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CMAO Wins Boost Meghan Patrick's Soaring Career


Meghan Patrick`s newfound status as the leading trophy-winner at Sunday`s Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards show is a serious career boost for the singer/songwriter from Bowmanville. She won in the Album, Female Artist, Music Video, and Rising Star of the Year categories.

Patrick is signed to a publishing deal with ole Publishing and has a record deal with Warner Music Canada, who released her debut album Grace and Grit a year ago.

Steve Coady, Vice President, Radio Promotion at Warner, explains that "Meaghan was already firmly on the radar of Country Radio programmers and listeners, but the Awards success is the type of thing that solidifies everybody’s belief in an artist."

BC-based KMusic Management`s Tracey Singer tells FYI that "I started officially managing Meghan in March 2015. She is an amazing artist and songwriter who dedicates every day to her art. I don`t think I`ve ever met anyone more focused or determined to reach her goals. "

Singer states that "winning four CMAO Awards in those categories is a great success story as she was up against some strong talent. I believe it does help to get Meghan`s name out there and will raise more awareness on all social media platforms."

Patrick will take advantage of this exposure by actively touring over the summer, says Singer. "We have been working closely with our agent, Vinny Cinquemani at Feldman, to secure dates well into fall. Meghan loves being on the road and sharing her music with her fans."

Cinquemani, Senior VP at The Feldman Agency, has been Patrick`s agent since January 2016, and he explains that "we came up with a strategy with Tracey to put her out playing on major country festivals. Last year it was events like Big Valley, Camrose, and Cavendish.

"This year we have her on the Dauphin festival with Keith Urban, the next night she is in Timmins with Urban and Johnny Reid, she is doing Havelock, Trackside in London, Country Thunder in Craven with Blake Shelton, and Manitoulin Country Festival with Dwight Yoakam. Tons of shows, playing with major stars and delivering. We wanted to put her in front of as many people as possible because this is an artist who can play, sing and write songs, and will always deliver live."

Patrick hasn`t just been opening up for big country acts, Cinquemani notes. "In conjunction with Coalition Music, we put her on Tom Cochrane`s Mad Mad World tour as the direct support act. She also came out during Tom`s set and played a few numbers with Tom and the band.

"This was not a country audience, but they know great songs and a great live performance, and Meghan came through."

Cinquemani notes that "the CMAO wins are only going to help, but I`m more interested in getting the word out across Canada on the big success she has been experiencing over the last year. How well the songs are performing at radio and the fantastic reaction she has been getting live. Winning the awards is another great story to add to that."

He acknowledges that "her fees have been going up organically, but it has never been about the money for any of our acts, it has always been about building the career."

Steve Coady explains that "we are currently working the fourth single from the album, `Be Country With Me,` which was produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank and features Vince on background vocals. It is poised to crack the Top 20 on the Country Radio charts, which would be her fourth Top 20 (`Still Loving You` - featuring Joe Nichols) reached the Top 10). We are considering a fifth single."

He reports that most of a second album has already been recorded. "It is being produced by Nashville heavyweight – and fellow Ole Publishing writer - Jeremy Stover (Johnny Reid, Justin Moore). The first batch of songs will be mixed this month by Chris Lord-Alge (Keith Urban, Tim McGraw). We have not set a release date. We work closely with Meghan’s Music Publisher, ole, to find the right co-writers and choose the right songs."

All involved in Patrick`s career are confidently predicting big things. Coady explains that "as I’ve said before if a group of music industry professionals tried to invent a country singer, Meghan would be it. Her combination of talent, songwriting abilities, personality and dedication are as good as I’ve encountered in my career."

To Cinquemani, "Meghan is developing into a world-class artist."


