CMA’s Sarah Trahern Receives 2021 Music Cities Award
CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern has been awarded a global 2021 Music Cities Award in the Public Service Award for a Leading Music Cities Advocate category. The award serves to recognize the exceptional work, achievements and contributions of a professional working on the improvement of their city through the use of music.
“I am so honored to receive this award,” says Trahern. “Over the past 20 months, I have seen incredible resilience in our country music family and the industry as a whole coming together. Our community united to help each other, with food drives, donations, programming and resources to build a bridge of light across the darkness. I am just grateful to be a small part of it. To win this award is truly an honor.”
The Music Cities Awards is a global competition designed to acknowledge and reward the applications of music for economic, social, environmental and cultural development in cities and places all around the world.
Travis Denning Earns First Platinum Certification For “After A Few”
Mercury Nashville’s Travis Denning earned his first-ever Platinum certification for his No. 1 hit single “After A Few” selling over one million units.
Denning was surprised by his teams at Universal Music Group, Red Light Management and the RIAA after his performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Nov. 16. He co-wrote “After A Few” with Kelly Archer and Justin Weaver.
“I’m blown away,” shares Denning. “This moment really only happens because of the team effort. My label, management, agent, radio, band and crew are all equally responsible for this milestone. Never would’ve dreamed I’d have a Platinum song!”
Denning first made waves with the release of his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs.” He has toured with Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson,, Riley Green, headlined his own “Heartbeat Of A Small Town Tour,” and is currently out on the road on Brothers Osborne’s “We’re Not For Everyone Tour.”
Play It Again Music Group Promotes Alyssa Ramsey
Play It Again Music Group (PIA Music Group) has announced the promotion of Alyssa Ramsey to Project Manager, Artist Development. Reporting to PIA Music Group founder Dallas Davidson, Ramsey will be responsible for overseeing campaigns for Dylan Marlowe and Walker Montgomery.
“Alyssa’s passion for serving artists and their music will serve her well in this new role! She helps make PIA Entertainment a stronger team,” says Davidson.
Prior to Play It Again, the Texas native spent time at Rodeo Austin where she was responsible for managing a lineup of 70+ artists for the Outdoor Stage and 100X Dance Hall, planning and executing events, corporate sponsorships and assisting in marketing efforts. She moved back to Nashville in the fall of 2020 to intern at Anthem Entertainment while pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Business. Ramsey joined Play It Again Music Group in May 2021 as the Creative Assistant.
William Lee Golden & The Goldens Perform At 2021 Porchfest, Receive Key To The City Of Brewton, Alabama
Country and Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member William Lee Golden and his sons, The Goldens, recently appeared at the 2021 Porchfest in Brewton, Alabama. Over the weekend-long event, homeowners of historic Belleville and Evergreen Avenue offered their porches as stages where country, gospel, blues, Southern rock, and many other genres of music throughout the family-friendly afternoon.
The Brewton native and his sons kicked off the festivities by opening the event on the Main Stage in front of one of the town’s historic homes, the Downing-Craft Home. The Goldens were honored with a proclamation and a key to the city during a surprise presentation during the show.
“It is hard to quantify the impact of a talent like William Lee Golden on his hometown,” says Mayor Yank Lovelace. “He grew up on a farm like many here did, played music with his family, sang on our local radio station, WEBJ, and sang in church. He played football, sang in school chorus groups, and got a job at the local paper mill before the world found out about him and that magnificent voice. As part of the Oak Ridge Boys, his name and image are recognizable the world over and he never left Brewton out of his thoughts, and always spoke the praises of his hometown. His is one of two names listed on signs welcoming people to our city. The Golden Family is part of the fabric of our community, and we are forever grateful for the contributions made that help make this the greatest community in the world.”
“It’s always a wonderful time going back home to where it all started,” adds Golden. “I still own my family’s home place where I grew up and there are so many memories there. Getting to come back and perform with my boys was a wonderful experience and to be given a key to the city by Mayor Lovelace was a wonderful surprise!”
William Lee Golden and The Goldens have released three singles from their upcoming albums—Country Roads: Vintage Country Classics, Southern Accents: Pop & Country Rock and Old Country Church Gospel—which will be released in early 2022.
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