Breland’s ‘Throw It Back’ Collaboration With Keith Urban Goes Gold
Bad Realm Records/Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville recording artist Breland has earned a Gold certification for his collaboration with Keith Urban, “Throw It Back.”
Breland is slated to release his debut album, Cross Country, on Sept. 9. Recognized as a Breakthrough Artist by Amazon Music earlier this year, he recently launched BRECAP, his new show on Amp, the new live radio app from Amazon. There he discusses music, sports, culture, and more with friends each week.
The rising singer-songwriter has also been selected as the Opry NextStage artist for July. The program invests in the discovery of new artists and highlights one up-and-coming artist per month with featured original content, an Opry performance and support across the brand’s platforms.
Warren Zeiders Goes From TikTok Sensation To Gold Certification
Warner Records’ breakout country artist Warren Zeiders made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry this past Saturday (July 9).
To make the moment even sweeter, Zeiders was presented with a plaque for his RIAA Gold-certified single “Ride The Lightning,” signaling over 500,000 units sold. The singer-songwriter’s original, solo acoustic version of the track racked up over 657 million global views on TikTok alone before achieving this newest feat.
Zeiders, who recently inked a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music, released his debut 717 Tapes EP in October 2021, and followed it with 717 Tapes, Vol. 2.
CMA Foundation Hosts State Of The Arts Session During Tennessee Arts Academy
The CMA Foundation, in partnership with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), hosted a session focused on the State of the Arts initiative this week during Tennessee Arts Academy.
The session, which took place on Monday (July 11), featured an in-depth discussion with Tricia Williams, Program Director, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, around State of the Arts, a multi-phase initiative aimed to develop an understanding around the varying criteria necessary for establishing high-quality arts education programs. Todd Shipley, Director of Arts Education, TDOE, also spoke to the importance of the program to the TDOE and how districts can get involved.
“We are grateful to the Tennessee Arts Academy for providing so many Tennessee arts educators a week-long, intensive, content-specific professional learning experience,” says Shipley. “The department continues to be a strong partner in the State of the Arts program, and we thank the CMA Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation for championing this continued work with the State of the Arts Study. This study is a free opportunity open to all Tennessee school districts that provides participating districts, local communities, and the state with data to identify the resources and support needed to make decisions and improve access to high-quality arts education experiences for all students.”
“As a longtime partner of the Tennessee Arts Academy, we are delighted to be able to share more information about State of the Arts with their participants,” says Tiffany Kerns, Executive Director, CMA Foundation. “A thriving music and arts community starts within the four walls of a classroom. We know that when students find their creative voice through music and the arts, magic happens. While we are incredibly excited that this statewide music and arts assessment will provide a roadmap for students within Tennessee, we are also confident that the model we’re building can be used by other states across the country to foster exceptional music and arts programs.”
SAE Institute Nashville Partners With CMHOF For Youth Songwriting Camp
SAE Institute North America’s Nashville campus will be participating in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Youth Songwriting Camp. Taking place July 18-19, the campus will be hosting an event with the organization which offers budding songwriters the opportunity to hone their craft through professional instruction.
During the event, campus faculty and instructors will provide assistance to youth camp attendees with recording and mixing songs alongside session musicians, as well as one-on-one sessions, performance coaching, and more. Additional activities that will be taking place during the camp include instrument instruction, recording experiences, and workshops led by special guests.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Country Music Hall of Fame for this event,” says SAE Institute Nashville’s Director of Education, Ryan Griffin. “It’s a great opportunity to work together with some of the talent we have here in our community, and offer the expertise of our faculty who are pleased to extend their knowledge and passion with the future music professionals of tomorrow.”
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