Country Music Alberta Awards Nominations Released

Country Music Alberta Awards announced their nominations for the 12th annual awards in April, taking place in Calgary.  They announced them in a Facebook Video last night with some notable names like Tenille Townes, Brett Kissel and High Valley getting nominations. The great thing about the Country Music Alberta Awards are they recognized the big names like mentioned above as well as the up and coming/emerging artists under the Horizon awards. It is cool to see some artists I know get nominations. There are some artists from around the region who are nominated like Tenille Townes (Grande Prairie), High Valley (Le Crete) and Duane Steele (Hines Creek).

Here are the nominees:


Male Artist of the Year
Gord Bamford
Brett Kissel
Corb Lund
Aaron Goodvin
Bobby Wills
Dan Davidson

Female Artist of the Year 
Lindsay Ell
Tenille Townes
MacKenzie Porter

Group or Duo of the Year
The Prairie States
High Valley

Single of the Year
“Right On Time” / Lindsay Ell
“You Ain’t” / Aaron Goodvin
“Pickup” / Mackenzie Porter
“The Last Time” / Tenille Townes
“Drink Along Song” / Gord Bamford

Horizon Female Artist of the Year
Megan Dawson
Alex Hughes
Martina Dawn
Amy Hef
Kalsey Kulyk

Horizon Male Artist of the Year
Donny Lee
Chris Brien
Devin Cooper
Garrett Gregory
Brandon Lorenzo

Horizon Group or Duo of the Year
Renegade Station
The Dungarees
Nice Horse
Foxx Worthee

Horizon Single of the Year
“Trampoline” / Nice Horse
“Influence” / Megan Dawson
“You Set The Bar” / Brandon Lorenzo
“Every Now and Then” / Renegade Station
“Rain” / The Dungarees

Fans’ Choice
Nice Horse
Renegade Station
Devin Cooper
Kyle McKearney
Brandon Lorenzo
Ashley Ghostkeeper
Chris Brien
Donny Lee
Garrett Gregory
Brettyn Rose
Amy Hef
Travis Dolter
Duane Steele

Album of the Year
“Take Me Home” / The Travelling Mabels
“Palace Waiting” / Skinny Dyck
“Good Things” / Devin Cooper
“Chinook Waltz” / Over The Moon
“Seasons” / Ryan Lindsay
“Pinto” / Sykamore

Roots Artist of the Year
The Goddamsels
Ryan Langlois
Trevor Panczak
Stirling John
Kyle McKearney
Ryan Lindsay

Interactive Artist of the Year
Nice Horse
Michela Sheedy
Hailey Benedict
Ryan Lindsay
Devin Cooper

Video of the Year
“Kissed Me Like That” / Megan Dawson
“Underdog” / Devin Cooper
“Leavin’ You” / Garrett Gregory
“Wanted You To” / Hailey Benedict
“Trampoline” / Nice Horse

Horizon Youth Award
Mya Kate
Kat Krys

Community Spirit Award
Devin Cooper
Hailey Benedict
Clayton Bellamy
Drew Gregory
Stirling John
Gord Bamford Foundation

Industry Person of the Year
Tera Lee Flaman / GPS Promotion & GPS Artist Management
Laurie Brown / Porch Swing Entertainment
Johnny Gasparic / MCC Recording Studio
Sarah Scott / Real Country 95.9 FM & Studio B Podcast
Codi McIvor / Video Director, Content Creator & Interview Host

Live Country Venue or Presenting Series of the Year
The Blue Jay Sessions (Calgary)
Ol’ MacDonald’s Music Festival (Buffalo Lake)
Whiskey Rose Saloon (Calgary)
King Eddy (Calgary)
Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dance Hall (Calgary)
Stampede City Sessions (Calgary)

Talent Buyer of the Year
Rob Cyrynowski / Livestar Entertainment Canada & Hotels Live Canada
Cheryl Barkhouse / Katavallo Entertainment Group
Dan Clapson / Blue Jay Sessions & The Prairie Emporium
Adam Oppenheim / Stampede Entertainment
Carla Hackman / Sakamoto Agency

Musician of the Year
Weston Blatz (drums)
Brendan Lyons (drums)
Tara McLeod (guitar)
Mitch Jay (banjo, dobro, guitar, steel guitar, mandolin)
Johnny Gasparic (guitar, mandolin, banjo, lap steel, dobro)

Songwriter(s) of the Year
“Trampoline” / Written by Brandi Sidoryk, Tara McLeod, Krista Wodelet, Katie Rox, Shobha Lee, Rob Wells / Performed by Nice Horse
“Good For You” / Written by Brad Flaysher, Ryan Flaysher, Megan Dawson / Performed by Flaysher
“You Set The Bar” / Written by Brandon Lorenzo, Chard Morrison, Ty Baynton / Performed by Brandon Lorenzo
“Every Now and Then” / Written by Russ Carl, Drew Gregory, Troy Kokol / Performed by Renegade Station
“Level Up” / Written by Hailey Benedict / Performed by Hailey Benedict

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)
Country 105 (Calgary)
840 CFCW (Edmonton)
CJWE FM (Calgary)
CFWE FM (Edmonton)
WILD 95.3 (Calgary)

Radio Station of the Year (Small/Medium Market)
Sun Country 99.7  (High River)
CKFM 96.5 (Olds)
104.5 More Country (Strathmore)
Real Country 95.9 (Lloydminster)
New Country 98.1 (Camrose)

Visual Creative of the Year
Pete Nguyen (The Prairie States)
Bronwin Parks & Phil Crozier (Gord Bamford)
Chad Murphy (Devin Cooper)
Chris Cavill, Chris Doi, & Jeff Ojeda (Kyle McKearney)
Michelle Spice (Various Artists)