Pop-country singer Jess Moskaluke from Langenburg, Saskatchewan has been named female artist of the year for the third time in a row at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards — something she said she was not expecting
“I’m as surprised the third time as the second time and the first,” she said, adding it would be a “miracle” to win a fourth time.
“This year it was really cool to see all of the nominees were kind of a new wave of country…it’s really, really encouraging to see the new crop of new age women we’re raising here in Canada, so this is a huge honour.”
Brett Kissel’s campaign to woo country enthusiasts paid off as well, as the Alberta singer was named fan favourite at the CCMAs– an honour he deemed on-par with his win for best male artist.
The 26-year old Alberta singer was crowned king of Canadian country a decade after first attending the awards as a contender for the title of rising star.
He went into this year’s ceremony as a leading nominee, tied with British Columbia’s Dean Brody with five nominations, many of them pitting the pair against each other.
While Kissel won the top honours — as well as the title of top interactive artist for a second consecutive year — the two took home the same amount of hardware, with Brody also claiming three prizes.
Brody was named songwriter of the year for his song “Bring Down The House,” which also earned him the titles of single of the year and CMT video of the year.
The song is also one of two platinum singles for the 41-year-old — both “Bring Down The House” and “Canadian Girls” sold more than 100,000 digital copies.
Last year’s big winner, Gord Bamford, was nominated in four categories and took home the prize for album of the year for “Tin Roof.”
The 40-year-old said he went out of his comfort zone with the album, which included working with a different producer.
High Valley, brothers from Blumenort, Alta., was named group of the year.
The duo said each year has been better than the last and their musical career is “ramping up fast.”
The Washboard Union, who are based in Vancouver, were deemed the year’s rising star as well as the top roots artist.
Two of the band’s members, Aaron Grain and Chris Duncombe, met at age 13 when their parents started dating.
Both said the rising star prize was particularly meaningful to them.
Don Green, CCMA President, says it will be the second time Saskatoon has hosted Canada’s premier event for country music, saying the city championed record attendance at the 2012 CCMA Awards Show.
(With files from The Canadian Press)