Steven Goldmann Receives the Leonard T. Rambeau International Award


August 22, 2018 (Toronto, ON)  – The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced today that Steven Goldmann has been named recipient of the 2018 Leonard T. Rambeau International Award. Celebrating Canadian excellence since 1989, the Leonard T. Rambeau International Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary effort in assisting the aims and initiatives of the Canadian country music industry internationally.

“Steven Goldmann was a true visionary,” said Ted Ellis, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors. “His extreme dedication to the craft of video production propelled the careers of countless artists, including one of our country’s most celebrated female voices, Shania Twain. We celebrate his life, his humility and his incredible achievements with extreme pride.”  

Directing more than 200 music videos over the course of his career, Steven Goldmann was one of the most prolific and successful Canadian directors. Making a name for himself in the mid-1990s with consecutive CMT Director of the Year Awards (1996/1997), Goldmann stepped onto the international stage during the 1998-1999 award season when he took home the triple crown of the country music video industry for his innovative direction of Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” (TNN Music City News Best Video Of The Year, CMA Music Video of the Year Award and the ACM Video of the Year Award) in addition to the Nashville Music Awards and CMT's Video Of The Year Award).

Goldmann’s success was not confined by the late 90’s, as the new millennium saw him recognized for his work on many levels. His award-winning short film 50 Odd Dollars took home the Gold Lion for Best in Show & Best Short (Alabama Film Festival) and Best Short Subject (Houston Film Festival) while his work on Alan Jackson’s “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” earned a 2003 ACM Video of the Year Award. The 2000’s also saw Goldmann recognized at home, winning consecutive CCMA Video Director of the Year Awards (2003/2004) and a 2007 CMT Video of the Year Award for his work on Emerson Drive’s “Moments.”

Goldmann’s visionary style was unmatchable. His ability to catapult an artist’s career was clear, demonstrated clearly through his working relationship with Shania Twain. Directing six videos for Canada’s queen of country, Goldmann was named by Rolling Stone as creating the 5th most influential video of the 90’s when he delivered the video for Twain’s “You Win My Love”. His magic changed the careers of many, including Brooks & Dunn, Paul Brandt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emerson Drive, Alan Jackson, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Collin Raye, Pam Tillis, Michelle Wright and countless others.

Not only did Goldmann love the creative process of music videos, he also had a love for feature films. His passion was seen in every project he touched and was visible in his work done on Broken Bridges (2006) and cult-classic Trailer Park of Terror.

“Steven was an incredibly proud Canadian who, although spending much of his adult life in America, worked diligently to promote and highlight the homegrown talent found in Canada,” said Stephanie Goldmann. “We remember him as creative and driven, as someone who managed to turn his two loves -- music and film -- into a career that never felt like work. We are so humbled by this award presentation and thankful to celebrate Steven’s legacy alongside the CCMA this year.”

September 2018 will see Goldmann’s wife Stephanie and daughters Alana and Alexandra accept the coveted Leonard T. Rambeau International Award on Goldmann’s behalf at an industry awards ceremony during Country Music Week in Hamilton, Ontario.

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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.

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