Energetic toe tappin’ groove with outlaw influences from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Travis Tritt, Mike LeBlanc’s music is a mix of what it was and what it is combined. An east coast artist from Moncton, New Brunswick, Mike has called Alberta his second home since 1999 but has made Calgary his permanent home since 2015.
LeBlan’c returns for 2017 with a groovy song he wrote called “Rich man poor man” inspired by the gap between social statuses he noticed while he was showcasing at Canadian Music Week in Toronto April 2014. It reminds him his late brother who barely had nothing in life, not even his health but would give his last penny. «I experienced both of those statuses in my life, I had success and I had failure, rich or poor, we are all the same. The real value is in the heart».
Working with a new team, the song is produced by Johnny Gasparic, recorded at MCC recordings in Calgary, a series of shows will be added for 2017 to promote this single.
Mike always had this goal with his musical journey but since he almost lost his older son in a car accident on father’s day 2015, mike write in a way of wording to the point of meaning and hope to make a positive impact on people’s life «If with my music, I can make only one person feels better, I’ve achieved my goal».
In 2014 Canadian Music Week invited this singer songwriter to showcase his talents at the iconic Cadillac Lounge in Toronto. He so impressed the powers that be that he was invited back in 2015. He also has been selected for Diamond in the rough showcase (2014 & 2015) and Coast to Coast showcase hosted by Canadian Country Music Association during the Country music week 2014 in Edmonton, AB. He was the only New-Brunswick’s indie artist selected for an official CCMA’s showcase in the last five years.
His first self-penned album “Alive and Well” was nominated 2014 Country Recording of the year by NB Music Award.
Artist involved, especially to the cause of bullying, LeBlanc was in shock when he learned the sad story of Amanda Todd. She committed suicide after a bad episode of bullying. He wrote a touching single entitled “I’m the one”, which is available digitally with all proceeds being directed to the Amanda Todd Legacy Funds. Leblanc was honored to be chosen to provide a musical performance in April 2015 at a conference given by Carole Todd, mother of Amanda, for Victim Support Services in Hinton, AB.
LeBlanc’s first public appearance was in his seven years at the church. He did not know he could sing at the time, but apparently his teacher had noticed. From its fifth teen years, Mike is involved in a local singing competition and took everyone by surprise with his song Randy Travis interpretations. At seventeen, he joined his first band and performs throughout the province and the United States.
Mike enrolled in the 1996 edition of Bud Country Talent search Fredericton where he finished in first place regional level and ranks second of the big provincial finals. In 1999, his suitcase and guitar in hand, Mike takes the road to Calgary Alberta to see what the music industry has to offer. He was hired by a group known as Uptown Riders three days after his arrival in the big city. The band toured all over western Canada and the United States for several years.