Arista Nashville five-man band LANco celebrated the world premiere of its debut music video, “Long Live Tonight,” in New York City on Tuesday (June 28), as the clip aired on the Sony Digital Billboard in Times Square at 43rd and Broadway.
“Times Square is something you see in the movies or maybe get to visit in your life, but you never dream that one day your face will be on one of those giant screens,” shared LANco lead singer Brandon Lancaster. “This was truly a surreal and incredible experience.”
Chris Lane Anticipates Girl Problems In August
Chris Lane. Photo: Delaney Royer
Big Loud Records artist Chris Lane will release his debut album, Girl Problems, on Aug. 5. Lane recorded the album with producer Joey Moi. He’s currently in the Top 10 at country radio with “Fix.”
“While in the studio working on the album, I started to notice a trend … every song seemed to be about some type of ‘girl problem’,” Lane said with a laugh. “So it was only fitting to title the album Girl Problems!”
Rodney Atkins Hooks Deal With Fishly
Curb Records artist Rodney Atkins is gearing up for summer fun by partnering with Fishidy, a waterway-based social network for fishermen of all skill levels to connect with local anglers, track fishing activity via interactive maps and guides, log their catches and even share tips to improve their fishing skills. From now through August 31, fans can enter to win an all-expenses-paid trip and day of fishing with Atkins when they create a free Fishidy account.
“I love spending time outdoors, whether it’s teaching my son how to hunt and fish, or just getting away for a little while to unplug and recharge,” Atkins said. “I’m always looking for new places to visit and trying to improve my own skills, so I’m excited to partner with Fishidy as a way to share that experience with others who are as passionate about fishing and enjoying the outdoors as I am.”
Cordovas Sing At War Memorial Auditorium
Nashville band Cordovas have filmed The Attic Sessions at War Memorial Auditorium. The four-piece band is made up of Joe Firstman (acoustic guitar, vocals), Lucca Soria (acoustic guitar, vocals), Jonny Loyd (accordion, vocals), and Graham Spillman (hand percussion, vocals).
They formed in 2011 when Firstman joined with Soria, Loyd, and Spillman to develop a sound that embodies bluegrass, country, and jam-based rock. Many of their songs are based around the idea of coming home, literally and spiritually. This fall, they will appear at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville and release their second album, produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids.
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Maren Morris and her Big Yellow Dog publisher Carla Wallace pose with their 2016 MusicRow Awards plaques, in addition to a No. 1 MusicRow Challenge Coin for “My Church.” Pictured (L-R): MusicRow‘s Sherod Robertson, Maren Morris, Carla Wallace, MusicRow‘s Craig Shelburne. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
MusicRow held it’s 28th Annual MusicRow Awards at BMI on Wednesday (June 29) in front of a packed house. The 2016 awards honored MusicRow‘s Top 10 Album All-Star Musicians for playing on the most top 10 albums during the awards timeframe in addition to the reader-voted Breakthrough Artist and Songwriter and Producer and Song of the Year.
Sample all the fun with a photo-roundup of the 2016 event below.
28th Annual MusicRow Awards at BMI. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
MusicRow‘s 2016 Album All-Star Musicians accept plaques. Pictured (L-R): MusicRow‘s Sherod Robertson; musicians Stuart Duncan, Ilya Toshinskiy, Jimmie Lee Sloas, Charles Judge; MusicRow‘s Craig Shelburne, Eric T. Parker. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
MusicRow‘s 2016 Ablum All-Star Musicians. Pictured (L-R): Jimmie Lee Sloas, Ilya Toshinskiy, Charles Judge. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson welcomes the MusicRow Awards crowd to BMI. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Dave Cobb accepts his MusicRow Producer of the Year award. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Dave Cobb accepts his MusicRow Producer of the Year award. Pictured (L-R): MusicRow‘s Craig Shelburne, Dave Cobb, MusicRow‘s Sherod Robertson. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Maren Morris accepts her 2016 Breakthrough Songwriter award at the 28th Annual MusicRow Awards. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Big Yellow Dog’s Carla Wallace (R) surprises her writer Maren Morris (L) with a plaque commemorating a No. 1 country album debut, along with its lead single achieving gold. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Lori McKenna accepts honors for writing MusicRow‘s 2016 Song of the Year, “Humble and Kind” (recorded by Tim McGraw). Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Lori McKenna and Universal Music Group Publishing’s Kent Earls accept plaques for Song of the Year at MusicRow‘s 28th annual awards. Pictured (L-R) MusicRow‘s Sherod Robertson, Lori McKenna, Kent Earls, MusicRow‘s Craig Shelburne. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Lori McKenna performs “Humble and Kind,” MusicRow‘s 2016 Song of the Year. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Kent Earls offers remarks for publishing MusicRow‘s 2016 Song of the Year, “Humble and Kind.” Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Will Hitchcock accepts Old Dominion’s Artist of the Year plaque for winning MusicRow‘s 2016 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, in addition to accepting a MusicRow No. 1 Challenge Coin for “Snapback.” Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
MusicRow‘s 2016 Producer of the Year Dave Cobb (center) mingles with MusicRow‘s Sherod Robertson and Robert K. Oermann. Photo: Molly Hannula
MusicRow 2016 Song of the Year nominee Corey Crowder with Broken Bow Records recording artist Jordan Rager. Photo: Molly Hannula
MusicRow 2016 Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year winners Dave Cobb (L) and Maren Morris (R). Photo: Molly Hannula
Apple’s newly-approved patent could allow your ability to record video on your phone to be impaired when detecting an infrared signal.
