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Little Miss Country

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This week we've got the talented young country singer Amy Nelson plus a charming short story: Sticks and Stones.

Hear the entire Amy Nelson concert again, couresty of CBC Music.

Amy Nelson is not your average choir director. This rising star in the Canadian music scene has her hands full these days -- due to her busy schedule of songwriting, recording and performing. Well, other than substitute teaching, providing private lessons, and directing four singing groups for young people!!!

Amy didn't touch a guitar until she was 19, didn't write a song until she was 20 and had never played with a band until she was 21. But music was always a large part of Amy's life. As a young girl, she enjoyed piano and voice lessons, sang in school productions and performed with a musical theatre group.

After Amy earned a degree in Music Education at the University of Regina, she went on a trip with her band members to Australia. Upon returning to Canada, the Canadian Country Music Awards was taking place in her hometown of Regina. She attended a songwriter café at this event, and immediately knew that country music was exactly what she wanted to pursue!

Amy spent the next year training with a vocal coach in Edmonton, developing her brand, applying for funding and booking and performing shows. All this hard work paid off as Amy was quickly welcomed into the Saskatchewan music industry and nominated for "Female Vocalist of the Year" and "All Star Band - Keys" awards at the 2009 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards.

Funding from SaskMusic assisted in creating Amy's self-titled debut CD, released in April 2009. Produced by Brad Prosko of B-rad Studio, the songs feature talented musicians such as Murray Pulver (Doc Walker), Travis Switzer (Deric Ruttan), and Jayson Brinkworth (Aaron Pritchett).

Since then, her performance highlights have included playing shows in Mazatlan, Mexico and opening for top Canadian artists such as Terri Clark, Aaron Pritchett, Deric Ruttan and George Canyon. She also performed at the Canada Day Celebrations at Trafalgar Square in London, England.

Amy has had many achievements in the short time she has been building a career in the music industry. She was recognized in the industry with multiple nominations at the 2010 and 2011 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. She even established her own booking agency, Fialova Entertainment, to book her shows. 


Joanne Jackson brought her story "Sticks and Stones" to then Saskatoon Public Library writer in residence Alice Kuipers--who quietly sent it to Kelley Jo to read...and she snapped it up