Slaight Music – champion and prime supporter of the Canadian music industry – announced today that Kayla Diamond is the winner of “It’s Your Shot 2015”, Canada’s premiere songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which drew over 1,000 entrants, encourages artists from all music genres to submit a song and/or video to www.itsyourshot.ca for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at $50,000.
The “It’s Your Shot” competition is one of the many initiatives put forth by Slaight Music—a company focused on discovering, developing, inspiring and supporting Canadian recording artists.
Each year, Slaight Music partners with one of Canada’s major record labels to support this initiative. This year Kayla Diamond will receive distribution, radio promotion, publicity, and marketing support via MapleMusic Recordings Canada, along with a professional photo session, a professionally written biography, the development of an artist website, social network pages and an opportunity to perform at a high-profile musical event in 2016.
“I could not be more thrilled to have been given such an opportunity to share my music with the world,” said Kayla Diamond, It’s Your Shot 2015 winner. “Having started writing my own music a short while ago, it is truly a dream come true to be able to join my new family at Slaight Music. I look forward to giving it my best shot!”
“As we go through the submissions each year, we are impressed and inspired by the creativity and quality of music that is written and produced by Canadian artists,” said Ali Slaight, Slaight Music Talent Development Coordinator. “We are excited to announce Kayla Diamond as this year’s winner and we look forward to working with her.”
Derrick Ross, President of Slaight Music comments, “Winning this competition is a giant step towards a successful musical career and we look forward to working with Kayla and our partners at MapleMusic Recordings to share Kayla’s talent with the world.”
“We are extremely happy to partner with Slaight Music’s It’s Your Shot competition this year,” said Iain Taylor, President and CEO of MapleMusic. “Our team was blown away by the participation and level of talent we received. Our congratulations to Kayla Diamond on being selected this year’s winner. We look forward to working with her and the Slaight team in launching her career.”
Past winners of the “It’s Your Shot” competition include: Liz Coyles (2011) who had a Top 20 hit with her debut single “Butterflies”; 2012 winner, Hamilton’s Thought Beneath Film, Jillea (2013), from Saint John, NB, whose debut single “Shattered” is currently climbing the Canadian Top 40 radio chart at #35* and 2014’s winner Sam Drysdale.