“Scott Hamilton & Friends” Benefit Returns With Tribute To Busbee

The 5th Annual “Scott Hamilton & Friends” all-star night of music and skating is set for Nov. 21 at Bridgestone Arena. This year’s benefit will also be a tribute to Busbee, the beloved Nashville songwriter and producer who passed away in 2019 just months following his Glioblastoma diagnosis.

Lady A will lead an all-star tribute to busbee with additional performances by CeCe Winans, For King & Country, and Grace Potter with Sixwire as the house band. Additional musical guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

Celebrated world, national, and Olympic figure skaters will also be featured in the night’s festivities, including 2x Olympic champion Katia Gordeeva, Olympic Gold medalist Ilia Kulik, Olympic Bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond, Olympic Bronze medalist Jeffrey Buttle, Olympic Bronze medalist Meagan Duhamel with Olympic Silver team medalist Dylan Moscovitch, Olympic Bronze team medalists Jeremy Abbott and Gracie Gold, 3x World medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, 2x Us National Champion Alissa Czisny, U.S. National Champion Ryan Bradley, and social media sensation Elladj Baldé who will make his event debut.

Tickets are available now. Event proceeds will fund Glioblastoma research through the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, dedicated to changing the future of cancer.

SOLID Raises $32,000 Through Music Row Madness Fundraiser

Pictured (back row, L-R): Brian O’Neil, Chris Fairbank, Luke Pierce, Sean Fallon, Avery King, Jenn DiChiara; (front row, L-R): Rachel Guttmann, Darcie Van Etten, Paul Ermlich, Ritz McCain, Mollie Jones, Jenna Smith, Tatiana Angulo. Photo: Erika Rock

The Society of Leaders In Development (SOLID) held its annual Music Row Madness fundraiser last night (Sept. 15).

Overall, the event raised $32,000 for the 2021 SOLID Shares partners: MusiCares, Notes for Notes, The Onsite Foundation (Ryan’s Grove), The Equity Alliance, and The National Museum of African American Music. This is the organization’s first in-person fundraiser in nearly two years. WORKS Entertainment, captained by SOLID Treasurer Luke Pierce, came in as the evening’s top fundraiser.

“I am overjoyed to see SOLID safely and conscientiously hosting full-scale events in-person again. Our Nashville community never fails to show up and support our nonprofit partners through Music Row Madness,” shares SOLID President Avery King. “Last night, even after such a long break, was no exception. Most of all, I am so humbled to serve an organization with such passionate people because, without them, none of this could ever be possible.”

“I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who helped make this night possible,” says SOLID Community Outreach Chair Ritz McCain. “My co-chair Paul and I feel incredibly honored to have been able to raise donations for and awareness of this year’s SOLID Shares partners. It means the world to us to be able to give back to the Nashville community during such a trying season. Thanks also to our board, committee members and the larger Nashville community who showed up in many ways, safely, to make it happen.”

SOLID is a Nashville-based music industry organization for developing music business professionals dedicated to improving the future success of the music industry. Over the last three years, the organization has been able to donate over $400,000 to local charities and nonprofits and donated more than 300 hours of their time to the Nashville community.

Wasserman Music Promotes Five To Agent, Adds Two Tour Marketing Directors

Pictured (top row, L-R): Amanda Ilgunas, Paige Maloney; (middle row, L-R): Lauren Marker, Edenized Perez, Mallory Smith; (bottom row, L-R): Stephanie Gherini, Mika Posecion

Wasserman Music has promoted five new agents, including Paige Maloney, Amanda Ilgunas, Lauren Marker, Edenized Perez, and Mallory Smith. Wasserman also welcomes two new tour marketing directors to its team, Stephanie Gherini and Mika Posecion.

Maloney began her career as an administrator at Live Nation in Philadelphia before joining Paradigm in 2015 as assistant to agent Joe Atamian. Her client roster includes Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Black Pumas, Brett Dennen, Noah Kahan, Elizabeth Cook, Katie Pruitt and more. She is based in Wasserman’s Nashville office.

Gherini joins Wasserman Music as Director, Tour Marketing, following five years in tour marketing at Live Nation’s Los Angeles headquarters where she oversaw marketing on national tours. In her 11 years in the music industry, she has also worked in management, publishing, and at record labels. Gherini is also based in Wasserman’s Nashville office.

Marker and Posecion are based in Wasserman’s Los Angeles office; Perez and Smith at the New York office; and Ilgunas in the San Francisco office.

“We take great pride in developing strong careers for our colleagues, as well as for our clients,” says Wasserman Music EVP & Managing Executive Lee Anderson. “Amanda, Paige, Lauren, Edenized and Mallory have grown into outstanding professionals, and we’re honored to welcome them to our agent team. The addition of Stephanie and Mika to our exceptional tour marketing team represents a big step forward in Wasserman’s ability to empower and guide our clients’ touring careers.”

