Signings: Alan Jackson, Emerson Drive, Mountain Heart

Alan Jackson inks publicity deal • Emerson Drive partners for radio promo •Mountain Heart finds PR home

>>Schmidt Relations has signed Alan Jackson for publicity representation. He joins other Schmidt clients Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, the Grand Ole Opry, Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts. Schmidt Relations Senior Publicist Darlene Bieber will be the contact for Jackson and can be reached at [email protected] or 615-851-4917. In other Jackson news, the singer is nominated for three Academy of Country Music Awards for Song of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away,” with the Zac Brown Band.

Pictured (L-R): Quarterback's Chris Allums, Emerson Drive's Brad Mates, Quarterback's John Ettinger

>>Emerson Drive has announced a partnership with Quarterback Records to promote the band’s new single “Let Your Love Speak,” which will be released to radio Feb. 28. The single was written by band member/lead guitarist Danick Dupelle along with songwriters Josh Bartholomew and Steven Lee Olsen. The band will embark on a 33 date tour starting Feb. 8, and has plans for a new release through Quarterback slated for summer.

>>Hot Schatz PR has signed the group Mountain Heart to its client roster. The award-winning bluegrass/roots group has just released its EP That Just Happened on its own label MH Music Group, with national distribution by Select-O-Hits. Group members include Jim VanCleve (Fiddle/Vocals/Producer), Barry Abernathy (Banjo/Vocals), Jason Moore (Bass/Vocals), Josh Shilling (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), Aaron Ramsey (Mandonlin,Vocals) and Jake Stargel (Guitar).

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