Early Grammy Wins For Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, For King & Country

Carrie Underwood on the set of her video for "Somethin' In The Water."

Carrie Underwood on the set of her video for “Something In The Water.”

The accolades have begun rolling in, as Grammy honors were handed out in several categories earlier Sunday evening (Feb. 8), ahead of the live telecast of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. That means some Nashville artists are already Grammy award winners this evening.

Carrie Underwood earned Best Country Solo Performance for “Something In The Water,” a category that also featured nominees Eric Church (“Give Me Back My Hometown”), Hunter Hayes (“Invisible”), Miranda Lambert (“Automatic”), and Keith Urban (“Cop Car”).

The Band Perry took home Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their rendition of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind.”

Campbell himself picked up a Grammy win as a songwriter (along with Julian Raymond) in the category of Best Country Song for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

Jack White‘s “Lazaretto” earned Best Rock Performance, while Rosanne Cash‘s The River & The Thread earned Best Americana Album.

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

CCM duo For King & Country earned Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.

Lecrae (feat. For King & Country) earned Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Messengers,” while Smokie Norful‘s “No Greater Love” earned Best Gospel Performance/Song. Best Gospel Album went to Erica Campbell‘s Help.

The documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, featuring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill, earned Best Music Film. The project was directed by Morgan Neville, and produced by Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers.

Additional winners will be revealed during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, beginning at 7 p.m. CT on CBS.

Select Early Grammy Winners:

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood, “Something In The Water” (winner)
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Hunter Hayes, “Invisible”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Keith Urban, “Cop Car”


Glen Campbell

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry,”Gentle On My Mind” (winner)
Miranda Lambert With Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”
Little Big Town, “Day Drinking”
Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up”

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You (winner)
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)
Track from: Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me Soundtrack
Label: Big Machine Records

“American Kids”
Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird & Shane McAnally, songwriters (Kenny Chesney)
Label: Blue Chair Records, LLC / Columbia Nashville

Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Track from: Platinum
Label: RCA Nashville; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Pink Dog Publishing admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, LLC/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Wruckestrike

“Give Me Back My Hometown”
Eric Church & Luke Laird, songwriters (Eric Church)
Track from: The Outsiders
Label: EMI Nashville; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Longer And Louder Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Music PublishingLLC/Songs Of Universal , Inc./Creative Nation Music/Twangin And Slangin, admin. by Songs Of Universal, Inc.

“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston & Jeffrey Steele, songwriters (Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill)
Label: Big Machine Records

Best Rock Performance
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Jack White, “Lazaretto” (winner)

For King and Country

For King & Country

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Lecrae feat. For King & Country, “Messengers” (winner)
Francesca Battistelli, “Write Your Story”
Crowder, “Come As You Are”
MercyMe, “Shake”
Needtobreathe, “Multiplied”

Best Gospel Album
Erica Campbell, Help (winner)
Ricky Dillard & New G, Amazing [Live]
William McDowell, Withholding Nothing [Live]
Smokie Norful, Forever Yours
Anita Wilson, Vintage Worship

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
For King & Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. (winner)
Francesca Battistelli, If We’re Honest
Natalie Grant, Hurricane
MercyMe, Welcome to the New
Royal Tailor, Royal Tailor

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Smokie Norful, “No Greater Love” (winner)
Erica Campbell feat. Lecrae, “Help”
Karen Clark Shearda, “Sunday A.M. [Live]”
Mali Music, “I Believe”
The Walls Group, “Love On The Radio”

Best Americana Album
The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash
Terms of My Surrender, John Hiatt
Bluesamericana, Keb’ Mo’
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson

Music Industry Coalition To Absorb Save Music Row

Jeannette Porrazzo

Jeannette Porrazzo

Jeannette Porrazzo, the president of organization Save Music Row, announced today that she is merging her organization with the Music Industry Coalition (MIC). Porrazzo has become a member of the MIC.

“I encourage all who have enlisted in the cause with ‪#‎SaveMusicRow‬ to follow my lead and join the efforts of MIC, because together we will be that much stronger in our mission,” said Porrazzo.

After discussing the organizations’ shared goal of helping to preserve Music Row, Porrazzo and MIC leadership decided to join forces. “We all want to be sure the past and future of Music Row is appropriately acknowledged- as advocates for the creative culture unique to this special place in Nashville.”

Mike Kopp, Chairman of MIC noted, “We saw how much passion Jeannette has for this issue and what she was able to accomplish. All of us at MIC are happy to have her investing her energy and passion in the mission alongside us.”

For more information, visit musicindustrycoalition.com.


