Aaron Watson isn't interested in what someone else thinks he should do. But instead of getting lonely as he sidesteps expectations, he's gaining followers - hundreds of thousands of them. Delivered with a warm smile and fueled by a wild spirit, Watson's rebellion echoes the land that helped make him. To read more, visit http://www.aaronwatson.com/about
Adam Craig is one of the good guys, and it's about time he showed up. It started in a car in Tenino, Washington, just south of Seattle. The windows were down, Martina McBride and Heart were blaring on the radio and his mother was wondering what had just possessed her young son to match those mercurial vocalists note for note. She was like Holy crap kid, you can sing! he says with an infectious, disarming chuckle. From that moment forward, Adam knew he had a special gift a vocal presence that transcends the typical bounds of a male country singer to touch the stratosphere, and an ability to pull listeners inside a story. To read more, visit http://www.adamcraigofficial.com/about/
With a talent as big as Texas and personality to light up the whole U.S.A., singer-songwriter Alyssa Micaela is ready to take on the world. Her debut single, "Getaway Car," generated more than 3 million streams during its first few weeks of release. A feisty toe-tapper that celebrates female independence, it's no surprise which artists this newcomer relates to. "I gravitate toward the strong females. Growing up, I always sang songs by Loretta Lynn, Selena, Patsy Cline, the Dixie Chicks, Shania and Miranda Lambert," the talented 24-year-old says. "I'm a big fan of Martina McBride, Linda Ronstadt, and Reba. I'd love to meet Dolly." Alyssa grew up in Texas and her roots run deep in Odessa where her family works in the oil fields. As a girl, she loved spending time with her Spanish-speaking grandparents and a great uncle who was a mariachi musician, and those are the relationships that helped to shape her future.
Country Artists Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson form the new country duo American Young. American Young. It's more than a name. It's a movement. A passion for music and more importantly it's meaning. As artists, songsmiths, producers, and entertainers, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson define American Young this way. They are seasoned veterans on how music can inherently affect emotion and even culture. To read more, visit http://www.americanyoung.com/bio
Ashely Gorley is an undeniable force. 4-Time ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year winner (2009, 2014, 2015, 2016) with 30 #1 Singles to his name. 2017 ACM Songwriter Of The Year Nominee. 2-time Billboard #1 Country Songwriter Of The Year (2013 & 2016), 8-Time CMA Triple Play Award Winner, and 2013 ACM Songwriter Of The Year Nominee.
"I prefer to create friction," post-country chanteuse Aubrie Sellers offers. Because if youre not pushing buttons, youre just making something pleasant, it's probably been done before... and it's not making anyone feel anything." In this world of pretty little girls who are seen and not heard and reality stars who are famous for nothing, the 24-year-old songwriter aint buying in. Laughing, she continues, "I'd rather my music be polarizing than everyone like it, because they rarely do. I think passion is a lot deeper than that. I want to go deeper, and be honest that life isnt just some party and going out. I mean, dont people feel anything?" Not that New City Blues is some kind of morbid, maudlin affair. From the cutlery in the blender indictment of surface beauty "Paper Doll" to the Lone Star drive of "Just To Be With You" and the tumbledown melody of "Sit Here and Cry," this is a high energy box cutter of emotion: 14 songs marked by the bite and punch of smart girls who know theres more to life than a cold beer and cut-offs.
Bailey Bryan, 18, grew up playing and singing on the streets in front of her favorite taco stand in the small town of Sequim, WA. She is a storyteller with words and melodies that capture her generation, but are wisely crafted beyond her years. While she may have country roots, her music is diverse and unique with wide-spanned influences from the Dixie Chicks to Drake to Red Hot Chili Peppers. She has opened for acts such as Macklemore and Sara Evans, proving to blur the genre lines and winning over audiences of all types.Read more at http://www.redlightmanagement.com/artists/bailey-bryan/
Billy Currington has come a long way from working construction and living in a tiny attic apartment during his early days in Nashville. In the decade since he made his debut with the top ten hit "Walk a Little Straighter," the Georgia native has parlayed his rich, emotion-laden tenor and unerring song sense into some of the country formats most memorable hits, including such No. 1s as "Good Directions, "Must Be Doin' Something Right" and "People Are Crazy." Currington's songs have always been snapshots of life. His music is steeped in truth and possesses a relatability that makes his audience feel like they could drink a beer or catch a few fish with the curly-haired country boy. Currington has that heartfelt everyman quality that lends emotional weight to whatever hes singing whether its a tender ballad or a rollicking party anthem. He demonstrates his ability to render both those scenarios and all points between on his fifth studio album We Are Tonight.
"Ain't we all the stars playing the leading part in our own soap opera?" Brandy Clark belts out that question to kick off Big Day in a Small Town, positing the premise of not just the opening track ("Soap Opera"), but all 10 songs that follow it. The towns that anchor Clark's new album may be small enough to warrant only a single blinking light, but the lives lived in them are anything but... and neither are the hopes and dreams that rise from their backroads and bedrooms. To read more, visit http://www.brandyclarkmusic.com/bio.
Brent Cobb didnt set out to write an album that feels and sounds like the place he grew up. But now that the grooves have been cut in his debut LP, Shine on Rainy Day, theres no denying the people, the places and the vibe of his southcentral Georgia home infuse almost every song.It just is Georgia, Brent says in his musical drawl. It's just that rural, easy-going way it feels down there on a nice spring evening when the winds blowing warm and you smell wisteria, you know? To read more, visit http://brentcobbmusic.com/bio/
Brett Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed Caliville style. Destined for mass appeal (Rolling Stone Country), Brett is preparing to release his self-titled, debut album on BMLG Records February 10, 2017. The album was recorded in Nashville with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Steven Tyler) and features 11 of the 12 tracks co-written by Brett, including his debut No. 1 single Sleep Without You. The accompanying video has amassed over 10.8 million views since its release, watch here.In addition to his own headlining dates, the California native was most recently on the road with Brad Paisleys COUNTRY NATION COLLEGE TOUR and will join Justin Moore and Lee Brice for their AMERICAN MADE TOUR in 2017.