Reported by CNN and Patently Apple, this technology offers noticeable applications at entertainment venues such as concerts and movie theaters when recording is prohibited.
The patent details the process. In simple terms, the infrared signals are sent out in venues, i.e. from the stage or screen. Once the phone picks up these signals, the image on the phone would be altered or the video recording ability shut down completely. The phone’s functionality would not be affected if it was not directed towards the infrared signals. This would permit photos of the crowd, selfies, etc., as well as videos, to be taken in the venue.
The application could also be used to add content to the video, rather than shutting it down, by allowing information to appear on your phone about the subject matter being viewed once it detected the infrared signal.
In the past, recording concerts was mostly banned. Now, many artists value the benefit of fans capturing content and subsequently sharing on social media. These fans essentially become unpaid advertisers for the artist. However, other artists prefer to restrict photo and video recording in order to eliminate unauthorized distribution. Some feel recording a concert on a phone diminishes the value of the live experience.
With different views, it’s unclear at this time how Apple’s newly-approved patent will affect future live entertainment.
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CMT has announced new hires and promotions at the vice president level, with all four executives based in Nashville.
The executives will represent the marketing, programming, production and events departments of the network, which joined the Viacom Kids and Family Group in 2015.
Quinn Brown has been promoted to Vice President of Production where he is responsible for the overall creative vision and quality control of the brand’s hosted news/entertainment shows from pre-production through post-production, including the long-running show, CMT Hot 20 Countdown. He is based in Nashville and reports into Jayson Dinsmore, Executive Vice President of Development and Programming.
Heather DeVaney Graffagnino has been promoted to Vice President of Production Management. In this role, she oversees all in-house production management teams and works closely with executive producers and brand partners to develop the strategy, process and appropriate resources for show and event productions, including the CMT Music Awards, CMT Crossroads and CMT Artists of the Year. Graffagnino also supervises the day-to-day operations of CMT’s Studio 330. She is based in Nashville and reports into Lee Ann Chmielewski-Larsen, EVP of Production for Viacom Kids and Family Group.
Tessa Jordan has been appointed Vice President of Program Planning where she will manage CMT’s programming teams and is responsible for leading the scheduling and analysis process. A member of the Viacom Kids and Family Group since 2006, Jordan most recently served as Director of Nickelodeon Brand & Content Management for Viacom International. She has relocated to Nashville from New York and will report into Suzanne Norman, Senior Vice President of Operations.
Rory Levine has joined as Vice President of Consumer Marketing where he leads CMT’s linear and digital marketing efforts in support of all programming and digital priorities. With a primary focus on scripted programming, high-profile music events and key brand initiatives, he is responsible for bringing viewers to CMT’s content on all screens with a data-driven marketing approach. Previously, Levine held several roles at BBC America, including marketing director. He also recently served as Director of Marketing & Communications at AIGA, the Professional Association for Design. He relocated to Nashville from New York and will report into Anthony Barton, Senior Vice President of Marketing.
