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Brett Kissel & Jess Moskaluke Lead 2018 CCMA Award Nominees

July 12th, 2018

Brett Kissel at the 2017 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

Brett Kissel at the 2017 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced its full list of nominees for the 2018 CCMA Awards, and leading the race with six nominations each are three-time Female Artist of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke, and reigning Male Artist of the Year Brett Kissel. The 2018 CCMA Award Show will be hosted by Shania Twain, and broadcast live from Hamilton on CBC and www.cbcmusic.ca/ccmas on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018,  at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Reigning SiriusXM Rising Star and Female Artist of the Year Meghan Patrick has earned five 2018 CCMA Award nominations. Taking home three awards in 2017, Dallas Smith has earned four 2018 CCMA Award nominations. Smith has also been announced as a performer for the 2018 CCMA Awards show.

The full list of CCMA Award nominees is: 

APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
High Valley
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Jess Moskaluke
Dallas Smith
Shania Twain

FORD ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Past The Past – Jess Moskaluke
The Project – Lindsay Ell
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Shania Twain

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
Donovan Woods

SIRIUSXM RISING STAR

Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
Hunter Brothers
Leaving Thomas
The Reklaws

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

“Chills” – James Barker Band
“Country Music Made Me Do It” – Meghan Patrick
“Drive Me Away” – Jess Moskaluke
“Lonely Drum” – Aaron Goodvin
“Side Effects” – Dallas Smith

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“The Bad Guy” – Meghan Patrick
“Drive Me Away” – Jess Moskaluke
“Hometown Kids” – The Reklaws
“Sky Stays This Blue” – Dallas Smith
“We Were That Song” – Brett Kissel

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Dean Brody, Matt Rovey   
“Song: 8th Day” (Performed By: Dean Brody)
Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover 
Song: “Country Music Made Me Do It” (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)
Zach Abend, Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke
Song: “Drive Me Away” (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood 
Song: “It’s Working” (Performed By: James Barker Band)
Alexander Black, Aaron Goodvin, Cathy Gravitt
Song: “Lonely Drum” (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Tenille Arts
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Leaving Thomas
Nice Horse 

MUSICIAN AWARDS

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kirby Barber
Chris Byrne
Lisa Dodd
Justin Kudding
Travis Switzer

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Matthew Atkins
Ben Bradley
Flavio Cirillo
Rich DaSilva
Chad Melchert          

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Denis Dufresne
Ali Raney
Mike Sanyshyn
Tyler Vollrath
Mark Whitehead

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Derek Caven
Paul Chapman
Matt McKay
Darren Savard
Geoff Torrn

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Scott Galloway
Mike Little
Bart McKay
Dale Wallace
Brendan Waters

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David Barber – Banjo
Denis Dufresne – Banjo
Shane Guse – Mandolin
Mitch Jay – Dobro
Connor Riddell – Banjo

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chris Altmann
John Ellis
Mitch Jay
Doug Johnson
Mark Whitehead

RADIO AWARDS

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR- LARGE MARKET

Larry Donohue – CFCW – Edmonton, AB
Steph Hansen – CISN-FM/CKRY-FM – Edmonton, AB/Calgary, AB
Amanda Kingsland – CKBY-FM – Ottawa, ON
Peter Walker – CJKX-FM/CHKX-FM – Oshawa, ON/Hamilton, ON

** Less than five nominees

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR- MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET

Shilo Bellis – CJXL-FM – Moncton, NB
Jenn Dalen – CKGY-FM – Red Deer, AB
Paul Ferguson – CHCQ-FM – Belleville, ON
Cal Gratton – CJVR-FM – Melfort, SK
Cory Noel – CKFM-FM – Olds, AB

INDUSTRY AWARDS

BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR

APA Agency
The Feldman Agency
Invictus Entertainment Group
Sakamoto Agency
United Talent Agency

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR

Cook County Saloon – Edmonton, AB
The Dakota Tavern – Toronto, ON
Gabby’s Country Cabaret – Langley, BC
Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB
The Roxy – Vancouver, BC

COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR

Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, AB
Boots And Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON
Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB
Cavendish Beach Music Festival – Cavendish, PE
Rockin’ River Country Music Fest – Merritt, BC