Years before they climbed the country charts with songs like Stay a Little Longer and Rum, the Brothers Osborne grew up in Deale, Maryland, a small fishing town on the Atlantic seaboard. It was a cozy place, filled with blue-collar workers who made their living on the water. During the weekends, many of those workers would head over to the Osborne household, where a series of loose, all-night jam sessions filled the Maryland air with the sounds of Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Tom Petty and George Jones. The Osborne siblings strummed their first chords during those jam sessions. From the very start, TJ Osborne was the brother with the voice. He sang in a thick, low baritone, crooning like Johnny Cash long before he was even old enough to drive. Older brother John, on the other hand, was the familys guitar shredder, his fingers capable of down-home bluegrass licks, arena-worthy rock riffs, country twang, and everything in between. Combined, the two Osbornes could play everything from traditional country music to rock & roll, creating a broad, full-bodied sound that would eventually fill the 11 songs on their major-label debut, Pawn Shop. To read more, visit http://www.brothersosborne.com/about
Cam. The Simple, Three-Letter Name Is Bold. And That Rings True To The Art, And The Heart, Of One Of Countrys Shining New Acts. That Boldness Is Evident In Nearly Every Step She Takes. Cam Makes It A Habit To Wear Eye-Catching Yellow Every Time She Goes Out In Public. The Strings And Acoustic Guitar In Her Breakout #1 Platinum-Certified Smash, The Grammy And ACM Awards Nominated Burning House, Are Stirringly Fragile, A Brave Counterpoint To The Party Atmosphere Of Modern Country. And She Sings With A Dynamic Clarity Thats Both Distinctive And Friendly. To read more, visit https://www.camcountry.com
Music defines Chase Bryant. At every level and in often unexpected ways, his truths are expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks and sounds but his reality goes even deeper than that. Bryants heritage is defined by music. His upbringing, his craft, his inspiration and his obsessions are all centered in the same which is good because theres no other way to explain how a 23-year-old Texan could already be a top-flight guitar player, head-turning songwriter, RED BOW recording artist and co-producer of his debut album. To read more, visit http://www.chasebryant.com/bio/
Low-slung baritones are a country tradition; so are big, booming vocals built for twangy power ballads. Yet, as varied as the genre can be, it isn't often that someone comes along with a take or a tone that shakes it to the core while still keeping that center strong and solid; someone so modern it's hard to find a point with which to compare. But listen to one moment of Chris Lane's signature falsetto, and it's clear there's a new range in town. In Lane's hands, mixing those earth-shattering high notes with banjo plucks and a danceable beat (whether that dancing is done in cowboy boots or Nike sneakers) has never felt more natural, or so unique. He may have some Girl Problems, as the title of his forthcoming debut album suggests, but he has no problem at all weaving a fresh sound that both thrills country fans and encourages pop faithfuls to dip a toe into his side of the Mason-Dixon.
Universal Music Group Nashville recording artist and three-time GRAMMY nominee Chris Stapleton is an established songwriter with five No. one hits already under his belt including the five-week No. one Never Wanted Nothing More recorded by Kenny Chesney, Loves Gonna Make it Alright recorded by George Strait, and Drink A Beer recorded by Luke Bryan. As a writer for Sea Gayle Music Publishing, Stapleton has penned over 170 album cuts, including songs recorded by Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and has such notable co-writers as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow among others. Additionally, Stapleton has shared the stage with such respected artists as Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Emmy Lou Harris and more.As lead vocalist for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Stapleton earned three GRAMMY nominations including Best Bluegrass Album, as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Emerging Artist of the Year. Hes won six ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including Cars 2 and Valentines Day.Stapleton is currently working on his first solo studio album for Universal Music Group Nashville.
A tractor cab might not seem like the ideal place for an aspiring artist to nurture her musical dreams, but it sure did the trick for Clare Dunn. Growing up in tiny Two Buttes, Colorado (population: 43), she spent days at a time helping plow and plant the family farm, sharpening her ears with uninterrupted music-listening in the drivers seat, even as she strengthened her work ethic. Thats where a lot of my creativity came from and where a lot of my vision was forged, was just having nothing else to do other than listen to music and dream all day long in the vast wide open of those plains, she reflects. By the time the genial, grounded Great Plains native got the chance to record for MCA Nashville, she had fine-tuned her creative vision and was ready to do what it would take to make it a reality, which landed her in a truly unique position: she is the only female country artist in recent memory to have a hand in all of the writing, arranging and producing for her debut release, the Clare Dunn EP. To read more, visit http://www.claredunn.com/my-story/
Multi-Platinum country music artist and East Texas native, Clay Walker, rocked the country scene in 1993 with his debut album that included the smash hit Whats It To You. He continued to make a splash, releasing a string of number one hits including "If I Could Make A Living," "This Woman and This Man" and "Rumor Has It." In 1996 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but Clay did not let that set him back. He has continued touring and recording steadily since the diagnosis and is well known for his high-energy concerts and performance style. He later founded the Band Against MS foundation after realizing the impact the disease has on others. Since its formation in 2003, Clay has helped Band Against MS raise upwards of $5,000,000 through charity performances, golf tournaments, bike rides, auctions, etc. Clay has had 4 RIAA Platinum albums, 2 Certified Gold albums, and 11 #1 singles to date. After She Wont Be Lonely Long reached top 5 on the radio, Clay began working on new music with a fresh sound. He recently released his single Right Now to The Highway on Sirius XM this past fall, teasing an impending album release. The full album is expected to debut later this year.
Cole Swindell, a Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking six-time No. 1 hit maker, released his second album You Should Be Here and it shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart and No. 3 All Genre within hours of release. Its lead single and title track held a four-week run on top of Billboards Hot Country songs chart (tally of digital streams, radio airplay and sales) in addition to multiple weeks sitting at No. 1 on country airplay. His Platinum-certified You Should Be Here already boasts over 85 million streams, 1.3 MILLION+ tracks sold and almost 40 million YouTube views. The career-defining single surpassed over 1 BILLION audience impressions. The song joins Swindells six other No. 1 consecutive singles as a solo artist (including Gold-certified hits Let Me See Ya Girl and most recent No. 1 and Gold-certified Middle of a Memory along with Platinum-certified hits Hope You Get Lonely Tonight, Aint Worth The Whiskey, Chillin It from his Platinum-selling self-titled debut album). This tops his own record of being the only solo artist in the history of Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the chart with his first SIX singles.
Since coming together a little over a year ago, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooneyknown collectively as Dan + Shayhave established themselves as one of country musics most promising duos. With pristine vocals and a knack for writing clever yet relatable songs about looking for, finding and losing love, Dan + Shay bring a youthful sense of energy to country music. Their debut album, Where It All Began, harnesses that energy with 12 radio-ready tracks.
