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Dean Brody, James Barker Band & Brett Kissel Lead 2017 CCMA Awards Nominations

July 12th, 2017

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced the final nominees in 34 CCMA Award categories today, eight of which will be presented during the 2017 CCMA Awards Show to be broadcast from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Sept. 10 on CBC.

First-time nominees the James Barker Band have five nominations for 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 alongside Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, and Donovan Woods for the James Barker Band single, “Chills.” Dean Brody has 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 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 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).

The 2017 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award nominees were unveiled last night on Entertainment Tonight Canada. This award, voted on by country music fans, is once again stacked with powerhouse male artists: Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, High Valley and Dallas Smith. This year, there are three ways for fans to engage with their favourite Canadian country music act and vote: visit ccma.org and click on their favourite act; visit com/CCMAawards and listen to their favourite act; and take to social media and hashtag their choice for the Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award.

For full details on how to take advantage of these opportunities to vote for the 2017 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, CLICK HERE. The winner of this award will be announced during the 2017 CCMA Awards Show.

For a complete list of 2017 CCMA Awards nominees to-date, visit www.ccma.org.

Forty-two CCMA Awards will be given out over three awards ceremonies during PotashCorp Country Music Week in Saskatoon from Sept. 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.

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