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The Canadian Country Music Association® Announces Gilles Godard As The 2024 Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame® Stan Klees Builder Inductee

The Canadian Country Music Association® Announces Gilles Godard As The 2024 Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame® Stan Klees Builder Inductee

 

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Godard To Be Honoured In Special Induction Ceremony, Taking Place During Country Music Week 2024, September 11-14 In Edmonton, AB 

 

Toronto, ON (July 2, 2024) – Today, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is thrilled to announce Gilles Godard as the 2024 Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame® Stan Klees Builder inductee. Both Godard and recently announced 2024 Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame® Artist inductee k.d. lang will be honoured and celebrated in an exclusive induction ceremony during Country Music Week 2024, taking place in Edmonton, AB, September 11–14.

A native of Cornwall, ON, Gilles Godard boasts over five decades of music industry experience, and currently serves as the President of Anthem Music Publishing Nashville. Godard began his career with Anthem (formerly known as ole) as a writer, working his way up through various key positions including Chief Creative Officer, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, and Senior Vice President Publishing. Godard oversees Anthem’s extensive roster of country songwriters including Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, and Shane Profitt, as well as Canadians Meghan Patrick, Chris Buck, Jimmy Thow, and Patricia Conroy. Throughout his tenure, Godard has been integral to Anthem’s growth, facilitating strategic acquisitions such as Jody Williams Music, which includes several Taylor Swift cuts, the Blacktop Catalog featuring Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton, and the Better Angels Catalog, which includes Cody Johnson’s 2022 GRAMMY Award-winning #1 hit single “Til You Can’t.” He was also instrumental in signing Jordan Davis and initiating a Timbaland deal that encompassed works recorded by Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and Beyonce, along with the acquisition of catalogs from Paul Cardall, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and the Old Gringo catalog which contains several Sam Hunt songs including “Take Your Time”, “House Party”, and “Break Up In A Small Town”. An accomplished writer, publisher, artist, and producer, Godard’s talents have earned him two CCMA Awards, two BMI Awards, four SOCAN Awards including an International Songwriter Achievement Award, a Felix Award, and multiple JUNO Award nominations. Over 400 of his songs have been recorded by artists such as Terri Clark, Patty Loveless, Anne Murray, Ricky Skaggs, Eddie Eastman, Tommy Hunter, Blackhawk, Tracy Byrd, The Road Hammers, Colleen Peterson, Ronnie Prophet, Michael B. and the Power, Willie Mack, and Lace. Godard’s extensive contributions have significantly impacted the Canadian country music industry, fostering its growth and international presence.

When Amy Jeninga reached out to let me know that I was going to be inducted in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, I felt surprised, very humbled, and truly honored,” shares Godard. “And then I started to think about all the incredible people who paved the way and opened the doors; the teachers, the mentors, the music that inspired me, the writers, the artists, the musicians, every single person who helped me find my way in this incredibly magical world of music. Someone once told me that there are only two types of people who belong in the music industry; the dreamers, and the believers; and I am happy to be a little bit of both. Thank you to the CCMA, I am proud and honored to be inducted in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2024!

Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA, on Godard’s induction, “Inducting Gilles Godard into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame is a tribute to his exceptional achievements, remarkable business acumen, and long-standing career. His contributions continue to shape and inspire the country music industry as he works to build an enduring legacy and a vibrant future for generations of artists and songwriters.”

The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame® was established in 1984 to honour Canadian Artists and Builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music. Its permanent physical home is located at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in Calgary and consists of over 3,000 artifacts, including instruments and memorabilia. Inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame® (Hall of Fame®) are selected annually by their Canadian peers in the industry. The Hall of Fame® is managed by the CCMA Board of Directors’ appointed Hall of Fame Management Committee (Management Committee). The Stan Klees Builder Award, was established in recognition of RPM Magazine co-founder, Mr. Stan Klees, and his pioneering efforts in creating the CCMA Awards Program.

As the custodian of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame®, the National Music Centre will celebrate the legacies of the 2024 inductees and past honourees with a new exhibition opening on September 11, 2024. More details will be announced closer to its opening.

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About the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame® 

Since 1984, the Canadian Country Music Association® has been honouring Canadian artists and industry builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music. In 1999, the CCMA formally merged its recognition program with a program of similar scope founded by Mr. Gary Buck, to create what today is known as the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame™. The CCMA has partnerships with the Canadian Country Music Heritage Society (www.ccmhalloffame.com), based in Merritt, British Columbia, and the National Music Centre (www.nmc.ca), based in Calgary, Alberta to collaboratively promote and bring recognition to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame™ program.

About the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®)

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate, and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community, and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards presented by TD. Sponsors of Country Music Week 2024 and the 2024 CCMA Awards presented by TD include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”.

About the National Music Centre | Centre National de Musique

The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music. It is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in the heart of the East Village in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory. NMC is the home to four Canadian music halls of fame, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Quebec’s ADISQ Hall of Fame. Featuring musical instruments, artifacts, recording equipment, and memorabilia, the NMC Collection spans over 450 years of music history and innovation. A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information about NMC’s onsite activities, please visit studiobell.ca. To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit amplify.nmc.ca.

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Media Contacts:

For the Canadian Country Music Association

Charlotte Thompson | [email protected] | 416.464.8220

For Gilles Godard

Canada | Red Umbrella P.R. | [email protected]

U.S.A. | Greg Cortez | [email protected]

U.S.A. | Scott Feinstein | [email protected]

U.S.A. | Stephanie Durning | [email protected]