Songwriters Announced For The ASCAP GPS Project Live

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced the line-up of songwriters that will make up the ASCAP Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters (GPS) Project LIVE at The Basement on Monday, Sept. 28, beginning at 5 p.m.

Now in its fifth year, the GPS Project aims to display unsigned writers to the Nashville publishing community. Throughout the project, songwriters are paired with publishers for one meeting a month along with a follow-up for critiquing and networking. Additional special activities this year have included a songwriters camp and various networking opportunities.

“We have to remain focused on writer development,” commented ASCAP Associate Director Evyn Mustoe and ASCAP Director Robert Filhart. “GPS gives deserving unsigned writers an opportunity to learn from the best publishers in Nashville, and this show will give every publisher the opportunity to see and hear most of the writers from the current GPS class.”

The 2015 ASCAP GPS Project kicked off in January and will continue through the end of the year.

Chris Janson Reveals Debut Album Cover And Track Listing

chrisjanson2015Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville artist Chris Janson’s debut album Buy Me A Boat is available for preorder today, here. It will officially be released on Oct. 30. The album features the gold-certified No. 1 hit title track “Buy Me A Boat.”

All 11 tracks are co-written by Janson.

The album includes “Messin’ With Jesus,” a duet with superstar Tim McGraw, who recently brought Janson onstage last month during a concert in Nashville.

Buy Me A Boat is co-produced by Janson along with Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois and Byron Gallimore.

Buy Me a Boat track list:
1 Buy Me A Boat (Chris Janson / Chris DuBois)
2 Power Of Positive Drinkin’ (Chris Janson / Mark Irwin / Chris DuBois)
3 Under The Sun (Chris Janson / Casey Beathard / Ed Hill)
4 Holdin’ Her (Chris Janson / James Otto)
5 Messin’ With Jesus (with Tim McGraw) (Chris Janson / Pavel Dovgalyuk / Kelly Roland)
6 Right In The Middle (Chris Janson / Justin Wilson / Brandon Kinney)
7 Save A Little Sugar (Chris Janson / Chris DuBois / Jim Beavers)
8 Back In My Drinkin’ Days (Chris Janson / Ken Johnson)
9 Where You Come In (Chris Janson / Ed Hill)
10 Yeah It Is (Chris Janson / Kenneth Wright)
11 White Trash (Chris Janson / Casey Beathard)

Kacey Musgraves’ Rhinestone Revue Lights Up The Ryman

Kacey Musgraves performs at the Ryman (Sept. 24, 2015), "The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue" tour

Kacey Musgraves performs at the Ryman (Sept. 24, 2015) on”The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue” tour.

The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue delighted fans last night (Sept. 24) during the second show of a two-night stand at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium.

Opening band Sugar & The Hi-Lows left the audience in a lively mood for Musgraves, who opened with the title track of her latest album Pageant Material, garnering thunderous applause from the sold-out crowd.

With a sparkling backdrop behind her and a large disco ball above, Musgraves quickly segued into other tunes pulling from both her latest release and her debut album Same Trailer Different Park.

She peppered the set with a few cover songs including a cool rhythmic rendition of TLC‘s “No Scrubs” and Miranda Lambert‘s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which Musgraves co-wrote with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally.


After her performance of “Dime Store Cowgirl,” a huge group of excited fans swarmed to the front of the stage. It even caught the songstress by surprise and she welcomed the enthusiastic throng, before continuing with several more tunes. When her stellar band took a break, she sang a well-received acoustic version of “Merry Go ‘Round.”

After a quick costume change, Musgraves was back on stage performing “High Time” and “Blowin’ Smoke.” She received a standing ovation as soon as she started the first line of “Follow Your Arrow,” and fans thoroughly enjoyed having a sing-along.

Next up, Musgraves performed Nancy Sinatra‘s sassy “These Boots Are Made For Walkin.'” She ended the fun night with an a cappella version of “Happy Trails,” the tune made famous by being used during the end credits of the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans TV shows.

That was our cue to giddy up and go.

Kacey Musgraves performs at the Ryman (Sept. 24, 2015), "The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue" tour

Kacey Musgraves lights up the Ryman stage.

Kacey Musgraves performs at the Ryman (Sept. 24, 2015), "The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue" tour

Kacey Musgraves, the Dime Store Cowgirl.

Lauren Alaina Set To Release Self-Titled EP


Mercury Nashville/19/Interscope Records’ Lauren Alaina is set to release her self-titled EP on Oct. 2. The American Idol alum is finalizing her second studio album due out next year. The first single, “Next Boyfriend,” impacts radio Sept. 28.

