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Canadian Country Music Awards 2013

Canadian Country Music Association Awards 2013

2013 CCMA Winners, report, Videos, Q&A interviews and photos

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CCMA Awards broadcast thunders through Edmonton as fans cheer on CCMA Award Winners

2013 CCMA’s Winners

September 8, 2013 (Edmonton, AB)  CCMA Press Release

Canadian country music rocked Canada from coast to coast tonight, as the 31st  Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA) Awards Broadcast took place in Edmonton, Alberta on September 8, 2013. The final eight Canadian Country Music Association Awards were given out in a rousing televised ceremony live from Rexall Place - Image
Canadian country music's biggest aired on CBC-TV. CBC LIVE brought viewers a live stream from the John Deere Green Carpet and Backstage starting at 5p.m. ET
CBC's Deana Sumanac and Tom Power had all the action covered, greeting all-star guests including Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry.
>> Watch the On Demand 92 minute green carpet and backstage footage at

Gord Bamford the crowd favourite headed to the 2013 Country Music Week leading the pack with seven nominations.
He picked up three 2013 CCMA Awards for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and CMT Video of the Year. In total, Bamford won five 2013 CCMA Awards, having previously shared a win earlier in the week with Buddy Owens and Ray Stephenson for Songwriter(s) of the Year, and with Byron Hill for Record Producer of the Year.
Dean Brody also came away a winner, taking home top honour as the Male Artist of the Year
Kira Isabella won Female Artist of the Year. Last year Isabella won the CCMA Rising Star Award, which this year went to newcomer Bobby Wills, who counts the honour as his first-ever CCMA Award win.
The Stellas were also recognized as Group or Duo of the Year, rounding out the awards for 2013.

The 2013 CCMA Awards Broadcast brought together lauded Canadian country music talent from across the country and included crowd pleasing performances by Autumn Hill, Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Emerson Drive, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel, Deric Ruttan, Small Town Pistols, Tebey, Dallas Smith and Bobby Wills.
There was no shortage of international stars in the crowd either, as multi-Platinum artists The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, and Darius Rucker performed live, with Hayes and Rucker also presenting awards.

The full list of 2013 CCMA Award winners announced at the CCMA Awards Broadcast were:

Fans’ Choice Award - Terri Clark
Single of the Year - “Leaning On A Lonesome Song” - Gord Bamford
Album of the Year - Is It Friday Yet? – Gord Bamford  >> Backstage Press Video
CMT Video of the Year - “Leaning On A Lonesome Song” – Gord Bamford  >> Official Video
Female Artist of the Year - Kira Isabella   >> Backstage Press Video
Male Artist of the Year - Dean Brody   >> Backstage Press Video
Group or Duo of the Year - The Stellas  >> Backstage Press Video
Rising Star Award - Bobby Wills  >> Backstage Press Video 

** Complete Listingof the 2013 CCMA Awards Nominees -
** Complete Listingof the 2013 CCMA Awards Winners -

CCMA 2013 Gala Dinner & Awards and CCMA All Star Band Awards Events  September 7, 2013

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courtesy Open Road Recordings
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) continued to reveal winners of 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards event at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

The event witnessed a total of 11 awards handed out, as well as all special achievement presentations.

Gord Bamford, who has seven nominations this year, took home the 2013 CCMA Award for Songwriter(s) of the Year for “Leaning On A Lonesome Song” along with co-nominees Buddy Owens and Ray Stephenson.
Wes Mack became the first artist to take home the inaugural CCMA Discovery Award component of the newly established CCMA Discovery Program -- an initiative designed to support Canadian country music artists in pursuit of a career in country music.
Corb Lund won for Roots Artist or Group of the Year, and High Valley for Interactive Artist of the Year. The 2013
Adam Gregory was the winner of the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, recognized at the ceremony for his ongoing dedication and service to a variety of charitable causes.
It was a deeply moving moment for the crowd to see the 2013 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees celebrated at the event. Artist Inductee Rita MacNeil and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award ­- Builder Inductee Ed Harris were both honoured for their lifelong commitment to furthering country music in Canada.
After the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards event, seven more 2013 CCMA Awards were handed out at the CCMA All Star Band Awards event, honouring an array of talented musicians from the Canadian country music industry.

