May 2019 Member News


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Hot on the heels of their hit single “Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight”, Renegade Station has just released the title track “Along for the Ride” to their album. Song credits to Aaron Goodvin / Rob Crosby and Bart Butler. The entertaining video featuring Bradly Tucker and Dr. Jody Carrington is sure to be a summer favourite. The group completed a successful East Coast radio tour promoting the single. Renegade Station looks forward to having you Along for the Ride!

Listen to Renegate Station’s “Along for the Ride

Photo credit to Michelle Spice Photography



Dave’s second single, “Everything Girl” continues to receive support from country radio after a cross-Canada radio tour in March. He’s now looking forward to a busy May and touring season. Dave will be one of two headline acts performing over three nights at the Cloverdale Rodeo (BC’s largest rodeo and fair) over the May long weekend, in addition to other summer shows, including the Williams Lake Stampede (along with Aaron Pritchett), Gone Country (headliners Aaron Pritchett and George Canyon), Sunfest (Jason Aldean, Maren Morris), and a Canada Day show in Surrey, BC on a bill with Our Lady Peace and Biff Naked!

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Mark Tarantini, high school teacher for 20 years at W. C. Eaket in Blind River, Ontario has released his original song “The Old Days”. He had begun to write this song when a family friend had passed away, and finished it when his father passed away last summer. Mark has been a member of the NOCMA for 30 years!  He is excited to return back to the studio the end of May to record a second original song called “Summertime girl”.   

Listen to Mark Tarantini’s original song “The Old Days”.




Beamer Wigley has released his 4th single on May 10th to all streaming services, with a follow up Official Music Video on May 15 and then to radio on June 3rd. The song, "I Knew" was co-written by his manager, award-winning legendary hitmaker and GRAMMY Award-nominated Keith Follese (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Randy Travis, Katy Perry, John Oates). The final cut also features award-winning musician Danny Rader (Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Julianne Hough) on Dobro. Asked about the song, Wigley said “The story line about is about a musician busking and wondering if he’ll ever succeed with his guitar which can apply not just to me, but so many other musicians who start off the same way “It can be pretty discouraging when there isn’t much in your guitar case after hours of playing! But then you meet the girl and good things happen!”


Celebrated singer, songwriter and performer, Dean Brody released a brand-new EP titled Black Sheep on April 26, ahead of summer festival season and his forthcoming fall tour alongside acclaimed act and friend, Dallas Smith. Black Sheep contains a perfect compilation of Brody’s signature uptempo, foot-stomping hits (“Good Goodbye”, “Dose of Country” and the latest single, “Whiskey in a Teacup”), with hints at a softer, deeper, side. 

With a plethora of accolades to his name, Brody is a 2-time Juno Award winning artist, 17-time CCMA Award winner, and has had 24 Top 10 hits at country radio, the most recent of which is “Whiskey in a Teacup". The playful, upbeat track has already been streamed globally over 1.6 million times.  

This fall will bring Brody together with another iconic country artist making his mark on the genre, Dallas Smith, for the first-ever, larger-than-life, Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone Tour, kicking off in Sault Ste. Marie on September 18, before heading across the country.

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2019 has been a pretty great year (so far) for Calgary Country Roots Duo, GhostBoy. Made up of guitarist/vocalist Aaron Young and 6 time CCMA Award Winner Denis Dufresne, GhostBoy has been making a seismic mark on the Western Canadian music scene. They recently wrapped a 38 date tour through Saskatoon and Alberta, played a sold out album release at the famed Ironwood Stage (the largest capacity crowd the venue has seen in over 3 years), paid tribute to Jann Arden at the Bella Concert Hall and were recently announced as nominees for Roots Duo of the Year at the WCMA’s.

GhostBoy has been garnering accolades and global work due to their relentless work ethic and impressive online presence.

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On May 8, 2019 Hayley Verrall received the honour of being named Arts Person of the Year for 2018 for the City of Burlington.  This honour is awarded to an individual who has contributed to the arts in Burlington as an artist, patron, or advocate including but not limited to visual arts, media arts, musical arts, performing arts and literary arts in 2018.


Amy Nelson is proud to announce the release of a new single radio titled Hey Love on Friday May 17. The single is available everywhere digitally and is already at 25,000+ plays on Spotify. This is the first single from her third album, Good Intentions.

Hey Love was written a few years ago by Jeff Cohen, a multi-award-winning songwriter/producer/publisher based in Nashville/London whose songs have appeared on over 20 million albums sold, over 10 million video games and over 100 placements in TV/Film. The Band Perry closed their shows with it for many years and they kept the song on hold. So when they decided not to use it for their latest album, it became available and Amy Nelson jumped on it. She released the single last year in Australia and it soared to #6 on KIX Country Radio Network.

