For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2013
2012 CCMA AWARD WINNERS HEY ROMEO SIGN EXCLUSIVE BOOKING DEAL WITH
INVICTUS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Toronto, ON – Canadian Country Music Association Award winners Hey Romeo announce the signing of their exclusive booking deal with Jim Cressman and Invictus Entertainment Group. With the reputation as one of Canada’s hardest working country bands, Hey Romeo joins a roster at Invictus that includes Terri Clark, George Canyon, Emerson Drive and more. The trio’s current single, “Maybe You Remember Me Now,” off their third studio album, Twist Of Fate, is climbing the country charts entering the Top 30 on Mediabase this week. Signed to Royalty Records, Hey Romeo consists of Stacie Roper (vocals), Darren Gusnowsky (guitar) and Rob Shapiro (keyboards).
“Royalty is thrilled to have Jim Cressman and his team at Invictus sign Hey Romeo to their roster,” says Rob Smith, President / CEO of Royalty Records. “Jim has been a long time supporter of the band and we at Royalty would like to thank him for his belief in Hey Romeo.” Rob Shapiro, keyboardist for Hey Romeo continues, “We have great respect for Jim and his amazing team and are all excited to be a part of the Invictus family.” Cressman, President of Invictus Entertainment group, adds, “I admire this band for their perseverance and their work ethic. Glad to have them as part of our elite team of clients.”
Following the release of Twist of Fate, Hey Romeo took home Group or Duo of the Year at the 2012 CCMA Awards, an award they also won in 2011. Additionally, they received nominations for Fans’ Choice Award and Interactive Artist of the Year. The group joined country icon Gord Bamford on select dates during his 2012 cross-Canada tour and hosted the first annual Alberta Country Music Awards at Westerner Park in Red Deer. Known for spending much of their career on the road, Hey Romeo has shared the stage with artists including Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Johnny Reid and Marty Stuart.
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” which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Canada Emerging Artist chart. A year after the release of their debut album, the band’s perseverance paid off when they took home a 2008 CCMA Award for Top New Group of the Year.
Invictus Entertainment Group
Invictus Entertainment Group takes a focused and concentrated approach with our boutique agency. Our agency is committed to bolstering brand recognition and extracting maximum revenue opportunities for our clients.
In addition to strategic planning and execution of touring initiatives, Invictus has developed alliances and partnerships to explore commercial endorsement opportunities, as well as film and television placements for our sterling roster of clients.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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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