Early on, the band found minor success in Canada, releasing two albums under the name of 12 Gauge, and charting two minor singles on the Canadian charts and a music video on CMT. By 2003, they had been re-named Emerson Drive, and had 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".
12 Gauge began work on their second album, Until You Walk the Tracks, the following year. By this time, Switzer had left the group and drummer Remi Barre had been replaced by Derrick Kuzemchuk. Soon after the release, Binns left the group. He was replaced by Dan Bauman (lead guitar). Bauman stayed with the band for just over a year, then he and Kuzemchuk left the group. They were then replaced by Danick Dupelle (lead guitar) and Mike Melancon (drums). They toured around Canada to support the album, charting two songs in Canada and even releasing a music video to CMT Canada ("Some Trains Never Come").
DreamWorks Records signed the group in 2000, and released their debut single, "I Should Be Sleeping," in 2001. The song was a top 5 hit on the Billboard singles chart, as was the follow-up single, "Fall into Me." DreamWorks released their album, Emerson Drive, on May 21, 2002, debuting at #13 on Billboard. With their success came more changes to the line-up. Jeff Loberg exited the group to focus on his songwriting in August 2002, and was replaced by Patrick Bourque. Chris Hartman was replaced by Dale Wallace after he left to return to school. Finally, in June 2003, David Pichette joined the group after Pat Allingham parted to spend more time with his family. Lead singer Brad Mates is the only member from the group's original line-up. During late 2003 and early 2004, Emerson Drive opened up for Shania Twain during her Up! Tour.
|CAN Country||US Country||US||US Heat|
|1997||Until You Walk the Tracks[[#endnote_A|[A]]]|
|2002||Emerson Drive||13||108||2||DreamWorks Nashville|
|CAN Country||CAN Hot 100||US Country||US Hot 100||US Pop 100|
|1996||"Hopeless Guy"[[#endnote_A|[A]]]||Open Season|
|1997||"Love's a Trip"[[#endnote_A|[A]]]||70||Until You Walk the Tracks|
|1998||"Some Trains Never Come"[[#endnote_A|[A]]]||36|
|2001||"I Should Be Sleeping"||4||35||Emerson Drive|
|2002||"Fall into Me"||3||34|
|2003||"Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)"||23||124|
|2004||"Waitin' on Me"||What If?|
|"Last One Standing"||21||89|
|2005||"If You Were My Girl"||7|
|"Still Got Yesterday"||12|
|2006||"A Good Man"||6||17||120||Countrified|
|"You Still Own Me"||22|
|2008||"The Extra Mile"[[#endnote_B|[B]]]||TBD|
Emerson Drive gets back in touch with love ballad ; In CheyenneWhen: Saturday, shows starts around 9:30-10 p.m.Where: Outlaw Saloon, 312 S. Greeley HighwayTickets: $15 in advance or $17 at the door More info: 635-7552In DenverWhen: Friday, 8 p.m. Where: Grizzly Rose, 5450 N. Valley highway, Denver, Colo. Tickets: $15 in advance or $18 at the doorMore info: 303-295-1330, www.grizzlyrose.com, www.ticketmaster.comEmerson Drive: www.emersondrive.com
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