May 2018 Member News

MAY 2018 MEMBER NEWS

COAST TO COAST

The CCMA invites any members in good standing to submit industry relevant information for consideration and inclusion in The Source. As such, any news or statements presented in this part of the newsletter are not necessarily representative of and/or endorsed by the CCMA. Please send your news items for inclusion to thesource@ccma.org and note COAST TO COAST 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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ALECIA AICHELLE

At her Westerner Days media press conference performance in Red Deer, AB earlier this month, it was announced that Alecia and her band will be opening for Aaron Pritchett and Aaron Goodvin on the Westerner Days Mainstage. This show is July 18 at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, AB. Alecia heads back to Nashville in May to perform and songwrite and is gearing up for another single release in June, followed by a Western Canada radio tour and a busy summer of shows with her band. 

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TENILLE ARTS

Tenille Arts won five Saskatchewan Country Music Awards on April 28.

New Reviver Records artist Tenille Arts’ rapid rise through the Country music ranks is being felt both in Canada and the U.S., as she took home all five of the awards for which she was nominated from the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Saturday night. 

Her awards presented at the EA Rawlinson Centre in Prince Albert included:

  • Female Artist of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year, which she shared with co-writers Adam Wheeler and Mark Narmore for “Rain Drops, Dirt Roads” from her Rebel Child Album
  • Album or EP of the Year for Rebel Child
  • Video of the Year for “Cold Feet”, Patrick Tohill - Director
  • Single of the Year for “What He’s Into”

A native of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Tenille received the SCMA’s Emerging Artist Award in 2016 and Album of the Year for her self-titled EP last year.

In addition to taking home a record number of awards for the night, Tenille performed “Moment of Weakness,” the original song she sang on The Bachelor earlier this year, and “Find The Good,” a tribute to SCMA artist Mandy Ringdal who lost her life to cancer last year. Tenille also participated in a multi-artist performance honouring members of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Humboldt Broncos who lost their lives when their bus collided with a truck on the way to a playoff game April 6.

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BRAD BATTLE

Brad Battle’s latest release, “Crazy Beautiful,” has summer hit written all over it, and was produced by 2017 CCMA Producer of the Year, Bart McKay. The single hits radio on May 14.  Click here for all the links to this song. 

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JASON BENOIT

Over the past five years, Newfoundland native Jason Benoit has been one of the fastest rising stars in the Canadian country music scene. Now, Benoit is securing his spot at the top with the release of his upcoming single “Slow Hand” in June. Following his ECMA nominated album Waves, “Slow Hand” is Benoit’s own take of the 1981 Pointer Sisters classic. Conway Twitty released a cover of the track in 1982, which saw the single reaching #1 on the Billboard country chart. With the help of producer Jeff “Diesel” Dalziel, Benoit makes the song his own, respecting its classic roots while introducing his take on today’s modern country stylings. The track follows Benoit’s previous Top 30 smashes “All Wanna Party,” “Crazy Kinda Love,” “Cold Day Comin’” and the Top 10 charting “Gone Long Gone.”

A current semi-finalist in SiriusXM Canada’s Top of The Country competition, Benoit doesn’t show any signs of slowing down this year. One of nine semi-finalists selected across the country, fans can vote for Benoit to win the top prize of $25,000 starting May 17 through to June 6. Click here to vote.

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BLACKIE JACKETT JR.

The long-anticipated Blackie Jackett Jr. album For a Good Time was released on April 20. Blackie Jacket Jr. was born in the back of a tour bus and grew up in bars, hotel rooms and truck stops. He was born in the drunken minds of Finger Eleven guitarists James Black and Rick Jackett as they travelled around the continent.

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BLACK MOUNTAIN WHISKEY REBELLION

Recently released and drawing a lot of attention, the debut single “Holy Smoke” from Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion can be streamed or downloaded here. Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion is a musical collective of peers and long-time music friends that have come together to create a musical awakening that walks the line of boundless melodic prowess and raw unapologetic grass roots truth.

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DEAN BRODY 

Dean Brody is set to release new music at the end of the month. This summer, Dean will perform at festivals across the country including Trackside Music Festival (ON), Teepee Creek Stampede (AB), and Country Thunder (SK), and more. He is gearing up for his second headline show at Budweiser Stage on August 17th. 

