Industry Ink: Deborah Allen, Pilgrimage Food Drive, Michael Ray, Compassion Live, YEP Podcast

Deborah Allen Adds To Million-Air Collection

Pictured (L-R): Raymond Hicks, Deborah Allen, David Preston

Deborah Allen was recently honored by BMI at their Nashville offices with Million-Air certifications for Janie Fricke’s “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me, Baby” and John Conlee’s “I’m Only In It For The Love” by BMI executive David Preston. In addition to those two honors, she has received BMI Million-air certificates for songs penned for other artists including Janie Fricke’s “Let’s Stop Talking About It,” Patty Loveless’ “Hurt Me Bad In A Real Good Way,” and Tanya Tucker’s “Can I See You Tonight.” She has also been awarded BMI Million-air certificates for her own recordings “I Hurt For You,” receiving a one million airplay award and “Baby, I Lied,” receiving a two million airplay award. Allen has penned more than 1,600 songs for hundreds of artists, including hits by LeAnn Rimes, Brooks & Dunn, Patty Loveless, Conway Twitty, Tanya Tucker, Janie Fricke, John Conlee, Isaac Hayes, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Fleetwood Mac and more. The Million-Air Award is given to songwriters, composers, and publishers whose songs accumulate over one million U.S. broadcast performances.


Pilgrimage Partners With Lightning 100 For Help Us Harvest Food Drive

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival has partnered with Lightning 100 and Second Harvest Food Bank for Middle Tennessee for the Help Us Harvest Food Drive. In honor of Hungry Action Month, Nashvillians can donate food at the Third Man Records’ flagship store on Sept. 12 and receive a chance to win passes to the fourth annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on Sept. 22-23 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Donations will be accepted between noon and 3 p.m. CT, and patrons receive one entry for attending the food drive and will earn another entry for every 10 pounds of food they donate. At 3 p.m., a raffle will be held for a pair of Pilgrimage VIP tickets. In addition, the person who donates the most food will win a pair of Pilgrimage General Admission tickets. “This partnership and event are a great way for the festival to give back and show our thanks to the area that Pilgrimage calls home,” says co-producer Brandt Wood.


Michael Ray Performs At CRB Fall Meetings

Michael Ray performed a four-song set at the Country Radio Broadcasters annual fall meetings on Sept. 7. Ray’s latest single, “One That Got Away,” from his sophomore album Amos is currently climbing the charts at radio, and he’ll join Old Dominion for select dates on the upcoming leg of their Happy Endings World Tour beginning in October.


Compassion Productions Rebrands To Compassion LIVE

Compassion Productions is re-branding its touring division to Compassion LIVE. During its eight-year tenure, the touring arm of Compassion International has welcomed over 650,000 people to experience and witness the more than 40,000 children sponsored through Compassion International, which aims to release children from poverty in 25 countries.

Artists such as for KING & COUNTRY, MercyMe, Matthew West, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Francesca Battistelli and others have united with Compassion LIVE for nationwide tours. Expanding their reach, Compassion LIVE also serves clients like Ann Voskamp, Anita Renfroe, Karen Kingsbury, Justin Flom and The Thorn through speaker, magician and theatrical tours. Compassion LIVE will continue to be home to fan-favorites “The Roadshow Tour” and “Summer Lights Tour.”


Young Entertainment Professionals Launches Podcast

Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) has launched a new podcast of the same name, featuring top rising members of the industry and the stories of how they discovered their career path with the help of YEP Nashville. The podcast will give listeners a look inside the networking group through alumni stories about their music industry journey, and how YEP has aided in their current roles within the entertainment industry.

Produced/hosted by YEP board member Libby Oellerich (NSAI), the podcast’s inaugural episode includes an interview with organization’s founder Andrew Cohen (Suit Music) and YEP’s current Executive Director, Amelia Varni (Starstruck Entertainment).


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