Board of Directors
President - Bill Hanson
Bill Hanson has been a member of the ACMA since its inseption and has been a Board member for the past 2 years. He has been in the music industry for 38 yrs. Bill began as a Lead vocalist/Bass Player for numerous touring bands including 15 years with the band Kidd Country. He has continued in the industry as a Manager, Tour Manager, Sound Tech, Merch salesman, and almost everything in between. He is currently the Owner/CEO of H Factor Productions (formally known as Hanson Productions) and has been running the company full time for the last 16 years. he is also a proud father of 4 fabulous children, Jesse, Billie, Brett and Camryn. Bill continues to play with 3 of his children in The Hanson Jeans.
Vice President - Jenn Dalen
Jenn Dalen is a born and raised Albertan who a little while ago landed a career in radio. This crazy career path most recently moved her to Central Alberta where she is the Regional Program Director for Red Deer, Rural Alberta, Kelowna, and Kamloops for Stingray.
Jenn loves Alberta and Canadian country music! She has been an ACMA member for the past 5 years and on the ACMA Board of Directors for the past 4 years. She is also a CCMA Board Member.
When she‘s not busy programming radio stations or supporting the Alberta and Canadian Country music scene, you'll find her on the slopes (even in May!).
Treasurer & Secretary - Chard Morrison
Chard Morrison is a down-to-Earth Songwriter and Story Teller who‘s lyrics and melodies have earned him numerous debut singles, title track cuts, T.V. placements and music videos for the numerous artists he helps to develop and introduce into the music business. In his spare time, he works with and volunteers with various non profits and music boards by bringing his public sector Corporate Governance and outside the box thinking anywhere he can help, all when always pursuing the next perfect rhyme.
Director - Angie Morris
Angie Morris has been involved in the music industry for numerous years. Starting as a venue owner in a venue with seating of only 100 people, Angie not only supported local talent, but also booked some of Canada’s top country talent including Beverley Mahood, Aaron Pritchett, Gil Grand, and Johnny Reid, amongst others. With the limited seating, these shows were unique as they exposed the audience to the artists in an up close and personal setting. With the venue doing well, Angie expanded her portfolio, booking several classic rock acts such as Trooper, Headpins, Harlequin and more into her venue and larger venues in her community.
Having invested five years developing other artists with another entertainment company, it was time to pursue other options. Angie had built a solid base in the music business, and with her industry relationships developing, she started a new venture, Sirroma Entertainment. With the focus on artist development, Angie’s initial signing was Alberta artist Drew Gregory. Gregory has received several ACMA nominations and in 2013, released his sophomore album “The Way I Was Raised”. Angie continues to work with Drew and in 2014 expanded her roster to include Alberta group Renegade Station. This group has also garnered several ACMA nominations and awards. Late in 2018, the team brought on Jordyn Pollard, a talented artist based out of Saskatchewan, adding to the roster.
Angie was a principal in the creation of “Diamonds in the Rough” a performance platform, which is featured during Canadian Country Music week. This stage has allowed numerous artists an opportunity to perform for their peers and other industry professionals during the week. Canada has a huge amount of talent and not everyone has the opportunity to be heard, this stage gives them this chance. Over the past seven years, the stage has grown immensely with many looking forward to the event.
She has been an active ACMA board member for the last 4 years and has enjoyed being part of the growth of this organization to what it is today. Over the last couple of years, we have been diligently creating opportunities and working behind the scenes to grow the Association of Country Music in Alberta. Every artist given the correct tools and opportunities will achieve individual success!
Angie looks forward to continuing in assisting with the growth of the ACMA and the talented artists that form its membership.
Director - Dave Temple
Dave Temple is the owner/vice-president of MCC Recording Studio & Music Centre Canada. Dave has over 30 years of experience as an Owner/Manager in Music Retail and has operated Multi-Award Winning recording studio MCC Recording for 15 years.
From his early roots as a performing musician and recording artist, Dave has grown into a successful businessman and entrepreneur. In the mid-eighties Dave left the performing/artist side of the music business and went into the musical instrument retail industry and began to hone his skills in sales and retail management. He has since owned and operated several successful businesses including the Guitarworks chain of stores in Calgary, and Music Centre Canada which opened its doors in 1997. Both operations are still operating today and have developed into multiple locations in Calgary and several franchises throughout Alberta.
Alberta Music (AMIA)
Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Alberta Country Music Association (ACMA)
Director - Ryan Langlois
Ryan Langlois is a barstool balladeer who can turn ordinary moments into lessons in wisdom and grace. Every time he takes the stage he gives all he has to offer, and something special happens. You can see the energy crackle through his veins like electricity. Whether he’s performing with a full band or telling stories and singing in an intimate setting, with just a voice, a guitar, and a song, Ryan gives all he has every single time.
Most recently Ryan finished second in the Project Wild Country Artist Development Program which awarded him a significant grant, allowing him to head back into the studio (new project set to release May 2019). He was also nominated for two Alberta Country Music Awards: Male Artist Of The Year and Song Of The Year.
Ryan makes his home in Red Deer, AB.
Director - Andrea Nixon
Andrea Nixon is a prolific songwriter with a voice dipped in the well of the great traditional female country artists such as Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton and influenced by the great singer songwriters on the 1970s, like Emmylou Harris. She’s also influenced by harder edged sounds and the distinctive vocal stylings and empowered vocal delivery of artists such as Alanis Morisette, making "Diary of a Housewife" attractive to a wide range of fans of various generations and genres, including folk, pop, rock, blues as well as traditional country. Her songs touch on real issues found in everyday life, drawn from the lonesome landscape of the great Alberta Plains, told from the vantage point of a woman with a lot of life under her nails.
I’ve found this album terrifically enjoyable; Andrea Nixon is a superb storyteller with a fantastic voice and a gift for a clever turn of phrase.”
Great Dark Wonder. February 7th, 2018
“Nixon exudes the pure country Loretta Lynn, Emmy Lou Harris, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Patsy Cline mixed with the alt-roots ballads of Corb Lund, punctuated with the '90s rock/ pop edge of Alanis Morissette.” Waterloo Region Record, February 2nd, 2018
Andrea Nixon is currently developing material for her next record, "Barbed Wire Dreams" for which she has already recorded two lead tracks with Producer Russell Broom. This next project remains true to Andrea's storytelling roots but has a decidedly modern sound. "Barbed Wire Dreams" explores the experiences of the artist, forging her own path within the Canadian music scene. The intent of this next project is to inspire other dream chasers to find their own path forward, in spite of the obstacles, as we each chase our own version of a barbed wire dream.