The Wolfe Brothers Among CMA’s International Achievement Nominees

14 September 2022 | 9:39 am | Mallory Arbour

The Wolfe Brothers have scored a 2022 CMA Intentional Award nomination: ‘Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award’.

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The Country Music Association has revealed the nominees for the 2022 CMA International Awards, which honour artists and industry executives who have supported and impacted the growth and promotion of country music in the international marketplace.

Nominees are recognized in multiple categories and voted on by international members of CMA along with a select panel of U.S.-based professionals who have extensive knowledge in the international country music industry. These nominees from Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. are honoured for their continued efforts in expanding country music’s reach around the globe.

While Australians have scored nominations in five of the six categories, The Wolfe Brothers are the only Australian musical act up for an award. The Tasmanian duo is nominated for a ‘Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award’ for the second year running, which recognises outstanding achievements by a country music artist signed outside of the United States, alongside New Zealand’s Kaylee Bell, the Netherlands’ Ilse DeLange and Canada’s Dallas Smith.

“I am thrilled to be honouring these deserving international partners as we continue to see sustained country music growth globally,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “At our core, we exist to expand country music across the world, and each of these nominees has been an instrumental force in helping us further that mission by elevating and celebrating country music around the globe in their own territories. I can't wait to celebrate each of them in the coming months!"

"All of our international award nominees have worked passionately and diligently in international markets for years," says Milly Olykan, Vice President, International Relations and Development. "Country music has an amazing community of industry executives around the world, and each of these individuals have played a major part in building and continuing those relationships. They are all ambassadors and representatives for our genre, and we are grateful for their knowledge, expertise, and friendship."

Australia has a long history of success with this award. Since the inception of the ‘Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award’ in 2003, Australian artists have won ten-out-of-18 years (twelve-of-18 if you count Australian-born Canadian-based artist Gord Bamford). Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Slim Dusty, Adam Harvey, Troy Cassar-Daley, Catherine Britt, Tommy Emmanuel, The McClymonts, Jasmine Rae, Morgan Evans and Travis Collins are all past recipients.

Voting for the 2022 CMA International Awards is open now through Monday, September 26. Winners will be announced later this year.


This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States.

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  • Phil Barton (Australia – Liz Rose Music)
  • Bobbi Boyce (U.K. – formerly with CMA)
  • Brad Turcotte (U.S. – 615 Leverage + Strategy)

This award recognizes outstanding achievements by an individual who has made important contributions to the live music industry by extending performance opportunities and building live audiences for Country Music outside of the United States.

  • Brooke Dunford (Canada – Republic Live)
  • Nigel Hassler (U.K. – CAA)
  • Susan Heymann (Australia – Frontier Touring/Chugg Entertainment)
  • Adam Oppenheim (Canada – Stampede Entertainment)
  • Chris York (U.K. – SJM Concerts)

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to Country Music outside of the United States.

  • Steven Banks (Canada – ET Canada)
  • Bob Shennan (U.K. – BBC)
  • Charlotte Thompson (Canada – Red Umbrella P.R.)
  • Richard Wilkins (Australia – NINE Network Australia)

This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a United States-based artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth, development and promotion of the Country Music industry outside of the United States during the eligibility period.

  • Lindsay Ell
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Tenille Townes

This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the United States who has made important contributions for the development of Country Music in his/her country.

  • Chris Stevens (U.K. – formerly with CountryLine (Chris Country))
  • Joakim Richardson (Sweden – Go Country)
  • Justin Thomson (Australia – KIX Country)

This award recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist signed outside of the United States. The artist must have furthered the popularity of Country Music as well as brought attention to the Country Music format in their foreign based territory.

  • Kaylee Bell (New Zealand)
  • Ilse DeLange (The Netherlands)
  • Dallas Smith (Canada)
  • The Wolfe Brothers (Australia)


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