GORD BAMFORD LEADS THE PACK WITH SEVEN NOMINATIONS AS THE 2013 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS™ NOMINEES ARE ANNOUNCED

Today the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced the full list of nominees for the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Leading the pack with seven nominations is celebrated Canadian artist Gord Bamford. Bamford is nominated for CCMA Fans’ Choice, Album of the Year (presented by Walmart)CMT Video of the YearSingle of the YearSongwriter of the Year, Record Producer(s) of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year.

Following closely behind, Dean Brody has earned five CCMA Award nominations this year. Like Bamford, Brody will compete for top honours within the CCMA Fans’ ChoiceSingle of the YearSongwriter of the Year (two nominations), and Male Artist of the Yearcategories.

The CCMA Fans’ Choice Award nominees were also announced today with nomination leaders Gord Bamford and Dean Brody againgoing head to head with powerhouse performers George Canyon, Terri Clark, and Johnny Reid to compete for the prestigious award voted on by Canadian country music fans.

Voting for the CCMA Fans’ Choice Award winner is now open at www.ccma.org.  All voters will automatically be entered into a draw to win the Ultimate Fan Contest with the lucky winner being whisked away to Edmonton to attend Country Music Week® and present the Fans’ Choice Award on the CCMA Awards Broadcast.

The 2013 CCMA Awards Broadcast will be celebrated live from Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, and will air on Sunday, September 8 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV, with encore airings on CMT (Canada) starting at 10 pm ET.

The CCMA also announced that lauded Canadian artists Emerson Drive, and Dallas Smith as well as Platinum-selling international sibling trio The Band Perry will perform live on the 2013 CCMA Awards Broadcast.

Academy of Country Music Award, Country Music Association Award, and JUNO Award nominated band Emerson Drive has also amassed an impressive 23 CCMA Award nominations with five wins across their nearly 20-year career.  The band’s seventh studio release Rollbecame an instant success, breaking into the Billboard Top Country Chart in 2012. This year the band celebrates yet another nod forGroup or Duo of the Year — one of Emerson Drive’s two CCMA Award nominations in 2013.

Dallas Smith garnered three 2013 CCMA Awards nominations today — Album of the YearMale Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. Smith rose to new heights in his career last year when he released his debut solo album Jumped Right In (604 Records, Universal), after spending nearly a decade as the frontman for the rock band Default. Jumped Right In immediately shot to the top of the Canadian Top 100 Neilsen Soundscan Chart, peaking at #19 and #4 on the Country Album Chart. Five Top 10 singles have emerged from this first country music project.

The Band Perry is heading to the CCMA Awards Broadcast riding high on the success of their sophomore album PIONEER, which has already spawned two #1 radio hits in Canada including the Platinum single “Better Dig Two,” and the newly Gold-certified hit “DONE.”

Tickets to the 2013 CCMA Awards Broadcast are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000.  More tickets have been released and range in price from $34 – $90.25 plus service charges.