Hare Bay's Tara Oram delighted with three CCMA nominations

Danette Dooley
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Music

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced its 2009 nominees and Hare Bay native Tara Oram could walk off the stage with three awards, including Female Artist of the Year.

Oram, who was in at the news conference in downtown Toronto Wednesday, when the nominees were announced, says she was shocked at the news.

Tara Oram

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced its 2009 nominees and Hare Bay native Tara Oram could walk off the stage with three awards, including Female Artist of the Year.

Oram, who was in at the news conference in downtown Toronto Wednesday, when the nominees were announced, says she was shocked at the news.

"To be standing in the room with my peers and hear my name being announced was really surreal," Oram says.

In addition to Female Artist of the Year, Oram has also been nominated for CMT Video of the Year for "Go to Bed Angry" as well as for the Rising Star Award.

The 25-year-old says it's the Rising Star Award that she'd really like to win.

"Being so new and being a rookie ... I'd love to have a gradual climb and a healthy career; nothing too big off the top. I've never been a fan of that, because what do you have to aim for later?"

Oram grew up watching the CCMA Awards and attended the show as a fan. To be invited as a nominated artist has been her dream for many years, she says.

"And to be nominated with people like George Canyon, Johnny Reid and Crystal Shawanda - I've seen them doing their thing, but to step back and realize that I'm in the same category with them is pretty amazing," Oram says.

Reid, who will perform at this year's show, leads the nominations with a total of six, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and the CCMA Fans' Choice Award.

Oram says she was delighted when it was announced that Jason Priestley will host the awards show, to be held Sept. 13 in Toronto.

"The first thing I said was, 'Brandon!'" Oram laughs, referring to Priestley's role as Brandon Walsh on the television series "Beverly Hills 90210."

Priestley's latest role has been directing episodes of ABC's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," and a new online series for the CW called "The Lake."

Oram is also looking forward to rubbing shoulders with many stars at the show, including Reba McIntyre, who will be performing and presenting.

"I've met some of her band members and it would be surreal to meet her," she says.

While she doesn't know if Shania Twain will be at the awards, Oram says she'd love to meet the singer.

"I grew up on her music and she was a huge influence on my career. I'd love to sit down with her and say, 'Thank you for everything. Thanks for inspiring young girls and for opening doors for us,'" Oram says.

Oram placed sixth on Canadian Idol in 2007. The experience, she says, was "a huge launching pad" for her career.

"I wanted to sing and I wanted to write songs, but I had no idea what the business side of music was like. It was a great way to learn the ropes," she says.

Earlier this year, Oram's debut album "Chasing the Sun" (Open Road Recordings) won her an East Coast Music Award as well as a Juno nomination.

The album was recorded while she was busy shooting the CMT television series "The Tara Diaries."

Her fourth single from the record "Living the Dream" will be released within the next few weeks, she says.

Oram co-wrote the song - which is a tribute to her mom - with Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

Oram says her mother , who was 17 when she was born, once dreamed of becoming a singer, but her mom didn't steer her in that direction, she says.

"Music is something I found myself. Both my parents were always there to support me, but they were far from stage parents. They let me do whatever I wanted to do and let me learn my own lessons."

Oram says her CCMA nominations are a plus not only for her, but for her record label, booking agency, management people and others who have helped her get to where she is today.

"It's not just a nomination for my work, it's a nomination for their work as well. And, of course, it's for the fans," she says.

danette@nl.rogers.com

Organizations: Canadian Country Music Association, American Teenager, Open Road Recordings

Geographic location: Hare Bay, Toronto

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments