Nov 3 Releases: Johnny Reid, Marc Dupré, Jess Moskaluke…

New releases this week number at least 22 LPs and 5 EPs. Find at the end of this post a listing of the 27. Our year-to-date totals are 620 Canadian artist albums and 118 extended plays. Artists from Quebec have been the most industrious this year accounting for 40.6% of the albums, Ontarians 32.6%, and British Columbians 9.8%. Albums from groups (3 or more musicians) make up 34.4%, male soloists exactly the same (34.4%), female soloists 21.5%, and duos 9.0%. The remainder are various artist compilation discs. The genres of choice for recording artists in Canada, as we have determined before, are singer-songwriter/folk and alternative which together account for 45.8% of the works with the remainder spread fairly evenly among the other genres. At the end of 2017, we will provide a final and more detailed analysis of the stats. Before getting to the table of new releases, we wish to highlight six of them. Four of this week’s batch are Christmas albums which we will feature in a separate post closer to the holiday.

Andréanne A. Malette, releases a self-titled folk pop tour de force including her mega hit “Fou”. The Granby singer has a beautiful voice, and the vitamin-popped songs frolic along ever so charmingly. This is a wonderful album, Malette’s second.

Our acquisition from the United Kingdom, Johnny Reid of Brampton, Ontario, is a multiplatinum five-time JUNO winner and lays his latest on the banquet table – Revival. He goes for a David Clayton-Thomas’ retro sound with all the fusion adult contemporary trimmings.

Popular for his imaginative brand of alternative folk, Montreal’s Philippe Brach contributes Le silence des troupeaux in which he muses on the state of the world and offers some tips on how to deal with it. Find a little bit of blues and rock in the mix. The album is selling well.

With two gold albums achieved, Marc Dupré is back with another one worthy of the milestone – La vie qu’il nous reste. It is currently sitting comfortably in the iTunes Top 10. The disc is a very good pop album, one of the best releases this week, filled with catchy songs.

Just as great as Marc’s as far as pop goes is an EP from Halifax’s Ria Mae, My Love, featuring her current hit single “Bend”. The platinum JUNO nominee is a very good songwriter, and her brand of pop offers a nice fusion of flavours.

Country superstar Jess Moskaluke from Saskatchewan has a brand new EP out – Past the Past. The seven-track unit features her hits “Drive Me Away” and “Kill Your Love”. Jess is a JUNO winning, platinum recording artist.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE ORIGIN
Acts of Love Maylee Todd R&B ON
Andreanne A. Malette Andreanne A. Malette Folk Pop QC
Apatheia DJ Brace Rap MB
Cassiopee Mara Tremblay Alt Rock QC
Coconut Christmas The Lost Fingers Xmas QC
Consolez-vous De Temps Antan Folk QC
Les corps infinis La Bronze Alt QC
Deluxe La Famille Ouellette Pop QC
Long Hot Summer Days Jim Byrnes Blues BC
Lumieres d’hiver Emilie-Claire Barlow Xmas ON
Martin Valois Martin Valois Pop-Rock QC
Mercy Works Casper Skulls Alt ON
Murphy The Carn Davidson 9 Jazz ON
Nevahland Liam Corcoran S-S PE
Noel Ensemble Mario Pelchat & les Prêtres Xmas QC
Old School Yule! Matt Dusk Xmas ON
Le pain le pays la paix Benoît LeBlanc Folk QC
Revival Johnny Reid AC ON
Le silence des troupeaux Philippe Brach Alt Folk QC
To Love the Coming… The Deep Cove Alt Rock BC
Ubiquite M. Lizotte & M. Desy Classical QC
La vie qu’il nous reste Marc Dupre Pop QC
Hot Three (EP) Alex Pangman Jazz ON
Mark Times (EP) Mark Times Country AB
My Love (EP) Ria Mae Pop NS
Past the Past (EP) Jess Moskaluke Country SK
Wild Eyed Wanderer (EP) Alessia Cohle Country ON
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Selected New Releases June 23, 2017

It isn’t a big week in terms of the number of album releases as things begin slowing down for the summer months. Here are three…

Black Moon is a dreamy atmospheric mini-album from Toronto’s AMAARA, solo project of Kaelen Ohm, member of group Reuben and the Dark. The album is a stunning piece of work.  iTunes

