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Country pop outfit formed in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada by school friends Brad Mates (Bradley Mates, 21 July 1978, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada; vocals/guitar), Pat Allingham (b. 9 July 1978, Ill-A-La-Cross, Saskatchewan, Canada; fiddle), and Chris Hartman (b. 2 January 1978, Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada; keyboards). Originally called 12 Gauge, the trio added Jeff Loberg (bass) to the line-up and earned their musical spurs by touring Canada and recording two self-released albums. Along the way Danick Dupelle (b. 29 September 1973, Notre-Dame Perrot, Quebec, Canada; guitar/vocals) and Mike Melancon (b. Michel Melancon, 13 August 1978, Lac Des Ecurces, Quebec, Canada; drums) were added to the line-up and the bands name was changed to Emerson Drive. The sextets hard work eventually paid off when they landed a recording contract with DreamWorks Records in 2001. Their self-titled debut album was a collection of inoffensive country pop material that...