From an early age, the instantly recognizable Wes learned that expression
through music was what resonated with him, almost as much as the stolen 12 string acoustic
he hammered on that belonged to his musician father. His home town of Calgary also had an
effect, as the Stampede City rarely leaves one without a hunger for the country life.
Its no surprise then that he would come
to love the storytelling and warm melodies of country music.
It was always around when I was growing up. My parents had a lot of it
on vinyl and I loved to mess around with the record player. Years later, Wes moved out to Vancouver where he
played in a number of bands, and broadening his horizons, began acting in theatre, film
and television. Within a single year, he built
up an impressive resume including work on Smallville guest starring as the assassin Icicle; The Vampire Diaries, and Hallmark film A Dog Named Christmas. In 2011, Wes was cast in a
leading role in Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling
Story; a biopic following the tumultuous life of author JK Rowling the creator
of Harry Potter.
Between working on these projects, Wes made a
trip back home to Alberta: Midway through a very hot prairie night I found myself
two-stepping with a girl I hardly knew, watching Dierks Bentley playin Folsom Prison
Blues on an outdoor stage; right then and there I knew I wanted to make my own country
He began writing and recording the songs that
would become Green Flag, his debut solo album. It
felt great to get back to the kind of songs I grew up with. Its uplifting, it gets
your foot tapping and I feel blessed to get to make this music every day.