Emerson Drive

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Emerson Drive
Also known as 12 Gauge
Origin Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Genres Country
Years active 1995–present
Labels 12 Gauge
DreamWorks Nashville
Midas/Valory
Open Road
Amdian Music Co.
Nine North
QuarterBack
The Talent Associates
Website www.emersondrive.com
Members Brad Mates
Danick Dupelle
Mike Melancon
Dale Wallace
Past members Pat Allingham
Chris Hartman
Jeff Loberg
Dan Binns
David Pichette
David Switzer
Remi Barre
Derrick Kuzemchuk
Dan Bauman
Patrick Bourque

Emerson Drive is a Canadian country music band founded in 1995. The band is Brad Mates (lead vocals), Danick Dupelle (guitars and backing vocals), Mike Melancon (drums), and Dale Wallace (keyboards and backing vocals).

Early on, the band found minor success in Canada, releasing two albums under the name of 12 Gauge. The first album, Open Season, was a product of winning a local "Battle of the Bands" contest. They then charted two singles on the Canadian country charts and a music video on CMT. By 1999, they changed the name to Emerson Drive, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to find a major label record deal. Emerson Drive recorded two albums on the DreamWorks Records label, and charted several hits on both the U.S. and Canadian country music charts. After DreamWorks' collapse in 2005, Emerson Drive signed to Midas Records Nashville, where they resumed their streak of hit singles, including their first Number One single in "Moments". In summer 2008, Midas Records closed their country division. Emerson Drive then signed with The Valory Music Co. and the CD which Emerson Drive had been working on, Believe, became a co-partnership with Midas Records, who kept ownership of the CD while The Valory Music Co. was in charge of promotion and distribution of Emerson Drive and Believe.

History[edit]

12 Gauge[edit]

Emerson Drive was formed under the name of 12 Gauge in February 1995 when Brad Mates entered a talent contest at his local high school in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Through the contest, Mates met fiddler Pat Allingham and keyboardist Chris Hartman. Mates, Hartman, and Allingham decided to form a band with guitarists Dan Binns and David Switzer, bass guitarist Jeff Loberg, and drummer Remi Barre. The band started practicing in Mates' basement and entering singing contests. In 1996, the group entered a local "Battle of the Bands" contest and won the opportunity to write and record an EP titled Open Season.

12 Gauge began work on first studio album, Until You Walk the Tracks, the following year. Throughout 1997 and 1998, the group had been touring around Canada to support their album and charted two songs in Canada, including the top 40 single, "Some Trains Never Come", which peaked at No. 36 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in 1998. Both singles featured music videos that received airplay on CMT Canada. In early 1998, the group received a nomination for Top New Group or Duo at the RPM Big Country Awards, but lost to Montana Sky.

By this time, Switzer had left the group and drummer Remi Barre had been replaced by Derrick Kuzemchuk. Soon after the release, Binns left the group. He was replaced by Dan Bauman, who stayed with the band for just over a year. By the end of 1998, Binns and Kuzemchuk left the group. Shortly after, the band hired Gerry Leiske as their manager, replacing previous manager Lionel Allingham, who was Pat Allingham's father. Leiske introduced the band to guitarist Danick Dupelle, who had been performing with Canadian country trio Farmer's Daughter, whom Leiske also managed. Drummer Mike Melancon was also brought in to replace Kuzemchuk .

Name change to Emerson Drive[edit]

As the band had been finding success in Canada, they decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee for an American record deal. When attempting to gain a record contract in Nashville, the group was forced to change their name due to an American rap group already owning the name 12 Gauge. The band settled on Emerson Drive, which was named for the Emerson Trail that crosses Western Alberta and joins the Alaskan Highway.[1]

The group caught the attention of executives at DreamWorks Records, who signed the group to a record deal in 2000. Emerson Drive's debut American single, "I Should Be Sleeping", was released in November 2001. The song went on to become a top five hit for the group on the Billboard Hot Country Single & Tracks chart in 2002, peaking at No. 3. "I Should Be Sleeping" also cracked the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 35. Emerson Drive's debut album was originally scheduled to be released in January 2002, but was delayed when DreamWorks executives found two new songs and brought in singer-songwriter Richard Marx to produce.[1] The album was eventually released in May 2002. The album debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 108 on the Billboard 200. The album's second single, "Fall into Me", one of the two new songs Marx produced, was issued in late 2002 and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Beginning in August 2002, the band went through member changes with departure of bassist Jeff Loberg, who exited the group to focus on his songwriting. Loberg was replaced by Patrick Bourque shortly after. Keyboardist Chris Hartman was replaced by Dale Wallace after he left to return to school in early 2003. By June 2003, Pat Allingham left the group to spend more time with his family and was replaced by David Pichette.

