Monday, November 24, 2014
Nashville, TN – (November 23, 2014) - Superstar Carrie Underwood won her 8th American Music Award last night, winning for “Favorite Female Artist - Country,” a fan-voted award, during the show that was broadcast from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Among her 8 AMA trophies are four consecutive wins for each of her albums claiming “Favorite Country Album” honors- Some Hearts in 2007, Carnival Ride in 2008, Play On in 2010 and Blown Away in 2012. American Music Award Wins: 2014 Favorite Female Artist - Country 2012 Favorite Country Album - Blown Away 2010 Favorite Country Album - Play On 2008 Favorite Country Album - Carnival Ride 2007 Favorite Female Artist - Country 2007 Favorite Country Album - Some Hearts 2007 T-Mobile Text-In Award - Artist of the Year 2006 Favorite New Breakthrough Artist Carrie will release a new album on December 9, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. The album’s release was kicked off by the record-setting success of its first single, “Something in the Water,” which is quickly climbing the charts. The 25-track collection also includes the new song “Little Toy Guns” (written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano, and Hillary Lindsey), as well as four songs in never-before-released versions. Greatest Hits: Decade #1 is available for digital pre-orders now. Pre-order a physical copy here: http://smarturl.it/amzcarrieunderwood. Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time GRAMMY® Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 #1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours, in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide. Last year, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood is now in her second season as the musical voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and recently returned for the seventh consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. On December 9, Underwood will release Greatest Hits: Decade #1, her first hits collection, which also features her record-breaking new single, “Something in the Water.” Follow Carrie on Twitter @carrieunderwood. www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com www.carrieunderwood.fm
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Mercury Nashville Platinum recording artist Easton Corbin saw a big payoff to his support and partnership with the National FFA Organization, Ram Trucks and their Next Crop Initiative’s “The Year of the Farmer” celebration. As part of the “The Year of the Farmer” celebration, Corbin - a former FFA member - spent the year traveling the roads of rural America to meet and raise money for the local FFA chapters and young members around the country. Click HERE for a brief recap of his year-long work with the Next Crop Initiative. Ram Trucks kicked off the “Year of the Farmer” in February with the debut of their Super Bowl commercial, “Farmer,” which has garnered over 16 million views on YouTube. For every one million views, Ram pledged to donate $100,000, for a maximum donation of $1 million; viewers overwhelmingly supported the two-minute video, reaching 10 million views within days. As a result, a $1 million check was presented to the National FFA Foundation, on behalf of Ram Trucks, by Corbin and Ram Trucks President and CEO Reid Bigland during the first session of the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo, held in Louisville, Ky. As the “Farmer” video suggests, many budding farmers – including FFA members – were inspired by their grandfathers and fathers. As a former member of the Trent FFA Chapter in Florida, Corbin was no different. “I remember when I was in sixth grade and [my grandfather] asked me if I wanted to show a cow and I was like, ‘well yeah!’” Corbin said. “So, my grandpa was a big influence on me. He’s always been such a hardworking guy. I’ve always looked up to him.” About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog. About Easton Corbin Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over The Road.” Corbin set a career-best debut on Country Airplay with his current single, “Baby Be My Love Song," the second single from his upcoming album. As a former FFA member Corbin recently partnered with Ram Truck brand and FFA to celebrate the “Year of the Farmer” by visiting and performing for FFA members in numerous cities along his Fall/Winter tour route.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & More Join Kicker Country Stampede 2015 Line-Up Special Offer, Four-Day Passes Available for $120 until Nov. 30 MANHATTAN, KS (November 17, 2014) – The Kicker Country Stampede 2015 line-up just got “A Little Bit Stronger” with the addition of Country superstar Sara Evans, chart-topper Jerrod Niemann, Country music’s fastest rising star Thomas Rhett, one of Rolling Stone’s ‘10 New Artists You Need to Know’ Old Dominion, Country rock band Blackjack Billy and British Country singer/songwriter Sasha McVeigh. They will join previously-announced performers Country megastar and judge on NBC’s The Voice Blake Shelton and award-winning, superstar duo Florida Georgia Line on the Kicker Country Stampede stage in Manhattan, Kansas, June 25-28, 2015. Fans can expect even more exciting artist announcements in the coming months! VIP tickets are available for $510, four-day GA passes for $120, four-day, jump-the-line passes for $130, reserved seats for $250 until Nov. 30. Preferred and Premier Camping for 2015 is SOLD OUT! General and Family Primitive Camping is available for $135 and General Primitive Reserved Camping is available for $175 until Nov. 30. Want to take advantage of our current pricing but don’t have the cash? Choose the EZ-Pay Plan at check out to split your payment up over five months. Use it to purchase tickets, camping or add-on options! For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit www.countrystampede.com or call 800-795-8091. Kicker Country Stampede offered a full-fan experience in 2014 with fun for attendees of any age. In addition to the main stage boasting the biggest names in country music, Steel Rodeo Tours provided non-stop, action packed freestyle motocross exhibitions. The Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriters Tent featured established, as well as up-and-coming songwriters, including Lance Carpenter, Rob Northcutt Band, Tony Ramey and more. Kite's Grille & Bar Tuttleville Stage once again showcased the best local talent the Midwest has to offer, including Tim Zach & The Whiskey Bent, County Road 5, Jared Daniels Band and more. Other activities included a carnival, mouth-watering vendor food, shopping, interactive exhibits and much, much more. Follow Kicker Country Stampede on Twitter at: twitter.com/countrystampede and like them on Facebook at: facebook.com/countrystampede.
