Countdown to the CCMA Awards – Q&A with Autumn Hill

By: Jenna Melanson

Only two more sleeps until the BIG day, and of course by that I mean the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Halifax, which are taking place on Sunday, September 13. That being said, many are out enjoying Country Music Week right now, as the series of events started yesterday, with various showcases and concerts happening throughout the days leading up to the show!

Here, at Canadian Beats we have been supplying you with a series of countdown interviews featuring some of the nominees. So far, we have featured Tim Hicks, Madeline Merlo, High Valley, MacKenzie Porter and now, it’s time for Autumn Hill!

Autumn Hill is a country duo made up of Tareya Green and Mike Robins. The duo has been part of the country music scene for some time now and I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of their songs. Autumn Hill is nominated for Group or Duo of the Year for the 2015 CCMA Awards, give a read to the Q&A below to find out what they have to say!

As a Canadian country musician, being nominated for a CCMA is a huge accomplishment, how did you feel when you found out that you were nominated?

I felt very grateful and excited! It’s an honour to be acknowledged by the Canadian Country community, this nomination means so much to me!

There has been a few “CCMA Songwriters’ Series” that took place throughout Nova Scotia, called “The Road To Halifax”, what can you tell us about your songwriting?

Sometimes songs are written very quickly, like Return Policy, and sometimes they take years to fully write themselves, like Never Be Mine. The process can be different every time.

If you were asked to give a rising Canadian country star some advice, what would that advice be?

Focus on writing great songs! 

Canada has a hugely talented Country music scene; can you suggest an up & coming artist that you think we should all be on the lookout for?

Abby Stewart! She’s fantastic! 

One thing that is a major marketing innovation these days is social media, making it possible for artists to connect with their fans by a simple touch of the keyboard. Do you feel this is a vital tool that all artists should partake in?

Absolutely! It is the fastest, easiest way to connect with your fans!

There are so many great performers taking the stage at the CCMA awards in Halifax, NS, which are you most looking forward to? 

Johnny Reid

What’s up next for you?

We are excited to take our new album, Anchor on the road! 

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Thank you so much for all your love and support! You mean the world to us!


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