Rewind: MusicRow 2017 Events

MusicRow looks back on its 2017 events including the MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards, the annual Rising Women On The Row breakfast and the reader-voted MusicRow Awards.

MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow owner/publisher Sherod Robertson; Ross Copperman; Tim Wipperman at the MusicRow Awards. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography

MusicRow held its 15th Annual Meet & Greet and CountryBreakout Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Nashville’s The Listening Room Cafe. Winners include:

Male Artist of the Year: Eric Church
Female Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Breakout Artist of the Year: Maren Morris
Duo/Group of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Independent Artist of the Year: Aaron Watson
Label of the Year: Capitol Records Nashville
Songwriter of the Year: Ross Copperman

At each awards show, MusicRow also honors one of its MusicRow panel radio station reporters. This year, Greg Almond of WGGC in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was honored as MusicRow’s Reporter of the Year. Alex Smith and Rachael Turner also showcased new music.


Rising Women On The Row Awards

Pictured (L-R): Rising Women On The Row 2017 honorees Tatum Allsep, Virginia Davis, Kerri Edwards, Kella Farris, Laura Hutfless, and Juli Newton-Griffith. Photo: Haley Crow/MusicRow

MusicRow honored six music industry superstars on April 25 during its sixth annual Rising Women on the Row breakfast, held at the Omni Nashville.

Music Health Alliance’s Tatum Allsep, G Major Management’s Virginia Davis, KP Entertainment’s Kerri Edwards, Farris, Self & Moore’s Kella Farris, Magic Mustang/BMG’s Juli Newton-Griffith, and FlyteVu’s Laura Hutfless were each honored during the awards ceremony.

This year’s speaker was Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group’s Lou Taylor, with a performance from Kalie Shorr.

City National Bank was the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 Rising Women on the Row.

Featured Speaker Lou Taylor (of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment) is interviewed by MusicRow owner/publisher Sherod Robertson. Photo: Haley Crow/MusicRow


MusicRow Awards

Pictured (L-R) Breakthrough Artist of the Year winner Maren Morris and MusicRow‘s Sherod Robertson. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography

MusicRow honored the songwriters, publishers and artists behind some of the year’s top hits and breakthrough songs during the 29th annual subscriber-voted MusicRow Awards on Wednesday, June 28, during a private ceremony hosted for the first time by SESAC, and sponsored by Anderson Benson insurance in the CMA’s event space.

Winners included producer Jay Joyce, who earned his second MusicRow Award win in this category for his work with Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Brothers Osborne, Devin Dawson, LANCO, The Wild Feathers, and more.

Eleven all-star musicians were honored for their work on the most Billboard Top 10 album credits in eight categories over the past 12 months. Winners included: Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass), Justin Niebank (engineer), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle), Ilya Toshinskiy (guitar), Charles Judge(Keyboards), Russell Terrell (vocals) and a tie for Fred Eltringham and Greg Morrow(guitar), and Dan DugmorePaul Franklin and Russ Pahl (steel).

Maren Morris, who has previously earned MusicRow‘s Breakthrough Songwriter honor, was honored this year as Breakthrough Artist, while Lauren Alaina was honored with MusicRow’s inaugural Artist-Writer category, for co-writing her first Top 10 hit, the No. 1 single, “Road Less Traveled.”

Parallel Music Publishing’s Jesse Lee was honored as this year’s Breakthrough Songwriter.

This year’s MusicRow Awards recognized Song of the Year “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” recorded by Keith Urban and written by Hillary Lindsey, Clint Lagerberg and Steven Lee Olsen.

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow‘s Sherod Robertson and Song of the Year winners Steven Lee Olsen, Hillary Lindsey and Clint Lagerberg. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography


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Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

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