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Toronto Based Pop-Rock Band Manic Drive Wins First Juno Award For Album “VIP”

TORONTO, ON [March 15] - Toronto based pop-rock band Manic Drive are thrilled to announce their have received their first Juno win at the 2015 Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year, for their highly anticipated 2014 album "VIP". Brothers Shawn and Michael Cavallo and longtime band mate Anthony Moreino, have gotten the feedback they had hoped for and are happy to continue on a creative path as a musical trio breaking on to the pop music scene.

Title single "VIP" has already hit number six on Air 1 Radio Network, and stations across the United States and impacting multiple Top 30 Billboard Charts. The fun upbeat song enlightens listeners to know that they are just as VIP as those with celebrity status. It also proved to be a huge success following the September 2014 release when the band opened for Thousand Foot Krutch and LeCrae at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, performing for an overwhelming audience of 18,000.

Watch our exclusive interview with Manic Drive backstage at Festival of Hope in Toronto:

Produced by Oh, Hush! (CeeLo Green, Jamie Grace) and Nick Baumhardt (Stellar Kart, Britt Nicole), the band enlisted vocal collaborations with Manwell (of Group 1 Crew) on the title track, as well as fellow Canadian Trevor McNevan from Thousand Foot Krutch on the song "Electric." Recorded in Chicago, Nashville and their own studio in Toronto, VIP is filled with infectious power-pop melodies and lyrics rooted positivity, hope and encouragement, and the band is thrilled that these messages were received and had such a positive reaction. 

"We feel incredibly blessed to have won our first Juno award, and are extremely grateful to everyone who helped make it happen," says lead vocalist Shawn Cavallo. "Thank you so much for the overwhelming love and support, we are even more excited now to continue doing what we love for our awesome fans."  

After debuting their album "Reason for Motion" back in 2005, Manic Drive has built a loyal international following, fostered by their infectious brand of edge-pop and a genuine commitment to a relationship with their audience. Fans responded overwhelmingly to the September 2014 release of their newest album, "VIP" (over 350,000 YouTube views combined for both their music video and lyric videos). The band was ecstatic to hear that their passion had finally rewarded them with their first Juno nomination. Shawn, Michael and Anthony are overwhelmed with emotion during this exciting time in their career and are even more inspired to continue making great music for their growing fanbase.

Click to download "VIP" from the Crossroads eStore. 

"VIP" Track List:
1. Electric (feat. Trevor McNevan)
2. VIP (feat. Manwell Reyes)
3. Street Lights
4. King of Mercy
5. Good News
6. I Hide You Seek
7. Song to Sing
8. Fire
9. Indestructible
10. Rhythm

About Manic Drive:

Manic Drive is a Toronto-based Canadian pop band formed in 2004 by brothers Michael and Shawn Cavallo, and eventually added their talented drummer Anthony Moreino in 2009 making it a three-piece band. The Cavallos, who began singing at the early ages of eight and nine, always knew music was in their future. After receiving interest from a record label, they released their first album Reason for Motion in May 2005. Over the last several years, the band has released a variety of albums including, Reset and Rewind (2007), Blue (2009), Epic (2011), and VIP (2014). 

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