Canadian Country Music Award nominees, High Valley, have announced that they will be joining Emerson Drive this March, opening for all shows on the eastern leg of the 2011 Decade and Driving Tour.
The first stop will be on March 16 in Sarnia, Ontario, where they will be performing songs off of their two previous albums.
“We’ve been wanting to get back out to the East Coast for a long time,” says Brad Rempel, High Valley’s lead vocalist. “Being Western Canadian boys it’s a great opportunity for us to expand our territory and make new fans across this awesome Country. It’s great to be joining Emerson Drive on their Ontario and Maritime dates!”
The Alberta-based brothers stepped into the spotlight with the release of their sophomore album. While recording in studio they had the opportunity to work with Canadian music star Paul Brandt and Nashville-based Sean Neff (Rascal Flatts), who assisted in producing the new album. Additionally, in fall of last year the trio were nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) in the Rising Star category.
In addition to working with Brandt and Neff, the band has opened shows for a number of superstar acts, including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes and Reba McEntire helping them garner considerable recognition in the country music industry. The band’s previous independent album, Broken Borders, was named the Album of the Year at the 2001 GMA Canada Covenant Awards in the country category and the hit “Back to You” was awarded Country Song of the Year.
High Valley’s debut single “I Will Stand By You” had great success on the Canadian airwaves last year, reaching the Top 15 on Country radio and the Top 10 on CMT’s Chevy Cross Canada Countdown. Recently, the band’s hit single was nominated for Country Single of the Year at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. The winner will be announced at Canadian Music Week this March, in Toronto.
The cross-country tour coincides with the release of Emerson Drive’s first-ever greatest hits package, Decade of Drive, and will give audiences an in-depth look at the group’s history through a set list that will showcase music from their early recordings to now. Canadian alt country star, Ridley Bent opens for the western leg of the tour.