Its right there in the title Southern Style. To me, the South means a laid-back lifestyle, beaches, family, and being able to have a good time when you want to, says Darius Rucker. In Charleston, where Im from, nobodys in a rush to get anywhere. And theres a mentality that theres room for everybody. So with these songs, I wanted to bring out the way I live, the way my friends live, and all the things that are important to us. The results, Ruckers fourth solo album as a country artist, reveal a sound and a spirit that bring him closer than ever to the genres fundamentals. From Homegrown Honey s country-girl-gone-uptown to the back-porch party in Dixie Cup, the thirteen songs on Southern Style are filled with the instruments and images that define a region and its musical traditions. To read more, visit http://www.dariusrucker.com/about
Dean Dillon was born on March 26, 1955, in Lake City, TN and started playing guitar at the age of 7. At the age of 15 he appeared in a local Knoxville, TN Variety Show called JIM CLAYTONS STARTIME as a songwriter and performer; by the end of high school, Dean Dillon had his mind set on Nashville. After hitchhiking to Music City in the early 70's, it wasnt long before he caught the watchful eye of Shelby Singleton of SUN RECORDS. After a short recording stint that produced one record, Dean was once again walking the streets of a town he barely knew. In 1976 Dillon landed the role of Hank Williams in Opryland's Country Music Show, USA. The theme park gig indirectly helped Dillon secure his first publishing deal with Nashville producer, publisher Tom Collins. Three weeks later Barbara Mandrell recorded three of Dillon's songs. In 1979 Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius had a number 1 hit with Dillons "Lying Here In Love with You" a song he co-wrote with fellow tunesmith Gary Harrison of "Strawberry Wine" fame. It was both writers first number 1 hit record. To read more, visit http://www.deandillon.com/biography/
RCA Nashville recording artist Dee Jay Silver has been a top touring DJ/remixer/producer for the past 15 years, having played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The groundbreaking open-format DJ/performer has thrilled millions with his unique ability to blend all types of music from hip hop and rock to house and country for crowds of all sizes as well as on mash-ups and remixes. Silver has been traveling the world playing every kind of event and venue from the largest nightclubs, high-profile celebrity parties and exclusive private events to massive sporting events, award shows, major music festivals and arena tours and all thats in between. To read more, visit http://www.deejaysilver.com
A decade into an already acclaimed career, Dierks Bentley hit a high point with 2014's Riser. The album was a critical and commercial home run, sending three consecutive singles to Number One while rounding up an armful of Grammy, ACM, and CMA Award nominations. For Bentley a songwriter who'd spent the past 11 years exploring the heartfelt highs of modern country, the depths of traditional music, the twang of bluegrass and everything in between Riser was further proof that his fans were happy to follow him wherever he wanted to go. He didn't have to follow trends; he could challenge them and create his own. A less-ambitious singer might have enjoyed that limelight a little longer, knowing he could always prolong his success by making a very similar-sounding record. But not Bentley. He wanted to grow, to expand, to break new ground. Besides, Riser wasn't really a destination; it was just another stop on one of the most interesting journeys in country music. The journey continues with Black. Bentley calls it "a dark, mysterious, after-hours kind of record," filled with songs that take a look at the way romance and relationships evolve over time. "It explores some of the darker shadows of love, the edges of the heart, and the things that don't happen in broad daylight," he adds. "To me, that's the more interesting side of love."Black is a 13-track album of breakups, hookups, and mess-ups that has been masterfully sequenced to tell its story. It's a personal record after all, Black is the maiden name of Bentley's wife, Cassidy, and the album draws much of its source material from their relationship but Black isn't about one man's journey. It's more universal than that. Who hasn't felt the surge of optimism that arrives once you dive into a new relationship, as Bentley does in "Freedom?" Who hasn't struggled with the self-doubt that fills the album's second track, "Pickup?" Who hasn't wished they could chase away the pain of a broken heart by ditching town and winding up "Somewhere on a Beach?" Black may contain references to Bentley's life, but it's a record about the human heart not any particular human. And although the slow-smoked gravel of Bentley's voice keeps him rooted in country music, he also pushes far beyond the boundaries of the Bible Belt. To read more, visit http://www.thegreenroompr.com/dierksbentley.html
DJ BAD ASH a.k.a. Ashlee Williss is an open format DJ who began her career as a singer-songwriter & is known as a badass amoung people in the industry, hence the name DJ Bad Ash. She was named "Nation's Top 10 Singer-Songwriters" by Guitar Center & Grammy Award winning producer John Shanks in 2011. She has written & recorded with the legendary singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, who quoted "Ashlee's voice has elements of all my favorite artists put into one". To read more, visit https://www.djbadash.com/about
Born Duhamel Wayne Cassell in New York City, DJ DU (DU) is an American DJ and Remix Producer. At the early age of 13 DJ DU started his DJ career by spinning records for his friends and family in the Infamous Basement in East Windsor, NJ. His brother Yo-el Cassell would practice dance while DU would remix everything from dance and rock to show tunes and latin music. Yo-el has gone on to become an accomplished dancer, choreographer including a winner of a Tony Award.
Punchy horn section stabs a popping bass beat James Brown guitar jangles a slamming backbeat Its all there on the opening track from Drew Baldridge's Dirt On Us and yes, it is country music, as country as it comes. From the soul-band sizzle of "Train" to the reverent rendition of the old hymn "It Is Well," Baldridge's debut album comes straight from his heart to yours. It also targets your feet on uptempo tracks such as "Everyday Light," "Curious Girl" and "Dance With Ya," the single that rocketed him into the spotlight. It turns down the lights and steams up the windows with "Love On Your Body," "Burnt Toast" and "Rebound," with a guest vocal by Emily Weisband that uses just one note to cast its seductive spell. And it evokes simpler times through vivid lyrical imagery on "Tractors Dont Roll," "Town That Time Forgot" and the title cut. To read more, visit http://drewbaldridgemusic.com/#a
Broken Bow Records artist Dustin Lynch occupies a unique place in todays country music. Thanks to his classic sensibilities, hes been heralded as the heir to George Straits throne. Yet with one listen to, Where Its At, its obvious the young Tennessee native knows how to combine his traditional influences with an edgy intensity that places him at the vanguard of todays contemporary country scene. To read more, visit https://www.dustinlynchmusic.com/bio/
An old soul with a young spirit a dreamer who imagined himself following his father's path to Nashville a man's man with a lifelong love for hunting and country music and a heartthrob whose wide smile and deep-voiced Louisiana drawl have already turned many a woman's head. Even in the tide of hopeful young singers rising daily in Music City, Dylan Scott stands out. It takes just a few seconds to hear why: after Scott's vocal begins on "Crazy Over Me," intimate, even conversational, and then soars on a rush of buoyant emotion, you know something special is underway.
With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Mercury Nashvilles Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. He is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter says, "Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was madejust madefor singing country music. 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 top 5 hit single, Baby Be My Love Song," from his No. 1 debuting album About To Get Real. His latest single, Are You With Me, was most added song at country radio the day it was released. Are You With Me first appeared on All Over The Road and was such a special song to Corbin he carried it over to About To Get Real in hopes it would be a radio single. Corbin spent 2016 on one of the biggest tours in country music -Carrie Underwoods The Storyteller Tour. Corbin is currently in the studio working on new music for his fourth studio album.
Comprised of an all-star lineup from some of the worlds most successful acts, ELVIS MONROE features an eclectic mix of country, classic Americana and modern flavors, coupled with an organic live show reminiscent of storytellers. ELVIS MONROE features members from multi-platinum recording artists such as , MATCHBOX 20 and EMERSON DRIVE. Ben Carey, Ryan MacMillan, David Pichette, Danny Spriewald and Bryan Hopkins are ELVIS MONROE. The band released their critically-acclaimed debut EP "Comin Around" in 2012 and are currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming debut album, estimated to hit the airwaves early 2014. The band was forged on friendships and the songs speak their stories!
