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University of Western Ontario - The Gazette


When you get the privilege of seeing a musician or band perform before they start winning Grammys and headlining world tours, you become a member of that elite club that gets to say "I knew about them years ago." Well, I recently became a member of one of these little clubs, because someday I'll get to say, "I knew Genevieve Fisher."

Keep on Livin' is a fundraising event for the Canadian Liver Foundation being held at 7 p.m. on March 15 at the Out Back Shack. London-based rising country singer Genevieve Fisher will be launching her first album, Without Borders.

Foregoing the Bieber-like path of many young pop stars, 18-yearold Fisher is blazing her own trail as a country singer. With a sound that is pure and true to the roots of country, she credited artists like Patsy Cline as her musical inspiration. "Growing up, my grandparents always used to listen to country, so I was always exposed to it," said Fisher. "It's always been something that I loved."

This past October, Fisher followed in the footsteps of many country greats and went to Nashville to record her album. Describing her trip as a whirlwind, this was clearly one of the greatest experiences of her life so far.

Her six-song EP features a song written by famous country songwriter Jeffrey Steele, who has written songs for artists like Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts. "It was definitely a boost of confidence knowing that he liked the sound of my voice and was willing to send me a song," said Fisher.

Her first single, Keep On, written by herself and her band's guitar player Joe Grasso, is currently being played at over 25 radio stations across Canada, and is sitting at number 60 nationally on the country music charts. This past June, Fisher became the youngest artist to receive an award at the London Music Awards, winning for Most Popular Country Artist. She has also had the opportunity to open twice for two-time Juno nominee Crystal Shawanda.

One thing that is most impressive about this sweet-natured singer is her selflessness. Fisher has always made a point of volunteering her time for various fundraising events, including Native community events, Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and children's hospitals. "Even growing up, I was always asked to do performances for charity… I can't say no," said Fisher.

At this event, Fisher and her band will be performing songs from her album, as well as a few covers. This all-ages event will also feature guest performer Justin Plet, and is being emceed by BX93's Chris Harding. Come out for some great music, support a good cause and become a member of the "I knew Genevieve Fisher" club.

Tickets are $3 in advance and $4 at the door, and are available for purchase at the Biz Booth on campus. Visit www.genevievefisher.ca for more information. - Interrobang-Fanshawe College newspaper


When you get the privilege of seeing a musician or band perform before they start winning Grammys and headlining world tours, you become a member of that elite club that gets to say "I knew about them years ago." Well, I recently became a member of one of these little clubs, because someday I'll get to say, "I knew Genevieve Fisher."

Keep on Livin' is a fundraising event for the Canadian Liver Foundation being held at 7 p.m. on March 15 at the Out Back Shack. London-based rising country singer Genevieve Fisher will be launching her first album, Without Borders.

Foregoing the Bieber-like path of many young pop stars, 18-yearold Fisher is blazing her own trail as a country singer. With a sound that is pure and true to the roots of country, she credited artists like Patsy Cline as her musical inspiration. "Growing up, my grandparents always used to listen to country, so I was always exposed to it," said Fisher. "It's always been something that I loved."

This past October, Fisher followed in the footsteps of many country greats and went to Nashville to record her album. Describing her trip as a whirlwind, this was clearly one of the greatest experiences of her life so far.

Her six-song EP features a song written by famous country songwriter Jeffrey Steele, who has written songs for artists like Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts. "It was definitely a boost of confidence knowing that he liked the sound of my voice and was willing to send me a song," said Fisher.

Her first single, Keep On, written by herself and her band's guitar player Joe Grasso, is currently being played at over 25 radio stations across Canada, and is sitting at number 60 nationally on the country music charts. This past June, Fisher became the youngest artist to receive an award at the London Music Awards, winning for Most Popular Country Artist. She has also had the opportunity to open twice for two-time Juno nominee Crystal Shawanda.

One thing that is most impressive about this sweet-natured singer is her selflessness. Fisher has always made a point of volunteering her time for various fundraising events, including Native community events, Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and children's hospitals. "Even growing up, I was always asked to do performances for charity… I can't say no," said Fisher.

At this event, Fisher and her band will be performing songs from her album, as well as a few covers. This all-ages event will also feature guest performer Justin Plet, and is being emceed by BX93's Chris Harding. Come out for some great music, support a good cause and become a member of the "I knew Genevieve Fisher" club.

Tickets are $3 in advance and $4 at the door, and are available for purchase at the Biz Booth on campus. Visit www.genevievefisher.ca for more information. - Interrobang-Fanshawe College newspaper


At age two, she competed in the Ilderton Fair talent show singing You Are My Sunshine, her mother's favourite song at the time. After taking first place, Genevieve Fisher has continued to sing ever since.

