Jake Owen Premieres Video Trilogy On CMT Platforms

Jake Owen

Jake Owen

Jake Owen is world premiering a trilogy of videos today (Nov. 25) for  “Days of Gold,” “Beachin,’” and “Ghost Town” at jakeowen.CMT.com.  Artists. CMT is introducing the video for “Ghost Town” for the first time, in addition to world premiering the edited video trilogy.
The three clips will make their broadcast debut during VJ For A Day: Jake Owen on Friday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. ET and will mark the first time “Beachin’” and “Ghost Town” will be aired on television. The premieres will be promoted across all of CMT’s digital platforms, including CMT.com, CMT Pure, CMT Mobile and to the network’s more than 7 million social media fans, along with MTV and VH1’s social media platforms.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Honored By CMA

Nasvhille Mayor Karl Dean (center) receives the CMA Founding President's Award from Ed Hardy, CMA Board President (l), and Troy Tomlinson, CMA Board Chairman and President/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, during the CMA Board of Directors meetings today in Nashville.Photo Credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (center) receives the CMA Founding President’s Award from Ed Hardy, CMA Board President (l), and Troy Tomlinson, CMA Board Chairman and President/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, during the CMA Board of Directors meetings today in Nashville. Photo Credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s many contributions to the music industry in Music City were recognized during the CMA Board of Directors meetings in Nashville today (Nov. 20) when Dean was presented the CMA Founding President’s Award by CMA Board President Ed Hardy.
“Mayor Dean has been a constant and ardent supporter of CMA and the music industry,” said Hardy. “Music is a powerful tool and under his leadership, the Music City brand has achieved new heights as a positive, differentiating identity for our community. The CMA Board of Directors values our relationship with the Mayor, as well as his commitment to make Nashville a better place to live and do business.”
The Founding President’s Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1963 in honor of CMA’s first Board President Connie B. Gay. The Award is given in recognition of that person (or persons) who is not currently serving as a Director of the Association, and who in the Board’s opinion has rendered the most outstanding service to the Country Music Association in the current year
At the Board meeting, Hardy praised Mayor Dean’s leadership and passion for Country Music, and tireless efforts on behalf of the format in Nashville, including formation in 2009 of the Music City Music Council, which focuses on economic development by working to recruit entertainment companies and visitors to Nashville; contributing to the success of CMA Music Festival with the opening this year of the Music City Center; and his ongoing support of Music Makes Us and CMA’s Keep the Music Playing, which has donated more than $7.1 million to support music education programs in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Bobby Wills – Never Didn't Love You

