BMLG Releases Trent Harmon’s Debut EP


American Idol winner Trent Harmon earned the votes of viewers on the strength of his powerful falsetto and astute song choices.

Now, the Big Machine Label Group’s Dot Records (under license of 19 Recordings) artist has released a five-song mix of original music and cover tunes. Harmon’s self-titled EP includes his single “There’s A Girl” and “Falling (Remix).” The project was recorded with songwriter/producer Jimmy Robbins and producer Julian Raymond.

“I’m so excited to finally get this EP into the hands – and ears – of my wonderful supporters,” Harmon shared. “This EP is a ‘tip of the hat’ to some of my favorite performances from American Idol – especially ‘Chandelier’ – as well as my current single, ‘There’s A Girl.’ 2016 has been an incredible year, and we’re working on a very special LP for 2017. Thank YOU for riding this wave with me.”

1. There’s A Girl | Trent Harmon, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
2. Falling (Remix) | Dallas Davidson, Brett James, Keith Urban
3. Drink You Away | James Fauntleroy, Chris Godbey, Jerome Harmon, Garland Mosley, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake
4. Sharp Dressed Man | Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Joe Hill
5. Chandelier | Sia Furler, Jesse Shatkin

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Combustion Music Raises $75K During Hope Town Music Festival


Combustion Music hosted its third annual Hope Town Music Festival on Friday Dec. 2 on the island of Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. Over $75,000 was raised from the four songwriter rounds, with the income going to support Every Child Counts, Friends of the Environment, and Hope Town Fire & Rescue.

Combustion Music President Chris Farren welcomed songwriters including Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Chris Destefano, Matt Jenkins, Jameson Rodgers, Jordan Walker, Johnny McGuire, Mickey Jack Cones, Chip Esten, John Nite, Kendall Marvell, Andy Albert, and Marc Beeson, who all contributed their time and songwriting efforts.

“All of my friends donated their time and talents, and together with the local community and some incredible Nashville sponsors, we raised a bunch of money that will all stay on the island and really make a difference… not to mention the fact that we all had a blast,” said Farren.

“We at SunTrust Music Row have been involved with the Hopetown Music Festival since its inception in 2013.  We are so glad to be a part of such a great cause, that gives back to such a special place like Hopetown,” said Suntrust First Vice President Dusty Miller.

Sponsors, partners, and donors participating included ASCAP, The Academy of Country Music, SunTrust Bank, Hackney Financial, Downtown Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell, IBC Airways, Sword Rowe & Company, Abaco Inn, Albury’s Ferry Service, Abaco Buzz, Hope Town Inn and Marina, Hope Town Harbor Lodge, Harbour’s Edge, Commonwealth Brewery Limited, Lighthouse Marina, Rock Around The Clock, Island Cart Rentals, and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.


Artists Revealed For Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show

Charlie Daniels Christmas 4 kidsChris Stapleton, Darryl Worley, 3 Doors Down, Shenandoah, 38 Special, TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang, Ray Scott, Guy Gilchrist and James Robert Webb are a few of the artists set to participate in the annual Christmas 4 Kids tour bus show, to be held at Hendersonville, Tenn. Walmart on Monday, Dec. 12. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., stars will gather on parked tour buses to meet fans and give them an inside look at their homes away from home.

Admission to the event is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 2-12 and $20 for a family pass. Admission for children under 2 is free. Tickets may be purchased onsite at the Hendersonville Walmart (204 North Anderson Lane, Hendersonville, TN 37075) on the day of the event.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, over 400 underprivileged children from 29 different schools around Middle Tennessee will participate in a day-long shopping excursion. The day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville Walmart, where the kids receive a new winter coat and $150 to spend on anything they like.


Musicians On Call Teams With Radio Disney Country

moc-logo-blackMusicians On Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country, teamed up with Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country recently to bring the healing power of music to patients at City of Hope in Los Angeles. With the help of one of Radio Disney’s biggest stars Alex Aiono and country music newcomers Temecula Road, patients, families and caregivers at City of Hope were treated to a lobby performance as well as MOC’s Bedside Performance Program.

The visit, presented by Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, and sponsored by the Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program, City National Bank and Genentech was in celebration of Musicians On Call’s Half A Million Moments campaign, the milestone of performing for 500,000 patients, families and caregivers across the country.