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NASHVILLE - Top winner Miranda Lambert collected trophies and broke records, while Luke Bryan picked up the night’s top honor, winning his first-ever CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year at “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.” Lambert won four awards Wednesday, including her second Album of the Year trophy for Platinum. She joined husband Blake Shelton, in setting a mutual record as each clinched their fifth consecutive victory in the Female and Male Vocalist of the Year categories. “I don’t even know what to say. I just can’t believe I’m standing here,” Lambert told the crowd. “I can’t believe this is my life, that this is my job. Thank you, fans, for that.” She also gave a shout out to female singers and songwriters who haven’t received the same kind of acclaim: “I’m trying to represent for you girls.” Lambert, who has won 11 CMA Awards since 2010, passed four-time winners Reba McEntire and Martina McBride in the Female Vocalist category becoming the top winner in CMA Awards history. Shelton moved into a tie for Male Vocalist with Vince Gill and George Strait, claiming his fifth consecutive title. “To be in that category, those two guys you (in the press room) just mentioned, that’s beyond a dream come true,” Shelton said. “That’s stupid.” Shelton dedicated the Award to his personal hero, singer Earl Thomas Conley. Bryan won the night’s top honor. It was his first CMA Award, and that fact left him amazed. “I have longed and sought for many years to get one of these in my hands,” Bryan said backstage as he cradled his new Entertainer trophy. “To get the respect of the CMA Board and all its voters and win this is a ginormous deal. It’s something that I could not express when I was out on stage when I was winning it. I can’t help but in the back of my mind want some of that respect from this body of people. I’m just really humbled.” Until then, the night belonged to Lambert. She picked up her first win just after the sun rose in Nashville, winning Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban. It was the second year in a row Urban won in the category, one of two Awards announced on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” Dierks Bentley and director Wes Edwards also picked up an early Award, taking Music Video of the Year for “Drunk on a Plane.” Lambert continued her run as the show started, joining Meghan Trainor on stage for a rendition of the pop hit “All About That Bass” before winning the first telecast Award: Single of the Year for “Automatic.” She returned to the stage midway through the show to pick up her third trophy, Album of the Year for Platinum, produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf. It was her second win in that prestigious category after Revolution took the category in 2010. She later performed new single “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” with Little Big Town, before again returning to the stage to accept the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy. Shelton was happier for his wife than he was for himself: “For me and my family, this may be the biggest night of our lives in the music industry.” Kacey Musgraves, the 2013 New Artist of the Year, scored a highlight moment when she sang “You’re Lookin’ at Country” with personal hero Loretta Lynn. She got another one when she returned to the stage for winning Song of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow,” an anthem about equality and individualism, written with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line enjoyed repeat victories. It was the third straight win in the category for Little Big Town and the second straight win for Florida Georgia Line. “I’m shaking, I’m shaking,” singer Brian Kelley said when the duo hit the stage. “How are we still so nervous?” duo mate Tyler Hubbard asked the crowd. Lanky crooner Brett Eldredge, wearing a tuxedo in tribute to his personal inspiration Frank Sinatra, won New Artist of the Year with his mother in attendance. Guitarist Mac McAnally won Musician of the Year for the seventh time, extending his streak for most consecutive wins in the category. Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan Album of the Year Automatic, Miranda Lambert Produced by Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, and Glenn Worf Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton Song of the Year “Follow Your Arrow,” by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally Single of the Year “Automatic,” Miranda Lambert Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge Music Event of the Year “We Were Us,” by Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert Music Video of the Year “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley (directed by Wes Edwards) Musician of the Year Mac McAnally Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards.
VINCE GILL RECEIVES CMA’S IRVING WAUGH AWARD OF EXCELLENCE DURING “THE 48TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” ON ABC
NASHVILLE – CMA presented the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence to Nashville treasure Vince Gill during “The 48th Annual CMA Awards,” which aired tonight on the ABC Television Network. Gill choked up during a video salute aired during the Awards as artists including Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Taylor Swift, James Taylor, and Keith Urban paid tribute to Gill’s artistry and impact on Country Music. “There wouldn’t have been a CMA Awards on television without Irving,” Gill told reporters back stage. "He put the show on and class was always the ultimate to him. He wanted the men to dress up.” The Irving Waugh Award of Excellence is awarded to an individual who is the originator and caretaker of demonstrated ideas and actions that have dramatically broadened and improved Country Music's influence on a national or international level for the benefit of the industry. It is the intention that these ideas and actions typically will have run a course of years and shall have a proven historical impact on the format. “Vince Gill’s career is the very definition of excellence,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “Vince is well known for his outstanding musicianship, artistic integrity, humor, philanthropy, and undeniable support of Country Music and this community. He is admired by many and is a very deserving recipient of this honor.” The Award was created in 1983, when it was presented to its namesake Irving Waugh, a visionary who was instrumental in the creation of the CMA Awards. Since then, the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence has only been presented four times including Frances Preston (1987), a legendary figure in BMI history; Jo Walker-Meador (1991), the Executive Director of the Country Music Association from 1962 to 1991; the iconic Johnny Cash (2003); and longtime, former producer of the CMA Awards, Walter Miller (2009). Gill has a long history with the CMA Awards himself, including hosting the annual gala 12 times (1992-2003). He has 53 career CMA Awards nominations including one in 2014 for CMA Musical Event of the Year with Paul Franklin for their album, Bakersfield. He has claimed the crystal trophy 18 times including one for Single of the Year for his breakthrough hit “When I Call Your Name” (1990), two for Entertainer of the Year (1993, 1994) and five consecutive times for Male Vocalist of the Year (1991-1995). In 2007, Gill was inducted into the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame, which is determined by the CMA Panel of Electors. Gill is one of those unique individuals who lives in the margins. He has a deep appreciation for the values and traditions of the format, but he also has a reputation for encouraging and helping emerging talent. He has an impeccable work ethic and an equally strong sense of humor. He is a public figure with an intense, personal loyalty to family and community. Revered by the industry, in 1991 he joined the Grand Ole Opry. His vocal prowess, emotionally-charged songwriting, and world-class guitar chops are undisputed and have bridged formats and set the standard for excellence, broadening the audience for Country Music. Since 1990, Gill has received 20 Grammy Awards, sold more than 26 million albums, and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His passion for golf led him to start the Vince Gill Pro Celebrity Invitation Golf Tournament, better known as “The Vinny,” to help support junior golf programs in Tennessee. He and his wife, Amy Grant, are well-known for the charitable efforts in the community and Gill was recently awarded the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award in recognition of his philanthropic efforts.
