Industry Ink: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Hunter Hayes, SESAC, YEP

Mary Chapin Carpenter at CMA Theater

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter performed an acoustic set at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on April 6. Featuring Matt Rollings and Glenn Worf, the performance celebrated Carpenter’s new album, Sometimes Just The Sky, which debuted March 30. The project features new versions of beloved songs from her acclaimed 30-year career.

Pictured (L-R): Peter Cooper of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Glen Worf, Matt Rollings, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Darin Lashinsky of NS2 and Nando Rodriguez of the CMA Theater. Photo: Aimee Stubs


Hunter Hayes Hits 100 Million Mark

Hunter Hayes gathered with his Warner Music Nashville family to commemorate his five-times Platinum No. 1 single “Wanted” surpassing 100 million streams on Spotify. Hayes also released a video thanking fans for their support over the years.

Pictured (L-R): Clark Tedesco (WMN Manager, Artist Development), Shane Tarleton (WMN SVP, Artist Development), Kristen Williams (WMN SVP, Radio & Streaming), Hunter Hayes, Narvel Blackstock (Starstruck Entertainment Manager), Dan Wise (Starstruck Entertainment Manager), Tim Foisset (WMN VP, Streaming), Rohan Kohli (WMN Director, A&R)

SESAC Presents at the Bluebird

On Tuesday night (April 10), SESAC songwriters took the stage at the Bluebird Café performing songs of the past, present and future.

Photo (L-R): SESAC’s VP of Creative Services, Shannan Hatch, songwriter Ben Danaher; SESAC EVP/CFO Kelli Turner; songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, SESAC’s Lydia Schultz, songwriters Erin Enderlin and Alex Kline.

YEP Rewind—Strait ’90s Show

Music industry organization, Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) entertained a full house at The Basement East with a setlist of country songs from the ‘90s on Tuesday, April 10. The YEP Rewind Strait ‘90s Show raised $1,500 for the Opry Trust Fund.

Brinley Addington hosted a lineup including headliner William Michael Morgan, as well as Kree Harrison, Luke Pell, Maggie Rose, Brandon Lay and many more.

(L-R): Morris Light & Sound’s Alexa Simpson, YEP Executive Director Amelia Varni, William Michael Morgan, Luke Pell, and YEP Director of Alumni & Executive Relations MaryAnn Keen. Photo: Jason Myers Photography


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