CMA Music Festival Announces Sunday Night Stadium Lineup

2016-CMAMusicFestival-Logo-Badge-4CLuke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, and Keith Urban have been announced as performers on Sunday, June 12 as part of the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest 2016.

They join previously announced Country Music stars Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams, Jr., and Chris Young who will perform during the Festival’s first three nights.

The 2016 CMA Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12 in downtown Nashville.

For upcoming announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on CMAfest.com.

Luke Bryan Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Luke Bryan
Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Keith Urban Photo Credit: Courtesy PFA Media

Keith Urban
Photo Credit: Courtesy PFA Media

Brett Eldredge Photo Credit: Katherine Tyler

Brett Eldredge
Photo Credit: Katherine Tyler

Little Big Town Photo Credit: Courtesy Sandbox Entertainment

Little Big Town
Photo Credit: Courtesy Sandbox Entertainment

Thomas Rhett Photo Credit: John Shearer

Thomas Rhett
Photo Credit: John Shearer

 

Chris Stapleton Partners With Ram Trucks, ACM Lifting Lives For Hometown Concert

14476-123A2940Chris Stapleton and Ram Trucks, in conjunction with ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, today announced a partnership that will see Stapleton return to Johnson Central High School, his alma mater, located in his hometown of Paintsville, Kentucky.

During the visit, Ram Nation volunteers (a grassroots team of Ram truck owners) and students from the Johnson Central High School carpentry program will dedicate an outdoor performance space, The Golden Eagle Stage Powered By RAM Trucks, for the school’s use. It will be located on the grounds of Johnson Central High School, and was constructed by JCHS carpentry students in conjunction with Ram Nation volunteers.

In addition, Stapleton will perform a closed afternoon concert for students, educators and administrators at the Johnson Central High School Gymnasium. Later that evening, Stapleton will return to the same stage for his sold-out ‘Ram Trucks Hometown Concert’ for the Paintsville community.

“While the story of Chris Stapleton may not be widely known, it’s one of pride, dedication and perseverance, all values important to our Ram truck owners,” said Marissa Hunter, Director of Brand Advertising, FCA US. “It’s a great opportunity and honor for us to go back to Paintsville with Chris to document his return to the place that built his character and work-ethic. Ram will be creating videos from this experience to show millions of people the very special town and moments that made Chris the man he is today.”

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ACM Award Winners Revealed In New Artist Categories

2015_acm_award_logo_tunein_cmyk_type_041415Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton and Old Dominion have been named Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Female Artist of the Year, New Male Artist of the Year and New Duo/Group of the Year, respectively.

The newcomer categories for the 51st annual awards were previously fan voted and have now been incorporated into the professional membership voting process.

These awards mark the first-ever ACM Award wins for Ballerini, Stapleton and Old Dominion. Additionally, Ballerini is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, Stapleton leads the ACM nominations with six additional nods, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, and Old Dominion received a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year.

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, the ACM Awards will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

SOURCE To Celebrate 25 Years At 2016 SOURCE Awards In August

SourceAwards2016The 14th Annual SOURCE Awards will honor and induct a select group of women into the SOURCE Awards Hall of Fame on Aug. 30. Tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

The yet-to-be-announced 2016 honorees are women who have played a vital role in the success of Music Row and Nashville’s entertainment industry.

Again held at Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at the Historic Municipal Auditorium (417 4th Avenue North).

Founded in 1991, SOURCE is a nonprofit organization supporting women executives and professionals who work in all facets of the Nashville music industry. In 2003, the annual SOURCE Awards were established to pay respect to and honor the women who helped develop and build upon the foundation of the music industry in Nashville. SOURCE also pays tribute to women who presently make major contributions with their work in the industry.

Sponsorships and program ads are available with Shauna Collins at 615-974-7023.

‘Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert’ Available on April 15

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Red River Entertainment/BFD/RED will release Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert DVD and CD on April 15. Included on the project are 19 songs such as “I Believe In You,” “Lay Down Beside Me,” and “Tulsa Time.”

“It’s my sincere hope that the fans will enjoy this package,” said the 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame member. “My whole career has been about the fans, and hopefully these songs will bring them as much pleasure as I gained from performing them.”

Williams recently announced his retirement from the entertainment industry after a five-decade career that included hits in both country and pop music.

Nashville School Named To Grammy Foundation Signature Schools List

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 8.55.33 AMThe Grammy Foundation has announced 13 U.S. schools have been selected as Grammy Signature Schools for 2016 and have been awarded cash grants totaling $61,000. This program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. Each of the 13 Grammy Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program.

Included this year is Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School of Nashville, which is awarded the Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Awards and will receive $5,500.

“We created the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Signature Schools initiative to highlight the excellent work being done through music programs at public high schools across the country, and since 1999, we have provided more than $1.3 million to close to 300 schools,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. “We are proud to offer these financial resources to augment what are often limited budgets, so that teachers may continue to provide the enriching and lasting benefits of a musical education to their students.”

For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.

Britney Spears Introduces Sister Jamie Lynn At Grand Ole Opry

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Photo: Opry/Twitter

While on hiatus from her Las Vegas Residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, pop star Britney Spears made a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry last night (March 15) to introduce her little sister (and rising country artist) Jamie Lynn Spears.

“Not only is she beautiful and extremely talented, she’s my little sister…Jamie Lynn Spears!” Britney excitedly told the crowd.

Jamie Lynn Spears’ brother Bryan, parents James and Lynne, and husband James were also there to support her Opry performance.

A songwriter as well as a performer, Jamie Lynn co-wrote Jana Kramer’s “I Got The Boy.”

