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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:54

Three times a charm for Hudec in SCMAs

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It's been quite a year for the musically-inclined Jacqueline Hudec.

Growing up in a household where the brothers turn out to be musicians and with her working in promotions for the Living Sky Casino, it’s maybe not surprising Hudec found her way to the stage herself.
However, it is still humbling to be nominated for awards and that’s exactly what happened for Hudec.
The Saskatchewan County Music Association released the list of nominees for the 2015 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards and Hudec, who released her first record Prairie Girl last year, is nominated not once but three times.
“I think most artists have a desire to be acknowledged by their peers, but it was not a real driver for me. I knew that I had to have a finished body of work before I would ever put my name forth for a nomination,” says Hudec who is up for Country Music Person, and Roots album. “I am grateful to Glenna Switzer and the rest of the SCMA Southwest Chapter for their encouragement and support. I am thrilled to be nominated and I am going to enjoy this part of the journey.
“My music is not traditionally country so that fact that I was nominated for roots artist was very special to me. Also, I was very surprised to be nominated a Country Person of the Year. I feel a bit unworthy since there are others in that category who have done much to deserve that award.”
Like many people in the southwest, music has always been an integral part of Hudec’s life. Hudec says through music, people share important memories with friends and family and it reminds them of special moments.
She says being able to experience live music is a wonderful thing and Swift Current is fortunate to have the venues it does such as the Sky Centre and The Lyric Theatre to host shows as well as to have music promoters including Living Sky Casino and Shann Gowan, and local businesses who sponsor these events.
The southwest is a wonderful place to not only live, but to watch the music scene grow and flourish.
“These events inspire creativity and to help us all to become better performers and move toward achieve our goals,” explains Hudec. “I truly believe that the creation of the Southwest Chapter was a driving force in allowing musicians to perform together, work toward common goals and to assist in producing funds to assist in recording projects. Also, The Lyric Theatre is a place that allows musicians, aspiring singers and performers to hone their skills and become better performers. In general, most folks love music and it is fantastic to see their friends and family in performance doing something positive in their lives.”
Hudec was busy all year. It was also an expensive one, but Hudec says her family and friends came through big for her, especially on the Prairie Girl album. 
“I couldn’t have done what I had accomplished without my brothers Rob and Al Hudec and producer, Stephen Kambeitz. They were instrumental in the recording process and the release party held in August,” explains Hudec. “Also, I was thrilled to include my nephew Josh Hudec on stage with us for the release party. He is a talented musician and his commitment to the show was infectious. The time commitment was strenuous due to my busy work schedule at the casino. I have some very good friends that helped me through it all and my family and co-workers were amazing as they all jumped in to help me and make the release party a success.”
Besides Hudec, there were members of the southwest chapter of the SCMAwho were nominated for awards:
• Roots Artist — Will Ardell;
• All Star Band Keyboards — Glenna Switzer;
• All Star Band Guitar —
Bryce Lewis, Vern Michaels;
• Country Music Person — Jacqueline Hudec;
• Group of the Year — Sisters;
• Male Vocalist of the Year — Will Ardell;
• Rising Star Award — Jacqueline Hudec;
• Roots Album — Reckless by Will Ardell, Storyteller by Laura Hayes, Prairie Girl by Jacqueline Hudec;
• Fans Choice Radio Station — 570 CKSW Swift Current;
• Album of the Year — Will Ardell, Reckless;
• Country Gospel Album — Signs of His Grace, Barb Leavins and Aven Grace;
• Record Producer of the Year — Michael Tetrault;
• Fiddle Player of the Year — Terry Neudorf.

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