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GEORGE CANYON

Canadian country superstar George Canyon returns with his 12th studio album Southside of Heaven on May 25 via red dot / ole label group. Produced by Jeff Johnson (Dallas Smith, Meghan Patrick) and mixed by Jordan Oorebeek (Wes Mack, Chris Buck Band), the album features 12 new tracks including the recently released single “Better Off In Love”, the Canadian country radio Top 40 hit "More You", Canyon’s renditions of the Stompin' Tom Connors' Canadian classic “The Hockey Song”, and singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro's "Falling" with Guthro stepping in to provide guest vocals. The multiple JUNO and CCMA Award winner also recently embarked on a cross-country promotional tour in support of the album that will see media stops from coast to coast, including an appearance on CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes. This summer, fans can catch the Nova Scotia native on stage at numerous festivals including: Stompin' Tom Festival, Rockin' River MusicFest, Big Valley Jamboree, Lucknow Music In The Fields, and many more ahead of his upcoming Canadian fall tour. 

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RAQUEL COLE

Raquel Cole’s debut EP Personal Truth releases on June 1. Cole will be joining Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, and Diamond Rio for upcoming tour dates as well as appearances at CMA Music Fest 2018 in Nashville.

For a full list of tour dates click here.

5/19  Mariette, OH w/ Scotty McCreery

5/26  Hamilton, OH w/ Scott McCreery

6/1    Redding, CA w/ Josh Turner

6/2    Knoxville, TN w/ Diamond Rio

6/4    Backstage Nashville Songwriters Show

6/7    CMA Music Fest – Fan Fair X (signing)

6/8    Eldon, MO w/Diamond Rio

6/9    CMA Music Fest @ Wildhorse Saloon

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EASTHAVEN

Mark Konarowski is a well-known, multi-talented Canadian musician and writer, who along with his exceptional band Easthaven, has his eyes and ears firmly focused on the country music landscape. His new album Country Love is a ten-song recording that came together on the streets of his hometown of Oshawa, Ontario. 

Joining Konarowski on this album is an incredible collection of stunning sought after Canadian musicians which includes multi-nominated and 2001 CCMA Award winner Doug Johnson on pedal steel, six-time CCMA Guitar Player of the Year, Paul “Chappy” Chapman on lead and rhythm guitar, bassist John Dymond, drummer Gary Craig and Craig Harley on keyboards.

This album couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a polished and cohesive sound capitalizing on Konarowski’s strong, smooth vocals. Produced under the watchful eye of Paul Chapman, the debut single "Country Girl" was penned by Mark.

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KRISSY FENIAK

Krissy Feniak is an emerging Canadian country singer / songwriter from Alberta. She has recently returned from Nashville where she won the 2018 North American Country Music Awards International Youth Entertainer, Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. 

Her brand new single "Mess with Me” was produced by Matty Mckay and written by Krissy and Olivia Wik.  

“Mess with Me” is available everywhere and is currently at country radio. 

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WENDELL FERGUSON

Wendell Ferguson is teaching a song writing course at Haliburton School of Art and Design as part of Fleming College’s Summer School and Expressive Arts Program.

He’s going deep into chord progressions and how they can help your songwriting. It’s called “Concepts and Chords: Songwriting for the Guitarist”.

The course teaches how chords are formed, how to alter them, common chord progressions and how to make them your own. Plus lyric concepts like content, structure, rhyme, meter, scansion, alliteration, assonance, compound rhymes, prosody and a host of other devices to apply to your songs and get your creativity flowing. Every day of the course, a classic song will be dissected musically and lyrically to see why and how it works. There will be lots of idea generating exercises plus you'll learn lots of songs as you work through the material. 

The course runs from July 30 to August 3. For complete details and to register click here.

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ADAM GREGORY

Adam Gregory has just released his second single for streaming and sale and to Canadian country radio. “Why Don’t Cha” is a positive spin on relationships and promotes female independence. It is available across all digital retail platforms and is a follow up to Gregory’s first single “Dirt Road Therapy” which was released in July 2017 and is still receiving airplay on Canadian radio. Both singles will be included on Adam’s upcoming 2018 full album scheduled for release later this year – the first since 2012. 

