Cory M. Coons headed to Dollywood next month as Josie Music Awards nominee

Cory M. Coons. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Headliner at South Mountain Fair tonight, Aug. 16

SOUTH MOUNTAIN — Dundas County melodic roots rocker Cory M. Coons is no stranger to the music awards podium. His singles have earned him accolades at the Radio Music Awards and the World Songwriting Awards. His albums have been recognized at the International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA Awards), the Ottawa Sound Music Awards, The Los Angeles Music Awards and the Producer’s Choice Honors. 

Now, the prolific singer-songwriter has been nominated for one of independent music’s most prestigious awards. 

Coons’ The Long Road Home has been nominated for Male Album of the Year at the 5th Annual Josie Music Awards. The Ron Nevison-produced collection was selected from more than 20,000 submissions in various categories. The Josie Music Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Dollywood Theme Park’s Celebrity Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 

The North Dundas resident — playing as the headlining act 10 p.m. tonight at the South Mountain Fair — says he’s “very honoured and excited to be among the nominees” vying for the recognition at the venue established by country music legend Dolly Parton.

The veteran performer continues to gain traction with his solo recording career, decades after entering the musical field. His latest nomination coincides with a new physical and digital distribution deal with MTS Records, an MVD Distribution Label partner. Coons’ music will be available online and in brick and mortar stores around the world, in independent stores and chains like Target and Walmart. 

A physical CD release date of Oct. 11, 2019, has been scheduled for the re-release of The Long Road Home, Share A Little Time (EP) and Retrospective. The digital titles, and additional single releases, are available online now, and his latest single, Long Road (Dead Man’s Dream) is being promoted to radio and streaming outlets.

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