Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Canadian Country Music Awards 2015

Canadian Country Music Association Awards 2015

2015 CCMA Winners, Report, Videos, photos, links and Green Carpet Fashion

Updated: Sept 16, 2015
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September 13, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The 2015 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Awards Show, hosted by television personality Jessi Cruickshank, who kept the audience in stitches, celebrated eight CCMA Award categories in a televised ceremony this evening.
Jessi Cruickshank

"I am so excited to be hosting the CCMA Awards! I have long admired country music artists and secretly wish I was one," said Cruickshank. "I guarantee a wild night filled with laughs, surprises and men in tight jeans." 

Host of CBC-TV's Canada's Smartest Person and etalk correspondent, Cruickshank is one of Canada's most beloved TV personalities. She became a household name as the face of MTV Canada, hosting the daily comedy show MTV Live and smash hit The Hills After Show. Dean Brody's  video of the year, the Margaret Malandruccolo-directed clip for Upside Down was also a perfect fit for a show focused on high energy and humour, with host Jessi setting the tone right off the bat, as she was carried in by a pair of muscular ranch hands!

The 2015 CCMA Awards Show took place at the newly renovated Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was broadcast across Canada on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) and CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
CCMA Awards 2015 Winners Montage

  • The coveted CCMA Fan’s Choice Award was presented to Johnny Reid off the top of the show. This is Reid’s sixth time winning this specific award.
  • Gord Bamford took home CCMA Awards for both Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for his song, “Where A Farm Used To Be”. Bamford took home the hardware in these two categories last year as well.
  • Also on a repeat was Jess Moskaluke, who was crowned Female Artist of the Year for the second consecutive year.
  • High Valley were named Group or Duo of the Year
  • Madeline Merlo was bestowed with the Rising Star award.
  • Local fan-favourite, Dean Brody, took home the CCMA Award for Video of the Year
  • Dallas Smith took home the prestigious CCMA Award for Album of the Year

2015 CCMA Performers
The 2015 CCMA Awards Show delivered a collection of high energy and high impact performances by an array of Canadian country music’s brightest stars, including Autumn Hill ("Blame"), Gord Bamford (“Don't Let Her Be Gone"), Paul Brandt with Jess Moskaluke (“I’m An Open Road”), Dean Brody (banjo-techno hit “Bring Down the House”, looking cool in a pool of dry ice vapour), Tim Hicks (“Yail”; vibrant summer anthem Young, Alive and in Love), High Valley (“She’s With Me”), Kira Isabella and MacKenzie Porter (“Shake It If You Got It”; giving bro country a boot in the jeans), Brett Kissel, Wes Mack, Steven Lee Olsen, Johnny Reid (“What Love Is All About”) and Dallas Smith (“Cheap Seats”; with a pounding drumline and high fives for the fans).
International guests Florida George Line performed their fan-favourite, “Anything Goes”, while Thomas Rhett sang his latest hit, #1 single, “Crash and Burn”.

The 2016 CCMA Awards Show will take place in London, Ontario. Tickets go on sale later in 2015.

Over 20 CCMA Awards Presented At Two Awards Ceremonies In Halifax
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced the winners in over 20 award categories at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards and the CCMA All-Star Band Awards. These are the second and third of four awards ceremonies which took  place over the weekend In Halifax as part of Country Music Week® and the 2015 CCMA Awards Program.

Award presentations were made for the 2015 CCMA Awards of Achievement recipients. MusiCounts, which received the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and Robert Ott, who received the Leonard T. Rambeau International Award, were both paid touching tributes.
Dianne Leigh was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in the artist category, while Elizabeth "Ma" Henning was posthumously honoured with the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award.
Both women, known as leaders and trailblazers in the industry, joined a prestigious list of cherished artists and professionals who comprise the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. 
  • Among the many award winners this evening was Brett Kissel, who took home the award for Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, which he also won last year. 
  • Likewise, Lindi Ortega was named Roots Artist of the Year, a title she was also bestowed with in 2014.
  • Gord Bamford, Buddy Owens and Phil O'Donnell took home the hardware for Songwriter(s) of the Year, with the hit "Where A Farm Used To Be".
  • Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year went to Yoan for his SELF-TITLED work, Yoan, while Top Selling Album of the Year went to Luke Bryan for CRASH MY PARTY.
  • Raquel Cole, from Vernon, BC, took home this year's CCMA Discovery Award. The award is bestowed upon one of six finalists in the CCMA Discovery Program based upon compiled scores from several major milestones of the program: a panel interview, a written essay, and a showcase performance from Thursday night as part of Country Music Week. The CCMA Discovery Program was developed to educate and support Canadian country music artists in their pursuit of a career in the music industry.
2015 CCMA’s Report

