* SHANIA'S "OLD" FRIENDS EMERSON DRIVE GETTING READY
Emerson Drive's second album is due out May 18, so they're looking forward to going back on the road with Shania on April 19th, hoping that exposure will induce people who have seen them along the concert trail to head to the record store to buy Shania's CD and theirs too.
* New Release Date for Emerson Drive's Sophomore CD
"What If," the new album from Emerson Drive is set to be released June 29th. Mark your calendars!
* EMERSON DRIVE AIN'T FOOLIN' WITH THEIR CONCERTS
When it comes to their live shows, Emerson Drive keeps scoring big. In fact, they reportedly had every single member of their record-setting crowd of 3,500+ at a show in Port Orange, Florida out of their seats on April Fools' Day. And that includes the mayor of Port Orange as well as several city dignitaries, who were described as being "on their feet from the first note to the last chord" at the Port Orange Amphitheater. That kind of a reaction might not be too much of a surprise considering that their current single is titled "Last One Standing" and that the song has moved into the #26 slot on "Radio & Records'" Country Top 50 chart this week. The track is also the first offering from the band's new album, "What If?," which is set to arrive in stores June 29th.
* Site News
Sorry about lack of updates lately. My computer had a virus and I still do not have internet on it, as of now. Site updates to come will include more pictures, hopefully to be up by April 1st.
* Emerson Drive on GAC's CRL
The guys will be on Great American Country's "CRL" next week. The show will be taped on Monday, March 22nd and will air on Tuesday, March 23rd at 5 PM and 9 PM eastern time. You can visit GAC's web site at www.gactv.com for information about how to call in and request a video from Suzanne Alexander and Emerson Drive! If you have GAC please tune in...I heard that they may be playing a song live on the show!
(Emerson Drive Fan Club)
* Emerson Drive Joins The Roster For Vince Gill Game
The Vince Gill Celebrity Basketball Game and Concert has added a group of six to the roster. Lead singer Brad Mates will be lacing up his shoes to participate in the basketball game, while the full band will take part in the acoustic concert following the game. Details are listed below.
The Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University announces the return of the Vince Gill Celebrity Basketball Game & Concert presented by Union Planters and sponsored by WSIX, on Monday, March 22, 2004.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the acoustic concert shortly following.
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com, calling the Belmont Box Office at 615.460.8500, or visiting any Ticketmaster location.
For more information on the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business visit them online at http://www.belmont.edu/mb or call 615.460.5504.
(DreamWorksNashville.com -- 3/16/2004)
* Shania/Emerson Drive Tour Dates
Shania has postponed the start of her North American leg of her UP tour. Most involved are Florida stops and will be postponed until end of June or early July.
* Emerson Drive in Country Music Today
Check out the latest issue of Country Music Today magazine on newsstands now with Kenny Chesney on the cover (Kenny Uncovered). The article talks about the behind the scenes scoop on Emerson Drive's new video "Last One Standing."
* Vote For Emerson Drive For Breakthrough Video Of The Year
Emerson Drive has been nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year for the 2004 CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards! You can vote at CMT.com.
(DreamWorksNashville.com -- 3/09/2004)
* Here's My Card
-- Emerson Drive was recently in Nashville for the 2004 Country Radio Seminar, when a problem arose. Bassist Patrick Bourque was stopped by security as he tried to enter the Nashville Convention Center.
Fortunately, Bourque had an ID card -- sort of. He was able to point out his face on the large DreamWorks billboard sign located above the escalators that lead down to the exhibit hall.
There would be no pistol-whipping on this day.
Bourque was admitted to the convention and joined up with the rest of the band just in time to promote their new single, "Last One Standing."
* CMT Sneek Peak
"Last One Standing" was CMT's Sneek Peak on the top-20 countdown the week of March 11th. Their video should hit the countdown in a few weeks.
* Fan Fair News
If Emerson Drive will be at Fan Fair is yet to be seen. A fan club party may be in the works. However, the guys of Emerson Drive will be out with Shania Twain touring Canada that week, and Fan Fair may not fit in their schedule this year.
* New Video Shows Emerson Drive's Fun Side
Reigning ACM Top New Vocal Group Emerson Drive filmed the music video for their current single "Last One Standing," in a retro house in Nashville. The new single is the first release from their forthcoming sophomore album, What If? (Release date: 5/18/04), Produced by Richard Marx for DreamWorks Records Nashville.
* WIN A CHANCE to see EMERSON DRIVE
See Emerson Drive with SHANIA TWAIN on tour this spring! Click here to enter the contest. Contest rules do apply.
* Emerson Drive Geared Up for Shania
The six guys of Emerson Drive had a blast touring with fellow Canadian Shania Twain and are eager to go again. The band talked about hanging with Twain and played some songs from their new album, What If? at a recent Nashville press luncheon. They said that Twain and her husband, Mutt Lange, speak only French to their son, Eja, figuring it will be easy for him to pick up English later on. Since the band is bilingual as well, things went swimmingly backstage. And it was all very democratic. "We are integrated," explains fiddler David Pichette. "Shania comes and sits down with us. Mutt Lange is around all the time." The band will be going back on the road with Twain in April.
Emerson Drive performed "Waitin' on Me," "November," "I'll Die Tryin'" and their current single, "Last One Standing." The album, due for release on May 18, was produced by Grammy-winning pop singer Richard Marx. Lead vocalist Brad Mates described "I'll Die Tryin'" as "the ballad we feel the strongest about." They all felt strongly about their new tour bus. Lamented keyboardist Dale Wallace, "We were traveling around in a '72 Greyhound with no toilet for a long, long time."
* CD Release Date for "What If"
Emerson Drive's new CD "What If" is scheduled to be out May 18th, 2004.
(Emerson Drive Fan Club)
* Emerson Drive Is Heading To The Opry
Emerson Drive closes out February with a performance on the Grand Ole Opry. The guys are expected to perform on both the 6:30pm and 9:30pm shows, February 28th, 2004!
* Fan Club Party
According to David, there may NOT be a fan club party at Fan Fair this year, due to their heavy schedule with Shania Twain. However this has NOT been confirmed by the fan club.
* New Emerson Drive Official Site
EmersonDrive.com is now up and running! Check out the work of Kim Leiske, Emerson Drive's tour manager and webmaster. Included on the site are music and video clips, recent Emerson Drive news, group and individual bios, and more. There's a special section for fan club members, which includes a personalized photo gallery, tour journals from each of the 6 guys, a message board, special downloads and more.
* Goodbye to some of Emerson Drive's crew members
Missing from Emerson Drive's road crew in 2004 are sound techs Carita Sword-Royal and John Burch, road manager Chris Royal, Randy Cassell, the merchandise guy, and Phil Denault, the bus driver . New to the road crew for 2004 are Chuck Bogart (sound) and Kim Leiske (webmaster/tour manager -- new to the road, but not to Emerson Drive management).
* New Emerson Drive Video
"Last One Standing," the new video from Emerson Drive, is now playing on CMT, GAC and CMT Canada now.
* Emerson Drive CD Single Released Tuesday!
Emerson Drive's new single, "Last One Standing" will be released on Tuesday, January 27th, 2004! The commercial single will also include another cut, "Rescued," which may NOT be on the album, "What If." Go get your copy now!
* Tubes Leader Co-Writes Emerson Drive Single
Emerson Drive's new single, "Last One Standing," was co-written by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill, former leader of the eccentric rock act, the Tubes. Marx, who had pop music success in the '80s, is Emerson Drive's producer. During the '70s and '80s, the Tubes enjoyed a sizable cult following after recording such songs as "White Punks on Dope." Marx's upcoming album includes a guest appearance from Keith Urban.
* Emerson Drive Gets More Shania Dates
Emerson Drive will be hitting the road with Shania on her UP! tour starting in April, which will go through the US and Canada and will end towards the end of June.
* New Release Date for Emerson Drive's Sophomore CD and Single
The second CD from Emerson Drive, "What If," will be released on June 15th, while "Last One Standing" will be released to radio in the US and Canada at the end of January.
* New Single & Video From Emerson Drive
The new US single will be "Last One Standing," which will be the second single released to Canada off Emerson Drive's sophomore CD "What If," which will be released in April 2004. A video will accompany the single "Last One Standing," which will hit radio in January 2004. The current single in Canada is called "Waitin' on Me," which was co-written by lead singer Brad Mates.
* EMERSON DRIVE MEETS JESSICA LYNCH
Nashville, TN, December 4, 2003 - Dreamworks Records Nashville recording group Emerson Drive recently met PVT. Jessica Lynch before opening for Shania Twain on her UP! tour in Denver, CO. The band's first two singles "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall Into Me", peaked in the Top 5 on both the Billboard and R&R Country Charts. The chart-topping singles are from Emerson Drive's debut album, EMERSON DRIVE (released: 5/21/02). Look for a new single from the band's sophomore album in January, 2004.