Along with “Next Boyfriend,” Lauren co-wrote all tracks on the five-song EP including “History,” a song Lauren recorded specifically at ESPN’s request for an exclusive promo track for its extensive college football coverage this season. “History” is also used for the top college matchups each week.

Lauren Alaina EP Track Listing:
1. Road Less Traveled (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Meghan Trainor)
2. Holding The Other (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Eric Olson)
3. Next Boyfriend (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Matt McVaney)
4. Painting Pillows (Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Jack Rimes, Alex Masters)
5. History (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Jesse Frasure)

For more information on Lauren, her new EP and music, visit

Music Biz’s Academic Partnership Program Adds 12 Colleges In First Year

musicbiz2015Twelve colleges and universities, along with more than 1,000 students, have already signed up for the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) Academic Partnership Program, which provides support and exclusive opportunities for schools, students, and faculty members who are fostering the future of the music industry through music business, technology, and entertainment law education. The program has been in effect for the past year. The colleges and universities that have joined the program are:

· Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
· Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts
· Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
· Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
· Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
· Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Murfreesboro, Tennessee
· Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
· New Jersey City University (NJCU), Jersey City, New Jersey
· New York University (NYU), New York, New York
· University of Miami, Miami, Florida
· University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), San Antonio, Texas
· William Paterson University, Paterson, New Jersey

Music Biz is once again inviting students from Academic Partnership Program members to volunteer at Music Biz 2016. Last year, 15 students from Belmont and MTSU took the opportunity to do just that at Music Biz 2015. They learned valuable music industry lessons and skills, while connecting with top executives at all three major labels as well as top publishers, managers, artists, entrepreneurs, and startups.

“The students, faculty, and staff of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University are extremely grateful for the many benefits, scholarships, and real-world opportunities that are made available through the Academic Partnership Program,” said Doug Howard, Dean of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. “In addition, we applaud the Music Business Association for providing access to a variety of industry resources that support student and faculty research and compliment our academic mission of developing graduates with the critical thinking skills needed to lead and succeed in our unique and dynamic profession.”

To learn more about the Music Biz Academic Partnership Program, contact Evelyn Dichter at 856.596.2221 or [email protected] or click here.

ACM Lifting Lives 2015 Accepting Submissions For Grant Cycle

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ACM Lifting Lives has announced a call for submissions for the 2015 Grant Cycle. Submissions will be taken for the 2015 Grant Cycle beginning Sept. 1, 2015 and ending on Sept. 30, 2015 at Funding decisions will be made and programs will be notified in November 2015.

ACM Lifting Lives, the Academy of Country Music’s philanthropic arm, is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through grant cycles, it is able to provide funding to programs that promote education and healing with a musical connection.

Among the organizations that have received funding previously are Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN, Bridges Academy in Nashville, TN, CreatiVets in Washburn, IL, Free Arts for Abused Children in Los Angeles, CA, LiveBeyond in Nashville, TN, Music National Service Initiative in the Bay Area, CA, Musicians on Call in Nashville, TN, Notes for Notes in Nashville, TN, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA, Peace thru Music in Ventura, CA, Porter’s Call in Franklin, TN, Possibilities! in Cumberland Furnace, TN, Rochelle Center in Nashville, TN, Rock for Kids in Chicago, IL, Shepherd Center Music Therapy for Veterans in Atlanta, GA, Tapping Individual Potential (T.I.P.) in Nashville, TN, The Art of Elysium in Los Angeles, CA, The Quest Center for Arts & Community Development in Dickson, TN, Vanderbilt Music Therapy Program in Nashville, TN, W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School in Nashville, TN and Youth for Tomorrow – New Life Center, Inc in Bristow, VA.

Lionel Richie To Be Honored As MusiCares Person Of The Year


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Lionel Richie will be honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board.

The 26th annual benefit gala dinner and concert will be held in Los Angeles two nights prior to the 58th annual Grammy Awards. Confirmed performers include Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, and Pharrell Williams.

“Each year our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honors an extraordinary artist and humanitarian who lends their considerable time and talents to raising the funds necessary to continue to meet the ever-increasing need for our programs and services,” said Portnow. “And it is truly a privilege to be paying tribute to Lionel, whose musical gifts and philanthropy have touched millions of people around the world.”

