Emerson Drive FAQ's
* General Site/Webmaster Info
Affliations to Emerson Drive
Relationship to the E-drive members

* Band Info
Member Info
Ages/Birthdays
Hometowns
Marital Status/Children
Former Members
12 Gauge
The E-drive Behind the Scenes Crew

* Music/CD Info
Record Label
Discography
Producers
Singles
Videos
Lyrics
Award & Nominations
12 Gauge CDs

* Tour/Concert Info
When is Emerson Drive coming to...?
Meeting the band
Gifts for the band
Booking Info
Cover songs

* Contact Info
Contacting the band
Contacting the webmasters

* Other Info
Random information
Boxers/briefs
Living quarters




General Site/Webmaster Info:

Am I Emerson Drive or affiliated with Emerson Drive?:
Unfortunately not. I am just a big fan of the guys and have a fan site for them, and as far as I know, they've never been here, and if they ever happen to show (and I find out about it), I'll let you all know!

Do we know Emerson Drive?:
As we stated on our webmaster's page, Loralie has met them a few times, but is just a fan doing a fansite for a great band and has no all access information for you (if you want to meet them, hope they do a general meet & greet after the show) and I'm sorry, but I will not ask any of the guys to date/propose/marry you (which previously has actually been asked of me). Joanne went to school with a few members of the original 12 Gauge band (and was a classmate of Brad's) but she has a policy with Emerson Drive not to disclose personal information, so PLEASE don't ask her to.


Band Info:

The members of Emerson Drive are:
Brad Mates: lead vocals/guitar (usually during "A Good Man" and their acoustic set)
Danick Dupelle: guitar/background vocals
Mike Melancon: drums/percussion
Dale Wallace: keyboard/guitar/background vocals

Full Names
Bradley "Brad" Lydell Mates
Danick (DAH-nick) Dupelle (no middle name)
François Michel "Mike" Melancon (Mel-eh-co * But Mike pronounces it Melon-con in interviews)
Dale Robert Wallace
(Sorry, not all middle names are public information, so if you know something we don't, please let us know. Thanks!)

Individual Facts
Emerson Drive page

Birthdays:
Brad: July 21st, 1978
Mike: August 13th, 1978
Dale: November 1st, 1969
Danick: September 29th, 1973

Hometowns (various publications and bios have listed others, however):
Brad: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Danick: Notre-Dame Perrot, Quebec, Canada
Dale: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Mike: Lac Des Ecurces, Quebec, Canada

Marital Statuses:
Mike married wife Heather in January 2008
Brad married wife Jana in October 2008
Dale - not married
Danick - not married

No other personal life questions will be answered by the webmasters.

Children:
Brad: Tyler Robert, born April 28, 2010

Original Emerson Drive Members:
Brad Mates
Jeff Loberg -- Bass (from inception to August 2002)
Patrick Bourque -- Bass (August 2002-July 31, 2007)
Patrick Allingham -- Fiddle/Guitar/Background Vocals (from inception to June 2003)
Chris Hartman -- Keyboards/Guitar/Background Vocals (from inception to March 2003)
Danick Dupelle
Mike Melancon
David Pichette -- Fiddle (from June 2003-March 2013)

When Did Chris Leave the Band?
Chris decided to leave the band in March 2003 to go back to school, married Terri in October 2003 and is now a father and a music teacher in Alberta.

When Did Jeff Leave the Band?
Jeff's last show was August 3rd, 2002---he decided to leave the band to work on his songwriting and is now married with a three children, living in Alberta (I believe).

When Did Pat Allingham Leave the Band?
Pat left June 7th, 2003 and went home to Canada to his wife Christa and infant daughter Talia. He's pursuing a career in the medical field. He is now living in Saskatchewan, working as a realitor and he and Christa have three children.. Canadian fans can find him occasionally on the road with artist Kal Hourd, and he will occasionally join Emerson Drive on stage when E-drive is in the area.

When Did Patrick Bourque Leave the Band?/Date of death?
Patrick left the band in July 2007 for unknown reasons (although it was reported he left to work on side projects at home in Montreal) and had moved home to Montreal, Quebec after leaving Nashville. He was working on the French Canadian talk show of Belle et Bum during the months of August and September 2007.

Patrick passed away September 26th, 2007 at his home in Montreal, Quebec at the age of 29, one day before his 30th birthday.