Both artists are featured on the new track entitled “The Human Race” that also features longtime MOC supporters Kelsea Ballerini, Scotty McCreery, Lindsay Ell, LOCASH, Tegan Marie and more. Fans can purchase single on iTunes, with some of the proceeds going to benefit MOC.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Plans Facilities Upgrade

country-music-hall-of-fame-nightThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is planning a $1 million facilities upgrade, which will be spent on its 10 different restrooms.

This comes following recent updates to the building, including a new information desk in the conservatory, and replacing neon exterior lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting. During 2016, the organization also revamped parts of Historic RCA Studio B on Music Row.

The CMHoF operates in a $100 million facility, between the original cost of the building and its 2014 expansion.

The newly-renovated restrooms will be modeled after the 2014 upgrades for a consistent look, all designed by Tuck Hinton Architects. The 10 restrooms spanning four floors have not been updated since the building opened in 2001. Since then it has welcomed over 8.5 million guests, including more than one million visitors during each of the past two years—adding up to expected wear and tear.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sr. VP of financial services and operations Nina Burghard told the Nashville Post, “As with all capital projects, we underwent an extensive and competitive bidding process, resulting in our contracting the job for less than what was originally bid.”

American Constructors will handle the project which is expected to be complete by March 2017.

Meghan Trainor Cancels Remaining Tour Dates For 2016

Meghan Trainor. Photo: Epic Records

Meghan Trainor. Photo: Epic Records

Meghan Trainor has canceled the remainder of her performances for 2016, due to an illness.

The 22-year-old “All About That Bass” and “Dear Future Husband” singer announced via Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 8) that she has been put on “strict vocal rest” for two weeks.

Trainor had been slated to perform at the 96.5-FM TIC All Star Christmas concert in Connecticut Thursday (Dec. 8), at Z100’s Jingle Ball 2016 in Madison Square Garden in New York City Friday (Dec. 9), at HOT 99.5-FM’s Jingle Ball 2016 in Washington D.C. Monday (Dec. 12), at Power 96.1-FM’s Jingle Ball 2016 in Atlanta on Friday (Dec. 16), and at the Y100 Jingle Ball 2016 concert in Florida on Sunday (Dec. 18).

Last year, the singer was also forced to cancel tour dates due to vocal problems.

See Trainor’s Instagram message to fans below:


MusicRowPics: Terra Bella


Terra Bella with MusicRow owner/publisher Sherod Robertson

Seven years ago, Martina Otterbeck was a competitive karaoke singer in California’s San Joaquin Valley when she met guitarist Joseph Costa.

“I was looking for free guitar lessons, and Joe was in a band,” recalls Martina. “We had a mutual Top 8 friend on MySpace, so we agreed to meet.”

Joseph’s family had been farming in the Central Valley for more than 100 years, but he was drawn to a career in music. Meanwhile, Martina was rodeoing, but wanted chase her passion for singing.

The meeting led to love, marriage, and forming the duo Terra Bella. In August 2013, Joseph and Martina Costa followed their dreams to Nashville, making the 2,200-mile move from California.

The duo recently visited MusicRow‘s office, where they previewed three tracks from their six-song EP Road To Forever, including single “You’ve Got That Somethin’,” “I’m Down,” and the nostalgic, folksy “Hey Mama,” co-penned with Robert Williford. The project was produced by Johnny Garcia, longtime guitar player for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

“When we moved to [Nashville], I got pretty homesick for a second there and it was on our second anniversary,” Joe recalls. “Martina was mad at me for spending too much money on our anniversary. I remember missing home and thinking, ‘I wish we could go see our parents.’ That led to writing ‘Hey Mama.'”

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow's Troy Stephenson, Terra Bella and MusicRow's Sherod Robertson

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow‘s Troy Stephenson, Terra Bella and MusicRow’s Sherod Robertson

Though “Hey Mama” would become the song that would capture Garcia’s attention, the connection to Garcia came via family members in Texas.

“Part of Martina’s family lives in the Rio Grande Valley. We were down there visiting, and her grandmother threw a big party and invited a cousin, who was also a musician. We got to chatting and started jamming, and he said, ‘Do you guys know Johnny Garcia?’ He was a friend of Johnny’s and sent him our music.”

Garcia was impressed with the duo’s songs, harmonies, and onstage chemistry, and agreed to produce them. “He took Terra Bella and made us a better version of ourselves,” Martina says.

“We’ve really worked hard to get where we are, but that’s all we know,” Martina concludes. “That comes from the farming and ranching background. We are not afraid to get our hands dirty.”

Terra Bella with the MusicRow staff.