Gord Bamford was the big winner for the night.
Country fans across Canada had their eyes on the Halifax stage, as Calgary singer Gord Bamford emerged as the weekend's big winner, taking home his third Male Artist Of The Year award. He also saw his song “Where a Farm Used to Be” named Single Of The Year, while on Saturday it earned him a songwriter of the year award, along with co-writers Buddy Owens and New Brunswick-born Phil O'Donnell.
Gord Bamford

"It's a reflection of the evolution of what's going on," said Bamford of the song, which clearly touched a nerve with listeners across Canada, in the city as well as the country. 
"Growth is always good, but what we wrote about is real, and people really related to it." Bamford performed his strong new single ‘Don't Let Her Be Gone’ on the CCMA broadcast, and backstage he dropped a hint about an upcoming tour announcement, co-headlining with a major American performer. 
He also talked about his visit to the IWK Health Centre on Friday, where he donated $10,000 from his charitable foundation to the children's hospital's music therapy program.
"Those experiences have changed my life forever," said the singer, who also shows his support for MusiCounts, which provides musical equipment to public schools. "Not every kid wakes up and wants to play hockey or baseball," said Bamford. "I've seen what music can do and how it can heal, and I'm proud to be able to help make that dream come true."
The 39-year-old Bamford, who was born in Australia but moved to Canada as a young boy, said he attributes his continued success to his hard-working attitude, instilled by his family upbringing in Alberta.
"I was always taught to work really hard and be very respectful to people, but told that when you go do something, try to do it at the best of your ability. That's all I've tried to do," said Bamford in an oversized black cowboy hat, just after debuting his new single Don't Let Her Be Gone for thousands.

Jess Moskaluke, 25, won Female Artist of the Year for the second year in a row. The pop-country singer from Langenburg, Sask., is gearing up for the release of her new EP Kiss Me Quiet out on Friday, September 25, 2015.
Female Artist Of The Year
Jess Moslaluke

"I cannot believe that this happened," said an emotional Moskaluke in a floor-length red dress as she accepted the award. "You have no idea how much this means to me as a girl from small town Saskatchewan." Jess shared n Facebook: OMG!! Seriously?! Again?! I'm not sure what I'm doing to deserve this, but I sure am grateful! Thank you so much to anyone and everyone who has played a role in my career (big or small). You will never know what this means to a small town girl like me. Now if you'll excuse me, there's whiskey calling my name.

This has been a career milestone year for Jess Moskaluke, with a consecutive win in the CCMA® Awards Female Artist of the Year category. For year-to-date (2015), she is currently the #1 most played Canadian female artist at Country format, and recently reached over 1 billion YouTube views.
Exclaims Moskaluke, "This award is such an incredible honour, I cannot believe it!  I would like to share this award with my fans, as it is their love and support that helped create this amazing moment and unforgettable year!  See you on the road!"
Now her first arena show is this fall!  In October, Moskaluke will join Paul Brandt and Dean Brody’s Road Trip Tour and has released new single “Kiss Me Quiet” on September 14th. (Via Press Release)

Scottish-born veteran vocalist Johnny Reid claimed the Fans' Choice Award for the sixth time in the past seven years. He said being recognized by the people who listen to your music is an honour. "The bigger thing for me is to stand up there and say thanks to them," said Reid, standing out against his cowboy hat-clad colleagues in a black suit and tie. "It was a very humbling experience for me, yet again."

Not a dry eye in the house after Johnny Reid's performance backed by a Halifax gospel choir!  #CCMAawards
Johnny Reid's last studio album of a sort was 2012's Platinum+ Fire It Up, followed by a second Christmas album, A Christmas Gift To You—released in October 2012 and certified Platinum by December. It has subsequently sold about 200,000 albums in Canada. 

