THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCES MICHELLE WRIGHT AS THE 2018 IMPACT AWARD RECIPIENT
Michelle Wright will receive the 2018 Impact Award sponsored by Canadian Music Week. As the first Canadian‐born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in America with her Arista Records Nashville release, “Take It Like A Man,” a Number One video on CMT‐USA (also for “Take It Like A Man”) and to win a major U.S. music industry award (the Academy of Country Music Top New Female Artist award in 1993), and a career that includes twenty‐five Top Ten radio hits, millions of records sold, more than forty major awards (including her 2011 induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame) and a new label home, Michelle is poised for the next phase of what has already been a stellar musical career. The CMAOntario Impact Award recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or company/organization that has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. Previous recipients include Blue Rodeo, Prairie Oyster, Paula Chopik and Ed Leslie (producers of Havelock Country Jamboree) and Gordon Lightfoot.