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.

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The 10th Anniversary Gordie Sampson Songcamp Show added to #NSMW Lineup

The 10th Anniversary Gordie Sampson Songcamp Show added to #NSMW Lineup

Ten years ago, the launch of The Gordie Sampson Songcamp, created a new and unique Nova Scotian songwriting experience – one that brought together exceptional and established songwriters from Canada and beyond, to work with Nova Scotia’s young and up-and-coming writers. 

For the past 10 years, Grammy Award winner Gordie Sampson has returned to Cape Breton each summer, to host and participate in a week long immersive songwriting camp, with the exclusive goal of helping young artists develop a strong voice and build collaborative writing skills that would allow them to contribute to the international songwriting industry. 

This November Nova Scotia Music Week and the Cape Breton Music Cooperative are honoured to be presenting The 10th Anniversary Gordie Sampson Songcamp Show.

With Gordie Sampson as the host, he will shine the spotlight on eight of the incredible song camp participants from the last decade. The show will include performances by Cameron Nickerson, Carleton Stone, Dave Sampson, Kayleigh O’Connor, Makayla Lynn, Maura Whitman, and Willie Stratton, with Gordie Sampson also playing some of the songs he's best known for. 

The 10th Anniversary Gordie Sampson Songcamp Show presented by CBMIC will be held
at the First United Church (711 Prince St, Truro, NS) - Saturday, November 9th at 2:00pm, doors at 1:30pm. This is an all-ages dry event. 


This show is presented by CBMIC. The Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC) is a not-for-profit organization developed to grow and support Cape Breton’s music industry. 


About Gordie Sampson

Gordie Sampson is a whirlwind of musical activity. A Grammy award-winning songwriter, he resides and writes in Nashville where his songs have been covered by Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts – to name just a few. He heads back home to Canada to spend time with family and friends in his beloved Cape Breton during the summer and to perform in the Maritimes, where enthusiastic audiences welcome him, year after year. Despite the rarity of his Canadian concerts, Sampson’s music continues to win awards and garner airplay.

In 2010, Gordie started The Gordie Sampson Songcamp to give young songwriters the opportunity to develop their songwriting skills, build relationships with their peers, and promote learning in pursuit of artistic excellence.

A brilliant writer, an innovative producer, a dynamic on-stage presence, and now a mentor to emerging writers, Gordie’s musical genius and generosity is applauded by audiences and industry players alike.

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