Newcomers James Barker Band share the distinction of garnering five Canadian Country Music Association awards with Dean Brody and Brett Kissel as the CCMA announced their 2017 candidates to be awarded September 10th at Sask-Tel Centre in Saskatoon. Television coverage on CBC.
The Ontario-based quartet comprising of James Barker, Taylor Abraham, Connor Simpson and Bobby Martin are up for awards for Top Country LP – `Game On’, Group Of The Year, Rising Star Award, Video Of The Year (for “Chills”), and Top Single, “Lawn Chair Crazy”.
Barker is also up for the top songwriter category for “Chills” with Gavin Slate, Travis Wood and Domenic Woods. Also joining the James Barker Band with five award nominations are Smithers B.C native Dean Brody and Flat Lake Alberta’s Brett Kissel. Brody is up for Apple Music’s Fan Choice Award, Album Of The Year (`Beautiful Freak Show’) Single Of The Year (“Time”) which is also up for Top Video Award for that song which also earns Brody, Songwriter of The Year, recognition.
Kissel is up for Male Artist Of Year, Single Of The Year (“Cool With That”), Video of The Year for “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair”, Interactive Artist Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year for (“Cool With That”).
Langley B. C’s Dallas Smith was nominated for four awards including: Apple Music’s Fans’ Choice Award, Album Of The Year (`Side Effects’), Male Artist Of Year, and Single Of The Year (“Autograph”.
CCMA Key Music Award Nominees:
APPLE MUSIC FAN’S CHOICE AWARD:
Gord Bamford , Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, High Valley, Dallas Smith.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
`Beautiful Freakshow’ – Dean Brody, `Dear Life’ – High Valley, `Game On’ – James Barker Band, “Grace & Grit” – Meghan Patrick, `Side Effects’ – Dallas Smith.
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Alee, Lindsay Ell, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke, Meghan Patrick.
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett, Dallas Smith.
GROUP OR DUO OF YEAR:
Cold Creek County, High Valley, James Barker Band, The Road Hammers, The Washboard Union.
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP:
The Lovelocks, Jessica Mitchell, Lindi Ortega, JJ Shiplett.
RISING STAR AWARD:
Dan Davidson, Aaron Goodvin, James Barker Band, Jojo Mason, Meghan Patrick
SINGLE OF YEAR:
“Autograph” – Dallas Smith, “Cool With That”- Brett Kissel, “Lawn Chair Crazy”- James Barker Band, “Take Me Home” – Jess Moskaluke, “Time” – Dean Brody.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
“Chills” – James Barker Band, “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair” – Brett Kissel, “That’s When You Know” – Chris Buck Band with Kira Isabella. “Time”- Dean Brody, “When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl” – Aaron Pritchett.
SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR:
“Chills” – James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Duncan Woods; “Cool With That” – Ted Hewitt, Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnell; “Time”-Dean Brody; “Found” – Clayton Bellamy, Dan Davidson: “Workin On Whiskey” – Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell, David Johnson.
INTERACTIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF YEAR:
Shae Dupuy, Tim Hicks, Hunter Brothers, Brett Kissel, Wes Mack.
For more nominees go to the CCMA website at www.ccma.org