Patty Loveless Touts ‘The Truth’ In Country Music Hall Of Fame Event
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a sold-out performance and conversation with Patty Loveless on Saturday (Aug. 26) in support of its newest exhibit Patty Loveless: No Trouble with the Truth.
During the program, Loveless reflected on her career, touring with the Wilburn Brothers and her decades-long award-winning career. She performed several songs, including “Blame It On Your Heart,” “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” and “Don’t Toss Us Away.” The program was hosted by the museum’s Senior Writer-Editor Michael McCall and was filmed and will premiere on Oct. 19, as part of the museum’s Live at the Hall digital programs series — available to stream on the museum’s website.
Nashville Briefing Hails Artists To Watch At Inaugural Showcase
The Nashville Briefing held its first-ever Artists To Watch showcase Aug. 29 in partnership with SET.Live. The event coincided with the release of Nashville Briefing’s 25 Artists To Watch list. The showcase highlighted artists SHAYLEN, Tigirlily Gold, RVSVHD and Noah Thompson, who were all featured in this year’s list.
“It’s wild to think about how much of a platform Nashville Briefing has become. The fact that we can put on a showcase in a massive venue like The Skydeck and pack it out, is a testament to how passionate our readers are about great live music!” says Zak Kuhn, Founder of Nashville Briefing. “It’s also a testament to the amazing acts we had on the bill last night and the massive fan bases that SHAYLEN, Tigirlily Gold, RVSVHD and Noah Thompson are building.”
Jeanette Porcello Named Sr. Manager A&R At Downtown Artists and Label Services
Jeanette Porcello has joined Downtown Music as Senior Manager, A&R. Porcello began her industry career in A&R at Atlantic Records. In 2020, she secured her first major signing Sara Kays, whose single “Remember That Night” went on to be certified Platinum. Porcello also serves on the leadership team for The Other Nashville Society.
“Jeanette’s deep relationships within and beyond Nashville coupled with her passion for developing independent artists make her an incredible addition to our team,” says Bryan Mooney, Global Vice President of A&R. “I’m excited to work with Jeanette to build out our roster of artists and labels in Nashville.”
Ryan Stevenson Makes Opry Debut
Gotee recording artist Ryan Stevenson marked another milestone in his career with his recent debut on the Grand Ole Opry. The singer-songwriter performed his Gold-selling No. 1 hit “Eye of the Storm,” along with “Speak Life,” the Grammy-nominated TobyMac chart-topper co-written by Stevenson.
The Oregon native and former paramedic shared with the Opry audience how the creation of “Speak Life” was a pivotal moment in his journey, leading to his longstanding relationship with Gotee Records and a string of hit singles. Stevenson also appeared on WSM Radio/Circle Network’s “Coffee, Country and Cody” morning show, where he world-premiered “Rich,” a moving ballad he recently co-wrote.
Tricia Williams Rises To President/CEO Of Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has named current Program Director Tricia Williams as its Incoming President and CEO. The appointment is in anticipation of the close to the 25-year tenure of Felice Mancini (daughter of renowned composer, Henry Mancini), who guided the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to national prominence with her tenacious approach to furthering music education in schools.
In her previous role as Program Director, which she’s held since 1999, Williams has supervised and implemented all aspects of the non-profit’s programming with a special concentration in school district support services. Replacing Williams in her previous role as Program Director will be Todd Shipley, now former Director of Arts Education for the Tennessee Department of Education.
Justin Love Inks With SB21 Music
Singer-songwriter Justin Love has signed an exclusive publishing deal with SB21 Music. Originally from Waco, Texas, Love’s journey as a songwriter has been defined by his unwavering passion for music. In Nashville, he honed his craft through numerous writers’ rounds and networking events, gaining a reputation for his emotive lyrics and soulful melodies.
“We are really thrilled to welcome Justin Love to the SB21 Music Publishing family,” says Teresa Ammon of SB21 Music Publishing. “His exceptional talent and dedication to his craft align perfectly with our vision of nurturing and supporting extraordinary songwriters. We firmly believe that Justin has the potential to make a significant impact in the industry.”
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