In The News This month:

Ontario at the Grammy’s
February 6, 2014
Country icon Michelle Wright tapped for new Child Hero Award
February 6, 2014

In The News This month:

Billy J White, The Lovelocks, Deric RuttanCCMA Project Discovery 2014, Kate Todd, Marshall Dane, New Ontario Country Station

This section of the newsletter is comprised of news stories, press releases and links to Internet articles that are sent in by our members who believe they will be of general interest to the membership. We include them as a courtesy to our members but do not verify or edit their content. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by the CMAO nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAO.

The Lovelocks Release Debut CD

Join local Toronto duo The Lovelocks as they celebrate the release of their debut EP on Thursday, February 13th, 2014, 8pm, at Revival Bar (783 College Street, Toronto). Recently signed to MDM Recordings/ Universal Canada, The Lovelocks are best described as The Dixie Chicks go Lumineering with a Mumford & Sons-ian alt-country approach to soaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry strings. Woven together with beautiful harmonies and a desire to create music that gives voice to both the bitter and sweet in life, keep your eyes peeled for these rising stars!

Says Pete Walker, KX96FM On-Air Host and Music Director: “Peppy, perky and harmonious – what more could anyone want? In a perfect world, we’d all be infected with their delicious little earworms. Listen to ‘Teardrop Tattoo’ and just try to keep it out of your head for the rest of the week…”

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Ontario Gets A New Country Station

The CRTC has approved a license application for Prince Edward County community 99.3 Country FM. Jim (JJ)Johnston is interim GM. Board members include Bernie Finkelstein, retired broadcaster John Mather, broadcast consultant and former CRTC Director General Peter Fleming and ex CBC, Global news journalist Terry Culbert.

Kate Todd Releases Anti-Bullying Song “Walk In Style”

Kate Todd’s first project in 2014 has already been featured on MTV. Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s ‘The World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media’, have asked Kate Todd to be the “Voice of Canada” for their anti-bullying campaign and song, “Walk In Style”. One of the biggest musical projects for humanity in the world, “Walk In Style” is based around this powerful anti-bullying song sung by Kate Todd listen and share this, as awareness will be the key to reducing this form of violence. A few SERIOUS STATISTICS: – Half of all the parents in Canada report having a child who is a victim of bullying! – Half of all youth suicides in the USA are due to bullying! Its hard to believe that bullying is still so prominent in our society…please share and help make it stop! World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media & “Walk In Style” site

Canadian Deric Ruttan nabs Grammy nomination for writing Blake Shelton song.

We already wrote about this feat earlier in this newsletter, but here’s a link to how Deric Ruttan felt when he heard the news.


CCMA Discovery Program 2014 now open!

After an incredibly successful CCMA Discovery Program 2013, the Canadian Country Music Association® is pleased to announce that submissions for the CCMA Discovery Program 2014 will open on Thursday, January 30 at 10:00 AM EST. Submissions will close on Thursday, February 27 at 2:00 PM EST.

If you are an up-and-coming Canadian country music act who is eager to learn more about the Canadian music industry, explore mentorship opportunities with established Canadian country music artists, would like to showcase your talent and compete for the coveted prizes associated with the CCMA Discovery Award, this Program is tailor made for YOU!

The CCMA Discovery Program includes the following opportunities in 2014 for six (6) jury-selected Canadian acts: Music Industry Discovery Week: The six (6) selected acts will be flown to Toronto for a week (May 25 to 30) to discover more about the music business and artist development through a wide range of opportunities. Plans for these five intensive days include: industry-led information sessions, branding and media training, media interviews, and the opportunity to perform at a private industry showcase.

Mentorship: The CCMA will be linking each selected act with an established Canadian act for mentorship purposes. This connection will be made following the Music Industry Discovery Week and before arriving in Edmonton for Country Music Week.

Country Music Week Discovery Showcase: Taking the traditional CCMA New Artist Showcase spot on the Thursday night schedule during Country Music Week, this three hour show will put the spotlight on the six selected acts. With a full concert production, backed by a house band, each act will have the opportunity to perform in front of the music industry and fans alike.

CCMA Discovery Award Winner: During Country Music Week, one exceptional CCMA Discovery Program act will be selected by an industry jury to receive the “CCMA Discovery Award” at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards. The CCMA Discovery Award winner will also receive music video funding (courtesy of CMT) and other industry related prizing.

PLEASE NOTE: All interested applicants must be a CCMA Member at the Industry, Lifetime or Corporate level (for more information on CCMA Membership click here. Interested applicants must also be the age of majority in their province or territory of residence or older by May 25, 2014.

Visit on Thursday, January 30 at 10:00 AM EST to begin your applications and for more information on the CCMA Discovery Program.

Marshall Dane Signs with MTS Management Group

Monroeville, PA, United States, 2014/01/12 – Canadian country music singer/songwriter, Marshall Dane has signed a publicity and promotions deal with MTS Management Group. MTS will handle radio promotions for a February single release –

MTS Management Group is proud to announce the signing of Canadian country music artist, Marshall Dane, to a publicity and promotions deal. MTS will handle publicity for the Ontario-based singer. MTS will also oversee the US and international release and radio campaign for Marshall’s single,“Alcohol Abuse.” A February 10, 2014 radio release is scheduled, with a spring US radio tour in talks.

