(Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 20, 2017) The Country Radio Broadcasters have named Jennifer Hays – “Jenn Parker” (Music Director/On Air, KCTR/Billings, MT), Mark “Haystack” Wells (Program Director/KCYT-FM/Fayetteville, AR), and Jamie Jackson (Program Director/95.3 KRTY/San Jose) as recipients of the 2018 Rusty Walker Scholarship. Each individual will receive an all-expense paid trip and attendance to CRS 2018, to be held Feb. 5-7, 2018. The three scholars will be recognized during the CRS 2018 Opening Ceremonies.
The Rusty Walker Scholarship program is named in honor of Country Radio Hall of Fame member Rusty Walker, who passed away in May 2012 at the age of 59. To honor Walker’s belief in cultivating rising stars, CRS created the scholarship program in his name, enabling young members of the business who may not otherwise have the chance, to attend CRS.
Country Radio Seminar will be held Monday, February 5 through Wednesday, February 7 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. Register to attend CRS 2018 today by visiting www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487. Registration is now available at the “Regular Rate” of $599.
About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2018 will be held Feb. 5-7, 2018. Visit at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook
and follow CRS on Twitter. (Hashtag #CRS2018).
(Nashville, Tenn. – November 16, 2017) – Curb Records’ recording duo, American Young, has released the music video for their original rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” American Young’s unique harmonies add a distinctive sound to this holiday classic. Watch the video here.
The duo joined forces with fellow Country music artists to release a Christmas album, Winter Wonderland, which is now available. This special holiday project includes tracks from Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins and several other notable artists.
“We are so honored that we were asked to be part of this project. Christmas is a special time of year for so many people and we can’t wait to share this song with our fans to spread some Christmas cheer throughout the holiday season.” Said the duo.
Most recently, American Young has been touring internationally and performing songs from their debut album, AY. Listen to the album <a
About American Young: American Young is comprised of songwriter/musician, Kristy Osmunson, and songwriter/producer, Jon Stone, who are complete opposites when it comes to personality, but come together to create hauntingly beautiful music stemmed solely from their own personal experiences. Both are established songwriters in their own right and wrote 11 out of the 12 tracks on their debut album, AY.
Kristy Osmunson, born in Creston, British Columbia, grew up playing the violin. She went from playing at honky-tonks to co-founding the electrifying fiddle-duo Bomshel and writing the Joey + Rory hit “Cheater, Cheater.” She was well on her way as a songwriter and solo artist before crossing paths with Stone.
Jon Stone, originally from Oregon, is country born and bred, for a while he worked as a bull rider, before he was a solo act turned successful producer/songwriter including producing for Lee Brice and writing “Woman Like You,” Kenny Chesney’s “Seven Days,” Blake Shelton’s “Kiss My Country Ass,” and Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang.”
For more information on American Young, please visit www.AmericanYoung.com or follow on Facebook,
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Platinum-Selling Recording Artist, Jamie O’neal Signs with Sawyer and Garner Management and Buddy Lee Attractions
(Nashville, Tenn. – November 16, 2017) Platinum-selling recording artist and hit songwriter, Jamie O’Neal has signed with Sawyer and Garner Management (who also represents Tanya Tucker) and Buddy Lee Attractions as she prepares to launch a new album in the first quarter of 2018.
O’Neal became a household name in 2000 with her back-to-back #1 singles, “There Is No Arizona” and “When I Think About Angels.” With multiple hits that followed, including “Shiver,” “Trying To Find Atlantis” and “Somebody’s Hero,” O’Neal was on fire. She earned numerous career accolades (including multiple Grammy nominations), won Academy of Country Music Awards and Billboard Awards and appeared on national television shows Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, among many others. Her voice was also heard internationally in major motion pictures, including Bridget Jones’s Diary, on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and in commercials.
While she has penned most of the songs for her own albums, O’Neal has also written hits for such notable artists as Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, CeCe Winans, Idina Menzel, among others. She has toured with Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, and Kylie Minogue.
O’Neal gained heightened industry respect when she was chosen by producers as the most powerful vocalist in Country music to perform in place of Celine Dion in the major motion picture film, Bridget Jones’s Baby. She was then once again selected to perform with Carrie Underwood when Underwood won American Idol and needed the perfect duet partner to introduce her to the Country music world. O’Neal and Underwood’s duet of “Does He Love You” made the list of “CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets.”
Sawyer and Garner commented, “Jamie O’Neal is a groundbreaking artist that was undoubtedly ahead of her time when she took over country radio. Her signature sound, which is extremely current and commercial, can be heard in the voices of today’s biggest female artists. Jamie’s hits are internationally recognized, and her songs as a songwriter have been cut from Reba, Martina McBride, to Idina Menzel. We are thrilled to be working with such an outstanding talent and amazing person. Many exciting things are ahead for this award-winning songbird!”
Currently, O’Neal is in the studio putting finishing touches on her new music. Dates will soon be announced for her 2018 North American Tour.
Mike Meade, of Buddy Lee Attractions added,“We are thrilled to add Jamie O’Neal to the BLA family. We have not come across a single buyer who does not love her for not only her vocal ability but also her interaction with her fans. Jamie sounds just as good, if not better than she did when ‘There Is No Arizona’ first hit the airwaves. We know she is going to be a great addition to our roster and we are looking forward to kicking off her 2018 North American Tour!”
