Stan­dard’s Drew Gre­gory wins na­tional song­writ­ing prize

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa sub­mit­ted

There is no more fit­ting place for a coun­try mu­sic singer to learn that he won a na­tional award than sit­ting in a trac­tor dur­ing seed­ing.

But that is just where Drew Gre­gory was when The Mail called to con­grat­u­late him on win­ning the coun­try mu­sic cat­e­gory of the Cana­dian Song­writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

Gre­gory, of Stan­dard Al­berta, col­lab­o­rated with On­tario-based singer-song­writer Shae Dupuy and Mike Lit­tle, who plays pi­ano for Ge­orge Canyon, on the song “Wish­ing On You.”

“That’s pretty cool,” said a sur­prised Gre­gory.

He ex­plains he and Shae have writ­ten to­gether a cou­ple of times.

“Mike Lit­tle is from Al­berta and she was out here work­ing with him, and that’s how I was in­tro­duced to her,” ex­plains Gre­gory. “He (Lit­tle) played on my last al­bum and he brought her in and we wrote a good one.”

The song has been pub­lished on Dupuy’s de­but EP called Brave, which was re­leased in Novem­ber of last year, and she also re­leased a video for the song.

“It is a fe­male song, com­ing from the per­spec­tive of a girl that gets stood up by a guy,” he said. “I was happy to see it is on her lat­est al­bum, I got it in the mail a cou­ple months ago.

Gre­gory con­tin­ues to make his mark on the coun­try mu­sic scene. In 2015, he was named the Al­berta Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Male Artist of the Year and last year was awarded the al­bum of the year for his EP, “I Was There.” He con­tin­ues to work on new mu­sic and is plan­ning to get out in front of fans.

“I have been work­ing on new mu­sic. I was out in On­tario work­ing with a guy named Jason Barry, who I worked with on my last al­bum and putting some new songs to­gether and we hope to get them out soon,” he said. “And we are

I usu­ally take May and Septem­ber off for seed­ing and har­vest.” Drew Gre­gory

work­ing on a crazy sum­mer of shows to keep me busy.” Of course, af­ter seed­ing is fin­ished. “I usu­ally take May and Septem­ber off for seed­ing and har­vest.”

The So­ci­ety of Com­posers, Au­thors and Mu­sic Pub­lish­ers of Canada (SOCAN) spon­sor the Cana­dian Song­writ­ing Con­test. Cat­e­gory win­ners re­ceived $250 cash, a Noize Fac­tory Stu­dio record­ing of one sin­gle with a stu­dio en­gi­neer, and en­ter­tain­ment ac­count­ing con­sul­ta­tion ses­sion with This is The Deal Inc. and a sub­scrip­tion to Cana­dian Mu­sic Mag­a­zine.

Drew Gre­gory co-wrote the sin­gle “Wish­ing on You” which won the top prize in the Coun­try Mu­sic Cat­e­gory of the Cana­dian Song­writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

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