Reid has quietly been working on his supersized return with producer Bob Ezrin who came on board for the last Christmas album. On Sunday, Reid stepped back into the limelight, at the CCMA Awards in Halifax, to perform the title track and lead single from his upcoming November 13th album, >> WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT Cover Art
As it so happened, being off the road and not releasing any new material for a couple of years hasn't diminished his celebrity with his Tartan Army an iota. Reid also took to the stage to receive the Fans Choice Award, his sixth consecutive win.

Read More: Wee Johnny Has Big Bob Ezrin On The Big One (fyi music news)

The Nova Scotia-based Dean Brody, who was poised to win big having received seven nominations, won Video of the Year for “Upside Down”. The 40-year-old B.C.-born singer, who moved to Nova Scotia six years ago after a stint in Nashville, said it felt great winning the award in his new home."We really feel embraced by the East Coast community," said Brody, whose young family currently lives in Windsor, N.S., but will soon move to the Halifax area. "It's just a great community and it suites me as a person. I'm hoping we're here to stay."

2015 CCMA’s Nominees & Winners

Fans’ Choice Award
Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, Johnny Reid ** Winner **, Dallas Smith - ccmafanvote

Album Of The Year
5:01 (Tim Hicks), County Line (High Valley), Gypsy Road (Dean Brody), Lifted (Dallas Smith) ** Winner **,, Light Up The Night (Jess Moskaluke)

Female Artist Of The Year
Terri Clark, Kira Isabella, Beverley Mahood, Jess Moskaluke ** Winner **, MacKenzie Porter

Male Artist Of The Year
Gord Bamford ** Winner **, Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, Dallas Smith

Group Or Duo Of The Year
Autumn Hill, The Boom Chucka Boys, High Valley ** Winner **, The Road Hammers, Small Town Pistols

Single Of The Year
3-2-1 (Brett Kissel), Another Man's Gold (Dean Brody), Cheap Wine and Cigarettes (Jess Moskaluke)
Wastin' Gas (Dallas Smith), Where A Farm Used To Be (Gord Bamford) ** Winner **

Video Of The Year
Country Side (Jason Blaine), If You Ask Me To (MacKenzie Porter), Tough People Do (Brett Kissel)
Upside Down (Dean Brody) ** Winner **, Where A Farm Used To Be (Gord Bamford)

Rising Star
Jason Benoit, Lindsay Broughton, Leah Daniels, Lindsay Ell, Tristan Horncastle, Jordan McIntosh
Madeline Merlo ** Winner **, Steven Lee Olsen

The eligibility period was March 1, 2014 through to April 30, 2015;
The artist must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant; All final nominees were required to be members of the CCMA (industry level) in good standing. CCMA Awards - Rules & Regulations

The Awards handed out during the CCMA Gala and Dinner were!

2015 CCMA Award winners (organized by award categories, in alphabetical order):

2015 Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductees Artist Inductee
Dianne Leigh

Stan Klees Builder Award - Builder Inductee
Elizabeth "Ma" Henning

CCMA Awards Of Achievement
2015 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award: MusiCounts
Leonard T. Rambeau International Award: Robert Ott

Songwriter(S) Of The Year
Before You Drive Me Crazy (Written By: Wes Mack, Micah Wilshire, Rick Ferrell, Performed By: Wes Mack)
Country Side (Written By: Jason Blaine, Deric Ruttan, Performed By: Jason Blaine)
Never Didn't Love You (Written By: Walt Aldridge, Michael Pyle, Bobby Wills, Performed By: Bobby Wills)
Upside Down (Written By: Dean Brody, Performed By: Dean Brody)

Where A Farm Used To Be (Written By: Gord Bamford, Buddy Owens, Phil O'Donnell, Performed By: Gord Bamford) ** Winner **

ListenWhere A Farm Used To Be”:

CCMA Discovery Award: Raquel Cole

Interactive Artist Or Group Of The Year
Leah Daniels, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Brett Kissel ** Winner **, Twin Kennedy

Roots Artist Of The Year
The Bros. Landreth, Tim Chaisson, The Lovelocks, Lindi Ortega ** Winner **, The Western Swing Authority


