Warner Music Nashville, 300 Entertainment Jointly Sign Bailey Bryan

Bailey Bryan

Bailey Bryan

Warner Music Nashville and New York-based 300 Entertainment have jointly signed artist Bailey Bryan. The deal marks 300 Entertainment’s first country release with the the new single, “Own It.”

At age seven, Bryan met publisher and mentor Becki Devries of Kompass Music Publishing Nashville. Bryan would later sign a publishing deal with Kompass Music Publishing, and begin making monthly trips to Nashville to focus on songwriting.

Devries recalls, “I knew Bailey had talent even then, but when I came back to the island to visit family in the summer of 2013, I held a songwriting seminar that Bailey attended. It was then that I realized she had the whole package. Without any training at all, she was already an impressive songwriter at a really young age.”

“I always jumped at the chance to sing and play my guitar in front of people, but when I started writing songs when I was 12, music became an even bigger part of my life,” Bryan reflects. “Being able to share my heart and experiences with other people through my music became my purpose and my passion.”

Exclusive: CMA’s Sarah Trahern Feels The Love In “Forever Country” Single

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Country stations nationwide cleared a path for the all-star single “Forever Country” on Friday morning (Sept. 16). The CMA Board of Directors worked closely with radio stations for a “roadblock,” ensuring that fans couldn’t miss the milestone recording that commemorates the CMA Awards’ 50th anniversary on Nov. 2.

CMA CEO Sarah Trahern tells MusicRow, “For us, country radio and the fans that listen to music on country radio are so key to the fabric for distributing our music. Starting the song there on a Friday is a great way to get some energy.”

Underscoring the importance of business relationships, she says, “I give incredible credit to our Board of Directors and the radio industry. Just like a couple of years ago when they all got together and decided to create a unified radio remote for the CMA Awards in the fall. It really came out of them. We took the track to them and said, ‘Let’s brainstorm some ideas.’”

Arranged by songwriter/producer Shane McAnally, the single is a medley of “On the Road Again,” “I Will Always Love You” and “Take Me Home Country Roads.” Thirty CMA Award winners, from several generations, lend their vocals to the single, with each artist singing a line or two.

“I think Shane McAnally is a genius and the way he was able to marry the three songs together makes it special,” Trahern says. “I mean, all of them are amazing songs. But when you weave the stories together and you think about some of those key lines—‘I’m on the road again, the life I love is making music with my friends,’ ‘I will always love you,’ ‘Country roads, take me home to the place I belong’ — together, those themes almost become a testament to our business. The life our artists spend on the road, their love for the fans, their love for the music.”

McAnally tells MusicRow, “While working on this project, I had to repeatedly pinch myself because this was truly beyond my wildest dreams. I have been obsessed and consumed with country music since I was 5 years old, and having the opportunity to collaborate with so many of my heroes is indescribable. This is truly a piece of history and I am honored to have been asked to contribute to anything that shines a light on this genre that has shaped my entire life.”

The single is being distributed by Universal Music Group Nashville. After the artists recorded their lines to the song, they returned to film their segments for a landmark music video that will be released on Tuesday (Sept. 20). Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards, the music video includes the following CMA Award winners: Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan,Eric ChurchBrett Eldredge, Vince Gill, Faith Hill,Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert,Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride,Rascal FlattsReba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Trisha Yearwood.

During a CMA Board meeting nearly two years ago, BBC Radio’s Director of Music Bob Shennan showed a similar video that promoted BBC Music. That video sparked the idea to try a country version. Not coincidentally, the “Forever Country” video will be premiering in the United States and the United Kingdom simultaneously.

In February, Trahern met with director Joseph Kahn, who has won Grammys for his music video work on Emimem’s “Without Me” and Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar’s “Bad Blood.” She was joined by industry leaders Jason Owen (Sandbox Management), Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town), Joanna Carter (Capitol Records Nashville) and Chandra LaPlume (Taillight TV). Trahern credits Kahn with the idea of mashing up three songs, rather than just focusing on one classic. All three of the songs selected were made famous by past CMA Entertainer of the Year winners.

“You can imagine how hard it was to come up with the three songs,” Trahern says. “It went into a couple of different iterations, and any of the iterations would have been amazing videos, but Shane made a great track and one of the things that I’m just so thankful for our artist community. … Our artists all appreciate the history of where they came from. All 30 artists that are in the video are CMA Award winners so they know the importance of what it means to be respected by your peers.”

With the exception of Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, the artists all filmed their portions during CMA Music Festival in June.

Trahern recalls, “The artists were so excited and did such a great job, every time we ran into them at one of the stages, they’d say, ‘Oh, I love the video, I can’t wait!’ And if there were fans around, we had to help quash it a couple of times,” Trahern says. “That’s been such a great problem to have happen because I’m just so proud of how our industry engaged with the project from Day One.”

