Hit Canadian singer-songwriter Billy Chernoff is stepping onto the international stage by being named the “Best Country Male Artist” in Canada by the London-based radio promotions firm New Christian Music.
Chernoff will receive the NCM Radio Mike Award on March 3 during a televised awards show in London hosted by Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV. During the past eight months, the artist has landed four songs from his latest album, Life Song Revelations, in the top five of the NCM Euro Country and Christian radio charts. The cut Let’s Live On In A Song, which was released overseas on Dec. 1, remained on NCM’s country chart for four consecutive weeks. The charts are based on a survey of more than 200 radio stations in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
“It didn’t dawn on me at first how special this award is,” said Chernoff, who will accept his trophy and also perform at Leighton Buzzard in the London suburb of Bedfordshire, England. “I haven’t released the new album in the U.S., so this is a big surprise. I’m tickled to death to be honored by listeners, radio stations, and music industry professionals in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.”
International hits on Chernoff’s Life Song Revelations CD are Jesus Is (top five), Nothing Became Bread (top five), Let’s All Live On In A Song (number one), and I Believe In An Old-Fashioned Jesus (number three). The CD will be released in the United States later this year on the Spotted Pony label.
Chernoff has been a highly successful country and Christian artist in Canada since the late 1960s, recording hit songs such as No Lonelier Than You on Spartan Records (number 10 on Canada’s record charts), Susie’s Better Half on RCA Canada (top five), and When You Were A Lady on RCA Canada (number one). To Ma Ray, Tom O Ray, a song on RCA produced by Ronny Light in RCA’s Studio B in Nashville, topped Canada’s RPM record charts and charted regionally in the U.S. in 1970. In the early 1970s, the artist teamed with Woody Guthrie’s cousin, Jerry, to write the classic Fresno Rodeo, a song that later was nominated by Casey Tibbs for a Heritage Award with the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
During the 1980s, Chernoff performed across Canada with the popular acts Orange County, Billy & Dean and Lonesome Highway.
The recording artist returned to Nashville in 1992, re-teaming with Light for a new recording of the album Fresno Rodeo. He later performed the title track at the Country Music Association of Texas Awards Show in Brady, Texas.
Chernoff’s Magical Mystery Man, a CD produced by David Hamilton in Calgary, Alberta, for the Edmonton-based Old Hippy Records, hit the Americana top 100 in 2004. The album is still charting in the Roots Music Report.
The artist began releasing singles from the 10-song CD Life Song Revelations in the United Kingdom in early 2006. Light produced again in Nashville. Last fall, the Country Music Guild nominated Chernoff for Male Vocalist for 2006.
“The NCM Radio Mike Award is one of the highest honors a country or Christian artist can receive,” Chernoff added. “It shows that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.”
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