Origin of the Band:
Emerson Drive first started in a high school talent contest by original members Brad, Pat Allingham, Chris Hartman & a few other friends. Jeff Loberg joined later, and after a few members of the original band left, Mike and Danick joined the group. Jeff Loberg (2002), Chris Hartman (2003), & Pat Allingham (2003) decided to leave Emerson Drive. Patrick Bourque joined the band in August 2002 and decided to leave in August 2007, a couple of days short of five years. The newest members include Dale and David (2003), with David leaving the band in March 2013.

Origin of the Name of the Band:
They were once called 12 Gauge and dressed in trenchcoats and had shotguns in their promo photos, but changed their name (and got rid of the guns) to Emerson Drive (after a road in Alberta called "Emerson Trail"), after the Littleton, CO shooting. Also a rapper in NY has the name 12 Gauge. Brad is the only original 12 Gauge member left but the group also included former E-drive members Pat Allingham, Chris Hartman & Jeff Loberg).

The Drive Crew:
Matt Anderson - Touring Bassist
John Ettinger- Manager


Music/CD Info:

"Emerson Drive" CD Release Date:
May 21, 2002

"Emerson Drive" FYI:
The guys do play their own instruments on ALL their records.
"Only God" was set to be the first single, was sent to radio, and a video was shot, but the idea was scrapped for "I Should Be Sleeping," and "Only God" later became the third single (with a brand new video).

"What If" CD Release Date:
June 29, 2004

"Countrified" CD Release Date:
September 19, 2006 /July 11, 2006 (Canada)

"Believe" CD Release Date:
May 5, 2009 (Canada)/June 11, 2010 (Australia)/TBD (US)

Record Label:
The Talent Associates (US)/Open Road Recordings (Canadian imprint for US recordings)/ABC Records/Universal Music Australia (Australia)

Former Record Label:s
DreamWorks (Universal) Nashville/ Midas Records Nashville (both no longer in operation)/Valory Music Co./Amdian Music Group/Nine North

Producers:
James Stroud (Emerson Drive), Julian King (Emerson Drive), Richard Marx (two songs on Emerson Drive and the whole What If CD), Keith Follese, Brad Allen, Teddy Gentry (bassist from Alabama) & Josh Leo (Countrified). Gentry & Leo also produced "Believe."

Singles:
I Should Be Sleeping (# 4-- Billboard)
Fall Into Me (# 3-- Billboard)
Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You) (# 24-- Billboard)
Waitin' on Me (Canadian single only)
Last One Standing (# 20-- Billboard)
November (# 42-- Billboard)
If You Were My Girl (Canadian single only - # 7 R&R Canada)
Still Got Yesterday (Canadian single only)
A Good Man (# 6 Canada -- # 16 in the US)
Countrified Soul (Canadian single only)
Moments (# 1 - Billboard, R&R, and Music Row -- # 6 Canada)
You Still Own Me (US single only: #22--Billboard)
Testify (Canadian single only)
Everyday Woman (Canadian single only)
Belongs to You (#30- Billboard)
Believe (Canadian single only)
I Love This Road (Canadian single only)
The Extra Mile (Canadian single only)
That Kind of Beautiful
When I See You Again (Canadian single only)
Let Your Love Speak
Sleep It Off (Canadian single only)
She's My Kind of Crazy
Let It Roll w/Doc Walker (Canadian single only)
With You (Canadian single only)

Videos:
I Should Be Sleeping (# 2 CMT)
Fall Into Me (# 1 CMT)
Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)
Last One Standing (# 8 CMT)
November
If You Were My Girl (Canadian video only -- # 2 CMT Canada)
Still Got Yesterday (Canadian video only)
"A Good Man" (# 1 CMT Canada)
Countrified Soul (Canadian video only -- # 1 CMT Canada)
Moments (# 2 CMT -- # 1 CMT Canada)
You Still Own Me (US video only)
Belongs To You (#1- GAC/CMT Canada)
I Love This Road (Canadian video only)
That Kind of Beautiful (Canadian video only)
When I See You Again (Canadian video only)
Let Your Love Speak (Canadian video only)
She's My Kind of Crazy
Let It Roll w/Doc Walker (Canadian video only)
With You (Canadian video only)


Lyrics:
Check out the music page.