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DREW GREGORY

There is an authenticity and truthfulness to the music of Drew Gregory that is undeniable. The songs of on his new EP Good Place to Start are infused with a down home realism, a gritty honesty and vibrant sense of rootedness that comes from years spent working the land as a farmer – an aspect of his life that is deeply connected to his talent as a musician, singer and songwriter.

Produced by multiple CCMA Award winner Jason Barry, the veteran producer proved to be an exceptional collaborator who intuitively understood Drew’s vision for his music. The proof is in the dynamic range of moods and lyrical content across the 7-song EP, led by the infectious first single “Know Good”, which was co-written with Trinity Bradshaw and Brad Stella. Jason really helped add some integral production elements making it the kind of song you’d crank up in your car on the way home from work and just feel good.

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LARRY HANNAH

Comet Records announces the first release of The Canadian Heritage Country series by Larry C. Hannah entitled "ONTARIO" on May 28. 

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DAVID JAMES

David’s new single “Downtown Kids” is out at Canadian country radio now, and has amassed over 400,000 streams since it was released to radio on April 27. David stopped by SiriusXM to perform his first Top 15 single “Sun Set On It” for a Live at SiriusXM session, which you can watch here.

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GINELLE JAMES

After months of anticipation, Ginelle James has launched her debut EP, and is enjoying the successful release of her third single and the title track off the album, “Last Call”. This upbeat, fun-loving tune about going out and having a good time (while always acting like a lady, of course) has climbed to #88 on the Mediabase chart, #82 on the Rolling charts, and has been picked up by more than 23 stations across Canada. James gears up for a summer of performances, including the Barett Nelson Memorial Music Festival for Mental Health Awareness in Radisson, the Ag in Motion - Outdoor Tradeshow Lounge in Saskatoon, the 2018 Ag Tweet Up in Dodsland, and much more. Check out the Official Music Video for her latest single "Last Call" now!

 

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MALLORY JOHNSON

Mallory Johnson’s debut self-titled EP (Produced by Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum entertainer, Sammy Kershaw) is set for a digital release today, May 18. The album will be available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and all other downloading and streaming platforms.

About her song, Mallory says: “There’s sass, rawness, heartbreak, and a little humour, and I believe this collection of songs best represent me as an artist today.”

 

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THE LOVELOCKS

The Lovelocks have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album, and fans can expect a new single announcement very soon! The twosome is also nominated for “Group or Duo of the Year” and “Roots Artist of the Year” at the 2018 CMAO Awards, and will be heading to London for the awards on June 3.

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DAVID MCLACHLAN

David will showcase at Tin Pan North on May 24, the Nashville Songwriter’s 3-day Festival at the Cadillac Lounge, in Toronto. The latest chart from Europe, dated early April, has David sitting at #21 in the Top 200 International Artists getting airplay. His first single off Out of Love called “Love in Your Eyes” is at #30 in the Top 40 International singles chart. His fifth full-length studio album, recorded in Nashville, will hit the airwaves on June 1. Called Reaching For The Sun, it again showcases David’s excellent songwriting, backed by a number of Nashville’s finest A-list players. All four prior albums are available on Spotify and iTunes, and Reaching For The Sun will be added shortly after its release in June.

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MADELINE MERLO

This month, CCMA Award and two-time BCCMA Award winning artist, Madeline Merlo, released a brand-new, fun, upbeat track, “Neon Love”. The single was made available across all digital platforms on April 27 and released to Canadian country radio on May 2. In its first week, it was the third top selling Canadian country single and Madeline's highest first-week streaming debut to-date. The song comes following the success of “Motel Flamingo”, which flew up the charts to land Top 10 at Canadian country radio, securing Merlo’s fourth Top 15 single.

Merlo has officially partnered with Palm Bay for a three-city brunch tour to launch the new Palm Bay Mimosa. The Palm Bay Brunch tour launched on May 6 at Yale Saloon in Vancouver. Fans can click here to find out where and when the next two dates will be. 

