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July 18th, 2012
Hey Romeo Nominated for Multiple CCMA Awards, including Fans’ Choice Award
Toronto, ON – 2011 Group of the Year Hey Romeo have been nominated for the 2012 Fans’ Choice Award, Group of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Additionally Hey Romeo members also received nominations for “Keyboard Player of the Year” (Rob Shapiro), “Guitar Player of the Year (Darren Gusnowsky)”, “Drummer of the Year (Brad Tebble)” and “Bass Player of the Year (Curtis Ebner)”.
Fan’s Choice Award, voting opens this July 18th, 2012 until Friday, September 7, 2012 where fans can vote for their favourite artist online at www.ccmas.org. The winner will be announced at the CCMA Awards, which will broadcast live from Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Sunday, September 9, 2012.
Hey Romeo released their third studio album, Twist of Fate (Royalty Records), on June 26, 2012. The new record was co-produced by Hey Romeo and Byron Hill (Gary Allan, Gord Bamford) and features 12 songs including the first single, “Jump Back In.” Recently, they joined country icon Gord Bamford on select dates during his cross-Canada tour and hosted the first annual Alberta Country Music Awards at Westerner Park in Red Deer. They have also opened for legendary country acts including Sugarland and Johnny Reid, making a name for themselves within the Canadian country music industry.
Last year was particularly memorable for the band, garnering a win for Group of the Year at the CCMA Awards and keyboardist Rob Shapiro received an All-Star Band Award for Keyboard Player of the Year for the third year running. In 2010 Hey Romeo’s sophomore album, That’s What I Am, sparked five hit singles including “Searchin’ For You,” which went Top 20 on both the Mediabase and BDS charts, and “That’s What I Am” peaked at #13 on the Billboard Canada Emerging Artist chart. A year after the release of their debut album, the band took home a 2008 CCMA Award for Top New Group of the Year.
In addition to their Fans’ Choice nomination, Hey Romeo will be performing at the CCMA FanFest on September 8 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Established in 1976, the CCMA is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization’s efforts is Country Music Week – an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada’s country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Awards were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada’s unique culture.
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