February 2019 Member News


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Beamer Wigley's single "Roller Coaster", released in July 2018, has now been added to USA-based Radio Disney Country under New Music on February 7. “Roller Coaster” has been enjoying increasing stream numbers, now totalling over 300k combined on Spotify and Apple Music. Beamer has just completed the final touches on his new 6-song EP, with a single release planned in the next few weeks.      


The Western Swing Authority (WSA) travelled down south to Memphis, TN earlier this month to proudly represent Canada's roots and traditional-based music as multiple nominees for the Ameripolitan Awards. They were stoked to bring their brand of swing to international masses and were featured in events throughout the weekend, including a showcase spot, vintage pin-up fashion show, Cindy Walker tribute and presenting at the award show itself. Follow the band on socials to stay up-to-date with their upcoming shows.

WSA is now continuing their Big Deal release tour, which includes shows in Toronto, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Blyth, Pembroke, Meaford and more. The new WSA album Big Deal, has been garnering Five Star reviews across the board in Canada, the US and overseas. Country Music People magazine made it a top ten critic's choice of 2018 and the editor’s pick for Western Swing Album of the year. It's a BIG DEAL!


Twin Kennedy is on tour in the US!
March 9 - Hermitage, TN
March 15 - Redding, CA
March 17 - Modesto, CA


Tommy West, singer/songwriter, is excited to announce that he will be releasing his third single to country radio with a song that’s got a summer beat, to be released in early April. When mastering this song, Sheldon Zaharko, ZED Productions, Vancouver, BC, said “Hey man, thanks. I really liked the song and couldn’t stay seated!” More info to come.

Tommy West was happy with his first two releases to country radio. “Test of Time” debuted at #3 on Yangaroo/DMDS Most Active Indies Top 10 for 2 weeks. And then a few months later, “Perfect Holiday” took a spot at #5 on Yangaroo’s Top 5 Downloads. 


Danielle Todd recently released her debut radio single and video for her song “Crazy”. Todd, who is from Guelph and currently calls Nashville home, is gearing up for a Canadian radio promo tour which will take her across Ontario and then west for stops in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg. “Crazy” is a strong statement from an artist who is unafraid to be herself, to write music that is perhaps a little outside the country mainstream, but an artist that truly knows how to connect with an audience. You can check out her video HERE.


Mariya Stokes digitally released her debut single “Hands on My Body” on February 1. Produced by 2018 CCMA Producer of the Year nominees, Spencer Cheyne and Justin Kudding, it reached #10 on the iTunes Canadian country charts, can be streamed on Spotify's Next of Nashville and Down Home Country playlists and has received over 19,000 streams on Spotify alone since its release.

Stokes was a 2018 Top 12 finisher of Project WILD – Country Artist Development and her summer of 2018 was packed with shows; most notably, opening for multiple JUNO Award winner, Jann Arden at the Palace Theatre in Calgary and playing at Country Thunder Alberta. She is looking forward to a busy 2019; Stokes will be releasing multiple follow-up singles and is planning a Western Canadian summer tour.


Sons of Daughters have been selected as one of eight semi-finalists for SiriusXM’s Top of the Country in partnership with the CCMA. Their single, "Ain't Gonna Be Lonely Long" continues to climb the charts and is #32 at Canadian country radio this week (BDS).


Renegade Station took home Single of the Year for their song “Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight” at the Alberta Country Music Awards on Sunday, January 28. The single spent 22 weeks on the Canadian country radio charts and peaked at #50. Check out the video for “Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight” HERE. Look out for a new single to hit Canadian Country Radio in April.


The Prairie States released the music video for their single “Just Maybe” on Valentine's Day. The video, shot in the beautiful Chartier Restaurant in Beaumont, AB, features the band and the people they love. The guys are currently out on a radio tour promoting the single across Western Canada.


CCMA Award and two-time BCCMA Award winning artist, Madeline Merlo released a brand-new single, “Unraveling” last month and it’s climbing the charts at Canadian country radio. The soulful, heartfelt ballad was inspired by the weakness and honesty of heartbreak. Listen to “Unraveling” here. On February 14, Madeline headlined 93.7 JR Country's 6th annual Boots & Babes Ball in Vancouver. 


David was invited again to perform at Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, held in Toronto, February 22 – 24. In addition to a few performance spots, he also acted as MC for the Saturday evening show at Dora Keogh. David was also featured at the Urban Folk Salon, where six artists (three poets, three musical acts) performed.

