part of the Lobby Series
February 1, 2018
Sydney Mae is an award-winning, Alberta-based recording artist and experienced performer with a deep rooted passion for songwriting. Her talents have garnered awards recognizing both her performance and songwriting, from rodeo-stage talent contests as a pre-teen to more recently collecting four awards at the North American Country Music Association’s International Competition in Tennessee, and the Alberta’s Men and Women of Country Music’s Rising Star Award. Sydney’s intense, smoldering vocal quality and total dedication to her craft have earned her a reputation as a powerhouse in Alberta’s music scene, showing a maturity that proves age is just a number compared to talent and hard work. W. Brett Wilson remarked of Sydney Mae’s talent “you should watch for her name.”
Sydney released her debut EP in the summer of 2016 produced by industry veteran Mike Little. Nominated for both Female Artist of The Year and Fans Choice Award with the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) in 2015 and 2016, she was also chosen to participate in the first annual ACMA Fan Fest in 2016. She is a seasoned entertainer having performed everything from small intimate stages to major festivals such as Big Valley Jamboree, Country Thunder, and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
As a songwriter, Sydney Mae is emerging as a superior storyteller; recently she had her first song cut by another artist in Nashville. She started writing when she was just 11 years old. “At first it was really premature stuff about school crushes and the life of a kid but then I started to really see the people around me and imagined what they would want to say if they were to write a song. I’m so thankful that it just sort of happened and evolved from there.” Continuing to develop her craft, Sydney has been writing with Canadian and Nashville-based songwriters as well as on her own. “There is a place where everyone can escape to and for me that place is my guitar, singing and playing and writing,” says Sydney Mae. “I can go anywhere, be anyone and do anything; it’s the most amazing feeling.”
In giving back to her community, Sydney Mae is a much sought after anthem singer and has lent her voice to over 10 different charities and fundraisers, including performing at W. Brett Wilson’s annual Christmas Charity Fundraiser for the Calgary Veterans Food Bank. The Alberta Music Education Foundation also named Sydney a top finalist for her community service in 2014. She also received the “Special Recognition Award” for entertainment in community service at the Calgary Stampede by the Western Showcase Committee.
Sydney Mae will performing on the Esplanade Stage on February 1, 2018 at 7:30PM