Jason Benoit

How does someone get from Fox Island River, Newfoundland (pop. 198) to Nashville? The best person to ask is Jason Benoit, one of Canada’s fastest rising country stars. With his undeniable talent as a singer/songwriter, combined with his magnetic stage presence and devotion to his growing fan base, Benoit has already defied the odds.

Hot off the heels of his debut LP Waves (JV Records/Sony Music Canada), which earned him an ECMA nomination for Country Recording of the Year, Benoit is making even bigger waves with his brand-new single “Slow Hand”. Originally recorded in 1981 by the Pointer Sisters, the track was re-released the following year by Conway Titty, who took it to #1 on the Billboard charts. With the help of producer Jeff “Diesel” Dalziel (The Washboard Union, Brett Kissel, Autumn Hill, Adam Gregory, Dan Davidson, Andrew Hyatt) Benoit makes the song his own, respecting its classic roots while introducing his today’s modern country stylings.

The track follows Benoit’s previous Top 30 smashes “All Wanna Party,” “Crazy Kinda Love,” “Cold Day Comin’” and the Top 10 charting “Gone Long Gone.”

Benoit has performed across Canada with festival appearances at Cavendish Beach, Boots & Hearts, Trackside, and Manitoulin Island, on top of sharing stages with Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett, Meghan Patrick, The Washboard Union and Tim Hicks. He was the sole Canadian to perform alongside American heavy hitters Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Young, and Lady Antebellum at the Rock the Park Music Festival.

Although he’s been writing songs and performing since he was 17, it’s only been in the last several years that Benoit, now in his early thirties, has had a chance to prove his talent to the industry. That momentum began building a decade ago when Benoit posted original material online, which caught the attention of music executive Jenson Vaughan.

Together, they began developing Benoit’s cache of original demos, catching an unexpected breakthrough in a session when Benoit casually launched into singing “This Is What It Feels Like,” the Grammy-nominated song Vaughan co-wrote with Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and Canadian vocalist Trevor Guthrie. Benoit’s countrified take on the track suddenly opened up a whole new realm of creative possibilities, while introducing him to a brand-new audience on the Sony Music compilation Country Heat 2014, alongside the likes of Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert.

I just started messing around with singing the song in between takes of my originals,” Benoit says. “When Jenson heard me doing it in my style, I saw the light bulb go on above his head and we recorded it right away. We sent it to Sony and they loved it, and that’s what really started opening up a lot of doors.

Benoit re-recorded “This Is What It Feels Like” in Nashville with producer Dave “Dwave” Thomson, one of Music City’s many Canadian transplants whose credits range from Toronto electro-pop artist Lights to country duo Autumn Hill. The pair teamed up again for Benoit’s second Top 30 single, “Crazy Kinda Love,” released in August 2014, followed by “Gone Long Gone” in March 2015.

The success of “Gone Long Gone” led to Benoit’s celebrated appearance at the 2015 Cavendish Beach Music Festival, where he was named the winner of the Canadian Country Music Association’s Discovery Atlantic Award. This was soon followed by a nomination in the CCMA’s Rising Stars category, and a performance at the awards gala in Halifax.

Every young entertainer who cuts his teeth playing the bar scene dreams of one day reaching a point in their career where everyone in the audience is singing along to a song he wrote,” says Benoit. “I’m so blessed to say I have witnessed this and so thankful to everyone who has taken the time to listen to my music.”

Since that defining moment in his career, Benoit has only continued to rise. But one thing has always remained clear – whether he’s alone with his acoustic guitar, or on a stage in front of thousands, making a connection with listeners is all that matters to Benoit, that will never change.

TOUR DATES:

June 15 – Opening Act for the Washboard Union Tour Date, Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, Nova Scotia – SOLD OUT

July 6 & 7 – Closing out Cavendish festival – First Time ever they have the bars open until 3am and Jason is closing out the show both nights for the extended hours

July 14 – Country 105 Presents Live in The Ranchman’s Tent, Calgary, Alberta

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