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Nova Scotia artists at the JUNOs

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Nova Scotia Artists land nine JUNO nominations. CARAS released the 2007 JUNO nominations in Toronto on Tuesday, and Nova Scotian artists picked up a total of 9 nominations. The following is the list of nominees.

1. Gordie Sampson – Songwriter of the Year
"Jesus Take The Wheel" - Brett James / Hillary Lindsay - SOME HEARTS - Carrie Underwood (Arista/SONY BMG)
"Words Get In The Way" - Troy Verges / Aimee Mayo - DANGEROUS MAN - Trace Adkins (Capitol Nashville/EMI)
"Crybaby" - Carolyn Dawn Johnson / Troy Verges - LOVE & NEGOTIATION - Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Angeline/Universal)
A recording artist and producer, Sampson is also recognized as an award-winning songwriter. Sampson continues to write for other artists, while working on his next solo album. Gordie is also nominated for two Grammy awards, which will be awarded Sunday February 11, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

2. George Canyon - Country Recording of the Year
Somebody Wrote Love - Reiny Dawg*Universal
The 2004 Nashville Star runner-up signed a record deal with Universal South and released One Good Friend that same year. He went on to win a 2005 JUNO for Country Recording of the Year, along with several Canadian Country Music Awards and East Coast Music Awards. His follow-up album is Somebody Wrote Love

3. AMP Members: Matt Mays – Adult Alternative Album of the Year
When The Angels Make Contact Sonic*Warner
Produced by Mays and El Torpedo drummer Tim Jim Baker, the work combines influences that range from straight-up rock through hip hop and electronica. The album is the soundtrack to Mays’ ambitious film about J.J. Carver, a heartbroken man searching for his missing love. The film was shelved, but the album was released in November 2006.

4. AMP Members: In Flight Safety – Video of the Year
Coast Is Clear - Dead Daisy*Outside
The Halifax-based quartet’s first full-length album, Coast Is Clear, is a superb cinematic pop experiment that tugs at your heartstrings. The band worked on five tracks with producer Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Matthew Good, 54-40), and then returned home to work with Laurence Currie (Sloan, Ghandarvas).

5. AMP Members: Classified – Rap Recording of the Year
Hitch Hikin' Music - URBNET*Fontana North
His latest release, Hitch Hikin’ Music, is the follow-up to Boy-Cott-In The Industry, which sold more than 10,000 units. Classified won a MMVA for Best Rap Video, an ECMA for Rap Recording of the Year, and a 2006 JUNO Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year. The new album features 17 tracks, all self-produced, and featuring MC collaborations with Jay Bizzy, Maestro, and others.

6. AMP Members: Sloan – Rock Album of the Year
Never Hear The End Of It - murderecords*SONY BMG
Blink and there’s a different singer, a different person on drums. Four different configurations, they are each comfortable at whatever post they guard. Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott have now been together as Sloan for 15 years. Never Hear The End Of It is the band’s eighth studio album and contains songs that clock in at 56 seconds, 5 minutes, and everywhere in between.

7. Lennie Gallant – Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo
When We Get There - Revenant*Fontana North
Gallant is a storyteller, and on his new recording, When We Get There, he takes the listener on a literary and musical adventure. From the opening departure song "The Gypsy" to the closing instant classic "The Innkeeper," he masterfully weaves his tales. A native of Rustico, a village on the north shore of PEI, he grew up surrounded by music, stories and dramatic scenarios. Gallant now resides in Halifax.

8. Donna and Andy – Children’s Album of the Year
Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me - Red Castle Publishing*CD Baby
Donna Rhodenizer and Andy Duinker create something for everyone — adult folk music, original songs, and children’s music in a variety of styles. In addition to singing, Donna plays keyboards and violin, and Andy sings and plays the guitar and various novelty items. In 2004, the duo won an ECMA for Children’s Recording of the Year for the CD Computer Cat.

9. Natalie MacMaster – Instrumental Album of the Year
Yours Truly - Foreign Media Group*KOCH
The Cape Breton native continues to stun crowds around the globe with her feverish fiddling and mesmerizing step dancing. Each new album displays a creativity and range that constantly expands the boundaries of the genre. MacMaster, who picked up the fiddle at age 9, became one of the youngest people ever to be named a member of the prestigious Order of Canada.
The Juno Award winners will be announced on CTV April 1, so make sure to tune in and cheer on our artists!

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