* Emerson Drive Shoots Video for New Single
According to Emerson Drive fiddlist, David Pichette, "We shot the video for the next single off the upcoming album today. The song will be "Last One Standing" and the video was shot in a little house in the late 60s style close to Opry Land. We got there at 9:00am and shot until 1:00am. To explain a bit of the situation, the action takes place at a house party hosted by "us" of course! About 30 people join us for a night of partying. During the evening, we, 6 guys, live different experiences like Pat playing darts with 2 other guys and winning lots of cash, Mike having a private party in the bedroom, Brad doing his thing with one girl (will he kiss her???? You will have to see it to get the answer!!). Dale is partying with a video camera, Danick feeds a dog with pizza and I have to wait all night for my turn at the bathroom! We had tons of fun and I think it will be a great and fun video to see."
* Happy Birthday, Dale!
Dale Wallace celebrates his 33rd birthday on November 1st.
* Tune Into GAC on November 3rd, 2003!
Emerson Drive pay a visit to GAC's CRL. The guys will perform "Waitin' on Me" acoustically. Their episode airs on November 3rd, 2003 at 4:00pm and then repeats at 8:00pm CST.
* ED At The Opry Tuesday!
EMERSON DRIVE PERFORM ON GRAND OLE OPRY ON TUESDAY, Nov. 4th and also performed at the Opry on October 26th!
* New Single/Video from Emerson Drive
"Waitin' on Me" has been playing on Canadian country radio for a month now, and is rumored to be the next US radio single. They will be filming the video for this song sometime this week. A commercial single of the song will also be released this week in Canada with the second song being "Rescue" another song from the new CD.
* More Tour Dates With Shania!
Emerson Drive added 20 new dates with Shania in both the US and Canada all through December. Check the tour page for dates.
* Tune Into GAC on October 29th, 2003!
Emerson Drive band members Brad Mates and Danick Dupelle pay a visit to "Lorianne Crook's Celebrity Kitchen". The guys help Lorianne prepare baked trout and Danick's family French dish Poutine Parasol. Their episode airs on October 29th, 2003 at 10:00am and then repeats at 6:00pm CST.
* You Can Own What No Other Fan Of Has!
As a fan of Emerson Drive you have the chance to own a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork doodled by Emerson Drive. Go to www.Lar-la-thon.com and bid on the doodle by Emerson Drive. These doodles will never be duplicated!
Proceeds benefit the Hattie Larlham Foundation, an organization providing services to children and adults with severe disabilities and medically fragile conditions. Call 330-620-9340 for more information.
Please feel free to pass along the www.lar-la-thon.com web site to all fan club members, and post on the web site for all see!
Final bids will be taken during the Hattie Lar-la-thon on PAX TV23, Sunday, November 2 from 2-6pm.
* Emerson Drive on "Makeover Story" to Be Aired
Tune in to TLC on October 13 to see Emerson Drive, Lee Ann Womack, and others on the Flameworthy edition of "A Makeover Story." Check local listings for airtimes.
* Emerson Drive Hits The Road With Shania
Official Press Release
EMERSON DRIVE ADDS MORE TOUR DATES AS THE OPENING ACT ON THE SHANIA TWAIN UP! TOUR
Nashville, TN, October 2, 2003 DreamWorks Nashville recording group Emerson Drive has been enjoying their latest gig opening for Shania Twain as part of her UP! tour and looks forward to the additional dates in December.
"It's been a dream come true for us to tour with one of the biggest artists in country music," states Brad Mates (lead vocalist). "The first two shows with Shania were incredible and we are looking forward to finishing up the Canadian leg of the UP! tour with her. The entire band is excited about playing for the fans in Canada and sharing the stage with such an incredible artist."
Emerson Drive has 2 Top 5 singles, "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall Into Me" from their self-titled debut album (released 5/21/02). The band is currently finishing their sophomore album for DreamWorks with producer Richard Marx for early 2004 release.
2003 UP! Tour dates added:
12/4 Pengrowth Saddledome -- Calgary, AB
12/5 Skyreach Center -- Edmonton, AB
12/7 Pacific Coliseum -- Vancouver, BC
12/8 Pacific Coliseum -- Vancouver, BC
* Behind The Scenes With Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive put on an amazing first show on their tour with Shania Twain! They guys had the crowd on their feet during "Fall Into Me" and "The Devil Went Down To Georgia". After their performance, Mutt Lange spent some time with the guys and let them know how impressed he was with their performance. It was a night to remember for Emerson Drive.
Check out their tour dates for a listing of upcoming shows.
* The Grand Ole Opry Welcomes Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive will be making two appearances on the Grand Ole Opry! The first appearance will be at the Opry house on October 25th, 2003. The guys will be performing at both shows that night. The second appearance will be Tuesday, November 4th, 2003 from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium.
Click here for more information.
* Waitin' on Me Released in Canada
If you live in Canada, call your radio stations and request Emerson Drive's new single "Waitin' on Me." No release date for the US as of yet.
* Happy Birthday Danick and Pat!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Danick Dupelle and Pat Bourque who celebrate on September 27th and 29th!
* Emerson Drive to Tour With Shania!
Emerson Drive has been asked to open Shania's Canadian tourdates on her Up tour!
* New Single from Emerson Drive
As of now, the next single set to be released is "Waitin' on Me." It should be out in late September/ October.
* HAPPY CANADIANS
SHANIA TWAIN, TERRI CLARK, AARON LINES and EMERSON DRIVE are mighty happy Canadians. They all took home multiple Canadian Country Music Association Awards last week in Calgary, Alberta. Twain scored the Female Artist, Album, and Video of the Year trophies, plus the Top Selling Album award for "Up!" Emerson Drive took the Group or Duo of the Year honor, and the groups keyboard player CHRIS HARTMAN was named to the All-Star Band. Newcomer Aaron Lines won both Male Artist of the Year and the Chevy Truck Rising Star Award. And Terri Clark hauled home two trophies: Single of the Year for "I Just Wanna Be Mad," and the prestigious Fans Choice Award.
* Congrats Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive won the 2003 Duo/Group of the year award at the CCMAs September 8th. Former member Chris Hartman won the 2003 All Star Band in the Keyboard category. Also, Video director Steven Goldmann won Director of the year for directing Emerson Drive's video "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)." Congrats to all!
* Want Styling Tips From Emerson Drive?
Watch for Emerson Drive on "A Makeover Story", which airs on TLC. ED is featured giving style tips to the makeover winner. This show is scheduled to air on Monday, October 13, 2003 at 12:30pm EST.
* E-drive to CCMAs
Only Brad and Dale will be making the trek to Calgary for the CCMAs on Sept. 8th. They will be presenting the "Female of the Year" award. The awards air on CMT US at 8/7 central and CBC Canada at 9/8 central.
* CH-CH-CH-CHANGES FOR EMERSON DRIVE
While Emerson Drive has been enjoying success on the charts with their latest single, "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)," they've been undergoing a change of personnel behind the scenes. Fiddle player Pat Allingham has apparently left the fold to pursue a career in the medical field. This follows another major change in his life his March 8th marriage to longtime girlfriend Krista Williamson. Stepping into the Emerson Drive mix is David Pichette, who took over on tour in the beginning of June. Pat's exit follows that of keyboardist Chris Hartman, who left the band this past spring (Dale Wallace came on board as Chris' replacement). Of the exit, the band recently issued a statement that reads, in part: "The decision by Pat to leave Emerson Drive was a tough one yet was mutually agreed upon by all the members of the band. We all wish the best for Pat and his new family as he returns to Canada." With David in place, Emerson Drive is enthusiastically digging into their packed summer schedule, which will take them to the Freeborn County Fair in Albert Lea, Minnesota tomorrow and the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, South Dakota on Thursday. To find out when the guys will be in your area, log on to EmersonDrive.com.
* Happy Birthday Brad and David!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Brad Mates who turns 25 on July 21st and David Pichette who turns 26 on July 23rd.
* Congratulations on the Nominations ED
Emerson Drive has been nominated for the 2003 Canadian Country Music Awards in the category of "Group or Duo of the Year." The band also has individual "All Star Band Nominations" in the following categories:
* Mike Melancon (drums)
* Danick Dupelle (guitar)
* Pat Allingham (fiddle)
* Patrick Bourque (bass guitar)
* Chris Hartman (keyboards)
Congratulations also go out to other nominations for those involved with the ED:
Gerry Leiske Manager of the Year
Steven Goldmann Director of the Year (for "Only God")
Tune in September 8 on CBC or CMT to see the award show from Calgary.
