James Barker Band, Jessica Mitchell and Serena Ryder CCMA Awards Performers


Ryder to join previously announced Brett Kissel on stage at the
CCMA Awards broadcast live from Hamilton, ON on CBC

August 14, 2018 (Toronto, ON) - The 2018 CCMA Awards stage is heating up! Today the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced its fourth round of performers for the 2018 CCMA Awards show, which will be broadcast and streamed live from Hamilton on Sunday, September 9 on CBC and cbcmusic.ca/ccmas at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Award-winning James Barker Band, three time CCMA Award nominee Jessica Mitchell and six-time JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder will step out onto the stage at FirstOntario Centre on September 9. These talented artists will join previously announced performers Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell, High Valley, Dallas Smith, Terri Clark, Tim Hicks and Meghan Patrick.

Earning their first JUNO Award earlier this year for Country Album of the Year, James Barker Band will be making their second CCMA Awards appearance this September. Since forming in 2013, the band has won the 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase at the Boots and Hearts music festival, gained more than 35 million streams on Spotify and has earned the most streamed and spun song released by a Canadian country artist in 2018 with their current single “Good Together”. Boasting five Top 10 singles and four gold records, there’s no question that James Barker Band is just getting started.

Jessica Mitchell, lauded as “country’s Adele," wowed Country Music Week delegates in 2017 with her CCMA Gala Awards performance. 2018 will see her bring that magic to the CCMA Awards stage at FirstOntario Centre. Since its release in May of this year, her debut album, Heart of Glass, has earned more than 3 million streams and much critical acclaim. Mitchell has toured with country greats Johnny Reid, Terri Clark and Kiefer Sutherland. Heading out on a national with Glass Tiger this fall, Mitchell is sure to quickly become a fan favourite following her upcoming CCMA Awards debut.

Another first at the CCMA Awards will be a performance by 6-time JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder. With her anthemic single “Stompa” achieving 4x certified Platinum status in Canada and hitting No.1 at AAA radio in the U.S. for eight consecutive weeks, Ryder has become one of Canada’s musical darlings. Her latest album, Utopia, debuted at #1 and earned Ryder another three SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards as well as an additional Gold single with “Got Your Number”. Recognized as the first Canadian artist to reach No. 1 status on CBC’s Radio 2 Top 20 chart, her personal and skilled songwriting has earned Ryder career-changing features in television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, VEEP, and Suits. There is no doubt this multi-genre songstress will deliver an outstanding performance as she steps out on the CCMA Awards stage alongside 2018 CCMA Award nominee Brett Kissel.

Tickets to the 2018 CCMA Awards are now on-sale. Single tickets and packages are available for purchase in-person at the FirstOntario Centre Box Office and online at ticketmaster.ca with $1 of each ticket sale going directly to MusiCounts in support of their year-round music initiatives.

Fans are encouraged to follow updates for the CCMA Awards via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For more information on the CCMA and the 2018 CCMA Awards please visit ccma.org.


About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Government of Ontario, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music ‎privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca


Media Contacts

For James Barker Band:
Allison Phillips, Universal Music Canada
allison.phillips@umusic.com | 416.718.4178

For Jessica Mitchell:
Erin Richards, Hype PR
erin@hypepr.ca | 416.627.5728

For Serena Ryder:
Stephanie Horak, Universal Music Canada
stephanie.horak@umusic.com | 416.718.4240

For Canadian Country Music Association:
Tiffany Astle, penelopePR
tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416.554.7329

For CBC and CBC Music:
Teaghan Hawke, Publicist, CBC
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca | 416.205.6863