Friday, 15 July 2016

Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) 2016 nominees announced

(13 July 2016) 
It was a big day for Canadian country music artists as the Final Nominees are announced for the 2016 CCMA Awards. #CCMAnomday



The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce the final nominees in thirty-four (34) CCMA Award categories today, eight (8) of which will be presented during the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, September 11; which will once again be hosted by the talented Canadian television personality Jessi Cruickshank, and broadcast on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

On the heels of a successful year, Dean Brody heads into the 2016 CCMA Awards season with five nominations: Fans' Choice, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. 
Brett Kissel also boasts five nominations; four in the artist award category: Fans' Choice, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year, and one industry nomination for Record Producer of the Year.

With an impressive four nominations each are Gord Bamford (Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year); Johnny Reid (Fans' Choice, Male Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Producer of the Year); Dallas Smith (Fans' Choice, Male Artist of the Year,Single of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year) and The Washboard Union (Group or Duo of the Year, Rising Star, Video of the Year and Roots Artist of the Year).

And with three nominees each are Cold Creek County (Group or Duo of the Year, Rising Star and Video of the Year); Jess Moskaluke (Female Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year) and Bobby Wills (Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year).

ARTIST AWARDS

FANS' CHOICE
Dean Brody; Brett Kissel; Johnny Reid; Dallas Smith; Yoan

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford; Dean Brody; Brett Kissel; Johnny Reid; Dallas Smith

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell; Kira Isabella; Madeline Merlo; Jess Moskaluke; MacKenzie Porter

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Autumn Hill; Cold Creek County; High Valley; The Road Hammers; The Washboard Union

RISING STAR
Alee; Cold Creek County; David James; River Town Saints; The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks; Jessica Mitchell; Lindi Ortega; The Washboard Union; The Western Swing Authority

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Edge of the Storm (Wes Mack); Hearts On Fire (Chad Brownlee); I Got This (George Canyon); Tin Roof (Gord Bamford); Tougher Than Love (Bobby Wills)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Airwaves (Brett Kissel); Bring Down The House (Dean Brody); Cheap Seats (Dallas Smith);
Don't Let Her Be Gone (Gord Bamford); Won't You Be Mine (Bobby Wills)

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR - Presented by olé
Chad Kroeger, Meghan Patrick
Song: Bow Chicka Wow Wow (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)

Dean Brody
Song: Bring Down The House (Performed By: Dean Brody)

Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman
Song: Came Here To Forget (Performed By: Blake Shelton)

Gord Bamford, Wade Kirby, Phil O'Donnell
Song: Heard You In A Song (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

Matt Johnson, Michael Pyle, Bobby Wills
Song: Won't You Be Mine (Performed By: Bobby Wills)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Bring Down The House (Dean Brody); Hearts On Fire (Chad Brownlee); Kiss Me Quiet (Jess Moskaluke); Maybe It's The Moonshine (The Washboard Union)
Our Town (Cold Creek County); What Love Is All About (Johnny Reid)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Leah Daniels; Tim Hicks; Brett Kissel; Wes Mack; Jess Moskaluke; Dallas Smith

MUSICIAN AWARDS

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Luanne Carl; Lisa Dodd; Doug Elash; Justin Kudding; Travis Switzer

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Boudreau; Ben Bradley; Rich DaSilva; Chad Melchert; Rob Wells

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Denis Dufresne; Shane Guse; Julie Kennedy; Ali Raney; Tyler Vollrath

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jason Barry; Ryan Davidson; Matt McKay; Darren Savard; Brennan Wall

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Scott Galloway; Darryl Havers; Mike Little; Bart McKay; Carly McKillip

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dave Barber (Banjo); Denis Dufresne (Mandolin); Shane Guse (Mandolin); Robin Pelletier (Mandolin); Tyler Vollrath (Mandolin)

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
John Ellis; Smokey Fennell; Mitch Jay; Doug Johnson; Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald

For a complete list of the Radio and Industry Nominees go here

The Washboard Union announce CCMA ‘Video of the Year’ nominees on Globalnews.ca Video:


Official video for "Shot Of Glory" by The Washboard Union. (published July 10, 2016)
Download/Stream the "In My Bones" EP (release July 10, 2015)



Members: David Roberts, Washboard, (Vocals) Aaron Grain aka Brett Ellis (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals), Chris Duncombe (Banjo, Dojo, Vocals)
Genre: Country, Badass Outlaw Country, Bluegrass
Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia
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Press RELEASE:
RGK Entertainment & Open Road Recordings Head into the 2016 CCMA Awards with 21 Nominations - LINK



The MDM Recordings “Road Family” Celebrate 22 Canadian Country Music Association® 2016 Nominations
 
Toronto, ON; July 13, 2016 – Following the exciting announcements today, MDM Recordings Inc. (MDM) is thrilled to have received a total of 22 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) 2016 nominations for their artists and related partners and projects.  2016 CCMA®  nominees Chad Brownlee and The Lovelocks also participated in the early morning announcements, appearing live on Global’s The Morning Show, respectively from the Saskatoon and Toronto studios.


