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Artist Biography

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Brief Summary

JOAL KAMPS is a free-spirited singin’, songwritin’, stortellin’ husband/wife duo who are deeply passionate about connecting with people through folk/roots music and laughter. Their honest and engaging approach to performing draws listeners in and by blending storytelling with songwriting, Joal and Lauren Kamps create “Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop” songs filled with rich stories of human experience influenced by Canadian history, rocky mountain folklore, and their own personal journey.

JOAL KAMPS has already released two full-length albums, won multiple awards for their songwriting, and performed numerous tours and festival dates throughout western Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States all as self-taught independent artists.

 

The Story So Far (Full Biography)

The hills are alive with the folk/roots sound of JOAL KAMPS – an award-winning solo artist recently turned husband/wife duo who are deeply passionate about connecting with people through music and laughter. Based in Calgary, Alberta Joal and Lauren Kamps blend storytelling with songwriting to create “Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop” songs inspired by Canadian history, rocky mountain folklore, and their own personal journey.

Kamps’ sophomore release Heads Is East, Tails Is West is an anthemic collection of storytelling songs that make the perfect soundtrack for any road trip. The full-length album debuted at #2 on Earshot’s National Folk/Roots/Blues Charts and received Kamps’ second nomination for an Album of the Year Award at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards. Joal and Lauren have been busy touring in support of it’s release and can be found performing year-round throughout western Canada and Europe.

Prior to this, Joal’s debut album Sojourner won an Album of the Year Award at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards and his first single “Take My World Apart” went on to win a Song of the Year Award in the 2012 Independent Music Awards. He was also awarded Honourable Mention in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition for the song “Learning To Pray”.

Since becoming a duo, the Kamps’ have already performed numerous tours and festival dates as JOAL KAMPS throughout the United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe all as self-taught independent artists. Lauren’s delicate harmonies and Joal’s usage of vivid imagery coupled with an honest and engaging approach to performing allows the Kamps’ to connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

 

Awards & Nominations:

2016: Winner of Bell Media Prize for the Artist Entrepreneur Program
2015: Nominee for Western Canadian Music Award: Spiritual Album of the Year
2015: Winner of Honourable Mention in the International Songwriting Competition
2015: Finalist in the Break Forth Artist Competition
2015: Regional Semi-Finalist in the CBC Searchlight Competition
2015: Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (x4)
2015: Finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards (x2)
2014: Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest
2014: Semi-Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest
2014: Finalist in the SongDoor International Songwriting Competition
2014: Finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards
2014: Finalist in the Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Contest
2014: Finalist in the Break Forth Artist Competition
2014: Regional Finalist in the CBC Searchlight Competition
2014: Semi-Finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition
2013: Finalist in the worldwide Rocky Mountaineer Song Contest
2013: Finalist in the Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Contest
2013: Semi-Finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition (x2)
2012: Winner of Western Canadian Music Award: Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
2012: Winner of Independent Music Award: Contemporary Christian Song of the Year
2012: Finalist in the Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Contest
2011: Finalist in the Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Contest
2011: Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition

 

Official Showcases:

2017: Sofar Sounds (Den Haag, NLD)
2017: Sofar Sounds (Amsterdam, NLD)
2017: Omrop Fryslan (Leeuwarden, NLD)
2017: Muzikamer Special (Noardburgum, NLD)
2017: Lakeside Sessions (Enkhuizen, NLD)
2016: Sofar Sounds (Edmonton, AB)
2016: Sofar Sounds (Calgary, AB)
2016: Window on the West Showcase @ The Calgary Stampede
2016: CMI AE Artist Extravaganza @ The Rivoli
2015: Seven Up @ Alberta Showcase
2015: Window on the West Showcase @ The Calgary Stampede
2015: Blueberry Stage @ Stony Plain Farmers Days
2015: Green Room @ East Coulee Spring Fest
2014: Alberta Country Webcast @ Canadian Country Music Awards
2014: Main Stage @ Growing Rural Tourism Conference
2014: Tea Room @ East Coulee Spring Fest
2013: Axe Music Songwriter Stage @ Big Valley Jamboree
2013: Seven Up @ Alberta Showcase
2013: Dakota Tavern @ Canadian Music Week
2013: Main Stage @ AAAS Showcase
2012: The Rivoli @ Canadian Music Week
2012: Crave @ BreakOut West Conference
2012: Slow Pub @ BreakOut West Conference
2012: Red Deer College Theatre @ Alberta Culture Forum

 

Festival Appearances:

2017: Mountain View Arts Festival – Didsbury, AB
2017: Sunshine Music Festival – Powell River, BC
2017: South Cariboo Garlic Festival – Lac La Hache, BC
2017: East Coulee Springfest – East Coulee, AB
2017: A Small Town Music Walk – Hoorn, NLD
2016: Harvest Festival – Birch Island, BC
2016: Mountain View Arts Festival – Didsbury, AB
2016: 15 Minutes of Fame Festival – Rosebud, AB
2016: Landisfest Music Festival – Grande Prairie, AB
2016: Wild Oats & Notes Music Festival – Tofield, AB
2016: Astral Harvest Music Festival – Driftpile, AB
2016: Water Valley Celtic Festival – Water Valley, AB
2016: Singer Songwriter Festival – Veendam, NLD
2016: Opwekking Festival – Biddinghuizen, NLD
2015: Harvest Festival – Birch Island, BC
2015: Jasper Folk Festival – Jasper, AB
2015: Farmers Days – Stony Plain, AB
2015: East Coulee Springfest – East Coulee, AB
2014: 15 Minutes of Fame Festival – Rosebud, AB
2014: 4th Street’s Lilac Festival – Calgary, AB
2014: East Coulee Spring Fest – East Coulee, AB
2013: Nuart Block Party – Moscow, ID, USA
2013: X-Fest – Stevenson, WA, USA
2013: Dinofest – Drumheller, AB
2013: Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, AB
2013: Canadian Music Fest – Toronto, ON
2012: BreakOut West – Regina, SK (x2)
2012: 15 Minutes of Fame Festival – Rosebud, AB
2012: The Works Festival – Edmonton, AB
2012: Central Music Fest – Red Deer, AB
2012: Canadian Music Fest – Toronto, ON

 

Other Highlights:

2017: Three-months touring western Europe
2016: Seven-weeks touring the Netherlands
2016: Selected for VIA Rail’s Artists On Board Program
2016: Selected for Canada’s Music Incubator’s Artist Entrepreneur Program
2015: Selected for Alberta Music’s Alberta Album Promotion Project
2015: Selected for Bell Media’s Canadian Songwriter Challenge SongWorks Camp
2015: Four-weeks touring western Canada
2015: Four-weeks touring the Netherlands
2015: Performances throughout Europe and the United Kingdom
2014: Signed licensing agreement with Community Tree Music
2014: Debuted at #2 on Earshot’s National Folk/Roots/Blues Charts
2014: Ten-weeks touring western Canada
2013: Five-weeks touring northwest United States
2013: Two-weeks touring western Canada
2012: Signed a management agreement with LJB Artist Management
2012: Received product endorsement from G7th Capos
2012: Four-weeks touring western Canada

 

Grants Received:

2016: FACTOR JSR Program – Tour Support
2016: Calgary Arts Development – Artist Opportunity Grant
2016: Bell Media Prize – Artist Entrepreneur Program
2014: AFA Individual Music Project – Marketing: Promotional Tour
2014: CIRAA Groundbreaker Grant (x2)
2014: FACTOR JSR Program – Marketing
2014: FACTOR JSR Program – Sound Recording
2013: CIRAA Groundbreaker Grant
2013: FACTOR Demo Program
2012: AFA Individual Music Project – Art Production: Commercial Recording
2012: FACTOR Live Performance Program – Showcase Component
2012: FACTOR Demo Program
2010: RALWCO Radio 10k20 Grant

 

Discography:

2014: Full-length album (11 songs) – Heads Is East, Tails Is West
2011: Full-length album (11 songs) – Sojourner
2009: EP (5 songs) – The Red EP

 

Compilations:

2015: ‘Time Stand Still’ – Alberta Music’s LIVESTOCK Sampler v4
2015: ‘From The Start’ & ‘Accept Me’ – We Sing! Victorious! Round One
2011: ‘Strung Out Heartstrings’ & ‘Lift Me Up’ – Independent Artists of Alberta
2011: ‘Strung Out Heartstrings’ – Alberta’s Own
2010: ‘Amsterdamned’ – Big Rocky Brewery’s Untapped 3
2010: ‘Sapphire Eyes’ – CAUSE Canada’s Music & Water Mix

 

Sync Placements:

2016: ‘Time Stand Still’ – Jasper Folk Music Festival Promotional Video
2014: ‘Learning To Pray’ – Camp CROW Promotional Video
2013: ‘Bicycle Man’ – You Can Ride Two Promotional Video
2011: ‘Bicycle Man’ – The Commuter Challenge National Promotional Video

 

 

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