What If?[edit]

Emerson Drive once again recruited Richard Marx to produce their second album, What If?. The album's first single, "Waitin' on Me", was released to Canada only in late 2003 and followed shortly by "Last One Standing", released in both Canada and the United States, in January 2004. While the band recorded their second album, they opened most North American shows on Shania Twain's Up! Tour. The tour began on September 25, 2003 and ended on July 10, 2004. The group's second album was released in June 2004 and debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Despite having success in Canada, the band was struggling in the United States and were dropped from DreamWorks in late 2004. Universal Music Group closed the struggling DreamWorks Nashville the following year. The group was able to release two more singles from What If? in Canada through Universal Music Canada in 2005.

New label and release of Countrified[edit]

In late 2005, Keith Follesé and Brad Allen were launching a new record label, Midas Records Nashville, when they heard Emerson Drive. Follesé and Allen quickly signed the band to the label and began working on Emerson Drive's third album. Country band Alabama's Teddy Gentry and veteran Nashville musician and songwriter Josh Leo were brought in to produce the band's fifth album, Countrified, which was released in September 2006, debuting at No. 30 on the Billboard Top Country Songs chart.

The album's first single, "A Good Man," reached No. 17 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in late 2006 and was followed by "Moments", which gave the group their first number one single. Emerson Drive became the first Canadian based group to reach number one and the fifth Canadian act overall. "Moments" was followed in Canada by the top five hit "Testify" and in the United States by the top 25 hit "You Still Own Me", a cover the 2004 Johnny Reid single.

Death of Patrick Bourque, and release of Believe[edit]

Patrick Bourque, formerly the band's bass guitarist, resigned from the band in August 2007 for an unknown reason. On September 26, of that same year, he was found dead in his Montreal, Quebec home. At the time, the cause of death was not released by police and was eventually determined to be a suicide. The members of Emerson Drive learned of his death while traveling to a concert in Valentine, Nebraska. In November, the band talked with CBC News saying they had known that Bourque had been unhappy, but "nobody could do anything for him".[2] The band recovered from Bourque's death and began recording their sixth album in 2008, with Arlo Gilliam as touring bassist.[3]

In November 2008, the band released their first new single, "Belongs to You", on Midas and new label Valory Music Group, which began to promote the band in mid-2008. The song peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in March 2009 and the new album, Believe, was delayed. The album eventually came out in May 2009 in Canada only. Due to a dispute with the band's record label, Midas Records, the album was not released in the United States at the time.[4] Despite this, the group has achieved three more top ten hits in Canada with "Believe," "I Love This Road," and "The Extra Mile." The band left Valory Music Group and Midas in 2009.[5] The first single, "That Kind of Beautiful", was released in Canada in June 2010 and was released in the United States in August.[5] During this time, the band signed with Open Road Recordings which will release and promote the band's music in Canada.

Decade of Drive[edit]

Open Road Recordings released the band's first greatest hits album, Decade of Drive, on February 8, 2011 in Canada.[6] The album's first single, "When I See You Again", was released in November 2010.[6] The song was written as a tribute to deceased member Patrick Bourque.[6] The album will feature the band's biggest hits and new previously unreleased songs.[6] A deluxe edition with acoustic recordings and another unreleased track is also expected to be released at a later date.[6] During January 2011, Emerson Drive signed with Quarterback Records to release their next American single, "Let Your Love Speak", to U.S. radio on February 28, 2011.[7] The band began the Decade and Driving Tour on February 8, 2011 in Canada with stops in several cities and towns across Canada.[7] The United States leg of the tour will begin in Evansville, Indiana on April 8.[8] The album's third single "Sleep It Off" released to Canadian country radio in August 1, 2011.

Roll[edit]

Emerson Drive's seventh studio album, Roll, was released on October 30, 2012.[9] The album's first single, "She's My Kind of Crazy," released to Canadian country radio on July 9, 2012. The album's second single, "Let It Roll" (with Doc Walker) released to Canadian country radio on October 23, 2012. The album's third single, "With You" released to Canadian country radio in March 2013. The album's fourth single, "She Always Get What She Wants" released to Canadian country radio in June 2013.