The first single to be released from his latest album, Reaching For The Sun, went to international radio this month. It’s more of a summer tune, called “Ferris Wheel”. Hey, it’s summer somewhere. All of David’s albums are available HERE.


It’s not yet spring and already 2019 is shaping up to be Lauren Mayell’s year. The singer/songwriter — perhaps best known for the lyric-driven anthem “Rules Need Rebels”, her sixth single to country radio to date — recently collected the Alberta Country Music Award for Female Artist of the Year (2018). That precedes Mayell’s full-length debut, currently underway, recorded at The Warehouse in Vancouver and MCC Studio in Calgary, with acclaimed producer Jeff Johnson (George Canyon, Wes Mack). The forthcoming album (arriving in May) features the above-mentioned single and includes honky-tonk corker “Say It”, classic tear-jerker “If It Ain’t Fixed”, plus the plaintive and longing “Harder”, as well as brand new songs, some crafted in Nashville. The Calgary-based Mayell — a onetime champion downhill ski racer and now a sought-after voice coach who has shared stages with everyone from Dean Brody and Meghan Patrick to Kane Brown — will cap the year with tour dates in support of the hotly anticipated new album.


CCMA Award-winning and JUNO-nominated artist KIRA released a new, exclusive version of her single “We Should Be Together” to Canadian radio and all global steaming services on February 14. Fans will notice a slight change from the single's first iteration that was released on Side B last month. The updated power anthem now sees KIRA joined by Nashville-native and Rolling Stone Country’s One to Watch, Levi Hummon.

"I loved this track the minute I heard it," explained KIRA. "Adding Levi's talent to this bonus version has made me love it even more. We really hope fans enjoy it as much as we do." KIRA’s full album Sides, where fans can catch all the tracks from both SIDE A and SIDE B, will be available for purchase on March 15. Stretching 10 songs across the two halves, the physical album will include two new bonus tracks plus the exclusive single with Hummon. 


The Hunter Brothers’ sophomore album, State of Mind, achieved the #1 spot on the SoundScan Country Album charts (week of February 11). State of Mind is the #1 Canadian country album for the third week in a row. Their single “Lost” is currently charting at #9 at Canadian country radio (BDS). Bringing together the best of Canadian country music, the Hunter Brothers kicked off #TheJourneyTour on January 25 in BC and have made their way across Canada with Paul Brandt, High Valley and Jess Moskaluke. On February 9, the Hunter Brothers celebrated the 19th annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration in their home province of Saskatchewan.


West coast recording artist Becca Hess' long-awaited sophomore album TRUTH has arrived. 

Recorded at the legendary Armoury Studios under the production guidance of the McKillip ‘Dream Team’ (CCMA Award winners Tom and Carly McKillip), TRUTH resonates with performances by cream-of-the-crop CCMA-decorated musicians.

Raised on the road by songwriter, performer, Hall of Fame recording artist and dad Kenny Hess, Becca’s influences are classic – and so is she – but her sound is all her own. With her feet firmly planted in classic country roots but with an eclectic, fresh and organic approach, Becca owns her lane with TRUTH

Becca’s TRUTH includes multi-nominated singles "Mountain Child" and "Stranded" along with eight brand new songs to round out a full-length studio album. The project is a collection of original songs – co-written by Becca with Byron Hill, Aaron Goodvin and other Nashville hitmakers – that showcase a real musical authenticity, potent vocals and the unvarnished perspective of a true artist.

Co-producer Carly McKillip says, “Working with Becca was inspiring – what a treat to make music with an artist of her caliber and musical bloodlines...Once you’ve heard her distinctive voice, you’ll never forget it.” Listen to the entire album on Spotify, iTunes and beccahess.com.


After closing the 2018 Alberta Country Music Awards with his 13-week Nielsen/Billboard Canadian Top 100 Country Airplay charting single “This Road Is Mine” (written with Clayton Bellamy and producer Mike Little), seven-time nominee Karac Hendriks’ new single “Some People’s Kids” (written with Little and Drew Gregory) drops March 22, 2019. Based on Karac’s and Drew’s experiences growing up in rural Alberta and now raising boys of their own, the song provides honest commentary around this oft-spoken saying that is sure to connect with parents and children of all ages. Produced once again by JUNO-nominated Mike Little (Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, The Road Hammers), “Some People’s Kids” features one of Karac Hendriks’ most unique and meaningful birthday gifts: drums and percussion by the iconic Kenny Aronoff (John “Cougar” Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins). Video of Karac on his birthday learning that Aronoff, a drummer on so many of his favourite albums, was playing on this song was shared on social media by Little and Candace Lacina from their Legion Lounge Studio in Calgary. With “Some People’s Kids”, Karac Hendriks continues to draw on his traditional country and roots musical influences while fully embracing today’s modern sounds.


