Richmond singer named female country music artist of the year in B.C.

Richmond’s Ajaye Jardine was named Female Artist of the Year at the BC Country Music Association award show on Oct. 20.

“I was not expecting it at all,” said Jardine, who celebrated the moment with her friends and colleagues.

Jardine said she had been an award nominee for a number of years, but was never selected.

“It’s definitely been an amazing year and I’m super honoured to be recognized in this category with the BC Country Music Association.”

She is thankful for being “surrounded by great people who inspire (her) daily” and said the award is a reminder that she is on the right path and is “doing the right thing pursuing (her) career in the right way.”

“This has been a direct response to the (university) program I was in which focused on community and creating space for people to tell their stories.

“I can see it as a life-long commitment and I think in general for life, for me to live a life of passion in music (…) is amazing.”

Jardine hosts and performs at her weekly writer’s night called The NashUp 615 at Alley Taps in Nashville.

Recently, she released a new series called “Demo Files” on Oct. 1 where fans can hear her new music by joining her email list.

“The fun part is that (the fans) get to hear the songs first before anyone else,” said Jardine.

Jardine will be returning to Richmond over the holidays with possibly “a few shows” scheduled.

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