In May 2013, David Pichette announced he would depart the band to focus on his family.[10] Pichette plans to stay active behind the scenes with the band but will no longer tour.[10]

Personnel[edit]

Members
Lineups
1995-1998 1998 1998 1998-2002
  • Pat Allingham - fiddle
  • Remi Barre - drums
  • Dan Binns - guitars
  • Chris Hartman - keyboards
  • Jeff Loberg - bass
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • David Switzer - guitars
  • Pat Allingham - fiddle
  • Dan Binns - guitars
  • Chris Hartman - keyboards
  • Jeff Loberg - bass
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • Derrick Kuzemchuk - drums
  • Pat Allingham - fiddle
  • Chris Hartman - keyboards
  • Jeff Loberg - bass
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • Derrick Kuzemchuk - drums
  • Dan Bauman - guitars
  • Pat Allingham - fiddle
  • Chris Hartman - keyboards
  • Jeff Loberg - bass
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • Danick Dupelle - guitars, backing vocals
  • Mike Melancon - drums
2002-2003 2003 2003-2007 2007–2013
  • Pat Allingham - fiddle
  • Chris Hartman - keyboards
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • Danick Dupelle - guitars, backing vocals
  • Mike Melancon - drums
  • Patrick Bourque - bass
  • Pat Allingham - fiddle
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • Danick Dupelle - guitars, backing vocals
  • Mike Melancon - drums
  • Patrick Bourque - bass
  • Dale Wallace - keyboards, vocals
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • Danick Dupelle - guitars, backing vocals
  • Mike Melancon - drums
  • Patrick Bourque - bass
  • Dale Wallace - keyboards, vocals
  • David Pichette - fiddle
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • Danick Dupelle - guitars, backing vocals
  • Mike Melancon - drums
  • Dale Wallace - keyboards, vocals
  • David Pichette - fiddle
2013-present
  • Brad Mates - lead vocals
  • Danick Duppelle - guitars, backing vocals
  • Mike Melancon - drums
  • Dale Wallace - keyboards, vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization[11] Category Result
1998 RPM Big Country Awards Top New Group or Duo (as 12 Gauge) Nominated
2002 Billboard Magazine Year End Awards Top New Artist Won
Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Won
Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award Won
Album of the Year – Emerson Drive Nominated
Single of the Year – "I Should Be Sleeping" Nominated
CMT Music Video of the Year – "I Should Be Sleeping" Nominated
Radio & Records Year-End Awards Top New Artist MVP Won
2003 Academy of Country Music Top New Vocal Group or Duo Won
Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Won
CMT Flameworthy Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year – "Fall into Me" Nominated
Juno Awards Country Recording of the Year – Emerson Drive Nominated
2004 Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
CMT Music Video of the Year – "Last One Standing" Nominated
2005 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
2006 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
CMT Music Video of the Year – "A Good Man" Nominated
2007 Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Group Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Won
CMT Music Video of the Year – "Moments" Won
Album of the Year – Countrified Nominated
Single of the Year – "Moments" Won
Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
Music Video of the Year – "Moments" Nominated
Inspirational Country Music Awards Video of the Year – "Moments" Won
Juno Awards Country Recording of the Year – Countrified Nominated
2008 Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Group Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
CMT Online Awards No.1 Digitally Active Group of the Year Nominated
Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
Dove Awards Special Event Album of the Year – Songs 4 Worship: Country Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals – "Moments" Nominated
2009 Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
2010 Juno Awards Country Album of the Year – Believe Nominated
2011 Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
2012 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
2013 Juno Awards Country Album of the Year – Roll Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year – Roll Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Constant Touring Does the Trick for DreamWork's Emerson Drive. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Emerson Drive remembers Patrick Bourque". CBC News. November 15, 2007. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  3. ^ Peebles, Frank (30 July 2008). "Country up-and-comer to open for Randy Travis". Prince George, BC, Canada: The Prince George Citizen. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "The young and the tireless". St. Joe Live. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  5. ^ a b "Emerson Drive Start Their Own Record Label". The Boot. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Country Stars Emerson Drive Announce 33-City Canadian Tour And Hits Package". Emerson Drive official website. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  7. ^ a b "Emerson Drive Announces Partnership With Quarterback Records". All Access. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  8. ^ Emerson Drive >> Tour
  9. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (October 1, 2012). "Emerson Drive Has New Music Ready to 'Roll'". The Boot. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Roughstock. May 6, 2013 http://www.roughstock.com/blog/roughstock-exclusive-david-pichette-leaves-emerson-drive |url= missing title (help). Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ Emerson Drive >> Awards & Nominations

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