Emerson Drive

Emerson Drive is a Canadian country music band consisting of Brad Mates (lead vocals), Danick Dupelle (guitars and backing vocals), Mike Melancon (drums), and Dale Wallace (keyboards and backing vocals).

Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive, 2010
Background information
Also known as12 Gauge
OriginGrande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Years active1995–present
Labels12 Gauge
DreamWorks Nashville
Open Road
Amdian Music Co.
Nine North
The Talent Associates
Big Star Recordings
MembersBrad Mates
Danick Dupelle
Mike Melancon
Dale Wallace
Past membersPat Allingham
Chris Hartman
Jeff Loberg
Dan Binns
David Switzer
Remi Barre
Derrick Kuzemchuk
Dan Bauman
Patrick Bourque
David Pichette
Devin Switzer
Steven Swager

Early on, the band found minor success in Canada, releasing two albums under the name of 12 Gauge. The first album, Open Season, was a product of winning a local "Battle of the Bands" contest. They then charted two singles on the Canadian country charts and a music video on CMT. By 1999, they changed the name to Emerson Drive, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to find a major label record deal. Emerson Drive recorded two albums on the DreamWorks Records label, and charted several hits on both the U.S. and Canadian country music charts. After DreamWorks' collapse in 2005, Emerson Drive signed to Midas Records Nashville, where they resumed their streak of hit singles, including their first Number One single in "Moments". In summer 2008, Midas Records closed their country division. Emerson Drive then signed with The Valory Music Co. and the CD which Emerson Drive had been working on, Believe, became a co-partnership with Midas Records, who kept ownership of the CD while The Valory Music Co. was in charge of promotion and distribution of Emerson Drive and Believe.