* Emerson Drive is going Back to School on GAC
Emerson Drive will be part of a 3-week "Back-to School" promotion to air in August. Check out GAC soon.
* A New Look by Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive will offer their makeover winner tips on his/her new look on "A Makeover Story" on TLC in August. Check your TV listings.
* Emerson Drive Official Site Up Soon
A new Emerson Drive official site is on it's way. It should be up and running in a few weeks.
* Message From Brad
In 1995 Emerson Drive/12-Gauge was formed in Grand Prairie, Alberta. The band
is built on the foundation of dedication and friendship. Eight years later, the
same still applies. I have been a part of the group for all 8 years, I have
watched the original members leave and new ones join. During the last year
nothing has given me more enjoyment or satisfaction then to see the group rise
and become stronger as individuals. I am more proud of who we have become as a
band and as individuals then anything else I have ever been apart of my whole
Chris Hartman and Pat Allingham have had to make decisions in the last few
months that have changed their lives forever. I could not imagine the thoughts
and feelings that they both went through. We wish nothing but the best for them
and their families. We will never forget the great times, endless hours of work
and memories that they have contributed to Emerson Drive. The friendships will
always be there and that is something to be proud of at the end of the day.
Sometimes the choices that we make in life donât make sense to ourselves or to
others around us but those choices make us the individuals that we will be
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions; unfortunately there are those who
choose to voice their opinions without being fully aware of the situation. We
would like all of you to know that Emerson Drive will be here making music and
trying as hard as possible to obtain our goals for as long as we can. Our fans
are our fuel and ultimately make us who we are. Thank you for letting us be a
part of your lives as much as you are a part of ours!
(E-drive Fan Club)
* Emerson Drive on the Opry- 6/07/03
Along with labelmate Darryl Worley, Emerson Drive will take the stage on the Grand Ol' Opry on Saturday, June 7th. They will be on the televised portion for the first time.
* Emerson Drive Hits The Jackpot In Las Vegas
DreamWorks Records Nashville recording group Emerson Drive was the winning bet in Las Vegas at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Emerson Drive received the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo/Group. The 38th annual ACM Awards show was broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on the CBS Television Network on Wednesday, May 21st.
"Winning the award for Top New Vocal Duo/Group was totally unexpected," said Brad Mates and Pat Allingham in a statement. "It's one of the biggest thrills for the band and it felt amazing to be recognized by the Academy of Country Music. It's an incredible honor to be so well received in America and the award is a huge step in out career. We couldn't be happier!"
The band's current single, "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)" from their self-titled debut album is climbing the country singles charts hitting the #37 with a bullet on R&R this week and #41 with a bullet on Billboard.
* Stars Line Up For Auction
-- The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fund-raising auction doesn't go live untill later this month, but donation confirmations have already come in from Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Emerson Drive and Sheryl Crow.
In addition, Toby Keith has already donated a 10-night Caribbean cruise on Celebrity's Summit cruise liner. And members of the group Alabama have donated an autographed Epiphone electric guitar.
The online auction is scheduled to go live May 22, the day following the ACM Awards broadcast on CBS. (www.countrycares.org)
* THE MUSIC WILL CONTINUE AFTER THE ACM AWARDS
The 38th annual Academy of Country Music Awards are already set to bring a star-studded night of country performers to your TV screen on May 21st. Even beyond the artists who win that night, some of the luckiest people in the building will be folks in the best tiers of seats at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Those ticket-holders are all invited to a post-awards party that will feature 25 different artists in the ACM's annual All-Star Jam. The list includes such acts as Terri Clark, Kellie Coffey, Diamond Rio, Emerson Drive, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Lonestar, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Trick Pony, Phil Vassar, Mark Wills and Darryl Worley. The amazing thing isyou can still get tickets! Of course, the tickets are $300, and you'll probably have to think about airfare and hotel costs. But, hey, if you've got the money, you might want to check it out. For more information, log on to www.mandalaybay.com.
* ACM Adds Four Performers
Terri Clark, Diamond Rio, LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna will perform at the Academy of Country Music awards in Las Vegas on May 21. Kellie Coffey, Jennifer Hanson, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton, Darryl Worley, Emerson Drive, Pinmonkey and NASCAR's Tony Stewart will serve as presenters. Previously announced performers include Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, George Strait and Shania Twain. 4/30/03
* GAC: Batter Up!
-- Great American Country (GAC), will telecast the 13th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on June 20th and June 21st as a part of the network's special Fan Fair coverage. The game will be played on Thursday, June 5 at noon at Nashville's Greer Stadium.
Taking the field will be Vince Gill, Joe Nichols, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Montgomery Gentry, Trick Pony, Clay Walker, Chris Cagle, Lorrie Morgan, Steve Holy, Dean Sams of Lonestar, Tammy Cochran, Sixwire, WSM and WSIX staffers and others.
* Paisley, Andrews Added for Fan Fair
Brad Paisley and Jessica Andrews will take part in the nightly concerts at this year's Fan Fair event, held June 5-8 in Nashville. During the day, fans can also hear performances by the Bellamy Brothers, Bering Strait, Kellie Coffey, the Derailers, Emerson Drive, Rhonda Vincent and Kitty Wells at the downtown riverfront stage. 04/16/03
* ED At The Opry in June
Emerson Drive will perform on the GRAND OLE OPRY Saturday, June 7th, at both shows, including the televised segment.
* ''No Mountain's Too High'' For Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive is featured in the April 15th, 2003 edition of Country Weekly Magazine. The feature has a rock climbing theme, complete with action packed photos.
* Cover Boys!
Emerson Drive is the cover feature on EnterTEENment News. Look for them in the 2003 Feb./March Winter issue! Click here for more details.
* Only God Video
The video for "Only God" is now on CMT US. Go to CMT.com for schedule.
* Week of Awards Shows for Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive was nomnated for best country recording for their CD "Emerson Drive" at the 2003 Juno (equivalent to the Grammys) Awards on Sunday, April 6th. The award went to Shania Twain. Also, Emerson Drive was nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year for the 2003 CMT Flameworthy Awards on Monday, April 7th. That award would go to Joe Nichols.
* WEDDING EPIDEMIC IN EMERSON DRIVE
The band's Pat Allingham married longtime girlfriend Krista Williamson on March 8th and according to MJI, the wedding bug has spread to (former) keyboardist Chris Hartman who has gotten engaged to girlfriend Terri Hofferd.
* Emerson Drive Member Leaves Band
Chris Hartman has decided to leave Emerson Drive for reasons not yet known. Chris, best of luck and you will be missed. Chris will be replaced by fellow Canadian, Dale Wallace. Welcome, Dale.
* Video for "Only God" Is Out
Right now, the video for "Only God" is being played at GAC and CMT Canada. CMT U.S. will be playing it soon.
* Gill, Cagle Suit Up for City of Hope
Vince Gill, Chris Cagle and Montgomery Gentry are among the stars taking part in the City of Hope celebrity softball game on June 5 in Nashville. Steve Azar, Tracy Byrd, Tammy Cochran, Linda Davis, Billy Dean, Emerson Drive, Andy Griggs, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Aaron Lines, Lorrie Morgan, Dean Sams of Lonestar and Clay Walker will also participate. The fundraiser benefits cancer research. 03/17/03
* Emerson Drive Confirmed at Fan Fair
Emerson Drive will be at Fan Fair this year and will have a fan club party, for more information, e-mail Risha at email@example.com
* Emerson Drive Scores a Flameworthy Nomination
Emerson Drive scored a nomination in the "Breakthrough Video of the Year" award for their video "Fall Into Me." Emerson Drive lead vocalist Brad Mates notes, "When 'Fall Into Me' went to No. 1 on the CMT Top Twenty Countdown, it marked our very first No. 1 on a national chart, and now we have our very first CMT Flameworthy nomination. [Director] Trey Fanjoy did a great job with the video. It has all of the elements that Steven Spielberg used in Jaws -- water, sharks and underwater activity." To vote, go here.
* Emerson Drive Receives 1st Ever ACM Nomination!
At the ACM press conference this morning, Emerson Drive received a nomination for Top New Vocal Duo/Group! The award show will air on Wednesday May 21st, 2003 on CBS.
* Emerson Drive Has The #1 Video On CMT Canada!
Emerson Drive's video, "Fall Into Me", made the jump to the number one position on CMT Canada's Chevy Top 20.
* Chat with Emerson Drive
The guys will be hosting a LIVE CHAT this Monday, February 24th at 9pm Eastern Time (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific)! This is your chance to ask the band anything you've ever wanted, but you've gotta be a DreamTeam member to participate. Sign up before Monday night, and we'll see you there!
A BIG INFLUENCE ON EMERSON DRIVE? TIM McGRAW
When we asked Emerson Drive who some of their influences were they first named Tim McGraw.
