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James Barker Band, Kissel top CCMA nominations

Friday, July 12, 2019 – James Barker Band and Brett Kissel lead the Canadian Country Music Association awards nominations with five apiece.

Kissel is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, MNP Male Artist of the Year and Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year .

James Barker Band will compete to take home wins in the Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Single of the Year and Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year categories.

Following closely behind with four nominations apiece are Paul Brandt, Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, The Reklaws, Tenille Townes and Dallas Smith.

Brandt, Hicks, Kissel, Smith and Dean Brody will vie for Entertainer of the Year.

Other nominees were:

Album of the Year

The Fall - Dallas Smith
Feels Like That - The Reklaws
The Journey BNA Vol. 2 - Paul Brandt
Love A Girl - Tebey
New Tattoo - Tim Hicks
State Of Mind - Hunter Brothers

Apple Music Fans' Choice

Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
The Reklaws
Dallas Smith
Guylaine Tanguay

Female Artist of the Year

Lindsay Ell
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Guylaine Tanguay
Tenille Townes

Group or Duo of the Year

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

Interactive Artist or Group of the Year

Lindsay Ell
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Nice Horse

MNP Male Artist of the Year

Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

Rising Star

Shawn Austin
Jade Eagleson
Eric Ethridge
JoJo Mason
Sons Of Daughters

Roots Album of the Year

Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion - Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
Both Ways - Donovan Woods
Heart Of Glass - Jessica Mitchell
Juliet - Dan Davidson
What We're Made Of - The Washboard Union

Single of the Year

Criminal - Lindsay Ell
Dive Bar - Gord Bamford
Good Together - James Barker Band
Somebody's Daughter - Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down - Meghan Patrick

Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year

Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel
Song: Cecilia (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long
Song: Down (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: Keep It Simple (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins
Song: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: Somebody's Daughter (Performed By: Tenille Townes)

Video of the Year

Camouflage - Jess Moskaluke
Criminal - Lindsay Ell
Feels Like That - The Reklaws
Somebody's Daughter - Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down - Meghan Patrick

MUSICIAN AWARDS

Bass Player of the Year

Kirby Barber
Lisa Dodd
Curtis Ebner
Doug Elash
Justin Kudding

Drummer of the Year

Ben Bradley
Flavio Cirillo
Rich DaSilva
Chad Melchert
Rob Wells

Fiddle Player of the Year

Linsey Beckett
Tyler Beckett
Denis Dufresne
Mike Sanyshyn
Tyler Vollrath

Guitar Player of the Year

Paul Chapman
Ryan Davidson
Matt McKay
Darren Savard
Geoff Torrn

Keyboard Player of the Year

Mike Little
Bart McKay
Brendan Waters

Specialty Instrument Player of the Year

David Barber
Denis Dufresne
Shane Guse
Mitch Jay
Connor Riddell

Steel Guitar Player of the Year

Darrek Anderson
Mitch Jay
Doug Johnson

RADIO AWARDS

Music Director of the Year (Large Market)

Steph Hansen - CISN-FM/CKRY-FM - Edmonton, AB/Calgary, AB
A.J. Keller - CFCW - Edmonton, AB
Amanda Kingsland - CKBY-FM - Ottawa, ON
Rebecca Lafrance - CKKL-FM - Ottawa, ON
Peter Walker - CJKX-FM/CHKX-FM - Oshawa, ON/Hamilton, ON

Music Director of the Year (Medium or Small Market)

Shilo Bellis - CJXL-FM - Moncton, NB
Paul Ferguson - CHCQ-FM - Belleville, ON
Luca James - CKGY-FM - Red Deer, AB
Cory Noel - CKLJ/CKVG - Olds, AB/Vegreville, 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

Cook County Saloon - Edmonton, AB
OK Corral & Cabaret - Kelowna, BC
Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall - Calgary, AB
Rock 'N' Horse Saloon - Toronto, ON

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
Havelock Country Jamboree - Havelock, ON

Country Music Program or Special of the Year

CBC q Live At The Grand Ole Opry - CBCq
The Dungarees Christmas Special - Rogers Media and The Dungarees
Girl Power Hour - Rogers Media
Jess Moskaluke's A Small Town Christmas - MDM Recordings Inc.
Paul McGuire's Country Countdown - ole TV

Management Company of the Year

Big Loud Management
Cache Entertainment
Invictus Entertainment Group
MDM Artist Management Services
Starseed Entertainment

