Canada Represented at ACM Awards

Canadian country is beginning to infiltrate the United States, and one of the more recent signs could be seen at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards which went down tonight. Albertan duo High Valley was nominated for an award – New Vocal Duo or Group of The Year. Although HV lost out to Midland, the duo’s song “She’s with Me” is big news in the Republic, reaching #7 at US Country Airplay. The song is from album County Line released way back in 2014. Amazingly, then, it took four years for the song to make it big in the States. The MV has over 4 million views.

Calgary’s Lindsay Ell was not nominated; however, she was present at the gala with her #1 Canadian Country hit “Criminal” at #20 Stateside. Lindsay revealed major news – that she will be featured in a track on Keith Urban’s upcoming album. She will be playing Canadian arenas with the Kiwi slayer in the fall.

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Grimes Makes Prism Prize Top 10 Shortlist

Grimes (left) with Buffy Sainte-Marie and Lights at the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver 

On JUNO night, the Vancouver Canucks tweeted “While we’re in Dallas, The JUNO Awards are taking over Rogers Arena. We have one update to share with you: Grimes wins best dressed!” Attached to the tweet was a photo of Grimes on the JUNO red carpet wearing a Canucks jersey.

The British Columbian recording artist won her second JUNO on the weekend. In 2013, her Visions took home the trophy for Electronic Album of the Year, and on Saturday night, “Venus Fly” won Video of the Year.

Now, Grimes has a chance to win the $15,000 Prism Prize, as her MV has been selected in the newly unveiled shortlist of ten contenders. They are as follows.

The 2018 Prism Prize top 10:

Alice Glass, “Without Love” (director: Floria Sigismondi)
Alvvays, “Dreams Tonight” (director: Matt Johnson)
Charlotte Day Wilson, “Work” (director: Fantavious Fritz)
CRi feat. Ouri, “Rush” (director: Didier Charette)
Daniel Caesar, “Freudian, a Visual” (directors: Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown)
Feist, “Century” (director: Scott Cudmore)
Grimes feat. Janelle Monae, “Venus Fly” (director: Grimes)
Jessie Reyez, “Gatekeeper” (director: Peter Huang)
Leonard Cohen, “Leaving the Table” (director: Christopher Mills)
Pup, “Old Wounds” (director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

2018 Prism Prize Unveils 20 Favourite MVs

The Prism Prize is a national, juried award that was established to recognize the artistry of the music video. Its jury consists of more than 120 Canadian music and film industry professionals who shortlist and then crown the best music video of the year which carries a cash reward of $15,000. Jurors are charged with the task of basing their choice on the factors of originality, creativity, style, innovation, and effective execution. On Thursday, organizers announced their 20 picks for 2017 MVs. The victor among them will be announced May 13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. If one thing could be improved it would be more consideration and inclusion of musique francophone videos. The Canadian Music Blog’s choice for the best MV of 2017 is among the Top 20: “Venus Fly” by Grimes.

THE 2018 PRISM PRIZE TOP 20

A Tribe Called Red ft. Black Bear – Indian City (Director: Combo Bravo)
Alice Glass – Without Love (Director: Floria Sigismondi)
Alvvays – Dream Tonight (Director: Matt Johnson)
Belle Game – Spirit (Director: Kheaven Lewandowski)
Beyries – Son (Director: Philippe Grenier)
Charlotte Day Wilson – Work (Director: Fantavious Fritz)
Clairmont The Second – The Ave in You (Director: Clairmont The Second)
Cri – Rush (Director: Didier Charette)
Daniel Caesar – Freudian, a Visual (Director: Keaven Yazdani and Sean Brown)
Feist – Century (Director: Scott Cudmore)
Flying Hórses – Tölt (Director: Alexandre Richard)
Grimes ft. Janelle Monae – Venus Fly (Director: Grimes)
Harrison – Right Hook (Director: Eva Michon)
Homeshake – Every Single Thing (Director: Wen hao Chang)
Husser – Can’t Blame Em (Director: Emilie Lavoie)
Jessie Reyez – Gatekeeper (Director: Peter Huang)
Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table (Director: Christopher Mills)
Pup – Old Wounds (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)
The Weeknd – Secrets (Director: Pedro Martin-Carelo)
Young Rival – Elevator (Director: John Smith)