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Pictured (L-R): Jimmy Robbins and Sarah Robbins, Jimmy Robbins Music; Kyle Guisande and Devin Guisande, Kyle & Devin; Penny Gattis, Round Hill Music; Josh Tomlinson, BMI; Josh Saxe and Mark Brown, Round Hill Music. Photo: Amy Allmand
Round Hill Music and Jimmy Robbins Music have entered into a worldwide publishing agreement with brothers Kyle and Devin Guisande, known professionally as Kyle & Devin.
The brothers moved to Nashville three years ago from Northern California to pursue their music, which they describe as “left of center pop.”
“Kyle & Devin truly do it all, being an amazing writing and production team in addition to artists. We couldn’t be more excited to work with them,” said songwriter/producer Jimmy Robbins.
“It is a privilege to get to work with such remarkably talented young writer/artists as Kyle and Devin. Their flare along with Jimmy Robbins’ mentorship promises great things. I am enthusiastic about our future together,” adds Mark Brown, SVP & GM of Round Hill Music Nashville.
Kyle & Devin are currently writing for their artist project as well as for sync opportunities. Sarah Robbins is creative point for Jimmy Robbins Music and Penny Gattis is creative point for Round Hill Music.
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Summer is in full swing, and so are Nashville’s country sounds.
Tim McGraw and Dylan Scott have splendid new singles. But the man with the Disc of the Day is the mighty Randy Houser.
Give a DisCovery Award to singer-songwriter Lockwood Barr. She has the goods.
QUAKER CITY NIGHT HAWKS/Mockingbird Writer: David Matsler; Producer: Beau Bedford & Quaker City Night Hawks; Publishers: none listed; Lightning Rod (track)
– This is being released as a country single? Alrighty, if your idea of country is loud, electric boogie rock.
RANDY ROGERS BAND/San Antone Writers: none listed; Producer: Buddy Cannon; Publisher: none listed; Tommy Jackson/Thirty Tigers (track)
– I believe this was previously released as a single last year. It still sounds fresh and lilting and breezy. Well worth your spins.
RANDY HOUSER/Chasing Down A Good Time Writers: Randy Houser/Jeffrey Steele/Anthony Smith; Producer: Derek George; Publishers: EMI Blackwood/Little Britches/Jeffrey Steele/BPJ/Krankit/Hillbilly Science and Research, BMI; Stoney Creek
– A steady beat propels this soaring ode to an endless romance party. Houser’s bountiful, chesty singing is as rousing and robust as ever. Love it, love it, love it.
BRIAN WRIGHT/Lonesome, On’ry & Mean Writers: Steve Young, Brian Wright; Producer: Matt McClure; Publisher: none listed; Big City (track)
– It’s old-school “outlaw” country. In fact, his vocal sounds way too much like a Waylon Jennings imitation. Find your own style.
DYLAN SCOTT/My Girl Writers: Dylan Scott, Josh Kerr; Producer: Matt Alderman, Jim Ed Norman; Publisher: Curb Songs/Songs of Black River, ASCAP; Curb (track)
– His resonant baritone eases into the verses with a hushed intimacy, then opens up into urgency on the choruses. Gently forceful, thumping rhythms underscore the whole thing. It sounds just like a hit.
TIM MCGRAW/How I’ll Always Be Writers: Jeremy Stover/Chris Janson/Jamie Paulin; Producer: Byron Gallimore & Tim McGraw; Publishers: Ole Red Cape/Real Big Red/Red Vinyl/Words & Music/Songs of Universal, ASCAP/BMI; Big Machine (track)
– The rippling tempo with brushed drums skips along charmingly. Sung in his upper range, the song has a dandy lyric about being an everyday guy, rather than an exceptional one. The guitar solo is a chiming gem.
KEITH WALKER/Friends With Boats Writers: Keith Walker/Rich Karg/Dustin James; Producer: Chris Wright; Publishers: Break Down the Wall/Karg/Songs of Green Hills/Grin Like a Fool/Dustin James, ASCAP/SESAC; KW (track)
– It’s a nice idea, but the execution is rather ordinary. Inoffensively summery.
TRENT HARMON/There’s A Girl Writers: Trent Harmon/Jimmy Robbins/Laura Veltz; Producer: Jimmy Robbins; Publishers: Big Machine/19/Trent Harmon/Round Hill/Warner-Tamerlane/Extraordinary Alien/Jimmy Robbins/Oh Denise, BMI/ASCAP; Big Machine
– The message is that gals make guys go crazy. The performance is jaunty and youthful, and the production is just right. Lightweight, but very, very listenable.
