News & Events




Press Release



September 30, 2010

Grammy nominated band Emerson Drive to perform at Cowley College on Nov. 4


Emerson DriveWith the release of its fourth studio album, Believe, Emerson Drive secures its place as the premiere band in contemporary Country music. Emerson Drive will be performing at Cowley College on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now and can be purchased in the Humanities Office in the Brown Center on the Cowley College campus or by calling 620-441-5570. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Gold cards will not be accepted at this concert.

The album, Believe, produced by Josh Leo and Teddy Gentry (of the legendary country band Alabama), showcases all of the attributes that have fueled the group's long, steady rise through the country ranks--lead singer Brad Mates' passionately expressive vocals; the extraordinary musicianship of band mates Danick Dupelle (guitar), Dale Wallace (keys), David Pichette (fiddle) and Mike Melancon (drums); the quintet's ability to choose first-rate songs, coupled with their own growth as songwriters; and their ability to capture in the studio the energy that has made them one of modern music's must-see live acts.

Believe, a co-release of The Valory Music Co. and Midas Records, captures the most extraordinary period in the group's history. Their last album, Countrified, gave them their first No. 1 single (the smash "Moments"), earned them nominations for a dozen major awards, including a Grammy, and set the stage for Believe.

The CD displays all of the musical prowess that earned each member nominations for the Canadian Country Music Association's "All-Star Band" and led Dale, David and Mike to take home wins in 2008. The band shows off its own writing chops with four songs, including the life-affirming "I Love This Road," the nostalgic "That Was Us," "Life Down Here" and "Too Much," with a groove and lyric celebrating the pleasures of love.

Emerson Drive's success grew out of a dream that began in Brad's hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta. A selfless camaraderie has kept them united through the years, and a tireless work ethic continues to make them one of country's busiest bands. Non-stop touring (their old bus recently passed the one-million mile mark) has won them fan loyalty that has been a key to their longevity.

The journey began when Brad, who grew up with his dad's George Strait and Don Williams records, was inspired after an 11th grade talent contest to start a band with some classmates. They began life as 12 Gauge, but soon became Emerson Drive, taking their name from the Emerson Trail, which crosses western Alberta to join the Alaskan Highway.

The members of Emerson Drive moved to Nashville and released a 2002 self-titled album that featured two breakthrough Top 5 hits "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall Into Me," as well as follow-up hit "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)." The band also received their very first No. 1 video on CMT with "Fall Into Me." Their second album, What If, gave them four Top 15 Canadian hits and one Top 20 in the U.S. but following a corporate restructuring, they parted ways with DreamWorks Records.

They continued touring, and their story took a dramatic turn in the right direction when producer Leo and Alabama's Gentry came to see them play.

Leo and Gentry believed in Emerson Drive and agreed to work with them before they signed their next record deal. The band joined forces with Midas Records in 2005 and released Countrified, which spawned the band's hits, "A Good Man," and the career-changing No. 1 "Moments."

The video for "Moments" was named Video of the Year at Inspirational Country Music awards and The Canadian Country Music Awards. The song "Moments" also garnered the group their very first Grammy nomination. These accolades add to the long list of accomplishments by the band. With numerous nominations and awards from The Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association, The Canadian Country Music Association, The Christian Country Music Association, The Junos (Canada's Music Awards) and a "Reader's Choice Award" from College Campus Activities for two successful college market tours during 2006 and 2007.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this award winning group in Concert on Nov. 4.