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Canada Country music star Hendricks releases new song

By Tanya Cruz, ACMA

 

lberta Country Music Awards (ACMA) nominee Karac Hendriks is thrilled to release his latest single “This Road is Mine.” Produced by JUNO and CCMA award-winning producer, songwriter and session musician Mike Little (George Canyon, Serena Ryder, Corb Lund), the track is the first taste of what Hendriks has in store for 2018, with a sophomore album of the same name to be released for download and streaming on March 2, 2018.

“This Road Is Mine” is the fourth to hit radio, following “Thinking About You”, the first single off his upcoming album, which also led to a Western Canada radio tour last summer. Other tracks to hit airwaves include “(Blame It On My) Youth” and “Can’t Help Loving Youwhich hit #10 all-genre Most Active Indie in Canada on the Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS). Hendriks’ new release comes ahead of his ACMA performance on January 28 in Red Deer, AB where he is also nominated for Male Artist and Song of the Year for “Thinking About You.”

Often compared to country greats like Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban in both talent and on-stage charisma, Hendriks has previously performed at the Grey Cup Festival, the Big Valley Jamboree and the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. Prior to launching his own solo career in 2016, Hendriks worked as a supporting musician where he got to tour with some of Canada’s top country talent including Gord Bamford, Adam Gregory and Sean Hogan. Now with a new single in tow, Hendriks will also be embarking on an Eastern Canada radio tour starting in February 2018,  hitting country music stations in Halifax, Fredericton, Saint John, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and more.

Co-written by Clayton Bellamy (The Road Hammers) and Mike Little, “This Road Is Mine” is inspired by Bellamy and Hendriks’ shared experiences growing up in rural eastern Alberta. While they both draw from their own personal experiences, the single is a heartfelt ode and storytelling of growing up in a rural community and how each person’s experiences and choices set them on their own unique journey. Illustrated with vibrant lyricism, Hendriks’ new single combines an upbeat tempo, driving guitar and soulful vocals for this latest foot-stomping country hit.

It also features outstanding instrumental performances from an all-star lineup including Ben Bradley, Justin Kudding, and Matt McKay (drummer, bassist and guitarist for Canadian country star, Brett Kissel), as well as Russell Broom (former guitarist for Jann Arden) alongside Road Hammer Chris Byrne and Calgary-based artist Candace Lacina who provided harmony vocals.
 
“While ‘This Road Is Mine’ does play an ode to the places we call home growing up, it also taps into the idea that these places don’t necessarily define who we are or determine the journey we end up taking,” says country artist, Karac Hendriks. “As similar as our lives appear to be, it’s ultimately our personal choices and lived experiences that determine the unique path we all end up taking and that’s a beautiful thing. I think ‘This Road Is Mine’ captures that in a way many people can relate to.”
 
While Hendriks has always been a lifelong musician, he only took centre stage to his own solo career in 2016 with his self-titled debut album. He released two radio singles including “(Blame It on My) Youth” and “Can’t Help Loving You” which hit #10 all-genre Most Active Indie in Canada on the Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS). The album also featured the feel good single “Feel the Magic” which was the official song inspired by the athletes of the 2012 Special Olympic Canada Olympic Games, giving him the opportunity to perform at their Opening Ceremonies. Wrapping up an incredible debut to his solo career, Hendriks’ album also garnered him a ACMA nomination for Album of the Year.  
 
Prior to going solo, Hendriks often performed as a supporting musician playing as a guitarist and harmony vocalist. Throughout his career, he’s toured with some of Canada’s biggest country acts including, Gord Bamford, where he also worked as the lone accompanist for Bamford’s “Bamford on the Beach” concert with Aaron Pritchett in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hendriks has also toured with Adam Gregory, and with Sean Hogan for his “Canadian Country Christmas” tour. Since taking his final bow as a supporting musician in 2016, Hendriks now looks forward to channeling his musical talents to his own solo career and etching his own name alongside the list of Canadian country music legends.

Listen to some Hendrick's music on Spotify here.
 
About Karac Hendriks
Karac Hendriks is singer-songwriter-guitarist based out of Edmonton, Alberta. He first began performing at the tender age of four, but truly became enamoured with music when he got his hands on his great grandfather’s turn-of-the-century mandolin. Just like that, he was hooked. For much of his professional career, Hendriks has worked as a supporting musician for some of Canada’s most recognized country artists including Gord Bamford, Adam Gregory and Sean Hogan.

But with a lifelong dream of becoming a solo artist,  Hendriks finally said goodbye to his supporting role in 2016.  He soon kicked off his solo career in a big way, debuting a self titled album which spawned two radio singles including “(Blame It on My) Youth” and “Can’t Help Loving You,” also garnering him a ACMA nomination for Album of the Year.

Hendriks was among 2017’s Top 12 Artists in Project WILD, a professional development program that works to educate, promote, develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up-and-coming country and roots artists. He’s also been featured in the Alberta Motor Association’s “Just A Card” campaign, which promotes the benefits of membership to young families. Karac’s “Just A Card” video was featured prominently at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta. 

With a sophmore album released in 2018, Hendriks looks forward to performing on stages across Canada and taking over country music airwaves with his new single “This Road Is Mine.”
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