Awards/Nominations:
CCMA's 1998 Independent Group of the Year - Nomin.
Big Country Awards 1998 -Best New Duo or Group - Nomin.
Billboard's 2002 New Artist of the Year -Win
Radio and Record's  2002 New Artist of the Year - Win
CCMA's 2002 Chevy Rising Star - Win
CCMA's 2002 Top Duo/Group - Win
CCMA's 2002 Musician Of The Year Award -Chris (keyboards) - Win
CCMA's 2002 Musician Of The Year Award - Mike (drums) - Win
CCMA's 2002 Musician Of The Year Award - Jeff (bass) - Win
CCMA's 2002 Single Of The Year for "I Should Be Sleeping" - Nomin.
CCMA's 2002 Album Of The Year for "Emerson Drive" - Nomin.
CCMA's 2002 Video Of The Year for "I Should Be Sleeping" - Nomin.
CCMA's 2002 Musician Of The Year Award - Pat (fiddle) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2002 Musician Of The Year Award - Danick (guitar) - Nomin.
2003 Juno Awards- Country Recording of the Year- Emerson Drive - Nomin.
CMT 2003 Flameworthy Breakthough Artist of the Year (Fall Into Me) - Nomin.
2003 ACM Top New Duo/Group of the Year - Win
CCMA's 2003 Top Duo/Group - Win
CCMA's 2003 Musician Of The Year Award -Chris (keyboards) - Win
CCMA's 2003 Musician Of The Year Award - Mike (drums) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2003 Musician Of The Year Award - Pat Bourque (bass) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2003 Musician Of The Year Award - Pat Allingham (fiddle)- Nomin.
CCMA's 2003 Musician Of The Year Award - Danick (guitar) - Nomin.
2003 British Columbia International Acheivement - Dale - Nomin.
2004 British Columbia Keyboardist of the Year - Dale - Win
2004 British Columbia International Achievement - Dale - Win
CCMA's 2004 Top Duo/Group - Nomin.
CCMA's 2004 CMT Video of the Year- Last One Standing - Nomin.
CCMA's 2004 All Star Band -Dale (keyboards) - Win
CCMA's 2004 All Star Band - Mike (drums) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2004 All Star Band - Patrick (bass) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2004 All Star Band - David (fiddle)- Nomin.
CCMA's 2004 All Star Band - Danick (guitar) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2005 Top Duo/Group - Nomin.
CCMA's 2005 All Star Band -Dale (keyboards) - Win
CCMA's 2005 All Star Band - Mike (drums) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2005 All Star Band - Patrick (bass) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2005 All Star Band - David (fiddle)- Win
CCMA's 2006 Top Duo/Group - Nomin.
CCMA's 2006 Video Of The Year for "A Good Man" - Nomin.
CCMA's 2006 All Star Band -Dale (keyboards) - Win
CCMA's 2006 All Star Band - Mike (drums) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2006 All Star Band - Danick (guitar) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2006 All Star Band - David (fiddle) - Win
Juno 2007 Country Recording of the Year - "Countrified" - Nomin.
ACM 2007 Group of the Year - Nomin.
CCMA's 2007 Top Duo/Group - Win
CCMA's 2007 Album Of The Year "Countrified" -- Nomin.
CCMA's 2007 Video Of The Year for "Moments" - Win
CCMA's 2007 Single of the Year for "Moments"- Win
CCMA's 2007 All Star Band -Dale (keyboards) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2007 All Star Band - Mike (drums) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2007 All Star Band - Danick (guitar) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2007 All Star Band - David (fiddle) - Nomin.
CCMA's 2007 All Star Band - Patrick (bass) - Nomin.
CMA 2007 Group of the Year - Nomin.
CMA 2007 Video of the Year - "Moments" - Nomin.
ICMA 2007 Video of the Year - "Moments" - Win
GRAMMY 2008 Country Duo/Group Vocal Performance "Moments" - Nomin.
2008 Campus Activities Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards "Best Major Performance" - Win
2008 Dove Awards for Special Event Album of the Year "Songs4Worship Country" - Nomin.
2008 ACM Vocal Group of the Year - Nomin.
2008 ACM Song of the Year- "Moments" - Nomin.
2008 CCMA Fans Choice - Nomin.
2008 CCMA Group of the Year - Nomin.
2008 All Star Band - Dale (keyboards) - Win
2008 All Star Band - David (fiddle) - Win
2008 All Star Band - Mike (drums) - Win
CMA 2008 Group of the Year - Nomin.
2009 Campus Activities Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards- "Best Major Performance" - Nomin
2009 CCMA Group of the Year - Nomin.
2009 All Star Band - Dale (keyboards) - Nomin.
2009 All Star Band - David (fiddle) - Win
2010 Juno Awards- Country Recording of the Year - Believe - Nomin.
2010 All Star Band - Dale (keyboards) - Nomin.
2010 All Star Band - David (fiddle) - Nomin.
2010 All Star Band - Mike (drums) - Nomin.

