CCMA Awards Media Room Q&A with Presenters, Performers & Nominees

Sunday night, September 10, 2017, while the SaskTel Centre was full of Country Music fans attending the 41st Annual Canadian Country Music Association Awards inside the arena, a select group of media people were busily working behind the scenes. Canadian Beats was once again granted the accreditation to be there. While our Nanci Dagg was capturing many great photos of the night’s winners, I was up by the podium for the Q&A sessions.

Here are some of the Presenters, Performers and Nominees that made their way in to see us.

Tebey is one of Canada’s best songwriters, having written for both Canadian and American Country Music Artists. He was one of the Presenters at this year’s CCMA Awards and was the first to stop in the chat with us.

American Country Music Artist, Eric Paslay, was a Presenter at the CCMA Awards with Tebey. He chatted with us about being in Canada during Canada150 and more.

When you think of Aaron Pritchett, you know there’s a good time involved! He brings the party no matter where he goes. He was nominated for Male Artist of the Year, Video of the Year for “When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl” and Scott Cooke, producer for his album, The Score was up for Record Producer(s) of the Year. We are thrilled that Aaron has had such a good year! Here, he tells us of his journey to the CCMA’s with his lovely lady, Jessie travelling in Gertie, a 1973 VW Bus.

James Barker Band in another group that has had a fantastic year! Nominated for Album of the YearGame On, Group or Duo of the Year, SIRIUSXM Rising Star, Single of the Year – “Lawn Chair Lazy” and Video of the Year and Songwriter(s) of the Year – “Chills”. They put on a great performance during the award show! We were happy to have them stop by to talk to us.


Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.

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