Emerson Drive takes home three award at Canadian CMAs
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Emerson Drive takes home three award at Canadian CMAs

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 – Emerson Drive opened up the Canadian Country Music Awards show Monday in Regina, Saskatoon with "Moments" and ended up with three big ones themselves by taking home three awards.

The band won Single of the Year and CMT Video of the Year for "Moments" and Group or Duo of the Year.

Individual members of The Road Hammers won three awards in the individual instrument categories.

One of the biggest awards of the night - the Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans' Choice Award - was won by Terri Clark who accepted from the road.

For the second year in a row, the Chevy Rising Star of the Year winner walked away with not only the award but also a vehicle from Chevy. Multiple-nominee Shane Yellowbird who performed his big hit "Pickup Truck," took the award.

Fans were also treated to performances by Jason Blaine, George Canyon, Jim Cuddy, Jessie Farrell and Johnny Reid.

The full list of winners is:
Album of the Year: Doc Walker (Doc Walker, Open Road/Universal)
SOCAN Songwriter(s) of the Year: Mitch Merrett, Aaron Pritchett & Deric Ruttan (Hold My Beer, Aaron Pritchett)
Female Artist of the Year: Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Male Artist of the Year: Brad Johner
Group or Duo of the Year: Emerson Drive
Roots Artist or Group of the Year: Corb Lund
Chevy Rising Star Award: Shane Yellowbird
2007 CCMA Award Winners (presented at the Gala Dinner on September 9)
Top Selling Album: Taking The Long Way - Dixie Chicks - Sony BMG Music (Canada)/Columbia Records
Management Company of the Year: RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
Record Producer(s) of the Year: Tom McKillip, Mitch Merrett (Big Wheel, Aaron Pritch)
Music Publishing Company of the Year: ole
Record Company of the Year: 306 Records
Record Company Person of the Year: Louis O'Reilly, 306 Records
Independent Female Artist of the Year: Patricia Conroy
Independent Group or Duo of the Year: The Wilkinsons
Independent Male Artist of the Year: Johnny Reid
Country Music Program or Special of the Year: Canadian Coast to Coast, CJVR FM
Radio Station of the Year Major Market: CJJR FM, Vancouver, BC
Radio Station of the Year Secondary Market: KICX-FM, Midland, ON
Hall of Fame Induction, Artist: John Allan Cameron
Hall of Fame Induction, Builder: Sheila Hamilton
Board of Directors Special Acknowledgement Award: Tom Tompkins
Hank Smith Award of Excellence: Ron Sakamoto
Leonard T. Rambeau International Award: Rick Murray
2007 Industry Award Winners (presented at the Industry Awards on September 8)
Country Club of the Year: The Pump Roadhouse, Regina, SK
Country Festival, Fair, or Exhibition of the Year: Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
Album Design of the Year: Doc Walker, Craig Medwyduk, Dustin Leader, Horst Herget, (Doc Walker)
Recording Studio of the Year: Bart McKay Productions, Saskatoon, SK
Retailer of the Year: Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
Web Site of the Year: Dana Bissett, Mike Ulch, docwalker.ca, Doc Walker
Video Director of the Year: Stephano Barberis, Pickup Truck, Shane Yellowbird
Booking Agency of the Year: Cressman Sakamoto Agency
Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year: Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions Ltd.
Music Director of the Year, Secondary Market: Ted Roop, KICX-FM, Midland, ON
Music Director of the Year, Major Market: Dawn Woroniuk, CJWW/CFWC-FM, Saskatoon, SK
On-Air Personality of the Year, Secondary Market: Roop & Carey, KICX-FM, Midland, ON
On-Air Personality of the Year, Major Market: The Odd Squad, Doug, Robyn and Dan, CKRY-FM, Calgary, AB
Hall of Fame Induction, Broadcaster: Cliff Dumas
2007 CCMA All Star Band Winners
Drums: Corbett Frasz (The Road Hammers)
Bass: Chris Byrne (The Road Hammers)
Guitar: Jason Barry (Aaron Lines)
Keyboards: Mike Little (George Canyon, The Road Hammers)
Fiddle: Mike Sanyshyn (Aaron Pritchett)
Steel Guitar: Kenny Greer (The Road Hammers)
Special Instruments (Tie): Larry Good (The Good Brothers - Banjo) and Curtis Tulman (the Cruzeros - Harmonica)


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