When Tonya Kennedy was a little girl she dreamed that 1 day she would become a Canadian Country Singing Sensation… And when she grew up, like 99% of the world, she got a good old fashion regular day job… It surely wasn't the “dream job" of being a singer, but it did pay the bills. She didn't stop singing though, instead she worked her day job & continued to sing whenever, and wherever she could. She worked hard, really really hard and today many years later, she is standing on the edge of that dream becoming a reality.
Accomplishments, awards & recognition
Tonya Kennedy is currently ranked in the top 10 for Canadian country female artists at country radio. Throughout 2010 & 2011 Tonya was consistently in positions 6 – 8 of all Canadian female country artists. In 2012 Tonya has gotten back to radio first with her most recent & most successful song at radio to date Super Girl which received airplay across Canada, in Australia, Japan, Europe & the United States and peaked in the top 50 songs at Canadian country radio throughout the summer. In Nov 2012 Tonya released her most recent single to radio: Did I Just Say What I Just Said is at #62 on the National Chart for Canadian country radio. (as per Trax Report)
Tonya Kennedy has been nominated at the Canadian National level THREE times with East Coast Music Award Nominations for 2013 Country Recording Of The Year, 2011 Country Recording of the Year & 2011 Rising Star of the Year.
Tonya Kennedy has been the recipient of 2 City Of Barrie Cultural Grants in 2011 & 2012 as well as 10 times with FACTOR for:
2 Independent Recordings
2 Marketing & Promotion Grants
5 Showcase support grants
1 International showcase support grant
Tonya has travelled across Canada on 2 occasions visiting radio stations in support of her debut album “Lucky I Lost You" & her upcoming new album “He's Everything You're Not".
Tonya has been invited to perform across Canada at country music festivals & Events such as: (Highlight festivals listed only – many festivals not listed)
Cavendish Beach Music Festival – Cavendish Beach PE
Merritt Mountain Music Festival – Merritt BC
ECMA Country Showcases at: Moncton NB, Fredericton NB, Charlottetown PE
Magna Hoedown – Aurora ON
CMT Music Festival – Burls Creek ON
Pink Warrior Cabaret – Spirtwood SK
CCMA's – Saskatoon SK
CCMA's – Edmonton AB
CCMA's – Hamilton ON
Supercrawl – Hamilton ON
Kipawa Countryfest – Kipawa QC
Kempenfest – Barrie ON
Tonya has made 4 music videos 2 of which were added to CMT's request playlist. Tonya Kennedy was invited by CMT to be included in a CMT documentary taped during the 2011 ECMA's in PEI. This special has aired repeatedly on CMT.
Tonya Kennedy has been invited on 3 occasions to perform in Nashville TN during CMA FanFest week in June at the Annual MTM Artist Showcases.