Black River Releases Breakout EP By Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea-Ballerini-EP-CoverBlack River Entertainment songwriter and recording artist Kelsea Ballerini has digitally released her self-titled EP today (Monday, Nov. 24).
Ballerini, recently named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, contributed writing credits on all five tracks included on the project, co-produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey.
The acoustic music video for the Knoxville, Tenn.-native’s debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” is featured in CMT’s Artist Discovery campaign and is now playing on CMT Pure. The radio single is climbing the charts, landing at No. 44 on this week’s MusicRow Chart.
“I remember seeing the women that CMT chose last year for Next Women of Country and thinking, ‘I hope one day I can be part of a similar group because it’s such an exciting time for women in country music,’” said Ballerini.
Kelsea Ballerini EP Track Listing:
1. “Love Me Like You Mean It” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Kerr, Carpenter)
2. “Yeah Boy” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Timmer)
3. “The First Time” (Ballerini)
4. “Dibs” (Ballerini, Kerr, Griffin, Duke)
5. “Lookin’ At Stars” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Stepakoff)

Rascal Flatts Announces Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Residency

rascal flatts 2014

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts brings the first country residency, Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!, to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas with nine shows between Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 and Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Rascal Flatts is the most-awarded country music group of the past decade with eight consecutive studio albums debuting at No. 1. The Gold-certified title track from the band’s most recent chart-topper, Rewind (Big Machine Records), marks Rascal Flatts’ fifteenth No. 1 single. Since the band’s musical debut in 2000, the group has sold over 22.9 million albums and 30 million digital downloads.
“We are thrilled to be playing such a storied venue as The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,” said band member Jay DeMarcus. “We’re so excited to do something so different for us. You will experience Rascal Flatts in a way you’ve never seen us before – up close, intimate and personal, and we promise you one thing, it’s going to rock!”
Show Dates:
Wednesday, Feb. 25
Friday, Feb. 27
Saturday, Feb. 28
Wednesday, March 4
Friday, March 6
Saturday, March 7
Wednesday, March 11
Friday, March 13
Saturday, March 14
Tickets starting at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees) are on sale Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at www.axs.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX.

Producer Kyle Lehning Honored By Legal Aid Society

Pictured (L-R): Kyle Lehning, Gary Houspian

Pictured (L-R): Kyle Lehning, Gary Houspian

Nashville producer Kyle Lehning received the Bob Sullivan Service Award for his long-standing commitment to connecting Music Row and Legal Aid Society during this yesterday’s (10/29) annual Bob Sullivan Memorial Breakfast. The award honors those who have provided significant assistance to Legal Aid Society in promoting the services provided by the organization.
Lehning, producer for Randy Travis, George Jones, Dan Seals, Restless Heart among others, has assisted the society since 2009.
“Kyle has worked vigorously behind the scenes to connect Nashville’s entertainment industry to the work we’re doing at Legal Aid Society,” said Gary Housepian, Legal Aid Society’s executive director. “He is actually one of the reasons we started this annual breakfast and his efforts continue today. We are grateful to have such a passionate supporter and a true friend to assist us in providing more civil legal assistance to low-income Tennesseans.”
“Bob’s dedication to the work of Legal Aid Society was truly inspiring, and in his memory, I hope we can continue forging stronger ties between Music Row and Legal Aid Society,” said Lehning. “I don’t have a law degree and I never will, but I believe in the work Legal Aid Society does. It fights for justice for every person, but not only that, it fights for hope, and I think that’s something we can all stand behind.”
The award is named for the late Loeb & Loeb entertainment attorney who was a Legal Aid Society board member and long-time supporter of collaboration with Music Row before his untimely death in 2011.
The host committee for the breakfast included Vic Alexander, Jeff Bradford, John Briggs, Ron Cox, Derek Crownover, Kevin Doherty, Tim DuBois, Tiffany Dunn, Peter Erikson, Chris Farren, Richard Green, Daniel Hill, Amy Kurland, Danielle Lares Bouharoun, Kyle Lehning, Sam Lipshie, Mike Milom, Ralph Murphy, Robert K. Oermann, Sherod Robertson, Cathy Sullivan and Tim Warnock.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands is a non-profit law firm that offers free civil legal representation, educational programs and advice, advocating for fairness and justice under the law. It serves 48 counties from offices in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge, and Tullahoma. Legal Aid Society is funded in part by United Way.
Pictured (L-R): Kyle Lehning, Patrick Clifford, Fred Mollin

Pictured (L-R): Kyle Lehning, Patrick Clifford, Fred Mollin

CMT Reveals Artists To Be Honored at Fifth Annual Awards

CMT-Artists-of-the-YearCMT will honor five artists during its 2014 CMT Artists Of The Year ceremony, airing live from Nashville, Tuesday December 2, on the cable network.
First time honoree Keith Urban joins previously feted artists for the fifth annual ceremony including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean, who has been awarded each year since 2010.
“Country music has never been bigger, and these five are its biggest stars of 2014,’’ said John Hamlin, SVP Music Events and Talent, CMT. “We do everything we can do to make sure this is the party of the year for them. And rightfully so. They’ve earned it.”
A release by the network notes: “Over the past 12 months, all five honorees have illustrated their impact in country music through radio airplay, album sales and millions of downloads. Additionally, these acts have sold out concert tours and, collectively, their videos have received hundreds of millions of streams, earning them the honor.”
The all-new, 90-minute broadcast will premiere with performances and remarks from all five honorees and their peers at 9:00 p.m. CT.
CMT Artists Of The Year is executive produced by Michael Dempsey. Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.