"Tim McGraw is really a big influence on us," the group says. "When we started we started playing the bars a lot and started learning covers and stuff and what we tried to do was stay away from -- everybody plays the same covers in bars and not a lot of people played Tim McGraw so we did a lot of Tim McGraw stuff. And he's just so cool. He's got a unique voice, great production, great songs, awesome, and he's a really big influence on us."
* QUESTION OF THE DAY
WHY DID EMERSON DRIVE CHANGE THEIR ORIGINAL NAME FROM '12 GAUGE"
TO THEIR PRESENT NAME?
Emerson Drive says, "The first name was 12 Gauge, that's how it first started out and it was funny because we had trench coats, we had cowboy hats, we had boots, we had big 12 Gauge buckles that took up half of our bellies. People loved it but -- yeah, we come from the most redneck part of Canada you can come from I think.
"The Columbine High School shooting happened and we looked just like those guys without cowboy hats, you know. We had trench coats... So we got rid of that image quick. And also there was a rap group down in New York called 12 Gauge and they had sold a few records so we weren't messing with the boys down in the 'hood, so we left that alone and we moved on to Emerson Drive. And Emerson Drive comes from a road back home called Emerson Trail.
* Working Gill
-- Vince Gill's daughter, Jenny Gill, has a new job. According to the Tennessean, the 20-year-old will be the host of a new Canadian-syndicated radio show called Teen Country, which has been picked up by around 25 stations.
Geared toward teens, the program will feature the music of Jessica Andrews, SHeDAISY and other such acts.
Emerson Drive will be Jenny's first co-hosts when the show debuts Feb. 28, reports the paper.
* Flameworthy Nominations
Emerson Drive has two nominations in the first round of the CMT Flameworthy Video awards for their video, Fall Into Me.
Breakthrough Video of the Year Group / Duo Video of the Year
* Emerson Drive Receives JUNO nomination
EMERSON DRIVE RECEIVES JUNO NOMINATION (Official Press Release)
NASHVILLE, TENN., February 13, 2003 DreamWorks Records Nashville recording group Emerson Drive just received news that their debut album, EMERSON DRIVE (release date: 5/21/02), has been nominated for Country Recording of the Year for the upcoming Juno Awards.
The band's debut album, EMERSON DRIVE, entered Billboard's Top Country Albums chart at #13. The album contains both Top 5 singles, "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall Into Me." Their third single, "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)," impacts country radio on March 10, 2003.
Emerson Drive, comprised of Brad Mates (lead vocals), Chris Hartman (keyboards), Danick Dupelle (guitar), Mike Melancon (drums), Pat Allingham (fiddle) and Patrick Bourque (bass guitar), was in the recording studio working on their second album when they heard the news about their nomination.
"Dreams are coming true for Emerson Drive," comments Brad Mates. "We got to play in front of so many new fans in the United States and Canada last year, we've had two Top 5 Country Singles and a #1 video at CMT with 'Fall Into Me', and now, to begin 2003 with a Juno nomination, we couldn't ask for more. This is a tremendous honor for us."
The Juno Awards will be broadcast live throughout Canada from the Corel Centre in Kanata, Ontario on the CTV network on Sunday, April 6, 2003.
Emerson Drive is one of only five new artists that will be performing on the prestigious "New Faces Show" at this year's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, TN on Friday, February 21, 2003.
* Who's that dude with great hair?
Famed producer/former pop star Richard Marx is in town this week to work with new country band Emerson Drive (I Should Be Sleeping).
An exec at Emerson Drive's label put Richard with the boys from Canada to produce a single on the current album. Guess they all hit it off because Richard - who as you know has America's most fabulous hair (for a guy) - is producing the entire new album, due out sometime next year.
Richard says you should look out for a song penned by the incredibly talented (and totally hot) Hillary Lindsey, who co-wrote Martina McBride's Blessed and album cuts for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Terri Clark, Jessica Andrews and Sara Evans.
Richard promises the Hillary song on Emerson Drive's new album will blow you away, destroy you, make you cry for your mama, turn you into a lump of sweaty, quivering flesh.
If not, Richard pledges to shave his head and divide the luscious locks between Tim McGraw and me.
* CMT Interview with Emerson Drive
* Juno Nomination!
Emerson Drive received a Juno (Canadian's Grammy Awards) nomination in the best country recording for their CD "Emerson Drive." Their competition includes Terri Clark, Shania Twain, Doc Walker, and Michelle Wright. See the awards on April 8th on CTV.
* Emerson Drive Plays To Sold Out Crowd
DreamWorks records Nashville recording group Emerson Drive recently played for a sold out crowd at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, MO. Only two artists, the Dixie Chicks and Emerson Drive, have played sold out shows at the popular nightclub during its 10-year history. With more than 1470 tickets sold, it was a great night for Emerson Drive.
The band will release their next single, "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)," from their debut album, Emerson Drive. The single adds to Country radio on March 10.
* New Single News
Emerson Drive's 3rd single, "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)" will be going for adds at country radio on March 10th.
* EMERSON DRIVE ECHOES OF ALABAMA
Seeing Alabama come to a career turning point this week as they retire from the concert trail, reminded me of my first interview with them over 20 years ago. They were making their first visit to the West Coast to radio tour and meet some national media in support of their breakthrough single, "My Home's in Alabama." As they left our studio, I happened to catch them leaving town in their now famous green and white Dodge van pulling an equipment trailer. It was just the four of them, Randy driving, Teddy reading a road map spread out on the dashboard, Jeff and Mark in the back seat as they tried to find their way onto an L.A. freeway for a grueling, 2000 mile trip back home.
Because of that experience the first time I saw country music's newest band sensation, EMERSON DRIVE, it was déjà vu all over again. In a video profile of the six guys, there they were riding in their 15-passenger van that had been their wheels for the last four years. It reminded me instantly of that first meeting with Alabama. When I told them about the comparison, they were pleased to know that a band as great as Alabama had started as humbly as they had. "It's kind of fun to hear about a legend band starting somewhat the same way we have," they said. "It's a good feeling to know we're not the only ones!"
Note: Chart-wise, this appealing group of musicians from Grande-Prairie, Alberta, Canada got off to a better start than the guys from Fort Payne, Alabama. Alabama took three chart records to break out and "My Home's in Alabama" peaked at #17, while Emerson Drive went to ten with their debut release, "I Should Be Sleeping." Of course, Alabama's fourth release, "Tennessee River" was the first of a record-setting 21 consecutive #1 hits, something Emerson Drive would also love to emulate.
* COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
After today, there are just 4 more shopping days to Christmas: Here are some more country star holiday thoughts and memories:
EMERSON DRIVE - Brad Mates (lead vocals) - "The Christmas holidays are my favorite time of year because I get to spend time with my family and friends, they are the most important thing in my life. Having a great support foundation is more special than any present at Christmas!"
Chris Hartman (keyboards) - "I plan on visiting with my family as much as I can, especially since I haven't seen them in over a year. I hope to do a little skiing in the mountains and drink as many of my mother's Christmas slushies as possible!"
Danick Dupelle (guitar) - "I'll get together with all of my family and enjoy some home cooked turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes! I'm planning on getting together with my friends back home and watching a few movies, especially 'The Lord of the Rings.' The holidays are a time for me to relax and get ready for the New Year; I'm looking forward to being busy again!"
Mike Melancon (drums) - "I'm going to spend some time with my Mom, Dad and sister because I haven't been home to see them in about 9 months. I'm also going to eat a lot of food, catch up on my sleep and relax! I'm looking forward to spending some time on the ski slopes snowboarding too!"
Pat Allingham (fiddle) - "I plan on visiting my family and relaxing. I may even go over to Vancouver Island for a week and visit my best friend who I haven't seen in a year. Hopefully I'll be able to do some fishing and I also plan on drinking lots of spiced rum and eggnog!"
Patrick Bourque (bass) - "The greatest thing about Christmas is that I get to see all of my relatives and friends. Hopefully I'll be able to go skiing and snowboarding too!"
* (NASHVILLE, 24 DEC 02) -- The Roughstock Network
(http://www.roughstock.com/) announced their 2002 Single and Album of the
Year awards today, the eighth year that Roughstock has conducted their
fan-voted Roughstock Country Music Awards. Darryl Worley outdistanced the
field with "I Miss My Friend".
Toby Keith earned his second straight Artist and Male Artist of the Year
awards, while Martina McBride lapped the competition to easily win Female Artist of the Year. With two singles in the Top 50, including their debut single, Canadian group Emerson Drive topped Kellie Coffey and Joe Nichols for the Best New Artist award for 2002. Craig Wiseman edged last year's Songwriter of the Year, Troy Verges, for this year's award. Wiseman co-wrote two singles for Kenny Chesney and one for Phil Vassar in taking top honors.