Sony Music Nashville Names Nicole Hunt As Director, Marketing

Nicole Hunt. Photo: Alan Poizner

Nicole Hunt has been appointed Director, Marketing, Sony Music Nashville, effective immediately. Hunt will report directly to Senior Vice President of Marketing Jennifer Way.

In her new role, Hunt will oversee the strategy, development, and execution of targeted marketing campaigns to drive consumption and audience growth for her portion of the Sony Music Nashville artist roster.

“Nicole brings a wealth of marketing knowledge and experience to our team, along with an infectious energy and collaborative spirit that will suit her well in this role,” comments Way. “I’m excited to watch her grow with our team and I am delighted that she chose to write her next chapter with Sony Music Nashville.”

Since 2016, Hunt had worked at Big Machine Label Group, most recently in the role of Project Manager, Big Machine Records. Prior to that, she served as Promotion Coordinator, Big Machine Records.

A 2015 magna cum laude graduate of Suffolk University, Hunt received a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising. While in school, she began working with iHeartMedia, Live Nation Entertainment, WKLB-FM, and local stints with entertainer Andy Grammer.

“I am more than thrilled to join Sony Music Nashville in this new role. I’m so thankful to Jen and the SMN leadership team for believing and investing in me, and I’m excited to grow with the entire team and help share the visions and extraordinary music of our artists,” Hunt shares.

Hunt can be reached at [email protected].

Darcie Van Etten Exits Country Radio Seminar, Creative Director Position Opens

Darcie Van Etten is exiting her position at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) after four years with the company. She is joining management company Roundhouse Entertainment.

CRS is looking to fill a Creative Director position following Van Etten’s departure.

“CRS has a tremendously rare opportunity for the next rising star in our industry to step into a dynamic, versatile role as Creative Director/Digital Content Mgr, and impose their creative will on this organization. On behalf of our board and staff, congratulations to Darcie on her exciting career opportunity; we thank her for the many contributions to our organization,” says CRS/CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis.

This role reports directly to Curtis, who is looking to fill the position straightaway. The Creative Director will be responsible for brainstorming, planning, and executing all of the organization’s marketing, digital, and creative efforts.

For more details about the position, click here. Resumes can be submitted to Curtis at [email protected].

Reliant Talent Agency Expands Roster With Everclear, Lit & Saliva

Everclear

Everclear, Lit, and Saliva have all joined the expansive and diverse Reliant Talent roster.

Lit

“Everclear, Lit, and Saliva have impacted millions of fans worldwide and accomplished significant success,” says Reliant’s Steve Lassiter. “Our team is energized by these bands and we look forward to many shows and tours together.”

Reinforcing Reliant’s vision for representing artists across the musical spectrum, the company’s roster includes talent in Americana, Comedy, Country, Rock, Jazz, and more. Travis Tritt, Kenny Loggins, Rodney Carrington, Phil Vassar, Yacht Rock Revue, Take 6, Average White Band, and Sister Hazel are among other artists signed. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Saliva

Steve Wariner Reimagines Christmas Classics On New Holiday Album

Steve Wariner. Photo: David Abbott

Steve Wariner is getting in the holiday spirit early this year with the release of his new Christmas album, Feels Like Christmas Time, on Oct. 15.

The album features re-imagined arrangements of familiar Christmas classics including “Silent Night,” “The First Noel,” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” along with six original holiday tunes, all written by Wariner.

Warner will chat about the new project, answer questions, and play music during a TalkShopLive #WarinerWednesday pre-order event on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. CT. A limited-edition white vinyl of the album with a signed poster as well as a bundle that contains the limited edition vinyl, signed poster, playable vinyl postcard, ornament and shirt are also available for pre-order now on SteveWariner.com.

Feels Like Christmas Time Track List:
1. Feels Like Christmas Time – Rick Carnes, Steve Wariner
2. Silent Night – Traditional, Arr. Steve Wariner
3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Traditional, Arr. Steve Wariner
4. Christmas in Your Arms – Bill Anderson, Steve Wariner
5. Medley: Away in a Manger/O Little Town of Bethlehem/We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Traditional, Arr. Steve Wariner
6. On Christmas Morning – Lisa Silver, Steve Wariner
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Traditional, Arr. Steve Wariner
8. The First Noel – Traditional, Arr. Steve Wariner
9. Our Savior is Born – Steve Wariner
10. Tennessee Snowfall – Steve Wariner
11. It Won’t Be Christmas – Jim “Moose” Brown, Steve Wariner

Artist Action: Maren Morris, Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde, The Isaacs

Maren Morris’ “The Bones” Certified 4x Platinum

Maren Morris. Photo: Alan Poizner

Grammy-winning recording artist Maren Morris recently celebrated her smash hit, “The Bones,” being certified 4x Platinum.

