Tim Hicks

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Tim Hicks
Canadian-country-artist-tim-hicks.jpg
Background information
OriginSt. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active2012–present
Labels
Websitewww.timhicksmusic.com

Tim Hicks is a Canadian country music singer-songwriter from St. Catharines, Ontario.[1] Since he released his debut single "Get By" in 2012, he has charted eighteen top ten hits on the Canada Country chart. Hicks’ catalogue of releases include: Throw Down, 5:01, Shake These Walls, and New Tattoo.

Hicks has earned four nominations for the JUNO Awards.[2] He has also won a CCMA Award,[3] earned two platinum selling singles, seven gold singles (including "Loud"), one gold album, and two No. 1 chart topping singles "What A Song Should Do", and "No Truck Song".

Personal life[edit]

At the age of six, Hicks started taking music lessons at the Ontario Conservatory of Music in Niagara Falls.[4] Tim is married to Amanda Hicks, and together they have 2 children. Hicks currently splits his time between Nashville, Tennessee and his hometown in Ontario.

In 2002, Hicks graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Psychology.[5] During his time at the University of Waterloo, Hicks spent his spare time playing at open mic nights across the Waterloo Region.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Early in his career, Tim Hicks used his love for music and a desire to learn as a way to hone his talent. He built a loyal and dedicated fan base in his home town of Niagara Falls, ON by frequently playing at the local pubs and wineries. This is what led to him being discovered by Open Road Recordings.[5]

Record Deal and Throw Down[edit]

In 2011, Hicks signed a deal with his record label Open Road Recordings.[5] Since then, he has been consistently writing songs and releasing music.

After he signed with Open Road Recordings, Tim had the chance to open for Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee on the “Boys Of Fall" tour in 2012.[6]

In 2013, Tim Hicks released his debut album Throw Down, which featured his debut single "Get By" that has since been certified Platinum.[7] “Get By” landed in the Top 10 at Country Radio in less than 8 weeks and became his first GOLD single.

“Get By” performed well on the digital charts as the #1 selling Canadian Country single for more than 17 weeks.[8] An impressive milestone for a new Canadian country artist.

According to Mediabase, Tim was the most played debut country artist in 2013 and was also the best selling digital Canadian country artist of the year.[9]

“Stronger Beer”[edit]

One of the tracks “Stronger Beer” from Tim’s Throw Down album is a humorous take on the comparisons of Canadian and American cultures.  

Although the song was never released as a single, a lyric video was released March 8, 2013, and became a cultural hit. The song has gone on to become an ‘anthem’ of sorts with over 10 million streams and was certified Platinum in Canada in May 2017.[10]  

“Stronger Beer” remains his most popular song to be performed at his concerts, particularly on Canada Day.

5:01, 5:01+, and Tim Hicks[edit]

Tim’s sophomore album 5:01 was released August 5, 2014. This album featured the Top 10 singles “Here Comes The Thunder”, "She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore”, and “So Do I”.  

In 2014, it was announced that Tim would join Dierks Bentley’s “Riser" tour as an opening act for its Canadian dates.[11]

An extended version of 5:01 called 5:01+ was released on July 10, 2015 with four new songs, including the Top 10 hit “Young, Alive and in Love”. “Young, Alive and in Love” also reached Top 10 in Australia on the CMC Top 50 charts.  

Later in the Fall of 2015, Tim headlined his first Canadian national tour called the “Get A Little Crazy Tour”, with openers Cold Creek County and Jason Benoit.

Tim Hicks, a combination of hits from Throw Down and 5:01+, was released in Australia and New Zealand on Jan 28, 2016 through ABC Music. This album reached #4 on the iTunes charts.[12]

Shake These Walls and “Shake These Walls” Tour[edit]

Tim’s next album Shake These Walls was released Sept 9, 2016. It was produced by CMA and Grammy nominee Corey Crowder. This album Featured the Top 10 singles “Stompin’ Ground”, “Slow Burn”, “Slide Over” and “Forever Rebels”.  

In 2017 Tim Hicks headlined his second nationwide tour, called the “Shake These Walls Tour”.[13]  

CMT TV aired a special on the “Shake These Walls" tour titled “Tim Hicks Sudbury Sunday Night”.  This special was nominated for a CCMA Award and Certified for two CIMA Road Gold Awards.[14]

New Tattoo and “Get Loud” Tour[edit]

In 2018, Hicks was presented with the first Nielsen Compass Award at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards.[15] This award recognizes an artist for the most total content plays including streams, single and album sales as well as total social media following. He won this award again in 2019.[16]

In March 2018, Tim joined Brantley Gilbert’s tour as an opening act throughout Western Canada.

In June 2018, Tim released his fourth studio album New Tattoo and announced his “Get Loud” tour. His first single “LOUD” from this album was licensed by the NHL across North America. The song was used on Sportsnet and NBC Sports in various promotional segments.[17]

The “Get Loud” tour was his third headlining national tour in Canada and featured Tebey, Madeline Merlo, and Andrew Hyatt as opening acts.[18] For this tour, he partnered with PLUS1 and donated $1 from every ticket sold to the Unison Fund.  

His next single from New Tattoo "What A Song Should Do" became his first number 1 song at Canadian country radio.[19] This song also reached number one on Australia’s CMC Chart.

By the end of 2018, it was announced that Tim was the 7th most played Canadian country artist for that year.

