Music News Monday: Highlights from the CCMA Awards

Sep 08, 2014

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Last night, the nation’s brightest country music acts shined in Edmonton for the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

The awards broadcast was full of stellar performances from Canadian country music veterans, such asPaul Brandt and Terri Clark, and a myriad of rising stars and powerhouse newcomers, including Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella and Brett Kissel.

Gord Bamford followed-up his CCMA Awards sweep in 2013 as the night’s biggest winner. In 2013, Bamford won five awards, including best album and single. This year, he took home awards in the categories of Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for his song, “When Your Lips Are So Close.”

Gord Bamford’s CCMA-winning single “When Your Lips Are So Close.”

Backstage, Bamford told press about his plans to take Canadian country music global, and announced his recent signing to Sony Music in the U.S.

“I got turned down by every record label in Nashville probably two or three times until last week,” said Bamford to the press gallery.

“It’s gonna take some good Canadian redneck country to take our music across the border,” he said. “The biggest stars in the world are Canadian—whether it’s Anne Murray or Celine Dion or Shania Twain or Gordon Lightfoot…I’m just hoping that I can be one of those guys to bust through and blaze a path for more Canadians.

Johnny Reid won Fans’ Choice Award for the fifth year in a row, while Dean Brody‘s Crop Circles earned the Nova Scotia-based artist his third Album of the Year award.

Jess Moskaluke snagged her first CCMA, winning Female Artist of the Year, and Tim Hicks won the CCMA Rising Star Award, which was also his first CCMA win.

Brett Kissel, who was nominated for eight awards and won a JUNO Award back in March, went home with CMT Video of the Year for “3-2-1” during the awards broadcast. He also took home Interactive Artist during the industry-only gala the night before, where 16 awards were doled out.

Brett Kissel’s “3-2-1,” which won a CCMA last night for CMT Video of the Year.

Also during the industry gala, Lindi Ortega won her first CCMA in the category of Roots Artist or Group of the Year, and Johnny Reid took home a trophy for Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year.

To see the full list of CCMA winners, visit

–Julijana Capone

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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