It Started With a Song and ended with a leading eight 2014 Canadian Country Music Association award nominations for Albertan Brett Kissel.
The singer-songwriter, who earlier won the 2014 Juno for breakthrough artist of the year, picked up the most CCMA nods on Wednesday morning for best single and songwriter for Started With A Song; best album, album design and producer for Started with A Song (the album); male artist of the year, CMT video of the year for 3-2-1, and best interactive artist.
Following close behind Kissel are two country music veterans, relatively speaking - B.C.-born, East Coast-based Dean Brody and Aussie-born, Albertan-raised Gord Bamford, with six and five nominations, respectively.
Brody’s in the race for best single, songwriter, and CMT video for Bounty; best album for Crop Circles, and male artist of the year while Bamford’s vying for best single and songwriter for When Your Lips Are So Close, male artist and best producer for Country Junkie.
Additionally, Brody and Bamford are up for the CCMA Fans’ Choice Award with Paul Brandt, George Canyon and Johnny Reid rounding out the list. Voting is now open to the public at ccma.dmds.com.
Forty-one CCMA awards will be given out over four award ceremonies during Country Music Week in Edmonton from September 4–7.
Eight awards will be given out on the 2014 CCMA Awards Show on Sept. 7 in Edmonton that will be co-hosted by Calgary singer-songwriter Jann Arden and comedian and longtime CBC-TV host Rick Mercer (The Rick Mercer Report).
For a complete list of the 2014 CCMA nominees go to ccma.org.