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Quite a debut album for Glenna Switzer

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After decades playing and teaching music Glenna Switzer decided to do her own album of original songs.

Ask her and she will tell you being able to create something herself was an amazing journey. That amazing journey just got rewarded.
Nominated more than a month ago, she was at the 2017 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards ceremony April 2 in Saskatoon and her A Long Time Comin’ CD won the Roots Album of the Year.
Switzer is incredulous of the whole process and its final results. She is thankful for some decent times in the agriculture industry so as to have the opportunity to make the record.
“Well, I’m just blown away. I just wanted to make a record. I finally got to the point in my life where I could,” she explains. “Cattle prices went up, so I finally could afford it. My kids had left home so I wasn’t running to all their activities. I just thought, I would record it ... Sell a few CDs off the stage. I thought maybe my friends would buy one.
“Then I started asking my musician friends to play on it and they didn’t even hesitate. They just said ‘Tell us where and when.’ I sold 500 CDs in 10 days. Then my musician friends said, ‘well you have to have a CD release party’ and it was sold out and now this ... I just keep shaking my head.”
 Switzer says the whole SCMA Awards weekend was a lot of fun. She has been in the SCMA for 10 years and met and now knows a lot of people through her involvement in the building of the SW Chapter of the SCMA and sitting on the SCMA board for seven years.
Another highlight of the weekend was performing at the Roots Showcase  with her peers surrounding her.
“I was so proud of all the nominees from the southwest because the southwest had a huge presence there this year with lots of nominees,” explains Switzer. “I’m especially happy about all the boys in Creek City because they all played in my album and Mark Penner was my producer and my student Becky (Becky Lynn) Neustaeter, I’m so proud of her and her album. We released albums in the same year — me and my student. How cool is that?”
While Becky Lynn’s Fragile lost out on Album of the Year to Tenille Arts along with other notable southwest based finalists: Mark Penner (All Star Band in both Guitar and Speciality); Michael Terault (All Star Band Drums); Penny Stenberg (Country Music Person); Luke Hunter (All Star Band (Bass) and 570 CKSW (Fans’ Choice Radio Station Secondary Market); Hunter Brothers (Fans’ Choice Award and Single of the Year), Switzer was proud of the impressive showing from the area.
The Hunter Brothers did win Group of the Year and Emerging Artist Award bringing home a couple of awards to Shaunavon.
Jess Moskaluke was the big winner at the SCMA Awards. She earned Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year; Female Vocalist of the Year; Song of the Year (Composer) Take Me Home — (with Kelly Archer, Emily Shackleton); Video of the Year and Single of the Year (Take Me Home).
As for Switzer, she is already thinking about her CD solo effort.
“It’s time to get started on the next one. I’m so busy this year teaching and my involvement with the Youth Talent night at the Lyric, plus playing on the weekends, it’s hard to find time to write,” she explains. “I’m also busy trying to get all my videos done for the album.”

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