2017 CCMA Awards: Dean Brody, James Barker Band & Brett Kissel Lead the Nominations July 12, 2017 NEWS Canadian Country Music Association Awards Nominees: Dean Brody, James Barker Band & Brett Kissel Lead The Way The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce the final nominees in thirty-four (34) CCMA Award categories today, eight (8) of which will be presented during the 2017 CCMA Awards Show, to be broadcast from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC. First-time nominees, the James Barker Band have an impressive five nominations: Album of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Rising Star, Single of the Year and Video of the Year. Lead singer, James Barker, is also nominated for Songwriters of the Year (presented by ole) alongside Gavin Slate, Travis Wood and Donovan Woods for the James Barker Band single, “Chills”. Dean Brody can celebrate five nominations in the categories of Apple Music Fans’ Choice, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (presented by ole) for his single, “Time”. Brett Kissel also boasts five nods including Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year, as well as Songwriters of the Year (presented by ole) with Ted Hewitt and Phil O’Donnell for his single, “Cool With That”. With four nominations is Dallas Smith, who heads into CCMA Awards season in the categories of Apple Music Fans’ Choice, Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. And with three nominations each are High Valley: Apple Music Fans Choice, Album of the Year and Group or Duo of the Year and Meghan Patrick: Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star. See the list of nominees below! Update: For the full list of winners, click here. ARTIST AWARDS APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD Gord Bamford Dean Brody Chad Brownlee High Valley Dallas SmithCast your vote here! This year, there is no limit to the amount of votes you can submit, so get to voting! Want to vote by listening to your favourite artist?! Stream their songs on Apple Music’s 2017 CCMA Fans’ Choice Nominees playlist – each play of over 30 seconds counts as a vote! ALBUM OF THE YEAR Dean Brody – Beautiful Freakshow High Valley – Dear Life Dallas Smith – Side Effects Meghan Patrick – Grace & Grit James Barker Band – Game On FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Lindsay Ell Madeline Merlo Jess Moskaluke Meghan Patrick Alee MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Gord Bamford Brett Kissel Aaron Pritchett Tim Hicks Chad Brownlee Dallas Smith GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR Cold Creek County High Valley James Barker Band The Road Hammers Washboard Union ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR The Lovelocks Jessica Mitchell Lindi Ortega JJ Shiplett The Washboard Union RISING STAR Dan Davidson Aaron Goodvin JoJo Mason Meghan Patrick James Barker Band SINGLE OF THE YEAR Autograph – Dallas Smith Cool With That – Brett Kissel Lawn Chair Lazy – James Barker Band Take Me Home – Jess Moskaluke Time – Dean Brody VIDEO OF THE YEAR Brett Kissel – I Didn’t Fall in Love With Your Hair James Barker Band – Chills Chris Buck Band feat. Kira Isabella – That’s When You Know Dean Brody – Time Aaron Pritchett – When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR presented by ole James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods Song: Chills (Performed By: James Barker Band) Ted Hewitt, Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnell Song: Cool With That (Performed By: Brett Kissel) Clayton Bellamy, Dan Davidson Song: Found (Performed By: Dan Davidson) Dean Brody Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody) Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell, David Thomson Song: Workin’ On Whiskey (Performed By: Jessica Mitchell) INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR Shae Dupuy Tim Hicks Hunter Brothers Brett Kissel Wes Mac Find out which artists are performing on the CCMA award show here! MUSICIAN AWARDS BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Chris Byrne Lisa Dodd Justin Kudding James Murdoch Travis Switzer DRUMMER OF THE YEAR Jimmy Boudreau Ben Bradley Jayson Brinkworth Rich DaSilva Chad Melchert FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Denis Dufresne Shane Guse Julie Kennedy Mike Sanyshyn Tyler Vollrath GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD presented by Cithara Guitars Derek Caven Ryan Davidson Matt McKay Darren Savard Brennan Wall KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR Scott Galloway Mike Little Bart McKay Carly McKillip***Less than 5 nominees SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Denis Dufresne – Banjo Shane Guse – Mandolin Tyler Vollrath – Mandolin ***Less than 5 nominees STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR John Ellis Smokey Fennell Mitch Jay Doug Johnson Scott Smith RADIO AWARDS MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR- LARGE MARKET Larry Donohue – CFCW – Edmonton, AB Steph Hansen – CKRY-FM/CISN-FM – Calgary, AB/Edmonton, AB Amanda Kingsland – CKBY-FM – Ottawa, ON Brittany Thompson – CKKL-FM – Ottawa, ON Peter Walker – CJKX-FM – Oshawa, ON MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR- MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET Shilo Bellis – CJXL-FM – Moncton, NB Paul Ferguson – CHCQ-FM – Belleville, ON Cal Gratton – CJVR-FM – Melfort, SK Roo Phelps – CIGV-FM, Kelowna, BC Brendan Seeley – CKGY-FM – Red Deer, AB INDUSTRY AWARDS BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR The Feldman Agency Invictus Entertainment Group Paquin Artists Agency Sakamoto Agency United Talent Agency COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR Boots & Bourbon Saloon – Toronto, ON Cook County Saloon – Edmonton, AB Cowboys Dance Hall – Calgary, AB Knoxville’s Tavern – Edmonton, AB Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR Boots And Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, AB Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB Cavendish Beach Music Festival – Cavendish, PE Rockin’ River Country MusicFest – Merritt, BC COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR Brett Kissel – Home Movie – Corus Entertainment Canadian Coast To Coast – Fabmar Communications Chevy Top 20 Countdown – Corus Entertainment Coors Banquet One Horse Town – Corus Entertainment The Casey Clarke Show With Roo Phelps – Casey Clarke Productions MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR Chief Music Management Gold & Gold Productions Ltd. Invictus Entertainment Group MDM Recordings Inc. RGK Entertainment Group Inc. MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR ole Royalty Music Publishing Inc. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada Universal Music Publishing Canada Warner/Chappell Music Canada RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR MDM Recordings Inc. ole red dot Open Road Recordings Inc. Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc. Warner Music Canada RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR Steve Coady – Warner Music Canada Warren Copnick – Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc. Mike Denney – MDM Recordings Inc. Ron Kitchener – Open Road Recordings Inc. Louis O’Reilly – Big Star Recordings Inc. RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR Design Team: Mitchell Nevins Photography: Phil Crozier Album: Beautiful Freakshow (Artist: Dean Brody) Design Team: Mitchell Nevins Album: Echo Road: The Best of Doc Walker (Artist: Doc Walker) Design Team: Mitchell Nevins Photography: Phil Crozier Album: Shake These Walls (Artist: Tim Hicks) Design Team: Janelle Shiplett Photography: Brent Mykytyshyn, Ari Heinikainen, Mike Peleshok Album: Something To Believe In (Artist: JJ Shiplett) Design Team: Mitchell Nevins, Madeline Merlo Single: War Paint (Artist: Madeline Merlo) RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR Bark McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK Barrytone Studios – St. Clements, ON MCC Recording Studio – Calgary, AB OCL Studios – Chestermere, AB Revolution Recording – Toronto, ON RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR Chris Baseford, Vince Gill, Jeff Johnson, Chad Kroeger, Carly McKillip, Justin Niebank Album: Grace & Grit (Artist: Meghan Patrick) Scott Cooke Album: The Score (Artist: Aaron Pritchett) Scott Cooke, Ben Glover, Mitch Merrett Album: Hearts On Fire (Artist: Chad Brownlee) Joey Moi Album: Side Effects (Artist: Dallas Smith) Phil O’Donnell Album: Tin Roof (Artist: Gord Bamford) RETAILER OF THE YEAR Apple Canada Spotify Canada Inc. Sunrise Records Walmart Canada**Less than 5 nominees RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR Kelly Berehulka – Casinos Of Winnipeg Paul Biro – Sakamoto Agency Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group Adam Oppenheim – Stampede Entertainment Inc. Emmanuel Patterson – Live Nation Entertainment VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Stephano Barberis Video: I Hate You For It (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: One Little Kiss (Artist: Dallas Smith), Video: Red Dress, (Artist: JoJo Mason), Video: Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Summer Girl (Artist: Bucko & Toad), Video: Time (Artist: Dean Brody) Emma Higgins Video: Still Loving You (Artist: Meghan Patrick) Ben Knechtel Video: Chills (Artist: James Barker Band), Video: Cool With That (Artist: Brett Kissel), Video: Drive Me Away (Artist: Jess Moskaluke), Video: Elevator (Artist: Jess Moskaluke), Video: Every Week’s Got A Friday (Artist: High Valley), Video: Starts With A Girl (Artist: David James) Travis Nesbitt Video: Found (Artist: Dan Davidson) Joel Stewart Video: I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair (Artist: Brett Kissel) Forty-two (42) CCMA Awards will be given out over three (3) awards ceremonies during PotashCorp Country Music Week in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, September 7-10. Ticket and event information regarding PotashCorp Country Music Week can be found at ccma.org. Performers for the 2017 CCMA Awards Show will be announced in the coming weeks. Already announced to perform are Dean Brody, Brett Kissel and Jess Moskaluke. Tickets for the 2017 CCMA Awards Show are still available and can be purchased online HERE, by calling 1-800-970-7328, or by visiting the SaskTel Centre Box Office (3515 Thatcher Ave., Saskatoon, SK). For more information on the 2017 CCMA Awards Show or PotashCorp Country Music Week, visit ccma.org.