Jon Stancer delivers pleasant, mature pop album For the Birds, his first as a soloist. He has served as guitarist for artists around Toronto and in some local bands. The tunes are put together nicely.  iTunes

More on the alternative rock side, we have And the Magic of Horses from Ottawa’s New Swears, a talented group as the disc demonstrates.  iTunes

Folks, a one-bedroom 439 square foot condo (i.e. cavity in a building) in working-class East Vancouver is listed at $725,000. A track at iTunes goes for $1.29. Which one are you going to buy? A host of new singles have come out, music lovers. Here are three…

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke, platinum country star and JUNO award winner, discharges new song “Kill Your Love”. It is easily the best country song of 2017 so far.  iTunes

Toronto K-Pop specialist Henry drops delicious new track “I’m Good” complete with a music video. See below.  iTunes

Gold-certified JUNO award winning electropop ace LIGHTS launches new mainstream pop single “Giants” from upcoming album (and comic book) Skin & Earth. MV below.  iTunes

Jess, Dean, Madeline, HV Performing at 2016 CCMA Gala

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The Canadian Country Music Association announced today that Jess Moskaluke, Madeline Merlo, High Valley, and Dean Brody will take the stage to perform at the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, September 11. This will be the first time for the gala to be held in London. The program will air on CBC at 8 p.m. and be emceed by comedian Jessi Cruickshank.

Jess Moskaluke has won the CCMA award for female artist of the year for the past two years in a row. She is acclaimed as the first female Canadian country solo artist since Shania Twain to score a gold single with hit “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”. This year, she has landed two songs in the country radio top 10.

Winner of the 2015 CCMA Rising Star Award, Madeline Merlo, is nominated for the 2016 CCMA Female Artist of the Year Award. In April, she released her debut album, Free Soul which spawned Top 10 hit “Whatcha Wanna Do About It”.

Beginning as a trio, Alberta’s High Valley is now a duo and has score a pair of gold singles. HV won the 2015 CCMA award for Group or Duo of the Year.

The Six Reigning Queens of Canadian Country

We have determined the current queens of Canadian country from CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Female Artist of the Year nominations for the past two years (2014 and 2015). Based on a good word from one of their hit songs or albums and their style, we have created a title for each queen. Let’s get to know the Six Reigning Queens of Canadian Country! The music videos we have embedded below will give you a taste of each artist, though each queen is versatile in the songs she makes.

Terri Clark: The Queen of Life

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Terri was born in Montreal but grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She has released ten albums since 1995 and has scored hits in the United States, not just on their country charts but the top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100! Here at home, Terri’s debut, self-titled album has achieved triple platinum certification for sales exceeding 300,000 copies. Many of her other works have seen gold/platinum certification as well. Terri Clark has won three JUNO awards to date.

Kira Isabella: The Queen of Love

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Newer at it, Kira Isabella is from Ottawa and has released two albums so far. She won the CCMA Female Artist of the Year in 2013. Kira has scored Top 10 hits at Billboard Country Airplay and four entries on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. She has been nominated at the JUNOs twice thus far and has toured with Carrie Underwood.

Beverley Mahood: The Queen of Hope

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An import from Northern Ireland, Beverley Mahood was raised in London, Ontario. Besides a music career, she is also a well-known television personality. Bev has released half a dozen albums since 1998 which have spawned a host of hits on country radio. She is the recipient of two JUNO nominations.

Jess Moskaluke: The Queen of Light

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Langenburg, Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke has won the CCMA Female Artist of the year the past two years (2014 and 2015). She is the first Canadian female to score a gold single since Shania Twain. Two EPs and one LP have appeared, and her feature in Paul Brandt’s “I’m an Open Road” helped the song make the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. She has a pair of JUNO nominations to her name.

Lindi Ortega: The Queen of Grace

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Specializing more on the roots and traditional side of country is acclaimed Torontonian Lindi Ortega. Six albums have hit the market since 2001 plus a few EPs. Lindi was featured in Billboard Country Airplay #1 hit “Bounty” by Dean Brody. She has won two years in a row for CCMA Roots Artist of the Year and has received two JUNO nominations.

MacKenzie Porter: The Queen of Fun

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A successful actress and talented musician, Medicine Hat, Alberta’s JUNO nominated MacKenzie Porter is also the sister of Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter. She is a Billboard Canadian Hot 100 charting artist. MacKenzie plays violin … oops … fiddle and has studied piano. Her debut, eponymous album came out in 2014.

