MAJE wins 2019 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence

MAJE wins 2019 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence 

(September 20, 2019, Halifax, NS) After a rigorous judging and evaluation process, Halifax-based MAJE has won the title of Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence, including $20,000 in funding for career development. Music Nova Scotia received 27 applications from artists across the province, judges narrowed it down to ten for interviews, five for the performance, and only one for the 2019 artist in residency winner.

MAJE stated “I'm overwhelmed with happiness! It's been a journey, and I'm very thankful for this opportunity”. As for plans with the funding from Casino Nova Scotia, MAJE has big plans. "I plan to launch a debut album with a radio single".

Ashlea Barr, Business Development Manager of Casino Nova Scotia, says “Year after year we are lucky to have so many amazing artists compete for this title and showcase the talent we have in Nova Scotia. Tonight was certainly no exception and we congratulate all of the finalists on an amazing job tonight and throughout the competition." Ashlea continues, "All of us at Casino Nova Scotia are proud to have MAJE represent us as our 2019-20 Artist in Residence and we are thrilled to help support the career of such an amazing young artist.”

"Nova Scotia is home to world class musical talent", says Lisa Stitt, Interim Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia. "It is my pleasure to congratulate MAJE on becoming this year's Artist in Residence, he's joining an impressive alumni group. On behalf of Music Nova Scotia, I would like to thank Casino Nova Scotia for continuing to invest in Nova Scotian musicians."

Over the next year, MAJE will have performance opportunities at Casino Nova Scotia Halifax and Sydney as well as $20,000 in funding to assist with career development through recording, marketing, and professional development opportunities. Music Nova Scotia will provide career path support and exciting international showcase opportunities such as Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape, and the Reeperbahn Festival.


Michael Alexander Jerome Earle (born October 31, 1991) is a Canadian songwriter, performer, and entrepreneur. MAJE gained recognition in 2015 when he entered and won a songwriting competition put on by Music Nova Scotia-based on the black activist Viola Desmond. In the final round of the competition, he beat out Nova Scotian heavyweights Erin Costello, Cindy Cain, and Neon Dreams. 10,000 dollars was awarded to MAJE and his collaborators SammSplash and Ashley Burke.

This victory opened the doors to a halftime performance at the Scotiabank Centre during the AUS basketball tournament in 2015. In early 2016 the MAJE founded the group "Gentlemen Mafia" successfully executed a school tour in Dartmouth and Halifax accompanied by Cunny Ross, Kxng Wooz, and DJ RS Smooth. While touring he released a music video for the Cunny Ross collaboration record "Smile" which was much appreciated because it shone a light on black fathers spending quality time with their daughters. The video was entered in the CBC Searchlight competition and made it to the top 10 in the region. Following the tour, he was nominated by ANSMA for the award Rising Star. In August of 2016, he released his heavily anticipated short film "Outhome". Based on where he was raised (East Preston) the film includes the previously released record ETTG, and vivid descriptions of his current emotion and career direction.

In May of 2017, he was one of 10 Canadian artists chosen to attend the SOCAN Songwriting camp as a part of the ECMAs award weekend. In that same month he covered The Coast magazine to highlight his performance at OBEY. MAJE also received 6 nominations from The CoastBest of Halifaxawards including best solo artist and most likely to make it big`. On June 29th he released his first digital release mixtape Insert Flame Emojis Here on Soundcloud and it has since been nominated for 2 awards including video of the year by Music Nova Scotia.


For information on Casino Nova Scotia:
Contact: Ashlea Barr
1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax

For information on Music Nova Scotia: 
Contact: Lisa Stitt
2157 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101
About Casino Nova Scotia:
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2013 we contributed over $27 million to the Province of Nova Scotia and its programs. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invests over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually. Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.
About Music Nova Scotia:
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by: Providing education, information and resources to members. Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally.
About the Artist in Residence Program: 
Casino Nova Scotia is working with Music Nova Scotia to continue to build the profile of our local music industry. The Artist in Residence program will increase the opportunities for the development of emerging artists in Nova Scotia as well as beneficial for the continued development of our music industry. Casino Nova Scotia is contributing $20,000 to this program to provide a local emerging musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. Music Nova Scotia is responsible for administering the fund.