World News – CA – ‘Music brings us together’: Country stars find unity and hope at CCMA Awards


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TORONTO – While Brett Kissel couldn’t stand in front of a crowd of thousands, he won enough Canadian Country Music Association Awards trophies on Sunday to feel the love from a distance

Flat Lake country singer Alta became one of the big winners of the night, taking home three trophies: Male Artist, Fan’s Choice and Album of the Year for « Now or Never » But the Musician at fresh face also lent its charm to setting the tone for a Canadian country celebration that takes place in the toughest times

« Lately we have found ourselves living in a new world, and while some things may look a little different, one thing hasn’t changed at all, and that’s the music, » he said. he said at the start of the show, which was pre-recorded several weeks ago

« Music brings us all together, it connects us Music captures the words that speak to your heart and can tell the stories of your soul It gives us strength It gives us hope »

By the time Kissel’s victories peaked with the album of the year award, he was beaming

“We had so much fun putting my heart and soul into these eight songs,” he said as he accepted the trophy “I loved this project more than anything I’ve ever done in country music « 

Kissel also shared an award for the Creative Director on « Now or Never », at an event announced on Saturday, which brought its toll this year to four

Other big winners included Dallas Smith as Artist of the Year He also won the best-selling Canadian album for « The Fall » and the best-selling Canadian single for « Drop »

Tenille Townes, of Grande Prairie, Alta, was named Female Artist for the second year in a row, while her song « Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking) » won Songwriters of the Year and Video of the Year awards

The James Barker Band won single of the year for their country-pop chart-topping « Keep it Simple » « 

And the Washboard Union took double the winners, taking the group or duo award for the third year in a row The Vancouver-based trio had previously won Roots Album of the Year for their ‘Everbound’ release before. the broadcast

The CCMA awards looked even smarter than usual as they were pre-registered last month in two different countries

Some games were recorded at the Burl’s Creek event grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., near Barrie, where the Boots & Hearts music festival is usually held, while others were held at the rooftop of a Nashville hotel with the city skyline in the background

Without an arena filled with rowdy country fans to cheer them on, the Canadian stars had to rely heavily on their charm, which shone in light Q&A segments reflecting life during the pandemic, which left most of them at home instead of turning

Jade Eagleson attributed the experience to strengthening her marriage, while a few others said it revealed their level of patience

When asked what they learned in their 40s, performers cited everything from learning to play the piano to mastering the Xbox

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