Discovery Program

In 2013, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) introduced the CCMA Discovery Program to educate and support artists in their pursuit of a career in country music. This program enhanced the previous CCMA New Artist Showcase to include bringing all selected artists to Toronto for Music Industry Discovery Week, a Mentorship opportunity and a CCMA Discovery Showcase during Country Music Week.


The mandate of the CCMA Discovery Program is to create a national program to support country music artists to reach their potential by providing educational, mentorship, networking, and exposure opportunities.

The CCMA is pleased to announce the top six finalists for the 2014 CCMA Discovery Program: 

David James

david_james.jpgKnown best for his powerful, smooth vocals, and a unique blend of country rock, David James pairs his electrifying voice with an unrelenting pursuit of making each performance better than the last. David’s unique delivery and memorable musical stylings have been generating him acclaim from coast to coast.

FACEBOOK: davidjamesmusic
TWITTER: @real_davidjames


The Lovelocks

lovelocks.jpgSoaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry strings – this is The Lovelocks (MDM Recordings Inc./Universal Music Canada), a female, alt-country duo comprised of Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman. A band to watch, their 2014 self-titled debut EP release hit #2 on the iTunes country charts on the day of its release.

FACEBOOK: Thelovelocks
TWITTER: @Heylovelocks


Jordan McIntosh

Jordan-McIntosh.jpgJordan McIntosh has been singing since he was 8 years-old. Jordan’s talent and ability was first discovered on YouTube; and he’s been very active in developing his music career ever since. Now 18, Jordan recently released a single, “That Girl”.

FACEBOOK: JordanMcIntosh
TWITTER: @JordanMcIntosh


Emily Reid

Emily-Reid.jpgEmily Reid is a fresh-faced, country-folk artist with a sound rooted in her west coast upbringing, meshed with the soul and polish of Nashville. Components of Emily’s performances have drawn comparisons to several well-known artists; including Kacey Musgrave’s writing, Emmy Lou Harris’ soul and Dolly Parton’s stamina.

FACEBOOK: emilyreidmusic
TWITTER: @EmilyReidMusic


Tanya Ryan

Tanya-Ryan.jpgTanya Ryan is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and bass player currently residing in Okotoks, Alberta. Tanya has received several titles from competitions throughout Alberta and was showcased on CMT Canada's "Big in a Small Town”. She has opened for talented Canadian artists including: Aaron Lines, High Valley, Dallas Smith and Duane Steele.

FACEBOOK: tanyaryanmusic
TWITTER: @tanyaryanmusic


Nicole Scott

Nicole-Scott.jpgWhether it's singing along with Toby Keith on his new single “Drinks After Work”, or performing across North America, Nicole Scott has been busy putting her voice on the map. The power of Nicole's voice paired with her songwriting skills make this young Canadian the future of country music.

TWITTER: @Nscottxo


Look for updates on the 2014 CCMA Discovery Program and its finalists via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To view the complete CCMA Discovery program Overview, click here.