When she was 13 Genevieve entered the 30th Annual Canadian Open Country Singing Competition, finishing with top honours. Accomplished in both piano and violin, Genevieve is the real deal. She can play, has stage presence and great vocals. Genevieve has also won Most Popular Country Artist for the 2009 London Music Awards.

Genevieve is currently studying popular music and media information techno-culture (MIT) at UWO. Singing for the residents and patients at Parkwood Hospital and seniors homes around London as part of their music therapy program, provides a way to give back for all the support she has received as young artist. Genevieve has also lent her talent and time to various causes to help raise funds; The Aboriginal Festival, Fight against Breast Cancer, Women's Shelters, Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, Children's Hospitals and many other organizations. Proud of her heritage, Genevieve's mother is from Calabria, Italy and her father is from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Muncey, Ontario.

"I do a lot of work there and I enjoy getting involved with the youth," Genevieve said. "The community has been very supportive of me and my career. They helped raise funds for the trip to Nashville. I like that I can give back."

Recently, Genevieve was in Nashville to record songs for her upcoming debut CD to be released soon. A few of the tracks were written by Genevieve herself, and others were written by some popular song writers such as Jeffrey Steele. (Jeffrey Steele has written songs for; LeAnn Rimes, Colin Raye, and Tim McGraw.) After hearing a sample of Genevieve's vocals he agreed to write a song or two for her debut CD. The first single to be released from the upcoming CD is Some Letter That You Wrote, written by Jeffrey Steele/Jen Schott. Genevieve's favourite track from her upcoming debut CD is Sway.

"Working in the Nashville studio was a different experience from recording here. There was a studio band, they would listen to the song once take the chord charts and play them perfectly on the first try. It was very impressive," said Genevieve. "Being in Nashville was amazing. OmniSound Studios has been used by Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift to record."

"I had a great time working on Genevieve's, session, in fact the whole band did. I talked with the guys later that day and we were all saying what a great session it was. She can really sing! She has the talent, the looks and if she can perform well on stage then she has the whole package. I think great things will happen for her," said Jimmy Carter (studio band bass player)

Genevieve is no slouch when it comes to song writing either: she has written the lyrics for her current single Try, and Keep On which will be on her upcoming CD. The CD will be available on her web site and at live shows with singles becoming available on iTunes when they are released.

When asked who inspires her, Genevieve was quick to say, "Patsy Kline, but I also love Carrie Underwood, I often perform covers of her songs." Genevieve has a back-up plan should country superstar not end up on her resume; she would like to go into music therapy or music engineer.

If you would like to hear Genevieve, she will be playing at Norma Jeans here in London on December 11.

For more information and future appearances visit http://www.genevievefisher.ca/

Her first single, Try is available on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/ca/CD/try/id372121293

Jennifer Sproul is a freelance writer. Visit her online at www.creativelywired.ca - The Londoner


Someday soon, Genevieve Fisher is going to have to start telling people she can sing a little.

“I just don’t want people to think, ‘That girl, she thinks she’s a big shot,’ ” Fisher said Tuesday of why she’s not likely to toot her own horn.

The 18-year-old first-year UWO student and pop country singer does have something to sing about.

Fisher is just back from a trip to Nashville’s OmniSound studios. She teamed with crack Nashville pickers to record tracks for her six-song EP, tentatively titled Without Borders.

“It was amazing,” Fisher said of the Nashville experience, which followed recording with her own band at London’s EMAC studios. “If I could be in Nashville, I would be there right now.”

The sessions put her in the company of such session pros as bassist Jimmy Carter and guitarist Pat McGrath. The speed with which the Nashville cats learned the tunes astonished Fisher and her manager Remo Di Cesare, of London, who also plays bass in her band.

“They went into the studio,” Di Cesare started the amazed recollection. “And played it,” Fisher said.

The feedback from Nashville has been inspiring, with some of the players encouraging Fisher to join them in Tennessee’s Music City. Plans call for release parties in London and at the Chippewas of The Thames First Nations community. The Muncey-area community supported the Nashville recording.

The connection means a lot to London-born Fisher, who has a First Nations father and Italian-Canadian mother. She often performs at First Nations events helping youth. “I feel like I can be a role model,” she said.

The London CCH grad has already scored some remarkable career achievements. Fisher won her first singing contest at the age of two. At 13, she won a country singing competition at Simcoe. She has studied violin and piano.

There is music in her family represented by her uncle, London guitarist Joe Grasso, who spent time in a Stone Temple Pilots tribute band before helping his niece make country sounds.

She’s opened for Nashville-based Canadian country singer Crystal Shawanda, of Manitoulin Island. Shawanda is a multi-winner at the Canadian aboriginal music awards. “She’s such a nice lady,” Fisher said. “She gave me that lift.”

Late next month, Fisher is performing at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum, continuing the pattern of a remarkably diverse career that’s also taken her to Festa Italiana, Ribfest and aboriginal festival stages.

