Industry Ink: Words & Music, Euphonic City, Pam Lewis, More
Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum Showcases Student Songs From Words & Music Program
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has released 13 original songs on its website written and recorded by local students through an extension of the museum’s flagship educational program, Words & Music. The songs were created between August 2022 and May 2023 in collaboration with Metro Nashville Public School’s Nashville School of the Arts and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Through the program, NSA students received guidance and mentoring from songwriters, artists and business leaders. They learned about and experienced every aspect of how a song finds its way to audiences, from the earliest idea and composition to the recording process and performing live. Guest artists, songwriters and recording professionals included Shane Adams, Ellen Angelico, Kyshona Armstrong, Justin Croft, Wesley Dean, Eleonore Denig, Mason Douglas, Caitlin Evanson, Shannon LaBrie, Maestro Lightford, Rachael Moore, Adam Ollendorff, Ebonie Smith, Micah Tawlks and Phil Towns.
Euphonic City Launches With Phil King As First Signing
Music industry veterans Paul Wright III, Matt Ingle, and Jennie Lee Riddle have launched a new joint venture label and music distributor, Euphonic City. With more than 75 years of experience between them, Wright, Ingle, and Riddle contribute proven experience in gospel, worship, and CCM, allowing them to form a genre-rich synergy to their developing roster.
Euphonic City’s first signing is artist Phil King, whose debut single, “Psalms 23 (I Am Not Alone) ft. Meredith Andrews,” is out now across all platforms. King’s debut single will be followed by a series of singles throughout the summer of 2023, featuring several guest artists including gospel powerhouse Jekalyn Carr. A complete 14-track album is planned for early fourth quarter.
Century Drive Inks With Pam Lewis For Management
Industry veteran Pam Lewis has relaunched her management division signing the country/rock group Century Drive. The band is comprised of two sets of brothers hailing from Bend, Oregon: Corey and Casey Parnell and Chad and Lonnie Chapin.
Lonnie is the band’s Grammy and Dove award-winning bassist and Gospel Music Hall Of Fame alum as a member of Petra. He also co-wrote the No. 1 hit ”If I Had To Die For Someone” for Petra before becoming a founding member of the band Tait with his brother Chad. Chad is a Dove award winner, twelve-time BMI Music award winner, and recipient of the BMI Song Of The Year award for his song ”To Ever Live Without Me.”
Lead vocalist Corey Parnell has shared stages with Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins, and Lindsay Ell, and co-written songs for Danity Kane. His brother, lead guitarist Casey has recorded, written, and produced for Shannon Bex of Danity Kane and Thunderstorm Artis of NBC’s The Voice.
“We are so excited to team up with Pam Lewis for management and PLA Media. From day one, the conversations were so inspiring that we knew it was a good fit for us as a band. Never before have we been this excited about what this team is capable of,” says Chad.
Bradley Gaskin Returns After A Decade With New EP
Bradley Gaskin is returning to the country scene with a new EP via 30A Life Records after stepping away from the spotlight for a decade. Gaskins worked with producer Keith Stegall on the new project, which will mark his first new release since 2011.
Gaskin built momentum by rallying his audience on social media during his years away, earning more than 237.5 million views on TikTok. He continued to write new material, too, penning songs for Sammy Kershaw and Grammy-winning gospel duo Jeff and Sheri Easter. Gaskin first gained notoriety in 2011 with his debut single, “Mr. Bartender.”
Morgxn Signs With Nettwerk Music Group, Releases ‘Beacon’
Nashville indie-pop singer-songwriter Morgxn has signed with Nettwerk Music Group and released his new single “Beacon.” Written by Morgxn with Melissa Fuller and Drew Kennedy, the song is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. A&R’s Marshall Altman, who also produced the record, and Eric Robinson signed Morgxn to Nettwerk Music Group.
“Morgxn is a pure artist, translating the beauty, hope, and humanity of the modern condition in to lyric, melody, and performance. When we first heard ‘Beacon’ we were immediately struck by the truth of the lyric, the clarion combination of their voice singing a melody of hope and perseverance, and the audaciousness of that message: ‘Sometimes you’re the boat, and sometimes you’re the beacon,’” says Altman & Robinson.
The Nashville-born artist released his debut album Vital in 2018 including the hit lead single “Home” featuring Walk The Moon. The track was a top 10 alternative radio hit, landing on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay Charts. It was cited by Billie Eilish as one of the inspirations behind her Grammy-award winning song “Bad Guy.” He then released Meridian [Extended Edition], a deluxe version of his beloved Meridian Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 EPs.
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