May 3, 2021
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Let’s kick off Mental Health Week together! Our virtual Kick-off Concert will include messages from Beth Mitchell, CEO of CMHA Elgin-Middlesex, and Mayor Joe Preston of St. Thomas as well as musical performances by Jason Mercer and Josh Ross.
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After over a decade in the music business, Jason Mercer has found himself on a new path alongside renowned Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane — and he couldn’t be more excited. The London-based artist’s latest release, Nobody But You, hit mainstream radio and streaming platforms in the fall of 2020. Known for bridging genres, Mercer’s tastes have always been eclectic — something that continues to be apparent in his work, even today. Writing from the heart is nothing new for the musician, whose songs continue to mirror everything from memories to feelings, conversations to personal life experiences. In the past, Mercer has drawn inspiration from the harmony-rich sound of The Eagles, and the storytelling lyricism of Tom Petty — clearly holding himself to a high standard, creating music with meaning.
“No matter what, music always makes you feel something,” he said, adding even as a little kid, listening to his favourite artists would move him in a more profound way than anything else. “For me, that’s what makes it so important.”
With this latest release and another single on the way, Mercer is more than ready to prove that hard work and due diligence pays off.
Josh’s first year out of the gate as an independent artist has been exciting as he has accumulated over 5 MILLION streams in 2020. It has been an interesting year and a half for Josh who moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the end of 2019, but due to COVID-19 spent a great deal of time back in his home country of Canada. During this time he released 3 singles off of his Debut Ep which was released November 20th 2020. Josh who made his mark from playing college events at Western University to Canada’s largest outdoor country Music Festival, Boots and Hearts, in 2017 explained how this past year has been good for him..
“For me being such a new artist and really getting into the industry in 2017 this past year has been a good to work on the little things as I never really had the time to do that. I am stoked about a lot of the new songs I have been working on, along with developing my sound. My debut EP did so many great things and got me back to Nashville. But I’m honestly so excited about the songs coming out in 2021 and to get back on the road playing live shows”