For well over a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences all across North America. During their evolving career, the Canadian band has scored numerous hits such as I Should Be Sleeping, Fall Into Me, Last One Standing and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, Moments. Emerson Drive has racked up countless award nominations in both the U.S. country market at the ACMs and CMAs, as well as in Canada where they have picked up multiple trophies for Group or Duo of the Year from the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association). But it was their 2007 hit, Moments, that pushed Emerson Drive over the top in country music. The powerful song validated the talent and passion of the bands drive to succeed in the business they know and love. To read more, visit https://www.emersondrive.com/about
Honesty is a powerful magnet that always draws an eager audience and it has proven to be a potent tool in Eric Paslays creative arsenal. Sometimes playful, often poignant and always thoroughly entertaining, the 6 4 singer/songwriter with the fiery red hair and easy smile has quickly earned a reputation as an artist that knows how to capture the attention of an audience and hold them in the palm of his hands. Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including Even If It Breaks Your Heart (Eli Young Band), Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Jake Owen), Angel Eyes (Love & Theft), Rewind (Rascal Flatts) and FridayNight, the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native is a recent GRAMMY nominee (first as a recording artist) in the Best Country Duo/Group category for The Driver, performed by Lady Antebellums Charles Kelley, featuring Eric and Dierks Bentley and a current Song of The Year nominee for She Dont Love You at the upcoming ACM Awards on April 3. A true artists artist, USA Today calls Paslay flat out-brilliant and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay recently released his back beat-driven groove High Class, the lead single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album, and takes the stage on tour with Brad Paisley this winter.
With their innovative fusion of country, rock, hip-hop and pop, Florida Georgia Line have already proven themselves as a once-in-a-generation force of change in modern music, but the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley is far from done pushing the envelope. With the release of their third album, Dig Your Roots, FGL is showcasing a whole new musical evolution. Since breaking out in 2012 with the mega smash Cruise, Hubbard and Kelley have solidified their place as one of the elite acts in country music, earning honors from every major awards body including three consecutive Vocal Duo of the Year titles from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. To read more, visit http://floridageorgialine.com/about/
Hailey Whitters has an endearing habit of suggesting shes perennially late to the party. Ive always just felt like a late bloomer, she says, with a sigh that turns into a laugh. With the release of her debut album Black Sheep (October 2, 2015 via Carnival Music), Whitters proves she was well worth the wait. Produced by ace session guitarist Derek Wells, Black Sheep is a soulful collection that turns sad stories into bold celebrations of people society often shames, layered over honky tonk and rootsy rock. To read more, visit http://www.haileywhitters.com/
Growing up in the small town of Washington, GA, Hillary began writing songs at the age of 10. After moving to Nashville, attending Belmont University, and quickly being offered a publishing deal, she had eight cuts in her first year as a songwriter. Today, artists such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Jessica Andrews, and Lindsey Lohan perform Hillary's songs. In 2002 Hillary enjoyed her first Number One single, 'Blessed', which was recorded by Martina McBride and spent two weeks at Number One. Now, Hillary can add Carrie Underwood's debut single, Jesus, Take the Wheel, to her list of hit songs. The song not only spent six weeks in 2006 at Number One, but it also received Single Of The Year at the ACM Awards, ASCAP's Song of the Year as well as a Grammy Award in 2007. 'Jesus, Take the Wheel' also earned Hillary and her co-writers the 2006 CCMA/SOCAN award. Other hit songs by Hillary include Sara Evan's ' Backseat of a Greyhound Bus' (top 15), Martina McBride's This One's For the Girls (top 5), and Belgium recording artist Sarah's Very Last Moment (No.1 on Pop Charts). She has further been nominated for an Oscar in 2011 in the category Best Original Song. 2016 was especially noteworthy for Lindsey; she won a Grammy in the category Best Country Song for 'Girl Crush' as well as the Country Music Awards' Triple Play Award for having written three chart-topping songs within a year.
When confronted with the crucible of tragedy, some will melt down and others emerge stronger than ever. The latter was the case for promising young Broken Bow Records artist Jackie Lee. Following the heartbreaking death of his mother in June 2016, the 25-year-old vocal powerhouse has undergone a complete transformation personally and musically rededicating himself to a whole new attitude and poised for a breakthrough with the romantically-charged single, "Getting Over You." To read more, visit https://www.jackielee.com/about/
Raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Jackson Michelson kicked off his country career on the West Coast, carving out a sound that blended the rootsy twang of the American South with the sunny, feel-good spirit of the Pacific Coast. Nashville the official capital of country music lay 2,300 miles to the southeast, but Michelson focused on his home turf first, building an audience of West Coast fans who were drawn to his high-energy shows and relatable songwriting. By the time he did move to Nashville, he'd already spent years on the road, growing his fan base show-by-show and earning a record contract with Curb Records in the process. To read more, visit https://jacksonmichelson.com/about
Jake Owen has ascended to stardom with five #1 smashes - the 2X PLATINUM anthem Barefoot Blue Jean Night, PLATINUM-certified hits "Beachin'." "Anywhere with You," "Alone with You" and "The One That Got Away." Known for his thrilling performances and laid-back style of country, Owen showcased a much different side on his acclaimed single "What We Ain't Got." Fans, music critics and radio alike are eagerly embracing the talented singers fresh sound. Produced by Joey Moi, his latest album DAYS OF GOLD (RCA Nashville) is the follow up to the GOLD-certified, chart-topping BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, which has sold well over 5 million tracks to date. Previously taking home ACA and ACM Awards, the Vero Beach, FL, native has earned GRAMMY and TEEN CHOICE Awards nominations. Following his major nationwide headline DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014, Owen is now bringing his signature show to Kenny Chesneys 2015 THE BIG REVIVAL TOUR. He is currently in the studio with award-winning producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman working on his next album and recently released the playful, boundary-pushing lead single "Real Life."
Nashville hitmaker Jerrod Niemann is one of country musics most original and talented innovators.Jerrods new single is a duet with his good friend andlabelmate Lee Brice, calledA Little More Love and produced byJerrod, Lee and Jimmie Lee Sloas. Jerrod is also adding the finishing touches to hisforthcoming album on Curb Records which will follow his RIAA Platinum-certified multi-week No. 1 smash, Drink to That All Night, from hisHighNoonalbum, on which Niemann co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks. Niemanns chart-topping major-label debut, 2010s Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, produced the No. 1 smash and RIAA-certified Platinum digital single, Lover, Lover, and the Top 5 and RIAA-certified Gold digital single, What Do You Want. SecondreleaseFree The Music featured the Top 15 single Shinin On Me and the poignant ballad Only God Could Love You More. Niemann has quickly become a fan and industry favorite, earning award nominations from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and CMT while headlining his own shows and touring with such artists as Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.
