30 | 2016 | CONTEMPORARY ROOTS | Alan Doyle | | The JUNO Awards

Hometown: Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador

Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly minted best-selling author and best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, released his second solo album, So Let’s Go, on January 20. The album begins with the title track, a rousing rallying cry that proves his ability to draw the listener under his banner. The album sees Doyle return to his traditional and Celtic roots, while adding a contemporary spin with the help of a host of accomplished collaborators: Thomas ‘Tawgs’ Salter (Lights), Jerrod Bettis (Adele), Gordie Sampson (Keith Urban, Willie Nelson), and Joe Zook (OneRepublic, Katy Perry). So Let’s Go continues to cement Doyle’s reputation as one of our country’s most treasured musicians and storytellers. “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down.”