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Ty Williams’s “More” Offers Moving Message

Pictured L to R: News Editor Sarah Skates, Publisher/CEO David Ross, Williams, RowFax Manager Michelle Ross and Chart Director Jon Freeman. Photo: Jon Walker, AristoWorks

Pictured (L- R): Back: Publisher/CEO David Ross, Williams, RowFax Manager Michelle Stephens; Front: News Editor Sarah Skates, and Chart Director Jon Freeman. Photo: Jon Walker, AristoWorks

The team at AristoWorks put together a slide show using images of the devastation in Haiti set to the song “More,” from Cherry Heart Records artist Ty Williams. The 24-year-old veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom wrote the song about the importance of giving to others.

Williams recently visited the MusicRow offices to meet the staff and perform an acoustic set.

The Virginia native’s debut single and video, “Barn On The Rooftop,” is out now on CMT Pure, and premiered on The Daily Buzz.

Williams’ EP is available on iTunes and his self-titled debut album is slated for release later this year.

Phil Vassar Releases New Album Today

vassPhil Vassar’s fifth studio album Traveling Circus hits streets today (12/15). Taking a very hands-on approach, he wrote or co-wrote every song, produced the album himself and hired his road band to play on it.

He wrote the current single “Everywhere I Go,” with Jeffrey Steele. The video has been added to rotation on CMT and GAC.

Universal Records South had originally planned the project for a February release, but moved up the street date in November.

Vassar is also giving a Christmas gift to his fans in the form of a free holiday download of Phil Vassar An Acoustic Christmas.

Chris Cella's Team L-R First Row:  Chris Cella,  Phil Vassar, Clark Sarullo, Tommy Garris, Joe Lee Frank, Robbie Corcoran, Joseph Bannister L-R Second Row: Dave Lester, Michael Dalton, Yonas Tesaferi, Kraig Swisher, Brice Miller, Chad Pearce, Joe Lee Frank, Brandt Hackney
Fresh out of film school director Chris Cella produced the video for “Everywhere I Go.” Pictured here Cella’s team with Vassar. (L-R, First Row): Chris Cella, Phil Vassar, Clark Sarullo, Tommy Garris, Joe Lee Frank, Robbie Corcoran, Joseph Bannister. (L-R, Second Row): Dave Lester, Michael Dalton, Yonas Tesaferi, Kraig Swisher, Brice Miller, Chad Pearce, Joe Lee Frank, Brandt Hackney

Video: Paisley on Leno’s Ten @ Ten

brad-paisley-ar10Brad Paisley joined Jay Leno via satellite on Friday night for the Ten @ Ten segment. Here’s the video in case you missed it.

Industry News: APA Inks Tritt, Bass Berry Moves, Etc.

  (l-r): Chris Trotter, Genspring/Suntrust Bank; Robert Williams, Outback Promotions; Kissy Black, Lotos Nile Media; Tony Rodono, Aleven Creatives; Clif Doyal, Corporate Publicist, AirPlay Direct; Scott  Welch, EVP AirPlay Direct; Mike Hagler, Jr., Director of New Media for Dolly Parton; Robert Weingartz, CEO, AirPlay Direct (seated); James Dorsey, Board Member, AirPlay Direct; John Gillin, Board Member, AirPlay Direct; Clay DuBose, Advisor, AirPlay Direct; Raleigh Squires, Operations Manager, AirPlay Direct; Steve Ivey, IMI Music. Photo credit: Courtney Skiver

The digital music delivery platform AirPlay Direct held a Summit / Think Tank in Nashville last week led by CEO Robert Weingartz. Board Members, investors, and advisers met to exchange ideas and discuss company growth. (L-R): Chris Trotter, Genspring/SunTrust Bank; Robert Williams, Outback Promotions; Kissy Black, Lotos Nile Media; Tony Rodono, Aleven Creatives; Clif Doyal, Corporate Publicist, AirPlay Direct; Scott Welch, EVP AirPlay Direct; Mike Hagler, Jr., Director of New Media for Dolly Parton; Robert Weingartz, CEO, AirPlay Direct (seated); James Dorsey, Board Member, AirPlay Direct; John Gillin, Board Member, AirPlay Direct; Clay DuBose, Advisor, AirPlay Direct; Raleigh Squires, Operations Manager, AirPlay Direct; Steve Ivey, IMI Music. Photo: Courtney Skiver

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APA has signed Travis Tritt for booking representation. Sr. VP Bonnie Sugarman is the responsible agent and is lining up 2010 fair, festival and corporate dates.

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The Nashville Bass Berry and Sims offices are moving Dec. 15. The lawyers are headed to the new Pinnacle at Symphony Place, 150 Third Avenue South, Suite 2800, Nashville, TN 37201.
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Black Room Records has opened in Nashville under the direction of Rachel Dodson and Sierra Jacobson. The company started a year and a half ago as an artist management firm and recently added the indie label. The roster includes Red Shepherd, Ben Schofield, and Kait Lawson. The outfit also comprises Number None Booking, which is being overseen by Matt Spiess, and SRBR Publishing. Contact them at [email protected]
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Local production company PK Pictures has long worked with corporate clients such as MTV, Wal-Mart, Saturn, Rite Aid, and State Farm, and is now expanding to include videos, parties and more. PK Pictures, headed by owner/founder Greg Page, provides film and video production, post production, new media services, DVD Authoring, 2D and 3D animation, motion graphics, web design and hosting, interactive media, CD-ROM, PowerPoint, and creative media design.

PK Pictures also runs the in-house NuMynd Studios offering projection compositing, a voice-over/tracking room, editing and compositing. It’s also home to the first “green” green-screen soundstage in the southeast, which is said to consume less than 18% of the energy of a typical green-screen stage.