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When Brad and Curtis Rempel of High Valley were growing up in a close-knit, Mennonite community in remote Alberta, making music was as much a part of life as chores on their family’s 1,400-acre farm.

The Rempels formed High Valley in 1998 and hard work, persistence and the band’s bluegrass/pop sound led to acclaim in Canada and a move to Nashville. The Rempel family didn’t have a television and FM radio signals didn’t reach the area, so the move opened more avenues in music styles. But the brothers stayed with their own style of country.


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United Talent Agency’s Nick Meinema said High Valley had already made a name for itself when he signed the duo 10 years ago.

“I had heard about the band from sources who either put them on a festival or promoted a show locally in Alberta,” Meinema told Pollstar. “They had such a great name and great reputation that when I had an artist playing, I could put them on as support and they would knock it out of the park.”

Union Entertainment Group’s Bryan Coleman, who co-manages High Valley with Alex Seif, said signing the band was a no-brainer.

“Nick Meinema referred them to me when they were looking for management,” Coleman told Pollstar. “I saw some footage of the band and heard the music, and I was just floored by it.”


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High Valley has since opened for Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and others in addition to headlining. And the Rempels have already achieved one of their dreams – to play at the Grand Ole Opry.

“They navigate their path better than most artists because they have a true compass for what they want to say, and who they are as individuals,” Meinema said. “They are among the most authentic performers I’ve ever seen or come across.”

High Valley is on the road through late September with plans for a fall tour in the works.