JUNOs Gear Up Amidst Grammys Backlash + Charts and Other News

Shawn Hook Reaches a New Plateau

First off, some very good news concerning British Columbian singer and songwriter Shawn Hook. Music Canada has certified his hit “Sound of Your Heart” a DOUBLE PLATINUM single elevating his rank to a multiplatinum recording artist. Huge congrats to the gentleman.

Alessia Cara … Shouldn’t Have to Defend Herself

Honours, as we previously reported, have also been given to Ontarian Alessia Cara who, on Sunday, became the first Canadian ever to win a Best New Artist Grammy. Unfortunately, a handful of vocal naysayers attempted to rain on her parade calling into question whether or not she should be considered new since she has been releasing music since 2015. Cara took to social media having to defend herself.

She pointed out that she did not submit her music for contention and does not make the Grammy Award rules. We point out that her fellow nominees with the exception of only one have been releasing music since before her: Lil Uzi Vert since 2014, Sza since 2012, and Julia Michaels since 2010.

We also call into question the motivations of the naysayers given that Alessia Cara was the only female who accepted an award onstage during the three-plus-hour live broadcast.

Grammys So Male

The above phenomenon caused hashtag #GrammysSoMale to trend on Twitter for hours following the telecast compelling Recording Academy president Neil Portnow to respond, saying that if women want to win Grammy Awards, they need to “step up”. This resulted in a huge backlash. Platinum, multiple JUNO winner LIGHTS pointed out that women have been stepping up for years, working tirelessly and that “power and talent oozes from every woman I know in this industry”. Of the 84 Grammy awards, only 11 went out to women. The New York Times determined that in the last six years only 9 percent of Grammy Awards have gone to women.

Grammy Ratings Tumble

Perhaps due to the large gender imbalance on Sunday, ratings for the show tumbled. While 26.1 million tuned in last year, the numbers fell to 19.8 million this year, a drop of 24%. Billboard suggested another reason may be the over emphasis on rap music, which is only the tenth most popular at radio in The United States. The lacklustre audience is the lowest in numbers since 2009.

JUNO Awards Gear Up

The JUNO Awards have their work cut out for them if they want to impress following on the heels of this. Nominations will be announced Tuesday, February 6.

The JUNOs also announced that the 2019 awards will be held in London. This year’s awards will be held March 25 in Vancouver and hosted by the king of swing, Michael Bublé.

This Week’s Charts

Last week we reported that Logan Staats failed to make the Billboard Hot 100 despite reaching #1 at iTunes. Drake, however, sees better luck on the Hot 100, as “God’s Plan” crowns it. B-side “Diplomatic Immunity” finishes the week at #6. Staats fellow The Launch victor Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine squeaks into the Top 40 with “Ain’t Easy”. The latter tops the Emerging Artists chart. The three new tracks save the Top 40 from an annihilation of CanCon which charred last week’s chart. Bahamas scores the first Top Ten 2018 Canadian artist album as Earthtones debuts at #5.

Alessia Cara Becomes the First Canadian Ever to win a Best New Artist Grammy

January 28, 2018, New York City – Brampton, Ontario Italian Canadian R&B singer Alessia Cara wins the United States’ Grammy Award for Best New Artist over other nominees Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA. She is the first Canadian ever since the inception of the awards ceremony in 1959 to win the trophy in the category. “Holy cow,” she remarked upon taking the Madison Square Garden stage, “I’ve been pretend-winning Grammys since I was a kind in my shower. You think I’d have the speech thing down, but I absolutely don’t.”