Luke Bryan is the latest Country Super Star to join an elite list of those parodied by singer/songwriter, Cledus T. Judd. The hilarious new song, “Luke Bryan,” is a comical portrayal of one of country’s hottest stars and is available on iTunes today. “This is one of the few songs I’ve written where we couldn’t stop laughing out loud while we wrote it,” Cledus says. "I don’t think I’ve done that since “Did I Shave My Back For This?” Every line makes you laugh." Known for his clever parodies of some of Country music’s biggest stars, with the release of “Luke Bryan,” Cledus T. Judd is at it again starting a new phase of his remarkable career. Often called the “Weird Al” Yankovic of Country, Cledus’ quick-witted parody about superstar Luke Bryan has fans laughing. Released on RoseyMoMusic and distributed by Average Joes Entertainment, “Luke Bryan” was written by Cledus T. Judd, Chris T. Cream Clark, Bill Whyte, and Country star Colt Ford who is also featured on the song. Watch the "Luke Bryan" video here. To learn more about Cledus’ new music and where you can see him live visit cledustjudd.net and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. “Luke Bryan” Lyrics Everybody loves Luke (Cheers) Ummmhmmmm (Cheers) Everybody loves Luke Hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey Did y’all see it the other night He wore tight jeans, on the CMA’s Then he musta did, what all his friends say Girls scream like he is deaf, when he shakes his behind The ladies love Luke Bryan Everybody loves Luke His Truck is all jacked up, he’s a Georgia license plater And you’re a fanimal, he’ll sign your tata’s later He ain’t no imitator, his accent needs translators, just like ole Flava flavor’s Zach Brown don’t be a hater Chorus Luke Bryan That redneck tycoon, when he sings a tune, your speakers go boom boom All you county girls Think he’s fantastic, do something drastic, for backstage passes Love some Luke Bryan I know you want him, you know I know him, those moves I taught him You’re a country girl So shake it for me, so shake it for me Seriously…shake it for me When he sang with Aldean, busting out of his jeans, one thing that we all know He’s got the biggest truck in this place I may be funny (HA HA HA), what rhymes with funny (HA HA HA) I ain’t got no money (HA HA HA) Yeah it’s his kinda night, and he’s a winner winner Give him a hook and line, catch you a catfish dinner Dance on his daddy’s tractor Girl you know it don’t matter, just swing it like a batter, bring on that country rapper Everybody talk about Luke Bryan Now the girls tellin’ me he’s so fine My trucks big girl, what about mine She said Colt have you seen him grind, he shakes them hips around I said yeah what about it, she said his jeans are tight, I said yeah they look crowded Ole Luke’s got everything, big truck, boats, planes Hot wife, great life, and fame I think I’m gonna change my name Y’all can call me Luke two, I wanna do what he do Dance around on the ACM’s, man I think I dance better than him Damn Shakes his bumper, gets down, (whistle), gets up All the girls may flirt, but Luke don’t flirt Cause his wife will hurt Hey hey hey You can “Crash His Party” in Georgia or Jamaica “Rain Is A Good Thing” in Dakota or Decatur They like his singing They like his dancing And he’s years from Branson That’s why I wish I was Luke Bryan That Redneck tycoon When he sings a tune Your speakers go boom boom All you country girls Think he’s fantastic, do something drastic, for backstage passes About Cledus T. Judd Cledus T. Judd has sold 2-million records and his hilarious videos have been viewed millions of times. Judd has also toured with, and emceed shows for, some of Country’s biggest stars including Toby Keith, Brooks and Dunn, Brad Paisley and Shania Twain. To learn more about Cledus’ new music and where you can see him live, visit cledustjudd.net and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. RoseyMoMusic is distributed by Average Joes Entertainment.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
WINNERS IN TWO CMA AWARDS CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED LIVE FROM NASHVILLE ON ABC NEWS’ “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” “We Were Us” by Keith Urban Featuring Miranda Lambert Wins Musical Event of the Year; Dierks Bentley and Director Wes Edwards Win Music Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane” NASHVILLE – Winners in two of the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” this morning from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which is the site of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.” The news was delivered by GMA chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and welcomed by cheers from the thousands of rain-soaked fans gathered on the Bridgestone Arena plaza waiting to see CMA Awards Musical Event of the Year winners Miranda Lambert; and Keith Urban,who also performed. “What a terrific way to gear up for the industry’s top honors, by announcing winners in two categories on GMA and sharing that good news with the viewers and the fans in Nashville,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. Hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” airs tonight (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Lambert and Urban won CMA Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” from Urban’s CMA Awards nominated Album of the Year, Fuse. Winning CMA Music Video of the Year was Dierks Bentley and director Wes Edwards for “Drunk On A Plane.” Bentley was the most-nominated male artist in 2014 with five nominations including Male Vocalist; Album of the Year for Riser, which was produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora Jr.; Song of the Year for “I Hold On,” which Bentley wrote with Brett James; and Single and Music Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane,” which was produced by Copperman, Johnston, Buena Hora, and directed by Edwards. This was Bentley’s first nomination for Music Video of the Year. Bentley won his first CMA Award in 2005 for the Horizon Award, now known as New Artist of the Year. The 2014 CMA Awards top nominee, Lambert’s nominations include Entertainer (she received her first nomination in this category in 2010); Female Vocalist; Album for Platinum, which was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf; two nominations for Musical Event for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood and “We Were Us” with Urban; and two nominations for Music Video of the Year for “Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood, which were both directed by Trey Fanjoy. In addition, “Automatic” picked up nominations for Single (produced by Liddell, Ainlay, and Worf) and Song of the Year for songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Lambert. This marks her first win for Musical Event of the Year and brings her career CMA Awards wins to eight. Urban collected four nominations in 2014 including Entertainer