This summer, Merlo will perform at festivals across the country, including Sound of Music Festival (ON), Centrefield Music Festival (AB), Boots and Hearts Festival (ON), Penticton Peach Festival (BC), and more.

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JESSICA MITCHELL 

Heart of Glass, the highly anticipated debut album from renowned singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell, was released to all digital platforms on May 11. Recorded in both Toronto and Nashville, Heart of Glass features notable producers, including Blake Bollinger, Ben Stennis and Karen Kosowski, and hit songwriters Deric Ruttan (Eric Church, Dierks Bentley) and Victoria Banks (Sara Evans, Johnny Reid). Each heartfelt lyric and melody in Heart of Glass reflects Mitchell’s recent personal growth.

Heart of Glass delves into the best – and most challenging – thoughts about being a woman,” said Mitchell. “I poured myself into this album and I hope that when people listen to it, they find a connection to their own lives. I hope each song encourages listeners to find their own strength to move forward, whatever their adversities.”

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JESS MOSKALUKE

Jess was recently presented with an SCMA Award of Achievement at the 2018 SCMA Awards in Prince Albert, SK, where she served as the host for the awards show. She also performed at the Humboldt Broncos Tribute Concert organized by the Country Thunder Music Festival at the end of April at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

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JADE MYA

Jade Mya is set to release her third single titled “This Girl Don’t” on May 14 to country radio. The song is from her upcoming album Dirt Covered Rhinestone, which was produced by world-renown Justin Gray and will be released in July. With a worldwide distribution deal through ILS (division of Universal Canada), Jade Mya is taking the country scene by storm yet again. Be sure to check out her music video “Dirt Covered Rhinestone,” directed by Stephano Barbaris.

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NOVA SCOTIA COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AWARDS

The Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame (NSCMHF) Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 2018 Inductees.

Aaron C. Lewis is a professional singer/songwriter from Sydney, NS who has been performing since the age of 16. He has toured the world as part of the group The Carleton Show Band, led by his father Bobby Lewis. He has shared the stage with artists such as Tommy Hunter, Prairie Oyster, Joe Diffie, Alabama, and Charlie Pride. In 2017, his nationally released single “Put a Little Love on It” sold 10,000 copies in three months.

Bill Guest of Halifax, NS is a multi-talented instrumentalist recognized as an accomplished fiddler and pianist. A graduate from Dalhousie University School of Music, Bill has shared the stage with such stars as Ray Price, Don Messer, Doc Williams, and Anne Murray. Bill has been a studio musician in Nashville and has composed over 375 fiddle tunes. He has also published several music books.

Matt Balsor is a vocalist who resides in Hantsport, NS. With his unique style, Matt has been performing classic country music for the past 20 years. He has shared the stage with Larry Gatlin and Carroll Baker. He has recorded 12 albums including a recording project with 12 artists from Nova Scotia.

These musicians are now in the company of Canadian country music legends such as Hank Snow, Wilf Carter, Carroll Baker, Rita MacNeil, Anne Murray, George Canyon, Ned Landry, Ivan Hicks, Vic Mullen and other notable Maritime country music artists.

The Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Awards Ceremony tickets are available by calling 902-462-0694.

The NSCMHF is located at the Hank Snow Home Town Museum in Liverpool, NS.

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THE ORCHARD

Old Woodstock festival footage inspired The Orchard’s chill summer tune. The band wanted a fun summer song filled with '60s and '70s vibes, and came up with “Dream Inside a Dream”. The song is written by Mitch Smith and Kasha Anne and produced by Jim Scott. It released on May 11. 

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AARON POLLOCK

Calgary artist Aaron Pollack was a finalist in the ole On the Spot competition during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017 in Saskatoon, and was recognized as "One to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters Association in 2017 for the song "Nothing Much These Days". He was also selected to attend the Canada's Music Incubator "Artist Entrepreneur" program in summer 2017. His debut single “Nothing Much These Days” is available now on all digital platforms. Produced by Spencer Cheyne (Leaving Thomas, Jocelyn Alice), this soulful slow-burner can be likened to contemporary releases by artists like Devin Dawson, Brett Young, and Shawn Austin. 