With the leadoff single to his first solo project, John Rich has captured the tenor of a troubled age. "Shuttin' Detroit Down," a populist anthem that gives voice to millions of hard-working Americans who have watched an economic elite benefit while the nation's economy collapses, has quickly swept the nation. Its premiere airing on Detroit country radio stations galvanized the working class in the beleaguered blue-collar city, and the universality of its sentiment lit up phone lines across the country and made it the fastest-rising single of Rich's storied career. The song is a fitting kickoff to Son of a Preacher Man, an album that finds country music's Renaissance Everyman giving full rein to his own creative voice in a project as personal as it is musically arresting. With its release, one of modern music's most prolific and creative spirits opens yet another chapter, stepping into the front ranks of solo performers amid a career in musical partnerships and as someone whose songwriting and producing skills have helped shape the talents of others. To read more, visit http://www.johnrich.com/index.php?page=about
The snarl in his voice sets the tone for Jon Pardis California Sunrise. Hes a traditional country singer, bred in the West Coast honky tonks, and he wont apologize for chasing the dream on his own terms. It might be considered contemporary cool to inject country songs with programmed drums, rap phrasing and poppy melodies. But Pardi isnt worried about whats trendy. Hes more concerned with making country music that will last, and California Sunrise successfully hits that target. Its stocked with classic Nashville melody, blue-collar lyrical themes and authentic country instrumentation real drums, loud-and-proud fiddles and tangy steel guitar. The albums 12 songs draw a direct link to such forbearers as Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Marty Stuart, and its intentional. To read more, visit http://www.jonpardi.com/content/about
After years of honing his craft, Grammy award winning songwriter Josh Osborne has become one of the go-to songwriters on the Nashville music scene. After scoring his first #1 song in 2012 with Kenny Chesneys Come Over, Osborne has really been on quite an amazing roll. Josh has become no stranger to the top of the Country Airplay charts with songs like Drunk Last Night by Eli Young Band, My Eyes and Sangria by Blake Shelton, Leave The Night On, CMA Nominated Song of the Year Take Your Time and Make You Miss Me for top new artist Sam Hunt, We Are Tonight by Billy Currington, a second #1 with Chesney, Wild Child and Keith Urbans chart topper, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16. Josh is currently enjoying radio success with the new Kenny Chesney/Pink duet Setting The World On Fire as well as the first single Vice from Miranda Lamberts highly anticipated new album. In addition to the #1s, Josh has enjoyed radio hits with Chris Young, The Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and many others. In 2014 Osborne was awarded the coveted Grammy award for Best Country Song which went to Merry Go Round recorded by Kacey Musgraves. Also in 2014 Josh was honored by having his name added to the prestigious Country Music Highway which runs through the state of Kentucky and near his hometown of Virgie. In 2015 Josh became a partner in frequent collaborator Shane McAnallys publishing and artist development company, SMACK Songs. Josh is a multiple CMA award nominee, multiple CMA Triple Play Award Winner, has 2 nominations for ACM Songwriter of the Year and was also awarded the ASCAP Song of the Year for Leave The Night On at the 2015 ASCAP Awards.
As a family man, a philanthropist, a devoted Christian, and a passionate sports fan, you might say Josh Turners commitments run as deep as his voice. Of course, hes also a double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. To read more, visit http://joshturner.com/josh
Dubbed Countrys Next Queen by Billboard, Kelsea Ballerini continues to blaze her own trail to superstardom as she is the only female artist in country music history, including female duos and groups, to go #1 with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album. Her critically acclaimed Gold-certified stunner, The First Time, has Kelsea's credit behind every song, as it radiates positivity while exploring all facets of the human experience. She is a bonafide poet and The First Time reflects just that. To read more, visit https://kelseaballerini.com/about
When I left my beloved homeland of Joplin, Missouri to strike off and seek my "fame and fortune" in Nashville, TN, I had no earthly clue what I was doing. There was no one I knew that had ever done it. There was no trail, no path to follow. Hell, there wasn't even a map of the area. But my heart cried out to me. It didn't promise me anything, but it bid me go. I had never felt more compelled to do anything in my life. To uproot. To move forward. To chase life. I was fulfilling my destiny, whatever that turned out to be. To read more, visit https://kennyfostermusic.com/about/
Singer-songwriter Kip Moore combines a raw and rustic voice with compelling lyrics of honesty to create a unique sound thats simultaneously hypnotic and edgy. His voice is weathered by lifes detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and determination. His music is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration. The boy who grew up daydreaming about life outside of the small town of Tifton, Ga., became a man who has been continually inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Kris Kristofferson to paint vivid portraits with his lyrics.
Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought the multi-PLATINUM trio together, Lady Antebellum returns to radio airwaves today with "You Look Good, while concurrently announcing it as the debut single off their sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville), to be released June 9. After taking time to pursue solo projects last year, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood simultaneously share plans to return to the road, with more than 65 shows planned in six countries on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, presented by Nabisco. With more than 18 million album sales worldwide, seven-time GRAMMY award winning group Lady Antebellum has earned six PLATINUM singles, nine chart topping hits, countless other awards including Billboard Music Awards, Peoples Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year trophies three years in a row.
Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured Americas hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. On Jan. 27, Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album with the release of the eagerly-awaitedRoad Less Traveled. Selected as one of Rolling Stones Most Anticipated Albums of 2017, the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star, includes Laurens first Top 10 hit and title track, Road Less Traveled. Lauren has been nominated for several Teen Choice Awards and CMT Music Awards, and the singer/songwriter just received her first ACM nomination for New Female Vocalist of the Year. The sassy Southerner with killer pipes (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood. She is currently on the Love Unleashed Tour with Martina McBride and Lauren heads out on the Huntin', Fishin', And Lovin' Every Day Tour with Luke Bryan this summer. Lauren regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry, is one of Rdios Nashville Rising Artists, is a Spotify Spotlight on Country featured artist and is one of CMTs Next Women of Country.
Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process. His new album, I Don't Dance, is a showcase for his painstaking approach to writing and recording, with his distinctive fingerprints clearly emblazoned on every element of the album. While Brice is now known as reliable chart- topping Nashville hit-maker whose 2014 performance on the Academy of Country Music telecast where he picked up the trophy for Song of the Year "stole the show" (USA Today), there was a time when he was only recognized for his work behind the scenes. To read more, visit http://www.leebrice.com/bio
"My dad will tell you that when I was little, the car radio had to be on the country station," Lindsay Ell explains. "If my older brother touched the dial, I would beg him to turn it back. It got to the point that if they were listening to something else, all I had to do was get in the car and they'd automatically flip over to country." Coming from a family with deep musical roots, the Stoney Creek Records artist started playing piano and guitar at a very early age. "I learned how to play guitar traveling to country-bluegrass camps with my dad, and knew right from the beginning of my strong passion for country music." To read more, visit http://www.lindsayell.com/
Its an exciting time to be LOCASH these days. That might very well be one of the biggest understatements in Nashville these days. Already in their career, the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have enjoyed hit singles, sold-out concert appearances here and abroad, and have tasted the top of the chart as two of Nashvilles quickest-rising songwriters. But, to quote the old saying... You Aint Seen Nothing Yet. Recently signing with Reviver Records, the duo is joining forces with some of the biggest names on the Country Music business landscape. Brust says they could feel the teams energy from the first meeting. We havent felt an energy like this since the day we began our journey. This feels like it has all come together the right label head, the right promo team, it finally feels like weve got all of our ducks in a row for the first time in our lives. Weve been out there doing the grass roots thing for so long, and to feel it all come together, is so encouraging. To read more, visit http://www.locashmusic.com/bio
Lori McKenna puts a magnifying glass on un-championed lives. She doesnt just notice the quiet and ordinary, she delights in it effortlessly transforming the average to extraordinary. The result is over a decade worth of songs filled with honest stories and melodic depth, and her latest release is no exception. Produced by Dave Cobb, McKennas tenth studio album, The Bird & The Rifle revels in the routines and events that may seem mundane but are the most important, transcendent moments of our lives. To read more, visit http://www.lorimckenna.com/bio/
"We wanted to show a different side and make a record that sounds like us, Stephen Barker Liles says of Love and Thefts boundary-pushing new album Whiskey On My Breath. "Country music has always been about honest performances and songs that mean something, and thats the kind of record that we wanted to make." "We're at a different place, in our music and in our lives, than we were when we made our earlier records, and we wanted this album to reflect that," agrees his longstanding musical partner Eric Gunderson. "We worked harder and more passionately on this record than anything we've ever done. The whole experience was refreshing and inspiring for us." Whiskey On My Breaththe duo's third albummarks a significant creative statement for the two singer-songwriter-guitarists, whose resume already includes a long series of career highlights. Having already established themselves as one of countrys hottest young acts with such memorable hits as the #1 country smash "Angel Eyes" and the Top 10 hit "Runaway," and their widely acclaimed albums World Wide Open and Love and Theft, the ACM/CMA/CMT-nominated twosome take their music to the next level on Whiskey On My Breath. To read more, visit http://loveandtheft.com/biography/
Some people are just born communicators and Lucas Hoge has that gift. Whether he's writing a song for a hit TV show, performing for troops overseas or sharing his love for the great outdoors with fellow sportsmen at a Cabela's gathering, Hoge has that rare ability to find common ground with just about anyone and draw them into his world. Hoge's creative universe has long revolved around music, and his latest offerings on Rebel Engine Entertainment showcase a songwriter of considerable depth and a singer with an enviable skill for interpreting a lyric. "I try to either find songs or write songs that I think are going to stand the test of time and really connect with the listener," Hoge says. "I want every album to be an audio novel that people can listen to from top to bottom that takes them on a journey. I want songs that you can sink your teeth into and actually carry with you." To read more, visit http://www.lucashoge.com/about
Luke Laird is a GRAMMY winning producer and hit songwriter. Since moving to Nashville from a small farming town in Pennsylvania, Luke has been hailed as one of the top songwriters of the industry with 22 No. 1 singles and multiple ACM, CMA and GRAMMY nods. He received a GRAMMY for co-producing the acclaimed Kacey Musgraves record, Same Trailer Different Park (2014), was named BMI Songwriter of the Year (2012) and won the ACM Award for Songwriter of the Year (2015). Luke co-founded the music publishing company, Creative Nation, with his wife, Beth.
Maddie & Tae boldly introduced their debut single Girl In A Country Song shortly after signing with Dot Records. Featured on their debut album START HERE, of which they penned each of the eleven tracks, the PLATINUM-certified breakout hit soared atop the Country radio charts and made them only the third female duo to peak their debut single at #1 in the history of the Billboard Country singles chart. The gender-flipping video garnered over 38 million views and scored the duo their first-ever award: CMA Video of the Year. The pair, from Texas and Oklahoma, respectively, also swept the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, winning both Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Country Song for GOLD-certified Fly. They have previously been nominated for ACM, CMT and CMA Awards. Receiving critical acclaim from NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post and Glamour, among others. Maddie & Tae have appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Live! with Kelly and Michael and most recently on The Talk, where they performed a cleverly written tune about dealing with bullies called Sierra. Sharing their songs with fans on the road, Maddie & Tae conquered their first headlining START HERE TOUR last fall before joining Lee Brices LIFE OFF MY YEARS TOUR and most recently wrapping dates with Brad Paisleys LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR. The vibrant talents have also partnered with Bloomingdale's on a Special Capsule Collection for Fall 2016 that embodies their youthful sense of adventure and unyielding girl power spirit. AQUA x Maddie & Tae is peppered with an eclectic mix of textures, colors, and silhouettes; the full assortment is available now in all Bloomingdales stores and bloomingdales.com with retail prices ranging from $38.00 to $498.00. Maddie & Tae embarked on a Bloomingdales tour in Chicago, New York City and Chestnut Hill where they gave fashion presentations and in-store acoustic performances.
Matt Jenkins' creativity as a songwriter is unmatched. He has earned 4 #1 singles, most recently with "Song For Another Time" by Old Dominion and "Setting The World On Fire" by Kenny Chesney ft. Pink. 2017 CMA Triple Play Award Winner. He also wrote FGL's "Confession", Dustin Lynch's #1 "Where It's At" and Keith Urban's hit single "Cop Car." Not only do his songs top charts, but set the mood for TV's biggest shows including his song "Fade Into You" placed in ABCs Nashville.
Reviver Records recording artist Michael Tyler is a self-taught singer-songwriter/musician since the age of eight. When he looked at his odometer after he arrived in Nashville from his hometown in Thayer, Mo., he noticed a number in his dash thats resonated with him since his arrival: 317. Its no coincidence that the 23-year-old's debut album will be titled 317, available from Reviver Records March 17. MT, whose current single "They Can't See", continues to connect with fans and the country music industry. Performing rights organization SESAC awarded Song of the Year to MT for co-writing the multi-week No. 1 platinum-selling Dierks Bentley smash "Somewhere On A Beach." And now, enthusiasm is building for MT in 2017 with rave reviews about the young talent. To read more, visit http://www.themichaeltyler.com/bio
Originally formed in Dripping Springs, Texas, Lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts Midlands rich sound, rounded out by lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. Rooted in tradition both in sound and style, the band initially garnered attention playing clubs in the Texas region. Their self-titled debut EP features five tracks, boasting songwriting credits from each member. Midland intentionally nods to the wild west with Country music that is reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s with a modern day twist. Theyve opened for idols Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson and are currently in the studio with Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves) working on their full length release for Big Machine Records.
Hes a passionate singer with a unique sound who grew up in Appalachia, and youll be hearing Morgan Wallen before 2016 is over. Wallen moved to Nashville in July 2015, not sure what he would find, but convinced that he should at least give his dreams a legitimate shot. Less than a year later, hed already been signed to Big Loud Records, recorded some initial tracks with producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) and hit the road on his first radio promotion tour. To read more, visit http://morganwallen.com/
Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion lend old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n roll grit into radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets. Old Dominion have emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. The band released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, which Entertainment Weekly called a deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut. Old Dominion released their PLATINUM two-week No.1Break Up With Him and RIAA certified GOLD hit Snapback prior to their third single Song For Another Time, which is Top 10 and climbing. They spent their summer on Kenny Chesneys Spread The Love Tour and are now headlining their Meat and Candy Fall Tour, with 15 of the dates tapped as Stagecoach Spotlight: Old Dominion Meat and Candy Tour; the first-ever tour produced by the award-winning Stagecoach Music Festival. Spring 2017, Old Dominion will join Miranda Lambert on her Highway Vagabond Tour. The ACM and ACCA Breakthrough Duo/Group of the Year are also nominated for two CMA Awards: Best New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year and Favorite Duo or Group Country for the 2016 American Music Awards. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.