Wreck and “Wreck This Town World Tour”[edit]

In early 2020, Hicks announced the “Wreck This Town World Tour” along with a digital release of Wreck a 3-song EP which included the single "No Truck Song". “No Truck Song” was produced by Jeff Coplan and co-written by Tim Hicks, Jeff Coplan, and Bruce Wallace.[20]

"No Truck Song" became Tim’s second number one single at Canadian country radio.[21] Hicks expanded on his previous EP with a 6-track extended play Wreck This released on June 26, 2020.[22]

Discography[edit]

Hicks performing live at CMT Hitlist 2013 tour in GM Centre, Oshawa ON

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
CAN
[23]
Throw Down
  • Release date: August 27, 2013
  • Label: Open Road
16
5:01
  • Release date: August 5, 2014
  • Label: Open Road
7
Shake These Walls
  • Release date: September 9, 2016
  • Label: Open Road
15
New Tattoo
  • Release date: June 22, 2018
  • Label: Open Road
27

Live albums[edit]

Title Details
Tim Hicks Live[25]
  • Release date: May 19, 2017
  • Label: Open Road

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
AUS
[26]
Tim Hicks
  • Release date: March 5, 2013
  • Label: Open Road
94
Wreck This
  • Release date: June 26, 2020
  • Label: Open Road
Campfire Troubador
  • Release date: May 21, 2021
  • Label: Open Road

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Certifications Album
CAN Country
[27]
CAN
[28]
2012 "Get By" 9 57 Throw Down
2013 "Hell Raisin' Good Time" 8 59
"Buzz, Buzz, Buzzing" 8 94
2014 "Got a Feeling" (featuring Blackjack Billy) 14 62
"Here Comes the Thunder" 9 69 5:01
"She Don't Drink Whiskey Anymore" 10 91
2015 "So Do I" 8 87
"Young, Alive and In Love" 11 5:01+
2016 "Stompin' Ground" 7 Shake These Walls
"Slow Burn" 8
2017 "Slide Over" 2
"Forever Rebels" 10
2018 "Loud" 4 New Tattoo
"The Worst Kind" (featuring Lindsay Ell) 17
2019 "What A Song Should Do" 1
2020 "No Truck Song" 1 71 Wreck This
"Wreck This Town" 43
2021 "The Good, the Bad and the Pretty" 26 Campfire Troubador
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN Country
[27]
2015 "One Horse Town"
(with the Road Hammers)
41 The Squeeze

Other songs[edit]

Year Single Certifications Album
2013 "Stronger Beer" Throw Down

Music videos[edit]

Year Video[citation needed] Director
2013 "Get By" Jason Lupish
"Hell Raisin' Good Time" Steven Goldmann
"Buzz, Buzz, Buzzing" Warren P. Sonoda
2014 "Got a Feeling" (featuring Blackjack Billy) Adam Rothlein
"Here Comes the Thunder" Adam Rothlein
"She Don't Drink Whiskey Anymore" The Edde Brothers
2015 "So Do I" Brent Bergerson
"Young, Alive and In Love"
"One Horse Town" (with The Road Hammers)
"I'll Be Home for Christmas but I'll Be Drunk" Joel Stewart
2016 "Stompin' Ground"
"Slow Burn" Ross Kolton
2017 "Slide Over" Gavin Michael Booth
2018 "Loud" Peter Zavadil
"The Worst Kind" Ben Knechtel
2019 "What A Song Should Do" Lee Levin / Adam Rothlein
2020 "No Truck Song" Adam Rothlein

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result Ref
2013 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Nominated [3]
2014 Juno Awards of 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated [2]
Country Album of the YearThrow Down Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Won [38]
Album of the Year – Throw Down Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Hell Raisin' Good Time" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "Got a Feeling" Nominated
Country Music Association of Ontario Male Artist of the Year Won [39]
Album of the Year – Throw Down Nominated
Single of the Year – "Get By" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Get By" Nominated
2015 Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year Nominated [40]
Album of the Year – 5:01 Nominated
Interactive Artist of the Year Nominated
Country Music Association of Ontario Single of the Year – "Here Comes The Thunder" Nominated [41]
Video of the Year – "She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore" Nominated
Songwriter of Year – "Here Comes The Thunder" Nominated
2016 Canada Music Week's Live Music Awards Breakthrough Touring Artist of the Year Nominated [42]
Canadian Country Music Association Interactive Artist of the Year Nominated [43]
Country Music Association of Ontario Fans’ Choice Nominated [44]
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year – 5:01+ Nominated
2017 Male artist of the Year Won [45]
Album of the Year – Shake These Walls Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Stompin’ Ground" (with Todd Clark, Gavin Slate and Travis Wood) Nominated
Fan's Choice Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year Nominated [46]
Interactive Artist or Group of the Year Nominated
2018 Fan's Choice Award Nominated [47]
Juno Awards Country Album of the Year – Shake These Walls Nominated [48]
Country Music Association of Ontario Fans’ Choice of the Year Nominated [49]
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "Slide Over" Nominated
Video of the Year – "Slide Over" Nominated
2019 Canada Music Week's Live Music Awards Video of the Year – "The Worst Kind" Won [50]
Juno Awards Country Album of the Year – New Tattoo Nominated [51]
Canadian Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Nominated [52]
Album of the Year – New Tattoo Nominated
Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Country Music Association of Ontario Male Artist of the Year Won [53]
Fans’ Choice of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "Loud" Nominated
Album of the Year – New Tattoo Nominated
Video of the Year – "The Worst Kind" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Loud" Nominated
2020 Canadian Country Music Association Songwriter(s) Of The Year - "No Truck Song" (shared with Jeff Coplan, Bruce Wallace) Nominated [54]
Video Of The Year - "No Truck Song" Nominated
2021 Country Music Association of Ontario Fans' Choice Pending [55]
Male Artist of the Year Pending
Music Video of the Year - "No Truck Song" Pending
Single of the Year - "No Truck Song" Pending
Songwriter(s) of the Year - "No Truck Song" (with Jeff Coplan, Bruce Wallace) Pending

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