Tenille Townes was the big winner at the 2019 Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMAs) in Calgary, where she took home four honours: Single, Video, Songwriter (all for “Somebody’s Daughter”), and Female Artist of the Year.
Veteran country singer-songwriter Charlie Major and publicist Anya Wilson were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN, at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary. The same night, Paul Brandt was honoured with the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, Lindsay Ell took home the CCMA Award for Interactive Artist of the Year, while Donovan Woods and The Washboard Union tied for Roots Album of the Year (for Both Ways and What We’re Made Of, respectively). The Reklaws took home the award for Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year, “Long Live the Night,” while ole (Anthem Entertainment) was the Music Publishing Company of the Year. During the gala dinner, Emma-Lee and Andrew Hyatt sang a medley of songs co-written in early 2019 at the inaugural CCMA Song Camp, co-presented by SOCAN.
At the nationally televised CCMA Awards show, held the next night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus and Dallas Smith, the latter earned awards for both Male Artist and Entertainer of the Year. Show-stopping performances by Old Dominion and Tim Hicks had fans on their feet, while never-before-seen collaborations from High Valley & Lindsay Ell, and country sweethearts Meghan Patrick & Mitchell Tenpenny, created some memorable moments. The Reklaws’ mashup performance of “Feels Like That” and “Country Roads” had fans excited, while Dallas Smith’s performance of his hit single “Drop” segued into a collaboration performance of “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus and Terri Clark, and then into Morgan Wallen’s debut performance of his chart-topping hit “Whiskey Glasses.”
Throughout Canadian Country Music Week (CCMW) conference and festival leading up to the awards shows, SOCAN presented No. 1 Song Awards to Townes, Tim Hicks, and James Barker.
SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Director, A&R Rodney Murphy, and A&R Representatives Melissa Cameron-Passley and Racquel Villagante presented a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award to Tenille Townes for the unstoppable “Somebody’s Daughter,” which reached No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS Country Chart on Jan. 28, 2019. The song was written by Tenille Townes, Luke Laird, and Barry Dean, and published by Red Brick Songs.
Left to right: SOCAN’s Eric Baptiste and Melissa Cameron-Passley; Tim Hicks; and SOCAN’s Marc Ouellette, Racquel Vilalgante, and Rodney Murphy. Photo: @coreykellyimages
All of the SOCAN representatives listed above, as well as our Board of Directors President and Chairman Marc Ouellette, presented a No. 1 Song Award to Tim Hicks, for “What a Song Should Do,” which topped the Nielsen BDS Country Chart on June 10, 2019. The song was co-written by Emma-Lee and Karen Koswoski.
Left to right: SOCAN’s Racquel Villagante, Anthem Entertainment’s Tim Wipperman, James Barker, Anthem’s Tim Hunze, SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron-Passley. Photo courtesy CCMAs.
Cameron-Passley and Villagante also presented a No. 1 Award to James Barker, of the James Barker Band, for “Keep It Simple,” which scaled the peak of the Nielsen BDS Country Chart on May 27, 2019. “Keep It Simple” was co-written by Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood and Todd Clark and co-published by Anthem Entertainment and Downtown Music Publishing. The three co-writers were unable to attend, but will be honoured later this month.
SOCAN congratulates all of its members who won Canadian Country Music Awards and SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards this year!