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2014 CCMA award nominees

Brett Kissell
Brett Kissell
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Singer-songwriter Brett Kissel leads the nominations for the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, which will be held Sept. 7 in Edmonton. Kissel is up for eight awards, including Single of the Year for “Started With A Song” (penned by Kissel and Craig Wiseman).

Dean Brody earned six nominations, while last year’s big winner Gord Bamford earned five nominations.

Rick Mercer and Jann Arden will host the 2014 Canadian Country Music Awards, slated to air on CBC Television beginning at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland in Labrador).

Additional notable nominations include Dallas Smith, who is nominated for Album of the Year for Tippin’ Point EP, as well as Single of the Year for “Tippin’ Point.” He also earned a nod for Male Artist of the Year.

Meanwhile, Smith’s Tippin’ Point EP producer Joey Moi notched a nomination in the Record Producers of the Year category. Additional nominees in the category include Gord Bamford/Byron Hill (for Bamford’s Country Junkie), Jason Blaine/Scott Cooke (for Blaine’s Everything I Love), Ted Hewitt/Brett Kissel/Bart McKay/Ben Phillips (for Kissel’s Started With A Song), and Deric Ruttan/Luke Wooten (for Ruttan’s Take The Week Off).

Dean Brody earned six nominations at the 2014 CCMA Awards
Dean Brody has earned six nominations at the 2014 CCMA Awards
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Deric Ruttan are up for Songwriters of the Year, for penning “Mine Would Be You,” recorded by Blake Shelton.

Stoney Creek Records singer, songwriter and guitarist Lindsay Ell earned a Rising Star nomination.

Terri Clark and HitShop Records’ Kira Isabella are both nominated for Female Artist of the Year.

Small Town Pistols earned a nomination for Group or Duo of the Year.

Booking Agency nominees for 2014 include The Agency Group, The Feldman Agency, Invictus Entertainment Group, Paquin Entertainment, and Sakamoto Entertainment.

Music Publishing Company of the Year nominees include CCS Rights Management, ole, Royalty Music Publishing Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, and Warner/Chappell Music Canada.

For a full list of nominations, visit ccma.org.