STEPHANIE QUAYLE/Drinking With Dolly Writers: Rachel Proctor/Victoria Banks; Producer: Matt McClure; Publisher: Round Hill Music/Rate Spark Music; Rebel Engine
– She yearns for country music’s good old days. Simply sung. Written with aplomb.
LOCKWOOD BARR/Forgotten How To Cry Writers: Lockwood Barr/Karleen Watt; Producer: Matt Odmark; Publishers: none listed; LB (track)
– Well done. The light echo on her vocal and the stark instrumentation give the melodic ballad an extra edge. Extremely promising.
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MusicRow is proud to announce the release of its MusicRow Awards issue, featuring BMI’s Jody Williams and the Writer/Publisher Team on the cover.
The June/July issue includes interviews with 2016 MusicRow Award winners Dave Cobb (Producer of the Year), Lori McKenna (Song of the Year, “Humble and Kind”), Maren Morris (Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year) and Old Dominion (Breakthough Artist of the Year).
In addition, the issue recognizes the Top 10 Album All-Star Musicians.
Other features include a candid look at the close-knit partnership of a songwriter and financial planner in a conversation with Brett Beavers (Big Deal Music/BMG) and David Adams (David Adams Wealth Group). Music Health Alliance is profiled as a healthcare resource for the music industry, while Jill Block discusses the benefit she and her late husband, Billy Block, received from the organization.
Additionally, the appeal of vinyl music is highlighted from commentary from industry players while legendary country artist Kenny Rogers joins MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson for a candid conversation about his farewell tour, his musical heroes, and his legacy.
Though the music industry might be changing, one constant that has remained is BMI’s unfailing devotion to songwriters. The building, a staple on Music Row, is often frequented by songwriters of all levels, from aspiring teenagers with parents in tow, to chart-toppers gracing the building in celebration of their latest No. 1 hit.
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Pictured (L-R): Charlie Pate, Dave Cobb, Aaron Raitiere, and Adam Hood. Photo: Warner/Chappell Music
Low Country Sound and Warner/Chappell Nashville have signed publishing agreements with songwriters Adam Hood, Charlie Pate and Aaron Raitiere.
Low Country Sound is the publishing venture jointly established by Warner/Chappell and Low Country Sound owner Dave Cobb in January. The songwriters will primarily work out of Nashville’s historic Studio A, which Cobb recently took up residence in.
“I’m very excited about Low Country Sound’s partnership with Warner/Chappell—we have a perfect alignment for honest songwriting,” said Cobb. “I think I’m lucky to have signed three of my favorite songwriters: Aaron Ratierre, Charlie Pate and Adam Hood. They appreciate country music and where it’s going, and they’re also a good bunch of folks to hang around with.”
Cobb added, “Charlie Pate is the epitome of good classic songwriting and he’s an encyclopedia of the history of country music, while Adam Hood is the embodiment of country and soul—he brings the Alabama feel to every lyric he writes—and Aaron Ratiere is a complete avant-garde artist in every sense; he paints songs.”
Hood has toured with the likes of Willie Nelson and Leon Russell, and has had his songs recorded by Little Big Town, David Nail, Josh Abbott Band, Lee Ann Womack and John Corbett, among others.
Pate is a former recording artist on Universal Records whose style has been compared to Hank Williams.
Raitiere, a collaborator of Miranda Lambert’s, is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honorable Mention at the International Songwriting Competition for Roots/Americana Music for his song, “Leavin’ You for Me.”
Cobb has been recognized by the Americana Music Association as Producer of the Year (2014), and he received a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year in recognition of his work on a number of albums, including Chris Stapleton’s Grammy, ACM, and CMA-winning Traveller and Jason Isbell’s Grammy-winning Something More Than Free. He has also produced albums for Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Waylon Jennings, Lake Street Dive, HoneyHoney, Houndmouth and Anderson East, among others.
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It is nominally an honors presentation, but the MusicRow Awards ceremony is also one super-duper party.
Staged at BMI on Wednesday (June 29), this year’s 28th annual event attracted a record number of attendees, announced an exceedingly popular slate of awardees and had a fabulously festive vibe. Honorees included Maren Morris as Breakthrough Songwriter, Old Dominion as Breakthrough Artist, Dave Cobb as Producer of the Year and Lori McKenna as the writer of Song of the Year winner “Humble and Kind.” Winners are determined by subscribers to MusicRow and each recipient was greeted with delighted shouts of surprise from the crowd.