All Star Band – BASS
Chris Byrne, Scott Cooke, Lisa Dodd ** Winner **, Justin Kudding, Travis Switzer
All Star Band – DRUMS
Ben Bradley, Stephen Broadhurst, Corbett Frasz, Chad Melchert ** Winner **, Ben Shillabeer
All Star Band – FIDDLE
Denis Dufresne ** Winner **, Shane Guse, MacKenzie Porter, Ali Raney, Tyler Vollrath
All Star Band – GUITAR
Jason Barry, Ryan Davidson ** Winner **, Matt McKay, Mitch Merrett, Darren Savard
All Star Band – KEYBOARDS
Scott Galloway, Mike Little, Bart McKay ** Tie Winners **,, Carly McKillip, Dale Wallace

All Star Band - Special Instrument
Dave Barber (Banjo), Shane Chisholm (Gastank Bass), Shane Guse (Mandolin), Robin Pelletier (Mandolin) ** Winner **, Tyler Vollrath (Mandolin)
All Star Band – Steel Guitar

Darrek Anderson, John Ellis, Smokey Fennell, Doug Johnson, Ed (Peewee Charles) Ringwald ** Winner **

Radio Station Of The Year - Large Market: KX 94.7, New Country FM - Hamilton, ON
Radio Station Of The Year - Medium Or Small Market: CKGY 95.5, KG Country - Red Deer, AB

Music Publishing Company Of The Year: ole
Record Company Of The Year: MDM Recordings Inc.
Record Company Person Of The Year: Mike Denney - MDM Recordings Inc.
Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer Or Promoter Of The Year: Jim Cressman/ Rob Cyrynowski - Invictus Entertainment Group
Top Selling Album Of The Year: Crash My Party - Luke Bryan
Top Selling Canadian Album Of The Year: Yoan - Yoan

Jess Moskaluke Wins CCMA® Female Artist of the Year for a Second Consecutive Time
MDM Sweeps with Major Industry Wins Including Record Company of the Year
 Following last night's exhilarating broadcast, which included appearances by presenters Chad Brownlee, Bobby Wills and performances from the industry's greatest,Country Music Awards® in Halifax marks another year of remarkable achievements for MDM Recordings Inc. (MDM) and its artists. As the weekend concluded, MDM  took home 3 awards, across both, artist and industry categories:
  • Jess Moskaluke - Female Artist of the Year (second consecutive title)
  • MDM Recordings Inc. - Record Label of the Year
  • Mike Denney - Record Person of the Year (second consecutive title)
Remarks Mike Denney, "As we kicked off Country Music Week this year, I never could have anticipated what was to come.  Not one, but two consecutive wins for both Jess Moskaluke and myself, as well as a fantastic honour for our entire Road Family as Record Company of the Year.  I am so proud of our entire crew I can’t even come close to describing it!  Congratulations to everyone!" (Via Press Release)
In addition to receiving a bevy of accolades, MDM proudly introduced a new addition to the "road family" this weekend during their annual CCMA® Showcase.  A 2015 CCMA® Female Artist of the Year nominee, Beverly Mahood joins MDM, signing a three year licensing deal.

OPEN ROAD RECORDINGS & RGK ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATE 2015 CCMA AWARD WINS: Dean Brody, High Valley and Madeline Merlo win In Halifax

Open Road Recordings and RGK are celebrating as roster members Dean Brody, High Valley and Madeline Merlo take home three 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. With wins in Video of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year and Rising Star categories. Performing his GOLD single 'Bring Down The House' in front of 11,000 of his fellow Nova Scotians at the Scotiabank Centre, Dean Brody is no stranger to the Canadian country music industry. In fact, some may say that with the release of his latest album, GYPSY ROAD, he is the genre's leading man. His win for Video of the Year marked his 14th CCMA Award and kicks off the extensive Road Trip Tour, which sees him making stops in 22 cities across the country alongside Paul Brandt as of September 24. (Source: Country Aircheck)

Live at the 2015 CCMAs: Madeline Merlo
Live At the 2015 CCMAs: David James & The Lovelocks
Live at the 2015 CCMAs 2015: Gord Bamford

Watch the CBC background to Dean Brody’s “Upside Down” >> YouTube
CCMA Country Stars Love Halifax >> YouTube

