The 2018 CCMA Awards stage is heating up! Today the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced its fourth round of performers for the 2018 CCMA Awards show, which will be broadcast and streamed live from Hamilton on Sunday, September 9 on CBC and cbcmusic.ca/ccmas
at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Award-winning James Barker Band
, three time CCMA Award nominee Jessica Mitchell
and six-time JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder
will step out onto the stage at FirstOntario Centre on September 9. These talented artists will join previously announced performers Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell, High Valley, Dallas Smith, Terri Clark, Tim Hicks and Meghan Patrick.
Earning their first JUNO Award earlier this year for Country Album of the Year, James Barker Band will be making their second CCMA Awards appearance this September. Since forming in 2013, the band has won the 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase at the Boots and Hearts music festival, gained more than 35 million streams on Spotify and has earned the most streamed and spun song released by a Canadian country artist in 2018 with their current single “Good Together”. Boasting five Top 10 singles and four gold records, there’s no question that James Barker Band is just getting started.
Jessica Mitchell, lauded as “country’s Adele," wowed Country Music Week delegates in 2017 with her CCMA Gala Awards performance. 2018 will see her bring that magic to the CCMA Awards stage at FirstOntario Centre. Since its release in May of this year, her debut album, Heart of Glass, has earned more than 3 million streams and much critical acclaim. Mitchell has toured with country greats Johnny Reid, Terri Clark and Kiefer Sutherland. Heading out on a national with Glass Tiger this fall, Mitchell is sure to quickly become a fan favourite following her upcoming CCMA Awards debut.
Another first at the CCMA Awards will be a performance by 6-time JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder. With her anthemic single “Stompa” achieving 4x certified Platinum status in Canada and hitting No.1 at AAA radio in the U.S. for eight consecutive weeks, Ryder has become one of Canada’s musical darlings. Her latest album, Utopia, debuted at #1 and earned Ryder another three SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards as well as an additional Gold single with “Got Your Number”. Recognized as the first Canadian artist to reach No. 1 status on CBC’s Radio 2 Top 20 chart, her personal and skilled songwriting has earned Ryder career-changing features in television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, VEEP, and Suits. There is no doubt this multi-genre songstress will deliver an outstanding performance as she steps out on the CCMA Awards stage alongside 2018 CCMA Award nominee Brett Kissel.
Tickets to the 2018 CCMA Awards are now on-sale. Single tickets and packages are available for purchase in-person at the FirstOntario Centre Box Office and online at ticketmaster.ca
with $1 of each ticket sale going directly to MusiCounts in support of their year-round music initiatives.
Fans are encouraged to follow updates for the CCMA Awards via Twitter
For more information on the CCMA and the 2018 CCMA Awards please visit ccma.org