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Toronto-based singer/songwriter Kirsten Jones had only one producer in mind for her sophomore album, The Mad Mile: Jayhawks frontman Gary Louris. "I knew I wanted to try getting in touch with Gary before even trying to think of anyone else, so I looked up his management online and just sent them a package," she says. A few months later, Louris’ management e-mailed Jones, saying he was interested in the project. By summer, Jones and Louris were co-writing in her living room, where they also finished all the pre-production for the recording in three days. In the studio, creating a sound that combined her alt-country and folk influences with her own unique writing style came naturally, thanks to Louris' first-hand experience with some of Jones' favourite artists (Dixie Chicks, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks).

In what proved to be a banner year, Jones also received a coveted FACTOR award for more than $20,000 toward the making of The Mad Mile, which was released on May 11, 2010. Guests include pedal steel whiz Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss), Oh Susanna, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Bob Egan.

Throughout the last two years, Jones has had an enviable career path. She was chosen by Billboard Canada as one of five artists to watch in 2010, and The Mad Mile was nominated for a 2010 Juno Award. Jones has been a Top 16 finalist for two years in a row in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition (out of more than 15,000 entries); a Top Three finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the country category; a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Contest; and has received honourable mentions in both the Billboard and Nashville Songwriter’s Association songwriting competitions. The Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs) invited Jones to perform two years in a row at the prestigious Songwriter's Café. Jones was invited to Nashville to sing on radio station WSM, the official radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, at the Country Music Awards’ Music Fest Celebration.

Previously, Jones released her debut album Drive-In Movie in 2005. It received airplay in all Canadian provinces, peaking at No. 3 on CBC's Galaxie Folk/Roots chart. She has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada, including dates with Jim Cuddy, Lynn Miles, Oh Susanna, Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, Minnie Driver, Rose Cousins among others.



The Mad Mile (2010)
Drive-In Movie (2005)

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