An acclaimed musician with a reputation for writing from the heart, Bobby Wills (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) is best know for two things; his signature cowboy hat and a diverse musical personality – combining a classic country sound with a toe-tapping, dynamic twist. A consecutive 2013 – 2014 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Male Artist of the Year nominee, with the release of his third album Crazy Enough (street date June 23, 2014) Wills musically shifted gears, exploring a heavier country sound. The album features an array of tracks blending an intense mixture of rock-inspired country tracks featuring an attack of the senses with fuller percussion and a bevy of string instruments, complemented by his signature melodic harmonies and intimate lyrical story telling. As he spent countless hours in studio completing his new album over the last few years, Alberta native Wills simultaneously was the proud recipient of numerous additional accolades including winning the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA®) awards Rising Star title, as well as successively taking home the Alberta Country Music Association (ACMA) Male Artist of the Year award (2012/2013). Kicking off this year with a bang, Wills signed with premiere Canadian country music label and distributor MDM Recordings Inc. in January 2014. Following the release of his new album, he toured throughout Canada this summer, including a performance during the Calgary Stampede. Fans can look forward to Bobby’s first national tour, as he opens for Chad Brownlee during the 2015 When The Lights Go Down Canadian tour in March of next year.
From the new 10-track album, the first single “Crazy Enough” (released to Canadian country music radio on January 27, 2014) locked in as the Mediabase #1 Most Added at Country [radio] the week ending Feb. 4, 2014, peaked at #13 on the Billboard chart and the video hit the Top 10 on CMT. Pushing the envelope the featured track is a departure from his previous sound, introducing an edgier angle with greater instrumentation and party-anthem lyrics, “I don’t back up and I don’t back down… I’ve never been a play it safe kinda guy, so if you’re thinking about calling my bluff, I ain’t all the way crazy, just crazy enough.” The single is an explosion blending acoustic and electric guitars paired with hefty drums.
Collaborating once again with Walt Aldridge and Mike Pyle, on an annual writing trip to Galiano Island, British Columbia in the summer of 2012, the new album was conceived with an ocean view. Shares Wills, “I feel it is important to step away and focus when writing, clarity comes from such solitude and committed concentration. My music, I guess like most artists, is a true extension of myself, and telling such stories with great mates takes time. Creatively this is my most diverse record to date.” The trio also collaborated on the second single, “Never Didn’t Love You” which peaked at #14 on the BDS chart. Bobby released his third single “Undressed” in October 2014. Co-written with Patricia Conroy, and produced by Michael Pyle, “Undressed” is a romantic ode to the sacred intimacy of enduring love and palpable passion. The video for the new single was shot in the California dessert.
In contrast to the first single, “Something There” is a lyrical memory reflecting on the invisible connection between lost lovers and the release of “what-if’s” haunted with warm memories. Showcasing Wills signature vocals, the track highlights his new sound layering deep instrumentation with electric guitar solos and chorus filled harmonies. Shares Wills, “We all have that person that remains in our heart and mind long after a relationship has ended, this song explores such memories.” A fusion of sound for fans old and new, tracks “That’s Why I Pray” (celebrating protective familial love and faith) and “The End Of The Day” (a tribute to his wife and commitment to his family) harken back to Wills’ earlier work, lyrically inspired by the love of his family echoed through his enchanting deep voice.
A committed philanthropist, Wills performed during the 2014 Golden Globe® Awards weekend in Los Angeles on the stunning Roof Garden of the exclusive The Peninsula Beverly Hills as part of the 2nd annual Oh Canada Cocktail Party to benefit the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Human rights activist/producer/director Kweku Mandela, a grandson of the late South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela, has joined actress/comedienne Catherine O’Hara and comedian/director David Steinberg on the host committee for the a brand new national museum scheduled to open September 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Wills will donate all proceeds (50% of the proceeds to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and 50% to the Shoah Foundation) from iTunes downloads worldwide (between January 2014 through December 2015) of his Canadian #1 hit single “Show Some Respect”.
Some people are born with a special talent, perhaps even a musical soul; adopted as a baby to a family in Calgary, AB, no one knew what an impact his biological DNA would have on his life path. “My dad was a huge country music fan,” he says of the man who raised him, “so that’s where I get my love of it from, but no one ever played music in my family when I was growing up.”
Following a spontaneous dare while traveling in Australia, and an unexpected phone call, the course of Wills’ life would literally change forever. “We were at an open mic night and my buddy bet me $20 that I wouldn’t get up and sing with the band, so I did,” Wills says of the Australian trip. “I sang “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and there was a reaction from the crowd that I didn’t anticipate. It was amazing. I’d always poked around music but I’d never put any real effort into it, so I started to learn to play guitar while I was over there.”
Returning from his world travels, he received a call from the adoption registry learning his biological mother had registered to request contact (as had he), quickly resulting in their first meeting. Wills could not have anticipated the artistic genealogy he was about to discover, including five siblings and a musical streak a mile wide that ran throughout his biological family. “The first night I visited my biological father, we sat up all night listening to records. We both shared an affinity for a great lyric, and it was then that I realized ‘this is real. This is in my blood. This isn’t just a crazy dream I had; this is part of who I am.’ It really crystallized for me then. This journey solidified my love of music and aspiring passion to pursue this love on a professional level.”
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Crab Apple Lane – Hit The Ground Runnin'