New Releases 25 September 2015

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Andrew Hyatt

Sudbury, ON’s Andrew Hyatt caps off a couple of singles with country EP Never Back Down. The songs rank well above average in catchiness making him one to watch in the coming months. iTunes

Bernard Adamus

Hitting the iTunes top 5 is Montreal JUNO nominee Bernard Adamus and his new album Sorel Soviet So What. He creates a delicious cocktail of blues, country, and other flavours one would not expect. This one is lots of fun. iTunes

Colin Linden

Multiple JUNO awards both as a soloist and via his work with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Toronto’s Colin Linden does an excellent job as always and blends roots and blues on newest album Rich In Love. iTunes

The Dears

Times Infinity Volume One is the latest from Montreal JUNO nominated alternative act The Dears. Known for artistry, the group, helmed by Murray A. Lightburn, provides an array of styles on this grand work. iTunes

Emm Gryner

The Bowie collaborator and 3-time JUNO nominee continues to enrich her growing catalogue as a soloist with 21st Century Ballads, a stunner of emotionally powerful, dreamy piano ballads drenched in ambiance. This is soul-stirring magnificence. iTunes

Evening Hymns

Quiet Energies is the third album from this Orno, Ontario group. Good tunes abound as rock pulls in folk and even the occasional progressive tones. Overall, we are impressed with this one. iTunes

Gabriella

Gabriella of St-Basile-le-Grand, QC follows up her earlier EP with debut full-length album, The Story of Oak & Leafless, a 2-disc affair, the second of which consists of acoustic rearrangements. Beautiful and artistic, the music sits in-between pop and adult contemporary with some baroque leanings. Fans of Sarah McLachlan ought to check this one out. iTunes

Head of the Herd

Back from scoring a Billboard Hot 100 hit with Jasmin Parkin, Vancouver’s Head of the Herd launches new album Birds on the Roof, available in both standard and deluxe editions. Fans of head nodding rock should dig it. iTunes

Jess Moskaluke

Current queen of Canadian country with two consecutive CCMA female artist of the year wins and a gold single, Langenburg, SK’s Jess Moskaluke follows her debut JUNO-nominated album Light Up the Night with EP Kiss Me Quiet. While the LP saw her creating some unique twists on the country genre with delicious beats and boot stomping bass slaps, the EP goes for a more standard country sound which works just as well for her. The quality of the work should add more prestige to her high profile. iTunes

Lily K.O.

This week’s pleasant surprise is Le chaos & Le temps by Montreal duo Lily K.O., a super fun jam of pop with little seasonings of world beat. Just listening to the song samples is enough to get you hooked. iTunes

Mathieu Provençal

For those who want standard rock without any frilliness, Le toit du monde should hit the spot, a very good album. Mathieu Provencal is from Montreal. iTunes

Matthew Good

Coquitlam, BC multiple JUNO winner Matthew Good launches his latest, Chaotic Neutral. It’s a wonderful work both in terms of the compositions and production. This is modern rock with atmosphere and charm. iTunes

MonkeyJunk

One of the year’s better blues albums has arrived thanks to Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk. Moon Turn Red will get you pumped up. David Wilcox is featured on one of the tracks. iTunes

Northcote

Hope Is Made of Steel is a fine roots rock effort from Victoria, BC’s Northcote. Collaborators include Hannah Georgas. iTunes

Peaches

Peaches is a Canadian experimental electronic artist, originally from Toronto, based in Germany. Her latest album is Rub, her first in six years. She has a few featured artists joining her off the beaten path including Feist. iTunes

Headlines and Footdots for Mid-September 2015

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Carly Rae Jepsen will be signing autographs and performing an acoustic set at HMV at 363 Oxford Street in swinging London September 18 to celebrate the UK release of her album Emotion. The vintage shop has been there since 1921. One week after, Carly’s Canadian brother will hit London as well.

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Yes, The Weeknd will be guesting on Britain’s The Graham Norton Show along with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Peter Capaldi on September 25! It is the season opener of the comedy chat show on BBC One. Other Canadian recording artists to have appeared on the show include Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette, Arcade Fire, and Justin Bieber.

