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Emerson Drive Biography

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Birth Place: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: Country

Emerson Drive are a country music band from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada that came together in 1995 when vocalist Brad Mates entered a local talent contest while still in high school and met the other members of the soon to be Emerson Drive. Today the band consists of Mates, Danick Dupelle on guitar, Mike Melancon on drums, Dale Wallace on keyboards, and David Pichette on fiddle entered a local talent contest while still in high school. The band attained local success in Canada after winning a 'Battle of the Bands' competition and released their first two albums under the name, 12 Gauge. By 1999, the band had changed their name to Emerson Drive, and had moved to Nashville in the hopes of landing a major label record deal. Their determination panned out when they were offered a deal with the Dream Works Records label. The band began to build a slow, but steady following in the U.S, before Dream Works collapsed in 2005; from there Emerson Drive signed to Midas Records in Nashville. The band rose to fame with their #1 hit single, “Moments.”

1997 and 1998 saw the band tour around Canada to support their debut album, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. The band caught the attention of Dream Works Records, and was snapped up almost instantly. The band's debut single in the U.S, “I Should Be Sleeping,” peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Country Single & Tracks Chart, and #3. The band's self-titled debut album for the label arrived in 2002 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, with the second single, “Fall into Me,” peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart. The band went through some line-up changes around this time but moved forward with their touring schedule. Singer/songwriter Richard Marx was recruited to produce the band's second album, “What If?” (2004).

2004 saw the band on tour again, opening up for Shania Twain, as the tour came to an end the band's second offering was released, peaking at #12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. Despite the band's success in Canada, they were still struggling to break through to the U.S market. 2005 saw the band sign on with Midas Records Nashville. Country music musician Teddy Gentry and veteran Nashville musician and songwriter Josh Leo were brought in to produce the band's fifth album, “Countrified,” which emerged in 2006, peaking at #30 on the Billboard's Top Country Songs Chart. The album spawned the hits: “A Good Man,” peaking at #17 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, and “Moments,” which became the band's breakout #1 hit single.

2008 marked the band's signing with the Valory Music Group, and their debut for the label, “Believe” appeared in 2009. In 2010 the band set up their own record label, Amdian Music Co. for their U.S releases and signed with Open Road Recordings for their Canadian releases. A greatest hits album arrived in 2011 in Canada. 2011 saw Emerson Drive back on the road again with the 'Decade and Driving Tour' throughout Canada and the U.S.