“We are absolutely excited and thrilled to be working with the incredible talent that is Marshall Dane,” said Michael Stover of MTS Management Group. “Marshall is one of those acts that, the first time you hear his music, you are blown away. He’s got a sound that is all his own, that is truly radio-ready, with great songs from some of the best writers in Nashville. I think radio is going to jump all over ‘Alcohol Abuse, ’ and I look forward to getting this record out there.”

“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.)

Marshall Dane is a two-time Country Music Association of Ontario Award Nominee, for Best Male Vocalist and Best Album. He has performed with Alan Jackson and Emerson Drive, in addition to receiving a nomination to represent the New Artist Showcase at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. He has also toured extensively with his solo band. Marshall is signed with Danny Goldberg and Don Burton’s Gold Lake Records.

Billy J White Releases New CD

BILLY J WHITE and the launch of his new CD, DAMN FOOL THING TO DO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH 8:00 PM – THE BOSTON MANOR 4460 Fairview St, Burlington, Ontario.

Burlington, ON’s Billy J White is off to a great New Year start! The talented singer, songwriter and performer with an increasingly popular fan base and growing national presence will launch his new CD, DAMN FOOL THING TO DO with full band performance, in his hometown on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at The Boston Manor. Oakville Volkswagen is the presenting sponsor and KX 94.7’s Linda Martelli will act as emcee.

Recorded and produced in Abbotsford, BC, by multi-award winning and highly sought after producer Tom McKillip, DAMN FOOL THING TO DO was engineered by Soren Lonnqvist and mixed and mastered by Kane Churko, delivering a combined end result that is high-octane, heartfelt and sometimes hilarious, much like Billy J White himself.

DAMN FOOL THING TO DO consists of seven tracks with two currently at country radio nationwide.

  1. Keep Them Kisses Comin’ (Currently at radio)
  2. Girl Problems
  3. Damn Fool Thing To Do
  4. Gotta Lotta Country
  5. I Could Be The One
  6. What Heart Can Do
  7. Saturday Night (BJ White, Currently at radio)

With tracking and radio tour support by Anya Wilson of Anya Wilson Publicity and Promotion, Billy J White completed his first solo Western and Ontario radio tour in November adding over 13,000 km to his vehicle. Plans are underway for his second tour to occur in March.

“Saturday Night is a good up tempo song … has a great groove and tone…” Ray Hebert Country 105 FM Peterborough, ON

“Billy J White was great…; if we ever need anyone to play a festival or showcase his name should be at the top of the list” Peter Walker KX-96 FM Oshawa, ON

“Oh what a delightful guy he is!!!……..he played me “Keep Those Kisses Comin’” which was AWESOME!! I really, REALLY like that one! I’m already a fan! I’d love to see a show sometime if he ever plays here!” Steph Hanson CISN-FM Edmonton, AB

“Had a nice chat with Billy. Good kid with lots of ambition and smarts.” Larry Donohue 790 CFCW Edmonton, AB

“Had a great visit with Billy today 🙂 He chatted with Andy, we spun “Saturday Night”, and he played a Halloween tune (FUN!). I had the chance to chat with him too, he’s very charismatic and down-to-earth…just a likable guy! We are launching a Top 10 Canadian Countdown this weekend, which features an upcoming artist in it….airs Saturday mornings at 7am and Sundays at 6pm. Billy will be the feature artist this weekend :)” Jenn Dalen The One 93.1 Leduc, AB

“Billy was ggrrreat! Nice kid. Talented.” Howie Reimer Country 103 Kamloops, BC

“Billy J White is a talented artist and a great guy. I enjoyed meeting him and going for lunch. I thought Saturday Night has a great hook and he has a lot of potential. I’m putting his Country 95 performance on and Youtube today and I wish him the best of success.” Paul ‘Bobcat’ Wesley Country 95.5 FM Lethbridge, AB

“There’s been a lot of learning and growing in the last few years,” said Billy J White, “the process of creating this CD and then traveling across Canada solo on my Western Canadian Radio tour, some thought, was indeed a damn fool thing to do! I have had a great time writing, performing, meeting new fans and making new friends. Truth be told, I can’t wait to see everyone on my next tour.”

From performing at juried selected awarded showcases including the CAFÉ National Convention, OAAS, and represented at MIDEM in Cannes, Billy J White has commanded stages and wowed audiences at Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival, Country In The Woods, The Manitoulin Country Fest, NSAI Tin Pan North and several Ontario based fairs. Nominated for 2013s CMAO Male Artist of the Year, Billy J White has opened for some of Canada’s greatest performers including The Stella’s, Deric Ruttan, Tim Taylor, Gil Grand and Diane Chase.

DAMN FOOL THING TO DO can be purchased online and through iTunes via

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