To listen to “Forever Country,” visit Spotify.

‘MusicRow’ Job Opening: Graphic Design/Production Manager

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MusicRow
, Nashville’s music industry publication, is seeking a Graphic Design & Production Manager. This position is responsible for all aspects of layout and design for print issues and websites, as well as management of advertisements and other duties listed below. The ideal candidate will have an impressive skill set, strong creative ability and enjoy working in a fun environment.

Job Requirements

• Degree/Education in graphic design
• Demonstrated proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is required
• Experience utilizing WordPress is preferred
• Strong organizational skills
• Dependability is a must
• 1-3 years job experience is preferred
• Creative and technical ability to do editorial layout and design
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Experience with Final Cut Pro, GarageBand, and Illustrator is preferred but not required
• Must have strong project management skills, be deadline-driven and enjoy working with a team
• Microsoft Office suite skills are required

Job Duties

• All aspects of layout and design for print issues and websites
• Management of all advertisements for print issues and websites
• Sending twice-daily news emails
• Photography/video of events and artist visits (including video editing)
• Other duties (i.e., archiving files, creating plaques, radio chart, and more)

Send resume (with salary requirement/range) and online portfolio to [email protected]

Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. for any employer.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Music City Hit-Makers Sell Out Two Shows At Cheekwood

Pictured L-R: Brett James, Rivers Rutherford, Chris DeStefano

Pictured L-R: Brett James, Rivers Rutherford, Chris DeStefano. Photo: Kim Hooker

Music City Hit-Makers returned to Cheekwood in Nashville over the weekend (Aug. 26-27) for two sold-out shows. Three of Nashville’s most successful songwriters — Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Chris DeStefano — performed as part of Cheekwood’s Songwriters Under The Stars annual series.

The show also featured Emily West debuting her symphony set American One Night Standards set to tour in 2017.

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Sirius XM The Highway’s Storme Warren and The Big 98’s Amy Paige emceed.

For more information and to view upcoming tour dates, visit musiccityhitmakers.com.

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Behind ‘Black’: Dierks Bentley Turns Spotlight On Team

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Dierks Bentley‘s name may appear alone on his chart-topping album Black but he is quick to point out that hundreds of people have worked on both the album and the Somewhere On A Beach Tour for more than a year and his success is as much a testament to their work as it is his.

He shares, “As proud as I am of this record Black and as proud as I am of this tour, Somewhere On A Beach, I am more proud of the people I get to work with and the process that went into making this record and this tour.”

The multi-platinum singer/songwriter has long been known for embracing the community that surrounds him. With Behind Black: The Anatomy of the Album & Tour, Bentley introduces the group who had a behind-the-scenes hand in bringing it all to life; his family, management team, producers, collaborators, musicians, songwriters, record label executives, touring crew and industry supporters.

Bentley discusses giving fans an insider’s view with Billboard.

“At some point during the middle of our album release and tour rehearsals, I made the comment that I really wish we had been capturing all the people involved in making all the pieces come together because I don’t think the fans truly understand who all is behind their favorite song on the record or what it took to build the airplane that crashes on to the stage during our live show,” said Bentley. “So this web project was a way for me to give a little credit to all the people who work so hard to help me make my dreams come true, and it’s also a way to document a really special time in my career. I’m so grateful to the village of people it took!”

Behind Black: The Anatomy of the Album & Tour explores a community’s firsthand contribution to Black including collaborators and friends such as Maren Morris along with tourmates Cam and Randy Houser. Grammy-nominated Elle King is also featured as she shares vocals on the album’s thought-provoking Top 20 single “Different For Girls.”

 

Artist Updates: Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Paslay, Cam, The Cadillac Three

Kelsea Ballerini Plans Week Of TV Appearances

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Kelsea Ballerini will make a number of TV appearances in the coming days. She is slated to present an award on the Teen Choice Awards on FOX on Sunday (July 31); she is also nominated for Choice Country Artist. Additional appearances include the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage on Monday, the concert special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock on ABC on Wednesday, and the grand finale of the ABC series Greatest Hits on Thursday.

 

Eric Paslay Gives VIP Treatment To Teachers At Opry

Eric Paslay (second from right) meets CMA Music Teachers of Excellence (l-r) Franklin Willis, Tracy Roberts, and Jason Walsh backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. Photo: Chris Hollo

Eric Paslay (second from right) meets CMA Music Teachers of Excellence (l-r) Franklin Willis, Tracy Roberts, and Jason Walsh backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. Photo: Chris Hollo

Eric Paslay welcomed three CMA Music Teachers of Excellence to the Grand Ole Opry stage during his performance Wednesday (July 27). In honor of his new single “Angels In This Town,” Paslay is making “Angel Visits” across the country where he highlights local residents making an impact in their community. That meant meeting with educators Tracy Roberts, Jason Walsh, and Franklin Willis backstage before his performance and giving them the VIP treatment as his guests.

