Juno Award-winning country singer George Canyon will perform inspirational songs at Red Deer’s New Life Fellowship Church this weekend.
“A night of worship” with Canyon will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at 20 Kelloway Cres. at the New Life Fellowship’s Fountain of Life Apostolic House.
The singer from New Glasgow, N.S., best known for his Top 5 single My Name, recently recorded the worship album Believe and is touring the country to share devotional songs with fans.
Over the years, Canyon has held many jobs, working as a law enforcement officer, a slaughterhouse beef inspector, and the owner/operator of his own recording studio. He always dreamed of becoming a professional musician and this was realized in 2004 when he competed in the Nashville Star 2 competition in the U.S.
Canyon, the only Canadian to make the cut, ended up as the runner-up. The publicity launched his career, which has included a Juno Award for Best Country Recording of the Year for his album One Good Friend, and four Canadian Country Music Awards Nominations (CCMAs), including Male Vocalist of the Year and the Fan Choice Award.
In 2007, he performed at the China-Canada: Hand in Hand joint concert in Vancouver, featuring CCTV (China Central Television) and CBC to commemorate the one-year countdown of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. One of the songs performed by Canyon was What a Fine Jasmine Blossom, sung entirely in Mandarin. Canyon performed it as a duet with Mandarin singer Tang Can.
The singer, who has type 1 diabetes and has given talks to children about the condition, has also performed as an actor in several episodes of the TV series Trailer Park Boys and Heartland. His most notable film role was as Cattle Jack in Dawn Rider, a 2012 remake of a 1935 John Wayne film of the same name.
Tickets to his Red Deer concert are $25 and can be purchased online at actmusicagency.com or at the door. Donations will also be accepted for Fountain of Life humanitarian projects in Africa.