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Multi-Platinum Country Star Tim Hicks Releases New Single “Forever Rebels"
It's the fourth single from Hicks' top selling album "Shake These Walls". Read » more
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The Tragically Hip Announce "Long Time Running"
The new documentary film will have its World Premiere at TIFF before a Canadian theatrical release Sept. 14th. Read » more
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Veteran Music Agent Richard Mills Announces His Retirement From TFA
After 24 years at The Feldman Agency, our friend and colleague Richard Mills is headed on a different career path. Read » more
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Welcome Backstage!
We’re excited to announce the launch of TFA Backstage: your exclusive access to everything going on in the Live Entertainment and Events industry. Learn more » more
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CBC Music Names "Gord Downie Person of the Year"
Gord Downie did the seemingly impossible this year. And then he did it again. Read » more
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The Rise of Nontraditional Event Venues
Traditional event venues remain the most popular choice for event professionals. But informal business culture and the growing demand for unique event experiences have paved the way for change. Read » more
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Jill Barber Tries to 'Remove Stigma From Mental Illness' With 'Mercy': Premiere
The latest single from her forthcoming album 'Metaphora' out June 22. Read » more
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New Single "Habit" From Canadian Country Artist Andrew Hyatt Available Now Via New Signing With 604 Records
"Habit" follows Hyatt's back to back top ten singles "Do It With You" and "On Me". Read » more
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The Feldman Agency named Booking Agency of the Year at 2018 CMBIAs
The CMBIA gala recognizes the best and brightest in all fields of the Canadian music and broadcast industries. Read » more
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Multi-Platinum Country Star Tim Hicks Inks June 22nd Release Date for "New Tattoo"
Its first single “LOUD” has been licensed by the NHL for broadcast across North American during the 2018 playoff season. Read » more
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Jann Arden Announces Fall Canadian Tour
Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jann Arden has announced today she will embark on a Canadian tour in support of her new album entitled, These Are The Days. Read » more
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Johnny Reid's Revival Is A Roaring Success
He's a Scot who lives in Nashville and calls Canada home, and his just-completed national tour is one of the biggest success stories there is this year. Read » more
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Mother Mother Release O My Heart: Live Sessions, In Honour Of The Fan Favourite Indie-Rock Album’s 10th Anniversary
The band also announces seven intimate and exclusive club shows, featuring never performed songs and more. Read » more
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Paul Anka Headed For Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame
He transcended the '50s, '60s, and '70s with hit songs such as "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "(You're) Having My Baby". Now he's the latest and final inductee into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards. Read » more
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Meghan Patrick’s ‘Country Music Made Me Do It’ Is A Strong Sophomore Release
On her sophomore project, Country Music Made Me Do It, Meghan Patrick firmly establishes herself as a force to be reckoned with in her genre. Read » more
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Toronto Singer's Chess Gambit Turns Into A Major Piece
Elise LeGrow’s debut album puts a new spin on standards by such greats as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Chuck Berry, and The Moonglows. Read » more
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Five Questions With Jesse Roper
Jesse Roper’s sound may be rooted in rock and roll’s core elements of blues and soul, but his musical vision is trained squarely on the future. Read » more
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Grammys 2018: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees
Get to know Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA before the big night. Read » more
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Canadian Singer-Songwriter Jessica Mitchell Joins Johnny Reid on 46+ Date National Tour
The "Revival" 208 National Tour kicks off February 26th. Read » more
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Meghan Patrick Is Taking Us Back To Real Country
The Canadian country star’s new album isn’t that poppy stuff taking over the Top 40 right now, this is real country. Read »
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Barenaked Ladies To Be Inducted Into Canadian Hall of Fame At 2018 Junos
This year, after plenty of Juno wins, Grammy nominations, 15 million albums sold and a whole lot of history, Barenaked Ladies will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during a one-time special appearance with former member Steven Page. Read » more
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Tonight's the night! SOLD OUT The Weather Station show at The Great Hall, get ready to swoon Toronto!
Tonight's the night! SOLD OUT The Weather Station show at The Great Hall, get ready to swoon Toronto! more
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Richard Mills Takes A Bow, But Expect An Encore!
Richard Mills signs off from The Feldman Agency this week after two-plus decades of travelling the world and doing what many peer agents might think the impossible, namely developing careers and generating income for a genre of artists that don’t often fit the mold of today's hits.

But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

Born in Trinidad, and raised in the prairies, Mills is a formidable figure in person. One might guess him as an IT executive, or perhaps a linebacker... more