It’s not everyday that a former Slave Laker and Roland Michener grad receives recognition at the Canadian Country Music Assoc. Awards. However, The Leader got wind that Kalsey Kulyk received the Canadian Country Music Assocation’s (CCMA) discovery artist of the year award; so we tracked her down via the Internet and got the scoop.
“I’ve been singing since I was three years old,” says Kulyk. “I used to perform at different talent shows all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba up until I was around 19 and I did a lot of travelling for shows in high school. When I was 19 I moved to Las Vegas to work with Richard Dashut who produced albums for Fleetwood Mac; it was an incredible experience and I learned so much.”
Afterwards Kulyk says she made her way back up north where she snagged a record label deal and began working on her album.
“I came back to Canada and signed with Phaymis Records in Calgary and got on the Canadian Country music charts,” she says. “After a while they (Phaymis Records) told me they took me as far as they could and that’s when I went down to Nashville. I really loved it! I made great connections and met wonderfully talented song writers and singers. I decided to make the permanent move to Nashville in March 2016 and I’ve grown so much since.”
As mentioned above, Kulyk recently won the 2017 CCMA discovery artist of the year; according to Kulyk, the whole award show experience was surreal.
“It was pretty cool!” she chuckles. “The same day I was signed to Ole Records so it was a pretty emotional day for me. In the upcoming months I’ll be working with songwriters that wrote for Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban – I’ve wanted to work with these writers since I was 16-years-old and I can’t believe I get the chance to.”
Kulyk says she’ll be busy right up until Christmas working on her new album, which is set to launch in 2018.
“We’ll be recording in the New Year and doing a radio release in February or March,” she says. “I’m looking forward to it!”