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RIVER TOWN SAINTS 

Ottawa-based country rockers River Town Saints were awarded Best New Group or Solo Artist: Country for their hit-song “Bonfire” at the 2018 Canadian Radio Music Awards. Nominees in a variety of categories are voted upon by radio types across the country and honoured during Canadian Music Week.

River Town Saints are also thrilled to be partnering with Canadian retailer Giant Tiger for their summer marketing campaign, Big Summer Wins. To complement the campaign, Giant Tiger is offering interactive experiences and daily opportunities to win prizes including a special early bird draw in which one lucky winner will win the ultimate Canada Day backyard concert performed by the band. 

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STEVE RIVERS

Steve Rivers released his second single "Don't Take It Back" from his monthly Spotify series on Friday April 27. "Don't Take It Back" (co-written by Steve Rivers and Michael David) is also the second single in the series to be produced and mixed solely by Steve Rivers and features the guitar work of Garry Wood (the Byrd and the Bear). The new single is a push in a different musical direction for Rivers. "I wanted to go into the summer with a song about risk and the anxiety of new love. I feel this tune really captures that vibe." "Don't Take It Back" is now available on Spotify!

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CARLA SACCO

Carla Sacco is gearing up to rock this country as well as the U.S. and Europe this summer, performing her highly rated Shania Twain tribute show. Carla is also the voice on three new original songs in collaboration with Oregon’s prolific songwriter Mina Whitesides and cowriter/producer Peter Linseman recorded at Music Mentor Productions Studio. The first of three international video releases (that will also be released on iTunes) is called “Love Is” by Carla Sacco, written by Mina Whitesides and produced by Peter Linseman. Music Mentor Productions’ in-house videographer/director Hayden Salter will be capturing the performance portion of the video with Carla Sacco in Toronto, with the dance segments shot in Oregon by director Derich Heartfeil. Visit MusicMentorProductions for all of the updates and concert listings.

Over 2,500 concerts later, Carla Sacco has personally performed for over 1,000,000 people. Her tribute career started with Shania's Twin - Still The One at Lancaster NY’s Opera House in March of this year, but has dozens of other tributes in her portfolio, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Carla Sacco is VP of Artist Development at Music Mentor Productions and the in-house stylist for all the MMP artists. Bookings through The Booking House.

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LUCILLE STARR

On May 13, Canadian country music legend Lucille Starr turned 80 years old. Her impressive career has made many lasting impressions on the Canadian country music scene. She was the first Canadian female recording artist to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, and in 1989 was the first woman inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour. Lucille’s signature song “Quand Le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes” (aka “The French Song”) is one of the top selling singles in Canadian recordings, and received international recognition with Gold and Platinum sales. For more information about her career (including a video of her Hall of Honour induction), click here.

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RENEGADE STATION

With the release of their new album Along for the Ride, Alberta’s Renegade Station embarks on a dynamic musical journey that sees the talented quartet elevating their already impressive reputation for creative excellence and superior showmanship to new heights.

For the recording of Along for the Ride, Renegade Station worked with respected industry veteran Johnny Gasparic (Gord Bamford, George Canyon) at Dave Temple’s MCC Recording Studio in Calgary.

The lead-off single “Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight” fits into the more adventurous approach that is Renegade Station’s hallmark. Sung by Kent who shares lead vocal duties with Luanne, it’s a mature, somewhat saucy but very true-to-life take on modern romance.

In recent years the band have won back-to-back Alberta Country Music Association Awards as Group of the Year (2015 and 2016) as well as the ACMA Fan’s Choice of the Year in 2015. They garnered a CCMA nomination for Songwriter of the Year for their tune “2:15,” and Luanne was nominated for CCMA Bass Player of the Year for 2016.

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SUN, SAND AND SONG

To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, the #MDMRoadFam is headed to the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico in November for some Sun, Sand and Song! They've partnered with Vision Travel for this trip to Mexico for a week with Jess Moskaluke, Bobby Wills, David James, The Lovelocks and Charlie Major. Beat the Canadian winter with MDM! More details can be found here.

