September 2nd, 2015 | Comments off
There are few safe bets in life, even fewer in the music business, however Niagara native and Country music’s hottest new star, Tim Hicks is soaring up the radio and digital charts and building a strong fan base early on with the success of his first single, “Get By,” currently Top 15 at Country Radio after only 6 weeks, making him as close to a sure thing as can be found.
Co-written by a collective of famed songwriters that includes the successful duo Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley), and Neil Sanderson from the multi-platinum rock band Three Days Grace, “Get By,” is the No. 1 selling Canadian Country digital track at iTunes (No. 11 on the overall chart), with over 10,000 tracks sold to date and a 28% increase this week – a noteworthy number for any Canadian Country artist. The single is moving quickly towards the top of the radio and digital charts highlighting once again that there is a strong pulse for well-crafted Country music in Canada.
Proclaimed ‘One To Watch’ following a successful Ontario run with the Boys Of Fall Tour in support of Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee last November, Hicks exploded onto the scene with his debut single and is successfully doing his part to help define a genre that celebrates growing up in small towns, hard work, savouring every experience and living your life completely.
Recorded with hit producer and songwriter Jeff Coplan (Love And Theft), in Nashville, TN, Hicks’ debut EP, available digitally March 5th, is the sound of summer for Country music fans. From the tongue-in-cheek, “Just Add Water,” to the whimsical “Stronger Beer,” to the rocker “Hell Raising Good Time” and the fast-rising single “Get By,” fun abounds on Hicks’ introduction to Country music fans and the business alike. With equal parts grit, fun and camaraderie, the five tracks are a precisely rendered snapshot of what’s to come from this singer/songwriter who connects with his audience and touches them on a human level. It’s apparent that Hicks is ready for a big year of music and friends and in a world with few safe bets, he’s guaranteed to deliver.
August 27th, 2015 | Comments off
Here’s a look back at some of the winners from 2014!
Top Selling Album of the Year
Here’s to the Good Times by Florida Georgia Line
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year
A Christmas Gift to You by Johnny Reid
Record Company of the Year
Open Road Recordings Inc.
Radio Station of the Year – Major Market
CKRY FM – Country 105; Calgary, AB
Radio Station of the Year – Secondary Market
CJXX FM – Big Country 93.1; Grand Prairie, AB
Fans’ Choice Award
Single of the Year
“When Your Lips Are So Close” – Gord Bamford
Album of the Year
Crop Circles – Dean Brody
CMT Video of the Year
“3-2-1” – Brett Kissel
Female Artist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Group or Duo of the Year
Small Town Pistols
View the full list here.
August 20th, 2015 | Comments off
With his last album earning recognition from both The JUNO Awards and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards for Country Album of the Year in 2014, nine-time CCMA Award winner and three-time JUNO Award nominee Dean Brody has announced the release date for his 5th studio album. Made available from Open Road Recordings on March 24, Brody’s album is being delivered to fans across North America as of April 21, 2015.
As the album’s first single, “Upside Down,” is out now. Reminiscent of earlier favourites “Roll That Barrel Out” and “Old Joe Riley,” Brody knew instantly that “Upside Down” was the best introduction to the new material. “Making a new record is always about pushing boundaries and having fun,” said Brody. “This song is all about having a good time which is exactly what we did when making this one.”
To challenge himself in new ways, Brody composed three of the album’s ten tracks on instruments he had never played before. The result was a record, Gypsy Road, that is a perfect combination of both the East and West Coast. Having grown up in the mountains and now living on the ocean, Brody proudly admits that this costal inspiration runs through all of his work. Album five definitely proves this as it delivers, without question, the carefree nature of summers on the ocean and the feeling of freedom found in roaming through the Rockies.
A self-proclaimed storyteller, Brody lives for fan feedback. Thankfully, this full-length provides many opportunities for that. From what is sure to be a fan favourite, “Sweet Lola” (tagged by Brody himself as a sequel to the chart-topping “Bounty”) to the upbeat drive of “Bring Down The House” and the heartfelt spirit of “Footprints Of A Giant” – an emotional song written in the hours after the parliament events in Ottawa last October – it’s clear that what has been delivered is an album that will satiate.
With the video for “Upside Down” set to premiere in mid-February, it won’t be long before Canada gets to spend more time with the award-winning Dean Brody as a national tour will be announced later this spring. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned via Facebook and Twitter for album and tour announcements.