In Pictures: Jerrod Niemann, Devin Dawson, Levon, SOLID, Steven Curtis Chapman

Jerrod Niemann Attends The 143rd Kentucky Derby

Pictured (L-R): Jerrod Niemann and Morgan Petek Niemann. Photo: Courtesy Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann and wife Morgan Petek Niemann attended the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, May 6.


Devin Dawson Makes Opry Debut

Pictured (L-R): Adrian Michaels, National Dir., Radio & Streaming, WMN; Megan Joyce, Sr. VP, Business & Legal Affairs, WMN; Lisa Ray VP, Brand Management, WMN; Cris Lacy, VP, A&R, WMN; Nick DiMaria (guitar); Devin Dawson; Austin Smith (guitar); Sally Williams, GM, Grand Ole Opry; Todd Ramey, Sandbox Entertainment; Wyatt Thomas, Sandbox Entertainment; Ashlee McDonald, Sr. Dir., Brand Management, WMN. Photo: Courtesy WMN

On the heels of his Late Night with Seth Meyers national television debut, Devin Dawson made another important debut Friday night (May 5) singing for a packed house at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Dawson opened with his single “All On Me” followed by a moving performance of his new song “Dark Horse.”

Dawson will perform tonight at the Association of Independent Music Publishers Awards where he is nominated as a Rising Independent Artist-Writer of the Year. The awards will be held at the Ryman Auditorium.


Levon Rocks In Cleveland

Pictured (L-R): Columbia Nashville’s Cliff Blake, Bob Wheatley, WDSY’s Wookie, Sony Music Nashville’s Lauren Thomas, WQMX’s Jody Wheatley, WDSY’s Mark Anderson, Levon’s Ryan Holladay and Michael David Hall, WUBE’s Grover Collins, WQHK PD Dave Michaels and wife Peg, WUBE’s Ron James, iHeart Cleveland’s Keith Abrams and wife Betty, Columbia Nashville’s Shane Allen, Levon’s Jake Singleton, Janet Connolly and husband, WGAR’s Charley Connolly, and WOGI’s Dave Anthony and wife Kathie. Photo: Courtesy Sony Music Nashville [click photo to enlarge]

Country trio Levon performed at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Friday night (May 5) as part of an extensive radio tour promoting their new single “Why Oh Why.” The group will release their self-titled EP on May 12.


SOLID Holds First Music Industry Publicity Panel

Pictured (back row, L-R): SOLID Education Co-Chair Matt Pramstaller, Jewly Hight, Joe Hudak, Ann Powers, Ebie McFarland and SOLID President Basak Kizilisik; (front row, L-R): SOLID Secretary Emma Tur, SOLID Communications Chair Elise Anderson and SOLID Education Co-Chair Sarah D’Hilly. Photo: Sarah Comardelle

Nashville’s Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID) held Press & Publicity: The Art of the Pitchan hour-long panel hosted by Nashville publicist and owner of Essential Broadcast Media, LLC Ebie McFarland, Thursday (May 4) at Main Street Gallery in East Nashville.

The panelists included NPR Music’s critic and correspondent, Ann Powers, music critic and journalist, Jewly Hight, and senior editor of Rolling Stone Country, Joseph Hudak.

McFarland, a SOLID alumni herself, led panelists through several topics including what to do versus what not to do in a pitch, timing for a pitch, what to include in a pitch and what connects them with an up-and-coming artist.

Press & Publicity: The Art of the Pitch was the first publicity panel SOLID has held in their series of music-industry related panels for members.

Find out more about SOLID here.


Steven Curtis Chapman Performs At The White House

Pictured: Steven Curtis Chapman. Photo: Courtesy The White House

Steven Curtis Chapman performed at the 66th Annual National Day Of Prayer ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 4. Appearing before many faith leaders from around the U.S., Chapman performed two songs, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” The ceremony was held in the Rose Garden at the White House. 

“I’m humbled and grateful every time I’m invited somewhere to sing about the love and grace of God,” Chapman shared. “Sometimes it’s in a prison or an orphanage, sometimes it’s in Carnegie Hall, and sometimes it might even be in our nation’s capital at the White House. It’s always and only for His glory.”


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