April 20th, 2017 | Comments (0)
Following an eventful weekend at the 2016 CCMA Awards, Dean Brody is set to release his sixth album, Beautiful Freakshow, on October 21.
Thus far for Brody, 2016 has epitomized the importance of taking risks with his craft and refusing to settle for the status quo. This past weekend in London Ontario, Brody took home a total of four CCMA Awards for what has truly been a game-changing song for him, the platinum-selling, “Bring Down the House”. It won awards for Songwriter of the Year, Single of the Year, CMT Video of the Year and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year.
During the CCMA Award broadcast, Brody performed “Time”; a relatable, country ballad about the impending nature of the ticking clock as we go on about our lives, and the second song released digitally from his forthcoming album. After only a week, the song is the #1 selling Canadian Country single (#5 overall), receiving an incredible amount of initial support online, as many fans commented on social media that they were moved to tears by his incredible performance and the lyrics to the song. Brody currently had 3 singles in the Top 50 Selling Country Singles on iTunes.
Just as the title of the album indicates, the new record which is produced by Matt Rovey, is a fascinating mashup of Brody’s unique range of musical preferences, best epitomized by the title track, “Beautiful Freakshow”, which features a rap vocal contribution by Halifax native, Shevy Price. From the pop-meets-country vibe of “Bush Party” (released this summer, and the #1 Most Added Single at the time of release), to hints of other genres intertwined with traditional country, there is truly something for everyone on the album, which contains 10 tracks.
May 19th, 2016 | Comments off
Emerson Drive is a country music band founded in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada in 1995. The band is Brad Mates (lead vocals), Danick Dupelle (guitars and backing vocals), Mike Melancon (drums), Dale Wallace (keyboards and backing vocals), and David Pichette (fiddle).
Early on, the band found minor success in Canada, releasing two albums under the name of 12 Gauge, the first Open Season was a product of winning a local “Battle of the Bands” contest. They then charted two singles on the Canadian country charts and a music video on CMT. By 1999, they changed the name to Emerson Drive, and had moved to Nashville, Tennessee to find a major label record deal. Emerson Drive recorded two albums on the DreamWorks Records label, and charted several hits on both the U.S. and Canadian country music charts. After DreamWorks’ collapse in 2005, Emerson Drive signed to Midas Records Nashville, where they resumed their streak of hit singles, including their first Number One single in “Moments”. In summer 2008, Midas Records closed their country division. Emerson Drive then signed with The Valory Music Co. and the CD which Emerson Drive had been working on, Believe, became a co-partnership with Midas Records, who kept ownership of the CD while The Valory Music Co. was in charge of promotion and distribution of Emerson Drive and Believe.
February 8th, 2016 | Comments off
Whenever Hey Romeo get together to write and record, the result is a reflection of their commitment to their craft, to their fans, and, above all, to each other. Their latest EP, Ride With Me (Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada), is no exception.
While Ride With Me finds Hey Romeo offering up their signature blend of harmonies and the fluent musical interplay they’ve cultivated over 13 years of touring and recording, it also finds them stretching out individually and collectively.
Produced by keyboardist, Rob Shapiro, guitarist, Darren Gusnowsky and Johnny Gasparic (MCC Studios), there are echoes of the pop/country vibe they’re known for, but enhanced by a decidedly rock feel Gusnowsky says “is as close to what Hey Romeo sounds like live as possible.”
Ride With Me dwells equally on the hope new relationships inspire and the places where love went wrong. And nowhere is that more evident than on lead single, ‘Pushin’ Up Daisies’ – a rock-fuelled stomp with a bit of aggression in the vein of the Dixie Chicks ‘Goodbye Earl – delivered with a smile and a smirk by lead singer, Stacie Roper.
Far from bringing people down, however, even songs that examine love gone wrong are uplifting. “We’re happy, hopeful people,” Roper says, “but we remember past relationships that weren’t perfect.”
Ride With Me also features Gusnowsky on lead vocals on the title track and ‘Half Your Love,’ a song he says reflects his relationship with wife and “is a tune just for her.”
The band also experimented with instrumentation and feel, copping an eighties rock vibe on ‘Don’t Cry To Me,’ a track that shows their versatility, without straying too far from their country roots.
Frankly, Ride With Me represents some of Hey Romeo’s strongest songwriting to date; a set of songs so true to life fans can slip into them and see their own lives, loves and heartaches reflected there on the very first listen.
About Hey Romeo: Over 13 years, Hey Romeo have played countless shows on their own and with artists including Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Gord Bamford, Johnny Reid, Alan Jackson, Terri Clark and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
In 2008, the band was honoured with a Canadian Country Music Award for Top New Talent of the Year. Their 2010 album solidified their reputation with the Top 20 hits ‘Searchin’ For You’ and title track ‘That’s What I Am.’ Both That’s What I Am and 2012’s Twist Of Fate landed the band CCMA Awards for Group or Duo of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and ‘Hello Patio,’ the lead single from their 2014 EP, I Got This, won the 2014 Alberta Country Music Award (ACMA) for Song of the Year.