of the Year, which he won in 2005; Male Vocalist, which he has won three times (2004-2006); Album for Fuse, which was produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Butch Walker, and Urban (Urban only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); and Musical Event with Lambert for “We Were Us.” This is Urban’s third win in the category (“Start a Band” with Paisley in 2009; “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw in 2013), bringing his career CMA Awards wins to nine. This marked the third year the categories were announced on “Good Morning America.” In previous years, the winners were announced in pre-televised activities and acknowledged during the CMA Awards broadcast. Chris Young will host pre-tel ceremonies tonight and will present the trophies to the winners as well as Musician of the Year and CMA Broadcast Awards winners for Radio Station and Radio Personality of the Year. The recipients will be acknowledged during the broadcast and participate in backstage media interviews. “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 17 YEARS... THE GARTH BROOKS WORLD TOUR with TRISHA YEARWOOD IS RETURNING TO TULSA, OKLAHOMA!!! CONCERTS WILL BE THURSDAY, JANUARY 15th 7:00 PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 16th 7:00 PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 17th 7:00 PM AT BOK CENTER LOS ANGELES- NOVEMBER 5, 2014- For the first time in over 17 years, The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is returning to Tulsa, Oklahoma! The concerts will be Thursday, January 15th 7:00 PM, Friday, January 16th 7:00 PM and Saturday, January 17th 7:00 PM at BOK Center. Garth Brooks' first new studio album in 13 years, MAN AGAINST MACHINE, will be released on November 11th. Tickets will be on sale Friday, November 14th at 10:00 AM CST. There will be an eight ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849. Please note there will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on November 14th. Tickets will cost $57.13 plus a $4.87 tax, a $2.00 facility fee and a $6.00 service charge for a total of $70.00. About Garth Brooks Certified by the RIAA in 2000 as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks is now certified at 134 million albums and has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. In 2001, Garth retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008 the President-elect, himself, requested that Garth headline President Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of over 300,000 did the "wave" to Garth's performance of "Shout" while the President sang along. That same year the Governor of California asked Garth to help the State. Garth performed 5 concerts in 2 days with the proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, "Garth Brooks: Live in L.A." allowing viewers to donate as well. In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing 9 sold out concerts in 6 days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts. In January, 2012 he was named the best-selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and SoundScan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The sell out 15,000+ seats happened in less then a minute. Garth was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger. On November 29th, 2013, Garth took the night with almost 9 million viewers watching his CBS special "Live From Las Vegas." That very day Garth released his new boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, which debuted for the 13th time in Garth's career at #1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart making it the 9th time Garth has been able to achieve that feat. Garth's performance of "Friends in Low Places," was the last thing heard on The Tonight Show as Jay Leno ended his 22 year reign as The Tonight Show host. On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, Garth released a new single, "People Loving People." It was his first new single since 2008. For more information please visit www.garthbrooks.com
Keith Urban, Ashley Monroe, and Michael McDonald Pay Tribute to the Songwriting Legend Rhett Akins, Ketch Secor and Sony/ATV Among Honorees at the Annual Event in Nashville NASHVILLE, November 5, 2014 – Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, presented the 2014 BMI Country Awards, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI Icon Vince Gill, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year last night in Nashville. The 62nd annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the past year. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill hosted the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville; and Clay Bradley, BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville. Gill, who was named this year’s BMI Icon, joins an elite list of songwriters who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers" and was honored with a tribute from three fellow musicians: Keith Urban, Ashley Monroe, and Michael McDonald. Ashley Monroe serenaded attendees with “Whenever You Come Around.” Urban performed “I Still Believe In You,” and Michael McDonald gave his heartbreaking rendition of “When I Call Your Name.” Urban and Monroe closed out the set with a raucous version of the perennial Vince Gill classic “Liza Jane.” Rhett Akins was named Songwriter of the Year, with writing credits on seven of the most-performed songs of the past year, including "Boys Round Here," recorded by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, "Hey Girl" by Billy Currington, "I Can Take It From There" by Chris Young, "It Goes Like This" by Thomas Rhett, "Parking Lot Party” by Lee Brice, “Point at You” by Justin Moore, and “When She Says Baby” by Jason Aldean. Darius Rucker’s hit "Wagon Wheel," penned by Ketch Secor, won the coveted Song of the Year award. Published by Blood Donor Music, "Wagon Wheel" was one of the most-performed country songs of the year. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville continued their winning streak of more than a decade, again taking home the Publisher of the Year accolade. Responsible for 28 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year, Sony/ATV published megahits such as Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer,” Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck,” Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It,” and many more. During the ceremony, BMI also saluted the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 5, 2014) – Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 People’s Choice Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on. Now in 2014, Dolly has just been nominated for a People’s Choice award in the Favorite Female Country Artist category. “I am so excited to be nominated for a People’s Choice award. It is always a good feeling to be recognized for whatever you do,” says Dolly Parton. “This year has been an amazing year! I released a new album Blue Smoke, traveled to Australia, Europe, and across America and even performed for 170,000 people at one show; woo that makes me tired just saying it. But seriously, I am honored to be nominated amongst these great gals.” Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television. Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Straight Talk, and Joyful Noise. Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for Travelin’ Thru from the film Transamerica. Fans can begin voting now at: http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/62/3 People’s Choice Awards will air live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on CBS. About the People’s Choice Awards: People's Choice, the original metric of pop culture, is dedicated to providing entertainment fans with a platform to express their opinions. The annual People's Choice Awards live telecast gives fans a chance to honor their favorite entertainers, while the People's Choice official website, PeoplesChoice.com, lets enthusiasts voice their choices year round through polls and editorial features. People's Choice Awards celebrates fan favorites in movies, music and television and is the only major awards show where real people - not industry insiders - determine the nominees and winners, setting it apart from other awards shows. In the age of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and countless other franchises where the fans decide the outcome, People's Choice was ahead of its time. For the past 40 years, many of Hollywood's most popular actors, musicians, television shows and movies have been named People's Choice Award winners by their fans. The event began in 1975 with 14 categories; winners included Mary Tyler Moore, Barbra Streisand and The Sting. In 2013, there were over 40 categories, honoring Katy Perry, Robert Downey, Jr. and The Hunger Games.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Nashville, TN - (November 4, 2014) – Superstar Carrie Underwood (@CarrieUnderwood) will premiere the video of her smash single, “Something in the Water,” exclusively on Twitter, Wednesday evening, November 5, during @ABCNetwork’s 48th Annual CMA Awards telecast. Following Carrie’s performance on the CMA Awards in Eastern and Central Zones, @CarrieUnderwood will use her official account to personally debut the video for “Something in the Water” directly on Twitter. Directed by Underwood’s longtime creative collaborator Raj Kapoor and produced by Mark D. Allen, the music video finds Carrie performing while members of the dance company, Shaping Sound, dance around her in water. The video was choreographed by the Emmy®-nominated Travis Wall, the company’s founding member and a former finalist and current resident choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, with styling and costume design by three-time Emmy Award winner Marina Toybina. Millions of country music fans around the world can tune in on Twitter and follow @CarrieUnderwood to watch Carrie’s exclusive premiere at www.twitter.com/CarrieUnderwood. Twitter will be your front row ticket to the biggest night in country music. Follow #CMAawards to keep up with the action. “Something in the Water” is from Underwood’s December 9 album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, and the single is available immediately with your pre-order at http://smarturl.it/cughdecade1. For physical album pre-orders, link here: http://smarturl.it/amzcarrieunderwood. Written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano, and Brett James, “Something in the Water” is #12 this week on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck country airplay charts. Follow Carrie on Twitter @carrieunderwood. www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com www.carrieunderwoo
RONNIE McDOWELL SET TO TAKE MUSIC TO THE MASSES BELOVED ENTERTAINER ON ROAD WELL INTO 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 4, 2014) – Ronnie McDowell has been bringing his unique style of Country Music to fans for four decades now, and the singer will continue to log the road miles well into 2015. Just having released his tour schedule for the coming year, McDowell has concert dates lined up through the fall of 2015. With over thirty appearances on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, the Portland, Tennessee, native has been a favorite of radio programmers and fans alike since his tribute to Elvis Presley, “The King Is Gone,” launched his recording career in the fall of 1977. The single has gone on to sell five million copies worldwide. McDowell’s vocals have been widely compared to Presley’s over the years, earning his voice spots in such film projects as the 1979 biopic Elvis as well as Elvis and Me, a TV-movies inspired by the Priscilla Presley autobiography of the same title. But, there’s a lot more to McDowell’s talent. He immediately followed up “The King Is Gone” with the top-ten hit ‘I Love You, I Love You, I Love You,” and was a regular presence on the charts with future singles such as “Wandering Eyes,” “Love Talks,” and “In A New York Minute.” He earned number one records with “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation” and “Older Women.” Later hits included duets with Conway Twitty (“It’s Only Make Believe”) and Jerry Lee Lewis (“Never Too Old To Rock And Roll”), as well as a very well-received version of the standard “Unchained Melody” in 1990. To date, Ronnie McDowell has released twenty-four studio albums, such as Good Time Lovin’ Man, I’m Still Missing You, and his most recent disc, Lost In Dirty Dancing. McDowell is also an avid painter, and has released several art prints of his work. For more information on Ronnie McDowell and updated tour dates, check out www.RonnieMcDowell.com Ronnie McDowell Tour Dates 11/06 Tupelo, MS / Elvis Presley Birthplace Theater 11/07 Gulfport, MS / Corporate Event 11/08 Birmingham, AL / Workplay Theater 11/10 Huntsville, AL / Rocking At The Lumber Yard 11/20 Nashville, TN / Benefit Concert 11/29 Franklin, KY / Good Night Auditorium 12/04 St. Joseph, MI / St. Joe High School-Performing Arts Center 12/05 Greenville, MI / Greenville High School-Performing Arts Center 12/06 Sturgis, MI / Sturgis Young Auditorium 12/07 Ionia, MI / Ionia Theater 12/14 Somerset, KY / Center For Rural Development 12/31 Bardstown, KY / Bardstown Opry 2015 03/06 Fulton, MS / Itawamba Agricultural High School - Elvis Presley Charity Event Memorial Dinner 03/14 Clarksville, TN / Austin Peay University Mabry Hall 03/20 Pace, FL / Emmanuel Baptist Church w/T. Graham Brown & Jimmy Fortune 03/21 Russellville, AL / The Roxy Theater 03/27 Liberty, KY / Central Kentucky Ag Expo Center 04/19–26 Ronnie McDowell’s “Dream Cruise” 05/09 Warsaw, MO / Truman Lake Opry 05/15 Ocean City, MD / Ocean City Jamboree 05/29 Crossville, TN / Palace Theater 06/20 Chocowinity, NC / Tar Heel Variety Theater 08/22 Richmond, VA / The Henrico Theater 09/18 Celina, OH / Bearcreek Memories Dinner Theater 09/19 El Dorado, IL / Town & Country Days **Please contact the venue before traveling to performances as dates and venues sometimes change without notice To Book Ronnie McDowell for a Concert Appearance, contact: Brent Taylor / Joe Taylor Agency, 615-385-5666