Born and raised in Knoxville, TN both Kirk and Deena carried many different roles as local and mainstream musicians. Deena grew up in a family that just poured musical talent and this apple didn’t fall far from that tree at all. From her first steps on, she’s been a natural born performer with a set of pipes on her that country music may or may not be ready for. Kirk fell on his musical talents a little later in life. Though always having been around country music as his grandfather was a well-known “pic n grin”er in the area, he didn’t really focus on his musical talents much until around high school. But soon after, he saw the light and threw everything he had at making a life out of music. Fast forward a few years, throw in a few chance meetings and gigs, and then you’ll find the precursor to what eventually became known as Crab Apple Lane. Kirk and Deena had played here and there together around town but never thought much of it. But as time went on, a few conversations about creating a band, and one “for the heck of it” recording later, they realized there was something special there and decided they had nothing to lose but to join forces and bring the world of country music to Crab Apple Lane.

Elizabeth Lyons – #PartyRules

Country songstress, Elizabeth Lyons, is an independent artist who is smart, talented and a force to be reckoned with in Nashville. A 2013 graduate of Vanderbilt University Lyons was included in CMA Close Up’s “Who New to Watch in 2014” with Lucy Hale, Swon Brothers and Chase Rice and spent the summer performing alongside Country greats at events such as Country USA in Oshkosh, WI as one of the openers for Luke Bryan, Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI for Cole Swindell, Windy City Smokeout in Chicago, IL, for Eli Young Band, Chase Rice & Iowa State Fair Knapp Amphitheater in Des Moines, IA for Dustin Lynch & sang the National Anthem at Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs game. Her past touring throughout the United States has included opening for: Joe Nichols, Thomas Rhett, Cheap Trick, Phil Vassar, Charlie Worsham, Glen Templeton, Josh Gracin, Charlie Daniels Band, Haley and Michaels, Gunnar & the Grizzly Bears, BlackJack Billy, Tim Nichols, Jacob Martin Band, NHL Predators Hockey game National Anthem.
Lyons released two brand new singles this summer “Jeep!,” a fun, feel-good cool track anyone who loves Jeeps is sure to love she co-wrote with producer Matt Nolen former keyboard player for John Fogerty and “#PartyRules,” co-written with Dan Swinimer. Both songs loved & purchased by fans which was shown by the two singles both charting on iTunes right along with many label driven singles. Lyons’ work hard-play hard motto and love of life shine through on the new tracks. Multi-talented she plays both piano and guitar in her performances differentiating her from many of her country female counterparts.
“Jeep!” and “#PartyRules” are the anticipated follow-ups to Lyons’ highly successful self-titled EP (all six songs co-written by Lyons), which was released in November 2012. The debut EP was an All-Time Best Seller under $8 on iTunes and continues to remain on the National iTunes Albums chart. The EP charted at #42 on the National Country Album iTunes chart in less than 24 hours and remained in the top 200 for a week, and on December 6, 2012, the EP debuted as #10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers East North Central chart.
Lyons’ debut single, “Everything Tonight,” which she co-wrote in 2012 with producer Matt Nolen and Grammy-nominated songwriter Ryan Tyndell, charted #96 on the MusicRow chart also on iTunes. The video for the track, which was directed by Mason Dixon, (who produced Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “The One That Got Away,”) charted at #8 on iTunes Top Country Music Videos chart and #18 on iTunes Top Videos chart for all genres. “Everything Tonight” has been played on Sirius XM Channel 56 The Highway On the Horizon. Featured as a Top 30 song of the week. Lyons has sold over 75,000 downloads of her music online to date and has had over 8,000 streams on Sound Cloud, which is impressive for an indie artist! While an amazing singer/songwriter/artist she has shown her smart entrepreneurial business side that effectively knows how to market her music and ultimately sell records. She is the full package: a true emerging leader in the music industry. Most importantly, loves and connects to her fans.