* Five New Faces To Perform at CRS-34
The Board of Directors of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. announced today the artists confirmed to perform at the Year 2003 Country Radio Seminar New Faces Show as part of Country Radio Seminar 34.
The performers at the CRS-34 New Faces Show are:
Steve Azar (Mercury) "I Don¹t Have To Be Me ('Til Monday)"
Tammy Cochran (Epic Records) "Angels In Waiting"
Kellie Coffey (BNA) "When You Lie Next To Me"
Emerson Drive (Dreamworks) "I Should be Sleeping"
Joe Nichols (Universal South) "The Impossible"
CRS 34 takes place February 19-21, 2003 at the Nashville Convention Center.
* E-drive's Thanksgiving Plans
Emerson Drive - will be spending the American holiday at home in Canada with family and friends after performances at the Grey Cup on 11/24, in Calgary on 11/26 and in Grand Prairie, AB on 11/27.
* ED`s Embarrassing Moments
In a recent interview for CSE Magazine, Emerson Drive`s lead singer, Brad Mates, was asked "What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on tour?"
His reply? "I actually just had my most embarrassing about 3 days ago We've been singing 'Devil Went Down To Georgia' for the last seven years. One of the first songs everyone learned. We were up on stage in a town in Pennsylvania and started that song, but started with the wrong verse. All of a sudden I was really into it. I thought oh my God, people are going to love this, and then it suddenly dawned on me that I was singing the wrong verse. Everyone started to look at me. The guys are looking at me. I quit singing, and started laughing at myself, and then the crowd started laughing. I went to the back of the stage, knelt down and shook my head. I came back on to the stage and said 'Hey, I am only normal', and started laughing. It was pretty embarrassing because I've never screwed that song up before."
* Next Single
"Fall Into Me" is still climbing the charts, but there are reports that they next single off the album is "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)."
* SHANIA TWAIN TO SING FOR CANADA'S VERSION OF SUPER BOWL
It took several months of negotiations reports the Edmonton Sun, but the Canadian Football League (CFL), has invited Shania Twain to perform at their Grey Cup 2002 championship game on November 24th. Shania will sing "I'm Gonna Getcha Good" and one other song.
Note: EMERSON DRIVE will headline the pre-game show for the CFL Grey Cup game.
* Emerson Drive Performs for Cystic Fibrosis Cure
The second annual Gibson/Baldwin All-Star Music Bash to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was held Tuesday (October 1) in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Among the celebrities participating in the event were the event`s co-chair Richard Marx, 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey, Emerson Drive, Clint Black and Keith Urban.
Lachey performed some of his group`s biggest hits, along with some new material he recently wrote with Marx. While the pop star admits his appearance was a bit of a favor to Marx, he had a somewhat personal motivation, as Lachey tells LAUNCH: ["The first thing about this event that spoke to me was that Richard had asked me to do it, and if nothing else I would do it as a favor to him, but cystic fibrosis is something I became familiar with as a kid growing up in Cincinnati watching Boomer Esiason play quarterback and his son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and it became a very publicized thing in Cincinnati, so just seeing him on TV and his little boy struggling to breathe and stuff--it really kind of spoke to me, and so it`s something that really I would love to be a part of helping."]
Newcomers Emerson Drive, who recently scored a Top Five hit with their debut single, "I Should Be Sleeping," were personally invited by Marx because oftheir new connection with the songwriter/producer.
According to lead singer Brad Mates, the group was passing through Marx`s hometown of Chicago earlier this year and the `80s pop icon asked that they stopped by to meet him. A few DreamWorks Records executives had also stopped by to meet with Marx and play Emerson Drive some potential singles for their debut album.
Marx was so impressed with both the band and the songs that he got on the phone with DreamWorks and put in a bid to work with them, as Mates explains:
["That day after we left Richard phoned DreamWorks and he said, `Listen, I`m freakin` out over these songs,` and he said, `I just think the band is so cool. I`d love to work with them!` so within three days we were all in Nashville. Richard was producing `Fall Into Me` and `How Lucky I Am` and it turned into be the second single--`Fall Into Me.` Just in the last couple weeks we found out that Richard`s gonna be producing the whole CD. Right before we got introduced to him--a week before--I went out and bought the greatest hits CD of Richard Marx, and here we are now, great friends with him, and he`s gonna be involved in another Emerson Drive record, so it`s very exciting!"]
The $150-per-ticket event included dinner, both silent and live auctions, and a concert. Marx co-chairs the event with his wife, actress Cynthia Rhodes (Dirty Dancing). The mission of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those that have the disease.
-- Margy Holland, Nashville
* Happy Birthday Danick Dupelle
Emerson Drive guitarist Danick Dupelle celebrates his birthday on September 29th!
* Black, Urban Join Richard Marx at Benefit
Clint Black and Keith Urban performed at a benefit concert for Cystic Fibrosis in Nashville on Tuesday night (Oct. 1). Pop star Richard Marx assembled the line-up and harmonized on Urban's hit "Somebody Like You." Other performers included Steve Cropper, Nick Lachey (of pop group 98 Degrees) and Emerson Drive ("I Should Be Sleeping"). Actor Ronn Moss (The Bold and the Beautiful) hosted the dinner concert and charity auction that raised more than $100,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research. Black's wife, Lisa Hartman Black, offered an $8,000 bid -- the highest of the night -- to purchase a Wurlitzer grand piano used during the concert. 10/02/02
* Keepin' It in Drive
After capturing the Rising Star and group-of-the-year awards last month from the Canadian Country Music Association, Emerson Drive are keeping things in high gear with another hit single ("Fall Into Me") and a round of concert dates that will keep them on the road at least through mid-December.
The six-member band, whose debut single, "I Should Be Sleeping," reached No. 4 on the country charts earlier this year, will be playing fairs, clubs and auditoriums around the United States and Canada this fall.
* E-drive Benefit
Come see Richard Marx, Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees, Keith Urban, Clint Black, Steve Cropper and Emerson Drive tomorrow (Monday, September 30th) night at what I'm calling the Opryland Hotel Delta Ballroom. They're raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and it's gonna rock! Call 615-255-1167 for the $150 tix. It includes dinner, drinks and valet parking! Someone call Ms. Cheap!
* Happy Birthday Patrick Bourque!
New Emerson Drive bassist Pat Bourque celebrates his birthday on September 27th!
ED Road Story...
The band had all the tires of their bus slashed Saturday (9/21) night in Jasper, AL!! The local police were able to wake up the rental car employees at 3:00 am to rent vans in which to drive to Burlington, NC. They made it there a 1/2 hour before the show started!! Then Gerry had to drive to Atlanta, buy new tires (as there were none for sale in Jasper, AL) take them back to Jasper, have them put on and then drive to meet up with the guys in Indianapolis, IN. All in all a lot of work, but they didn`t miss a show!
* Emerson Drive in premiere issue of Generation Country
* Emerson Drive to perform in All-Star Benefit
Emerson Drive will be performing in the Gibson/Baldwin All-Star Music Bash featuring Richard Marx and friends on October 1, 2002. Emerson Drive are performing to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. Keith Urban and Clint Black are also on the show.
* EMERSON DRIVE HONORED AT CCMA AWARDS
Nashville, TN (9/10/2002) - After kicking off the Canadian Country Music Awards show with their Top 5 hit, "I Should Be Sleeping," DreamWorks Records Nashville recording group Emerson Drive accepted two awards, the Rising Star Award and the Group Or Duo Of The Year Award.
The CCMA ceremonies took place last night and were broadcast live from Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome on Canada's national CBC network and on CMT: Country Music Television in the United States. Emerson Drive had received five CCMA nominations, including Single Of The Year for "I Should Be Sleeping," Album Of The Year for Emerson Drive, Video Of The Year for "I Should Be Sleeping," Group Or Duo Of The Year and the Rising Star Award, which tied them with veterans Terri Clark, Paul Brandt and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, who received five nominations each.
Chris Hartman (keyboards) and Mike Melancon (drums) were also honored individually with the CCMA's Musician Of The Year Award in their respective instrument categories.
"It was an honor to go home to Canada and be a part of the CCMA's. To win two awards, was something we were not expecting," says Brad Mates, lead vocalist for Emerson Drive. "And in the big picture, if we had not won any awards, to be nominated for our music is a dream come true."
Emerson Drive's first DreamWorks album, Emerson Drive debuted on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart at #13 when it was released on May 21, 2002. The band's debut single, "I Should Be Sleeping," peaked at #4 on both the Billboard and R&R country singles charts. "Fall Into Me," the follow-up single, has already entered the Top 30, only 10 weeks after its release to country radio.