Nelson continues to utilize her business acumen and has partnered with Boston Pizza in Saskatchewan to offer the album at $5.99, with $1.00 to be donated towards children’s music camps, which reflects her high regard for the value of children’s music education. Through her separate business Sing Like A STAR over 1700 Saskatchewan children have built confidence and gained musical skills through group and private lessons."


Madeline’s latest single, “Unraveling” continues to climb the charts at Canadian country radio, sitting in the top 30 at the #22 position the week of May 13 (Mediabase). The song comes following the success of the pop-meets-country success single, “Neon Love”, which was Merlo’s fifth Top 15 single. Watch the “Unraveling” music video here.

Fans can catch Merlo at a number of upcoming shows including the Kee to Bala (ON), and the Queen's Plate Festival (ON).

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Twitter: @madelinemerlo
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“Crime pays for Leanne Pearson in the action-packed video for her new single Hot Pursuit. Combining a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde tale of pistol-packing highway robbery with performance footage of Pearson and an all-female band, the video makes it clear the Winnipeg country-rock queen takes a backseat to no one.” - Darryl Sterdan,

Hot Pursuit, just cracked the Top 100 at Canadian Country Radio. Recently, Pearson took home Female Artist Of The Year at The 2018 Manitoba Country Music Awards. 

Watch the video for her new single "Hot Pursuit"



Mariya Stokes was one of three artists selected to work with Terri Clark at the RBC Master in Residence Program at National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta on May 15th, 2019.

In April, she played a sold-out charity fundraiser in Mazatlan, Mexico, raising over $1000 for Mi Futuro which is a one-of-a-kind home for disadvantaged university students that allows poverty-stricken students a safe place to live while they attend post-secondary.

A glitter-filled, body-positive music video will be following the February release of her debut single "Hands on My Body” is coming soon.

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New to the CCMA, Taylor-Rae, is set to release her debut album, "Backseat Driver", on June 7th. With a Traditional Country sound and a Rock edge, Taylor-Rae is excited to showcase the project at her Album Release Show on June 8th at the Wise Hall in Vancouver, BC. 

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Award-winning group, Hunter Brothers continue their breakout streak with the release of their latest single, “Northern Lights” on May 10, following their first #1 smash hit, “Lost”. Released simultaneously, the touching new video for “Northern Lights” was shot by the renowned Edde Brothers, who have become known for their work with country music’s elite, shooting videos for artists like Jon Pardi, Brett Eldridge and Hunter Hayes. The video for this country love song is a touching tribute to the band’s wives and children. Watch the video for “Northern Lights” here.

Hunter Brothers are gearing up for a busy festival season, which will involve several US tour dates in addition to Canadian dates, including; CMA Fest in Nashville in June, Country Thunder in Wisconsin, as well as Blue Jay’s Country Day, Toronto’s Festival of Beer, Country Thunder Alberta, and many more.

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Following an exciting 2018 as finalists in Sirius XM’s Top of the Country contest and Alberta’s Project Wild, Leaving Thomas have spent months perfecting new songs for their upcoming album ‘Nothing Comes For Free’.  With songs that speak their truth (all co-penned by LT), the dynamic pop country duo will launch their full-length album on May 29 with an album release party at the King Eddy in Calgary’s National Music Centre, presented by Country 105 and Country Thunder! If you follow them on social media, Annika and Bryton have been releasing song teasers for a few weeks now, and their breathtaking, conflicted ballad, ‘Choose’ will be the first song available on Friday, May 24, streaming everywhere. Following that, they are set to release their 2nd song from the new album, ‘I Wanna Be It All’, on DMDS on Tuesday, June 11.

You can catch them on the road this summer at festivals such as Red River EX (Wpg), Rock The Fort (Fort Steele), Country Thunder (Calgary), Denim on the Diamond (Kelowna) and more. It’s going to be an epic summer for these two and Leaving Thomas are excited and proud to share their exceptional new music with fans and industry.


Sons of Daughters have been selected as one of eight semi-finalists for SiriusXM’s Top of the Country in partnership with CCMA. Fans can vote for the duo until May 17 here. The group have a number of upcoming summer gigs including, Magnetic Hill (NB) SummerFEST (NB), and Music In The Fields (ON).

For more information on Sons of Daughters: 

Twitter: @sonsofdaughters
Instagram: @sonsofdaughters


Jessica Mitchell's debut album Heart Of Glass is nominated for Album of the Year at the 2019 CMAOntario Awards taking place in Ottawa on June 16. Mitchell will take to the Budweiser Stage on June 21 for legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival. Jessica will share the stage with an incredible line up including, Willie Nelson & Family, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss and Matt Mays. Fans can expect a new single from Jessica next month.

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