BMI’s Jody Williams greeted the 300+ folks in his lobby. He thanked event sponsor Anderson Benson, as “Nashville’s only locally-owned entertainment insurance company.” He then brought on the host, MusicRow’s Sherod Robertson.
Sherod Robertson. Photo: Moments By Moser
“These awards are often predictors of awards to come,” Robertson told the crowd. The magazine has been presenting its accolades since 1989. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are among the stars who won their first industry prizes from MusicRow. Songs such as “Girl Crush,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “The House That Built Me” and “Whiskey Lullaby” all picked up trophies from the mag before going on to wider award acclaim.
The first honors presented on Wednesday were to the musicians behind last year’s biggest hits. MusicRow‘s Craig Shelburne and Eric Parker presented these to engineer Justin Niebank (his 12th win), drummer Shannon Forrest (his 11th), guitarist Ilya Toshinsky (his 7th), bassist Jimmie Lee Sloas (his 6th), keyboardist Charles Judge (his 6th), session vocalist Wes Hightower (his 14th) and steel guitarist Paul Franklin (his 16th). There was a tie between fiddlers Stuart Duncan (his 9th win) and Larry Franklin (his 4th).
Pictured (L-R): Stuart Duncan, Ilya Toshinskiy, Jimmie Lee Sloas, Charles Judge. Photo: Moments By Moser
“I’m in awe of everybody who plays with me,” said Duncan. “I’ve learned from some of the best players, globally.”
“I’m so proud to be part of this great community of so many great players,” added Toshinsky. “I’m privileged and humbled to be here,” said Sloas. “This town is like a big family, and it’s quite an honor to be included,” commented Judge.
Pictured (L-R): Craig Shelburne, General Manager, MusicRow; Sherod Robertson, Owner/Publisher, MusicRow; Dave Cobb. Photo: Moments By Moser
Robertson pointed out that this is the first time that Producer winner Cobb had even been nominated. “It’s a real honor to be honored by my peers,” said Cobb. “We live in the best f—ing music city in the world!”
Pictured (L-R): Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music; Sherod Robertson, MusicRow; Maren Morris. Photo: Moments By Moser
“I’ve never won anything before,” said Morris. “This has been the craziest month, ever. I released my album. I started a tour. And, now, ending it with this. Thank you to Carla Wallace for giving me a job. This means a lot to me.” In addition to her award, Morris was given a MusicRow Challenge Coin for having a No. 1 hit on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart with “My Church.”
Pictured (L-R): Sherod Robertson, MusicRow; Maren Morris; Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music; Craig Shelburne, MusicRow. Photo: Moments By Moser
Big Yellow Dog publisher Wallace said, “This song has affected people’s careers; it has affected people’s lives.” She presented the singer-songwriter with a framed No. 1 honor for the chart-topping album Hero.
Old Dominion was on tour with Kenny Chesney, but sent a thank-you video to the ceremony. The band’s award was accepted by Morris Higham Management’s Will Hitchcock. “Thanks, MusicRow, and the whole Nashville community for making them your band,” he said. Old Dominion also earned a MusicRow No. 1 Challenge Coin for “Snapback.”
Old Dominion, with manager Will Hitchcock
McKenna and Universal Publishing’s Kent Earls accepted the “Humble and Kind” accolade. This is her third song to have won at MusicRow, the other two being 2007’s “Stealing Kisses” and last year’s “Girl Crush.” She couldn’t make last year’s ceremony, so co-writers Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey accepted and performed on her behalf.
Pictured (L-R): Sherod Robertson, MusicRow; Lori McKenna; Kent Earls, Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville; Craig Shelburne, MusicRow. Photo: Moments By Moser
“It’s a magical place that you have here,” said Boston resident McKenna. “Thank you for embracing this song.” She also accepted her MusicRow No. 1 Challenge Coin for “Humble and Kind.”
“Thank you, Sherod, and MusicRow and all your team,” added Earls. “We’re very honored to be here.”
Kent Earls. Photo: Moments By Moser
To McKenna, he added, “The elegance and grace of your writing is only matched by the beautiful person you are.” Earls also gave a shout-out to Travis Gordon, who pitched “Humble and Kind” to Missy Gallimore for Tim McGraw to record. The song has now sold more than 700,000 singles.
The high point of the event was unquestionably Lori McKenna’s yearning, soulful rendition of her song. It hushed the room, which erupted in rapturous applause when she concluded.