“I’m really very proud of this,” said Richie. “As far as I’m concerned, this is the highest honor in our music business because it means you have a career. You’ve survived the journey, if you will. The people who have been there defy categories. When you say Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney — are you kidding me? When I got in this business I wanted to be like them. When you get recognition like this, it’s everything. It really is the top of the mountain when it comes down to what your industry gives as recognition for great work, and the opportunity to help raise funds to sustain MusiCares’ critical safety net of programs for members of the music community is momentous to me.”

Clare Dunn To Release Self-Titled EP Next Month

claredunn2015MCA’s Clare Dunn announced the release date for her self-titled EP will be Sept. 18. It will include her major label debut single, “Move On.” Dunn co-wrote and co-produced all five songs on her EP and also plays lead guitar on every track both in the studio and in her live show. She has drawn comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Keith Urban while out on tour with rock icon Bob Seger this year.

Dunn has been tapped to join Miranda Lambert on the Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour as well as Chris Young on the I’m Comin’ Over Tour this fall.

Clare Dunn EP Track Listing:

1. Ferrari (Clare Dunn, Jennifer Decilveo)
2. Move On** (Clare Dunn, Jesse Frasure)
3. Tuxedo* (Clare Dunn, Ben West, Brett James)
4. Old Hat * (Clare Dunn, Tom Douglas)
5. Cowboy Side Of You*** (Clare Dunn, Terry McBride, Brandon Hood)

Produced by Clare Dunn
*Produced by Clare Dunn and Ben West
**Produced by Clare Dunn and Jesse Frasure
***Produced by Clare Dunn and Terry McBride

Reba and Narvel Separate After 26 Years of Marriage

Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire. Photo: Facebook.

Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire. Photo: Facebook.

In a joint statement, Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire have announced that they have been separated for the past few months, after 26 years of marriage.

“Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other,” the statement reads. “They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so.” Together they own Starstruck Management, which oversees the careers of McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and more.

They have asked that their privacy be respected during this time.

McEntire and Blackstock they have one child, race car driver Shelby Blackstock. Narvel has three children from a previous marriage. McEntire was also previously wed, divorced the late steer wrestler Charlie Battles in 1987 after 11 years of marriage.

The separated couple recently sold their Beverly Hills home spread.

Thomas Rhett To Unravel ‘Tangled Up’ Album In September

thomasrhett2015Thomas Rhett will release his new album, Tangled Up, on Sept. 25 through The Valory Music Co. It will feature songs that were influenced by Rhett’s childhood love of country, Pop, Rap, R&B, Rock, and Oldies.

“I didn’t grow up listening to just one style of music,” says Rhett. “So, I don’t know how to write just one style of music. Whether these songs have more of a pop influence or more of a hip-hop influence or a completely country influence, they all — in some crazy way — cohesively sound like a me song.”

The 13-track album is filled with party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs, love ballads and everything in between, all tied together by a dynamic singer who’s unafraid to blur the lines between genres. The record was written across the country before and after shows, while Thomas Rhett’s body was still flushed with adrenaline. “At our shows, there aren’t any rules,” Thomas Rhett continues. “There’s no such thing as standing still and just singing a song. I love jumping into the crowd. I love to dance. The whole show is very uptempo, high energy, and completely unpredictable.”

The album’s debut single “Crash And Burn” is currently at No. 2 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart.

1. “Anthem” (Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins)
2. “Crash And Burn” (Jesse Frasure, Chris Stapleton)
3. “South Side” (Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Chris Stapleton)
4. “Die A Happy Man” (Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur)
5. “Vacation” (Written by Thomas Rhett, Thomas Allen, Harold Brown, Morris
Dickerson, Sean Douglas, Gerry Goldstein, Leroy Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Osker, Andreas
Schuller, Howard Scott, Joe Spargur, Ricky Reed, John Ryan)
6. “Like It’s the Last Time”
 (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip)
7. “T-Shirt” (Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
8. “Single Girl” 
(Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ben Hayslip)
9. “The Day You Stop Looking Back” (Jaren Johnston, Luke Laird)
10. “Tangled Up” (Chris DeStefano, Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins, Josh Osborne, Scott Schwartz)
11. “Playing With Fire” feat. Jordin Sparks* (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley)
12. “I Feel Good” feat. Lunch Money Lewis** (Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Teddy Geiger,
Jacob Hindlin, Gamal Lewis, Charlie Puth, Joe Spargur)
13. “Learned it From the Radio”* (Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Gorley, Jimmy Robbins)
Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure
*Produced by Chris DeStefano
**Produced by Joe London