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TENILLE TOWNES

For the sparse, soul-filled live performance, Townes invites viewers into an intimate living room setting mirroring the communal theme of her debut major label EP Living Room Worktapes, released on April 13. The 4-track collection, produced by Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour), has quickly gained early critical praise with NPR reflecting that “Townes reversed that order by showcasing the elemental parts of her expression – song and voice – first”, Rolling Stone naming “Somebody’s Daughter” one of the “Best Country Songs Of The Week” and HITS remarking that “Townes' stunning vocal soars far and wide while cutting straight to the listener's core.”

Readied for a breakout 2018, Townes recently announced that she will join Bobby Bones for select tour dates this fall and has also been tapped by Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town for the country superstars’ co-headlining The Bandwagon Tour launching July 2018. This spring Townes made her Sundance Film Festival and SXSW debut and shared the stage with Devin Dawson, Maren Morris and Steve Moakler on the road. In between introducing her music to fans on the road, Townes is currently writing and recording her debut LP with producer, Jay Joyce, at his Neon Cross studio in Nashville.

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TIN PAN NORTH SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) – Toronto Chapter is hosting their 19th annual TIN PAN NORTH songwriters’ event, May 24 – 26, 2018, at various venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). See performances by over 40 talented songwriters, performing their songs and sharing the story behind the song. Mark these dates so you don’t miss three great nights of songwriters sharing their songs. This year, they're also celebrating the 25th year of the Toronto Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International or NSAI.

TIN PAN NORTH, is based on the very famous Nashville Songwriter’s Festival called TIN PAN SOUTH, which features some of the biggest stars in country music. Like that festival, TIN PAN NORTH aims to be an all-ages festival of singer-songwriters, and provides music fans who love songwriting an up close and personal peek into the glamorous world of songwriters and songwriting.

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ANTHONY TULLO

Things are really heating up in Poland for Anthony Tullo. He is producing and singing on two songs - a duet with renowned hit songwriter Igor Jaszczuk from Berlin called “Only She” and another duet Anthony wrote called “Don't” with Polish European superstar Kristoff Cugowski – which will be mixed and mastered by Peter Linseman Music Mentor Productions Studio. He is already part part of a massive European campaign with his song “Oil” from album Switching Tracks (released via major commercial radio airplay), and a summer tour including headlining at Krasnik Country Festival and highlight-headlining Piknik Country Festival (the oldest/largest international country music festival in Eastern Europe) as well as the mainstage at POL'and'ROCK Festival in 2019 (minimum attendance 250,000).

Anthony is currently nominated for Male Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) with the award show in London on June 3. “Thank you to all voters and the CMAO, who made this possible. Congrats to the boys and we are all headed for London in June,” says Anthony. Watch for the international release of the official video for “Shotgun Ready” this month on Anthony Tullo’s website.

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ASHLYNNE VINCE

Ashlynne Vince has a busy spring/summer schedule ahead. Her fifth release to Canadian country radio hits the airwaves on May 25. “Go On and Go” is an upbeat traditional-sounding country tune that will have listeners tapping their toes. “Go On and Go” can be found on iTunes, Spotify and all other major media outlets. You can also find Ashlynne being played Canada-wide as one of the feature artists this month on GoCountry.ca, Canada's newest country satellite station. In addition to preparing for her latest release, Ashlynne is gearing up for a super busy CMA Music Festival Week, where she will be playing downtown Nashville on Lower Broadway every day during Country Music's Biggest Festival. A proud Canadian, Ashlynne loves representing Canadian country music in Music City, where she now resides.

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BOBBY WILLS

The radio edit and live version of Bobby’s latest single “Out Of Your Mind” are available on In Comes The Night: Deluxe Edition, which was released on February 23.

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TIANNA WOODS

It's already shaping up to be a great year for Tianna Woods. With her fourth consecutive Female Artist of the Year nomination under her belt, she released her new single that she co-wrote with Chase Stevens and Carrie DeMaeyer – “My Eyes Are Up Here.” The concept for this song came to Tianna while she was hanging out with girlfriends who frequent the bar scene. She got together with songwriter friends and wrote the tune - a very catchy yet pertinent song that she’s sure the girls are going to love. The great melody and rockin’ production delivered by J. Richard Hutt ensures that the message is delivered in a light-hearted manner that is infectious and humorous while still making a statement.