The song, which lives on her 2019 LP Girl, saw incredible success in 2020, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 19 consecutive weeks and becoming the first solo female multi-week No. 1 at country radio since 2012.

The reigning Female Vocalist of the Year earned three nominations for this year’s 55th Annual CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Chasing After You,” her first official duet with husband Ryan Hurd.

 

 

Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde Team Up For “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”

Two powerful songstresses, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, have combined forces on their brand-new single “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.” The third track from 29: Written In Stone, which expands Pearce’s original seven-song 29, hits country radio today (Sept. 15) via Big Machine Records and Warner Music Nashville.

Written by Pearce, McBryde and Shane McAnally, the track is sung from the perspective of two women–the single girl thanking the guy who helped change her flat tire and the wife at home–discovering the man they’re involved with has someone else. The truth of the situation finds the two reeling as they consider the sobering moments.

“Carly isn’t afraid to face the less potable subjects,” McBryde offers. “As a writer she’s willing to get in there and get very honest. Writing this song together with Shane strengthened our friendship and taught us more about one another and ourselves. Seriously, nobody wants to be the other woman. And when you find you are… damn. It’s such a gut punch.”

“Ashley is such a great drop-into-the-moment writer, she was able to bring that reality bomb truth to what we were doing,” says Pearce. “She’s fearless, and she understands human nature in a way that let us both really write to the hurt of realizing we’ve been lied to by someone we’re intimate with.”

The full 29: Written In Stone project releases worldwide on Friday (Sept. 17) via Big Machine Records.

 

 

The Isaacs Become Newest Grand Ole Opry Members

The Isaacs Opry Induction with Ricky Skaggs and The Whites. Photo: Chris Hollo

The multi-Grammy-nominated family band, The Isaacs, were officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last night (Sept. 14) by Opry members Ricky Skaggs and The Whites: Buck, Sharon and Cheryl.

Comprised of Becky, Ben, Lily, and Sonya, the family closed their set with a rendition of “It Is Well With My Soul” and were joined at the end of the show in an all-cast performance of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

“When we think of all the people there are in the whole world, we feel we must be the most loved by God because this is such a wonderful night,” said Sonya. “We’ve already felt like family in our hearts and tonight it becomes an official wedding.” Mother Lily expressed, “What more could we ever ask for than to become a part of this family” and later Ben shared his gratitude for parents who brought them up in music. “The Isaacs are so much better at giving than receiving so this night is so humbling,” said Becky.

“The Isaacs have brought so many great performances and so much joy to the Opry over the course of the 25 years they’ve been visiting us,” said Dan Rogers, Opry vice president and executive producer. “Whether they are sitting in the auditorium, standing on stage, or watching from the wings, every single person here tonight is thrilled they’ve come home to the Opry to stay.”

The Mayor of the Isaacs’ hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Jamie Clary, recently declared Sept. 14 “The Isaacs Day.”

Lauren Daigle, CeCe Winans, Zach Williams To Perform On 52nd Annual Dove Awards

The Gospel Music Association has announced the first round of performers for the 52nd Dove Awards, which will feature Lauren Daigle, Elevation Worship, KB, CeCe Winans and Zach Williams. This year’s show will air exclusively on TBN on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. CT. The event will also take place live and in person in Nashville on Oct. 19.

Dove award-winning artists Natalie Grant and Jonathan McReynolds have been tapped to co-host this year’s awards. This will be McReynolds’s first time hosting as he joins Grant, who first hosted in 2010. Both artists are current nominees and will perform live on the show.

Top nominees for the upcoming awards, as previously announced, include Steven Furtick with ten nominations, Chris Brown with nine, and Wayne Haun with eight. Elevation Worship and Brandon Lake received seven nods each, six to For King & Country, and five for Winans, Ed Cash, Tiffany Hammer (Hudson) and Williams.

WMBA To Host First Annual Fun Day

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) is hosting its first annual WMBA Fun Day at Edwin Warner Park in Nashville to kick off its recruitment season. The event will be held on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. CT in Pavilion 9.

The afternoon will be filled with food, games, and prizes from stores and artists in Music City. The event is open to all members, alumni, and women in the music industry who are interested in joining or learning more about the organization.

Due to the pandemic, masks are advised to be worn in order to keep everyone safe. RSVPs for WMBA Fun Day are open through Sept. 28.

Additionally, applications to join the WMBA for 2022 open on Monday, Oct. 3. For more information, click here.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to fostering opportunities for women within the music industry through education, networking, industry involvement, and community service. The WMBA is led by Chairwoman Brandi Simms (MooTV, Moo Creative & The Steel Mill), Lindsey Clark (DeatonFlanigen Productions), Amery Fridenstine (Above Board Consulting), Cameo Carlson (Mtheory Nashville), Mary Catherine Kinney (Spotify), and Legal Counsel Lauren Spahn (Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley, & Norton LLP).