Alan Jackson Receives The Prestigious ASCAP Heritage Award at 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards
Alan Jackson with his longtime producer Keith Stegall Photo credit: Peyton Hoge HI RES NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 4, 2014) Hit singer/songwriter and country superstar Alan Jackson was presented the first-ever ASCAP Heritage Award last night at the 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville. Jackson earned the title of most performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. The award was presented by ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams and special guest presenter Connie Bradley in commemoration of ASCAP’s first 100 years. The honor included a video tribute that highlighted some of Jackson’s career milestones, as well as interviews with music industry luminaries who were instrumental in launching his career including ASCAP Board member Barry Coburn, former Arista Records head Tim DuBois and longtime producer Keith Stegall. The EMI Nashville superstar, who attended with wife Denise, was markedly surprised and honored saying, “I don’t even know what to say. I’m just an old country boy that’s had a lot of blessings. Like I’ve said before, I’m just a singer of simple songs and came [to Nashville] to sing country songs and songwriting means more to me than anything.” He added saying to his peers of artists, songwriters and music industry colleagues in the room, “Try to remember it’s about the music. Try not to look at those charts.” Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. Jackson kicks off his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR on January 8 in Fort Myers, FL. The tour, sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, includes Capitol Records Nashville’s Jon Pardi and Grammy/CMA/ACM nominated hit singer/songwriter Brandy Clark. Jackson’s tour is an extension of the already year-long 25th anniversary celebration which kicked off this summer with the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, which will run through March 2015. Last month the multi-platinum selling Grammy winner played two record-breaking sold out shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject. In his 25-year career, Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success. Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
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The Doobies to Perform on The 48th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 5 “What a Fool Believes” with Sara Evans Is the Third New Track Available Now with Your Pre-Order of Southbound Nashville, TN – Four-time GRAMMY®-winning band The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald are gearing up for the November 4 release of its new album, Southbound, which finds the iconic music makers collaborating with some of country’s top stars for all-new versions of a dozen of the band’s classic hits. Appropriately enough, the band will be in Nashville for Country Music’s Biggest Night™ for a performance on The 48th Annual CMA Awards, airing live, Wednesday, November 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. New this week, Southbound track “What a Fool Believes” with Sara Evans becomes the third song available immediately to fans who pre-order the digital album. For Evans, the opportunity to be a part of Southbound was not to be missed. “I love The Doobie Brothers’ music. They are really one of the coolest acts…ever! It is so nostalgic for me. It is embedded in my memory. It reminds me of riding around with my dad,” Evans shares. She adds, “I really connect to Michael McDonald’s voice. He actually sang with me on one of my records, which was one of the biggest honors of my career. In my opinion, hearing what he did on this version of ‘What a Fool Believes’ – just the phrasing and his vocal – I actually think this is better than the original.” McDonald was similarly delighted to have Evans perform on this new version of 1979’s GRAMMY-winning Record and Song of the Year. “Sara Evans is a phenomenal singer. When I heard that she was interested in being part of ‘What a Fool Believes,’ I knew she would hit it out of the park...and she did.” Along with “What a Fool Believes,” fans who pre-order the digital album will also receive “Listen to the Music,” with Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes on guitar, as well as “Black Water,” with Zac Brown Band. The track listing with guest artists joining The Doobie Brothers on Southbound is as follows: “Black Water” (with Zac Brown Band) “Listen to the Music” (with Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes on guitar) “What a Fool Believes” (with Sara Evans) “Long Train Runnin’” (with Toby Keith and Huey Lewis on harmonica) “China Grove” (with Chris Young) “Takin’ It to the Streets” (with Love and Theft) “Jesus Is Just Alright” (with Casey James) “Rockin’ Down the Highway” (with Brad Paisley) “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)” (with Tyler Farr) “South City Midnight Lady” (with Jerrod Niemann) “You Belong to Me” (with Amanda Sudano Ramirez of the band Johnnyswim and Vince Gill on guitar) “Nobody” (with Charlie Worsham) Releasing on Arista Nashville, Southbound finds Michael McDonald returning to the band for this project, while The Doobie Brothers’ most recent studio lineup harkens back to their earliest days. Fellow singer/songwriter/guitarist/lead vocalists Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston continue to front the group, while multi-instrumentalist (and Southern Pacific co-founder) John McFee’s history with the Brothers dates back to 1978. Formed in 1969 by Simmons and Johnston, the Doobies made their mark with a run of punchy, melodic hits on Warner Bros. Records, attaining radio and chart ubiquity in the early ’70s. The group’s expanded line-up was later augmented by Michael McDonald, whose soaring lead vocals pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights. Their #1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes,” both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that includes “Listen to the Music,” “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me in Your Arms,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor,” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Through their career, the Doobies have rung up a glittering track record that would be the envy of any band. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street, the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies has sold more than 11 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” To date, the band’s propulsive, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven style has sold more than 40 million albums.
