Ambush (band)

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Ambush
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country
Years active 1993 (1993)–present
Labels Chancellor Music, 306
Website getambushed.com
Members Mark McDonell
Kris Lafontaine [2014-present]
Tom VanCoughnett [2012-present]
Past members Jef Leeson [1993-1998]
Glenn Desjardines [1998-2005]
Skip Layton [1993-2005]
Jim Wright [2005-2012]
Riq Turner [2005-2014]

Ambush is a Canadian country music group, formed in 1993 in Ottawa, and now[when?] based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Biography[edit]

The original line-up (from 1993 to 1999) consisted of Skip Layton (drums), Jef Leeson (bass guitar and lead vocals) and Mark McDonell (guitar and vocals).[1] They met while working as the backup band for Ottawa-area singer Dennis Whitty, and derived the name Ambush from the name of Whitty's backing band, 'Bushwacker'. The original line-up recorded three cover albums, in 1993, 1994 and 1995 (produced by singer Leeson and released on his independent label Chancellor Music), before recording their first CD in Nashville over 1995 and 1996, with producer-writer Cyril Rawson. These recordings yielded modest regional hits with "Since She Got Back From Texas" and "Girls Like That". In 1997, a 3-track CD featuring the songs "Let's Go Crazy Girl", "Since She Got Back From Texas" and "Don't Let It Hit You on the Way Out" (all originally from their 1996 debut CD) was released, which included new vocals and remixes by Chad Irschick at Inception Sound Studios in Toronto.

Leeson left the band in November 1999 to pursue a solo career and record production work.[2] He was replaced by Glenn Desjardine Nov.1999-Nov.2001, who was in turn was replaced by Riq Turner in Nov. 2001. Layton departed in October 2005, replaced by Jim Wright. Wright left the band in October 2011, to be replaced by Tom VanCoughnett.

In 2006, the band released a studio album entitled I Wanna Go Home with You. This album included singles such as “This Could Be The Night”, “Too Hot For Words” and “Anything To Rock You”. With the success of this album the band decided to record another album. At the 2007 CCMA Awards, the band made the transition from the “small-town-local-bar-band” to the nominees for Group of the Year. In 2009, Ambush released their self-titled studio album, Ambush.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
On Stage
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Chancellor Music
  • Formats: Cassette
Hard to Say No
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: Chancellor Music
  • Formats: Cassette
Kickin' Up a Fuss
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Chancellor Music
  • Formats: Cassette
Ambush
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Chancellor Music
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Ambush (EP)
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: Chancellor Music
  • Formats: CD, cassette
I Wanna Go Home with You
AMBUSH: Live 3
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download
AMBUSH: Live 4
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download
Ambush
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: 306 Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Ambush Classics
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
1995 "Since She Got Back from Texas" Ambush (1995)
1996 "Girls Like That"
2000 "Don't Give Up" N/A
2003 "Till You" I Wanna Go Home with You
2005 "Party Like a Rock Star"
"This Could Be the Night"
2006 "I Wanna Go Home with You"
"Anything to Rock You"
2007 "In This Room" Ambush (2009)
2008 "Wasn't That a Party"
"Drive"
2009 "She Doesn't Come Close"
"Small Town"
2010 "Take My Picture"
"My Little Girl"
2013 "Daddy Come Home" N/A
2014 "Summertime Crazy"
2015 "Little Big Man"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
2006 "This Could Be the Night"
2007 "In This Room"
2009 "She Doesn't Come Close"

Achievements[edit]

  • Champions of the CMT reality series Plucked (2006)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2006 Canadian Country Music Association Independent Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
2007 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
Independent Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
2008 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "In This Room" Nominated

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