Industry Pics: Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, Jerrod Niemann, ASCAP, Thiel Audio, The Sisterhood

Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys Unite For CMT Crossroads This Wednesday

Pictured (back row L-R): Margaret Comeaux, EP/VP, Music & Event Production, CMT; Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and Howie Dorough; Frank Tanki, GM, CMT & TV Land; Backstreet Boys’ Kevin Richardson; John Hamlin, EP, Switched On Entertainment; and Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley; (front row L-R): Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard; and Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean and Brian Littrell. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys recently joined forces to perform never-before-heard renditions of each group’s biggest hits for an upcoming CMT Crossroads special. The all-new, one-hour show premieres this Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


Jerrod Niemann Hosts Celebrity Family Feud Viewing Party At Fort Campbell

Photo: Courtesy of Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann hosted a live viewing party for his episode of Celebrity Family Feud for soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Sunday night (Aug. 27).

Niemann competed against good friend and labelmate Lee Brice to win $25,000 for the USO. Although Brice ultimately won the game with proceeds benefiting Folds of Honor, Niemann received $5,000 for his selected charity.

After a life-changing USO tour in 2016, the singer-songwriter is committed to bringing awareness to the brave men and women that fight daily for our nation’s freedoms.


ASCAP At CD Baby DIY Musician Conference

Pictured (L-R): CD Baby VP of Music Publishing and Rights Management Jonathan Bahr, ASCAP Creative Manager Beth Brinker, Prescription Songs’ Katie Fagan, and ASCAP songwriter Jon Nite.

ASCAP sponsored a panel on songwriting and publishing at the DIY Musician Conference Presented by CD Baby, held Aug. 25-27 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The panel, entitled Publishing 101, covered various topics of songwriting and publishing, including publishing revenue streams, the creative side of the songwriting world, and how to establish yourself as a songwriter.

Panelists included CD Baby VP of Music Publishing and Rights Management Jonathan Bahr, ASCAP Creative Manager Beth Brinker, Prescription Songs’ Katie Fagan, and hit ASCAP songwriter Jon Nite.


Thiel Audio Leadership Celebrates New Launch

Pictured (L-R): Ali McCowan, Jerome Pillow, Katherine Aroca, Elyse McKenna, Dennis Crosson, Bryant Boyd, Devin Hauersperger, MacKinnon Morrissey, James Swanson, and Eric Johanson.

Nashville-based audio technology and entertainment company, Thiel Audio, recently launched its first wireless streaming products, the AURORA Home and the battery-powered AURORA Tour, both of which feature a connectivity suite leveraging DTS Play-Fi®, Apple Airplay®, and Bluetooth technologies.

Thiel Audio’s leadership team and new CEO, Elyse McKenna, recently celebrated the launch at their Nashville showroom and event space, Thiel Studios.


The Sisterhood Reflects On Bucket List Week

Pictured (L-R): John Zarling, EVP Marketing/New Business, Sony Music Nashville; Taylor Lindsey, VP, A&R, Sony Music Nashville; Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment; The Sisterhood’s Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart; Sally Williams, SVP, Opry Entertainment Programming/Artist Relations and Opry GM; Randy Goodman, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville; and Jim Catino, SVP, A&R, Sony Music Nashville. Photo: Chris Hollo

The Sisterhood experienced a bucket list week recently. The new country duo made their Grand Ole Opry debut on Sunday, Aug. 20, before performing at a solar eclipse viewing party the next day.

“It was an absolute honor to make our debut on a rare Sunday night show–one which has never been done in the history of the Grand Ole Opry,” enthused The Sisterhood’s Ruby Stewart. “To share the bill with some of our biggest inspirations in country music was surreal for us.”

Duo member Alyssa Bonagura responded, “There’s nothing more magical than being at the Opry, but to play on the eve of the new moon solar eclipse added an unforgettable energy.”

She added, “To be introduced by country radio legend Bill Cody who has always supported our music, and to have our Sony Nashville team and families side stage made the evening so special for us.”

On Monday (Aug. 21) The Sisterhood provided the soundtrack for the momentous Total Solar Eclipse as they performed at a private event in downtown Nashville. The duo did a set prior to the celestial moment, followed by an eclipse encore performance of the Bonagura/Stewart co-penned song, “Tethered.”

The Sisterhood summed it up best, “Playing on the rooftop of the Sony/WME building with the Nashville skyline as our backdrop was the perfect setting to welcome the new moon solar eclipse. It marked new beginnings and a full circle moment for us!”

Pictured (L-R): Ken Robold, EVP/COO, Sony Music Nashville; Taylor Lindsey, VP, A&R, Sony Music Nashville; Steve Hodges, EVP Promotion/Artist Development, Sony Music Nashville; Jim Catino, SVP, A&R, Sony Music Nashville; The Sisterhood’s Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart; Randy Goodman, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville; Liz
Cost, Manager, Marketing, Sony Music Nashville; Margaret Tomlin, Manager, A&R, Sony Music Nashville; and Risha Rodgers, WME. Photo: Matt Berinato



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