Canadian country artist Johnny Reid was recognized at The 2013 JUNO Awards this past Sunday with the award for COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Potashcorp. The artist saw himself facing great competition in the category from other great talent, including Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Emerson Drive and Dean Brody.
Fire It Up, the winning album, is the seventh studio album for Johnny. After being released last spring, the album reached number two on the Canadian Albums Chart and was also certified platinum. It includes duets from Canadians Serena Ryder and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Last night (03/20), the CMT Hitlist Tour rolled through Ottawa, Canada. The Algonquin Commons Theatre was one of fourteen stops the tour will see by the end of its run. This one-of-a-kind concert experience showcases and celebrates the talented country artists within the nation. With such a great lineup, it would have been hard to disappoint. And that they did not.
Emerson Drive is undoubtedly one of Canada’s most prized possessions. This five-piece band, hailing from Prairies, has made its mark on both Canadian and American country music over the span of almost two decades with several hits, nominations, and awards to be proud of. They are well known for songs including “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “A Good Man,” and their chart topper, “Moments.” The band has picked up the award for Group or Duo of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards multiple times and are currently nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards.
Roll, the band’s latest album, was released late last year and yet the first single, “She’s My Kind of Crazy,” has already been certified gold in Canada. The album features songs written almost entirely by the boys, all of which represent the lyrical, vocal, and instrumental talent that is Emerson Drive.
The band is currently in the middle of the CMT Hitlist Tour, which has seen stops in cities all across the country with fellow Canadians Doc Walker and Aaron Pritchett. We were lucky enough to sit down with lead singer Brad Mates after a terribly long bus ride from Winnipeg to Ottawa. That didn’t seem to matter, however, when we began to chat and Brad’s charming and caring personality shone through.
A tour. An album. And now the official release of a new single to American radio.
Canadian group Emerson Drive announces the release of a brand new single, “She’s My Kind of Crazy,” the lead single from ROLL, the band’s much anticipated new studio album. The song has had over 20,000 iTunes downloads, in just under three months, and sees over 40 spins per week on Sirius XM’s “The Highway.” The flurry of activity forced an earlier release date of ROLL to January 22nd.
“Our fans have been wonderfully loud in asking us for new music here in the U.S.,” said lead singer Brad Mates. “We knew ‘Crazy’ needed to be heard and we’ve worked hard the last few months to make it available digitally and now to ask our friends at radio to give us a shot.”
On YouTube, the video (directed Emerson Drive’s David Pichette) is closing in on half a million views!
Emerson Drive makes hit music, period. “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, “Moments,” have all racked up nominations and awards in both the U.S. and Canada.
After taking some time off following their 2009 release, BELIEVE, Emerson Drive have propelled themselves back into the spotlight with a new album and a brand new single that is gaining notoriety in both the United States and Canada.
ROLL, contains 11 songs penned mostly by the members of Emerson Drive, was co-produced by Emerson Drive and David Kamulsky. The new release showcases the band’s growth and maturity with its lyrical content, vocal range and instrumentation, which has made them one of country music’s most loved bands.
The weather may have been cool but the music was most definitely hot. Yesterday, (09/16) a crowd of a few thousand gathered at Ottawa Stadium for a great cause, as well as great music.
Farm Aid Ottawa, put on by DNA Presents, featured performances by great Canadian country talent to raise money that would go directly to farmers to assist them with inflated feed prices and buying seeds for next year’s crop.
Early in the afternoon, Jordan McIntosh, Gail Gavan and Ambush took to the stage to perform a few of their songs. Shortly after, Jason Blaine‘s presence became well known as several female fans spotted him beside the stage asking for pictures. A group of girls immediately assembled to wait for pictures with the country star who took the time to talk to and take pictures with each one of them.
The Canadian Country Music Association Awards was definitely enough to remind Canadians of the amazing talent that represents us in the country music industry. Tonight (09/09), we saw some of the best of the best rock the stage in Saskatoon and accept awards that they were most deserving of.
Dean Brody opened the show with his hit “Canadian Girls,” kicking off a show that would see him win two awards: Best Male Artist and Album of the Year.
Other country faves taking home hardware at this year’s show included Carolyn Dawn Johnson, who won Female Artist of the Year and Hey Romeo, this year’s Group or Duo of the Year. Ottawa’s sweetest and brightest new talent, Kira Isabella, took home the Rising Star award. The Stellas, who have been out on the road with Johnny Reid, took home the award for CMT Video of the Year for their song “In This House.” Johnny, who had a whopping eight nominations tonight, was the recipient of the Fans’ Choice award.
Canadians can’t wait for the nation’s biggest night in country music! The countdown has begun for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards which will be held in Saskatoon, SK on September 9 at 8PM. Fans can tune in to CBC to catch the awards as they air LIVE.
“All of today’s nominees deserve ample recognition for their excellence as well as their tremendous contribution to Canadian country music,” said Don Green, Executive Director, CCMA. “This year’s nominees reflect the depth of musical talent in Canada, and we’re so proud to be able to recognize those artists – both established and emerging – who have impacted Canadians with their music.”
A personal fave, Johnny Reid, leads the nominations with a total of eight. Country cutie Dean Brody follows close behind with seven of his own.
The Country Music Association announced this week that twenty-two country music artists from around the world will be participating in a special global showcase June 4th and 5th in Nashville, Tennessee. This showcase of worldwide talent will help kick off CMA Fest week. Some of the acts included in the showcase include Canada’s own Emerson Drive and High Valley, among many other talents acts. “Chevrolet Presents The CMA Global Artist Party” will take place Monday, June 4th from 6 pm CST to 10:45 pm CST at The Stage On Broadway and again on Tuesday, June 5th at The Second Fiddle starting at 12:30 pm CST until 3:45 pm CST. See the full list of artists participating below:
Monday night’s line-up includes Bob Corbett (Australia), Emerson Drive (Canada), Morgan Evans (Australia), Vickie Evans (New Zealand), Adam Harvey (Australia), High Valley (Canada), Lisa McHugh (Ireland) with the legendary Gene Watson (U.S.), Craig Morrison (Australia), Jess Moskaluke (Canada), Gary Quinn (UK), and Joe Robinson (Australia). Australian husband and wife duo O’Shea return as hosts from last year’s event.
Tuesday afternoon’s line-up will feature Baylou (Australia), Clayton Bellamy (Canada), Rick Caballo (Australia), Adam Gregory (Canada), Pete Kennedy (Ireland), Colm Kirwan (Ireland), Josh Macumber (Canada), Raintown (UK), Jessica Ridley (Canada), and Travellin Rose (UK). Australian artist Adam Harvey is hosting the Aristo Global Show. A free lunch will be offered for attendees.