Music Publishing Company of the Year

BMG Rights Management Canada
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Royalty Records Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Canada

Record Company of the Year

MDM Recordings Inc.
Open Road Recordings
Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
Universal Music Canada
Warner Music Canada

Industry Person of the Year

Steve Coady - Vice President, Radio Promotions - Warner Music Canada
Mike Denney - President - MDM Recordings Inc.
Brianne Deslippe - Vice President of Promotion/General Manager - Canada - Big Loud Records
Ron Kitchener - President, CEO - RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
Shannon McNevan - Director of A&R - Universal Music Canada

Creative Director(s) of the Year

Design Team: Bronwin Parks
Album: All In, Artist Merchandise (Artist: Chris Buck Band)

Design Team: Alee, Photography: Uryelle Dimailig
Single: Don't Make Me Miss You (Artist: Alee)

Design Team: Buckspring Inc., Photography: Andrik Langfield, Tanner Wendell Stewart, Jonathan Taylor Sweet, Paul Tellefsen
Albums: The Journey YYC Vol. 1, The Journey BNA Vol. 2, The Journey YYC-BNA Deluxe Volume;
Single: Bittersweet feat. Lindsay Ell; Tour Graphics: The Journey Tour (Artist: Paul Brandt)

Design Team: Bronwin Parks
Album: Sides, Single: Danger Danger, Artist Merchandise (Artist: KIRA)

Design Team: Scotty Kipfer, Photography: Brad Kelly
Taking My Time (Artist: Scotty Kipfer)

Recording Studio of the Year

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

Record Producer(s) of the Year

Jeff Dalziel
Album: Juliet (Artist: Dan Davidson)

Danick Dupelle, Tebey
Single: Who's Gonna Love You (Artist: Tebey)

Adam Gregory, Bart McKay
Album: Perfect World (Artist: Adam Gregory)

Mitch Merrett, F. Reid Shippen
Album: Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion (Artist: Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion)

Joey Moi, Dave Cohen
Album: The Fall (Artist: Dallas Smith)

Retailer of the Year

Amazon Music
Apple Music
Spotify Canada Inc.

Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year

Paul Biro - Sakamoto Agency
Jim Cressman - Invictus Entertainment Group
Adam Oppenheim - Stampede Entertainment Inc.
Lisa Zechmeister - Republic Live

Video Director of the Year

Stephano Barberis
Video: 20 Dollars In My Pocket (Artist: The Lovelocks), Video: 24 Reasons (Artist: Kadooh), Video: Dive Bar (Artist: Gord Bamford), Video: Downtown Kids (Artist: David James), Video: Everything Girl (Artist: Dave Hartney), Video: Make 'Em Like You (Artist: Dallas Smith), Video: Walls Come Down (Artist: Meghan Patrick);

Ben Knechtel
Video: Ain't My Fault (Live From Toronto / 2019) (Artist: Jade Eagleson), Video: Count The Ways (Artist: Jade Eagleson), Video: Dear Drunk Me (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Feels Like That (Artist: The Reklaws), Video: Forever's Gotta Start Somewhere (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Got Your Name On It (Artist: Jade Eagleson), Video: Keep It Simple (Artist: James Barker Band) Video: Long Live The Night (Artist: The Reklaws), Video: Lost (Artist: Hunter Brothers) Video: Never Be The Same (Artist: James Barker Band), Video: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Artist: Jess Moskaluke), Video: The Worst Kind feat. Lindsay Ell (Artist: Tim Hicks)

Wes Mack
Video: Camouflage (Artist: Jess Moskaluke), Video: Never Have I Ever feat. Sons of Daughters (Artist: Wes Mack), Video: PBR State of Mind (Artist: Wes Mack);

Travis Nesbitt
Video: Can't Help Myself (Artist: Dan Davidson), Video: Don't Hold Back (Artist: The Dungarees), Video: I'll Get Along (Artist: Danny Hooper), Video: Little Log Cabin (Artist: Danny Hooper), Video: These Are My People (Artist: Dan Davidson);

Joel Stewart
Video: Feel Like That (Artist: The Washboard Union), Video: She Gets Me (Artist: The Washboard Union), Video: You Are (Artist: Aaron Goodvin), Video: Zamboni (Artist: The Road Hammers).

The awards will be handed out in Calgary, Canada on Sept. 8.

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