Karac Hendriks is one of Canada’s most anticipated country music artists for 2018. Hailing from eastern Alberta and based in Edmonton, Alberta, Karac is kicking off the year with the release of his latest single “This Road Is Mine” which comes ahead of his highly-anticipated sophomore album. The multitalented singer-songwriter-guitarist is also gearing up for a performance at the 2018 Alberta Country Music Awards (ACMA) where he has been nominated for Male Artist as well as Song of the Year for hit-single, “Thinking About You”. Karac has previously been recognized by the ACMAs for his self-titled debut album which was nominated for Album of the Year in 2016.
Karac first began performing at the young age of four, but became truly enamoured with music when he got his hands on his great grandfather’s turn-of-the-century mandolin. Little did he know that this would become the catalyst that would ignite his lifelong passion for music. Often compared to country music icons like Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban in both talent and on-stage charisma, Karac combines his skills on acoustic, electric and lap steel guitar with dynamic, soulful vocals to bring his original songs to life, both on-stage and in-studio.
For many years, Karac worked as a highly sought-after and respected supporting guitarist and harmony vocalist for some of Canada’s biggest country acts. He’s toured with the likes of Gord Bamford and was the lone accompanist for Gord’s “Bamford on the Beach” concert with Aaron Pritchett. He’s also toured with Adam Gregory and Sean Hogan for his “Canadian Country Christmas” tour. But with a dream to one day take centre stage himself, Karac took a final bow and decided to pursue a solo career in 2016.
Karac kicked off his solo career in a big way, debuting a self-titled album which spawned two radio singles including “(Blame It On My) Youth” and his second “Can’t Help Loving You” which hit #10 all-genre Most Active Indie in Canada on the Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS). The ACMA nominated album also featured the track “Feel the Magic”, which was the official song inspired by the athletes of the 2012 Special Olympic Canada Winter Games, giving him the opportunity to perform at their Opening Ceremonies. Karac and his band have also gone on to perform at major events including the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup Festival and Big Valley Jamboree.
Karac was among 2017’s Top 12 Artists in Project WILD, a professional development program that works to educate, promote, develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up-and-coming country and roots artists. He’s also been featured in the Alberta Motor Association “Just A Card” campaign, which promotes the benefits of membership to young families. His “Just A Card” video was also featured throughout the Country Thunder Music Festival held in Calgary, Alberta.
With numerous nominations and achievements under his belt, along with a promising sophomore album slated for 2018, Karac Hendriks hopes to continue down the path of success to one day be recognized alongside the list of great Canadian country music legends.