Randy Travis Honored For 35 Years As Member Of The Grand Ole Opry
Randy Travis celebrated his 35th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night (Dec. 11).
Warner Music’s Cris Lacy, Executive Vice President, A&R, and Brette Moseley, Catalog Manager, presented Travis with a plaque to commemorate the RIAA Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications of more than 21 million combined copies of his Warner Music catalog, along with recognizing his 1.6 billion global streams. Included in the night’s lineup were Jon Pardi, Old Crow Medicine Show, Carly Pearce and longtime Travis collaborator, Don Schlitz.
Travis was first introduced on the Grand Ole Opry stage by Little Jimmy Dickens in March of 1986. After releasing his debut record, Storms of Life, to major success, he was officially inducted as a member on Dec. 20, 1986 at the age of 27.
This year, Travis has been named Artist of a Lifetime by CMT and celebrated the 35th anniversary of his debut album with a remastered release featuring brand new songs from the vault. Travis recently spoke with MusicRow about his over three decades-long career. To read about it, click here.
Rod + Rose Perform New Christmas Song On Fox & Friends
Curb Records’ Rod + Rose performed their new original Christmas song, “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” on FOX & Friends last Friday (Dec. 10).
After the performance, the track shot to the top of the iTunes Holiday Top Songs Chart and the iTunes Video Chart. The duo, comprised of Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon, were also the only country artist within the Top 30 on the iTunes Video Chart. “Mary Had A Little Lamb” was within the Top 10 on the All Genre Holiday Chart, with the music video hitting No. 2 on the All Genre Video Chart.
After its release, MusicRow‘s Robert K. Oermann said of the song: “Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon offer this beautifully sung, heartfelt ballad that sums up The Reason for the Season. Rod sings lead while Rose shadows him in perfect vocal harmony. Hang on for when they are joined by the angels-we-have-heard-on-high echoey chorus. Definitely your religious musical choice.”
Red 11 Music Signs Tanner Usrey, Them Dirty Roses
Red 11 Music has signed emerging Texas artist Tanner Usrey and southern rock band Them Dirty Roses. They will be represented by agents Geoff Turner and Josh Green handling RA duties, respectively.
A Texas native, Usrey has shared the stage with notable artists in the Texas music scene such as Stoney Larue, Lucero, Randall King and Read Southall. He recently earned Peacemaker Music Festival’s Emerging Artist Award in 2021 and released his SOL Sessions EP in August 2021.
Nashville-based band Them Dirty Roses have toured internationally and shared the stage with the likes of Koe Wetzel, Shooter Jennings, The Steel Woods, and Whiskey Myers, among others. Their single, “Cocaine and Whiskey,” has amassed over 10 million streams.
Red 11 Music is home to artists in the Americana, indie rock, red dirt and alternative country scenes. In just over a decade, the boutique booking agency’s roster has grown to include artists such as Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Johnson, Koe Wetzel, Old 97’s and Shooter Jennings.
Singer-Songwriter Onoleigh Inks With PLA Media
PLA Media has added singer-songwriter Onoleigh to its artist roster.
The Illinois native has frequented notable venues since coming to Nashville, including The Bluebird Cafe, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, and The Bobby Hotel. Working closely with producer and hit songwriter Brandon Hood (Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Jimmie Allen), she also hosts Land Of Onoleigh, an original songwriter’s showcase every Friday at The Virgin Hotels Nashville.
Onoleigh is set to release her highly anticipated single “Beautifully Broken,” the title track from her upcoming EP, in early 2022.
“PLA Media is honored to represent such a bold and talented performer. Onoleigh’s music is as unforgettable and impactful as her name and we’re thrilled to be part of her journey,” says PLA Media Founder Pam Lewis.
“I am honestly so beyond excited to continue my journey with PLA Media! From our very first introductions, I found solace in their professionalism, kindness, and like-minded tactics in promoting my artistry. In a city full of many options, there was no doubt in my mind to jump in with this specific group for a gut feeling I can’t fully explain,” shares Onoleigh. “I am a very hungry artist, and finding a team that was just as, if not more, is comforting and unique on so many levels. In the short time, we have already been together, I can feel myself growing as not only an artist but as a competent woman in this industry.”
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