Cody Joe Hodges – Getting Back To Country

Cody Joe started playing music at an early age, but it wasn’t until his senior year in high school that he became serious about his art. Impassioned by such country greats as George Strait, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, Cody Joe wrote his first song, “Daddy’s Dream”, his freshman year in the dorms at Texas A&M University.
Not long after graduating from Texas A&M in 2006, Cody Joe took off to Nashville, where he was lucky enough to find a place to stay with the late, great Johnny Paycheck’s steel guitar player, Jay Andrews. After his stay in Nashville, he decided to move back to Texas and join the Army. While in the Army, he ended up singing with the group “Harmony in Motion,” a vocal ensemble based out of Fort Carson, Colorado, and began traveling across America playing for large entertainment venues. Upon discharge, his dad had a talk with him about a career in the power line business as a lineman. This sounded like something exciting and also a great opportunity to draw upon for songwriting, so he joined the energy field in 2010. At the same time, he started a band called “Cody Hodges & The Linemen”, they came out with their first album as a band in 2012. In the spring of 2013, he decided to focus on his music and see what plans God had for him. So far, it has been a blessing. Cody Joe was recently nominated as Rising Star for the 2014 Texas Music Awards. This past year, Cody Joe Hodges and his band moved on to Round 2 of the Shiner Rising Star Competition, and he was nominated as Male Country Vocalist of the Year for the International Music and Entertainment Association.
Cody Joe is a traditionalist in the sense that he loves the sound of traditional country; with a steel guitar, fiddle and good, old-fashioned story-telling songs, the way country music was when he was growing up. As a true Texan, he grew up idolizing George Strait and aspires to the lifelong career he has had in the music industry. He is also a huge fan of the true country and outlaw country greats such as: Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. Not only were/are they storytellers, but fantastic writers, artists and personalities.
Cody Joe Hodges’s music has been described as “outlaw country”, with a large influence of the country greats and performers who started the genre in the late 70’s and 80’s. Cody Joe’s voice ranges from silky smooth to raspy seduction. A Cody Joe Hodges live performance is one you will not forget. He and his band always thrill, putting on a high-energy performance at every show. It is rare that you will find someone that reaches across the aisle to both the old and new generations, but Cody Joe Hodges does it every time. With a steel guitar, fiddle, stand-up bass, guitar and drums, Cody Joe’s sound is something out of the past. Be prepared to dance because his goal for every show is to fill the dance floor.
Cody Joe tries to put a positive message in every song. There is a lot of negative in this world, and when people listen to music, whether it is to escape or to be entertained, his goal is to put a grin on your face or a smile in your heart.
While Cody Joe and his band currently play a lot of bars and honky tonks, they love playing fairs, festivals and concerts where they can reach out to all ages and play for folks they wouldn’t normally reach in the bar and honky tonk scene.

Branch & Dean – "Greenlight"

