Brett Kissel Proves it Starts with a Song, Leading 2014 CCMA Awards Nominations

Today, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is pleased to release the nominees in 31 categories for the 2014 CCMA Awards to country radio stations across Canada, as well as CCMA Members and CBC radio. The nominees for Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Group or Duo of the Year will be announced live on television this morning. A list of 34 Award categories will be released to all media, coast to coast, at 9:00 a.m. EST, as well as a special announcement regarding the CCMA Awards Show co-hosts.

Based on the list of 31 award categories below (omitting Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Group or Duo of the Year), the following artists have multiple nominations (three or more):

Brett Kissel – 7
Single of the Year
Album of the Year
Songwriter(s) of the Year
CMT Video of the Year
Interactive Artist of the Year
Record Producer(s) of the Year
Album Design of the Year

Dean Brody – 5
Fans’ Choice
Single of the Year
Album of the Year
Songwriter(s) of the Year
CMT Video of the Year

Gord Bamford – 4
Fans’ Choice
Single of the Year
Songwriter(s) of the Year
Record Producer(s) of the Year

Deric Ruttan – 4
Single of the Year
Songwriter(s) of the Year
CMT Video of the Year
Record Producer(s) of the Year

Tim Hicks – 4
Album of the Year
Songwriter(s) of the Year
CMT Video of the Year
Rising Star

Wes Mack – 3
Rising Star
CMT Video of the Year
Video Director of the Year

The CCMA is proud of the 152 nominees being announced today, 32 of whom are being nominated for the first time. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments.

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
George Canyon
Johnny Reid

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bounty – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan
Tippin’ Point – Dallas Smith
When Your Lips Are So Close – Gord Bamford

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
All Kinds of Crazy – Codie Prevost
Crop Circles – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Throwdown – Tim Hicks
Tippin’ Point EP – Dallas Smith

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
Bounty
(Written By: Dean Brody, Performed By: Dean Brody)
Hell Raisin’ Good Time
(Written By: Jeff Coplan, Tim Hicks, Casey Marshall, Neil Sanderson, Performed By: Tim Hicks)
Mine Would Be You
(Written By: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan, Performed By: Blake Shelton)
Started With A Song
(Written By: Brett Kissel, Craig Wiseman, Performed By: Brett Kissel)
When Your Lips Are So Close
(Written By: Gord Bamford, Brent L. Baxter, Byron Hill, Performed By: Gord Bamford)

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
3-2-1 – Brett Kissel
Bounty – Dean Brody
Duet – Wes Mack ft. Carly McKillip
Friends Of Mine – Jason Blaine
Got A Feeling – Tim Hicks ft. Blackjack Billy
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan

ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Lovelocks
Corb Lund
Lindi Ortega
Jimmy Rankin
The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR
Lindsay Ell
Tim Hicks
Wes Mack
Jess Moskaluke
Tebey

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Leah Daniels
Brett Kissel
Jess Moskaluke
Johnny Reid
Tenille

All Star Band – DRUMS
Matthew Atkins
Stephen Broadhurst
Corbett Frasz
Gerard Gannon
Chad Melchert
Brad Tebble

All Star Band – BASS
Lisa Dodd
Shane Chisolm
Dennis Marcenko
Dustin Roy
Travis Switzer

All Star Band – GUITAR
Jason Barry
Ryan Davidson
Lindsay Ell
Matty McKay
Darren Savard

All Star Band – KEYBOARDS
Glenn Baker
Scott Galloway
Mike Little
Bart McKay
Carly McKillip

All Star Band – FIDDLE
Denis Dufresne
Allison Granger
Shane Guse
Ali Raney
Tyler Vollrath

All Star Band – STEEL GUITAR
Smokey Fennell
Doug Johnson
Ed (Peewee Charles) Ringwald

All Star Band – SPECIAL INSTRUMENT
Dave Barber (Banjo)
Shane Chisholm (Gastank Bass)
Shane Guse (Mandolin)
Robin Pelletier (Mandolin)
Tyler Vollrath (Mandolin)

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Cache Entertainment Inc.
Invictus Entertainment Group
MDM Recordings Inc.
O’Reilly International Entertainment Management
RGK Entertainment Group Inc.

BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR
The Agency Group
The Feldman Agency
Invictus Entertainment Group
Paquin Entertainment
Sakamoto Entertainment

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Paul Biro/Shawn Sakamoto – Sakamoto Entertainment
Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group
Lindsay Ell/Rod Tate – Calgary Stampede
Rob Waloschuk – Dauphin’s Countryfest
Larry Werner – Big Valley Jamboree/ Panhandle Productions

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR
Boots & Bourbon Saloon – Toronto, ON
Cook County Saloon – Edmonton, AB
Cowboys – Calgary, AB
Knoxville’s Tavern – Edmonton, AB
Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall – Calgary, AB

ALBUM DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Country Junkie

(Design Team: Patrick Duffy/Rob Waymen Artist: Gord Bamford)
Crop Circles
(Design Team: Kristin Barlowe/Mitchell Nevins Artist: Dean Brody)
Light Up The Night
(Design Team: Sheila Hash/Brandon Heard/Mediavandals, Artist: Jess Moskaluke)
Started With A Song
(Design Team: Mary Sue Englund, Brett Kissel, Margaret Malandruccolo, Artist: Brett Kissel)
Tin Star
(Design Team: Julie Moe/Andrew Robinson Artist: Lindi Ortega)

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Stephano Barberis
(Artist: Gord Bamford, Video: When Your Lips Are So Close; Artist:  Dallas Smith, Video: Nothing But Summer; Artist: Dallas Smith, Video: Tippin’ Point)
Wes Mack
(Artist: One More Girl, Video: Love Like Mine)
Margaret Malandruccolo
(Artist: Dean Brody, Video: Bounty; Artist: Brett Kissel, Video: Started With A Song; Artist: Deric Ruttan, Video: Take The Week Off)
Troy Niemans
(Artist: Bobby Wills, Video: If It Was That Easy)
Sean Smith
(Artist: Jason Blaine, Video: Friends Of Mine)

MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
CCS Rights Management
ole
Royalty Music Publishing Inc.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Warner Chappell Music Canada

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford/Byron Hill (Album: Country Junkie, Artist: Gord Bamford)
Jason Blaine/Scott Cooke (Album: Everything I Love, Artist: Jason Blaine)
Ted Hewitt/Brett Kissel/Bart McKay/Ben Phillips (Album: Started With A Song, Artist: Brett Kissel)
Joey Moi (Album: Tippin’ Point EP, Artist: Dallas Smith)
Deric Ruttan /Luke Wooten (Album: Take The Week Off, Artist: Deric Ruttan)

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Barrytone Studios – St. Clements, ON
Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK
MCC Recording Studio – Calgary, AB
Studio Down Under – Abbotsford, BC

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR
MDM Recordings Inc.
Open Road Recordings Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
Universal Music Canada
Warner Music Canada

RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Steve Coady – Warner Music Canada
Mike Denney – MDM Recordings Inc.
Brianne Deslippe – Open Road Recordings Inc.
Ron Kitchener – Open Road Recordings Inc.
Rob Smith – Royalty Records Inc.

RETAILER OF THE YEAR
HMV Canada Inc.
iTunes Canada
Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack
MusicMax
Walmart Canada Corp.

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
Canadian Coast To Coast – CJVR-FM
Canadian Country Spotlight – Syndicated
CMT Presents: The Next Generation – CMT
Gord Bamford: Christmas In Canada – CMT
Live At The Edison – CMT

COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR
Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, AB
Boots And Hearts Music Festival – Bowmanville, ON
Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB
Craven Country Jamboree – Craven, SK
Dauphin’s Countryfest – Dauphin, MB

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR- MAJOR MARKET
Jon Best/Mike Uhrich – CFQX-FM, Winnipeg, MB
Larry Donohue – CFCW, Edmonton, AB
Pat Dubois – CKBL-FM, Saskatoon, SK
Mark Patric – CJJR-FM, Vancouver, BC
Scott Phillips – CKRY-FM, Calgary, AB/CISN-FM, Edmonton, AB

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR- SECONDARY MARKET
Tim Day – CKGY-FM, Red Deer, AB
Paul Ferguson – CHCQ-FM, Belleville, ON
Jody Seeley – CFXO-FM, High River, AB
KT Timmermans – CFRM-FM, Little Current, ON
Peter Walker – CJKX-FM, Oshawa, ON