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR

Canadian Coast To Coast – Fabmar Communications
The Casey Clarke Country Countdown – Casey Clarke Productions
The Casey Clarke Show – Casey Clarke Productions
The Dungarees Christmas Special – Rogers Media and The Dungarees
Jess Moskaluke – Home Movie – Corus Entertainment

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Big Loud Management LLC.
Invictus Entertainment Group
MDM Artist Management Services
RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
Starseed Entertainment 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.
Universal Music Canada
Warner Music Canada

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Steve Coady – Vice President, Radio Promotions – Warner Music Canada
Jim Cressman – President – Invictus Entertainment Group
Mike Denney – President – MDM Recordings Inc.
Shannon McNevan – Director of A&R – Universal Music Canada
Robert Ott – Chairman, CEO – ole

CREATIVE DIRECTOR(S) OF THE YEAR

Design Team: Rory Gardiner, Loren Stevenson Photography: Doyle Smith
Interactive Video Brochure, Associate Booklet, Album: Be You (Artist: Rory Gardiner)
Design Team: Jason Graham, Photography: John Gaucher
Album: In Comes The Night (Artist: Bobby Wills)
Design Team: Mitchell Nevins, Photography: Margaret Malandruccolo
Single: Loud (Artist: Tim Hicks)
Design Team: Antoine Moonen (Mediavandals) Photography: Delaney Royer
Album: Past The Past (Artist: Jess Moskaluke)
Design Team: Mitchell Nevins, Photography: Phil Crozier
Album: The Squeeze (Artist: The Road Hammers)

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Barrytone Studios – St. Clements, ON
Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK
MCC Recording Studio – Calgary, AB
OCL Studios – Chestermere, AB
Revolution Recording – Toronto, ON

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford, Phil O’Donnell
Album: Neon Smoke (Artist: Gord Bamford)
Spencer Cheyne, Brett Kissel, Justin Kudding, Bart McKay, Matt McKay, Luke Wooten
Album: We Were That Song (Artist: Brett Kissel)
Jeff Dalziel
Album: What We’re Made Of (Artist: The Washboard Union)
Danick Dupelle, Tebey
Album: Love A Girl (Artist: Tebey)
Dan Swinimer
Album: Downtown Kids (Artist: David James)

RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Apple Music
Spotify Canada Inc.
Sunrise Records

**Less than 5 nominees

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Paul Biro – Sakamoto Agency
Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group
Emmanuel Patterson – Live Nation Entertainment
Julia Rambeau – MRG Group
Denise Ross – Live Nation Entertainment

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Stephano Barberis
Video: The Bad Guy (Artist: Meghan Patrick), Video: Coming Clean (Artist: Shirley Gnome),  Video: Dirt Covered Rhinestone (Artist: Jade Mya), Video: Heart Of A Woman (Artist: Johnny Reid), Video: Hold The Line (Artist: Jesse Mast), Video: Might As Well Be Me (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Neon Smoke (Artist: Gord Bamford), Video: Out Of The Blue (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Sky Stays This Blue (Artist: Dallas Smith), Video: Something To Wrap My Heart Around (Artist: JoJo Mason), Video: What We’re Made Of (Artist: The Washboard Union)
Gavin Michael Booth
Video: Born and Raised (Artist: Hunter Brothers), Video: Slide Over (Artist: Tim Hicks), Video: Sombrero (Artist: Scotty James), Video: Those Were The Nights (Artist: Hunter Brothers), Video: You Get To Me (Artist: River Town Saints)
Ben Knechtel
Video: Chills (Artist: James Barker Band), Video: Drive Me Away (Artist: Jess Moskaluke), Video: Hometown Kids (Artist: The Reklaws)
Travis Nesbitt
Video: Anywhere With You (Artist: The Dungarees), Video: Ring The Bells (Artist: The Dungarees), Video: Say We Did (Artist: Dan Davidson), Video: Shine (Artist: The Washboard Union)
Joel Stewart
Video: All About Her (Artist: Paul Brandt), Video: In Comes The Night (Artist: Bobby Wills), Video: Kill Your Love (Artist: Jess Moskaluke), Video: Past The Past (Artist: Jess Moskaluke)

 

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