Scott MacLeod ~
Born and raised in a small community on the east coast of Canada, Scott MacLeod was exposed to the power of the storyteller at an early age. Scott’s songs are about moments and memories of people, places, and life experiences from the east coast to the prairies. His songs range from acoustic ballads to driving rock and, with influences like Blue Rodeo, Neil Young, and Steve Earle, there is something in his music for everyone. Scott began his music career in Prince Edward Island and, like many of his Maritime brethren, moved to Calgary in 2001 to find work. Here, he immersed himself in the culture of Canada’s West which, in turn, immersed itself in the words of his songs. He began performing in 2001 and has established himself as a musician and songwriter with a genuine, thoughtful, and distinct personality. Scott writes and performs songs for the common man who still upholds the traditional values of hard work, commitment, and honesty while coping with the curveballs thrown by the pace and change of modern life. In the past seven years, Scott has performed locally at venues such as the Ironwood, the Palomino, Broken City, A Bar Named Sue, The Ship & Anchor, and Vern’s. He has opened for national and international artists such as The Duhks, Matt Minglewood, and Dustin Bentall. And, he has been a featured artist at NXNE (two consecutive years), the Sled Island Festival, and the South Country Fair.
Recently, Scott was selected to perform in the “Songwriter’s Café” at the 2008 CCMA’s (Canadian Country Music Awards) held in Winnipeg. Scott’s songs have been finalists at the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting competition three years in a row; his song “Traveller’s Rest” advanced to the second round of 2006 International Songwriting Competition (Nashville, TN) and his song “Sunshine and Smiles” received honorable mention in the 2006 Billboard World Songwriting Competition.