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However the CMAO would like to congratulate Beverley Mahood, The Mercey Brothers, Marshall Dane and Jordan McIntosh on their respective accomplishments.
Beverley Mahood to receive 2014 Slaight Humanitarian Award
July 3, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced today that CCMA Award winner Beverley Mahood will receive the 2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.
“Beverley Mahood has long used the stage and her talents to champion causes that need awareness, support and give voice to philanthropic endeavors she cares deeply about,” said Ron Kitchener, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors. “She effortlessly exudes goodwill, making Beverley a deserving recipient of the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.”
A successful singer, songwriter, actress, model and television host, Beverley Mahood is the complete package. Beyond being a popular and dynamic entertainer, Mahood has always exemplified an unwavering commitment to humanitarian work. With a passion for community endeavors that nearly rivals her love of music, Mahood’s main calling card is charitable causes that benefit children.
2014 marked Mahood’s 17th consecutive year co-hosting the Kinsmen Telemiracle, which raises funds for families of children with disabilities and people with special needs within the province of Saskatchewan. Mahood devotes her time to this 20-hour live event annually, often spending up to a week in her home province pre-show to promote and engage the local community. Over $65 million dollars has been raised via the Kinsmen Telemiracle since Mahood began co-hosting, an impressive figure given the province’s one million-person population.
In addition, Mahood is a long-time supporter of Canada’s Food Banks, Corus Feed Kids and Tom Jackson’s The Huron Carole. She is also the national spokesperson for the Pink Mitten Campaign which supports breast cancer research, a role she has happily filled since 2010. There are at least a dozen other organizations and programs she has made time to support over the years.
“As artists, we are blessed with having the privilege of a voice and a stage. With this comes a responsibility to use this privilege so those without a voice can be heard. Children, in particular, need that voice,” noted Beverley Mahood. “I am very fortunate to be involved in meaningful community service with the most dedicated and passionate people. Slaight Music are these kind of people, and the Slaight Humanitarian Award is an honour I will treasure.”
“The Slaight Music Humanitarian Award was created to acknowledge artists such as Beverley Mahood – those who use their music career as a springboard for humanitarian work,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications. “Beverley’s reputation for being humbly philanthropic precedes her. I want to congratulate her on her tireless efforts, and thank her for being a role model in the music community.”
Beverley Mahood will receive the 2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award during a private industry event held during Country Music Week, which takes place September 4 – 7 in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information on the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, and other CCMA Awards of Achievement, click here.
Hanover Announces Labyrinth of Distinction Inductees
Congratulations to the Mercey Brothers, CMAO members and members of the CCMA Hall of Fame. Their hometown of Hanover, Ontario inducted Larry, Ray and Lloyd Mercey (pictured above) into the Labyrinth of Distinction on July 1st, 2014. The Labyrinth of Distinction is an unique attraction at the Hanover Heritage Square. It is a permanent reminder for present and future generations of the distinguished accomplishments and contributions of its inductees. Both the Mercey Brothers and international downhill longboarding pioneer and 3 time Canadian champion, Patrick Switzer are being inducted. Hanover Mayor Kathi Maskell stated, ‘The Mercey Brothers and Patrick have earned national recognition for their accomplishments in music and sport, respectively and I’m thrilled to share with our residents the announcement of their Induction into our Labyrinth of Distinction’. Mayor Maskell added, ‘It’s important to perpetuate such accomplishments for the knowledge of future generations.’
Born and raised in Hanover in a musical household, the three brothers were a country music group that rose to fame across our nation from their inception in 1957 to their retirement in 1989. From their small town beginnings, appearances on CKNX television, the CKNX Barn Dance; and being National Winners of CBC’s Talent Caravan in 1960, led to their International success. Their first recording came in 1961 with ‘Just the Snap of Your Fingers’ on Chateau Records. The trio then signed with Columbia Records and released the chart topping singles, “Uncle Tom”, and “Whistle On the River” under their self-titled album ‘The Mercey Brothers’. In 1970, The Mercey Brothers signed with RCA Records and had a string of singles hitting the airwaves including ‘Hello Mom”’ and ‘Who Wrote The Words’.
The Mercey Brothers were honoured by the Canadian music industry with a total of 7 Juno Awards. They toured Europe in the early 1970’s, appearing on a number of BBC television shows. In Canada, they made appearances on the Tommy Hunter Show, Don Messer’s Jubilee, The Ronnie Prophet Show, Tommy Banks Show, and weekly on the George Hamilton IV Show for two seasons, and many others. They appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, achieved Gold Album status with their 9th album ‘Comin’ On Stronger’ and produced more number one and top ten hit singles from their 18 albums. Larry, Ray and Lloyd Mercey were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. ‘
Hanover is proud to be the hometown of The Mercey Brothers’, declared Mayor Maskell. ‘They have earned distinction in the music industry, bestowing honour on themselves and our community as a result of their talents.’ There is nothing like recognition from the place you came from. “We thank our Hometown!”