As guests schmoozed and winners accepted congratulations, the screen showed Maren Morris’s video of “My Church” and Old Dominion’s video of “Break Up With Him.”
That “record number of attendees” I spoke of included Renee Grant Williams, Ree Guyer Buchanan, Beth Raebeck Hall and Preshus Tomes Harris, as well as Sarah Skates, Sarah Lai, Tom Luteran, Tom Roland, Michael Mason, Mike Sirls, Michael Knox, Becky Harris,Becky Hobbs, Elizabeth Lyons, Dave Pomeroy, David Ross, Ronna Rubin, Luke Laird, Corey Crowder, Macy Martin, Maurice Miner, James Elliott and Jaren Boyer.
Not to mention (although we will) such fabulons as Trent Summar, Tim McFadden, Terry Wakefield, Steve Lassiter, Shane Barrett, Susan Collier, Sherrill Blackmon, Barry Coburn, Bart Herbison,Ashley Moyer,Eric Galvin, Garth Shaw, Jill Block, John Ozier, Ralph Murphy, Don Cusic, Ron Huntsman, Chris Keaton, Ann Wilson, Neal Spielberg, Charlie Monk, Mark Brown, Woody Bomar, Katharine Richardson, Patrick Clifford and Shannon Hatch. Making his first appearance in BKWTR is Jerome Pillow, who was hired two weeks ago by Keaton. So this was his first Music Row partay!
We snacked on jumbo meatballs, Mexi-sticks, chips, guacamole, salsa and deep-fried peppers. It was, in short, a blast of a bash.
Photo: Moments By Moser
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Winners included producer Dave Cobb, songwriters Lori McKenna and Maren Morris, and the band Old Dominion. Nine studio musicians were also honored.
Song of the Year was presented to McKenna for her solo-penned “Humble and Kind,” recorded by Tim McGraw for Big Machine Records. She shared the award with the song’s publisher, Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville.
This marks McKenna’s second consecutive win, and third overall, for the MusicRow honor. The award recognizes a writer and publisher on the craft of songwriting, not necessarily chart position. McKenna performed an acoustic version of the song at the conclusion of the event. Her prior award-winning songs are “Stealing Kisses” (recorded by Faith Hill, 2007) and “Girl Crush” (recorded by Little Big Town, 2015).
Morris was named Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year for achieving her first Top 10 single as a songwriter during the eligibility period, with the song “My Church.” She is represented by BMI, published by Big Yellow Dog Music and is a Columbia Nashville recording artist.
Breakthrough Artist of the Year went to RCA Nashville’s Old Dominion. The quintet was honored for achieving significant career progress for the first time. Their hits include “Break Up With Him” and “Snapback.” Old Dominion was on tour and unable to accept the award in person, but submitted a video to express their thanks.
Producer of the Year was awarded to Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, A Thousand Horses, Wheeler Walker Jr.). This year marked the first nomination and win for Cobb, who is a producer-in-residence at historic Studio A in Nashville.
Earlier in the event, awards were also presented to Nashville session musicians who earned the most credits on albums that reached Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums Chart during the eligibility period.
Top Row: Shannon Forrest, Charles Judge, Wes Hightower. Middle Row: Stuart Duncan, Larry Franklin, Ilya Toshinskiy. Bottom Row: Jimmie Lee Sloas, Paul Franklin, Justin Niebank.
The list includes: Shannon Forrest, drums; Charles Judge, keyboards; Justin Niebank, engineer; Paul Franklin, steel; Wes Hightower, vocals; Ilya Toshinskiy, guitar; Jimmie Lee Sloas, bass; and Stuart Duncan and Larry Franklin (tie), fiddle.
The event served as an unveiling of MusicRow Magazine’s June/July print issue, featuring a cover photo of BMI Nashville’s Writer Publisher relations team.
Exclusive editorial in this print issue includes a candid look at the close-knit partnership of a songwriter and financial planner with Brett Beavers (Big Deal Music BMG) and David Adams (David Adams Wealth Group). Music Health Alliance is also profiled as a healthcare resource for the music industry, while Jill Block discusses the benefit she and her late husband, Billy Block, received from the organization.
Additionally, the appeal of vinyl music is highlighted from commentary from industry players while Kenny Rogers joins MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson for a candid conversation about his farewell tour, his musical heroes, and his legacy.