Mike Denney is a man with a smile and a vision, acknowledged by many as a fervent champion of the Canadian music industry and his clients around the world. With roots in Toronto, he brings a multitude of expertise, creativity and knowledge along with his record business acumen to the industry and the award winning artists he proudly works with.
An honoured former member of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) Board of Directors and former member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®), Denney’s passion and steadfast support for the country music genre and contribution to the industry has been acknowledged with four CCMA Award™ wins for Record Person of the Year (2014, 2015, 2017 & 2020).
In his roles as President of MDM Recordings Inc. and Managing Partner for the newly relaunched acronym Records label, his vision and leadership led MDM to become the #1 independent country label in Canada in 2015 and 2016, with his elite roster of artists achieving multiple Top 10 hits and three #1 singles in 2020 alone.
In 2015 and 2016, the MDM Recordings team, affectionately known as the “road family” celebrated the CCMA Award for Record Company of the Year.
In June of 2017, Mike Denney relaunched the acronym Records label along with Managing Partner Tony Tarleton, anchoring themselves as the latest full service record label imprint in Canada with a global focus.
The MDM Recordings Inc. roster includes: 2017 JUNO Award winner, 3x CCMA “Female Artist of the Year” and CCMA “Album of the Year” award winner Jess Moskaluke, CCMA “Rising Star” Award winner Bobby Wills, multiple JUNO Award nominee Don Amero, CCMA Award nominees Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, David James and Tyler Joe Miller, who recently became the first independent Canadian country artist to reach #1 at radio with his first two singles.
MDM was the number ONE Independent Country Label in Canada in 2021. Since its inception, MDM has earned multiple distinctions at the CCMA Awards for ‘Record Company of the Year’ and a 2021 win for ‘Management Company of the Year’. MDM boasts more than twenty Top 10 songs and over 200M global streams, with additional licensing in Australia and New Zealand via ABC Music Corp.
The acronym Records label is home to JUNO nominated indie rock/alt-country artist Megan Nash as well as JUNO nominee Del Barbar, Kaia Kater and newcomer Mikhail Laxton.