DreamWorks Records is a division of DreamWorks SKG, which was formed in October 1994 by its three principal partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen to produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films; network, syndicated and cable television programming; home video entertainment; records; books; toys; and consumer products.
* Emerson Drive takes home TWO CCMA Awards!
Last night in Calgary at the Canadian Country Music Awards, Emerson Drive kicked off the show with their hit single "I Should Be Sleeping." Later that night, the band took home 5 of the tropies---out of 11 nominations. Their awards were: Duo/Group of the Year. Chevy Rising Star, and All Star Band: Chris Hartman, Keyboards; Mike Melancon, Drums; and Jeff Loberg, Bass. Congrats, Emerson Drive!
* Johnson Leads CCMA Winners
-- Alberta artists dominated the Canadian Country Music Awards, taking home eight of the major awards handed out Monday night.
Leading the pack was Carolyn Dawn Johnson, who took home top female artist, best video and single for I Don't Want You to Go.
Terri Clark made off with the evening's biggest prize, the Fans' Choice -- the only fan-voted award. All the other awards are voted on by the CCMA membership.
Paul Brandt, who also hosted the show, took home two awards, male artist and album of the year for Small Towns And Big Dreams.
Emerson Drive also won a pair of CCMAs -- rising star and group of the year.
Anne Murray was officially inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame last night. "It's all over now, there's no future," joked Murray backstage.
* Emerson Drive on the CCMA`s
The Canadian Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on CMT tonight at 7:00pm CT. Emerson Drive is up for five awards and will open the show with "I Should Be Sleeping".
Emerson Drive Nominations:
Rising Star Award
Group/Duo of the Year
Album of the Year
Single of the Year ("I Should Be Sleeping")
CMT Video of the Year ("I Should Be Sleeping")
* Willie Nelson to Headline the Biggest Country Music Event in Southern California, the 2002 KZLA Country Bash
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 4, 2002--Country 93.9 KZLA has just announced the 2002 KZLA Country Bash -- an all-day music festival with more than 14 country music acts.
Performing artists include Willie Nelson, Lonestar, SHeDAISY, Phil Vassar, Sara Evans, Mongomery/Gentry, Pat Green, Chris Cagle, Cyndi Thomson, Shannon Lawson, Darryl Worley, Emerson Drive and local artists, Fanny Grace and Hank Floyd. There will also be some surprise musical performances and celebrity guest hosts.
The KZLA Country Bash is an all-day festival boasting 14 musical acts on two stages, interactive festival area, games and a sponsor midway. This year's Bash will be at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif.
Tickets for the KZLA Country Bash will go on sale this Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:00 A.M. at all TICKETMASTER locations or by calling one of the local TICKETMASTER Charge-By-Phone numbers: 213/480-3232; 714/740-3232; 805/583-8700; 619/220-TIXS.
* Emerson Drive on the radio
MJI Broadcasting will be airing a nationally syndicated radio interview items with Emerson Drive bi-weekly throughout September. Keep an ear out for it!
* Emerson Drive in MusicBiz Magazine
Emerson Drive will have an album feature in the October issue of MusicBiz Magazine.
* Emerson Drive in FFA New Horizons
Emerson Drive will be featured in the September/October issue of FFA New Horizons magazine. The publication caters to the Future Farmers of America and will be available on September 9th. Emerson Drive will also be performing at the FFA`s Fall Convention.
* Emerson Drive in Country Weekly
Check out the article on Emerson Drive in Country Weekly (on newsstands now). The magazine cover shows The Dixie Chicks. The article on Emerson Drive talks about shooting the new video "Fall Into Me."
* Brandt to host CCMAs
-- Paul Brandt will host this year's Canadian Country Music Awards show Sept. 9 in Calgary.
"This is the third time I've been asked, so I must be doing something right - and with all of the talent on this year's show, I'm sure even I can't mess it up," says Brandt.
Brandt, Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Emerson Drive have 5 nominations each.
Guest stars will include Kenny Rogers and Diamond Rio.
* Homeward Bound
Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive and Paul Brandt have been added to the list of performers at the Canadian Country Music Association's annual awards show, which will be televised live on CMT in the United States on Sept. 9. Others appearing on the show include Diamond Rio, Keith Urban and Kenny Rogers.
* CCMA AWARDS SHOW TALENT
The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has released the initial list of artists confirmed to perform during the 2002 Awards Show. The Awards Show will be held on September 9 at the conclusion of Country Music Week at Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary and will be broadcast that evening on CBC Television. Show producers have confirmed that all of the Fans' Choice Award Nominees will perform live on stage. The 2002 Fans' Choice Nominees include Paul Brandt, Terri Clark, Adam Gregory, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Jason McCoy.
Also scheduled to perform is the multi-nominated group Emerson Drive who achieved breakthrough fame this year in the U.S., reaching a Top 10 slot on the music industry's Billboard Chart. Jimmy Rankin, who in his debut year as a solo artist achieved multiple nominations, is also slated to perform. As previously announced, three renowned country stars will join the Canadians artists to be honored. Kenny Rogers will make his inaugural appearance at the CCMA Awards Show along with Diamond Rio and ACM award winner keith urban.
* It's a Charity Thing
Keith Urban and Emerson Drive will take part in pop singer-songwriter-producer Richard Marx's second annual All Star Music Bash. Guitar great Steve Cropper and 98 Degrees' Nick Lachey also will perform at the event, which is set for Oct. 1 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Last year's concert raised more than $85,000 for cystic-fibrosis research.
* NEW TUNE SALOON EMERSON DRIVE - "FALL INTO ME"
"Fall Into Me" is a song with a lot of harmony, a catchy melody and great
lyrics, says Emerson Drive's guitarist Danick Dupelle. Lead singer Brad
Mates adds, "Fall Into Me" personifies Emerson Drive. From vocals to
instrumentals - it's all there." This song was co-written by Danny Orton
and Jeremy Stover.
* Carolyn Dawn Johnson Added to CCMA Awards Show
Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Terri Clark and Paul Brandt have been added to the list of performers at the 2002 Canadian Country Music Association Awards show set for Sept. 9 in Calgary. The three are nominated with Adam Gregory and Jason McCoy in this year's Fans' Choice category. The show will also feature appearances by Diamond Rio, Emerson Drive, Kenny Rogers and Keith Urban. The awards show will be telecast on CMT. 08/13/02
* Happy 24th Birthday, Mike
Emerson Drive drummer, Mike Melancon, celebrates his 24th birthday on Tuesday, August 13th. Happy Birthday to Mike!
* Goodbye, Jeff -- Hello Patrick
Emerson Drive bassist, Jeff Loberg, has decided to leave the band to work on his songwriting career. Jeff has been replaced by Patrick Bourque, who has already started touring with Emerson Drive. To keep updated with Jeff, go to Jeff's page and join the Jeff Loberg Yahoo! discussion group. Jeff's song "I See Heaven," is on Emerson Drive's debut album.
* CCMA NOMINEE LIST HERALDS FORMAT NEWCOMERS AND AFFIRMS FAN FAVOURITES
CANADIAN COUNTRY AWARDS SET FOR SEPTEMBER 9TH
The 2002 nominee list for the Canadian Country Music Awards signals
significant success and accomplishment for Canada's latest stars-on-
the-rise. 2001/02 saw a great number of Country recording artists
breakthrough onto the music charts, and for the first time as
nominees for Canadian Country's prestigious annual awards.
While perennial fan favourites, Alberta's Terri Clark and Paul Brandt
received 5 nominations each, and last year's 10 time nominee (5 time
CCMA award winner) Albertan Carolyn Dawn Johnson received 5 in this
her second year of eligibility - newcomers and fellow Albertans
Emerson Drive answered with a total of 5 category nods.
CCMA President Randy Stark noted that "while Canada's favourite
artists obviously deliver the music and excitement fans love, the
number of newcomers in 2002 sends a powerful message about the
future. 2002 may just be the launch year for many Country stars."
Over the coming weeks members of the Canadian Country Music
Association make their vote count in a total of eleven categories,
and the results, including the fan-voted category Fans' Choice and
the Top Selling Album category based on sales, will be broadcast
during the Canadian Country Music Awards this September. The Awards
will be held at Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome Monday September 9th
and broadcast live at 8pm on CBC and in the U.S. on CMT, with a later
re-broadcast by CMT in Canada.
The annual celebration will include live performances from many of
this year's final list of nominees, to be named in coming weeks.
Guest stars on stage will also include performances from one of
country's music all-time greats, Kenny Rogers, along with Country
super-group Diamond Rio, and ACM award winner, Keith Urban.