The Canadian Country Music Association’s Annual Country Music Week

Country Music Week began in 1977 as an annual event created to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada’s country music artists. Today, Country Music Week is made up of three components:a music festival, which includes a Songwriters’ Series, talent showcases, a full-day FanFest and a Countdown Concert prior to the awards show; the CCMA Awards Show, which is a 2-hour live, television special highlighting a year in country music; as well as an industry conference which allows the Canadian country music industry to honour those working behind the scenes via educational workshops, networking receptions, awards ceremonies and more. 
Country Music Week 2015 was held in Halifax, NS from September 10 – 13.
Read More CCMA Overview


The CCMA Songwriters' Series celebrated the crafting of original songs and the talent behind their memorable words. Acoustic, in-the-round performances took place by both emerging and established songwriters: The Heartbroken, Sykamore, Tim Chaisson, Aaron Pritchett, Patricia Conroy, JJ Shiplett, Andrew Hyatt and Dan Swinimer

When: Friday, September 11
Where: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre  Presented by The Berkeley  Hosted by Beverley Mahood

At this once-in-a-lifetime event it paid tribute to Canadian country hits of the past by pairing some of Canada’s most cherished country artists, including Hall of Fame inductees, with rising and current stars of the industry.

Featured performances by: Gord Bamford, Tim Chaisson, Patricia Conroy, Tracey Brown and Randall Prescott from The Family Brown, The Good Brothers, Kira Isabella, Joan Kennedy, Beverley Mahood, Charlie Major, Danielle Marie and Jess Moskaluke.

(PHOTO) Jess Moskaluke with publicist/ event/ manager Carmen Choney (L), Beverley Mahood and Patricia Conroy (R) Backstage at the Legends Show at CCMAS.

When: Saturday September 12, 2015
Where: Cunard Centre  Presented by: CMT (Canada)  Official Retail Sponsor: HMV   Hosted by: FX 101.9
At the Cunard Centre for a line-up of some of Canada's brightest country music stars! The FREE afternoon music festival featured back-to-back live performances by a collection of fan-favourite artists. Attendees had the opportunity to get their picture taken with country music celebs at the CCMA FanFest photo wall.
Featuring Performances By: Autumn Hill, Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt & Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, Emerson Drive, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Brett Kissel, Wes Mack, Jess Moskaluke, Steven Lee Olsen, MacKenzie Porter, Tebey, Bobby Wills

When: Saturday September 12, 2015
Where: Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room Hosted by: Wendell Ferguson
This took place at the Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room and was hosted by Wendell Ferguson
The third ceremony in the awards series, the CCMA All Star Band Awards honoured the heart and soul of the music industry - the hardworking musicians who spend hours perfecting their skills and supporting artists both on stage and behind the scenes. Starting upon the finish of the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards, fans could kick back and party the night away with some of the best and most appreciated musicians Canada has to offer. Featured performances by: Lindsay Broughton, Leah Daniels, Tristan Horncastle, The Lovelocks, Jordan McIntosh and Madeline Merlo

When: Sunday September 13, 2015
Where: Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room  Presented by: SOCAN and ole  
Hosted by: Ralph Murphy
The CCMA Songwriters’ Series culminated with a session that features masterclass songwriters from both sides of the border in a guitar pull setting. Notable songwriters from Canada and the U.S. will share the stories behind country music’s biggest hits. Accomplished and celebrated hit makers Paul Brandt, Phil O’Donnell, Johnny Reid and Craig Wiseman will be hosted by Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee (2012), musician, record producer and songwriter, Ralph Murphy. Experience this unique and one-time-only stage event with the names behind the country songs you know and love.
Performers include: Ralph Murphy, Paul Brandt, Phil O'Donnell, Johnny Reid and Craig Wiseman

When: Sunday September 13, 2015
Where: Argyle Street, alongside Grand Parade Hosted by: FX 101.9
The perfect opportunity to star gaze: If you’re a fan of Canadian country artists and personalities, the Green Carpet was the place to be. Nominated artists, performers, presenters and special guests walked the carpet and interacted with fans and media along the way. Fans were encouraged to get to the FanZone early for prime bleacher seating to get a glimpse of, and cheer on, their favourite stars.
Watch the CCMA John Deere Green Carpet Experience with Brett Kissel

When: Sunday September 13, 2015
Where: Scotiabank Centre  Broadcast Partners: CBC-TV and CMT (Canada) Hosted by: Jessi Cruickshank

