The Stellas are a Canadian country music duo from Whitby, Ontario. They finished in fourth place on the second season of the CMT series Can You Duet in 2009. Their self-titled debut album was released by EMI Music Canada in September 2011. The first single was a cover of the Fairground Attraction's song "Perfect." The duo is set to release "Gravy" this summer, which doubles as the first single off their second album. Personal Life: Brad and Marylynne met when they were age 20. The married couple has been together for 16 years playing in bands and writing country-pop music. Brad played bass in rock bands for years, but was drawn to writing Country. Marylynne had never written songs until she met Brad. She grew up one of eight kids, which her late father supported as a musician (he was a once a member of The Platters). Marylynne and Brad both performed in cover bands and hosted a weekly open mic where they eventually became a musical duo. The couple also opened a 1000-square-foot music school, The Music Scene, which included a stage and auditorium. Brad and Marylynne have two daughters, Lennon & Maisy who are known for their roles on the ABC show Nashville. Career: In 2009, The Stellas tried out for the U.S. show "Can You Duet?," performing songs by Paul McCartney and Cyndi Lauper. Following their audition for the Country Music Television show, The Stellas performed weekly for millions of American viewers and earned fourth place in the competition. This led fellow Canadian and multi-platinum artist, Johnny Reid, to offer The Stellas the opening slot on his sold-out Canada tour. Eventually, Brad and Marylynne inked a deal with EMI Music Canada. In 2012, they released their self-titled album, which was produced by Britain's Nick Trevisick (Paramore, Katy Perry, Sting). The Stellas wrote most of the songs on their 10-track debut, except for a cover of Fairground Attraction's "Perfect," and a live version of Boudleaux Bryant's "Love Hurts." Collaborations on the album include Trevisick on "Take It Slow," Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley on "I Can't Listen To Love Songs" and multi-platinum, Nashville songwriter, John Scott Sherrill (Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson) on "Wished For You." Stellas were featured on the volume 6 & volume 7 "Now Country" Canada albums. They are 1 of the 2 Canadian acts featured on those albums. -They are being featured on The Best of Now Country Canada album that is coming out in May, 2014. The Stellas have supported multiple sold out tours with Zac Brown Band. Zac Brown recorded & released a song called "Let It Rain" that he wrote with Brad for his EP "The Grohl Sessions" (released in 2013). It's the only song on that album that Dave Grohl plays drums on & the only one that Zac plays live. The Stellas were featured on the volume 6 & volume 7 "Now Country" Canada albums. They are 1 of the 2 Canadian acts featured on those albums. They are also featured on "The Best of Now Country" Canada album that came out in May 2014. This summer (2014), they'll release "Gravy," a blend of twang and tongue-in-cheek humor that doubles as the first single from the duo's second album. Fred Wilhelm, who helped the Stellas write "Gravy," co-wrote several other songs, too, including another standout track called "It Wouldn't Be This." Awards: In the past 3 years, The Stellas have been nominated for 11 awards. They won the 2013 CCMA "Group or Duo of the Year" award, 2013 CMAO "Group or Duo of the Year" award, and 2012 CCMA "Video of the Year" award. Brad has also been nominated for the Glenn Cole Award, RCTA, JUNOES, and RIAA awards.

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