Olivia Lane may have sung about a Quarter Life Crisis on her self-titled EP, but, as one of countrys hottest new stars, theres only sunshine on the road ahead for this native Texan with a voice as big as her home state. Thats partly because of the impact her music has already made on her fans; and partly because everything Lane does is with pure, unparalleled optimism. As evidenced on her self-titled breakthrough debut EP, Lanes an artist able to effortlessly meld a freewheeling spirit with poignant, inspirational lyrics and an irrepressible drive. Because she knows as well as anyone how easily music can inspire a smile, and how a song can change a life. Lane makes her own sunshine shes even written a track about it but whats most magical is how intent she is in helping others to do the same. To read more, visit https://www.olivialane.com/biography/
Spotlighted on Pandoras Artists to Watch list for the new year, 2017 is already proving to be a career year for singer-songwriter RaeLynn. Following the highly anticipated release of her Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville debut single Love Triangle to the overwhelming response of critics, the stunner has sold over 100,000 copies before even reaching the Top 30 on the Country singles chart. We all come from our own love triangles, I guess you could say, RaeLynn shares. Im so proud of this song; its my favorite song Ive ever written.
Meet Ross Copperman - The boy from Roanoke, Virginia. He's played piano and sung for as long as he can remember - and he'll tell you about being five years old, wailing along to the car radio with Mom. But what marks him out, in a region where even the postman sings a bit, is his ability to turn the music in his head into widescreen tunes. That's widescreen as in sweeping melodies and spacious choruses - but his emotive, scuffed-up voice bestows an intimacy that makes each song feel as if it were written for the listener alone. Musically, Ross can be described as a blue-eyed soul boy of indie-rock. Aside from drawing on the rich history of musical culture in his surrounding landscape, Ross spent much of his youth plugged into what was happening on this side of the pond: Muse, Radiohead, Oasis, Led Zeppelin to name but a few. Ross has arrived at a time when quality young male singers are on the up. The door is open. A striking Southerner is about to walk through it. Ross' songwriting career began in college. The first song he wrote Fly Away, which appears on his debut album 'Welcome to Reality', caused his professor to convince him to take it up professionally - and that's exactly what he did. Soon after, Ross was successful in winning several prestigious competitions, one of which earned him a 40-date US college tour. It didnt take long for word to spread in the industry, and several record companies were offering deals. He eventually took the decision of packing up, hopping the pond, and signing to UK label Phonogenic / RCA Records. After releasing his debut album, "Welcome To Reality" in the UK, Ross has returned to the states to continue his music career. While he continues to tour across the country, new opportunities await. With new songs to add to his repertoire, Ross is ready to make an impact across America. Stay tuned, this story is just building up.
Theres a sound that hasnt been heard on country radio in quite some time the sound of organic, three-part female harmonies, ringing strings and stories that speak the language of modern women everywhere. Its a sound that was the backbone of a little group known as The Dixie Chicks, and now its making a comeback through a vocal trio called Runaway June. Rootsy, brightly colored and mixing bluegrass tradition with dusty desert cool, Runaway June is comprised of three very different women who fuse their own influences to create a style country fans have been craving. To read more, visit http://www.runawayjune.com/about/
Sincere, energetic and always smiling: All words that have been used to describe emerging country music star, Russell Dickerson, by his fans and peers alike. His infectious personality radiates in everything he does, whether hes writing a song, singing in the studio or meeting fans. Hes constantly making people laugh and everyone he meets is quick to become part of the RD Fam. He asserts, I just love life. Every day is a great day! To read more, visit http://www.russelldickerson.net/about
Ryan Follese (Pronounced "fall-uh-ZAY") co-wrote all six tracks on his Country debut, including Put A Label On It, which impacts Country radio October 10 as his first official single. Selling over 40,000 downloads to date and amassing over 1.8 million streams, theRYAN FOLLESE EP (BMLG Records) was recorded in Nashville with producers Dann Huff and Cameron Montgomery. SiriusXM kickstarted the launch in June, selecting Ryan as their Highway Find and spinning his summer anthem Float Your Boat. During his successful run fronting American Music Award-winning band Hot Chelle Rae, Ryan co-wrote their 3X Platinum #1 worldwide smash Tonight, Tonight and toured in 16 countries, featuring arena dates with Taylor Swift. Ryan performed on the 2012 CMT Music Awards with Lady Antebellum and penned Thug Story with Taylor Swift and T-Pain; the 2009 show opener has since become one of the most played video clips in CMT history. The multiple-octave vocalist has since re-focused his songwriting to incorporate the storytelling lyrics and Nashville influences he was raised on, growing up surrounded with the Country music of his chart-topping songwriter parents Keith and Adrienne. Collectively, their catalogue includes smashes for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride. Currently previewing the new music at Country radio nationwide, Ryan has been tapped for Live Nation's 'Ones To Watch' Tour with headliner LOCASH beginning this fall.
Ryan Hurd has written songs that have been recorded by Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, FGL, among many others. In 2015, he celebrated his first No. 1 single as a songwriter with the GRAMMY & CMA-nominated duet Lonely Tonight, recorded by Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe. Now, the Kalamazoo, MI native is lending his own voice to the songs on his forthcoming debut album on Sony Music Nashville, which is garnering praise for its unique style and youthful, adventurous take on life. "We Do Us," the first song released on Spotify, received over 2 million streams in just three weeks. Hurd is also honored to join an elite group of artists of all genres to be featured in Vevo's dscvr program. Hurd is featured on Rolling Stone Country's "Artists You Need to Know" list and CMT named him one of their "Listen Up" Artists of 2016.
For Alabama native Ryan Kinder, it's all about the music. Whether he dons his favorite boots or rocks his vintage Chuck Taylors when he takes the stage, the music is what demands audiences' attention and defines this up-and-coming sensation with a soulful Southern sound. "I just let the music do the talking," says Kinder.Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Kinder is a Southern gentleman who values faith, family and sports. While he grew up playing baseball and hunting with his dad, he found his true passion in music. Kinder traded homeruns for harmonies after discovering the innovative guitar riffs of John Mayer's debut album, "Room for Squares," and began teaching himself to play. "In my failure to sound like my idols, I was able to discover my own sound," says Kinder.
Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music's hottest new stars. Now in his early twenties, the talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching 3 million, and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, and achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles as well as two Top Ten hits. McCreery has toured with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, and was named "Best American Idol" by the readers of The Los Angeles Times and "Country Music's Sexiest Man" by the readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine. He has amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, and received more than 150 million YouTube views. And with the release of his first book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream in 2016, he can also add add the title of author to his resume.His deep voice and irresistible sound create a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional country. With more than 400 live shows under his belt across the U.S., Canada, the Philippines and the Caribbean, McCreery has quickly become a crowd favorite appealing to all ages. His loyal fans the McCreerians are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic in the country music world.
