TIM HICKS, BRETT KISSEL AND MEGHAN PATRICK ANNOUNCED
AS PERFORMERS FOR THE 2018 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

updated July 18, 2018

After revealing the official list of 2018 nominees last week, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) is excited to announce their third round of performers for 2018 CCMA Awards. 2018 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award nominee Tim Hicks, six-time 2018 nominee and multi-CCMA Award winner Brett Kissel and reigning Female Artist of the Year Meghan Patrick have been confirmed to take the stage in Hamilton. These three country artists will be joining previously announced performers Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell, High Valley, Dallas Smith and Terri Clark. Hosted by country icon Shania Twain, the CCMA Awards will broadcast live from Hamilton on Sunday, September 9 nationwide on CBC and cbcmusic.ca/ccmas at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

Celebrating his first Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award nomination in 2018, multi-Platinum country artist Tim Hicks is no stranger to Canadian country music fans. With two Platinum and 6 Gold selling singles, a Gold album and twelve Top 10 radio hits, the Niagara-born award-winning performer has quickly become one of Canada’s most celebrated male voices. The #1 Most Added track on Canadian radio across all formats in its first week, Hick’s newest single “Loud” off of his fourth studio album New Tattoo has become a summer anthem that fans can only hope will make its way to the CCMA Awards stage.

This fall Brett Kissel will be returning to the CCMA Awards stage for another outstanding performance. Taking home the coveted Fans’ Choice Award in 2016 and Male Artist of the Year for the last two consecutive years, Kissel has scored another six nominations this year, tied for the most of any artist. With his current single “Guitars and Gasoline” climbing the charts at stations across Canada, Kissel was awarded the CIMA Road Gold Award earlier this year and will be heading out across Canada later this fall for Part 2 of the We Were That Song Tour.

Returning to the stage after an unforgettable performance in Saskatoon with much to celebrate is reigning SiriusXM Rising Star and Female Artist of the Year, Meghan Patrick. Earning five 2018 CCMA Award nominations, Meghan recently made history by becoming the first solo female artist to take home the Fans’ Choice Award at the Country Music of Ontario Awards. With her debut album Grace and Grit generating four Top 20 singles and a Top 10 hit with “Still Loving You”, Meghan Patrick released her sophomore album (Country Music Made Me Do It) earlier this year.

19-time CCMA Award winner Terri Clark is no stranger to the CCMA Awards show stage. This year Clark will not only be performing, she’ll also arrive in Hamilton to celebrate her 2018 induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Selling more than 5 million albums worldwide, Clark holds the title for most wins of the coveted CCMA Fans’ Choice Award (8-time winner) and is currently touring across Canada. Her most recent single “One Drink Ago,” a duet with Dallas Smith, is currently Top 5 at Canadian country radio.

Multiple JUNO and CCMA Award winner Dallas Smith will hit the stage for the second consecutive year at the 2018 CCMA Awards. Recently scoring his fifth No. 1 and fourth consecutive chart topper with “Sleepin’ Around,” Smith is the first and only Canadian country artist to have four consecutive No. 1 singles from the same album. A Platinum and GOLD selling artist, Smith is also the only Canadian artist to have 18 consecutive singles peak in the Top 10 of the Country airplay chart in the Nielsen BDS era (22 years). With his current single “One Drink Ago” currently sitting in the Top 5, it is anticipated that Smith will be releasing new music in advance of his Awards show performance.

11-year old Internet sensation, Mason Ramsey, will be making a special appearance in Hamilton this September. Recorded singing Hank Williams Sr.’s “Lovesick Blues” at a Walmart in Illinois, the rising star’s original video earned more than 20 million views in its first week and has surpassed 40 million views since then. After signing with Big Loud and Atlantic Records as the youngest major label Country artist since Billy Gilman, Ramsey debuted his first hit single “Famous.” Reaching No.1 on iTunes Country Songs chart and top-charted as No. 1 on global streaming Country song on Spotify, “Famous” laid the foundation for the release of Ramsey’s second single — his cover of “Lovesick Blues.”

Grammy-Award winner Keith Urban is no stranger to the CCMA Awards stage. This year, the platinum-selling artist will arrive in Hamilton celebrating the release of his ninth studio album GRAFFITI U. Hitting #1 on all-genre charts after one week of release and recently gold certified in Canada, GRAFFITI U boasts singles such as “Coming Home” (ft. Julia Michaels) and is anticipated to add to Urban’s long-list of #1 hits (23). The second chart-topping album for Keith Urban, GRAFFITI U will lay the foundation for electric, high-energy performances both at the 2018 CCMA Awards and each night of the upcoming 10 Canadian dates of the “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR”.

Recently earning the first #1 single at Canadian country radio by a female in more than a decade with “Criminal,” Lindsay Ell has spent the better part of the last year taking the country world by storm. With her debut release THE PROJECT named the #1 Critic’s Choice Country Album of the Year by Billboard, the Calgary native has just wrapped a year-long tour with Brad Paisley and will head out with both Sugarland and Keith Urban later this year.

Two-time CCMA Award Group of the Year winners, High Valley has become one of Canada’s biggest success stories. Selling over 1 million singles worldwide, the brother duo recently released their fifth studio album DEAR LIFE. Spawning the Top 10 hits “Every Week’s Got A Friday” and “Dear Life” (Top 5), DEAR LIFE also delivered the #1 Canadian Country radio hit and their fourth GOLD-certified song “I Be U Be.” Nominated for a 2018 JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year, High Valley will head out on the road with Old Dominion this fall, bringing their smash hits “Make You Mine” (certified GOLD in both Canada and the US) and “She’s With Me” (Top 5 in Canada/Top 10 at US Country radio) to fans across North America.

Tickets for the 2018 CCMA Awards are available now, with GOLD and PLATINUM Packages available as well. Single tickets and packages are available for purchase in-person through the FirstOntario Centre Box Office and online at ticketmaster.ca.

Fans are encouraged to follow along with CCMA Award updates via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information on the CCMA and the 2018 CCMA Awards, visit ccma.org.