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Keith and Renée Introduce New Sound

Winnipeg’s Favourite Musical Duo Go Country Keith and Renée Introduce New Sound at CD Release Party

(August 18, 2011 – Winnipeg, MB) - Winnipeg’s favourite pop duo has gone a little bit country. Keith and Renée’s fifth CD Best Day demonstrates a natural progression of their sound, inspired by their tours in the U.S. and Africa.

Best Day will be launched at a CD release party at the West End Cultural Centre on Friday September 16th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. The CD’s title track was released to radio in early July and is already receiving spins on country radio stations across the country and on CBC Radio.

“We always try to capture something new to keep our career fresh and interesting. Going pop/country wasn't really planned—it was just natural for us to try country,” says Renée Lamoureux. “We love to sing about our personal stories. The people we've encountered, how they've played a role in our lives, what we've experienced.”

The duo has experienced more in the last fifteen years than most of us do in a lifetime. From spending two summers in Kenya as ambassadors for Free the Children, to Keith Macpherson’s stint on Canadian Idol and having their song Good Year chosen as the theme for Manitoba’s 2010 Homecoming campaign, they’ve come a long way from their first awkward meeting at a church in Ile des Chenes.

“Our new album has many themes that speak of finding happiness in each moment,” Macpherson explains. “I attribute this lesson and message to the friends we made on our trips overseas.”

To access current photos, including the Best Day album cover, along with an MP3 of Best Day, click here:

View Keith and Renée’s promotional video at

Or visit Keith and Renée online:

For more information or to arrange an interview with Keith and Renée, please contact:
Holli Moncrieff
Sound Strategy Music
p. 204.453.8215

Winnipeg songwriting tandem earns #1 country song and video in Australia
Winnipeg songwriting tandem earns #1 country song and video in Australia

(August 2, 2011 – Winnipeg, MB) –Winnipeg songwriters Chris Burke-Gaffney and Keith Macpherson have scored their first #1 hit in Australia. The duo collaborated with Australia’s Jetty Road’s on the song “Serves You Right.” The single officially topped the Aussie country chart this week:

In addition to topping the radio chart, “Serves You Right” also reached the #1 spot in June on Country Music Channel of Australia’s Top 30 video chart. You can watch the video here:

In North America, the single for “Serves You Right” was also broadcast this summer in medium rotation on CMT Canada and has been featured on CMT USA’s website. Furthermore, the single has been added or featured on dozens of radio stations across North America.

The collaboration between Australia’s 2010 Country Group of The Year (Country Music Awards of Australia), Chris Burke-Gaffney and Keith Macpherson took place last summer in Winnipeg at Burke-Gaffney’s studio. “We originally thought it wasn’t going to work with six songwriters in one room,” remembers Burke-Gaffney. “However, as a quartet, they’re a talented, focused group and the song came together pretty quickly.”

“Who needs Nashville when you can have Winnipeg,” quips Jetty Road’s Lee Bowman. “Chris and Keith are amazing songwriters and I can see them becoming in real big demand in country circles for quality songs. They’re top-notch talent.”

No strangers to writing great country songs, Chris Burke-Gaffney co-writes and manages The Keats from Nova Scotia; and Keith Macpherson is one half of the up-and-coming dynamic country crossover duo, Keith and Renée. Furthermore, Burke-Gaffney and Macpherson co-wrote “Possibility” with Sierra Noble. The song received considerable radio and video airplay which led to a US record deal with Decca Records for Noble.

“Manitoba has a great country music history with world class songwriters” says Dennis Sincock, President of Manitoba Country Music Association. “Chris and Keith are just a couple in a long line of successful Manitoba country songwriters achieving success at home and around the world.”

“Serves You Right” is the second single from the band’s debut album Far Away Places with Nashville’s On Ramp Records. The album was released in June. It is available everywhere and

For more Jetty Road information:

Rob Wozny
Sound Strategy Communications Ltd.


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September 29th Showcase
The MCMA is proud to announce that our September 29th showcase will feature:

Pepper Laing & The Lonestar Killers
Sol James
Keith and Renee
The Music of Patsy Cline
Kicking it Country 2
MCMA June 9th Artist Showcase Ticket Winners
Congratulations to our 4 winners of the MCMA Artist Showcase Ticket Giveaway. Each will receive one pair of tickets to the June 9th, 2011 show:

Cheryl Fryer
Everett Tremeer
Wayne & Joan Link
Debra Borton
Backporch Entertainment Presents Claire Lynch

Backporch Entertainment is pleased to Present: Claire Lynch the 2010 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and the Claire Lynch Band at the West End Cultural Centre on June 17 & 18th and at the William Glesby Centre June 19th.
Claire Lynch Workshop

A Songwriter’s Workshop with:
Claire Lynch 2010 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year

In addition to releasing many of her own songs, Claire Lynch has written selections recorded by:
Patty Loveless, The Whites Irene Kelley Valerie Smith, Kathy Mattea Pierce Pettis Cherryholmes The SeldomScene Stephanie Davis April Verch Jim Hurst Hurst & Raines , Katie Penn Mark Newton Keith Little The McLains

Saturday, June 18, 2011
West End Cultural Centre
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Tickets 15.00
By calling 782-8454 . . At the Door
MCMA June Showcase 2011
2011 CCMA Showcase Applications
CCMA Showcase Applications Online Now

CCMA Showcase applications are now online for the New Artist Showcase and the Songwriters' Café at For your chance to perform at Country Music Week 2011 in Hamilton, ON in front of prominent industry professionals from across the country, submit two original songs and a press kit, including a bio and photo. Submit as either a new artist for the New Artist Showcase, (must not have performed the New Artist Showcase in the past) or a songwriter for the Songwriters' Café.

All applications are judged by esteemed jurors nation-wide and the winners are carefully selected based on a specific set of criteria. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2011 and there are no exceptions! For a complete list of requirements and to submit your CCMA Showcase application now, visit
April 28 2011 Showcase

Manitoba Country Music Association