Artist Updates: Jerrod Niemann, Maddie & Tae, Lindsay Ell

Jerrod Niemann and Logan’s Roadhouse Kick Off Donation Spree

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann teamed with Logan’s Roadhouse in November to present $5,000 via live video feed to Fort Smith Kimmons’ Junior High School Band in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The donation comes from Niemann’s Free the Music USA and the restaurant chain’s recently-launched music grant program. Niemann founded the non-profit to support music education. This event kicks off the first of many donations that will be made across the country to support qualifying music education programs K-12.

Earlier this year, Niemann was named the official spokesperson and mentor for Logan’s Roadhouse/ASCAP’s Music City Live! Tour, a national country tour promoting unsigned songwriter-artists. Niemann will also serve as a mentor to these emerging acts, who will be showcased at specially selected Logan’s Roadhouse locations throughout the country, beginning in summer 2016.

Maddie & Tae Launch Vanderbilt Children’s Campaign

CMA Award winners Maddie & Tae join Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Nashville Predators in launching the “Shine Bright” campaign in Middle Tennessee. Photo: Joe Howell / Vanderbilt

Maddie & Tae join Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Nashville Predators in launching the “Shine Bright” campaign in Middle Tennessee. Photo: Joe Howell / Vanderbilt

Maddie & Tae joined Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Nashville Predators on Wednesday (Dec. 2) to launch “Shine Bright,” a letter-writing campaign within Middle Tennessee launched through the end of January.

The BMLG duo serves as artist ambassadors for the program with their single “Fly” featured throughout the campaign, which will host booths at various events and locations where people may write “Words That Shine.” The campaign encourages Children’s Hospital patients, their families and the hospital’s staff. For a full list of dates and locations to write letters, visit ShineBright.org.

Lindsay Ell Visits MTSU with Label Staff and Agent

Lindsay Ell visits MTSU.

Lindsay Ell visits MTSU.

The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) chapter of CMA EDU hosted a panel for Lindsay Ell on Nov. 23 in addition to participation with BBR Label Group’s JoJamie Hahr (Vice President of Promotions) Shaina Botwin (Digital Marketing Manager) and William Morris Agency’s Abby Wells. The four women shared their stories and offered advice for future industry professionals and artists. Ell also performed.

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