A full list of 2013 CCMA Awards given out this evening at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards event, and CCMA All-Star Band Awards event follows:

CCMA Awards of Achievement recognized:

2013 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award - Adam Gregory >> Backstage Press Video
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Artist Inductee - Rita MacNeil
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award - Builder Inductee Ed Harris
2013 Discovery Program Award - Wes Mack

2013 CCMA Award winners announced:

Songwriter(s) of the Year - “Leaning On A Lonesome Song” (written by Gord Bamford/Buddy Owens/Ray Stephenson; performed by Gord Bamford)
Roots Artist or Group of the Year - Corb Lund
Interactive Artist of the Year - High Valley
Top Selling Album of the Year - RED by Taylor Swift
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year - FIRE IT Up by Johnny Reid
Music Publishing Company of the Year - ole
Record Company of the Year - Open Road Recordings Inc. (Facebook Page)
Record Company Person of the Year - Ron Harwood (Universal Music Canada)
Radio Station of the Year - Major Market - CKRY-FM - Calgary, AB
Radio Station of the Year - Secondary Market - KICX-FM - Orillia, ON

The 2013 CCMA Award winners announced at the All-Star Band Award event:
Drums - Ben Bradley (Gord Bamford); Bass - Travis Switzer (Jason Blaine/Deric Ruttan); Guitar - Jason Barry (Jason Blaine/Dean Brody/Aaron Lines/Michelle Wright), Keyboards - Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo); Fiddle - Allison Granger (Gord Bamford), Steel Guitar - Ed (Peewee Charles) Ringwald (George Canyon/Session/The Western Swing Authority)

CCMA 2013 Industry Lunch & Awards Ceremony

September 6, 2013 (Edmonton, AB) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) revealed the winners in 14 categories of 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards™ at the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards Ceremony which took place this afternoon at the Shaw Conference Centre. These were the first of over forty awards that would be presented during Country Music Week.
Deric Ruttan hosted and perform during the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards along with fellow artists Autumn Hill, Charlie Major, MacKenzie Porter and Aaron Pritchett,” said CCMA President, Don Green. “This is a true celebration of the industry professionals who work to create, support, and promote country music, and has been a fantastic afternoon. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.”

2013 CCMA Award winners announced within industry categories are:

Management Company of the Year - RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
Booking Agency of the Year - Invictus Entertainment Group
Country Club of the Year - Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall - Calgary, AB
Album Design of the Year - Roll (Emerson Drive) - Kristin Barlowe/Jesse Barrios III/Mitchell Nevins/Lili Pichette
Video Director of the Year - Stephano Barberis (Bob Marley – Dean Brody; Maybe You Remember Me Now – Hey Romeo; What Kinda Love – Dallas Smith)
Record Producer(s) of the Year - Gord Bamford/Byron Hill (The Boom Chucka Boys – The Boom Chucka Boys)
Recording Studio of the Year - MCC Recording Studio - Calgary, AB
Retailer of the Year - iTunes Canada
Country Music Program or Special of the Year - CMT Presents Dean Brody Live (CMT)
Country Festival, Fair, or Exhibition of the Year - Calgary Stampede -Calgary, AB
On-air Personality(ties) of the Year - Major: Odd Squad - CKRY-FM - Calgary, AB
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2013 CCMA’s Report