 

Cam Visits The Recording Academy In California

Pictured (L-R): Cam, Neil Portnow

Pictured (L-R): Cam, Neil Portnow

Cam made a stop at The Recording Academy offices in Santa Monica, California, to perform her latest music and to meet President/CEO Neil Portnow. While visiting with Portnow in his office, Cam briefly borrowed a ukulele from his shelf for a photo op. A flea market find, the musical instrument is one of multiple colorful souvenirs and mementos that Portnow has collected over the years and adorn his work space.

 

The Cadillac Three Record At Abbey Road Studio

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The Cadillac Three have filmed a series of music videos at Abbey Road studios in North London. The band issue the first video, “Graffiti,” on Thursday (July 28). Upcoming videos will be “White Lighting” on Aug. 1, “The South” on Aug. 8 and “Peace Love & Dixie” on Aug. 12. The band will release a new album, Bury Me in My Boots, on Aug. 5 on Big Machine Records.

 

Kane Brown Will Headline Tour Presented By Monster Energy, Outbreak Presents

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RCA Nashville artist Kane Brown will launch a headline tour presented by Monster Energy and Outbreak Presents in the fall. The 30-date tour will begin Nov. 3 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and conclude Jan. 21 in Houston. Not all dates have been announced.

For his Ain’t No Stopping Us Now Tour, Brown was handpicked by Outbreak Presents, which is known for presenting emerging artists across all genres in top venues at a reasonable price. Past headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Iggy Azalea, Cole Swindell, and Fetty Wap.

“I’m so excited to announce that we are doing the Ain’t No Stopping Us Now Tour with Monster Energy and Outbreak,” Brown said. “This fall tour is going to be bigger and better than anything we’ve done so far and I can’t wait for all the fans out on the road to see the show.”

“Kane Brown is a man of his time and we look forward to continuing the trajectory of sold out shows on what will be his biggest headlining tour to date,” adds Steven Ljubicic, General Manager at Outbreak Presents.

Brown has already established himself as a social media force with “Used To Love You Sober” and his Chapter 1 EP. He will release a new country single, “Thunder in the Rain,” in August.

Exclusive: Maren Morris Explains How “My Church” Catapulted Her Career

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Maren Morris at the 28th Annual MusicRow Awards. Photo: Moments by Moser

Most listeners discovered Maren Morris this year with her debut single, “My Church,” yet she had been attracting attention in the music industry for several years already.

Since 2013, Morris has been writing for Nashville publishing company Big Yellow Dog Music, which released a digital EP in late 2015. Columbia Nashville took notice, signed the singer and released her full-length debut, Hero, which debuted at No. 1 after its release on June 3.

Calling from the first night as a special guest on Keith Urban’s Ripcord World Tour, she discussed with MusicRow the launch of her career, as well as the story behind “My Church,” which led her to win of the magazine’s 2016 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year.

Read more about the award in the 2016 MusicRow Awards print issue, available now.

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MusicRow: Describe the path “My Church” took to finally being released.
Maren Morris: I wrote it a little over a year ago, I guess March of 2015. I was out on a writing trip in Los Angeles. [Producer/songwriter] busbee has a house in Nashville but is based out of Los Angeles. The day before I wrote with him, the title “My Church” popped in my head and I went in with him and he totally got the concept I was going for.

It was a quick write, probably because it’s such a clear emotional context that everyone can relate to in some way. I instantly knew that song was really special, and felt a strong need to keep it to myself. If I was going to take a whack at this artist thing—if I had one shot at it—I would want it to be with this song. It’s crazy to think that was a little over a year ago. It really catapulted this whole thing to be set in motion.

As a songwriter and artist, how do you decide which songs to hold or let go?
“My Church” was really the first song I wanted to keep for myself. Narrowing down songs for the record was tough because I have a catalog from the last three years of music that I really love—hundreds of songs and I’m sure there are some I have forgotten about completely.

It’s sort of a sacrifice to narrow it down. There are great songs I adore that I had to leave off the record. But with the 11 songs that are on the record, it was hard to imagine someone else singing them and I think it tells a cohesive story.

Did you always want to be an artist and songwriter?
I felt like I was pretty much done with the performance side when I moved to Nashville. I’m from Arlington, Texas, and I toured there for over a decade—I had a whole other life there, really as a kid from about 10 or 11 years old. I didn’t write songs then but that eventually led to getting my first guitar and wanting to write.

