Jeannie Seely Given Proclamation & Honorary Membership From Musicians Union
Grand Ole Opry legend and Grammy-winning artist Jeannie Seely was surprised by Nashville Musicians Association President Dave Pomeroy with a proclamation and honorary membership to the Nashville Musicians Union, AFM Local 257 after her recent performance at the Opry.
“It was my honor to present Jeannie Seely with a Proclamation from the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257, thanking her for all she has done for Nashville musicians over the years, including raising more than $45,000 for our Emergency Relief Fund from previous Dottie West Birthday Bash benefit concerts. She is a multi-talented force of nature, and after more than five decades in the business, she continues to be a role model and mentor for generations of female country music artists,” shares Pomeroy. “Our bylaws allow me to bestow honorary AFM 257 membership at my discretion, and Jeannie is the third person to receive this status after Glen Campbell and Charley Pride. We salute Jeannie and appreciate her many contributions to the Nashville musicians community and welcome her as a member of the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257, Home of the Finest Musicians in the World!”
“What a wonderful surprise for me on the Opry Stage! This honor will always be very special to me as I feel like musicians are the unsung heroes and the backbone of our industry. Often an identifying ‘lick’ is as much a part of a hit recording as the ‘hook’ of the song or the unique performance of the artist,” adds Seely. “Thank you, Dave Pomeroy and AFM Local 257 for this honorary membership, and I accept on behalf of all the incredible musicians who have contributed to my career and those who continue to support me.”
Nate Smith Surprised With Gold Certification Plaque At Grand Ole Opry
Rising Sony Music Nashville/Arista Nashville artist Nate Smith took the Grand Ole Opry stage on Tuesday evening (Nov. 1) for his NextStage artist debut, after recently being named the final member of the Opry’s NextStage Class of 2022.
Following his performance, Smith was surprised with a RIAA Gold certification plaque for his hit single “Whiskey On You,” which is currently Top 15 and climbing at country radio. The song has accumulated over 128 million total on-demand streams to date.
He will return to the Grand Ole Opry for the Opry NextStage Live In Concert show, presented by Geico, alongside other 2022 NextStage artists Elvie Shane, Breland, Restless Road, and Conner Smith on Nov. 20.
Corey Kent Goes Gold With Hit Single ‘Wild As Her’
Up-and-coming country artist Corey Kent was surprised by Sony Music Nashville, Triple 8 Management, Combustion Music, and WME with a RIAA Gold certification plaque recognizing his breakout single “Wild As Her.”
The track has collected almost 140 million on-demand streams, and is approaching the Top 30 at country radio.
Trevor Perkins Relaunches Sincerely Music Group, Signs Nathan Wilson
Publicist Trevor Perkins has announced the re-launch of his Sincerely Music Group management arm, as well as the signing of flagship artist Nathan Wilson.
Perkins first entered the publicity world in 2016, launching Perkins Publicity. His credits include work with David Morris, David J, Bryan Lanning, Becca Bowen, Logan Michael, and others.
“Joining the management realm was an absolute no-brainer,” says Perkins. “Throughout my years of publicity, I found myself helping artists in a larger way and laying a foundation for them to go on and reach further heights. I’m honored to start making this move into management, and building the next generation of music.”
Originally from Kentucky, Wilson came to Nashville in February 2022 to pursue music. He then went viral on TikTok, thus jump-starting his career. His single “Better Than You,” released in July, has already acquired more than 3 million organic streams with no DSP support. A teaser video for new song “Meant For You,” out tomorrow (Nov. 4), has been viewed over 400 thousand times on TikTok, and already has over 3,000 pre-saves.
“When I met Trevor, I admired his ambition and the direction I’ve watched him take with different artists throughout his career within the industry,” shares Wilson. “I truly believe that with Trevor as my manager that my career will only continue to rise to new heights throughout the next few years!”
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