A complete list of 2002 Canadian Country Music Award Nominees
2002 CCMA Award Nominees
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
I Should Be Sleeping Emerson Drive **
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Emerson Drive Emerson Drive **
CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
I Should Be Sleeping Emerson Drive **
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Emerson Drive **
RISING STAR AWARD
Emerson Drive **
2002 CCMA Industry Award Nominees
MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Gerry Leiske (Emerson Drive) **
2002 CCMA Musician Award Nominees
Mike Melancan **
Jeff Loberg **
Danick Dupelle **
Chris Hartman **
Pat Allingham **
* "Fall Into Me" Debuts on CMT and CMT Canada
Tune into CMT and CMT Canada for the new video by Emerson Drive. This video was shot at an aquarium, and has Brad in an cameo acting role.
* "Fall Into Me" at Radio Now
Call your local radio stations and request E-drive's "Fall Into Me." This is their second single from their self-titled debut album. The song went to radio July 1st.
* Emerson Drive shoot new video
The boys were in Newport, KY a couple weeks ago to shoot their latest video, "Fall Into Me." Filmed at the Newport Aquarium, the video features not only features Emerson Drive, but many aquatic creatures as well. Country Weekly was there so look for pictures in an upcoming issue.
* Check out Country Weekly`s Fan Fair issue
The July 23rd issue of Country Weekly will feature "Hot New Acts To Watch" and Emerson Drive is certainly that! You won`t want to miss the exclusive pix (shot at Nashville Shores on May 13th).
* EMERSON DRIVE DEBUTS ON THE OPRY
Emerson Drive have been calling Nashville their home base for a while, so it
was a thrill for them to finally appear on the Grand Ole Opry this past
weekend. The band performed their top 5 hit, "I Should Be Sleeping" and
their upcoming single "Fall Into Me."
* Win a Trip to Nashville to see Emerson Drive!
Win a trip for 2 to see Emerson Drive perform at the Wildhorse Saloon & meet the band from Countrystars.com! Must be at least 21 and a U.S. resident. Go here to enter.
* ED Interview At MadBlast.com
To listen to an interview with Emerson Drive's Pat Allingham (fiddle), visit MadBlast.com.
* Emerson shifts into high gear
By ANIKA VAN WYK -- Calgary Sun
They should be sleeping, but Emerson Drive doesn't have the time.
The six-piece band from Grande Prairie is too busy shining their star south of the border as their first single, I Should be Sleeping, rockets up the charts, cracking the Top 10.
* New Emerson Drive Video
Country Weekly magazine was thrilled to show up at the filming of the latest Emerson Drive video "Fall Into Me." The issue to feature the coverage is undecided. Look for it to come soon.
(DreamWorks Nashville-- 5/30/2002)
* More Coverage For Emerson Drive
Coming soon, EnterTEENmentNews.com will feature information and photographs of the boys. Look forward to the summer issue of EnterTEENment News magazine due August 1, 2002 for an Emerson Drive feature story.
(DreamWorks Nashville--- 5/28/2002)
* Emerson Drive Is Entertainment
The guys of Emerson Drive hit the airwaves on the CNN "Daily News @ Entertainment Weekly" program on May 21, 2002.
(DreamWorks Nashville--- 5/23/2002)
* Emerson Drive Chats With Jeff Foxworthy
Jeff Foxworthy's syndicated radio show will air an interview with Emerson Drive in mid June. Stay tuned for exact dates.
(DreamWorks Nashville--- 5/23/2002)
* Emerson Drive shoot new video
The boys were in Newport, KY a couple weeks ago to shoot their latest video, "Fall Into Me." Filmed at the Newport Aquarium, the video features not only features Emerson Drive, but many aquatic creatures as well. Country Weekly was there so look for pictures in an upcoming issue.
(DreamWorks Nashville--- 5/18/2002)
* Check out Country Weekly's Fan Fair issue
The July 23rd issue of Country Weekly will feature "Hot New Acts To Watch" and Emerson Drive is certainly that! You won't want to miss the exclusive pix (shot at Nashville Shores on May 13th).
(DreamWorks Nashville--- 5/15/2002)
* Emerson Drive on CNN!!
CNN recently interviewed Emerson Drive for the "Daily News@Entertainment Weekly" show. This interview is scheduled to air the week of May 20th.
(DreamWorks Nashville--- 5/15/2002)
* EMERSON DRIVE GIVE UP NASHVILLE APARTMENTS
A couple of months back Canadian band, EMERSON DRIVE, gave up the Nashville apartments they moved into a couple of years back. They gave up the pads not because they're struggling but because they're doing great.
"Well, we got work visas to come down and we did get some apartments 2 years ago. And in the last 6 or 8 months we've been in Nashville a total of probably a week and a half worth of days so we just decided to get rid of them. So we moved out and if we're back we'll just stay in hotels," says the group.
* Set Your Alarm Clock
Emerson Drive will make their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. Before they take the stage, they'll chat online with fans. Log on at 8 p.m. CDT and ask them about their big night, or about their hit single, "I Should Be Sleeping.
* EMERSON DRIVE LEARNING FROM ALAN JACKSON
Not long ago Emerson Drive opened for Alan Jackson and learned lessons about how top stars SHOULD treat those opening artists.
Drive fiddle player Pat Allington says he was particularly blown away by how a superstar like Jackson treated them. "There's been a few artists out there that have been very, I'd say, accommodating, and very easy to work with when we've opened for them. Alan Jackson, I was so blown away by his humbleness and his crew was so fun to work with. So, there are artists out there that are superstars but they're so down to earth. It's good to see that they don't get big heads and it's something we want to work towards is staying down to earth and staying true to everybody out there."
* What band had their band name tattooed on themselves when they first visited Nashville?
A few years back a Canadian band named .12 Gauge made their first trip to Nashville trying to get a record deal. While in music city the guys all had the band's name "12 Gauge" tattooed on their bodies. Cool...except they have since changed their name to EMERSON DRIVE. The group says it's weird enough for them to have that old name scrawled on their bodies, "But, it must be really weird for the drummer they had at the time that has since left the group," says the band.
* They should be chatting
New group Emerson Drive, which has a Top 10 hit with its debut single, "I Should Be Sleeping", should be chatting this Friday on opry.com. Joining the new group at Opry Chat Live is longtime Opry favorite Jack Greene. To chat, just visit opry.com beginning at 8 p.m. Central Friday nights.
* "Emerson Drive" in Stores TODAY!
Emerson Drive's self-titled CD is in stores TODAY (May 21)! The CD contains the top-10 hit "I Should Be Sleeping" and the new single "Fall Into Me." Go get a copy!
* Emerson Drive on GAC's Country Request Live
Emerson Drive are guests on today's (May 21) Country Request Live. The show is guest hosted by Chalee Tennison
* They Should Be Playing
Emerson Drive, whose self-titled debut hits stores Tuesday, are thrilled producer James Stroud wanted them to perform on the entire album. "It doesn't happen so often anymore in Nashville that you get a band that plays on its own records," singer Brad Mates tells Billboard. "That's what we are proud of."
* Win It Before You Can Buy It!
American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley and Dreamworks Nashville offer a "Win It Before You Can Buy It Weekend" Emerson Drive, one of the newest groups to hit the Country Music Chart, will release their self-titled debut CD on Tuesday, May 21st, 2002. However, fans of American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley and www.acctop40.com have an opportunity to 'win it before they can buy it.'
* SOLUTION FOR ROAD PROBLEM UNDER EMERSON DRIVE'S NOSE
Emerson Drive ("I Should Be Sleeping") thought they were stranded when their bus ran out of diesel fuel between Pittsburgh, and Johnstown, PA. After several frantic calls to find somebody in the area that could bring them some fuel, bass player Jeff Loberg volunteered to walk to the nearest place they could get help. Within 5 minutes, Loberg came running back to the tour bus with a big grin on his face. Loberg had found a diesel fuel slip tank by a construction site 25 yards away. The guys made their way to the tank, borrowed some fuel and took off in time to make it to their show. Look for the band to be in a city near you soon and don't forget... "If you see a zebra-striped bus stranded on the side of the road, please stop and help us," Loberg adds with a laugh.
(The band's self-titled debut album is in stores next Tuesday, May 21st.)
* EMERSON DRIVE BEATING THE ODDS
The odds are way against a band that began in high school surviving intact long enough to make it big in Nashville seven years down the road. But, that's just what Emerson Drive has been able to do, keeping together four out of the six original teenaged members (Brad Mates, Jeff Loberg, Pat Allingham and Chris Hartman).
"I mean I think the odds of a high school band staying together are even more remote than high school sweethearts getting married," says Brad.
"It just worked. Like Chris and I, we've known each other since we were 8 years old and we've all been in the same group of guys. When we go home, we pretend to be taking a break from each other but when we go home it's like "What are you up to?" OK, let's go to the club and watch a band and hang out with our buddies. It's always going to be that way I think."
