Getting to Know: Jerry Sereda

Jerry Sereda, country music singer/songwriter grew up in Selkirk, Manitoba and was always surrounded by music from family and friends.

Growing up near Dauphin, Manitoba he remembers attending Dauphin’s
Countryfest — a summer country music festival. One particular year he was watching Dierks Bentley perform on stage and was completely mesmerized by the show. In that moment he realized that music and performing was what he was supposed to do.

Jerry started off his music career participating in talent competitions performing with his acoustic guitar. After many competitions he felt it was time to take a break from them until his mom found a contest that was being put on by an Indigenous organization. Jerry is Métis and has always been proud of his Indigenous heritage and decided to give it a try.

Jerry placed in the top 12 of the competition. The competition took the top 12 contestants and paid for each artist to go in a studio with a producer and record an original song. They got to perform on a stage with a live band , live audience on National Indigenous People’s Day.

“I was blessed enough to place in the overall top 3 of this contest, said Sereda. It opened up my eyes into the work that goes into everything in the industry and I was hooked in the industry and have enjoyed the process the entire time.”

Jerry is nominated for two Manitoba Country Music Award nominations this year in the Male Artist of the Year and NCI FM Indigenous Country Artist of the Year categories.

“I’m honoured and shocked at the same time to be nominated because everybody in these categories with me are not only friends of mine but I own their albums and listen to their music,” he said.

This summer Jerry released his latest single, “Backroad Therapy,” which discusses the idea of how driving around, listening to music with friends and family is therapy with the main theme of music being a form of therapy.

As Jerry comes out of a super busy summer with shows and recordings he is on tour with Petric and Jason Kirkness.

“They are like my brothers and it’s going to be a blast.”

The Turn The Night Up Tour kicked off in Virden, Manitoba last night and continues on Thursday, October 27 in Brandon, Manitoba.

Jerry Sereda is currently working on his new album, which is ready to go very soon, writing music, and performing live shows.

Make sure to listen to “Backroad Therapy” and catch Jerry Sereda on the Turn The Night Up tour with Jason Kirkness and Petric!

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