For many young performers, becoming a Stampede Talent Search contestant is an incredible stepping-stone that propels them on to exciting careers. Our 2014 Champion, Layten Kramer, is no exception.

Since captivating audiences on our stage during the 2014 Calgary Stampede with his original piece, “Sea of Glass”, and earning top prize as determined by industry professionals, Layten has been working hard.

He funded his debut album through an Indiegogo campaign and completed a 5 track EP called, Through the Days. It is now available for download on iTunes or streaming on Bandcamp. Not bad for three weeks worth of recording between his co-hometowns of Canmore, AB and Vancouver, BC. And remember, he just became our Champion in July…

Earlier this fall, the Digital Journal named him one of 5 top young Canadian acts to watch out for in 2015.

And if that’s not enough, he’s currently touring with and opening for our 2007 Champion, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, during his #waytoobig #waytooloud tour. This is a show you do not want to miss, and an opportunity to see two incredible Stampede Talent Search Champions in one great night of music.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.  Photo credit: Mark Maryanovich
Our 2007 Champion Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. Photo credit: Mark Maryanovich

What does Layten have to say about everything that’s happened in his career since being named the 2014 Stampede Talent Search Champion?

Well, when we catch up with him, we will be sure to ask. In the meantime, you can get updates about Layten, and many of our other Champions and finalists, on the Stampede Talent Search facebook page, by following us on Twitter @stampedetalent or on Instagram at #stampedetalentsearch.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald’s show will be coming to Calgary on Friday November 28th, at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Show time is 8pm. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and start at $33.


We will be giving away two tickets to see Layten and Michael in concert!

Go to our Twitter or Facebook page, like or follow, and tell us what year Michael Bernard Fitzgerald won the Stampede Talent Search using #stsTime2Shine to be entered into the draw. The draw will take place Thursday, November 27th at noon.