We’ve all heard the verse in Ecclesiastes that tells us “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Few people understand the importance of timing better than new country duo Branch & Dean. Known for their explosive live show and a potent repertoire that includes the unflinchingly raucous anthem “Your Ol’ Lady’s Gone” and the poignant hit “The Dash,” Steve Branch and Dean Scallan have parlayed a lifelong friendship into an exciting creative adventure. “I grew up singing with Branch and I thought if you wanted to be a country singer, you had to be able to sound like the great Steve Branch,” says Dean.
Branch’s distinctive vocals anchor the duo’s breakthrough hit “The Dash,” a tribute to his 23-year-old son Theron who died after years battling Cystic Fibrosis. “The Dash” challenges listeners to make the most of every moment between the birth and death dates that will someday be listed on their headstones. “Life goes by so fast and our story’s defined by how we spend that dash,” Branch sings in the hauntingly beautiful ballad.
“We want to put out music that has meaning and this song has touched so many lives,” says Branch. “We’ve gotten so many letters. We got one just today from a 19-year-old Georgia girl named Allie who is living with Cystic Fibrosis. She said, ‘Your song truly spoke to me and made me think. It made me want to do more for myself in terms of treatment and trying to keep myself healthy. I’ll be seeing you guys at your next performance.’ When you get stuff like that it goes beyond music. It just means so much more because it lets me know that we’re doing the right thing.”
“We know how blessed we are to have a song that is such a gift,” Dean adds. “Music is intended to change lives. That’s what we set out to do and that’s what ‘The Dash’ is all about.”
Though the duo’s self-titled debut album definitely has songs of substance, Branch & Dean aren’t above throwing in some tunes specifically designed for some good old fashioned fun. Produced by Dean, Michael Huffman and Jeff Silvey, Branch & Dean’s debut album is an eclectic mix of rowdy up tempos and heartfelt ballads. “What I Do Best’ is a tender love song while “Buckle Bumpin” is a celebration of honky tonk fun. “Your Ol’ Lady’s Gone” is a particular fan favorite. “It’s a fun song because it’s got yodeling, a little hip hop and a little rock in it,” says Dean. “The song is about how there’s a place for hip hop. It’s fun. There’s a place for rock. It’s fun and we love it all, but also don’t forget about country because there is still a place for real country music.”
“The Forgetter” is a rowdy tune that finds a heartbroken country boy looking for a powerful drink to drown his sorrows. “Ink” paints a portrait of a defiant country girl sporting some interesting tattoos, including an ex-boyfriend’s name that her new man isn’t so happy about seeing every day. The duo close the album with “The Jesus in You,” a modern gospel classic penned by Huffman and Dean that speaks of forgiveness and love.
Though they can skillfully deliver any style, Branch and Dean are most at home making country music. It’s a common denominator from the early days in their hometown Macclenny, Florida. Dean’s mother heard Branch sing “Rose Colored Glasses” at a local talent contest and became a huge supporter, encouraging the young artist to pursue a career and helping him get started by booking him at local venues. “I knew very early that I wanted to do music and I always felt like there was a purpose for it,” says Branch. “As you get older, your eyes open and you see a little bit clearer. It’s all a part of the plan. It’s helping a lot of people and that’s what music is all about.”
Like Branch, Dean had been interested in pursuing a music career since childhood and when he made the move to Nashville, he initially focused on songwriting. His talent earned him the respect of some of Music Row’s top professionals and he began collaborating with some of country’s most acclaimed writers. One day when Dean was playing demos for producer Michael Huffman (who Branch and Dean affectionately call Huff Daddy), his interest was piqued when he heard Branch’s voice. “He said, ‘Who is that singing?’ and I said, ‘That’s Branch, we grew up singing together,’” Dean says. “I told him we’d been friends forever.”
Huffman was excited about the blend of their voices and encouraged the long time friends to record together. “It just happened,” says Dean. “We’ve always been a duo. We were Branch and Dean way before we were Branch & Dean, but Steve went and got his experience his way. I got mine my way and now we both have a lot to offer. It was meant to be. We compliment each other.”
Managed by industry veteran Erv Woolsey, (George Strait’s longtime manager), Branch & Dean have quickly earned the respect of both peers and fans, not only for their distinctive vocal blend and songwriting prowess, but especially for their high-energy live show. “There ain’t no telling what you’ll see in a live show,” Branch says with a big smile. “We have fun on stage and we try to make sure everybody out there is having fun. If it looks like somebody isn’t having fun, I might just come out there and sit by them.”
After years of music and friendship, Branch & Dean’s time has arrived and they are thankful for the opportunity to reach more people with their unique brand of high-octane country. “You never know how big the wave is going to be or how long it’s going to go, but right now we’re having a blast,” says Dean.
They are also using their platform to help make a difference. They have become spokesmen for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and are working to make a difference in the lives of brave people like Theron who battle the deadly disease. “We’ve been wanting to do the music thing forever, but when my son passed and this came about, it changed,” says Branch. “It’s not about being famous or being a big country music star. We don’t care about that. We’re doing what we love to do and when ‘The Dash’ came about, it all changed for us. It’s music with a purpose and there’s a difference.”

