George Canyon To Release Classics II

    

MULTI-AWARD WINNING CANADIAN COUNTRY ARTIST
GEORGE CANYON SET TO RELEASE CLASSICS II
CLASSICS II TOUR BEGINS IN CENTRAL CANADA
Toronto, ON – Multiple-award winning Canadian country music artist, actor and philanthropist, George Canyon, is set to release Classics II (Reiny Dawg Inc, distributed by Universal Music Canada) on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. iTunes preorder begins on November 13. The highly anticipated follow-up to Canyon’s Gold certified 2007 album, Classics, will showcase country’s most recognized songs of the last 70 years. In support of the new album, the Classics II Tour
will also turn back time to the ‘good old-time radio show days,’
similar to the Grand Ole Opry, beginning November 18, 2012 with
performances across Western Canada and Ontario.  Full track and touring
listings below.
Classics II
was produced by Canyon and Jay Buettner and features a duet with Blue
Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy on “Pancho and Lefty.”  The album’s first single is
Canyon’s interpretation of American musician Glen Campbell’s largest
selling hit, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” which was debuted during Canyon’s
performance at the 2012 CCMA Awards in Saskatoon.
“I’ve
always greatly admired Glen Campbell, his contribution to music in
general is huge,” says Canyon. “When his version of this song was
released, it brought a pop edge with it that resonated around the world
adding a new dimension to country music. It’s an honour to pay tribute
to this man and this song.”
There’s
no better way to tell a story then through the lyrics of a classic
country song. The best orators of the past century include Johnny Cash,
Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard and many others who phrased and
communicated with authentic language and melodies that inspired
generations and pop culture. This album pays homage to those poets,
those icons and their messages. I only hope people find a fraction of
the enjoyment in my interpretations of these songs as they did in the
originals.
 
– George Canyon
Since appearing on USA Network’s Nashville Star, George Canyon has carved out a career punctuated with industry accolades, achievements and sustained success. His last album, Better Be Home Soon,
became his fastest selling release to date and spawned 3 Top 10 hits
including the title track, “Surrender” and “Sunshine.” The album went on
to win Canyon and Richard Marx the 2011 CCMA Award for Record Producer of the Year
For a full list of awards, see below. Outside of music, Canyon’s
entertainment career includes acting in various films and television
shows such as Heartland, A Mile In His Shoes, a 2013 major motion picture and Dawn Rider;
a film with Donald Sutherland, Christian Slater and Jill Hennessy that
will make its television premiere on Movie Central later in 2012.
Along
with his musical and acting achievements, Canyon is an award-winning
humanitarian and was named the first-ever Colonel Commandant of the
Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Early last year, Canyon was appointed the
National Spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
(JDRF), a charity he works closely with since being diagnosed with type 1
diabetes at age 14. A portion of CD sales from Better Be Home Soon was presented to the JDRF.

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