surprised though at the great feeling I get from helping other artists,” says Switzer. Nominated
Nominated southwest artists for SCMA awards
• Male Vocalist of the Year — Will Ardell
• Group of the Year — The Midnight Roses, Sisters
• Rising Star —The Midnight Roses
• Song of the Year — Make Me a Man, Will Ardell
• Single of the Year — Make Me a Man, Will Ardell
• Video of the Year — Dangerous Eyes, Will Ardell
• Roots Artist of the Year — Corinne Newton
• Roots Album of the Year —Say Darlin Say, The Midnight Roses
• All Star Band, Guitar — Mark Penner
• All Star Band, Bass — Donovan Epp
• All Star Band, Keys — Glenna Switzer; Terry Neudorf
• All Star Band, Fiddle — Terry Neudorf
• All Star Band, Specialty — Eliza Doyle
• Record Producer — Mike Tetrault
• Recording Studio — Mark Penner Studio
• Country Music Person— Glenna Switzer

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