The Star Gord Bamford's "Leaning on a Lonesome Song" cleans up at CCMA Awards

Alberta's Gord Bamford stole the show Sunday at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards with "Leaning on a Lonesome Song" — his ballad on keeping it together when you're loved one leaves.
Gord wins big!
The song won Single of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, and is on "Is It Friday Yet?" which won Album of the Year in the awards show at Rexall Place.
"I lost my brother-in-law two years ago and this song is for him. I'm sure he's lookin' down," Bamford told the audience after accepting the Single of the Year award.
Bamford's brother-in-law Cory Mathies took his own life at age 41 in June 2011. Bamford, from Lacombe, Alta., has said he thought often of Mathies while writing and recording "Leaning on a Lonesome Song."
"He had a battle with addiction and depression — something that for me that was tough to comprehend because we have such a good life and we don't think of those things," Bamford said later backstage.
He said he has heard from fans who have told him the song helped turned their lives around. "That song has saved some lives out there," he said. "It's taken people from addiction to being sober again."
Bamford's lyrics speak of a man who is "borderline crazy" with worry wondering if the love of his life will decide to return to him.
The pain is "like pouring whisky on an open wound" but it's the music, the "leaning on a lonesome song" that keeps him going.
"Let the twin fiddles sing, let the steel guitar twang," sings Bamford. "It's in that jukebox filling up the room."
Bamford won Album of the Year in 2010 for "Day Job" and Male Artist of the Year in 2010.
Last year Bamford won for songwriter of the year for "Is It Friday Yet?" a song he wrote with Roger Brown and Byron Hill.
This was his first Single of the Year award and his first CMT Video of the Year award.

Dean Brody won Male Artist of the Year for the second consecutive year. The 38-year-old Brody was born in B.C. but moved from sea to sea, now living on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Brody said it still doesn't seem real.
Dean accepts his award
from the lovely Lisa Brokop
"A couple of years ago I was still working at the Sherwood Park Wal-Mart," he said in accepting the award. "This whole thing still feels like I'm on the peripheral. I have so much respect for the artists in this room."

Brody introduced Canada to his brand new single "Bounty" through a live performance with special guest vocalist Lindi Ortega (live Photo) - CCMA 2013 Slideshow

Kira Isabella of Ottawa continued her ascent up the ranks of country music stardom, winning the Best Female Artist award.

Isabella, 19, captured the rising star award in 2012 after her runaway hit "Love Me Like That." Isabella said she's ready for the pressure given her rapid rise to stardom. "When I was doing my performance (at the awards show) I was very, very nervous, but looking down at my peers, they had the most proud smiles," said Isabella backstage."I'm part of their family now, and that's all I ever wanted."  She beat out Terri Clark, Jaida Dreyer, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Michelle Wright for Best Famale 2013.

The husband and wife team The Stellas won their first Group of the Year award.
MaryLynne and Brad Stella of Whitby, Ont., credited Johnny Reid with helping them find the sound and encouraging them to record their songs outside the studio where they felt most comfortable. "We recorded them in the bathroom and he let us do that," Brad said backstage. "MaryLynne would be like, 'I want to sing' and it is like 3 o'clock in the morning and we're like 'OK' and she goes in the bathroom and lights a candle," he said. "That's where we recorded all those songs."

Terri Clark won her eighth Fan's Choice award. The Grande Ole Opry alumnus from Medicine Hat, Alta., first won the award in 1997, followed up by 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. She wasn't at the show to receive the award. She overhauled Canada’s men of country Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, George Canyon and Johnny Reid to land her 8th coveted prize

Alberta's Bobby Wills won the Rising Star award in a year he was nominated for Single of the Year with the single "Show Some Respect." "It's been a crazy year. To cap it off with this award is unbelievable," said Wills.
Wills, adopted as a child, was born in Edmonton but grew up in Calgary and got the musical bug after a trip to Australia.
Edmonton singer Corb Lund took home the Roots Artist/Group of the Year Award on Saturday.

Performances included: 'We Are This Town' (Emerson Drive), 'Listen' (Chad Brownlee) , 'Nothin' But Summer' (Dallas Smith),  'Slowdance' (George Canyon), 'Let It Be Me' (High Valley), 'Wagon Wheel' (Darius Rucker), 'Blame It On Your Truck' (Kira Isabella), 'Done' (The Band Perry),  Bobby Wills, Small Town Pistols and Tim Hicks Medley, 'Bounty' by Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, Autumn Hill and Tebey Medley, ‘I Want Crazy' (Hunter Hayes), 'Cool' (Jason Blaine), 'My Kind of Freedom' (Deric Ruttan) and 'When Your Lips Are So Close' (Gord Bamford)

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READ a review Best of the 2013 CCMA Awards at

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The cowgirls fight to be heard Only a few women nominated for CCMAs
Where have all the hotshot cowgirls gone?
More than ever, Canadian country music seems to be a man’s game — largely dominated by Gord Bamford, Dean Brody and Johnny Reid.
Only two women were nominated in the four most prestigious categories at the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards — Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Fans’ Choice.