“I think I can do it,” Fisher said of what’s ahead in her career.

For now, she’s enjoying the sounds of her new recording.

“I never thought the day would come,” she said, “when I would say, ‘I like my own song.’ ”

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GENEVIEVE FISHER

Age: 18

Born: London

iPod hits: John Mayer, Lady Antebellum

Traditional country icon: Patsy Cline

TV show: Jersey Shore

Career motto: “I think I can do it.”

Website: genevievefisher.ca - London Free Press


Interview with Dave Woods - Blogtalkradio


London, ON -- London musicians will shine together at The London Music Awards and it’s not surprising that this is a special moment for them. They get to play in front of an audience and their peers at the same time. It helps them tangibly appreciate that for all of the solitary nature of their work, they are indeed part of a community.

It helps to make clear what acts as stylistically disparate as Staylefish, Genevieve Fisher, Crystal Kage, Too Much Unsaid, BoGus, Randy Rektor, Rose Cora Perry, Say Domino, Stephanie McIlroy and The Golden Rule have in common. That commonality is the place they choose to make their music and live their lives. What they share is London.

Rektor’s view of the awards as a career opportunity is backed up by someone who would know. Genevieve Fisher, a winner at last year’s event, says that “having won last year and holding t he title as London’s Favourite Country Artist certainly opened many doors for me over the course of this past year.” - Scene Magazine


It might be a little cold for patio lanterns but that won’t stop Kim Mitchell from lighting up Victoria Park on New Year’s Eve.

Amid blustery winds and skaters twirling on the outdoor ice rink at Victoria Park, Coun. Cheryl Miller announced the acts for Celebrate London’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.

Londoner Genevieve Fisher, 17, will kick things off, a countdown and fireworks for children follows at 9 p.m., before Requiem, a London-based five member rock/alternative band take the stage. Mitchell will help Londoners ring in the New Year at midnight.

“It’s really going to be an exciting New Year’s. We’re really looking forward to the future and it’s also a celebration of 10 years of the community raising money to put this event on,” said Miller, who is co-chairing the event.

The annual event is a free family New Year’s celebration that also includes ice skating, hot chocolate and coffee and children’s entertainment.

Volunteers organize the evening with donations from businesses and organizations. - London Free Press


Winner in the Most Popular Country Artist category at this year's London Music Awards, Genevieve Fisher is scheduled to appear at what must rank as the biggest concert of her young career. On August 14, 8:00 P.M., Genevieve and her band-Joe Grasso(guitar), Massimo Raimondi (keys), Devon Martene(fiddle), Remo Di Cesare(bass), and Luis Lima(drums)-will open for Juno-nominated Canadian country singer Crystal Shawanda at the Chippewa reserve baseball field. "As a country singer myself I keep up with current performers and have been following Crystal for over a year. I love her songs and was excited to hear she would be in the area. When I found out I was being considered as the opening act I was thrilled. This will definitely be the biggest performance of my career so far. Just sharing a show with someone you idolize makes all the time you spend rehearsing worthwhile. Hopefully I will have the chance to meet her. Things seem to be moving so quickly, it's great!" said Genevieve. As far as her future plans are concerned, Genevieve has been working through Charterhouse Studios under the guidance of producer Andre Doucette abd hopes to have her CD out this fall - Scene Magazine-London Ontario


Discography

"Shut Down This Day"-Top 50 national country radio hit-2013

"July"-Top 50 national country radio hit-2012

Numerous other top 100 hits

Bad Enough-CD released March 29th, 2013

Without Borders-EP officially released March 5, 2011.

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Bio

At the age of 21, Genevieve Fisher has already achieved more in her career than most artists could ever hope for. Genevieve, born in London Ontario of Aboriginal and Italian parents, has been performing in front of and exciting audiences since the age of two. Since that first award winning performance at the Ilderton Fair in Ontario she has continued her climb to national recognition as one of Canada’s new breed of country singers. At the age of 13 Genevieve took top honours for her age group at the 30th annual Canadian Open Country Singing Competition in Simcoe Ontario. At the age of 16, after the creation of her live band, Genevieve had the distinction of opening for 2009’s Canadian Female Country Artist of the Year Crystal Shawanda.

This past year has been explosive for this young artist. Last summer "July" became her first top 50 hit on the national Mediabase and BDS charts. This resulted in her being selected to perform at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association New Artist Showcase in Saskatoon. Shortly thereafter she scored he second top 50 hit with "Shut Down This Day". This past May Genevieve continued her successful climb with a nominee selection for Female Performer of the Year at the 2103 Country Music Association of Ontario first ever Music Awards held in Markham Ontario. She was also asked to perform at this event and has the distinction of being the first artist to ever perform at it. With another release in the offing and her first music video release supporting it Genevieve is certain to continue to move her way up the Country music scene in Canada.