Stettler’s Ken Gabriel has gained his first recognition as a songwriter.
His song “Crescent Falls,” sung by Lynn Wolfe, has been accepted as a demo on the “Songwriters’ Showcase” CD produced by Horizon Music in Nashville.
Gabriel is the only Canadian songwriter on the CD. The others are all Americans.
The album jacket acknowledges Gabriel’s contribution — with the wording, “Horizon Music presents American songwriters and Alberta songwriter Ken Gabriel.”
Gabriel said he was excited to see his work published.
The 57-year-old said the lyrics — which he wrote in 1996 — were inspired by the Crescent Falls, near Abraham Lake, in the Nordegg area.
He has written multiple songs since then and has eight more songs being considered for demos.
Another three of Gabriel’s songs have also been accepted for demos.
He said he must raise $360 per song to cover the cost of having them made into demos — he’s working on doing so.
The demos are pitched to established artists, and others, who are in search of material that has the potential of being a hit.
Gabriel is considering writing more songs.
“I’m working on a Buffalo Lake song now,” said Gabriel, who has lived his entire life in the Stettler community.
The Songwriters’ Showcase CD, containing Gabriel’s work, is available locally at Pfeiffer’s House of Music and at the Grandview convenience store.