Sydney Mae might be 15 years old but an intense, smoldering vocal quality gives her a maturity that belies her years. “She’s an old soul, definitely,” her mother laughs.
She has quickly become a powerhouse in Alberta’s music scene proving that age is just a number compared to talent and hard work. Brett Wilson remarked of Sydney Mae’s talent that you should, “Watch for her name.”
After being nominated for both Female Artist of The Year and Fans Choice Award with the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) in 2015 and 2016, she was also chosen to participate in the first annual ACMA Fan Fest.
Her on-stage debut happened at the tender age of three; but Sydney Mae’s tenacity and passion for music was evident even then. “I’ve always been comfortable on a stage, I must have been having too much fun to be nervous.”
She started writing when she was 11 years old. “At first it was really premature stuff about school crushes and the daily life of a kid but then I started to really see the people around me and imagined what they would want to say if they were to write a song. I’m so thankful that it just sort of happened and evolved from there.”
As a songwriter, Sydney Mae has continued to develop and she recently got her first song cut by another artist in Nashville. She continues to write with Canadian and Nashville-based songwriters. “There is a place where everyone can escape to and for me that place is my guitar, singing and playing and writing,” says Sydney Mae. “I can go anywhere, be anyone and do anything; it’s the most amazing feeling.”
Sydney Mae says she has had a very warm reception from her more senior peers. “Everyone has been really encouraging, and these big artists have told me to just keep singing and writing. I’m so grateful for all of the kindness extended towards me. I feel very blessed to be so welcomed by everyone.
- Award of Distinction in the Vocal Junior category at the Cochrane Rotary Youth Talent Festival 2012 – 2015 and Top Mark in Composition in the junior category 2013 – 2015. She was also presented with the Gordon and Illa Rumpel Scholarship Award in 2015.
- Youngest performer to ever win the Ponoka Stampede Talent Show in 2013.
- Fan Favorite award at the Big Valley Jamboree Talent Search in 2013, and overall winner in 2014, where she became the youngest performer to ever play the main stage, opening for Kipp Moore and Miranda Lambert.
- Participated in Global Country Star Search in Edmonton, AB and NACMAI (North America Country Music Associations International) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, winning four first place awards for Songwriter of The Year, Co-Songwriter of The Year, Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of The Year. In May of 2015 Sydney Mae is presented with Alberta's Men and Women of Country Music (Dianne Brandson Memorial) Rising Star Award.
In giving back to her local community, Sydney Mae has sang the national anthem for the Cochrane Generals and has lent her voice to over 10 different charities and fundraisers, including performing at W. Brett Wilson’s annual Christmas Charity Fundraiser for the Calgary Veterans Food Bank. The Alberta Music Education Foundation also named Sydney a top finalist for her community service in 2014. She also received the “Special Recognition Award” for entertainment in community service at the Calgary Stampede by the Western Showcase Committee.
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