Johnny Orr Band – You Can't Hide Love

The Johnny Orr Band (JOB) is one of the most talked-about contemporary Country acts in the Southeast, and the excitement and musicality they bring to the stage comes through on their new EP, “Down South.” This Raleigh, NC-based band is led by singer/songwriter Johnny Orr, with rock-solid support from longtime cohorts Gino Latarulo on guitars and vocals, Jack Getz on bass and vocals, and Bill Eagen on drums.
In 2012 the band won the prestigious American Country Star talent competition in Nashville, starting a buzz that has opened the doors for the group to take its career to the next level.With Southern roots planted firmly in both Country and Rock, JOB’s sound is driven by Orr’s dynamic vocals and Latarulo’s surging, but sensitive, guitar thatbring out the best in Orr’s material. He writes and sings what he knows best: tunes about the everyday man and woman and their trials and triumphs. And it’s JOB’s commitment to the music and their audience that has gained them one of the most loyal followings in the Southeast.
They’ve shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Josh Gracin, Phil Vassar, Jason Michael Carroll, Cole Swindell and more. With the release of DOWN SOUTH, JOB joins the new generation of Country acts that is changing an entire industry, while maintaining the traditions and integrity of the genre’s giants of the past.

Macy Martin – Me With You

This new and refreshing Country Recording Artist is sure to turn heads and Hearts! Macy Martin is an uplifting personality with a refreshing pure presence embarking on Nashville’s music scene.
Her positive, wholesome messages embedded into her songwriting are delivered with an equally irresistible pure vocal quality leaving her listeners wanting more from this Native Texas Artist!  Macy is definitely not your typical 16 year old teenager! She remembers enjoying her musical talent as early as 6 years old entertaining for the Miss Texas/ Miss America Organization during their preliminary intermissions to Disney Classics.  At the age of 13 she began singing for her school the National Anthem and quickly began spreading her talent to other organizations seeking her to perform; The Special Olympics, Texas Children’s, Ronald Mc Donald House, among others.
Local venues began to ask her to perform at community events, festivals and fairs in the Texas area.  This lead to meeting other artists and members in the Texas Music Industry, opening other opportunities up for young Macy to perform on stage.  She rapidly advanced singing in her High School Senior Chorale Choir making all State Division One singing Italian Opera as a 1st Soprano.  Macy has a beautiful angelic, pure vocal quality possessing an unbelievable vibrato sure to mesmerize her listeners when she releases her unique ability , but don’t let that fool you as this 16 year old vocal talent has an amazing range to fit any genre’.  She has grown up on her parent’s Central Texas Ranch  “ The Triple M”.  Macy laughs and say’s Texas women can saddle a horse all day and in a short time transform into evening gowns, pearls and stilettos to attend a Texas-Size Gala and be as elegant as a Princess!
Macy’s has been singing in her Cowboy Church Band where she had to opportunity to utilize her faith and musical talent combined feeding her inspiration to pursue her Country Music Career and touch the hearts and lives of others.  Macy say’s that her heavenly father is the provider in all that she is and gifted by his will and she will never lose sight of him through her life’s journey. She says that it is his purpose for her music to touch the hearts and lives of all that hear her songs and the messages embedded within them in a positive, enlightening way.  Macy says undoubtedly it is by his will that she was able to cut her first original duet two volume album in Dallas, Texas!
A self published collection of 11 pure country songs of the late Bob Millsap and other song writers.  She also completed her other six song duet bluegrass and Celtic gospel release.  It was through this two volume collection that Kent Wells and Christine Winslow of Kent Wells Productions (Dolly Parton) and associates saw the raw talent and potential of this young artist.  Macy says that they are her Nashville Family and she is blessed beyond measure to not only have the opportunities presenting but to have such amazing individuals place trust, faith, belief and devotion in her… to grow her talent and potential into something beyond measure!   She is truly blessed and truly amazed!  With all of this in place and Macy’s impeccable work ethic and passion to reach out to her audience and serve through her music and with an incredible team of individuals there is nothing short of a success story unfolding!   Again she knows God’s hand is leading her path to his purpose.
Macy has released her Debut Ep Album currently to Nashville and Music Row with GTR and Kent Wells Productions .  Her single off the album “Me With You”  is fresh and sure to leave her listeners smiling.  Macy’s a breath of fresh air and sure to fill the hearts of many as they encounter and embrace her pure, uplifting and real personality and talent!  Macy recently while in Nashville has finished co-writing and recorded four new singles pair up with James Dean Hicks, Bill Di Luigi and Jordan Anderson due to release throughout 2014 under the production of Kent Wells and GTR. She is headed back working on 6 more new songs ( one she co- wrote while on her summer Music Row Radio Tour through the Mid-West with Bill Di Luigi. She is also discussing the Making of a Music Video soon. There is no dust settling under this young, rising Nashville Artist!   We know Nashville and America’s Country fans will love her and her music as much as we do!
Be sure to go to www.macymartinmusic.com and follow her radio tour dates this summer and tab on Macy’s Toy Box to learn more about Macy’s charitable foundation and different ways how you can take part in assisting her to reach out and help children in need!