CMA Reveals Three Additional Awards Performers

CMAEric Church, Florida Georgia Line, and Kacey Musgraves are the most recent additions to the performance lineup during the 48th Annual CMA Awards, set for Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. CT.
The three-hour ABC-TV broadcast from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena has already announced performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.
Church has received four 2014 CMA Awards nominations including Male Vocalist; Album; and Single and Song of the Year. Florida Georgia Line is nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. Musgraves has three nominations this year, including Female Vocalist; Song; and Music Video of the Year (although she is the featured artist and co-director, Musgraves only receives one nomination, but is able to receive a second trophy for video director).
The final CMA ballot to determine the 2014 winners is due from eligible voting members by Oct. 27 (5 p.m.CT).

Jake Owen Beach Party Brings Masses To Music Row


A drone’s view of Jake Owen’s 2014 Beach Party on Music Row. Photo: FlyHi Films

RCA Nashville Country artist Jake Owen threw Nashville a giant beach party for fans last night, Monday (Aug. 18) at BMI. Just days after announcing on social media, lines of energetic fans formed early to get inside the party on Music Row.
After a wildly successful block party last year, the capacity crowd gathered again for the singer’s free concert, where he performed a dynamic set, including his platinum-certified, No. 1 summer anthem “Beachin’.” Currently on his nationwide headlining Days of Gold Tour 2014, Jake delivered the party atmosphere complete with a stage set designed to resemble his hometown Riverside Café, including tiki bars, nautical ropes and palm trees.

Jake Owen receives commemorative plaque for Platinum certification of No.1 song, “Beachin'” from his Sony Music Nashville family. Pictured (L-R): SVP, Marketing Paul Barnabee; VP, Sales Caryl Healey; Jake Owen; Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville Gary Overton. Photo: Alan Poizner

Concert highlights included songwriter Travis Meadows joining Owen onstage for a memorable performance of his emotional new single “What We Ain’t Got” and special guest Mike Posner appearing for a crowd-jumping rendition of “Cooler Than Me.” Lee Brice, Sonia Leigh, Dan + Shay and Brothers Osborne also made surprise appearances throughout the night, while openers Old Dominion and The Cadillac Three got the crowd revved up before Jake took stage shortly after 9 p.m.
Fans got to play with oversized beach balls while an unassuming drone flew back and forth across the crowd. And though the excited spectators were tightly packed, they jeered in unison with every beat never missing a step. Taking care of industry tastemakers with open bar and food truck offerings, a VIP tent on the side couldn’t keep some industry decision makers from joining the fans.
Prior to the show, key music industry members with Sony Music Nashville were also on hand to award Owen a plaque for his milestone platinum certification of “Beachin'”.

Pictured (L-R): Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville, Gary Overton; Assistant VP, Writer-Publisher Relations, BMI, Clay Bradley, Brandon Gill and Clint Higham, Morris Higham Management; Jake Owen; Dale Morris and Mike Betterton, Morris Higham Management, and VP, Writer-Publisher Relations, BMI Jody Williams. Photo: Alan Poizner


Jake Owen’s 2014 Beach Party on Music Row. Photo: Nick Rau

Leadership Music Announces Class of 2015

lmLeadership Music’s 26th class will be composed of 46 industry leaders from across the country. Founded in 1989 by eleven music industry alumni of Leadership Nashville, Leadership Music has graduated more than 1000 leaders. The annual program is designed to create a forum for established music community leaders to identify and explore issues currently affecting the music industry, as well as provide the opportunity to introduce people who would not ordinarily meet and help them build lasting relationships.
“The Leadership Music Class of 2015 is an impressive group of industry professionals with a wealth of experience and expertise from a diverse field of music businesses,” said Jeff Gregg, agent at CAA, who, as immediate past president of the board of directors, chaired the selection committee. “Choosing 46 applicants from among hundreds who applied is one of the most daunting tasks I’ve ever faced. The selection committee, composed of 20 alumni from every facet of the industry, deliberates over a four week period, and makes every effort to choose the most balanced and diverse class possible. We all consider it a privilege to be charged with playing a role in the future of this organization.”
Members of the Class of 2015 are: 