Seth Ennis may have been raised a proud Georgia boy, but the young singer-songwriter is as worldly as the most seasoned traveler and it shows in his eclectic brand of country music, a sound inspired by his hero Vince Gill, the pop-punk bands he followed each year on the Vans Warped Tour and smooth R&B stars like Usher.Despite being just 23 years old, the multi-instrumentalist (he's a natural-born drummer) has experienced a lot of life. Seth spent his formative years on a military base in Japan, cut his teeth as a touring musician while living in Raleigh and commuting to Nashville, and has now put down roots in Music City, where through perseverance and a dedication to his craft he landed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville.
Stephanie Quayle captures the heart of storytelling as she offers the genre a fresh sound, relatable storylines and an invigorating presence that is unmatched in today's musical spectrum. Harnessing her signature passion and pairing it with an authentic artistry, fans can expect to hear and feel exactly what they didn't know they were missing.
There really must be something in the water in Oklahoma. The state has produced more country greats per capita than probably anywhere else on earth - Reba, Blake, Vince, Garth, and Toby all hail from the same state where The Swon Brothers spent their formative years. In fact, Muskogee, OK, natives Zach and Colton Swon grew up right down the street from American Idol champ-turned-country-superstar Carrie Underwood, and the three shared a stage many times throughout their childhood years.Already naturals before they were even pre-teens, both Zach and Colton found that they were most at home on stage. Performing in their family's gospel group since they were old enough to talk, Zach says, "We traveled with our parents every weekend playing churches. Ever since we were babies, we've been on the bus, hearing music and watching musicians. It's definitely what got us turned on to music. I played instruments earlier than Colton; he was more the singer and stage performer. I started out on drums at age three, and by the time I was nine, I was playing drums for my parents' band."I feel really blessed to be a musician because I've never taken a lesson on any instrument," says Zach. "Drums, I just picked up naturally, and I got a chance to watch a lot of good players throughout the years with my parents, and they all showed me stuff."
Is it premature to see Hall of Fame material in a guy who's just releasing his first album?Not if that guy is Tony Jackson. To put it plainly, Jackson is one of the most gifted singers ever to grace country music. His video "The Grand Tour" ignited an unprecedented 10 million Facebook views and 200,000 shares in just over 3 short weeks! The respect Jackson has already earned within the music community is evident throughout Tony Jackson, as the new album is titled. It features songs and/or performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Sebastian, Steve Cropper and Dr. John "Mac" Rebennack, Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill, Bill Anderson and Conway Twitty and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame luminary Norro Wilson.
Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country music with songs such as "Paint Me A Birmingham," "Time Marches On," "Alibis," and "Find Out Who Your Friends Are." The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums.The Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of Country music for two decades, recently celebrating twenty-years in music. Few country artists have ever known the kind of success that Tracy Lawrence has earned and the influence his iconic voice has contributed to the Country music genre.His music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits like "Time Marches On" and Alibis." Songs that help make Lawrence among one of the most played artists on radio.
If there's one thing Trick Pony knows when it comes to music, it's how to stay relevant in an ever changing business where many come and go.The longevity of the band, founded by both Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns, has them continuing to run the gauntlet with their creative minds, high octane live show, and the heart to deliver their best music yet.After a musical hiatus in Dec of 2006, to peruse different creative paths, Trick Pony reformed as a duo in 2014, where they have been steadily building a new full-length album bringing back an enhanced and current version of what put Trick Pony on the map in the first place.
Growing up in a family that excelled at both music and sports his father is a hit songwriter; his brothers, star quarterbacks Big Machine Label Group recording artist Tucker Beathard has an unrelenting competitive spirit: He wakes up every day trying to write the perfect song. For Tucker, a self-taught guitarist and drummer, there's no such thing as "good enough." "I love anything with great melodies and I'm drawn to the little things," Tucker says, rattling off his influences with an artist's attention to detail. "When I listen to Led Zeppelin, I focus on John Bonham's drums. Or Joe Walsh's guitar licks in the Eagles. And Hank Williams Jr.'s 'Family Tradition' is as country songwriting as it gets." Tucker certainly knows something about family tradition, taking cues from dad Casey Beathard, who wrote Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" and Eric Church's "Homeboy." The latter, in fact, was inspired by Tucker, who admits to going through his own rebellious phase. Giving up a college baseball scholarship to dive headlong into songwriting, Tucker came out better for his diverse experiences and documented those wild times in the wise-beyond-its-years "Momma and Jesus." The track is one of many in contention for his debut album, being overseen by producer Angelo Petraglia (Kings Of Leon). With a rhythmic way of playing guitar, influenced by his innate drumming ability, Tucker has created some of contemporary country music's most progressive songs. "Rock On," a song about regretting the girl that got away, is taut in its delivery, with clever turns of phrase. Likewise, "20-10 Tennessee," a standout, uses a football game as metaphor for a relationship and Better Than Me puts a unique spin on an arena-ready breakup anthem, ultimately wishing the best for someone after parting ways. "I've always been a huge fan of deep songs, and I've always liked poems," he says. "I'm an introvert, but writing songs that go beneath the surface allows me the chance to open up a piece of myself." As does his engaging live show. Having played with artists like Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, Tucker regularly bares his soul in front of a crowd. Despite his reserved demeanor, the stage is where he is most free it's his canvas to paint an honest picture of who he is, as both a songwriter and an artist. "Expressing yourself onstage and putting your emotion into each song is a feeling that is tough to match. It's your way of letting the world know who you are," says Tucker, who has one main goal when performing. "Whether it's 'My heart is broken' or 'Let's party tonight,' I want people to feel this is a real dude who knows who he is and who says it like it is."
Inspired by music from all genres, Walker Hayes seamlessly blends elements of pop, rock, rap and country together, creating a fresh sound firmly rooted in his southern perspective. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Hayes grew up in a large blended family. Basketball, track and piano were his childhood passions, the latter being an interest that would turn from a hobby into his primary pursuit when he earned a music degree at Alabama's Birmingham-Southern College. He finished his degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After discovering songwriting and penning a few songs himself, Hayes moved to Nashville eager to pursue a career in music. Within a year he had a record deal with a Nashville label and released music tailored for the popular tastes at the time. Shortly after a label merger he was released from his deal and was able to pursue his own unique sound.
William Michael Morgan was 11 years old when he got his first guitar and by age 13, he started playing out with guys three or four times his age, learning the old songs and savoring that classic honky-tonk style. His parents were right there, driving him to and from late-night gigs, often hours away, getting little sleep before they headed to their own jobs."They always encouraged me," he says, "and a lot of people say it, but I wouldn't be anywhere without them." His dad handled an early MySpace account, networking and looking for opportunities. One came in the form of the Hayride, which William Michael played at least once a month for years starting at 14. That set in motion a chain of events that led to Nashville songwriting appointments and meetings with Music Row executives that eventually landed him both a publishing deal and a major label record deal with Warner Bros. Nashville.He has written with and drawn from many of Music City's biggest present-day hit-making songwriters all the while taking inspiration from country music heroes like Keith Whitley, George Jones and his friend and mentor, '90s honky-tonk king Mark Chesnutt. The captivating combination creates a neo-traditional sound that is all his own.