There was a lot to take in during Nova Scotia Music Week on the weekend in Truro. And Shevy Price, a rapper and songwriter, made the most of it.
“It’s really nice to be able to wake up in the morning and have a peer-to-peer with other women doing music from my city,” says Price as she sits on a couch in the main registration area for the event.
It is a constant focus of activity, with artists coming through to check where they are performing and where others are for the day.
Price was excited to see her name listed for the Urban Music Showcase, held at Belly Up BBQ and Grill, one of several local venues. She even took a picture of the monitor displaying the information.
Price, now 24, has been involved in the Urban music industry since she was 13 and has been performing since she was 16, when she began to take it seriously in the underground market.
She recently got her first taste of mainstream when she co-wrote Canadian Country artist Dean Brody’s song, Beautiful Freak Show, and was featured on it. Price also performed it on stage with him at the Canadian Country Music Awards. “I got a crazy, crazy taste of mainstream,” she said.
A main reason for attending this year was the NSMW’s initiative to include more Urban music. Price says in the past there have been a few rappers and the like, but not much more. This year featured a showcase for Urban music.
“I get to showcase the Urban market here and perform with people I also really like and support so it’s super awesome.”
Price had two nominations this year, for African Nova Scotian and Nova Scotian Hip Hop.
This year’s focus on women in the industry was also important to Price, with the chance to meet other women in the industry share stories and information.
“They may not be in hip-hop but they face the same struggles,” she says.
Price said she hoped to come away from the event with connections and relationships that will last a long time. Her goal was to get a different perspective from other musicians, not be judged but to have her work critiqued.
“I can go home and be better. I want to grow, 110 per cent.”