“I am continuously amazed by our incredibly talented roster of artists!  When I started MDM I never could have anticipated the road ahead, and what a wild ride it has been.  We love being part of the country music community, and are honoured to receive these nominations today.  Congratulations to all nominees, look out London, it’s going to be a party!” exclaims Mike Denney, President of MDM.


SUMMARY OF FACTS:
MDM is currently the 2015 CCMA® Record Company of the year, as well as Denney is the consecutive 2014 and 2015 CCMA® Record Person of the Year.  With business partner Mitch Merrett, the label today received nominations in both aforementioned categories, in addition to Management Company of the Year…..Read More Press Release

Mike Stevens To Receive The 2016 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Board of Directors are pleased to announce Mike Stevens, founder of the charity ArtsCan Circle, as the recipient of the 2016 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.
From the small community of Brights Grove, just outside of Sarnia, Ontario, multi-talented harmonica player and musician, Mike Stevens, has brought his music and life experiences to the world’s stage. Having performed on the famed Grand Ole Opry stage more than 300 times, and toured through locales in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and even the North Pole; it was visiting the isolated communities in Northern Ontario and Labrador that had a profound impact on Stevens, and inspired him to create the charity, ArtsCan Circle.

Amy Nelson Announced As 2016 Ccma Spotlight Performance Contest Winner
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce that Saskatchewan’s Amy Nelson is the winner of the 2016 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest. Amy was selected to represent the Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) in this fan-voted contest hosted online by the CCMA.












The highlight of winning the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest is securing a performance spot at an official CCMA-sanctioned event during Country Music Week, taking place this year in London, Ontario from September 8 – 11. Amy will perform at an ALL NEW public Country Music Week event, which will be unveiled later this summer.



This is the sixth year for the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest. It’s been amazing for us to watch the initiative grow, and to see how the participating Music Industry Associations and finalists rally around the opportunity,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “We’re so proud of Amy and this accomplishment, and can’t wait to see her perform in London.”

From early in her career Amy has performed at events across Canada such as the Calgary Stampede, Craven Country Jamboree, and even opened for country stars like Terri Clark and George Canyon. She has also performed internationally in the United States and in Mexico. A career highlight for Amy was performing at the Canada Day celebrations in London, England. While on stage, representing all of Canada in Trafalgar Square, she says will never forget the feeling facing a sea of people dressed in red and white. Amy continues on to say that performance was the first time when she was covered in goose bumps and reminded of why all her hard work is worth it. Amy never loses sight of that connection with her audience and always gives a performance to remember. Connect with Amy: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Who Is YOAN? That Has Been The Big Question On Social Media!
This nomination has caused a little stir on social media. The question is simple Who is Yoan?

FANS' CHOICE
Dean Brody; Brett Kissel; Johnny Reid; Dallas Smith; Yoan

Aaron Pritchett wrote this on Facebook:
Who is Yoan? And how does he get a Fan's Choice nomination? I apologize if I've missed something, folks, but he's not on any country radar (or chart) I know of..... Jason Blaine, Tebey, Cold Creek County, Jess Moskaluke, High Valley, Madeline Merlo, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Emerson Drive, Gord Bamford, . Sitting here very surprised that any one of those names aren't on that list. At least I know of them. Again, if there's something I've missed here.... oops. But I think the majority of you out there will agree.

Aaron got some flack however I think he is right in saying that maybe some of the names he mentioned above are deserving of a spot on the Fan Choice Awards because they have had national success. Yoan has had success but it seems only in Quebec.

About Yoan:
Yoan Garneau, also known as Yoan, is a Canadian pop, rock and country singer from Ferme-Neuve, Quebec. The winner of Season 2 of the reality television series La Voix in 2014, he released his self-titled debut album in 2015.
Garneau's father Sylvain is a country musician. Before his original audition for La Voix, Garneau had difficulty deciding whether to audition with an original song or a cover of Billy Joe Shaver's "Live Forever", deciding only at the last minute to go with the Shaver cover.
His debut album Yoan, released on March 25, 2015, featured duets with Isabelle Boulay, his coach on La Voix, and country singer Brett Kissel. The album features material in both English and French, mixing both original compositions and covers; its lead single is a cover of Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do".

The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Canadian Albums Chart for the week of April 11, 2015, retaining that spot for the weeks of April 18 and April 25. In two months of release, the album has sold approximately 90,000 copies. He has sold a total of 110,000 copies of his Album.
On April 8th 2015 he was awarded a Platinum Album and he went Gold March 25th 2015.
His Facebook account shows he has just over 6,100 likes and his YouTube account looking at his video's and English songs he has as an example a cover of Waylon's Good Hearted Woman with Brett Kissel.
Well Yoan may have talent it seems he does not have a huge fan base across Canada but does in Quebec. Now in 2015 Yoan won a CCMA award as follows: Top Selling Canadian Album Of The Year Yoan – Yoan.
If he was to be nominated in say Rising Star category that may have made much more sense. The Fan Choice award is like Entertainer of The Year at the CMA Awards only the Fan Choice Award is based on the fans voting.

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