Industry Pics: Randy Rogers Band, Dave Cobb, WMBA, Tony Jackson, Whiskey Jam, Kelsea Ballerini

Randy Rogers Band, Dave Cobb Host ‘Hellbent’ Listening Session

Pictured (L-R): Jody Williams (VP Creative, BMI Nashville), Johnny “Chops” Richardson, Les Lawless, Randy Rogers, Dave Cobb, Geoffrey Hill, Brady Black, Todd Stewart

Randy Rogers Band invited industry members to get an early listen to the group’s eighth album, Hellbent, during a listening session at BMI Nashville on Tuesday (Feb. 26).

Revered music journalist Deborah Evans Price moderated a Q&A panel with the band members and producer Dave Cobb, as they shared stories from the making of the album.


Women’s Music Business Association Welcomes Amazon’s Kelly Rich As Keynote Speaker

2019 WMBA Officers pictured with speaker Kelly Rich. Pictured (L-R): Mary Larimer, Kelsey Wise, Emily Bukowski, Mallory Allgood, Kelly Rich, Lauren Simon, Charlene Bryant. Not pictured: Thalia Ewing & Dana Dickie

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) started the year on a high note with Kelly Rich from Amazon Music as the featured guest speaker at their first Membership Meeting of the year. The meeting was held at CMA on Feb. 19, 2019. Nearly 75 members gathered at CMA to hear Rich speak about her 30+ years of music industry experience. Her extensive experience includes time at Big Machine Label Group, UMG Nashville, DreamWorks, Arista Nashville, BMG and Western Merchandisers.

Rich shared her career journey, beginning with her time spent at Western Merchandisers, leading to her current role as Sr. Label Relations Manager at Amazon Music, and adding in lessons learned along the way. She encouraged WMBA members to be confident in their skills and abilities within the workplace, and shared tips on job transition, salary negotiation, and how to handle conflict. She also emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


Tony Jackson Makes Opry Debut

Tony Jackson received an introduction from Bill Anderson on Saturday (Feb. 23), as Jackson made his Grand Ole Opry debut performance. Jackson performed the Anderson-penned “They Lived It Up,” as well as a cover of George Jones’ “The Grand Tour.” Jackson, a former two-term, active duty U.S. Marine, is currently touring in support of his new single, “Country Road,” from his forthcoming spring 2019 E.P. release on DDS Entertainment/SONY – Orchard.


Roan Ash Plays Nashville’s Whiskey Jam

Pictured (L-R): Jacomien de Villiers (Inhoud Huis), Roan Ash, Ward Guenther (Whiskey Jam), Sloane Cavitt Logue (WME), Matthew Morgan (WME), Kristin Cantrell (WME) Johan Vorster (Inhoud Huis)

International artist Roan Ash stopped by Whiskey Jam in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday night (Feb. 25) to play a few songs for the packed crowd.  This marks the first live performance in the US for the South African singer-songwriter who was selected to participate in Apple Music’s global country music campaign Country Wide last year.


Kelsea Ballerini Visits Radio As Part Of Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning Of Life Tour

Pictured (L-R): Kay Manley – MD at WGKX, Kelsea, Abby Summers – mornings at WGKX

Black River’s Kelsea Ballerini met up with WGKX/Memphis following her performance in Southaven, Mississippi, on Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life Tour.


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