Two original members did drop out and four years ago Danick Dupelle and Mike Melancon came on board.
* ED to make VERY FIRST Opry visit!
Emerson Drive will make their inaugural performance at the legendary Grand Ole Opry on Friday, May 31, 2002. They will perform "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall Into Me." As part of this appearance, the band will be chatting online at www.opry.com between 8:00-8:30 PM (CDT).
(EmersonDrive.com) -- 5/4/2002
* Need a shave?? Let the guys help...
An upcoming issue of Country Weekly will feature Emerson Drive shaving the head of their booking agent, Jeff Gregg. Seems that Jeff made a little wager and when the band's first single, "I Should Be Sleeping" cracked the TOP 10, it was time to pay up!!
(EmersonDrive.com) -- 5/3/2002
* CMT was there when ED did a little shaving...
When Emerson Drive's debut single "I Should Be Sleeping" crossed into the TOP 10 on the country radio charts, their booking agent extraordinare, Jeff Gregg, made good on his promise to radically alter his hairstyle. CMT News was there to capture the guys shaving Jeff's head. All we can say is that Jeff now has a low maintenance summer hairstyle!! This feature is set to air the week of May 13-17, 2002.
(EmersonDrive.com) -- 5/2/2002
* Emerson Feature in Country Weekly
The May 28th issue of Country Weekly includes a feature of "I Should Be Sleeping." This issue will be on sale May 14th.
(EmersonDrive.com) -- 5/1/2002
* GAC Album Release Special
Great American Country filmed Emerson Drive's April 19th performance at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, CO. This live concert will air in several weeks to coincide with the release of the album.
(EmersonDrive.com) -- 4/25/2002
* GAC Announces Video Rotations For The Week
Great American Country adds two new videos this week: Anthony Smith's "If That Ain't Country" and Rebecca Lynn Howard's "Forgive."
Here are the "Elite Rotations" for the week:
Steve Azar "I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday)"
Tammy Cochran "I Cry"
Emerson Drive "I Should Be Sleeping"
Alan Jackson "Drive (for Daddy Gene)"
Toby Keith "My List"
Lonestar "Not A Day Goes By"
Tommy Shane Steiner "What If She's An Angel"
Travis Tritt "Modern Day Bonnie And Clyde"
* WNKT Charleston Plans "Band On The Run" With Emerson Drive
Cat Country 1075 in Charleston, South Carolina just completed its second annual "Quest For A Million Pennies" for the children of the M.U.S.C. Children's Hospital.
This year, WNKT more than doubled the goal of 1,000,000 pennies, and the station now plans to turn all attention on thanking its' listeners. To do so, Cat Country is going to do something that has never happen before in the Charleston area. It's called "Band On The Run" with Emerson Drive on May 29th.
Cat Country had promised from the beginning of the eight week campaign to throw a thank you concert with Dreamworks' band Emerson Drive on May 29th, but two of the Super Wal-Marts really overperformed during the campaign beyond any high goals set by the station. So, now the station will surprise it's listeners by announcing they will do two shows on May 29th in what WNKT-FM is billing as "Cat Country's Band On The Run Thank You Concerts."
One concert will be at the Oakbrook Super Wal-Mart in Summerville at 6 pm, and a second show will happen at the Goose Creek Super Wal-Mart at 8 p.m.
"May 29th will be a pretty special day for us at Cat Country," said WNKT-FM PD Loyd Gary Ford. "Thanks to Scott and the great people of Dreamworks and Emerson Drive, we will be allowed to reward two of the largest communities and Wal-Marts in the Charleston area with a free concert on the same day."
* EMERSON DRIVE ADDS LATE ARRIVING TRACKS TO ALBUM
You've heard the saying the game "ain't over until it's over," right? Well,
for Emerson Drive it's the album "ain't finished until it's finished."
That's because for the last couple of months they began working with pop
singer/songwriter Richard Marx who produced a couple of songs for them. And,
according to MJI, the songs came out so well, they bumped a couple of other
songs to include them on their self-titled debut album that comes out May
21st. (You can reserve an autographed copy of the CD right now at
* One on One with Emerson Drive
Go One on One with Emerson Drive and Countrystars.com! Read here!
* EMERSON DRIVE SURVIVE REALITY CHECK ON FIRST NASHVILLE TRIP
May marks the 7th year since Emerson Drive came together as a band in Grande-Prairie, Alberta, Canada. All the members were still in high school at the time, and just a couple of years later these big fish in a small pond thought they were good enough to give Nashville a try.
The band tells is, "We came down in '97. We thought we were good, but basically everyone we met said 'Hey, you guys have got a lot of energy, it's a good show but you need to go home and practice.'" Instead of being devastated by this dose of reality, these guys took that advice.
"We took it, we took their word for it and we went back home and we practiced and practiced and that's when we hit the road really hard. Hit the road 300 days a year, 6 days a week, 5 sets a night and toured the whole Canadian country. And then down here in the U.S. for the last couple years too, playing every club you can think of." In short, they paid some real dues and by January of 2000 they showcased in Nashville, resulting in an offer from DreamWorks Records.
* EMERSON DRIVE CANADIAN REDNECKS?
Canadian redneck sounds like an oxymoron, but not to the guys of EMERSON DRIVE who say they came from the most redneck part of Canada. The band formed in Grande-Prairie, Alberta, Canada. And, for years they were known as 12 Gauge, a real Western looking group that became very popular in their home turf.
"The first name was 12 Gauge, and it was funny because we had trench coats, we had cowboy hats, we had boots, we had big 12 Gauge buckles that took up half of our bellies," describes the group.
"The first picture shoot we had a shotgun in the picture. Our bass player wasn't wearing a shirt, holding a shotgun over the top and it was hilarious. We had a great time with it, we had a pretty cool image for where we were from. People loved it, we come from the most redneck part of Canada you can come from I think.
* Emerson Drive on The WB??
The WB Network will feature an all country week in May. Each video of the day segment will highlight current country artists, so look for Emerson Drive's "I Should Be Sleeping" (set to air on Monday, May 6th).
* Beer Run
George Jones, Aaron Tippin and Tracy Byrd will headline Detroit's 20th annual Budweiser Downtown Hoedown, set for May 17-19 at the city's Hart Plaza. Steve Holy, David Ball, Kevin Denney, Emerson Drive, Jeffrey Steele and Pinmonkey are among the others set to play the festival.
* Opry Sighting
Emerson Drive is going to be at the Grand Old Opry on May 31, 2002 with IIIrd Tyme Out and Jim Ed Browne
* EMERSON DRIVE'S MOVE TO NASHVILLE MADE TOUGH BY INFLATION
Emerson Drive ("I Should Be Sleeping") tells us getting noticed in Nashville
was made twice as tough by inflation. "We began saving up money in Canada to
make a trip each Summer to Nashville to try to get noticed. But, because of
inflation, we had to save twice as many Canadian dollars so we could make
the trip to Nashville," the group explains. The group made a name for
themselves in Canada as 12 Gauge, but changed their name after the Columbine
High shooting. "We named ourselves after a street back home called 'Emerson
Trail' and changed that to 'Emerson Drive.'" (Check back next week for my
Nashville One-On-One feature spotlighting Emerson Drive and reserve an
* RESERVE YOUR AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF EMERSON DRIVE
New country act, Emerson Drive, release their self-titled first release on
May 21, but you can reserve an AUTOGRAPHED copy right now at
* Coming soon on CountryStars.com:
EMERSON DRIVE SWEEPSTAKES
We'll keep the pedal to the metal with EMERSON DRIVE and give you a chance
to win cool merchandise and autographed collectibles from DreamWorks
Nashville to celebrate the release of their debut albumstay tuned for your
chance to win!!
* EMERSON DRIVE ALBUM PREMIER ON GAC!
Keep your mouse tuned to CountryStars.com and mark your calendar for the
weekend before the big album release for a special album premier from
EMERSON DRIVE! The album premier will include a high-voltage, live
performance and exclusive interviews only on GAC!
* New Single
The follow up to "I Should Be Sleeping" is called "Fall Into Me." The single and video set to release tentatively in May.
* CD Release
Emerson Drive's self-titled CD, featuring their smash hit, "I Should Be Sleeping," is set for release on Tuesday, May 21st.
* Join the Emerson Drive Virtual Street Team!
The street team is to help promote Emerson Drive's music and while doing so, win cool prizes. To join, go here.
* Emerson Drive hits with a sleeper
When Lisa Drew told Shaye Smith, ''I should be sleeping,'' she meant she ought to be sleeping instead of trying to write a song, but the two writers eventually turned the idea into a love song and the first hit for the group Emerson Drive. The idea first surfaced at a three-way writing session with artist/writer Carolyn Dawn Johnson. --- More