12 Gauge CDs:
The CDs Brad (and former E-drive members Pat Allingham, Chris, & Jeff) made as 12 Gauge ("Open Season" and "Until You Walk the Tracks") are very hard to find and are no longer in print. "Open Season" was only sold in small quantities around the Grande Prairie area, but "Tracks" might be easier to find.

"November" Song Information:
I have been asked if I know where the location of some of the places mentioned in the song "November," as the e-mail stated that the places could be located in Boston. After much searching, "Beacon Hill" and "Hungry Eye (spelling may be different)" are in Boston, and one of the songwriters, Angelo, hails from Boston. We --those who helped me--  didn't get any answers from the songwriters or Emerson Drive, but that's what answers the research gave us...(Thanks to Liz!)


Tour Info:

When are the guys coming to...?
I try get the tour page updated as soon as I see that there are new dates available. I do have dates listed on my tour page, and I get these dates from EmersonDrive.com and Pollstar.com -- please remember that these dates are subject to change.

How do I meet Emerson Drive?
The easiest way to meet Emerson Drive is to join the fan club! One of the perks is unlimited meet and greets (only 30 members per show so make sure to sign up on the official website) with the band and if there is enough space, you can bring a guest! Occasionally, the guys will do a general meet and greet after the show, but sometimes time doesn't allow for them to do that. Check out more info on the fan club.

Gifts to Give the E-drive Guys:
Gift cards are the perfect item to give the guys from Emerson Drive. This way they can get what they need and you know they will use it! They like places such as Starbucks, Home Depot, and Barnes & Noble.

Booking Emerson Drive:
To book Emerson Drive (serious inquiries ONLY), contact :

The William Morris Agency

Cover Songs:
Some of Emerson Drive's cover songs that they do (or have done) in concert include "Boys Of Summer," "Patience," "You & Me," "Next To You, Next To Me." "Silver Wings," "Sweet Child of Mine," "Devil Went Down to Georgia (which is on their third CD)," "Fishin' In the Dark (which is on their second CD),"  "Forever Young" and "Fiddle in the Band." (They start "Devil" with two songs: Led Zepplin's "Kashmir" and Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive.") They've also previously done covers on  "The Only Thing That Looks Good On You (Is Me)," "It's a Great Day to Be Alive," "Drift Away" and others.

Previous Tours:
Emerson Drive has toured with the likes of Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Clay Walker, Martina McBride, Big & Rich and Shania Twain, to name a few.


Contact Info:

How to Contact the Band:
Find them on their Twitter and Facebook pages.


Contacting the Webmasters:
Loralie: loralie@kickmycountrifiedsoul.com
Joanne: joanne@kickmycountrifiedsoul.com


Other Info:

Boxers of Briefs?
From their DreamWorks Nashville fact sheets:

Brad: both
Danick: boxer briefs
Mike: boxers
Patrick: boxers
Dale: boxers
David: boxers

Random Info:
- French-speaking: Brad & Dale are the guys who can't speak French fluently, and they are the only two band members who are NOT French-Canadian. (But I'm sure with all the French spoken on the bus that they've picked some stuff up and most of its probably not good!)
- Living arrangements/vehicles: The guys all have homes in the Nashville area (and no, I don't know where they live!).
- "Brad's Girls": The name "Brad's Girls" came from a early chat session Brad had with a group of 12 fans that happened to be all girls. Technically you cannot be a member of this group of "Brad's Girls" but if you are a fan of Brad's and would like to be a "Brad's Girl" there is a Yahoo! Group called Brads_Girls that you can join.


Any other questions, e-mail me, and I will get them up on the site, if I can find answers to them. I do not know (or claim to know) everything about the guys and will NOT answer personal questions.
This page was last updated on: May 22, 2013
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