Every year, new headliners and soloists enchant audiences and make spirits bright with their unique renditions of Christmas songs.
Music runs through her veins and singing brings her joy. Annais is a singer song-writer born and raised in Edmonton. She is currently in her second year at Vanguard College studying Music and Theology. Annais has had the pleasure of being part of the Singing Christmas Tree for the last five years and is excited to sing for her sixth consecutive year. She has been vocally training since the age of fifteen, ranging genres from pop to jazz. Annais has had the honour of singing for the Chamber of Commerce to guests including Mayor Don Iveson, she has sang the anthem for UofA Bears and has joined John Cameron Entertainment for multiple events such as the Harvest Celebration Gala. Annais is so excited to hit the Jubilee stage once more saying “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. It is surreal getting to sing alongside such phenomenal Edmonton talent.”
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Ariana has entertained audiences around the world as a singer, actor and dancer. She began her career performing with the renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and is an alumna of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and of Edmonton’s MacEwan University. She toured the world with Royal Caribbean International as a featured entertainer in their acclaimed production shows, including Saturday Night Fever: The Musical. Most recently, Ariana was honoured to sing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and maestro Jack Everly in a tribute to the music of Marvin Hamlisch. Currently, Ariana is a member of local cover band UPTOWN and is the Entertainment Manager for John Cameron Entertainment. “Thank you to ALL the wonderful cast, crew and volunteers of the Singing Christmas Tree for their hard work and commitment to the John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation.”
Asim [ah.seam] is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and pop singer/songwriter, who recently released his second album [In Colour]. Following the release of his debut record in 2012, Asim teamed up with Dan Davidson and Ari Rhodes of HandsUp! Music and shifted his sound in a new direction. As a classically trained instrumentalist influenced by the sounds of Maroon 5, the 1975, Pharell, and Michael Jackson, Asim’s music brings a unique blend of both live and rhythmic elements to Top 40 music of the past three decades. “The past two years has been about creating something that makes you feel good. The first time around, I was writing to allow others to experience what I was going through. I’ve had enough of my stubborn need for relatability, and now I just want people to have some fun when they listen to my music.”
Born in raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Candice started performing professionally and chasing the dream since she won her first singing competition in 2008. Shortly after that, in her very first showcase, she opened up for Multi-CCMA Winning Group ‘Hey Romeo’. In her career she has won First Place in the 2012 Global Country Spotlight Competition, Won three “International North American Country Music Awards” in 2013 for “Female Vocalist of the Year” “Female Entertainer of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year for “’I Need You’” in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. She also won 2nd place in the Aboriginal Showcase during the 2013 CCMA’s. Following a busy 2013, Candice’s powerful heartbreaker, California Sunrise, was released to Country Radio and within the first 2 days she was the 4th most downloaded Country Artist from DMDS. Candice has also lent her electrifying vocals to numerous events around Alberta including, singing anthems for The Edmonton Eskimos, Castrol Raceway, Edmonton Oilers, and for the 4th season as the official Anthem Singer for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the new Rogers Place Arena. In 2015, Candice welcomed her daughter into her world and is loving being a mom.
Erika Noot is an Edmonton-based singer, actor, dancer and voice teacher. You can catch her belting out all your favourite tunes with local cover band, Uptown, or with the John Cameron Entertainment Ensemble. Erika’s passion for performing began at a young age and led her straight to the MacEwan Theatre Arts program. She graduated in 2006 and has since performed in many musicals throughout Edmonton. Some of Erika’s performance credits include: Roxy in [Chicago], Carla in [Nine], Mary Lane in [Reefer Madness], and she was a featured vocalist for Royal Caribbean Productions. Erika’s passion doesn’t end on the stage, she is a performance mentor and owner at One Voice Vocal Studio.
Kennedy Ramirez has sung in the Singing Christmas Tree from a young age. Her family was influential in the early productions of the Singing Christmas Tree. From the very beginning music has been a staple in Kennedy’s life. She is a classically trained pianist, and grew up singing in ensembles with her family. Growing up she had the opportunity to be involved in many school band and choir productions, as well as performing for a variety of school events. Later on she performed with the Edmonton Musical Theatre Company in their Ladies in Lights production and played the roll of Ethel Merman.
Kennedy teaches elementary music in Leduc, and teaches private piano lessons from home. However, her most honoured roll has been awarded to her this year as she has become a new mom.
Kyle Carter’s passion for music started at a very young age. By the time he was 10 he had already written his first piano score and was fortunate enough to make his professional debut as a singer alongside the very talented Donny Osmond. He later went on to study music at the University of Alberta and is now a sought after bass singer, writer, arranger, and clinician. Kyle has performed with many different groups and artists, including 6 Minute Warning, Glass Tiger, and Ben Folds. Back in 2014 he founded the ETown Vocal Music Society and began directing ETown Minors, an inner-city youth choir. Currently, Kyle can be heard as a resident performer with Pro Coro Canada and as a member of the John Cameron Ensemble
Matthew is a Toronto-based singer, songwriter and actor. You may have seen him on stage this year in Edmonton as ‘Clyde’ in Bonnie & Clyde: The Two Person Six Gun Musical, ‘Ash’ in Evil Dead: The Musical or ‘Leroy’ in The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant Ever. Matthew is thrilled to be back in his home province for the holiday season, performing alongside an incredible cast.
From the time at age three that she used a turkey baster as a microphone, Michelle’s first love has always been singing! Her vocal training ranges from classical to pop, and she has competed and won several vocal scholarships and trophies within a variety of music festivals and competitions. She performed alongside David Foster’s band in 2009 and opened for Michael Bolton in 2010. Michelle has been a soloist in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree for the last five years and has been blessed to perform alongside many talented musicians. As a registered nurse working with sick kids, Michelle knows the importance of giving back to her community. She has been involved in performing for several charitable organizations throughout the City of Edmonton. To give back to others in the form of song is one of Michelle’s greatest rewards in life.
It was at age 13 that Terrell decided he wanted to be a singer. While growing up in the gospel church, mentored by his father, the church was the perfect platform to help people find a moment of happiness through song. Terrell later expanded his musical passion to songwriting and has worked on various pop projects. Songs written by Terrell can be heard frequently on the radio, but his first love is the stage and bringing happiness to the hearts of people. His single, “Not Ashamed,” was also recognized on Billboard’s Top 200 Singles on the inspirational charts in June and July of 2013. As the founder of the Reach Mission Foundation, Terrell is passionate about bringing aid and awareness to poverty relief. He is currently a member of the Tri-City Rat Pack and frequently performs with the John Cameron Entertainment.
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