Terra Bella with the MusicRow staff.

Historic Music Row Building Faces Demolition

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The building at 1815 Division St. in Nashville dates back to 1929. Photo: Copyright 2016 Google

The last remaining pre-World War II building in the Music Row area is facing demolition. According to the Nashville Post, the property at 1815 Division St. was purchased for $2.6 million by real estate investor Salah Ayesh. He planned to tear it down in August until a 90-day hold was put on issuing the demolition permit. That hold has now been lifted.

Ayesh plans to meet Thursday, Dec. 15 with representatives from multiple government entities to discuss the building’s future.

The Nashville Post reports that the building opened in 1929 and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Its storied history includes time as the Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed Mothers.

Kenny Chesney And CMA To Donate $500,000 To Smoky Mountain Relief

2016 CMA Pinnacle Award winner Kenny Chesney and CMA are matching funds to donate $500,000 ($250,000 each) to aid families impacted by recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Photo: Courtesy Blue Chair Bay/Columbia Nashville

2016 CMA Pinnacle Award winner Kenny Chesney and CMA are matching funds to donate $500,000 ($250,000 each) to aid families impacted by recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Photo: Courtesy Blue Chair Bay/Columbia Nashville

Kenny Chesney and CMA are combining resources to aid families devastated by recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The wildfires were responsible for 14 deaths and more than 2,400 homes and business that were damaged or destroyed.

A native of East Tennessee, Chesney has been a vocal and ardent supporter of the ongoing relief effort.

CMA and Chesney are collectively contributing $500,000 for the cause ($250,000 each). A portion of the proceeds will be earmarked for Dolly Parton and her My People Fund, which provides $1,000 each month for up to six months to Sevier County families who lost their homes in the wildfires.

Parton, Big & Rich, Amy Grant, Chris Janson, Alison Krauss, LOCASH, Montgomery Gentry, Reba, Kenny Rogers, Michael W. Smith, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, and more will perform during “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” telethon airing Tuesday, Dec. 13 (8:00 PM/ET) on Great American Country. AXS TV, RFD, and the Heartland Network have been added as broadcast partners.

“Smoky Mountains Rise” also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, including iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn’s Country Roads channel and several other platforms. and USA Today National Network plans to live steam the telethon.

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Taylor Swift Teams With ACM To Pledge Combined $200K For Dolly Telethon

Taylor Swift receives Milestone Award at 50th Annual ACM Awards. Photo: Courtesy of ACM

Taylor Swift receives Milestone Award at 50th Annual ACM Awards. Photo: Courtesy of ACM

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the organization’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives, have pledged $100,000 in advance of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon, airing Tues., Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on Great American Country (GAC). Taylor Swift has pledged to match the California organizations’ donation, bringing the total amount to $200,000.

All monies raised during the telethon will go to the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton to assist families affected by the recent, devastating Gatlinburg fires in Sevier County, Tennessee.

“The Academy and ACM Lifting Lives are honored to contribute in a meaningful way to Dolly’s heroic efforts to help the people of her hometown – and when Taylor heard what we were planning, she offered to match our gift, which gives it that much more impact,” said Tiffany Moon, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Academy. “We are so grateful to Taylor for her support to the Academy’s charitable efforts through the years, and for helping us and Dolly Parton assist families in need at a time of crisis.”

The My People Fund has already pledged to provide $1,000 each month to Sevier County families whose primary residence (renters and homeowners) is uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. A pre-application for those affected is available at

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit Contributions may also be made via mail to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Chris Stapleton, Amy Grant Among Eight Added To Dolly Parton Gatlinburg Telethon


Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry are just a few of the new names added to Dolly Parton‘s telethon Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund. Reba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss were previously announced.

The event is set for Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET. Three new broadcast partners have also been added, including AXS TV, RFD, and The Heartland Network. In addition, and USA Today National Networks to live stream the telethon on their affiliate newspaper websites. Smoky Mountains Rise also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, including iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn’s Country Roads channel, and several other platforms which are set to be announced shortly.

The nationally-broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and Parton’s dinner theaters in the wake of last week’s wildfires in the entertainment icon’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee. All of the artists are donating their performances to help the effort.

“I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected by the wildfires,” Parton said. “I’ve got so many great friends in the industry, and I’m so proud that they were so ready to step up and help me help my people in the Smoky Mountains through this telethon and the My People Fund.”

The My People Fund will provide $1,000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at

During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.