Tatum Hauck Allsep, Founder/Executive Director, Music Health Alliance
Dave Barbe, Director, Music Business Program, University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
Jonathan Bender, COO, SoundExchange (Washington, DC)
Lindsay Bertelli, President, Reach
Michael Bryan, Operations Manager/Program Director, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
Bill Cakmis, Performance Coach
Neal Cappellino, Little Hat Productions
Jacqueline Charlesworth, General Counsel/Associate Registrar of Copyrights, U. S. Copyright Office (Washington, DC)
Dave Cobb, Low Country Sound
Kelly Corcoran, Conductor/Chorus Director, Nashville Symphony
RJ Curtis, Nashville Editor, All Access Music Group
Crystal Dishmon, Artist Manager, Shopkeeper Management
Erin Enderlin, Artist/Songwriter/Publisher
Katy Epley, Vice President, Musicians on Call
Mark Ford, Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
EJ Gaines, Attorney/Artist Manager, Waterford Law Group
Mandy Gallagher, Vice President/Relationship Manager, City National Bank
Becky Gardenhire, Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Stephen Glicken, Business Development, CrowdSurge
Elliot Groffman, Partner, Carroll, Guido & Groffman (New York City)
Tracy Hackney, Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Becky Harris, Business Manager, Huskins-Harris
Phil Hughley, CEO, Ninthnote Entertainment
Cindy Heath Hunt, Owner, Monarch Publicity
Deana Ivey, Chief Marketing Officer, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
Lori Kampa, Head of Promotion, Dualtone Records
Steve Keller, iv
Wayne Killius, Musician
Beth Laird, Co-Owner/General Manager, Creative Nation
Scott McDaniel, Vice President Creative, Sony Music Nashville
Daniel Miller, CEO/Managing Partner, Fusion Music
Concho Minick, President, Billy Bob’s Texas (Fort Worth, TX)
Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitter (San Francisco, CA)
Mike Molinar, Vice President, Big Machine Music
Nicole More, Vice President Sales/Entertainment Producer, Neste Event Marketing
Lisette Morton, Legislative Director, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY/Washington, DC)
Jason Oschwald, Director Event Marketing and Sales/South, Feld Entertainment
Brian Pentix, Talent Buyer, NS2
Tom Roland, Billboard
Jack Rutledge, Senior Product Manager, Amazon Music
Laurie Schell, Director, Music Makes Us
Casey Summar, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council
Aaron Tannenbaum, Agent, CAA
Lyndie Wenner, Executive Director Nashville, MSO PR
Damon Whiteside, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Partnerships, CMA
Ken Williams, Senior Vice President, Finance, Warner Music Nashville

Richard Lynch – She's Got Me Drinking Again

richard signature (1)Music has always been at the very core of what Richard Lynch is about. “I remember in study hall, I would get out my guitar and we’d go pick and sing,” recalls the Ohio native. “I knew that music was what I wanted to do from an early age. We just were country people who loved country life.”
He credits much of that philosophy to the work ethic and morals that were instilled in him by his parents. “I grew up on a 110 acre farm. We always had plenty of livestock, horses, and cattle – plenty of chores and things to do. We didn’t have a whole lot of money growing up, but we never went hungry or had any wants. I know what it’s like to go through hard times, but by the same token, I wouldn’t trade the way I was raised for nothing. It made me decide and realize that in life, you get what you put into it.”
Lynch has definitely reaped what he has sown, from a career standpoint. The traditional-based singer has made many fans across the nation – at one point, he was playing over 300 shows a year – and has won the 2014 Male Country Vocalist of the Year from the CMG Global Radio Network, and has received several nominations from Nashville Universe, including Entertainer of the Year.
The singer will soon be releasing a brand new album, A Better Place, which showcases his warm and inviting musical style. Produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Billy Yates (“Choices,” “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”), the set definitely accentuates the more traditional side of the format. “That’s where my heart is,” he explains. “I’ve played southern rock and rock & roll – when you’re doing the bar scene, you have to play everything, But, my heart is with artists like Mel Street, Conway Twitty, and George Jones. My dad was always playing music in the Dayton / Cincinnati area long before I was born. I grew up in that environment, and have loved traditional country music ever since. I share my dad’s passion. That’s all I am.” And, with tour dates being requested from Texas to West Virginia to Wisconsin, Richard Lynch is proving there’s a still a market for real country music.
Richard Lynch also feels good about his music – and he believes fans are going to fall in love with the music on A Better Place. With a wide variety of moods and sounds, ranging from the set’s first single, “She Got Me Drinkin’ Again,” a duet with Yates to the tear-jerking title cut, Lynch says he is right where he wants to be. “When I hear good traditional country music, it gives me goose bumps. when it comes from the heart, and you feel it, that’s where I want to be.”