Jamie Lynn Spears backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. Photo: Instagram/Grand Ole Opry

Jamie Lynn Spears backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. Photo: Instagram/Grand Ole Opry

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Photo: Britney Spears/Twitter

Lorrie Morgan To Release ‘A Picture Of Me- Greatest Hits & More’

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Following the Feb. 12 release of Lorrie Morgan’s first studio album in five years, Letting Go… Slow, she will celebrate the March 18 drop of a brand new compilation album, A Picture Of Me – Greatest Hits & More. The new project is a product of Goldenlane Records, (a division of Cleopatra Records), a label that’s recently released new albums by the Oak Ridge Boys, Collin Raye, Little Texas and TG Sheppard, amongst others.

Letting Go… Slow is all new music about where I am right now and what all I’ve been through and was forced to learn about all along this crazy journey called life, and A Picture Of Me – Greatest Hits & More is a representation of how far I’ve come,” Morgan said. “This compilation album is, truly, a picture of me – my biggest hits and those songs that have hit me the hardest or inspired me the most over the years. I am very proud of them both.”

A Picture Of Me – Greatest Hits & More Track Listing
1.) “Watch Me”
2.) “Something In Red”
3.) “Don’t Worry Baby”
4.) “Good As I Was To You”
5.) “‘Til I Can Make It On My Own”
6.) “Five Minutes”
7.) “Except For Monday”
8.) “A Picture Of Me (Without You)”
9.) “Loving You Could Never Be Better”
10.) “What Part Of No”
11.) “Here Comes My Baby”
12.) “Take Me To Your World”
13.) “Wherever You Are Tonight”
14.) “I Went Crazy For Awhile”
15.) “Mirror, Mirror”
16.) “Hopelessly Yours”

Americana Music Association Appoints New Executive Committee

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The Americana Music Association Board of Directors has announced its newly appointed Executive Committee of the not-for-profit organization.

Cliff O’Sullivan of Rounder Label Group has been named President, while Amanda Hale of Vector Management will shift her role to Past-President. John Ingrassia of Vector Management will serve as President-Elect in the Association’s leadership succession plan.

The Grammy Museum’s Lynne Sheridan will continue to serve as Secretary. The two at-large Executive Committee members are Jonathan Levine of Paradigm Talent Agency and Garth Fundis of Slate Creek Records. Kurt Vitolo will continue in his role as Treasurer, and his firm, KV Financial Group PC, will act as the Association’s accounting firm.

These positions are held for one-year terms.

The Americana Music Association Board of Directors consists of 19 elected or appointed industry professionals. The 2016 Board includes, in addition to its Executive Committee members:

John Allen (New West Records)
Dave Cobb (Producer / Low Country Sound)
Carrie Colliton (Record Store Day)
Tim Fink (SESAC)
Mark Moffatt (Producer)
Al Moss (Al Moss Promotion)
Todd Ohlhauser (Mercy Lounge)
Jessie Scott (Music Fog / Sun Radio)
Drew Thurlow (Pandora)
Rodney Crowell (artist representative)
Mary Gauthier (artist representative)
Buddy Miller (artist representative)
John Beiter of Shackleford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP will continue to serve as the Association’s counsel.

Chris Young and Cassadee Pope Provide In-flight Entertainment on Southwest

RCA Records’ Chris Young along with duet partner, Republic Nashville’s Cassadee Pope, give surprise Live at 35® inflight performance on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight of Tennessee One.

RCA Records’ Chris Young along with duet partner, Republic Nashville’s Cassadee Pope, give surprise Live at 35® inflight performance on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight of Tennessee One.

RCA Records’ Chris Young along with duet partner, Republic Nashville’s Cassadee Pope, took to the skies yesterday (Feb. 22) to give a surprise performance to a packed ‘house’ on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight of Tennessee One–a Boeing 737-700, emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Tennessee State Flag.

Celebrating being in the state of Tennessee for 30 years, Southwest hosted a reception before the flight where guests enjoyed an acoustic performance by Columbia Recording Artist Maren Morris. Guests were then led outside for an unveiling of the airline’s newest specialty aircraft with Republic Nashville’s A Thousand Horses performing in front of the airliner. Nashville mayor Megan Barry was also on hand for the celebration offering a proclamation from the city.

Republic Nashville’s Cassadee Pope and RCA Records’ Chris Young in front of Southwest Airlines’ Tennessee One.

Republic Nashville’s Cassadee Pope and RCA Records’ Chris Young in front of Southwest Airlines’ Tennessee One.

Once in the air, Young entertained the Southwest employees, customers and community leaders in a surprise Live at 35® inflight performance by singing his latest No. 1 hit, “I’m Comin’ Over.” Pope, who is currently touring with Young, joined him for an acoustic version of their duet single, “Think Of You.”

During the flight, Young told MusicRow, “You are up 35,000 feet in the air and performing. Not a lot of people get to check that off a bucket list. It’s an experience unlike anything else.”

“I was so excited to be invited,” added Pope. “There’s always that joke when you carry your guitar on the plane about whether you’re going to play, and today– we finally did!”

The flight arrived in Memphis with a water arch salute and fanfare before heading back to Music City.

RCA Records’ Chris Young gives surprise Live at 35® inflight performance on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight of Tennessee One.

RCA Records’ Chris Young gives surprise Live at 35® inflight performance on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight of Tennessee One.

RCA Records’ Chris Young gives surprise Live at 35® inflight performance on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight of Tennessee One.

RCA Records’ Chris Young gives surprise Live at 35® inflight performance on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight of Tennessee One.