Blending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. She was raised near Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbours. Her new CD, “South Branch Road”, delves into those roots, weaving a nostalgic past into lush songs of familial history, good-humored folly and poignant observations of life and loss.
As a budding 11 year old musician, she cut her teeth chording along to her grandfather’s old-time fiddling and devoured other influences as fast as she could find them: show tunes and pop songs and everything in the Reader’s Digest Songbooks. Clarinet and saxophone made their entrance in her adolescence where Nancy excelled in her position as first chair in the high school band, and in community theatre orchestras.
Singing and playing in a church choir also exerted a powerful influence over Beaudette’s early musical career. During the 80’s and 90’s, she directed a twenty-five voice choir, wrote her own liturgical music, and toured all over Canada and the northeast US. Her recordings garnered radio play and high praise from all quarters, including a CGMA (Canadian Gospel Music Association) Song of the Year Award in 1997 for “Create in Me”, and a CGMA nomination for Album of the Year for “Surrender”.
But even with great success and rich experiences like these, Nancy realized it was time to embrace a more personal brand of songwriting. In 2010, she released her sixth CD “Honestly”, which garnered numerous accolades from competitions, fans and the folk community at large. “Fa La La”, a collection of nine original Christmas songs, was released in 2012, charted on Folk Radio and accumulated several songwriting awards for “Silence Tonight” – a song dedicated to Mothers of soldiers.
Now three years in the making, “South Branch Road” is Nancy’s eighth CD. It brings to fruition many hours spent in Nashville co-writing and working with some of Music City’s finest, including hit writers like Kerry Chater & Lynn Gillespie and Grammy winner Jon Vezner. The CD was produced by Graham Greer, Glenn Forrester in Cornwall, Ontario, and was mixed by John Caldwell in Nashville. (See full discography here)
For fans and listeners, it will come as no surprise to learn that this award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter also happens to be an award-winning sign-maker. The artistry that has brought success to her company, Sign-It Signs & Design, imbues every aspect of her singing, songwriting, and recording. Making signs and writing songs have much in common. Both begin with a creative inkling, both require a combination of love, faith, and craft, that lead us to see the world in new ways. Indubitably, accolades for Nancy’s work continue to abound. (See Nancy’s accolades here)
On-stage and off, Nancy practices hometown hospitality, taking special pleasure in “greeting you at the door.” Come to one of Beaudette’s shows and you will experience first-hand all the warmth and welcome of a Canadian kitchen party! (read more about Nancy’s Canadian Cultural Music Program for your event)
“I try to get a sense as to whether or not the song and performance touches the heart of the listener. Some people can do that, other people cannot. So, when I say Nancy has something very “special,” I mean it and would love to have talent managers, publishers and promoters take notice.” – Tom Thorpe, Thorpe Entertainment Enterprises
“Nancy Beaudette is ebullient and optimistic and clearly enlivened by her future with music. Her smile is evident even through the phone lines!” – Rich Lopez, Dallas Voice
“It’s rare to find someone with the level of depth and sensitivity in their songwriting…Nancy stands out above the crowd!” – Barbara Cloyd, Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN
“Waiting for a heart to change will not make it so’ (lyric from Honestly) is beautiful. This is one of my favorite songs on the album.” – Angel Diva Music, L.A.
“Beaudette’s song craft is top of the line, her voice marvelously endowed with texture and feeling” – Bill Copeland Music News, NH
Accolades & Notables
**2016 – Great American Song Contest FINALIST for “Gold and Myrrh”
**2016 – 32nd Annual MASC (Mid Atlantic Song Contest) SILVER WINNER for “Something Tells Me”, FINALIST for “Got It Goin’ On”, & Honorable Mention for “Company of Stones”
**2015 Official Alternate Showcase Artist at SWRFA
**2014 – 31st Annual MASC (Mid Atlantic Song Contest) FINALIST**
**2014 Official QUAD Showcase Artist at NERFA**
**2013 WINNER IMA ‘People’s Choice’ Best Holiday Song**
**2013 Independent Music Awards WINNER**
**2013 Great American Song Contest FINALIST**
**2013 International Region People’s Choice WINNER in Mountain Stage New Song Competition**
**2013 International Region FINALIST Mountain Stage New Song Competition**
**2013 – May “In My Truck” wins “BEST SINGLE” WMRC Music Awards in Boston – Performed by Shanna Jackman, written by Shanna Jackman, Connie Mims & Nancy Beaudette**
**2012-December “Fa La La” CD charts on TOP 70 on Folk DJ List at #28**
**2012 featured in Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe 30th Anniversary Sunday Writer’s Night Show which highlighted ‘Bluebird Favourites’ including Liz Hengber and Mark Irwin with special guest Tony Arata (writer of Garth Brooks hit “The Dance”).
**2012-Dec 22 ‘Midnight Special – DJ Rich Warren’s ‘Pick of the Week’**
**2010 Acoustic Roundtable Songwriting Contest Semi-FINALIST**
**2010 Mountain Stage New Song Canadian Regional FINALIST**
**2010 New England Songwriting Contest FINALIST**
**2010 Readers Choice FAVOURITE Artist** voted by the people of Cornwall, Ontario.
**2009 Mountain Stage New Song Canadian Regional FINALIST**
**2009 – October – Singer Universe Vocalist of the Month FINALIST**
**2009 – When The Last Whistle Blows”, a song commemorating the history of paper making in Nancy’s hometown of Cornwall, Ontario, is included on a compilation CD, “Spirit of a City”.**
**1997 – CGMA WINNER (Canadian Gospel Music Award) Song of the Year ‘Create In Me’ released on ‘Surrender’ CD**
**1997 FINALIST CGMA Album of the Year – ‘Surrender’**
**2003 & 2005 – Cogeco Star Award WINNER “Entertainment Show of the Year” – for StudioX-Pose – a show featuring original work by musicians and artists in Eastern Ontario. Show created and hosted by Nancy Beaudette**
**2007 “SoEO – Songwriters of Eastern Ontario” – Co-founder and facilitator of SoEO, an educational and performance based association for emerging and professional songwriters.**
A Canadian Kitchen Party
with Songwriter / Storyteller Nancy Beaudette
Few countries possess a folk music as rich and culturally varied as Canada’s. It is a society originally influenced by the Aboriginal peoples, and the French and British settlers in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today Canada is a culturally diverse society as rich and varied as the vast landscape it calls home.
The consummate hometown girl, Nancy Beaudette is deeply proud of her roots in Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbours. Here on the border of Glengarry County, she was fed on French fiddle-music and Irish and Scottish reels. And as a budding musician who fell head over heels with her first guitar at age 11, she devoured other influences as fast as she could find them: show tunes and pop songs and everything in the Reader’s Digest Songbooks. She cut her teeth chording to her grandfather’s old-time fiddle-playing, playing clarinet and saxophone in swing and show bands, and singing in her church choir.
Today Nancy works as a traveling mistral, extolling the well-kept secrets of her native land. With guitar in hand, she’ll have everyone in the room singing both original and traditional songs of life in the Great White North! Come to one of Beaudette’s shows and you will experience first-hand all the warmth and welcome of a Canadian kitchen party!