Artist Updates: Brett Kissel, Donovan Woods, Tanya Tucker, Cherie Oakley

Brett Kissel Takes Home Juno For Country Album Of Year

Brett Kissel was awarded the Juno award for Country Album of the Year for his album, We Were That Song from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in London, Ontario on March 17. This is the second Juno win for Kissel, who won in 2014 for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Just a few days prior to winning the Juno, he was awarded a Gold record for his single “Anthem” (his seventh Gold record) and a “Double Road to Gold” plaque by CIMA, where he was one of the few artists to qualify in the 12-month eligibility period, for his massive 2018 “We Were That Song” tour that saw him perform over 110 dates in every province and territory in Canada.


Donovan Woods’ Both Ways Receives Juno For Contemporary Roots Album Of Year

Donovan Woods also picked up a 2019 Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for last year’s Both Ways. Donovan recently dropped the stand-alone song “Go to Her,” which was recorded during the Both Ways sessions. He’s about to embark on a short run of U.S. tour dates, visiting Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Los Angeles.


Tanya Tucker Launches New Tequila, Cosa Salvaje

Photo: Steven Lyon

Tanya Tucker is getting into the spirits business, launching Cosa Salvaje Tequila with founder Elle France.The silver spirit distilled by the family-owned Partida Distillery in Jalisco, Mexico is from very mature Blue Agave plants, which results in a smooth, crisp taste. Every Cosa Salvaje bottle is handmade out of recycled glass. “Cosa Salvaje translates as “wild thing” in Spanish.

“I used to be a wild thing, now I just drink a wild thing! I truly love the taste of Cosa Salvaje and certainly wouldn’t be partnering with it if it didn’t pass my taste test. All my friends did a blind test with different tequilas and Cosa Salvaje was the hands down winner, so I know everyone else is going to enjoy it as much as I do. What’s even more important to me is how the agave and distilling process is environmentally conscious, so we’re taking care of our planet too,” Tucker said.


Cherie Oakley Joins PLA Media Roster

Cherie Oakley has joined the PLA Media roster. Oakley recently launched her debut single “Work It” which she penned with Mark Oakley and David Fanning. The single was produced by Dann Huff and Huff’s daughter Ashlyne choreographed the dance scenes in the clip, which made its world broadcast premiere last week on The Country Network.


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