The North American music
scene has been blessed with the likes of Rebecca St James, Darlene Zesch
and Paul Colman bringing their electrifying music to the continent and
now the tide is about to turn. A young Canadian artist by the name of Raylene
Scarrott is about to launch a full scale invasion of the Land Down Under.
Scarrott recently signed a sales and marketing agreement with Go Global
Entertainment to promote her album Taken in Australia and New Zealand.
Scarrott said, “I am humbled
and very excited about the many open doors for ministry that this partnership
will no doubt bring.”
The early comments from
Australian radio have been favorable with the likes of New South Wales’
PD Rhema FM’s Alan Sharpham weighing in, “I’m just listening to the Taken
album and can’t believe this girl is not signed to anyone. This has to
be the best independent artist I’ve heard!”
Eric Nordhoff, the president
of Go Global, who formerly oversaw the international sales and marketing
for both Word Entertainment and Provident Music Group, said about the decision
to represent Scarrott, “I have known of Raylene Scarott’s growing success
and this seems to be the right time to take her music to the next level.
I am very honored to work with her. I am thrilled that more people around
the world will be impacted by Raylene’s God given talent and ministry.”
Scarrott is planning an
Australian tour in the spring of 2006.
The Phantom Tollbooth was
not successful in contacting any Aussie DJ’s concerning her music however
we did reach Don Taylor in Australia. Taylor, who has been busy promoting
Scarrott’s music to the stations said, “This is definitely an album worthy
of airplay.” One song that has been particularly well received is the rousing
pop tune, "This is the Sound."
Back home in Canada, Hollie
Taylor, drive home co-host from 105.9 SHINE FM in Edmonton, said, “Raylene
has a wonderful soulful voice that’s a pleasure to listen to. You can really
hear her love and passion for God in her music.”
Not only is Raylene Scarrott
making an impact internationally but she is passionate about being part
of the growing music scene in her native country. In repeating an answer
that she gave to an interviewer on the television network The Miracle Channel,
Scarrott related how excited she is to be a part of what she sees as a
burgeoning Canadian music industry.
As if to add emphasis to
her point about how the music industry in Canada is really taking off (her
words) she spoke about what an honor it was to be nominated for a Juno
Award (equivalent to a Grammy) in 2005. She said the honor really hit home
when a local radio personality pointed out to her who the artists were
that likely had their albums submitted and did not get nominated. Raylene’s
reaction when she first learned of her nomination, “This is huge. I can’t
The eventual winner of the
Juno Award Greg Sczebel refers to her as, “a phenomenal artist,” and adds,
“Her voice is outstanding and beautiful, as is her heart, and I believe
we as Canadians are very privileged to be able to call her one of our own.”
Everything about Raylene
Scarrott seems to exude a zest for life. She is one of those people that
when the question was posed to her to pick one quality about husband Kevin
she really admires, she was perplexed that she was only allowed to pick
one. About the impending birth of their first child and the timing of the
birth given her career is just starting to take off, she considers the
baby a blessing and remains confident that as she and Kevin remain faithful
in their relationship with God that he her music ministry will continue
Her duet with Jody McBrayer
(Avalon), "I Surrender All," really is a testament to Scarrott’s life.
While discussing her appearance in Vulcan, Alberta, the small home town
she grew up innot the planet from whence came Mr. Spock, she focused
on things like how so many of the people in attendance had played a role
in helping her develop as a person, a Christian and as an artist. She also
specifically focused in on the young woman who gave her heart to the Lord
on the day Scarrott appeared.
“It’s not about how much
you do for God. It’s about the quality of your relationship with Him. My
relationship with the Lord is so much more important than how much I do
for Him. I think having the baby, that is really going to hit home because
I am not going to be able to be on the road five months of the year. I
don’t even know how much I am going to be able to be out on the road. I
was thinking oh, no, my career has got to come to an end because now I
have to be a mom but I don’t think it will come to an end but it will just
slow down a bit because really, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not
going to matter to God. I need to make sure my relationship with Him is
good first,” she says.
With her successful debut
2004 tour behind her, a baby on the way, a husband she adores and a 2006
tour of Australia planned, the future only looks bright for Raylene Scarrott.
If you know anybody in Australia, tell them the North Americans are comingor
at least this one is prepared to rock their world!
By Joe Montague, exclusive
Joe Montague is an internationally
published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory
of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18.
All copyright and distribution rights remain the property of Joe Montague.