Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia—the home of Sydney Crosby—now has another up-and-comer to watch out for! Pop R&B diva Julia Tynes was the 2016 recipient of the African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) Emerging Artist of the Year Award, and is looking forward to a 2017 nomination for the Rising Star award. Julia is a singer, songwriter, choreographer, and entertainer based in Toronto. She has a unique and versatile voice that is recognizable by its sweet sound and easy listening nature. Grammy and three-time Juno award winner Liberty Silver says, “Lady J’s [Julia Tynes] voice has a unique gift that her audiences and listeners love. This is the sign of a true artist that sets her apart from all others”. Julia combines her East Coast musical upbringing with influences like Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and all that is Motown to create what she calls ‘Downhome Pop’. Within her music she promotes her own values of confidence and independence for women with lyrics like: ‘You’re not my boyfriend’ and ‘I’m sad that we’re saying goodbye… but I’m not the reason why’. She also performs many feel-good jams about kicking back and just having fun: ‘Tonight we’re going to be free, and this is the place you want to be’ (Reckless, another track from her upcoming album).

Summer of 2016, Julia performed an East Coast Tour promoting her single, After You, which is the first release from her FACTOR-funded upcoming record, The Girl In Every Song, and has received radio air play on CBC and CKDU 88.1. The album was recorded and produced by sought-after engineer Mike Smith at the highly esteemed Phase One Studios, and combines Julia’s down-to-earth perspective and girl power sass in a series of songs about living, loving and moving forward. During the past year, she has shared the stage with superstars like Natalie McMaster, Bruce Guthro, and Liberty Silver. You might also recognize her from festivals such as The Stan Rogers Fest, Taste of the Danforth, The South East Asian Festival, The Toronto Christmas Market, Indie Week or the ECMAs, to name a few! It has been an incredible year for Julia, especially returning to her hometown as a celebrity guest for the magazine Teens Now Talk in their Youth Expo. She now has her eyes on 2017, as her road to the Junos. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for Julia Tynes, ‘The Girl in Every Song’, as she will be the girl everyone is talking about!