Other Canadians who won Grammy Awards were The Weeknd whose album Starboy was named Best Urban Contemporary Album. It is the Toronto native’s third trophy. The deceased Leonard Cohen picked up the award for his song “You Want It Darker,” a bit misplaced in the category Best Rock Performance. He had previously received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

Nova Scotian soprano Barbara Hannigan won the award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album thanks to Crazy Girl Crazy, and Burlington, Ontario’s Charles Moniz, co-nominated for his work on Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album.

The Grammy Awards Show Alessia Cara the Love

The United States’ flagship of music award galas – The Grammy Awards – unmasked nominations for the 2018 ceremony which will take place January 28 in New York City. A number of Canadian acts have been given nods as follows:

Alessia Cara – 3 nominations – Song of the Year “1-800-273-8255” (as a featured artist), Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Stay” (as a co-credited artist).

Alex Cuba – 1 nomination – Best Latin Pop Album Lo Unico Constante.

Arcade Fire – 1 nomination – Best Alternative Music Album Everything Now.

Daniel Caesar – 2 nominations – Best R&B Album Freudian and Best R&B Performance “Get You”.

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque – 1 nomination – Best Latin Jazz album Oddara.

Justin Bieber – 3 nominations – Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Despacito” (as a featured artist).

Leonard Cohen – 2 nominations – Best Rock Performance “You Want It Darker” and Best American Roots Performance “Steer Your Way”.

Michael Bublé – 1 nomination – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Nobody but Me.

Northern Cree – 1 nomination – Best Regional Roots Music Album Miyo Kekisepa, Make A Stand [Live].

Sarah McLachlan – 1 nomination – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Wonderland.

The Weeknd – 1 nomination – Best Urban Contemporary Album Starboy.

Also of note, Rose CousinsNatural Conclusion is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Glenn Gould‘s The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955 is nominated for Best Historical Album. Director Andy Hines is nominated in the best video category for 1-800-273-8255 by Logic. David Hein & Irene Sankoff‘s Come From Away is up for Best Musical Theatre Album. Under Best Choral performance is Handel: Messiah by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

As far as the snubs go, there is Drake. He did not submit album More Life to the Grammys as we reported earlier. Shawn Mendes, while racking up nominations and winning awards at just about every other music awards ceremony. is passed over by the Grammys.

Canadians Take Home American Music Awards

On the day that Toronto beat Saskatchewan and Calgary defeated Edmonton in the CFL semifinals, The American Music Awards took place south of the border, and Canadian recording artists took home some hardware.

Shawn Mendes was named Favourite Artist – Adult Contemporary.

Drake took Favourite Artist – Rap.

As a featured artist, Justin Bieber helped ”Despacito” win Favourite Song – Pop/Rock.
He also helped “I’m the One” snatch Favourite Song – Rap.

In the one category in which she was nominated (Favourite Female Artist – Pop/Rock), Alessia Cara lost to Lada Gaga; however, Moana was named Top Soundtrack, and the album contains a track from her (“How Far I’ll Go”).

The Weeknd had five nominations but failed to snag a win in any of them. You can bet he’ll be cheering on the Argos at the Grey Cup.

Shawn Mendes Wins 4 MTV EMAs, Breaks Billboard Record

The lad from Pickering, Ontario is really on a roll. Teen superstar Shawn Mendes was the lone Canadian performing at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, and he won four trophies – Best Song “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, Best Artist, Best Canadian Act, and Biggest Fans.

Mendes recently made Billboard history setting a new record. At just 19-years-old, he has scored three number one songs on the Billboard U.S. Adult Contemporary chart before turning the age of 20. No other artist in history has accomplished this.

The 2017 MTV EMA Best song winner has been certified triple platinum in Canada. A JUNO award winner, Shawn Mendes has a following of 14.9 million on Twitter, and both of his albums have achieved platinum sales.

American Music Awards Nominate The Furious Five

The furious five are back in the nominations spree. This time it is the American Music Awards which might as well re-christen itself The Canadian Music Awards. Find nominations by artist below. The gala will take place Sunday, November 19. Drake and The Weeknd have 5 nominations each. Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes have 1 apiece. The Biebs has 4. The Americans seem to have lost sight of genre. Drake’s More Life is considered a pop/rock album in addition to a rap one, as it is nominated in both categories. Something tells us Drake won’t have a problem with that though.

Justin Bieber

– Collaboration of the Year x2 (“I’m the One” + “Despacito”)
– Favourite Song Pop/Rock (“Despacito”)
– Favourite Song Rap/Hip-Hop (“I’m the One”)

Drake

– Artist of the Year
– Favourite Male Artist Pop/Rock
– Favourite Album Pop/Rock (More Life)
– Favourite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop
– Favourite Album Rap/Hip-Hop (More Life)

The Weeknd

– Collaboration of the Year (“Starboy”)
– Favourite Album Pop/Rock (Starboy)
– Favourite Male Artist Soul/R&B
– Favourite Album Soul/R&B (Starboy)
– Favourite Song Soul/R&B (“Starboy”)

Alessia Cara

– Favourite Female Artist Pop/Rock

Shawn Mendes

– Favourite Artist Adult Contemporary

CCMA Awards 2017 – Winners

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Paul Brandt

DISCOVERY AWARD
Kalsey Kulyk

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
High Valley
Dallas Smith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beautiful Freakshow – Dean Brody
Dear Life – High Valley
Game On – James Barker Band
Grace & Grit – Meghan Patrick
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alee
Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Aaron Pritchett
Dallas Smith

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Cold Creek County
High Valley
James Barker Band
The Road Hammers
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
JJ Shiplett
The Washboard Union

RISING STAR
Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
JoJo Mason
Meghan Patrick

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Autograph – Dallas Smith
Cool With That – Brett Kissel
Lawn Chair Lazy – James Barker Band
Take Me Home – Jess Moskaluke
Time – Dean Brody

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chills – James Barker Band
I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair – Brett Kissel
That’s When You Know – Chris Buck Band feat. Kira Isabella
Time – Dean Brody
When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl – Aaron Pritchett

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods
Song: Chills (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Ted Hewitt, Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnell
Song: Cool With That (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Clayton Bellamy, Dan Davidson
Song: Found (Performed By: Dan Davidson)

Dean Brody
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)

Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell, David Thomson
Song: Workin’ On Whiskey (Performed By: Jessica Mitchell)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Shae Dupuy
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Wes Mack

CCMA Announces New Batch of Performers at September 2017 Gala

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced today that Gord Bamford joined by Jim Cuddy, Tim Hicks, Meghan Patrick and The Washboard Union will all perform at the 2017 CCMA Awards gala. They will countrify the stage along with already booked performers Dean Brody, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith, and international guest, Blake Shelton.

Additionally, beloved Canadian sportscaster Ron MacLean will present Paul Brandt’s induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

The 2017 CCMA gala will take place at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10. The show will broadcast on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) that night.

Four-time JUNO nominee Gord Bamford scored #1 country radio single “When Your Lips Are So Close” in 2013, a gold single. His Christmas in Canada album is platinum certified. Active since 2001, Gord has won 22 CCMA awards. Singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) will join him on stage.

Tim Hicks, since 2013, has established himself as one of the nation’s most popular country acts. He has two platinum singles and a gold album.

Meghan Patrick has quickly made a name for herself since signing to Warner Music Canada. Her debut album, Grace & Grit features her Top 10 hit “Still Loving You”, the top 15 singles “Be Country with Me” and “Grace & Grit” and her Top 20 debut “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”. She has three CCMA Award nominations.

