The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced Patricia Conroy and Randy Stark as the 2021 inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Conroy enters as the 2021 Artist Inductee, while music industry veteran Stark receives the Stan Klees Builder honour.
“I was so thrilled to learn that Patricia and Randy are to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year,” said Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “They have both been trailblazers throughout their careers and I look forward to celebrating this career milestone as a part of Country Music Week this year.”
The announcement comes along with the news that the Hall will move into Calgary's National Music Centre in Studio Bell. There it joins the Canadian Music Hall of Fame Collection, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Quebec’s ADISQ Hall of Fame. The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame consists of more than 1,270 artifacts, including instruments and memorabilia (textiles, awards, photographs) and representing over 150 different artists.
A 7-time CCMA Award winner, Patricia Conroy's illustrious career began in Montreal as a member of her family band, The Shamrock Ceili Band. Her distinct sound laid the foundation for her 6 studio albums, 7 Juno Award nominations, 5 #1 CMT videos and 8 career #1 singles.
As well as writing hit songs of her own, Conroy has lent her award-winning songwriting skills to artists such as Jimmy Rankin, Michelle Wright, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Lady A, Meghan Patrick, Emerson Drive, Bobby Wills, and Chad Brownlee, confirming her position as one of Canada's top female artists and songwriters.
“This is such a magical moment in my career,” expressed Conroy in a press release. “I'm full of emotion and beyond grateful for this incredible honour. So looking forward to celebrating with everyone in person this November."
The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award was established in recognition of RPM Magazine co-founder Klees, and his pioneering efforts in the creation of the CCMA Awards Program. This year’s recipient, Randy Stark has over five decades of industry experience, and has been credited with building some of Canada's biggest country careers.
Beginning his work at London Records in Calgary (1972), Stark took positions at a handful of labels, including A&M Records and GRT, before landing at Warner Music Canada in 1980. As VP, Marketing and Promotion, he was responsible for a country roster that included George Fox, Paul Brandt, Patricia Conroy, The Johner Brothers, and Blue Rodeo. During his tenure at Warner Music Canada these acts alone accounted for over 2.5 million units sold, 13 Juno Awards, 15 CCMA Awards, 33 Top 10 singles, 10 #1 singles, 11 BCCMA Awards and 17 SCMA Awards.
Launching Stark Ravings Management in 2000, Stark provided career management for Canadian artists including Jason Blaine, Diane Chase, and Jake Mathews, and also worked managing the early careers of Aaron Pritchett and Lisa Hewitt. The company earned more than 30 Top 10 singles for independent artists in addition to dozens of client nominations for various CCMA Awards.
Stark also owned and operated his own radio charting service (Trax Report, 2007-2018), one that helped the careers of many top Cancountry artists.
He has acted as both CCMA Director (1997-2003) and CCMA President (2000-2002), and took roles as Australian Contemporary Country Music Coalition Director, CMA Nashville Director (2001-2003) and as a consultant for CMT Canada.
“I'm honoured to be chosen as this year's inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Builder category,” said Stark. “For me, it's never been about personal recognition or accolades, I simply tried to do the best I could for my artists and clients. To be recognized by my peers and the Canadian country music industry is a very humbling experience and I shall accept this award with all of you in mind.”
The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during Country Music Week 2021 in London, ON from Nov. 26 - 29.