Brian Collins – Never Really Left

Hailing from the music hotbed of West Georgia, Brian Collins radiates a true southern soul. Humbled by his modest upbringing as the son of two truck-driving parents, Brian exudes passion and love in every corner of his career. The highly anticipated release of his album, “Healing Highway” is set for October with the lead-off single “Never Really Left” hitting radio airwaves in August.
Over the course of his career, Brian has worn many hats in the industry. Not only is he a top notch singer/songwriter and artist, but Brian has also been praised for his talents as a producer, engineer and graphic designer. Brian co-wrote every song on the new album and produced it alongside Mills Logan and Kenny Greenberg.
“I am very proud of this project,” said Brian. “We worked hard to write, record and produce material that captivates me as an artist and person… I think we nailed it.”
Inspiration for Brian’s songwriting comes from many different aspects of his life. In 1985, Brian’s younger sister, Karen Collins, passed away from Leukemia. Brian used his creative and artistic ability to heal the wounds of his family’s tragedy through a song he co-wrote with close friend and Zac Brown Band bass player, John Driskell Hopkins, titled “She Will Ride.” In January of 2013, Karen’s memory became an anthem to find a cure for cancer through the launch of the She Will Ride Foundation. The non-profit, founded by Brian and Blue Light Entertainment, aims at contributing financially to the determination of finding a cure for cancer and leukemia in this generation
Take a cross between Eli Young Band, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, and Marc Broussard—and you have a sound unlike any other—you have something unique. And uniqueness describes Brian in every sense of the word. His honest lyrics capture the heart of every listener while the soulful quality of his voice gives meaningful expression to songs that bend the lines between Country and soul.
Brian’s hard working nature and undeniable talent has led him to share the stage with KISS, Will Hoge, Sister Hazel, James Otto, Colin Hay (of Men At Work), Zac Brown Band, the Smithereens, Marshall Tucker Band, Georgia Satellites, Edwin McCain, Blackberry Smoke, Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. The depth of his songwriting and the magnitude of his perspective attest to Brian’s broad appeal and ever-growing fan base, which has led him to play over 150 dates a year.
A Brian Collins show offers a well-rounded, dynamic live performance that engulfs the senses and takes audiences on a notable journey. Most recently he had the privilege of playing on the Alabama & Friends Cruise and is on the bill for The Rock Boat 2015 cruise with Sister Hazel, The Bare Naked Ladies and Michael Franti & the Spearhead.
In 2005, Brian launched “Blue Light Studio” Not only did Brian make his vision of the company into a reality, but he also personally designed all of the recording rooms where he produced/engineered albums and tracks for hard rockers Skid Row, Tony Lucca, The Luchagores, Atlanta based rap artists T.I., Twista and Frank White, as well as acoustic rockers Nic Cowan and Tim O’Donovan. In 2013 Brian partnered with manager and music business developer Santos Vasquez and Belmont graduate Tommy Smith and formed the LLC “Blue Light Entertainment” a booking and publishing company. Since the launch, they have seen National fan recognition through touring and organized the BC Brigade (Brian’s Fan Club).