Led by Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts, The Washboard Union is a two-time CCMA Award winner. The band had 3 Top 20 singles (2 Top 10) last year with “Maybe It’s the Moonshine” and “Shot of Glory”.

Paul Brandt, winner of 8 JUNO Awards, is the most played Canadian country artist in the history of country radio (Nielsen/BDS). According to Nielsen, of the top 10 Canadian country songs, four were Paul Brandt singles, and his “My Heart Has a History” has been the most played Canadian country song since the chart began in 1996. Paul’s album Calm Before the Storm is certified at triple platinum.

Ron MacLean has worked with Brandt over the years at the Calgary Stampede and Roger’s Hometown Hockey and will present Paul’s induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Canadians Populate 2017 MTV VMA nominations

The Fantastic Four – Mister Fantastic (Shawn Mendes), Invisible Woman (Alessia Cara), Human Torch (The Weeknd), and Thing (Justin Bieber) have populated the MTV Video Music Award nominations for 2017. Nine of the 15 categories have a Canadian artist nominated, whether as the main or featured artist. Mendes receives 1 nomination, Cara 4, The Weeknd 5, and the Biebs 2.

Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better” is nominated for Best Pop Video.

Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” is up for Video of the Year, the peculiar category of Best Fight Against the System, and Best Direction. Her “Stay” with Zedd is nominated for Best Dance Video.

The Weeknd is nominated for Artist of the Year. His “Reminder” receives nods for Video of the Year, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best Editing.

Justin Bieber is nominated as a featured artist in both DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” (Best Rap Video) and Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” (Best Dance Video).

Viewership of the MTV VMAs has tanked over the last few years, as the gala has become barely watchable with its irresponsible promotion of drug smoking and cringe-worthy displays of lechery, involving twerking, foam fingers, and the like. Katy Perry as this year’s host has her work cut out for her if things can be turned around.

Music videos were initially the #1 vehicle that converted underground artists, ignored by radio, to make it to the mainstream. This was especially true of British new wave acts in the early 80s. Nowadays, making music videos is par for the course for any artist who has the budget to make them.

Meet the 2017 Female Artist of the Year CCMA Nominees

Below are, as reckoned by the Canadian Country Music Association, the five women who are currently making the hottest country music in the land: Edmonton’s Alee, Calgary’s Lindsay Ell, British Columbia’s Madeline Merlo, Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke, and Ontario’s Meghan Patrick. We’ve provided some info on the fabulous five with an embedded MV for each to give you a taste of their music. Who’s gonna win the award? And whom are you rootin’ for?

Alee

Edmonton’s Alee scored a couple of Country Top 40 hits from her debut independent album which drew the attention of Wax/Universal who signed her. Album Bad Habit came out this year. We have embedded the MV for her latest hit single “When I Do” below.

Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell, based in Nashville, is from Calgary. She is one of the few Canadian country artists – male or female – who is doing relatively well in the United States. She hasn’t quite cracked the Top 40 there but has a few Top 50 hits in the Republic. At home, Lindsay scored her first Country Top 10 hit last year with “All Alright”. Lindsay’s “Trippin’ On Us” made the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Last week, Ell released the MV for her latest single, freestyle country song “Waiting on You” (see below).

Madeline Merlo

Hailing from Maple Ridge, BC, Madeline Merlo is doing very well: six Top 40 Country hits including a Top 10 (“Whatcha Wanna Do About It”). In 2015, she won the CCMA Rising Star Award. Below is “Over & Over” which peaked at #13 on country radio.

Jess Moskaluke

There is no question that Langenburg, SK’s Jess Moskaluke is currently country music’s leading lady. She is a platinum and Billboard Hot 100 charting recording artist who has won a JUNO award. Ten of her songs (one as a featured artist) have made the Country Top 40, four of which rolled into the Top 10. “Drive Me Away” peaked at #3. Jess has won the CCMA Female Artist of the Year award for the past three. The awards are being held in her home province this year. Can she win a fourth time or will the CCMAs decide to give the award to another for a change? Below is Jess’ MV for “Take Me Home” which has amassed over half a million views.