Saskatchewan singer/songwriter Chris Henderson is at it again, releasing his latest single to Canadian country radio called, "I'll Be Your Mountain" on January 23. The song was co-written by Henderson and Steve Mitchell, and was recorded at Touchwood Studios in Regina, Brad Prosko producing.

"I'll Be Your Mountain" is the first single from Henderson's upcoming EP, Point Of View, which will be due out later this year. The project will be Henderson's fourth studio release, and follows his 2017 album, The Charm, which included singles "My Regret" (peaked at #47 on the Mediabase chart), "Kissing Sadie" and " 'Til It's Just A Memory".

Henderson has been very busy on the road over the last couple of years, and 2019 looks to be no different with a busy tour schedule coming together for later this year.


Dave released his second single, "Everything Girl" on February 25. The song, an up-tempo tribute to the girl who can do it all, is supported by a music video directed by Stephano Barberis due out in March. Dave will be out on the road, coast to coast, promoting the new single at radio and TV for two weeks between February 22 through March 9, with many exciting live performances at festival and rodeo events booked for the spring and summer of 2019. 


Drew Gregory recently released the second single from his EP Good Place To Start called “Better In A Bar”. The song was co-written by Drew Gregory and Aaron Goodvin. You can check out the video for the single HERE. Drew is currently on a radio promo tour of the Maritimes.


As 2019 ramps up, Durham County Band has been busy! With the selection and production of the band’s third single finishing up, the gang has been working with local charities as a way to give back to their communities, both local and global. Durham County Band is excited to announce its participation, alongside Wilmot Terry Fox Run, in a fundraising CD, with all proceeds going to the Terry Fox Foundation. The promo CD entitled On The Road will be available later this spring featuring the current DCB radio single “Don’t Turn Away”, and the band couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.

February 2019 also saw the anniversary of Durham County Band’s first “unofficial” release, a song called “Valentine’s Day”, which was recently featured on “Country Conversations with Randy Owen” on Rogers TV Oxford County. Check out the hilarious video for “Valentine’s Day” on the band’s YouTube channel, and watch the band’s website for upcoming tour dates and exciting news.


Brenda Dirk is starting the year off right by making her way down to Nashville to take part in the NACMAI Competition in Pigeon Forge with her Global Country Family. Brenda is nominated in multiple categories including Female Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

Making the most out of her trip to Nashville she will be writing to create a catalogue of songs to add to her next album and her songwriter portfolio. Coming up she will be attending the Tin Pan South Songwriting Conference and Festival. When she returns from Nashville, Brenda will be locking herself in the studio to finish her debut album produced by none other than Bobby Cameron! Keep an ear out for Brenda Dirk as she strives toward making big waves this year with the release of her debut album in the fall of 2019.


Norm Brunet recently released his latest single, "She Makes Me Look Good”, an homage to all the women behind their men; and how, no matter what or where, they make their men shine and “Look Good"! A 10-day Midwest US tour took Norm from Buffalo to St. Louis, Nashville and Texas at the beginning of the year; and now he’s back at it again in Florida.


Dean Brody will return to Budweiser Stage on Saturday, September 21 with Dallas Smith and surprise special guests as part of the 2019 Country Megaticket presented by Budweiser. His hit single, “Dose of Country" peaked at the #4 spot the week of February 18 (BDS).


Calling all emerging artists 18 years and under!

Are you a singer or a songwriter who is ready to take on the main stage at Big Valley Jamboree (BVJ) on August 4? The BVJ team has an opportunity for you to be part of a mentoring and performance program that will help you to get to perform on one of the biggest stages in North America.Emerging artists will get the opportunity to work with music industry professionals providing you with the resources, mentorship, artistic development and the performance education you need. Sponsored by Panhandle Productions, the ACMA, SoundLab Studios and iMac Management Inc., the Road to Main Stage BVJ 2019 is seeking the winning act via a singing competition atmosphere who will be defined as the Grand Winner to be featured on the stage before Brooks & Dunn and Brett Kissel.

