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2012 Inductees

William (Bill) Huey

Bill HueyWilliam (Bill) Huey is the youngest of seven children, born October 14, 1951, to Melbourne and Marion Huey in Halifax, NS.  The family moved to Stewiacke in 1952.  His Uncle, Bernie Benjamin played with “The Valley Boys” each week over CFAB Windsor Radio. Bill got his first guitar for Christmas at the age of eight learning how to play when he was fifteen using a 75¢ chord book.  In 1969 he made his first appearance on stage at the Fireman's Jamboree in his hometown to an audience of nearly 500. 
Bill met his hero, Tom T. Hall and bought an Ovation guitar like Halls in 1972.  He formed his own dance band 'Country Sounds' and in 1977 received an award from Nine Mile River Community Hall for participation in their Jamborees.  Bill plays not only guitar but also bass, is a songwriter, an organizer and well-respected singer. During his career he has played back up guitar on stage with; Country Music Hall of Famer, Patsy Montana and bass for Jack Jensen (The Rhythm Pals).  As well as TV and stage appearances, he has performed in many benefit shows, exhibitions, at the Hank Snow Tribute, and dances across the province. 
As a well-known songwriter with published & recorded songs by local artists, Bill has been a participant in several songwriter circles.  He has performed on Cable TV, taken part in the Arthritis Telethon and on Fred Isenor's Bluegrass and Old Time TV show.  Bill performs and emcees at a coffee house in the Truro Salvation Army each month, and has done so for over 27 years.
Among his accomplishments, Bill has organized tributes to Hank Williams and Jim Reeves.   In 2010/2011 Bill organized a Jim Reeves tribute entitled 'Welcome to My World'.  These tributes were fundraisers and were well received.  In 2006 he organized the first all Hank Williams Gospel Tribute, an annual sold out event. Bill was made a lifetime member of the Hank Williams Appreciation Society in Alabama in 2010 for his work keeping Hank Williams music alive. 
Bill and his wife Susan can be seen each year performing at the Nuttby Country Church Christmas shows.  They reside in Colchester County, NS.
Bill's singing style has always remained the same and has earned him the name of “Country Bill”.

Paul Moulaison

Paul MoulaisonPaul Moulaison who makes his home in Yarmouth County, NS has played for dances, shows and jamborees throughout NS, NB & the USA but especially along the South West Nova Scotia shore.  He began his musical career in the late 40's and has mastered his chosen instrument – the electric guitar – making it his own. 
Paul has been equally at home accompanying amateur musicians or famous recording artists such as Carroll Baker, George Hamilton IV, Lynne Crowell, Johnny Gold or the Rainbow Ranch Boys.  Paul's ability to enhance any performance in which he has been involved is well known throughout the Maritimes.  He has played backup and lead on several CD's for local recording artists and for the group Rough Edges in which he has been the lead guitar player for many years along with Delbert Saulnier, Mike Surette & Don Doucet.  Previously he was the lead guitar player in the Good Tymes Band.

With over 6 decades as a performing artist, recording artist and promoter of country music in Nova Scotia, Paul has raised the caliber of the shows in which he performed.  He has played on radio stations across the province, on TV including Breakfast Television with the Rainbow Ranch Boys and as a regular backup artist at the Hank Snow Tribute. He is the owner of many beautiful and unique guitars he uses to play at fundraisers and shows helping many communities, including raising monies for a fetal heart monitor for Yarmouth Regional Hospital. 

Not only does Paul play guitar for audiences, he also has his own Radio Show on the French Station CIFA in South West Nova Scotia where he promotes country music in french and english.  Paul is the first Acadien Nova Scotian to be Inducted to the NSCMHF.

Paul is an inspiration to Nova Scotia guitarists and musicians.  His love of music and his special ability to provide a distinctive and well-loved guitar sound provides enjoyment for country music audiences across Nova Scotia.

Jo-Ann Newman

Jo-Ann NewmanJo-Ann Newman was born in London, Ontario on June 29, 1955 and when she was three months old moved with her parents, Sheila and Fred Newman to their home in Carroll's Corner, NS.

Jo-Ann started singing at the age of eight encouraged by her mother, Sheila Newman, a well-known musician/singer.  Raised in a musical family, Jo-Ann had many opportunities to sing at local community halls which brought her to the attention of NSCMHF Inductee Vic Mullen who showed great interest in her talent. 

Jo-Ann's TV debut was in 1969, at the age of fourteen.  Guest appearances on Vic Mullen's Countrytime led to being a regular on the show for the 1972-73 season as part of the Hickery Trio (consisting of Jo-Ann, Stan Taylor & Ron Naugle).  Her repetoire includes working with not only Vic Mullen and the Hickery's, but also Myrna Lorrie, Don Tremaine, Wilf Carter, George Hamilton IV, Carroll Baker, Blake Emmons, Johnny Gold and many more.  Jo-Ann took every chance to sing and is very grateful to everyone who gave her the opportunity. In 1974, she travelled to Toronto to record her first albums with Condor Records, titled Easy Country along with a duet album with her sister, Bonnie titled The Newman Sisters -Bluegrass & Country.  The recordings were heard by Nashville artist Shot Jackson and he invited The Newman Sisters to Nashville to appear on the Grand Ole Opry in October, 1974.  They were introduced on stage by the great Roy Acuff.

While in Nashville, Jo-Ann and her sister Bonnie turned down a recording contract with RCA records instead deciding they wanted to stay close to family and returned to Nova Scotia.

During her career, Jo-Ann's music has been played on radio stations around the world.

For Jo-Ann, it is a pleasure seeing the audience show their enjoyment when she is performing for them as she continues to sing throughout Nova Scotia.  In recent years she has been joined on stage by her husband, Floyd Spicer, for some well received duets.  They reside in Hammonds Plains, NS.

Anne Murray

Anne MurrayA true Canadian legend, Anne Murray is a Companion of the Order of Canada, has sold more than 54 million albums and is a best-selling author. Her many honours and accolades include a record 24 JUNO Awards,our Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards and three Country Music Association Awards. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the JUNO Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Murray is a member of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She was  awarded the Toronto Musicians’ Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anne Murray is a proud supporter of Canadian Women’s Foundation, Sheena’s Place, the David Suzuki Foundation, several East Coast charities and a member of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board. She became a spokesperson for Colon Cancer Canada in 2008 and is host of the annual Anne Murray Charity Golf Classic in support of Colon Cancer Canada.

In 2009, Murray wrote a memoir of her public and private life, All of Me, which became a national best-seller. In 2010, she was one of eight notable Canadians who carried the Olympic Flag into the stadium at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.


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