Meghan Patrick

With momentum on her side, Bowmanville, ON’s Meghan Patrick has three CCMA nominations this year, and she’s only just released her debut album, Grace & Grit, which has spawned four Top 25 country radio hits, including Top 10 “Still Loving You”. The album is the only one from a female artist up for Album of the Year and was produced by big names including Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Vince Gill! MV for her most recent hit “Be Country with Me” embedded below.

2017 CCMA Award Nominations Announced

The Canadian Country Music Association announced nominations for the CCMA awards today. There are 34 categories, and eight trophies will be presented during the artist gala to be broadcast from Saskatoon on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. on CBC. Already booked to perform are Dean Brody, Brett Kissel and Jess Moskaluke. During country music week, there will be three award ceremonies including artist, musician, and industry for a total of 42 awards.

Leading the nominees with five each are first-timer James Barker Band (Woodville), Dean Brody (Jaffray), and Brett Kissel (Flat Lake). Find the list of nominees below. To view musician and industry awards, visit the CCMA website:  https://www.ccma.org/

You can vote for the Fans’ Choice Award here.
 

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
High Valley
Dallas Smith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beautiful Freakshow – Dean Brody
Dear Life – High Valley
Game On – James Barker Band
Grace & Grit – Meghan Patrick
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alee
Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Aaron Pritchett
Dallas Smith

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Cold Creek County
High Valley
James Barker Band
The Road Hammers
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
JJ Shiplett
The Washboard Union

RISING STAR
Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
JoJo Mason
Meghan Patrick

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Autograph – Dallas Smith
Cool With That – Brett Kissel
Lawn Chair Lazy – James Barker Band
Take Me Home – Jess Moskaluke
Time – Dean Brody

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chills – James Barker Band
I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair – Brett Kissel
That’s When You Know – Chris Buck Band feat. Kira Isabella
Time – Dean Brody
When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl – Aaron Pritchett

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods
Song: Chills (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Ted Hewitt, Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnell
Song: Cool With That (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Clayton Bellamy, Dan Davidson
Song: Found (Performed By: Dan Davidson)

Dean Brody
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)

Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell, David Thomson
Song: Workin’ On Whiskey (Performed By: Jessica Mitchell)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Shae Dupuy
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Wes Mack

Jess, Dean, and Brett to Perform at 2017 CCMA Gala

The Canadian Country Music Association has revealed the initial performers at the 2017 gala which will be held in Saskatoon September 10 and broadcast at 8 p.m. on CBC. They are Jess Moskaluke, Dean Brody, and Brett Kissel. For those unfamiliar with these three darlings of the Canadian country music scene, below are some tidbits. The CCMA plans to have over a dozen players take the stage, the remainder of which will be announced in the coming weeks. Eight trophies will be doled out at the gala. Nominations will be announced July 12.

Langenburg, SK’s Jess Moskaluke is a platinum recording artist c/o her hit “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”. Jess is currently country music’s leading lady; she has won the CCMA Female Artist of the Year Award three years in a row. Her collaborative single with Paul Brandt “I’m an Open Road” was recently certified gold. This year (2017), Jess won the Country Album of the Year JUNO award for her EP Kiss Me Quiet.

Originally from Jaffray, BC, Dead Brody is a platinum recording artist thanks to three of his songs. As well, he has a gold album, Dirt. Two of his LPs have won the JUNO for Country Album of the Year. Dean has been active since 2009. His song “Bounty” made it to #1 at Country Radio. He has placed an amazing 20 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Brett Kissel is from Flat Lake, Alberta and has scored three gold singles, including the #1 Country Airplay hit “Airwaves”. Brett won the 2014 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year which marked the first time in 17 years that a country artist nabbed the award. He has won six CCMA Awards. Eight of his songs have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100.