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Red Deer prepares for Alberta Country Music Awards

The final round of voting to select award winners ends Dec. 28th

The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA)™ is pleased to present your Final Nominees for the upcoming 2018 Alberta Country Music Awards™ presented by Stingray. Winners will be announced at the 7th annual awards gala on Jan. 27th, 2019 at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel.

At this time ACMA™ is honoured to announce our presenting sponsor Stingray, the leading business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider operating on a global scale. We thank Stingray for their generous partnership in promoting country music in Alberta and look forward to their participation in this year’s event.

The evening will be hosted by Albertan country singer/songwriter and CCMA-winner Aaron Goodvin.

“I am incredibly honoured to have been asked to host The ACMA’s in Red Deer this year. There is so much great Canadian country music that comes out of Alberta. I literally cannot wait to host my first ever awards show and I’m excited for it to be in my home province!” said Goodvin.

Canadian country music fans are well acquainted with Goodvin’s music after winning the 2018 Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) for “Songwriter(s) of the Year” for his platinum single Lonely Drum. Goodvin was also nominated for the “Single of the Year”, and “SiriusXM Rising Star Award”.

Also a Warner/Chappell songwriter, Goodvin has landed cuts with Luke Bryan, Canaan Smith, Cole Swindell, and others. He was recently signed to Reviver Records in Nashville and fans can expect new music in 2019.

The 2018 ACMA™ awards weekend will occur on Jan. 26th and 27th. Events include the kick-off party, conference, seminars, fan fest, and the much-anticipated awards gala. Members of the ACMA™ have the privilege of voting to select the nominees for each category. The final round of voting to select the award-winners ends Dec. 28th.

Tickets and more information about the ACMA™ Awards Weekend are available on the ACMA website.

The nominees are:

Male Artist of the Year

Brad Saunders

Dan Davidson

Drew Gregory

Karac Hendriks

Ryan Langlois

Trevor Panczak

Female Artist of the Year

Alee

Andrea Nixon

Krissy Feniak

Lauren Mayell

Michela Sheedy

Group/Duo of the Year

Nice Horse

Renegade Station

The Dungarees

The Orchard

The Prairie States

Fans Choice

Dan Davidson

Drew Gregory

Hailey Benedict

Megan Dawson

Renegade Station

The Prairie States

Industry Person of the Year

Angie Morris – Sirroma Entertainment

Bill Borgwardt Performance Photography

Carla Hackman – Sakamoto Entertainment

Carly Klassen – Alberta Music

Johnny Gasparic – MCC Recording Studio

Sarah Scott – Golden West Radio

Musician of the Year

Johnny Gasparic

Josh Ruzycki

Lisa Dodd

Mitch Jay

Weston Blatz

Album of the Year

Along for the Ride – Renegade Station

Good Place to Start – Drew Gregory

Lost in the Right Direction – The Prairie States

Songs For Georgia – Dan Davidson

This Road is Mine – Karac Hendriks

Song of the Year

Don’t Hold Back – Written by: James Murdoch & Darren Gusnowsky. Performed by: The Dungarees

Know Good – Written by: Drew Gregory, Trinity Bradshaw, Brad Stella. Performed by: Drew Gregory

Light > Dark – Written by: Ryan Langlois & Duane Steele. Performed by: Ryan Langlois

Mansplainin’ – Written by: Brandi Sidoryk, Tareya Green, Katie Biever, Jeff Dalziel. Performed by: Nice Horse

Safe Harbour – Written by: Kent Nixon, Luanne Carl, Doug Folkins. Performed by: Renegade Station

Single of the Year

Don’t Hold Back – The Dungarees

Know Good – Drew Gregory

Play it By Beer – Brad Saunders

This Road is Mine – Karac Hendriks

Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight – Renegade Station

Country Venue of the Year

Boot Scootin Boogie Dancehall

Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

Talent Buyer of the Year

Big Valley Jamboree

Calgary Stampede

Country Thunder

Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

Sakamoto Agency

Rising Star

Karac Hendriks

Lauren Mayell

Nice Horse

The Prairie States

Trevor Panczak

Radio Station of the Year

93.1 The One Leduc

Wild 95.3 Calgary

Real Country 95.5 Red Deer

96.5 CKFM Olds

103.9 CISN FM Edmonton

Horizon Youth

Hailey Benedict

Krissy Feniak

Jonah Langlois

Hannah Gazso

Martina Dawn

Entertainer of the Year

Aaron Goodvin

Brett Kissel

Gord Bamford

Lindsay Ell

Paul Brandt

Video of the Year

Don’t Hold Back – The Dungarees

Know Good – Drew Gregory

Let’s Go There – Dan Davidson

Mansplainin’ – Nice Horse

Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight – Renegade Station

-Submitted by the Association of Country Music in Alberta

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