“It’s a year of extremely hard work and effort put into this project, into Bring it On,” he said. “But to lead up to this day is what I was dreaming about.”
A copy of Bring it On was recently placed inside the Saskatchewan legislative building’s 2012 time capsule, namely for the song “Deep in the Heart of Saskatchewan.”
“There are lots of people involved in this project like Bart McKay, all the co-writers of the album, Kenny Shields, Jully Black,” Parenteau said. “To lead up to this day, where I’m nominated for a JUNO at the end of it, icing on the cake is understatement to how I feel right now. I’m just beaming.”
The nomination comes as Parenteau’s third for the category. Other nominees include BURNT-Project 1’s The Black List, Crystal Shawanda’s Just Like You, Don Amero’s Heart on my Sleeve and Janet Panic’s Samples.
“To be nominated for a JUNO not just once, but for a third time for the same category for aboriginal recording of the year, to be in my province of Saskatchewan, where for me the majority of the people who live here are First Nations and Métis people — and I feel I’m going in to represent not just my hometown, but I’m representing my province — I’m going in with a lot of pride,” Parenteau said.
Parenteau noted that he feels there is a different vibe on Bring it On, when comparing it to past albums.
“It’s almost one of those things where you sit back and you want to do something, and people say, ‘Why didn’t that happen?’ (It’s because) you weren’t ready yet. If anything, the only feeling that I have right now — today. I’m ready. I’m ready to take that next step,” Parenteau said.
As well, Saskatoon’s the Sheepdogs collected three nominations, including single of the year and rock album of the year, for the second straight instalment. The group was also nominated for group of the year. Band member Leot Hanson is from Prince Albert.
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