Industry Ink: Crowd Surf, Relevant Communications, Straight 8 Entertainment

Crowd Surf’s Cassie Petrey, Jade Driver Named 2018 Billboard Digital Power Players

Cassie Petrey and Jade Driver, co-founders of marketing/PR/artist management firm Crowd Surf, have been recognized on the 2018 Billboard Digital Power Players list. Driver is the only woman based in Nashville on this year’s list, while Petrey is one of the youngest.

Starting Crowd Surf right out of college, Cassie Petrey and Jade Driver, have grown the company to three offices (Nashville, LA, NYC) and employ a staff of over 35. Crowd Surf has evolved into a 50-person team, with four offices and a stacked roster of accounts boasting a collective social footprint of approximately 1 billion followers. Many of Crowd Surf’s campaigns have helped break and re-define acts – for example, they spearheaded Fifth Harmony’s “2014 VMA’s Best New Artist” fan-voted competition, and helped Britney Spears win the fan-voted “Best Show in Las Vegas.” In addition, Crowd Surf also offers artist management, and is currently managing AJ McLean (of Backstreet Boys), alongside legendary manager Johnny Wright, and Max & Harvey, the #1 stars in the UK who have over 5.7 million followers.


Relevant Communications Signs Aussie Trio Audio Vixen

Audio Vixen

Relevant Communications has signed Australian sibling trio Audio Vixen. The X-Factor Australia finalists are already one of the most well-establish touring bands down under and they will be bringing their harmonies to Nashville in 2019.

Their upcoming U.S. debut album The Colour of Sound was written, arranged and produced by all three members of the group and in 2013, Audio Vixen was invited by Bee Gee’s legend Barry Gibb, to be his support act for his Australian Mythology tour.


Celebration Time For Straight 8 Entertainment’s Lee Willard 

Pictured (L-R): John Wesley Satterfield, Jon Stone, Jerrod Neimann, Straight 8 Entertainment’s Lee Willard, Ira Dean, Joe Denim and Gavin DeGraw.

Straight 8 Entertainment’s Lee Willard celebrated his 40th birthday at Nashville Underground, alongside several artist friends.


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