Music PEI’s 2020 Entertainer of the Year, Cory Gallant, along with 2021 Musician of the Year winner, Roland Beaulieu, team up for their début performance at The Carleton on Thursday, June 17th. Show time is 7 PM and tickets are $15.
Country artist Cory Gallant began to make a name for himself in 2018, when won the CCMA National Spotlight Performance Contest. Since then, he has let nothing stop him from moving forward in a full-speed-ahead direction – not even a pandemic.
His 2020 single release, Easily Addicted, garnered the country singer 2021 Music PEI’s FACTOR Song of the Year nomination and was the #1 song in the Canadian Indie Country Countdown’s Top 100 of 2020 and #18 on Indie Radio Airplay (across all genres) Top 100 of 2020. Other accolades include Music PEI Entertainer of the Year (2020) and New Artist of the Year (2020) awards as well as an East Coast Music Association (ECMA) nomination for Country Recording of the Year (2020).
Cory’s modern traditional sound brings the best of 90s country to the 2020’s – think Tim McGraw meets Luke Combs. His country roots run deep, being raised on the outlaw music of Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Merle Haggard. He is still just as passionate about the genre to this day. Cory’s currently working with renowned producer Jason Barry on his next single.
Although a native of New Brunswick, Roland Beaulieu has been a part of PEI’s music scene since 1997. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has worked with many artists from the Maritimes in varying degrees either as a player or in a management role.
Currently, he is touring as guitar player/musical director for Cory Gallant’s band – The Red Dirt Posse, and in 2019 has worked with Carroll Baker, Michel Lalonde, Adrienne Gallant and Marcella Richard as well as many local cover bands. Recently Roland was awarded Music PEI’s Musician of the Year at the 2021 Music PEI Awards.