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DEAN BRODY WINS ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THE 2014 CCMA AWARDS
TIM HICKS WINS THE RISING STAR AWARD
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EDMONTON, AB – It was an exciting night for Country music in Canada! Nova Scotia-based Dean Brody was given Album of the Year for Crop Circles, the same album that snagged a Juno back in March for country album of the year. He accepted the CCMA wearing his father’s dusty cowboy hat.
Brody has had a banner 2014, with his sold-out Crop Circles and Tractor Beams arena tour, scoring his 14th top 10 single with “Another Man’s Gold” and becoming the first male Canadian to receive two #1 country singles. This is the third time Brody has won Album of the Year, following wins in 2011 and 2012 for Trail in Life and Dirt, respectively.
Brody said being back in Edmonton, where he once attended college and worked part-time at an area Walmart, reminded him of how differently his life could have turned out if he had never taken a chance and sent some of his first songs off to record labels.
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The Rising Star award went to Tim Hicks, a 35-year-old country rocker from St. Catharines, Ont., who sported a ball cap instead of a Stetson. He has amassed four Top 10 singles, two Juno nominations, three GOLD certified singles and has an upcoming Fall tour with country star Dierks Bentley – but Hicks said his success has been a long time coming.
He remembered one job he took before he made it big, singing on a moving double-decker bus. He turned green and his audience told him it was OK for him to sit down and stop playing. “It took me 20 years to be a rising star but I don’t regret any of those gigs,” he said.
“I can’t wait to go back home and share this with my friends and family and just continue this wild ride.”
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