Are you the one? Applications are open now through March 15. CLICK HERE for details.

Earlier this month, Big Valley Jamboree announced the final performers rounding out the festival’s 2019 mainstage line-up. Pam Tillis, High Valley, and Mackenzie Porter will join the likes of Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Lindsay Ell, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more names previously announced. For more on the line-up, CLICK HERE.


BC's Emily Taylor Adams (ETA) is back with the stunningly beautiful single “Leave The Light On”,the evocative song Adams co-wrote with fellow BC writer Beth Marie Anderson. Produced in Nashville by feature film soundtrack award winner Joseph McGee, the song showcases Emily's truly country vocal approach with her emotional delivery. “Leave the Light On” is available via iTunes and most steaming services. For info on ETA’s upcoming events, click on her name above!



The CCMA is proud to acknowledge the altruistic acts of charity and kindness demonstrated by our members. If you or someone you know has done something that you feel deserves recognition, please send your recommendations for consideration to thesource@ccma.org and note COUNTRY CARES in the subject line. Please keep submissions to 150-200 words, include one high resolution photo, (square images preferred) and a link to extended content. 

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The Canadian country music community is embracing their “like family” reputation as they come together to support one of their own in Toronto on March 3. An Opry-style benefit concert for Runaway Angel singer Cadence Grace, Country Kicks Cancer’s Ass will take place at the Rock ‘N’ Horse Saloon with a handful of country music’s best taking the stage in support of this talented artist. Featuring performances by Jessica Mitchell, Eric Ethridge, Leah Daniels, Genevieve Fisher, Kris Barglay and many more, tickets are available now.

Receiving the devastating diagnosis of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in early 2018, Cadence Grace spent much of the year going through Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor (TKI) treatments which were ultimately ineffective. Now preparing for a bone marrow transplant along with the heavy risk and costs associated, friends, family and the country music community are coming together to raise funds for the road ahead as Cadence embarks on her treatment and lengthy recovery period.

While facing her toughest battle yet, Cadence still remains optimistic and champions the future of research, educating the public about this disease along with the importance of blood and stem cell donation. “With the hard-fought advancements in cancer care today, no one should die waiting for a bone marrow match,” she says. “Each of us has the power to save a life - to grant someone their biggest wish, and forever be a hero.”

Country Kicks Cancer’s Ass will not only work to support Cadence and her family through this journey but will also work to raise awareness surrounding blood & stem cell donation to help others receive the second chance that is on Cadence’s horizon.

To donate to Cadence’s GoFundMe campaign and learn of her story, CLICK HERE.

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.  

For more information on blood and stem cell donation, CLICK HERE.


New for 2019, the CCMA is pleased to bring you regular updates from your provincial music industry associations (MIAs). For our MIA friends, please send your updates and association information to thesource@ccma.org and note MIA UPDATES in the subject line. Please keep submissions to 150-200 words, include one high resolution photo (square images preferred), and a link to extended content.

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On January 27, 2019, the Association of Country Music in Alberta™ (ACMA™) held the 2018 Alberta Country Music Awards™presented by Stingray at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, hosted by 2018 CCMA Award winner Aaron Goodvin. Bev Munro and Larry Donohue, 840 CFCW Alumni, were inducted into the ACMA™ Hall of Fame.

Watch the official show online (sponsored by Jamboree for Charity) HERE.

Announcing the 2018 winners:

Male Artist of the Year
Dan Davidson

Female Artist of the Year
Lauren Mayell

Group/Duo of the Year
Nice Horse

Fans Choice
The Prairie States

Industry Person of the Year
Carly Klassen(Alberta Music)

Musician of the Year
Mitch Jay

Album of the Year
Songs For Georgia - Dan Davidson

Song of the Year
“Don't Hold Back”
Written by: James Murdoch & Darren Gusnowsky
Performed by: The Dungarees

Single of the Year
"Who's Gonna Love Me Tonight" - Renegade Station

Country Venue of the Year
Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

Talent Buyer of the Year
Calgary Stampede

Rising Star
The Prairie States

Radio Station of the Year
Real Country 95.5 Red Deer

Horizon Youth
Krissy Feniak

Entertainer of the Year
Aaron Goodvin

Video of the Year
"Mansplainin'" - Nice Horse