Industry Pics: Scotty McCreery, CMA Songwriters, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Dolly Parton, Erica Nicole

Scotty McCreery Accepts First BMI Country Award

Pictured (L-R): Jody Williams (BMI Vice President, Writer and Publisher Relations), Scotty McCreery, Brian Wright (UMG Nashville Senior Vice President A&R), and Bradley Collins (BMI Executive Director, Writer-Relations). Photo: John Russell

Pictured (L-R): Jody Williams (BMI Vice President, Writer and Publisher Relations), Scotty McCreery, Brian Wright (UMG Nashville Senior Vice President A&R), and Bradley Collins (BMI Executive Director, Writer-Relations). Photo: John Russell

After missing the BMI Country Music Awards in November due to a prior commitment performing at the CMA Marketing Summit, Scotty McCreery accepted his first BMI Award last Friday, Dec. 11, for writing one of BMI’s Top 50 Country Songs of 2015 “See You Tonight.”

McCreery wrote the song with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, and it served as the title cut of his second studio album and earned Top 10 status.

CMA Songwriter Series Wraps 11th Season in NYC

Pictured (L-R): Matt Jenkins, Chris DeStefano, Leslie Satcher, and Ashley Gorley. Photo: Kevin Yatarola / CMA

Pictured (L-R): Matt Jenkins, Chris DeStefano, Leslie Satcher, and Ashley Gorley. Photo: Kevin Yatarola / CMA

The CMA Songwriters Series wrapped its 2015 season in New York City for a two-night season finale Friday and Saturday nights (Dec. 11, 12) at Joe’s Pub, home of the first CMA Songwriter Series in 2005.

Top Music Row tunesmiths Chris DeStafano, Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins, and Leslie Satcher took the stage for two shows each night to share stories and inspiration behind their hit songs.

Eldredge and Rhett Invite Radio to Final Show

Pictured (L-R): WUSN's Laurie Kapugi, Jeff Kapugi, Zack Kapugi; Annie McKaila friend; McKaila Granning (KEEY); WEBG's Emily Bergman, Steve Stuart;  George Briner (BMLG); Marci Braun (WUSN), Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett; Fletcher Keyes (WWQM) with girlfriend Kim; John Zarling (BMLG); WMN's Mallory Opheim, Branden Bowler; and Liz Geerling (WUSN)

Pictured (L-R): WUSN’s Laurie Kapugi, Jeff Kapugi, Zack Kapugi; Annie McKaila friend; McKaila Granning (KEEY); WEBG’s Emily Bergman, Steve Stuart; George Briner (BMLG); Marci Braun (WUSN), Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett; Fletcher Keyes (WWQM) with girlfriend Kim; John Zarling (BMLG); WMN’s Mallory Opheim, Branden Bowler; and Liz Geerling (WUSN)

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett wrapped their duo-show, CMT On Tour: Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett – Suits & Boots, in Chicago on Friday, Dec. 11 with radio friends. The fall tour additionally featured BMLG’s Danielle Bradbery.

Dolly Parton Performs on The Voice

Pictured (L-R): Danny Nozell, Dolly Parton's manager/CEO CTK Management, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Brandon Blackstock, Blake Shelton's manager/Starstruck Entertainment. Photo: Jeremy Westby/Webster Public Relations

Pictured (L-R): Danny Nozell, CEO CTK Management; Dolly Parton; Blake Shelton; Brandon Blackstock, Starstruck Entertainment. Photo: Jeremy Westby/Webster Public Relations

Dolly Parton performed on The Voice as part of an extensive media round to promote her NBC movie, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, which aired on Thursday Dec. 10 with great ratings.

ACM Welcomes Erica Nicole

Erica Nicole. Photo: Michel Bourquard/ACM

Erica Nicole. Photo: Michel Bourquard/ACM

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) recently welcomed recording artist Erica Nicole to the office while she was in Los Angeles. Nicole performed songs from her current album, I’m Making Mine, and also signed up for ACM membership.

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