Small Town Pistols, a duo featuring Amanda Wilkinson and her brother, were up for Album of the Year, while Terri Clark got a nod under Fans’ Choice.
This, unfortunately, isn’t an anomaly. Last year, three of the nominations in those categories went to women. (Three out of a total of 20 nominations.) In 2011, two. In 2010, three. In 2009, five. In 1995, FOURTEEN.
Don’t get me started,” says singer Michelle Wright, 52, who was one of a bunch of female powerhouses in the ’90s — including Terri Clark, Lisa Brokop, Patricia Conroy, and of course, Shania Twain.
Quite frankly, it’s always been sort of male dominated and so it’s nothing new from all the years I’ve been in the business — and I don’t know why.” the full report and comments at The Star


Watch 15 video 2013 CCMA Awards performances at

Watch Darius Rucker, Gord Bamford, George Canyon and
more performances:

CBC's lovely Deana Sumanac and Tom Power
chat with Mr.Dean Brody

Country 93.3 Jerry on The Green Carpet CCMA's in Edmonton 2013  >> Video
country 93.3 Backstage with The Band Perry >> Video
Autumn Hill's Tareya Green and Mike Robins chat about their journey to the CCMA Awards and invite CBC Live to a special rehearsal of "Can't Keep Waiting" >> Video

Flashback Shania Twain on CCMA 1995: >> Video  Shania wins big: Album of the Year (The Woman In Me), Video of the Year (Any Man Of Mine) and Female Vocalist of the Year. Flashback photo Shania wins at the CCMA's 2003.

Edmonton's Rexall Place venue - Image

2013 CCMA Photo Galleries at
Justin Hogg, Adam Gregory  & Emily Seal CCMA kickoff in Churchill Square in Edmonton on Thursday Sept. 5, 2013.
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Lisa Brokop on the CCMA green carpet carpet - Image
Kira Isabella  wins Female Artist - Image ,CCMA green carpet carpet - Image
Carolyn Dawn Johnson on the CCMA green carpet carpet - Image
Beverley Mahood on the green carpet - Image - ** Image
MacKenzie Porter on the CCMA green carpet  - Image
Michelle Wright on the CCMA green carpet - Image

Dean Brody wins Male Artist Award - Image
Dean Brody on the CCMA green carpet  - Image
Gord Bamford wins Single of the Year Award - Image
Gord Bamford on the CCMA green carpet carpet - Image , performs - Image
George Canyon interviewed by CMT Canada on CCMA John Deere Green Carpet - Image
Hey Romeo on the CCMA green carpet  - Image
Tim Hicks and fans - Image
High Valley on the CCMA green carpet  - Image
Brett Kissel on the CCMA green carpet  - Image
Brett Kissel with his wife, Cecilia - Image
Corb Lund signs for fans - Image
Deric Ruttan on the CCMA green carpet - Image
Jimmy Rankin on the CCMA green carpet carpet - Image
Deric Ruttan on the CCMA green carpet - Image
Dallas Smith and partner! on the green carpet  - Image  performs - Image
The Stellas - Image
Bobby Wills with Rising Star Award - Image
Bobby Wills on the CCMA green carpet  - Image

Hunter Hayes and fans - Image
Hunter Hayes performs - Image
Darius Rucker on the CCMA green carpet - Image

Edmonton Oilers players on the CCMA green carpet - Image

2013 CCMA’s Carpet Fashion
Edmonton’s warm September temperatures wreaked a bit of havoc with fall wardrobe choices on the ‘green carpet’ at Sunday’s Sept 8th Canadian Country Music Association awards.
After a cool and cloudy morning, the sun made an appearance just as presenters, performers and nominees made their way into the CCMA awards mid-afternoon on at Rexall Place.