After I moved, I just wanted to be a songwriter in a writing room and be creative—not worried about selling anything. Somewhere along the way I missed that high you get when you walk off stage after a show. That is so hard to match. In a writing room you get a different kind of high when you hear something back that you’ve created out of nothing with your friends, but that gave me the gumption to finish out this record.

Talk about the launch of your career.
Everything was sort of a domino effect after my publisher Carla Wallace introduced me to my manager Janet Weir at Red Light Management. At the time I hadn’t even written “My Church.” Around that time Janet and I met and hit it off. She understood the vision I had for my music and what I wanted to say to the world.

Janet tracked down Copeland Isaacson at Spotify, where one thing led to another and I ended up doing an exclusive EP release with them before I had ever signed a deal. That Spotify exclusive really created a lot of leverage. It really set into motion me signing a record deal with Sony.

Big Yellow Dog’s Carla Wallace (R) surprises her writer Maren Morris (L) with a plaque commemorating a No. 1 country album debut, along with its lead single achieving gold. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography

Big Yellow Dog’s Carla Wallace (R) surprises her writer Maren Morris (L) with a plaque commemorating a No. 1 country album debut, along with its lead single achieving gold. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography

How much of your project did you have set before you signed with Columbia?
I didn’t have the track listing down, but I had the bulk of the songs written. There were last-minute additions, because I was still writing. Like “Rich,” I think that was one of the last songs I wrote, and it was too much fun to leave off the album and fit so perfectly with the vibe we created.

Why was Columbia Nashville the right place for you?
When I was rounding out the EP, Sony Nashville didn’t have a president. They were going through a transition. They came on board later in the game once Jim Catino played Randy Goodman a few of my songs.

At the time I wasn’t really thinking whether or not I should sign to a pop or country label, but with the Columbia imprint that I’m on, I felt like I got the best of both worlds—I’ve been lucky to have a partnership with New York and Nashville with my deal. I never felt like I had to choose between the two worlds.

Describe that New York component.
Person for person, the same amount of people that work on my team here in Nashville under Columbia, the same goes for the New York office. So if I’m ever overseas or in New York, I feel like they both have a tight grasp on my direction.

It’s nice because I feel like these genre walls are coming down, bit by bit. I’m seeing the New York labels start to have more conversation with their Nashville counterparts. There’s more symbiosis happening and you don’t have to choose between the two. Randy Goodman and Rob Stringer at Columbia Records in New York really get what I do.

Pictured (L-R): Sherod Robertson, Maren Morris, Carla Wallace, Craig Shelburne. Photo: Moments by Moser

Pictured (L-R): Sherod Robertson, Maren Morris, Carla Wallace, Craig Shelburne. Photo: Moments by Moser

ACM Honors Set For August 30 With Lady Antebellum Hosting

Lady Antebellum. Photo: Joseph Llanes

Lady Antebellum. Photo: Joseph Llanes

Lady Antebellum will host the 10th Annual ACM Honors on August 30 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event recognizes special honorees and off-camera winners of the 51st Annual ACM Awards.

ACM Honors will be produced for television by dick clark productions and broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network. Performers and air date for the primetime special will be announced in the coming weeks.

Honorees include special awards recipients Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Eddie Rabbitt (awarded posthumously), Tanya Tucker, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Jeff Walker (awarded posthumously), Jimmy Webb, Little Big Town and The Statler Brothers.

Studio Recording Awards recipients include Jim ‘Moose’ Brown, Dave Cobb, Shannon Forrest, Paul Franklin, Justin Niebank, Danny Rader, Michael Rhodes and Derek Wells. In addition, Ross Copperman will be honored as Songwriter of the Year.

Andrew Kintz Steps Down from SunTrust Bank

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Andrew Kintz

After 18 years with SunTrust Bank, Managing Director Andrew Kintz is stepping down from his post, MusicRow has confirmed.

With the bank since 1998, Kintz manages the SunTrust Sports & Entertainment teammates in SunTrust’s Music Division Headquarters in Nashville, which provides financial services to songwriters, performing artists and businesses in the music industry.

An active member of Nashville’s music industry and one of its biggest cheerleaders, Kintz shares, “I have this dream of turning work off and giving an entire summer to my family and going on a massive adventure.”

Kintz graduated from Washington and Lee University and is a MBA Graduate of The University of Georgia. Kintz serves on several boards including Leadership Music, Nashville Public Radio, W.O. Smith Music School and his membership include ACM, CMA, NSAI, AIMP, The Recording Academy and Hall of Fame Circle Society.