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The latter celeb was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the youngest male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100. He was presented with a plaque in honour of the achievement. In Canada, the #1 hit “What Do You Mean?” was certified gold just one week after its release.

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Also going gold is “3-2-1” from Flat Lake, AB’s Brett Kissel. It is his first certified recording. Brett was one of the winners at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards this past weekend. The big winner of the evening, scoring a cowboy hat trick, was Gord Bamford. A list of all the winners can be found here.

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Immediately after the broadcast, CMT announced the release of the brand new music video for “I’m and Open Road” by Paul Brandt featuring two-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke. It is beautifully shot, worthy of inclusion on our year-end best MVs list, and we have embedded it below. Jess has a new EP coming out on September 25 called Kiss Me Quiet.

Headlines and Footdots for Early August 2015

YTV Summer Beach Bash SURFING Up

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A few months back, youth channel YTV announced it would not be holding a Next Star singing competition this year. It will however be hosting something cool in the pop star realm next weekend, August 8, 2015. Television viewers can tune in at 7 p.m. to see performances and fun from Canada’s Wonderland Splash Works in Vaughan, Ontario. Headlining the event will be gold-certified pop star Shawn Hook (“Sound of Your Heart”) and newcomer Francesco Yates (“Better To Be Loved”). They will be joined by Jamaica’s OMI (“Cheerleader”), Disney actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, and more! Further info on the bash can be found here.

Collaboration of the Year: Brandt and Moskaluke

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Triple platinum, 8-time JUNO winner Paul Brandt has teamed up with the freshest superstar of Canadian country, CCMA Female Artist of the Year reigning queen Jess Moskaluke in new single, “I’m An Open Road”. Moskaluke is the first female country artist to score a gold single since Shania Twain. A keynote statistic on Brandt, who has been at the game for a while, is that, thanks to songs “I Do” and “My Heart Has a History”, he became in 1996 the first Canadian male artist since Hank Snow in 1974 to score Top 5 hits on the American country charts. We await an MV with great anticipation. But for now, check out the new song on iTunes. 

Trevor Guthrie Rides the Gold Soundwave

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Former SoulDecision frontman Trevor Guthrie made a huge comeback when he joined forces with Dutch EDM master Armin van Buuren in “This Is What It Feels Like”. It struck double platinum sales in Canada and hit the Top 10 in Britain. Trevor’s followup single “Soundwave” was recently certified gold in Canada for sales in excess of 40,000 copies.

Alessia Cara Blows Away Jimmy Fallon

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Alessia Cara who popped up out of nowhere to score Top 40 hit “Here” is now gunning for a breakthrough in the United States. The R&B teen sensation recently performed her song on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. To use an in-vogue expression, she killed it. Alessia’s debut EP Four Pink Walls is due out August 28.

Tyler Shaw To Debut Yesterday

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JUNO nominee and gold certified recording artist Tyler Shaw will be releasing his debut album, Yesterday, on September 4. It will contain 13 tracks including his previous hits and is already available for digital pre-order.  iTunes

Eminence’s First MV Attracts a Quarter Million Views

Canadian EDM duo Eminence (Dillon Wong and Mathew Kazmierowski) has struck a chord with the populace, as the MV for “Knock Me Out,” featuring the fine vocals of Toronto’s Anna Cyzon, has attracted over 285,000 views. Have a look below.  iTunes

New Releases 24-31 July 2015

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We kick off this week’s new releases with Bandshell, the new album from Toronto jazz singer Tia Brazda Her saucy voice is backed by ace players from the scene to put the zest into swing. More great Toronto jazz, though more on the fusion side, emerges as a project from member of the Great Lake Swimmers in Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt. Morphing over to heavy metal, Tragedy Will Find Us is the fourth album from Hamilton’s Counterparts.

Winnipeg’s top experimentalist Aaron Funk returns as Venetian Snares in Your Face which should appease cravings for stuff off the beaten path. Petit Rocher, NB’s brilliant singer-songwriter Danny Boudreau bounces back with Danny Party. One of the most successful rock bands of the millennium launches latest album Five Crooked Lines. Yes, we’re talking about Burlington, ON’s Finger Eleven.

For those eager for country music on the classic side, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ should do the trick, the new LP from Welland, ON’s Daniel Romano (not pictured above). CFCF, the alias of Montreal master of electronica, Michael Silver, releases Radiance and Submission, containing a plethora of awesome soundscapes. Hard rock comes by way of Toronto group Saint Asonia (self-titled) which is proving to be quite popular.

