Artist Updates: Toby Keith, Craig Morgan, Jennifer Nettles, Brett Young

Toby Keith Will Honor Military At PGA Tour Concert

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Toby Keith

Toby Keith will perform during the PGA Tour’s Military Appreciation Day on May 10 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Speakers at the Military Appreciation ceremony will be General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem; and a Tour player to be announced

“I’m extremely excited to honor the men and women who serve our county by performing at The Players Championship,” said Keith, who has performed more than 200 USO shows and entertained more than 250,000 men and women in uniform and their families. In April 2014, Keith was honored with the Spirit of the USO Award. “I have always been a proud supporter of the U.S. Military and can’t wait to rock the stage for our troops and their fans.”


Craig Morgan, Kidde Promote Fire Safety

Craig Morgan poses with first responders for new Kidde campaign.

Craig Morgan poses with first responders for new Kidde campaign.

Kidde Fire Safety has teamed up with Craig Morgan, Firehouse, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to launch Step Up and Stand Out, a national campaign to increase awareness of the need for volunteer firefighters.

“As a former first responder, I want to continue to do what I can to help keep families safe,” said Morgan. “That means making sure our volunteer fire departments have the support they need. This program is a great way to show volunteer firefighters how important they are to us and their communities.”

At select stops along Morgan’s 2016 tour, he will meet with local volunteer fire departments, and donate Kidde 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms. Also, members of IAFC will hold open houses at various fire departments along the route.


Jennifer Nettles Teams With Designer Gary Graham

Jennifer Nettles poses for fashion designer Gary Graham's Fall 2016 collection.

Jennifer Nettles poses for fashion designer Gary Graham’s Fall 2016 collection.

Jennifer Nettles is featured in the fall collection of one of her favorite fashion designers, Gary Graham. Vogue unveiled the new campaign online on Thursday (Feb. 11), profiling Nettles in four distinct looks from the collection.

“I met Gary the old-fashioned way: I bought so many of his pieces over the years that, one day when he heard I was in the store, he had to come and meet the obsessed woman paying the rent on the place! That, and his company president had been a fan of my music over the years. She introduced me to Gary, and I invited him to come see my performance in Chicago. He did. And the rest is history. When his camp reached out with an opportunity to be a part of celebrating his F/W 2016 collection, I immediately said yes!”

The photo shoot required Nettles to let the clothes do the talking. “The shoot for this collection’s look book was so special for me. I love the emotion and theatre of Gary’s work. His artistry, in that same dark, dramatic manner, was evident in the set and in the team he chose to shoot this feature; each member an artist in his/her own field. The hardest part for me as a performer was to be intentionally invisible enough that the clothes were the focus rather than the character in them. Muting my body language was a challenge too. This was a look book and not an editorial so there isn’t a lot of movement involved. Something new for me! And, anyone who knows me, knows I love new experiences and getting out of my comfort zone. And I loved getting to be ‘The Shepherdess!’”


Brett Young Releases Debut EP

Brett Young

Brett Young, who is signed to Republic Nashville as an artist and Big Machine Music as a songwriter, released his debut, self-titled EP on Friday (Feb. 12). He co-wrote all six songs on the EP.

The project was produced by Dann Huff and features his lead single, “Sleep Without You.” A Southern California native, Young previewed the new music earlier this week at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville.

“This week has been beyond what I ever imagined,” Young said. “I am so thankful that country radio has been so receptive to my music, and I look forward to getting on the road to play for more of you very soon.”


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