In 2017, Tianna won the Josie Award for Female Artist of the Year—Modern Country in Nashville. In 2016, she won the Best Country Toronto Independent Music Award and this year for the fourth time in a row, she is nominated for the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Female Artist of the Year. Check out Tiana's cover of the classic rock song ‘Kashmir’ - the first in a series to be released on a full length album soon. 

COUNTRY CARES

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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BRITTANY BRODIE

Brittany wrote a song with hit writer Regie Hamm (American Idol songwriter) two years ago. Her cousin Robert and his two friends were killed en route to a hockey game years ago in Lethbridge, AB, the same city Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet was from. Brittany was in Nashville when news broke of the bus crash with the Humboldt Broncos and like all Canadians and people from around the world; she was devastated. The next day it hit her: the song "See You Soon" she had written two years ago was going to be part of a bigger plan. This song is for them. 

Quote last week about “See You Soon” from FYI Music News: There is a growing body of songs about the tragedy that took place on a lonely stretch of highway outside Tisdale, SK – but this one nails it. Linda Ronstadt couldn’t have captured it better, and that’s saying one heck of a lot.

100% of the Profits from “See You Soon” will be donated to the Humboldt Broncos Community Foundation. “See You Soon” is at country radio, iTunes, Spotify, and all major online retailers.

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HUNTER BROTHERS

Even while the Hunter Brothers were on the road opening for High Valley earlier this month, home was very much in their hearts. For the Canadian country group, there were three crucial elements to growing up in their small town in Saskatchewan: music, farming and hockey. The devastating Humboldt Broncos crash affected the brothers deeply and on April 27, they performed alongside Canadian country superstars like Brett Kissel, Dallas Smith and Gord Bamford at the Country Thunder tribute concert for the Humboldt Broncos. They also performed their song “Where I Wanna Live When I Die” at the funerals of the team statistician Brody Hinz and head coach Darcy Haugan. Watch one of the many heartfelt tributes here.

 

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MUD CREEK ROTARY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR NO TIME FOR THAT ANTI-BULLYING SOCIETY

The 2nd Annual Mud Creek Rotary Benefit Concert for No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society, founded by Elsie Morden, was held on Friday, April 27 at the Wolfville Farmers' Market in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Thank you to everyone who came out in support of bullying prevention, mental health awareness, and youth empowerment. It was such a fun night and over $20,000 was raised for the charity! All proceeds from the benefit concert will help Elsie Morden and the "No Time for That" Tour continue to visit Canadian schools free of charge.

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TARA SHANNON

In honor of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, award-winning adult contemporary artist Tara Shannon is proud to align with not-for-profit organization, LymeHope. After being personally affected by the disease in recent months, Tara is excited to work closely with LymeHope’s co-founders Jennifer Kravis and Sue Faber to raise awareness on the subject of Lyme and related diseases in Canada. Known for supporting charitable campaigns throughout her career, including the Butterfly Child project and Big Brothers and Big Sisters’ BeYou, Tara looks forward to giving her voice to a cause that is completely unheard of to 30% of Canadians.

In addition to a string of performances lined up throughout Canada, Tara Shannon will also be releasing her new single "Someone Who Understands (Remix)" on May 25. Produced by Hayley McLean with additional lyrics and vocals by Cody Coyote, this powerhouse collaboration reminds listeners that they are not alone in times of doubt. With both Tara and Cody hailing from Ottawa, the "Someone Who Understands (Remix)" is a meaningful track which showcases the incredible talent between two homegrown artists and the magic that happens when they come together.

WE REMEMBER

In recognition of CCMA members who have recently passed. 

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Brett Johnson ("Brett T Williams")

CCMA member and burgeoning indie country music artist Brett Johnson passed away in his sleep on Monday May 14. Brett grew up the grandson of CCMA Hall of Fame member Elmer Tippe and nephew to Canadian country superstar Rick Tippe. His first single, "Heard it Here First", was released on March 13. Brett found success before his solo career with the band The Johnson Brothers. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support his fiancee and 1 year old daughter. This page can be found here