Alberta country music star wins JUNO

Date: Mar 18, 2019

Alberta country music recording artist Brett Kissel walked away with the JUNO for Country Album of the Year. Kissel was just one of many Alberta musicians who were nominated for the Canadian music industry’s top prize, including several recording artists who have received AFA funding support.

Congratulations are also in order for Chronograph Records! The Calgary-based boutique jazz label earned a JUNO (its first!) when Laila Biali, one of the talented musicians on the Chronograph Records' label, took home the trophy for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for her self-titled 2018 release, beating out fellow nominees Diana Krall with Tony Bennett, Holly Cole, Diana Panton and Jodi Proznick.

The 2019 other Alberta nominees were:

  • Jann Arden, Album of the Year
  • Beppie, Children’s Album of the Year
  • Vincent Ho, Classical Composition of the Year (AFA funded artist)
  • Northern Cree, Indigenous Music Album of the Year
  • iamhill, Electronic Album of the Year (AFA funded artist)
  • Nuela Charles, Adult Contemporary Album of the Year (AFA funded artist)
  • Kobra and the Lotus, Best Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Alberta musicians interested in AFA funding opportunities, can visit our website at:, or contact Jason Flammia, Arts Development Consultant, Music at T: 780-415-0297 or E:

Congratulations to all the 2019 JUNO award winners!