In the kingdom of extended plays, Nathan Wiley returns from an unfortunate hiatus. The Summerside, PEI highly underrated artist submits the boss roots work, Bandits. Lossy is a triple-track work by Maya Postepski under project name Princess Century. If her name sounds familiar, she is a member of Austra and also previously worked with Robert Alfons in electrogoth duo Trust. The new EP is an electronic one. Vancouver folk maestro Ora Cogan serves beautiful EP Crystallize.

A batch of singles are out. Sure to stir up the most buzz is “I’m An Open Road” featuring a collaboration between two of our A-List country artists: Paul Brandt and Jess Moskaluke!

Enjoy the new music.

Headlines for Mid June 2015

Shawn Hook Strikes Gold

British Columbian pop star Shawn Hook has scored his first gold single as “Sound of Your Heart” hit the 40,000 purchase mark. Shawn’s new album Analog Love is out now, and he will be presenting at the MMVAs this weekend.

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Ed Sheeran Surprises a Young Singer at West Edmonton Mall

British superstar Ed Sheeran emerged from a record shop at West Edmonton Mall when he heard 13-year-old Sydney Bourbeau singing one of his songs on stage. He stunned her when he walked onto the stage and joined her. Ed will be co-hosting the MMVAs this weekend in Toronto.

Jess Moskaluke and Wes Mack Open for Shania Twain in Winnipeg

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke, CCMA recipient of female artist of the year, surprised country fans in Winnipeg when she joined Alberta’s Wes Mack opening for superstar Shania Twain. The latter still holds the record for the best-selling country music album of all time, Come On Over. Her shoes are going to be difficult to fill, but we believe Jess can do it.

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Mia Martina Tops CanCon BDS Top 40

Mia Martina’s latest single “Beast” is the top CanCon single on Top 40 radio, at #9 this week. Mia will be performing at the MMVAs this weekend, and her second album (self-titled) is out now. Generally speaking, Canadian broadcasters have been cold-shouldering Canadian female recording artists in 2015, so Mia’s accomplishment is that more incredible.

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The Weeknd Owns the Top 3 CanCon Singles on the Hot 100

With his new single, “Can’t Feel My Face” debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 at #13, the Weeknd owns the top 3 CanCon spots on the chart, the other two being “Earned It” (#15) and “The Hills” (#17). The Weeknd will also be performing at the MMVAs.

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We leave you with the brand new music video from Elliot Maginot for track “Still Alive” from excellent album Young Old Everything In Between released back in February.

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Breakthrough Artist/Group of the Year Nominees

BreakthroughToronto EDM spin wizard Glenn Morrison definitely broke through. Track “Goodbye” became a platinum single, reaching a peak position of #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke broke through by becoming the first female country artist since Shania Twain to score a gold single. Calgary’s Kiesza made history when her debut single “Hideaway” debuted at #1 on the UK Singles chart. At home, it was the highest charting single of the year and attained platinum sales. Debut single from Toronto teen sensation Shawn Mendes became a Top 10 hit and went gold. As for Edmonton’s Mac DeMarco, we’re not sure in what way he broke through without a hit single or gold album. His music is pretty good, and he’s doing something a little different but perhaps a nomination in another category would have made more sense. It goes to show that titling an album with a Shakespearean expression gives one credit.

Kiesza will probably take the award, though Shawn Mendes has a shot at it. He now has 2.75 million Twitter followers.

Regarding Breakthrough Group, Adventure Club made the Top 40 with “Wonder”. Three tracks from MAGIC!‘s debut album made the Top 40 including international, triple platinum smash “Rude”. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) landed two tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 and one of them went gold. “Lost You” became Zeds Dead‘s first charting single. As for Alvvays, we’re not sure how the band broke through without a hit single or gold record. Perhaps it’s a matter of never underestimating the charm of the Rankins.

MAGIC! will probably take the award.

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Country Album of the Year Nominees

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Eyes galore will be fixed on this category in March. Dallas Smith is enjoying strong momentum. He is the first domestic male soloist during the BDS era to see a song of his (“Wastin’ Gas”) spend multiple weeks at number one on the country charts. “Tippin’ Point”, also from album Lifted, made the Hot 100 top 40 and achieved platinum sales. The BC boy hasn’t scored a JUNO as a soloist yet but did as lead singer for now defunct band Default. Dallas may well take the award.