Jeans were a popular choice for the guys, who dressed up their denim with long-sleeved button-up shirts and blazers, all in fall-inspired hues of black, navy and grey. It made for a warm walk down the carpet, most of which was outside, but cool smiles for the flashing lights prevailed. 
  • Emerson Drive spiffed up the look with ties and vests.
  • Sibling trio High Valley from La Crete in northern Alberta and Edmonton’s Corb Lund kept things casual with a simple shirt and jeans combo. “I’m in the middle of moving, so my choices were slim pickings,” Lund joked as he made his way along the green carpet in a black button-up made specifically for his long arms.
  • Baby-faced Brett Kissel from Flat Lake, near Bonnyville, chose shiny, coated motorcycle jeans to up the game.
  • The ladies looked lovely in everything from dresses to patterned pants.
  • Tareya Green from Autumn Hill rocked a sheer, peek-a-boo black number with some serious heels. They measured seven inches, with the heel welded out of a steel cross.
  • Carolyn Dawn Johnson strutted her stuff in a leather jacket and Diane Von Furstenberg snow leopard-patterned pants. Ottawa’s Kira Isabella rocked a blush pink vintage dress purchased in Toronto.
  • Country queen Michelle Wright was the real green carpet stunner was in black palazzo pants, black blazer and a chunky jewelled bib necklace.
  • Jaida Dreyer nominated for Female Vocalist looked very beautiful and elegant in a flowing Tammy Wynette inspired dress.
  • Beverley Mahood wowed on the CCMA carpet. The Hope And Gasoline” singer dazzled in a sparkly white mini dress.
  • Edmonton Oilers young guns Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle also walked the carpet in casually co-ordinated dress shirt shades of greys and blues. “We went shopping together,” Hall joked when asked if they called each other about their wardrobe. A nervous, grinning Eberle immediately denied the shopping date -
  • Kira Isabella known for the hit "A Little More Work" and a double-nominee and had just a little more time to put a little more work into her green-carpet look. Earlier this summer, CBC Live met up with the singer so they could give her a jump on her CCMA Awards style. Coming up with the perfect CCMAs hair takes effort, and in some cases an industrial quantity of hairspray. They paired Isabella up with a Toronto hair guru: Taz Hair Co. stylist and owner Daniel Naumovski, who helped her achieve a look that's the definition of modern country glam >> YouTube
  • CCMA makeover: CBC Radio 2's Tom Power co-hosted the "green carpet" and backstage show before he meet the stars, he's was going to have to shine up his boots -- and get a whole new look, right? >> YouTube
2013 CCMA’s Tweets and Quotes

Terri Clark on Facebook: I woke up to the news this morning along with a hundred congrats texts and shockingly realized I won fans choice at the CCMAs last night. A personal prior commitment didn't allow me to watch the show. I didn't attend this year, as I figured taking one year off after the last 18 would be good for me as busy as I have been with several projects as of late. To be honest , I didn't think I stood a chance of winning after all of these years. My fans are absolutely dedicated and amazing and I should have known better than to underestimate them !!
George Canyon: Just finished performing "Slow Dance" on the 2013 #CCMA Awards - with tour manager Rick Bazuin and manager, Jim Cressman - Photo
Emily Seal: had a great time at the CCMA Gala last night! #CCMA - with Nikki Meeres and Bryton Udy - Photo
Tori Hathaway: Last night I got to meet Carroll Baker for the first time after the Gala. What a classy lady! Thanks for making a moment to say hi. She's even more beautiful in person than in her picture
The Band Perry Ready. Set. GO! #ccma xxkP  Photo
Dallas Smith @dallassmith I could listen to the @SmTownPistols sing all day everyday. Unbelievable. #FanFest @CCMAofficial
Tim Hicks @timhicksmusic All set for the CCMAs tonight! So honoured and excited to be part of the festivities! @CCMAofficial @openroadrecs
Brett Kissel @BrettKissel NOT sure if I'm allowed to say this, but I'm walking down the "GreenCarpet" at 3pm to kick things off! MAKE SURE YOU'RE THERE! #CCMA

2013 CCMA’s Spotify Links

SOURCESCCMA Press,   Country 93.3 YouTube Videos,,

Top Country Charts - Sept 11, 2013 (Top 5's Canadian Artists only & Top 10's all Artists)

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