Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:37

Everything is turning up Roses for Swift Current singer

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Following an exciting win at the Next Big Thing contest in Regina and a performance at Craven Country Jamboree recently, Swift Current’s Myshel Pajuaar and The Midnight Roses are hoping to keep the ball rolling.

Although the group considers themselves more bluegrass than mainstream country, they made a last-minute decision to submit a video for the Next Big Thing competition, presented by Big Dog 92-7 / Astral Media. The Midnight Roses, comprised of Pajuaar, Eliza Doyla, Paula McGuigan, and Liza Holder, were shocked to even make it into the top four.
“When we sang that night, I thought we had done well and we were proud, but I thought there was no way we would get picked,” admitted Pajuaar.
“I was feeling really good about what we did, but we really didn’t have high expectations. Our competition was very different from us, and they were all so good, we really felt like the underdogs.”
The other three finalists, Blake Berglund, Jannecke, and Foxx Worthee, have already been making a name for themselves within the Saskatchewan music industry.
Pajuaar and The Midnight Roses have been performing together since 2010, but since many of the band members are involved with other projects, they haven’t really pursued a career as a group.
With the prize money of $10,000 cash and $5,000 to be invested in their career, things are becoming a bit more serious for The Midnight Roses.
“Our plan so far is to put $8,000 into recording, and another big chunk of the money towards band costs, like doing T-shirts, getting other marketing stuff, and then things like gas to get to gigs,” Pajuaar noted.
“The rest, we are splitting amongst ourselves to pay ourselves for our hard work, and mine is just going to pay off some debt. It’s weird how quickly it happened — we have this big cheque coming, and all we did was play seven songs.”
The grand prize also included a slot performing at the beer gardens at Craven Country Jamboree last weekend, as well as the opportunity to open for Kellie Pickler in Regina at the Queen City Ex.
In addition to shows as The Midnight Roses, Pajuaar is planning to attend Ness Creek Music Festival with the Hard Ramblers, to perform a few songs.
“I really feel like this is starting the ball rolling for us, especially now that we have SaskMusic on our side to help promote us,” Pajuaar said.
“We’ve started working on a Facebook page, and putting up some blogs, so we are starting to develop a web presence. We made up our first business cards to hand out, set up an email address for the band, and we just recorded a quick single to send to Big Dog (92.7/Astral Media) to start playing. It’s all just starting, but it’s exciting, and we can’t wait to see what happens.”

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