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Emerson Drive

Emerson Drive began in the western Alberta town of Grand Prairie, where singer Brad Mates, bassist Jeff Loberg, fiddler Pat Allingham, and keyboardist Chris Hartman began honing their sound as high-school talent-show competitors. After everyone came on board, they chose the name 12 Gauge, refurbished a rickety old school bus, and began gigging throughout Canada. Eventually guitarist Danick Dupelle and drummer Mike Melocon joined up, and new manager Gerry Leiske sent the young sextet out on the road yet again. The six hard years of touring paid off when a Nashville showcase impressed industry powerhouse Dreamworks into offering a contract in 2001. The band's self-titled debut arrived in May of the following year. Produced by Richard Marx, the album was a slick pop-country affair that had as much in common with boy bands like BBMak as it did with country new traditionalists such as Mark Wills.

Emerson Drive won the CCMA for Group or Duo of the Year in 2007.
Brad Mates likes to iron, vacuum and do his hair, when the band is not on stage during their free time. Danick Dupelle likes to go to the movies.
Emerson Drive was nominated for the CMA award for Video of the Year for "Moments, and Vocal Group of the Year in 2007.
They won CCMA's Group or Duo of the Year Award in 2002.
Singles they had when they were 12 Gauge: "Hopeless Guy", Love's a Trip", and "Some Trains Never Come".
When they were 12 Gauge their discography was: "Open Season", and "Until You Walk The Tracks".
Emerson Drive toured with Shania Twain in 2004.
Emerson Drive band members: Brad Mates (lead vocals), Dale Wallace (keyboards), Danick Dupelle (guitar), David Pichette (fiddle), Mike Melancon (drums), and Patrick Bourque (guitar).
They won CCMA's Rising Star Award in 2002.
They won R&R's #1 top new artist MVP for 2002.
Singles include: "I Should Be Sleeping", "Fall Into Me", "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)", "Waitin' On Me", "Last One Standing", "November", "If You Were My Girl", "Still Got Yesterday", "A Good Man", "Countrified Soul", and "Moments"
They won Billboard's top new country artist of the year in 2002.
Emerson Drive is a Canadian country music band that was first named 12 Gauge.
They won the #1 spot on CMT's top 20 countdown with the video "Fall Into Me."
Emerson Drive won ACM top new vocal group/duo in 2003.
Their discography: includes "Emerson Drive", "What If?" and "Countrified".
The members of Emerson Drive are Nashville Predators fans, and they have a celebrity blog at



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