The JUNOs, however, might decide to provide some balance in a country radio climate that has been heavily slanted towards the men as of late. Jess Moskaluke has a bright shot at winning the award. She is the reigning CCMA female artist of the year, and her album Light Up the Night is remarkably good. Opener “Good Lovin'” was the song that rocketed her from obscurity, one of the best songs of the year in any genre. “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” became the first gold single from a Canadian female since Shania Twain’s “Party For Two” in 2004. “Used” and “Night We Won’t Forget” follow as hit single releases. Jess leads the pack in terms of social network followers. She has 84,000 Facebook likes. We also want to see Saskatchewan in the game, and Jess is the one of the province’s brightest stars.

Ottawa’s Kira Isabella is perhaps the media favourite thanks to her stunning single “Quarterback”. She has more of a foothold in the limelight. She comes highly decorated with both CCMA and CRMA trophies on her shelf and has enjoyed four Hot 100 charting singles. Caffeine and Big Dreams is the followup to her acclaimed debut. The JUNOs may feel it is time to reward her for her tremendous efforts, ability to generate buzz, and burnishing star power.

In terms of a multi-talent, we needn’t look any further than MacKenzie Porter. The wild rose country sweetheart is an actress, singer, songwriter, and musician. She is a Billboard Hot 100 charting artist and her aura bursts at the seams with charm. MacKenzie’s self-titled album is spellbinding and includes hit singles “Never Gonna Let You” and the gorgeous “If You Ask Me To”.

Trucker country outfit The Road Hammers made a significant comeback last year. The group won a JUNO for its debut, platinum album back in 2006, announced a hiatus in 2010, but reformed and released album Wheels last year spawning the gold single, “Mud”. With the only previous JUNO win and platinum achievement for a previous album among the bunch, the band has credibility on its side, and this may be enough to attract the most votes.

For this JUNO category, there are no sales qualifications. Submissions are adjudicated in two rounds of voting. Judge votes determine the five nominees who will then appear on the online voting site sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates whose votes will determine the winner.

The 2015 JUNO Country Album of the Year Award recipient will be announced in mid-March.

2014 Canadian Country Music Association Award Winners

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7 September 2014 – Tonight Edmonton played host to the annual Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, emceed by Calgarian pop star Jann Arden and Newfoundland comedian Rick Mercer. The sold out affair saw Gord Bamford take home the Song of the Year trophy for “When Your Lips Are So Close” which topped the Billboard Country Airplay charts last year. The Australian-born Albertan was also named Male Artist of the Year. The Female Artist of the Year award went to Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke whose hit single “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” was recently declared gold by Music Canada for sales in excess of 40,000 units. Dean Brody’s Crop Circles was named Album of the Year while Scottish Canadian Johnny Reid took home the Fans’ Choice Award. Other trophies went to Small Town Pistols (Group or Duo of the Year), Lindi Ortega (Roots Artist of the Year), and Tim Hicks (Rising Star of the Year). Brett Kissel’s “3-2-1” was named Video of the Year. Below is a list of nominees in selected categories with the winners bolded in green. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bounty – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan
Tippin’ Point – Dallas Smith
When Your Lips Are So Close – Gord Bamford

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
All Kinds of Crazy – Codie Prevost
Crop Circles – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Throw Down – Tim Hicks
Tippin’ Point EP – Dallas Smith

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
George Canyon
Johnny Reid

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Terri Clark
Kira Isabella
Jess Moskaluke
Lindi Ortega
MacKenzie Porter

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Autumn Hill
The Boom Chucka Boys
The Road Hammers
Small Town Pistols
The Western Swing Authority

ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Corb Lund
Lindi Ortega
Jimmy Rankin
The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR
Lindsay Ell
Tim Hicks
Wes Mack
Jess Moskaluke
Tebey

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
3-2-1 – Brett Kissel
Bounty – Dean Brody
Duet – Wes Mack ft. Carly McKillip
Friends Of Mine – Jason Blaine
Got A Feeling – Tim Hicks ft. Blackjack Billy
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Bounty, Dean Brody
(Written By: Dean Brody)