-Larry, Ray and Lloyd Mercey
The CMAO congratulates The Mercey Brothers on the honour they recently received.
*Article compiled from information both on a press release and posted on the Town of Hanover website. For the complete article please go here: http://www.hanover.ca/hanover-announces-labyrinth-distinction-inductees or : http://www.hanover.ca/news-events
Marshall Dane’s Alcohol Abuse makes number 1
MTS Management Group would like to congratulate Marshall Dane on his #1 New Music Weekly (NMW) Magazine Internet Country chart single, “Alcohol Abuse” (Gold Lake/MTS.) The single tops the chart for weekending June 20, 2014. The track is also #1 on the NMW Indie Internet Country chart. “Alcohol Abuse” is Marshall’s first US single release. It is the 4th consecutive #1 NMW single for MTS Records.
“When Marshall Dane first came to me with ‘Alcohol Abuse,’ I knew that we had a hit record on our hands,” said Michael Stover of MTS. “It’s got a stand-out sound and amazing vocal delivery, matched with the memorable rapid-fire brand name chorus. It’s infectious and unique, at the same time. Great song, amazing performer! The fact that it is our 4th straight #1 NMW single is so humbling and gratifying. We’re also enjoying our first Music Row Top 70 (#68) with this song, too! So, thank you, to all of the radio stations playing the record, and especially to the fans, for requesting it.”
“Alcohol Abuse” is from Marshall’s latest album, One of These Days, released in May 2013. The song was written by Country Hall of Fame Songwriter Kim Williams (Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts) and Grammy Award Nominee, Billy Yates (Gary Allan, George Strait, Kenny Chesney.) In addition to Marshall Dane’s smooth-as-aged-whiskey vocal delivery, the track features Jeff Fountain (bass), Corey Thompson (drums), Mike Bonnell (keys), Dan Brodbeck (Guitar), Doug Johnson (steel) and Shane Guse (fiddle.)
The video for “Alcohol Abuse” is currently #2 on the Y’allwire Most Watched Country Music Videos chart. Watch it on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE84nZ3oEIc.
Marshall Dane is a Canadian country singer/songwriter, based in Port Credit, Ontario. He is a 4-time Country Music Association of Ontario Award Nominee and a 3-time 2014 Independent Country Music Association Award Nominee. He recently performed at CMA Fest in Nashville. www.marshalldane.com.
New Music Weekly is a nationally distributed trade magazine for the radio and music industries. Following the tradition of Bill Gavin and the Gavin Report, New Music Weekly interprets data from the Spins Tracking System for music industry executives and artists across the United States. Weekly editorial features include highlights of the top singles impacting radio and “spotlights” of new music from the Top40/Pop, Country, AC/Hot, and College music genres. www.newmusicweekly.com.
McIntosh named ‘Rising Star at Ontario Country Music Awards.
TORONTO – Canadian country artist Jordan McIntosh took home the Rising Star award at the second annual Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) awards recently in Markham, ON.
At the awards, McIntosh gave a powerful performance of his latest single “That Girl”, now in rotation on Family Channel.
Islanders will get a chance to see the 18-year-old originally from Ottawa when he performs on Sunday, July 6, during the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
He is currently a Top 6 finalist in the 2014 CCMA Discovery Program, a program created to educate and support Canadian country music artists in their pursuit of a career. All six finalists will perform at Country Music Week in Edmonton this September at a CCMA Discovery Showcase, where one of the competitors will be selected by an industry jury to receive the CCMA Discovery Award.
“I’m so excited and still a little blown away over winning Rising Star at the CMAO Awards this week,” says McIntosh. “I can’t thank the industry, my peers, and colleagues enough. I am lucky to have the support of an amazing family and team of people working with me every day. Thank you for making it an evening I will never forget.
Since the release of his 2012 debut single “Walk Away”, McIntosh has continued to build his brand within the Canadian Country music community. Last summer, he took part in the Emerging Artist Showcase at Boots and Hearts Music Festival and his cover of Lil’ Wayne’s “How to Love” reached over 200,000 views on YouTube in under six weeks. Additionally, the music video for his third single “Grew Up in a Country Song” earned him the title of Fresh Face Feature Artist on CMT Canada for the month of November.
In December, he released a holiday track titled “Christmas Time”, which was No. 1 on the DMDS Top 5 Downloads for the week of Dec. 11. That same month, the rising country talent appeared in the film “Home For Christmas” alongside multiple Juno and CCMA award winning Canadian, George Canyon.
Most recently, McIntosh took part in Faze Magazine’s Glow Girl Event on March 23, performing for over 600 teenage fans.
This summer, McIntosh will be performing at several festivals across Canada, including the Cavendish Beach Music Festival July 4 to 6, Havelock Jamboree, and the main stage at the third annual Boots and Hearts Festival.