NASHVILLE, TN, (October 31, 2014) While CMA Awards' New Artist of the Year nominee, Cole Swindell, is gearing up to launch his "Down Home Tour" next month, the breakout artist will also release a special fan EP, called the Down Home Sessions on November 17th via Warner Bros Records. Comprised of five songs (track listing below), the digital album will be released in connection with his first solo run of tour dates this winter, which follows up his nationwide arena and stadium trek with Luke Bryan. I'm always writing and I have lots of songs that I want my fans to hear. As a songwriter that's what you want, but everything can't always make it onto your album so I decided the best way to release this music was to put together the Down Home Session EP, explains Swindell. The start of my Down Home Tour seemed like the perfect time to put this collection together for the fans, not that I need an excuse to thank them for all the support they have given me over the past year. Along with the Down Home Sessions EP, Swindell will also introduce his new fan club, The Down Home Crew. Fans can sign up on his website which allows access to exclusive items such as online store discounts, access to presale tickets and meet & greets, as well as up to date information about all things Cole Swindell. Down Home Crew members will also get early access to the VIP experience at headlining shows (where available). Releasing his self-titled debut album earlier this year on Warner Bros. Records, Swindell has sold 260,000 copies since only February, while claiming the title of highest selling country debut since 2011 upon release. The album features Swindells latest single, Aint Worth The Whiskey, along with his first two hits as a solo artist and back-to-back No. 1 singles: the gold certified Hope You Get Lonely Tonight, and the platinum certified Chillin It. Named Music Rows Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year for 2014, Swindells celebrated songwriting credits also include hit songs such as This Is How We Roll for Florida Georgia Line, Get Me Some of That, the No. 1 single for Thomas Rhett, several songs with Luke Bryan including his latest No. 1 single Roller Coaster, among others. As the only debut artist with a No. 1 country radio single in 2014, his debut hit Chillin It remains one of the most played songs on country radio this year, racking up almost 1.3 million sales of more than 2.1 million total tracks sold. Recently making his Grand Ole Opry debut, Swindell will head back out on the road in 2015 with Jason Aldeans Burn It Down tour. COLE SWINDELLS DOWN HOME SESSIONS EP TRACK LISTING 1) Ready 2) The Way Youre Lovin Me Now 3) Kiss 4) Workin On Me 5) Boomerang COLE SWINDELLS DOWN HOME TOUR DATE CITY VENUE November 13 Davie, FL Roundup November 14 Cape Coral, FL Dixie Roadhouse November 15 De Land, FL Fairgrounds November 16 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park November 20 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom November 21 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bobs Texas November 22 San Antonio, TX Cowboys Dance Hall November 28 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues November 29 Charlotte, NC Coyote Joes December 3 Oxford, OH Brick Street Bar-Miami Univ December 4 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersections December 5 South Bend, IN Legends of Notre Dame December 6 Rootstown, OH Dusty Armadillo December 10 Chicago, IL Joes Sports Bar December 11 Chicago, IL Joes Sports Bar December 13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave December 18 Springfield, IL Boondocks December 19 Indianapolis, IN 8 Seconds Saloon December 20 Fort Wayne, IN Rusty Spur For more information and tour dates, please visit: http://www.ColeSwindell.com, Facebook.com/ColeSwindellMusic / Follow Twitter.com/ColeSwindell.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, November 3, 2014) - Sam Hunt’s lead single “Leave the Night On,” off his major label debut album MONTEVALLO, lands at No. 1 on both the Billboard and MediaBase charts this week making it Hunt’s first chart-topping single as an artist. The song also becomes Hunt’s first RIAA-certified Platinum title, registering more than 1 Million in sales. Written by Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Leave the Night On” was the highest debuting new artist single in the history of Country Aircheck and quickly made its way to the peak position. “Leave the Night On” is Hunt’s third No. 1 as a songwriter following “Come Over” recorded by Kenny Chesney and “We Are Tonight” recorded by Billy Currington. Additional writer credits include Keith Urban’s recent Top 10 “Cop Car.” On his latest No. 1, Hunt shares, “I'm really excited that folks have connected to ‘Leave the Night On’ the way they have. This past year has been a wild ride and I can’t wait to see what the future has to hold.” The No. 1 single leads the way for Hunt’s recent Oct. 27 album release, MONTEVALLO, on MCA Records Nashville. In support of last week’s release, Hunt performed on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” "Live with Kelly & Michael,” as well as an exclusive in-studio performance for iHeart Radio. Identified as the “next big artist,” Hunt is the current talent focus of VEVO’s LIFT program and he was recently named winner of Spotify’s Emerge program, a first for a country artist. Fans can find Hunt out on the road with Kip Moore and Charlie Worsham on the CMT ON TOUR: UP IN SMOKE Tour. For more information, tour dates, images and music, please visit www.SamHunt.com. www.SamHunt.com | facebook.com/SamHuntMusic | twitter.com/SamHuntMusic | instagram.com/SamHuntMusic
LIMITED EARLY BIRD PRESALE TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 10:00am EST Fort Lauderdale, FL - HUKA Entertainment proudly announces the return of Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, taking place Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, 2015 on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Fort Lauderdale, FL. A limited quantity of Early Bird Presale tickets for the 2015 festival will be available online at www.tortugamusicfestival.com this Friday, November 7 at 10:00am EST. This public presale allows early supporters of the festival to purchase discounted tickets, including two-day General Admission for $139.00 each, two-day VIP for $579.00 each and two-day Super VIP for $979 each (shipping and handling fees may apply to each ticket type). Tickets will also be available by phone at 877.987.6487. A four-ticket purchase limit will be in effect. Additional details can be found via www.tortugamusicfestival.com. Additionally, Tortuga Music Festival fans who’ve missed their opportunity to purchase merchandise at previous events will now have a chance starting today, with the launch of the festival’s online merchandise store at www.tortugamusicfestival.com. Merchandise supplies are limited. Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment, is a two-day music and conservation festival on the beach featuring over two dozen of the hottest artists in country, rock and roots music. Created together with the Rock the Ocean Foundation, the event serves to celebrate the festival’s ocean side setting while raising awareness of issues impacting the world’s oceans and supporting marine research and conservation, as well as protection of the festival’s namesake – sea turtles that nest annually along South Florida’s Atlantic seaboard. “We’ve heard over and over what a unique and special event Tortuga is from our artists, fans and the community,” says HUKA Entertainment co-founder and CEO A.J. Niland, “As a result, we’re challenging ourselves in our third year to ensure we continue to deliver on our success and provide the sort of world-class event everyone has come to expect.” “The concept of marrying music and conservation has proven to be a winner,” adds Rock The Ocean founder Chris Stacey. “With this year’s event, we hope to take our conservation awareness to new highs.” While the 2015 festival performer line-up will remain under wraps for the time being, Niland says fans can expect the same caliber of talent to hit the beach at Tortuga as in previous years, which have featured the likes of Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Sheryl Crow, Brett Eldredge, Ziggy Marley, Slightly Stoopid, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Lynryd Skynyrd, Frankie Ballard and many, many more. “Our goal remains to bring the best available talent we can to the beach so fans and artists can appreciate our world’s resources firsthand, and what it is we are trying to preserve,” says Niland. “Musically, we’ll have a little something for everyone, and it doesn’t hurt that we’re going to have a heck of a party in the process.” With live music performances across three stages, the centerpiece to the festival is its Conservation Village, curated by Stacey, where over 20 organizations dedicated to marine research and conservation will provide interactive, educational experiences for festival patrons. Stacey notes the Conservation Village will again offer premium content in its third outing, after featuring such notables as The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Shark Savers, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Florida Fishing Academy and Bonefish Tarpon Trust, among others. “Our Conservation Village concept has been a win-win for our conservation partners and festival fans,” elaborates Stacey. “We allow our fans to learn more about the issues affecting our oceans by using interactions that are entertaining and fun. We’re honored to have some of the foremost experts in various areas of ocean advocacy participating, and to me, folks who spend their time saving our seas are rock stars, too.” Additionally, festival-goers will again be encouraged to collect waste at the event site to minimize the festival’s impact on the environment, as in previous years, when fans were rewarded for their efforts with various premiums given in exchange for collected trash. “Ours is one of the only events of its kind, where fans and artists alike can hear the sound of the waves mix with the music on stage,” says Niland. “That’s a special gift, and one that helps us remember what we’re celebrating and trying to preserve.” For additional information, and to sign up to be the first to receive updates, including lineup announcements, ticket on sales, special offers and more, visit Tortuga Music Festival on the following platforms: Web: www.tortugamusicfestival.com Twitter: @FestivalTortuga FB: www.facebook.com/TortugaMusicFestival
Alan Jackson, Craig Wiseman Presented with ASCAP Heritage Award; Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Robbins, Warner/Chappell Also Among Top Honorees Nashville, Tenn., November 3, 2014: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted the 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, November 3rd in the Grand Ballroom of Nashville’s Music City Center. The writers of country music's most performed songs of the period between April 2013 and March 2014 were honored before an audience of distinguished Nashville songwriters, top country stars and music industry leaders. Special tribute was paid to Alan Jackson and songwriter Craig Wiseman, who were each presented with the ASCAP Heritage Award in commemoration of ASCAP’s 100th anniversary. The evening's top honors were awarded to the following: ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorley ASCAP Country Music Song of the Year: "It Goes Like This," written by Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins; published by Extraordinary Alien, THiS Music, Tar-Cam-Knox Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing; recorded by Thomas Rhett ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing A total of 45 most-performed song honors were presented, highlighted by special performances from the writers of the top five most performed songs of the year. Performances included "Don’t Ya," by songwriters Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley and Brett Eldredge (recorded by Brett Eldredge); “Crash My Party,” performed by songwriter Ashley Gorley (recorded by Luke Bryan); "Friday Night," by songwriter and recording artist Eric Paslay; Song of the Year “It Goes Like This,” performed by songwriters Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Robbins, Rhett Akins and recording artist Thomas Rhett; and "Runnin’ Outta Moonlight" performed by songwriters Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace and Dallas Davidson (recorded by Randy Houser). The show kicked off with ASCAP songwriter-artist Lee Ann Womack, who performed the song "Send It On Down" from her first studio album in nearly seven years, the critically-acclaimed The Way I’m Livin’. ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams and special guest presenter Connie Bradley presented the ASCAP Heritage Award to Alan Jackson, who earned the title of most-performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. The honor included a video tribute that highlighted some of Jackson’s career milestones, as well as interview segments with music industry luminaries who were instrumental in launching his career: ASCAP Board member Barry Coburn, former Arista Records head Tim DuBois and longtime producer Keith Stegall. The ASCAP Heritage Award was also presented to Craig Wiseman, ASCAP’s most-performed country music songwriter of the past century, whose video tribute included heartfelt interviews with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and more. Longtime Wiseman friend and colleague Chris Oglesby presented the award alongside Williams. ASCAP’s Michael Martin and LeAnn Phelan, the leaders of ASCAP’s Nashville membership team, presented Ashley Gorley with the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year award for the second time in his career – he first earned the honor in 2009. Gorley was responsible for penning eight of the most performed songs of 2013, including three of ASCAP’s top five songs of the year: “Crash My Party,” recorded by Luke Bryan; “Don’t Ya,” recorded by Brett Eldredge; and “Runnin Outta Moonlight,” recorded by Randy Houser. Gorley’s additional award-winning songs include “All Over The Road” (Justin Moore), “Aw Naw” (Chris Young), “Hey Girl” (Billy Currington), “Radio” (Darius Rucker) and “That’s My Kind Of Night” (Luke Bryan). ASCAP Song of the Year honors went to co-writers Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins for “It Goes Like This,” recorded by Thomas Rhett and published by Extraordinary Alien, This Music, Tar-Cam-Knox Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing. The award was also presented by ASCAP Nashville heads Michael Martin and LeAnn Phelan. This year’s ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year honors went to Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, who published nineteen of ASCAP’s 2013 award-winning songs. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento presented the award to Warner/Chappell, which was accepted by the EVP of Warner/Chappell Nashville, Ben Vaughn, and his Nashville team. Artists in attendance included Angaleena Presley, Billy Currington, Cassadee Pope, Clare Dunn, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, the Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald and Patrick Simmons, Drake White, Eric Paslay, Jennifer Nettles, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Nichols, John King, Kelsea Ballerini, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Love and Theft, Maddie & Tae, Old Dominion, RaeLynn, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Shannon and Ashley Campbell, The Swon Brothers, Wynonna and more. About ASCAP The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 500,000 members representing more than 9 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governe