Source: CCMA - Events

2015 CCMA’s Carpet Fashion

CCMA Awards Green Carpet; (free)

Ashley Diana Morris – The 26-year old Toronto, Ontario actress, model and CMT Canada Host was on hand interviewing some of her favourite country stars for #chevytop20.
CCMA Awards 2015 - Ashley Diana Morris-Montage
She simply sparkled in a ivory Dollhaus Couture (Fashion E-Boutique For Dolls - Web) mini dress showing off her enviable toned pins and wore matching cream Jimmy Choo heels ( see Instagram)
Ashley Diana Morris
Model photoshoots
In 2013, she became the newest Guess model after an accidental discovery in Vancouver. Morris was attending a concert by country music artist Dierks Bentley when she was spotted by fashion photographer Odette Sugerman (Guess, Vogue), who happened to be sitting a few rows away! Sugerman arranged for Morris, who had never modeled before, to fly to Los Angeles to meet Guess designer and co-founder Paul Marciano and to test for the clothing brand (Magazine Image)

The Vancouver model Ashley with looks of Anna Nicole Smith was named the face of Guess Lingerie in 2013. She no doubt broke hearts when she married West Vancouver cosmetic dentist Dr. Geoffrey Gillespie in the Bahamas in 2013 (Image)

Last year she was seen having fun hanging out with CanCountry stars Aaron Pritchett and Dallas Smith shooting Aaron's music video for “Boat On The Water” Twitter Image

Jess Moskaluke – The 2014 Female Vocalist was a lady in red wearing an embroidered off the shoulder floor length gown that had a side slit and sported a small train. 

She later performed live wearing a white Free People dress featuring a sweetheart cut and floral lace overlay Image
Jess has enjoyed a record-breaking year. 

Crowned the Female Artist at the 2014 CCMA Awards and a a multiple 2015 CCMA Award nominee.
2015 continued to be a year of many firsts for Moskaluke, including her first JUNO nominations; a cross-Canada tour, having joined Chad Brownlee's When The Lights Go Down Tour and now her first arena shows this fall.

Kira Isabella The 2015 Female Artist Of The Year nominee wore a sleeveless BCBGMAXAZRIA Pink Jumpsuit - Rossana Cutout Back which added a need-now, seventies-inspired wide leg to an ultra-chic modern shape complete with back cutouts. 
Kira (L) backstage with MacKenzie (R)

It had a round neck, wide flared leg with a concealed back zip closure. (ProductProduct) She also gave a shout-out to her Hair & & Makeup artist Justine Sslymua.
Canada's Carrie & Miranda!: She later changed into a sexy black strapless sequined bodice/ corset and black pants and boots. She was joined by “Rodeo” fiddle player MacKenzie Porter who co-ordinated rocking a beaded corset, sparkly striped shorts, boots and donned a swept black furry gown. The “Shake It If You Got It” performance somewhat mirrored Somethin’ Bad by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

MacKenzie Porter -  The Medicine Hat AB native and 2015 Female Artist Of The Year nominee looked hot on the green carpet wearing a low cut sleeveless mini dress which had an eye-catching silver stud pattern detailing. She added high suede boots and a nude lippie to complete her #StudsAndThighHighs CCMA look. MacKenzie shared that she sourced the dress in a small boutique store in her home town called Twinkle Dolls (102-156 3rd Street South East Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 0H3 ImageFacebook)
#ShakeItIfYouGotIt Kira (L) with MacKenzie (R) perform live

The Lovelocks – Last years Discovery Award winners Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman had
fun with the Halifax fans co-ordinated and looked particularly beautiful and elegant when they walked the John Deere Green Carpet wearing BCBGMAXAZRIA gowns and DSW Canada shoes (Website) they also donned Amos Pewter necklaces.