Hell Raisin’ Good Time, Tim Hicks
(Written By: Jeff Coplan, Tim Hicks, Casey Marshall, Neil Sanderson)

Mine Would Be You, Blake Shelton
(Written By: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan)

Started With A Song, Brett Kissel
(Written By: Brett Kissel, Craig Wiseman)

When Your Lips Are So Close, Gord Bamford
(Written By: Gord Bamford, Brent L. Baxter, Byron Hill)

Gold/Platinum Certifications July – August 2014

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For both albums and digital singles released from May 1, 2008 onwards, definitions are: Gold = 40,000 units sold, Platinum = 80,000 units sold, Double Platinum = 160,000 units, Triple Platinum = 240,000 units, etc.

2014 CCMA Nominations

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The Canadian Country Music Association has announced the nominees for its 2014 music awards. Broadcasted on the CBC and CMT, the gala will be held in Edmonton on September 7 and will be hosted by two of the funniest Canadians: Jann Arden and Rick Mercer.

In terms of radio airplay these days, country music in Canada is predominantly a boys’ club. Male singers made up 84% of 2013’s top 50 spins. The nominations this year are a reflection of this male dominance, as the main categories – Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Fans’ Choice Award – are an all-male sweep. Bright new faces like Kira Isabella, Jess Moskaluke, and Lindsay Ell are working very hard in the midst of this. Good for them.

Flat Lake, Alberta’s Brett Kissel leads the pack with 8 nominations. He is followed by Dean Brody (6) and Gord Bamford (5). Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke has 3 nominations. Below in selected categories are the nominees. A full list is available HERE. You can vote for the Fans’ Choice Award HERE.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bounty – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan
Tippin’ Point – Dallas Smith
When Your Lips Are So Close – Gord Bamford

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
All Kinds of Crazy – Codie Prevost
Crop Circles – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Throw down – Tim Hicks
Tippin’ Point EP – Dallas Smith

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
George Canyon
Johnny Reid

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Terri Clark
Kira Isabella
Jess Moskaluke
Lindi Ortega
MacKenzie Porter

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Autumn Hill
The Boom Chucka Boys
The Road Hammers
Small Town Pistols
The Western Swing Authority

ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Corb Lund
Lindi Ortega
Jimmy Rankin
The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR
Lindsay Ell
Tim Hicks
Wes Mack
Jess Moskaluke
Tebey

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
3-2-1 – Brett Kissel
Bounty – Dean Brody
Duet – Wes Mack ft. Carly McKillip
Friends Of Mine – Jason Blaine
Got A Feeling – Tim Hicks ft. Blackjack Billy
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Bounty, Dean Brody
(Written By: Dean Brody)

Hell Raisin’ Good Time, Tim Hicks
(Written By: Jeff Coplan, Tim Hicks, Casey Marshall, Neil Sanderson)

Mine Would Be You, Blake Shelton
(Written By: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan)

Started With A Song, Brett Kissel
(Written By: Brett Kissel, Craig Wiseman)

When Your Lips Are So Close, Gord Bamford
(Written By: Gord Bamford, Brent L. Baxter, Byron Hill)

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke Lights Up the Night

Jess Moskaluke - Light Up the NightCountry artist Jess Moskaluke was born in the small town of Langenburg in eastern Saskatchewan and as far as soloists go is the province’s top hope and best chance of becoming an international superstar. Yes! She’s that good! In fact, we think she has the potential to be the next Shania Twain. The last couple of years, Jess has been working extremely hard with incredible odds stacked against her. In the current country radio climate, it is hard enough for Canadian artists to receive some spin doctor love. But if you’re a new, female, Canadian artist from Saskatchewan? Very, very tough. After a mini album and collections of covers to verify to the masses that her singing ability is astonishing to say the least, Jess launched song “Good Lovin'”. In January, it reached #17 on the Billboard Canadian Country chart which, given her particulars, we count as the equivalent of a #1 single. What makes the song such a charmer is its hard core bass, which, combined with her other skills, gives Jess Moskaluke somewhat of a signature sound. If she can come out with songs this good, look out!

Jess has just released album Light Up the Night containing some of the best country music being made anywhere in the world. Top marks for all aspects: writing, singing, production, and musicianship. Jess Moskaluke is shining brightly. The question is, are we going to wake up and check out the splendour? Lyric video for opening track “Good Lovin'” embedded below.  iTunes