Shawna Floral-Embroidered Sequined Gown with a concealed back zipper closure allows glamour to take a dark, enchanting turn when alluring sheer lace and a fluid hem create edgy romance, while the beautifully embroidered chrysanthemums are adorned with sequins for a subtle statement. The floor-sweeping silhouette could be styled with simple heels or sandals (£473.00; Product)

The romantic sleeveless Kiley Striped Floral panelled lace gown with graceful floor-sweeping hemline offered both grace and elegance, featuring a split V-neckline and a center back keyhole with button closure (£616.00; BKL69E35-001; Product Detail)
They also thanked their “glam squad” Mac Cosmetics (website) and Janine Gerrits a licensed makeup artist located in the Halifax area (Facebook; wedding, boudoir, fashion, photography)

Brittany Kielbratowski and Janine also had the pleasure of doing makeup and hair for the wives of Florida Georgia Line. Janine worked with Tyler Hubbard’s 2015 bride Hayley Stommel (right) going with a natural bronzed look! Brian brought his wife Brittney Marie Cole along. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard stayed sharp in a dark palette of monochromatics for shirts, waistcoats and pants.
FGL + wifes at the 2015 CCMAs

Leah Daniels -  The CCMA 2015 Rising Star nominee simply dazzled on the green carpet wearing a sleeveless Badgley Mischka Sequin Boat Neck Evening Gown ($795.00; EG1687; Product Detail) which she sourced from Rent Frock Repeat.com
The unique blend of colored sequins is anchored by sheer black trim and a black banded waist. 100% nylon. It showcased a boat neckline and ended with a small train. A beautiful dress that clings to the curves that surely impressed at the formal CCMA carpet affair.

Madeline Merlo

The 2015 CCMA Rising Star winner wass seen wearing a Greta Constantine Full Length Evening Gown from Wardrobe Apparel ($773.50 $910.00; Product Detail) This dress is a easy to wear, but absolutely chic gown. Microfibre knit is a comfortable fabric and it’s Fabric milled in Italy and manufactured in Toronto.

This Greta Constantine dress is designed to flatter the bust and waist, the cinched style creates a flattering silhouette.
The CCMA weekend had been a dream for Madeline playing the CCMA All Star Band Awards was a definite highlight for her and then having a Disney princess moment backstage dressed in a Greta Constantine 1/2 Sleeve Skater Dress ($1,100.00; Product Detail) with a shout-out to her stylist Crystal Carson.

She shared that the CCMA Awards night was a “complete roller coaster of emotions” and still in a daze said “I have hands down never been so shocked in my life. I am confident in my abilities but I really did believe it wasn’t my year to win, and was more then okay with that. To have won this prestigious award from the votes of my peers in the Canadian Country Music Community means so much to me its hard to even put into words. I was so flustered, I had no speech prepared, so in shock that I even forgot hug my mother (LOL) and cried on national television” Her journey started for her when she stepped on stage at 6 years old. As a 12 year old Madeline lost 99.9% of talent competitions she went in: The ups and downs are all part of the beauty of life but please never give up on your dreams just because someone else is afraid to follow theirs. My fellow nominees, it was an honour to be considered amongst you guys.
Watch her >> Honey Jack (Lyric Video)

2015 CCMA’s Pictures:

CCMA Awards 2015: Backstage Gord Bamford & Carolyn Dawn Johnstone

Gord Bamford & two young Fans!

Alyssa Morrissey (L), Alessia Cohle, Dave Woods and Elyse Saunders enjoy good timesin Halifax

Watch >> “Sunday Shoes” by Alessia Cohle (Official Music Video)

On Sept 13th Ontario singer/songwriter Elyse Saunders released a live barn session performing her song >> "That's Where I'm Comin' From" from her new I’M ON MY WAY released worldwide on iTunes on April 24th (UK iTunes and iTunes.ca) and on CD Baby © Copyright - Elyse Saunders / Elyse Saunders (013964729443) >> Test Drive on SPOTIFY  
The video was shot and recorded live at LTS Ranch in Ontario, Canada. for self

Bragging Rights: For those Indie artists that attended CCMA Music Week and showcased and met with PD's and MD's it was a great week. Brea Lawrenson showcased in various venues and in the shot above was interviewed by Country 101.1.  The CCMA's are over and if you are an award winning artist, you SHOULD brag about it!! Mark Rheaume of the CBC explains why you should be proud of the awards you won, and why it's perfectly 
okay to brag about them, CLICK HERE!
If you did not attend you should budget now for next year which will be held in London Ontario. Try and get on as many showcases as possible and show your talent to the industry (Aircheck News)

Music.cbc.ca (Sept 13, 2015)
Lindi Ortega and Kira Isabella on why we still need to talk about women in country music.

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