For management inquiries at Sawyer and Garner, contact Jerilyn Sawyer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 629-255-4422 or James Garner, email@example.com or 629-255-4422. Website: https://www.sawyerandgarner.com .
(Nashville, Tenn. – November 16, 2017) – Country recording artist, Sandra Lynn is set to join Brad Paisley at The Tom Sherak MS Hope Foundation Benefit Concert on Nov. 21, 2017, at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA. In an effort to help those affected by Multiple Sclerosis, Lynn joins a bill to help raise funds for the foundation.
The Tom Sherak MS Hope Foundation is an action-oriented, non-profit organization that responds to the needs of people with Multiple Sclerosis by supporting innovative, person-to-person programs and services, as well as the funding of cutting-edge research.
The Saban Theater is located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills. A limited number of tickets are still available www.wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.
Fans can expect to hear new music from Sandra Lynn in early 2018, as she will release a new project in which she’s been writing and recording over the last year. Lynn is looking forward to her forthcoming release. She stated, “I hope to resonate with young women with this new music – touching on those vulnerable moments us ladies like to dish about with one another behind closed doors.”
About Sandra Lynn: Among her performance credits, Sandra Lynn has opened for some of Country music’s most popular artists, including Kenny Chesney, Cole Swindell, Kenny Rogers, and Jana Kramer. Earlier this year, mixing tradition with her own contemporary flair, Lynn released “Hey California;” a track from Lynn’s highly anticipated debut album that will be out next year. The video for the single aired on Great American Country (GAC), The Country Network, The Heartland Network, and on CMT Music. For more information about Sandra Lynn, visit www.SandraLynnMusic.com and her Facebook ,Twitter and Instagram.
DEADLINE TO VOTE IS EOD NOV. 24
(Nashville, Tenn. – November 14, 2017) – Voting for the CRS 2018 New Faces of Country Music Show® lineup opens this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. CT to all full-time radio employees. Voting will remain open through the end of day (11:59 p.m. CST), Friday, Nov. 24 at
www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. The five acts with the most votes will make up the lineup for the show.
This year’s performer nominees are:
Lauren Alaina (19/Interscope/Mercury)
Craig Campbell (Red Bow)
Luke Combs (River House/Columbia)
Devin Dawson (Atlantic/WEA)
Russell Dickerson (Triple Tigers)
Walker Hayes (Monument/Arista)
High Valley (Atlantic/WEA)
Chris Lane (Big Loud)
Midland (Big Machine)
Carly Pearce (Big Machine)
Michael Ray (Atlantic/WEA)
Runaway June (Wheelhouse)
Dylan Scott (Curb)
Aaron Watson (Big Label)
Any full-time radio employees may vote for the 2018 New Faces of Country Music Show® performers. Votes must be cast from voter’s company email in order to be verified and successfully cast.
The New Faces of Country Music Show® will be held during CRS 2018, at the Omni Hotel Nashville. The show is co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is one of the most anticipated events at Country Radio Seminar. Five emerging artists who have achieved significant success at Country radio during the qualification period are selected each year to perform at the showcase event.
Below are the New Faces of Country Music® qualification criteria:
- The qualification period is Nov. 1 – Oct. 31, preceding the New Faces of Country Music Show®.
- The artist(s) selected must have NEVER appeared on the New Faces Show. Not withstanding this, solo performers who become a member of a group or duo, or a group or duo member who becomes a solo artist, will be considered as an individual and separate artist, and is therefore eligible.
- Acts must have had at least ONE but no more than FIVE top 25 singles on the Mediabase Country Chart as published in Country Aircheck or at least ONE but no more than FIVE top 25 singles on the BDS-based Country Chart during the qualification period.
The $599 regular registration rate is now available at
Dinner tickets for the New Faces of Country Music Show® are sold-out.
About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2018 is set for Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Hotel. Visit
www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2018).
(Nashville, Tenn. – November 13, 2017) – Country duo, Indigo Summer, released the music video for their second single, “Wants What It Wants,” off their self-titled debut album. The duo, comprised of Bryan Edwards and Hope Nix, think of this single as their signature song. Listen to “Wants What It Wants” here.
“When Hope and I wrote this song, it was when we first started out as a duo, I don’t think we even had a name yet. “Wants What It Wants” has a little bit of everything that Indigo Summer represents. I think it’s one of the most emotional songs that we have, I feel it every time we sing it, and it’s been a fan favorite ever since we added it to our set.” Says Edwards.
Sound Healthcare & Financial Announces Unprecedented True Group Health Insurance Plan with Nashville Musicians Association
(Nashville, Tenn. – November 13, 2017) Nashville-based insurance and music healthcare advocacy organization, Sound Healthcare & Financial (SH & F), has announced the formation of a true group health insurance policy plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN, that is exclusively available for members of the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 and only available through SH & F.
Sound Healthcare & Financial Founder and CEO, RJ Stillwell, comments, “What we’ve been able to accomplish for our music community has never been done before. Outside the ACA Individual Marketplace, which is significantly diminishing in terms of participating carriers and networks, the only two ways in which one generally becomes insured is through an employer’s group policy or through a self-insured group. Those plans, however, are not typically available to music professionals as over 78% are self-employed.“
Through months of effort leveraging industry relationships, Sound Healthcare & Financial has achieved a fully insured ACA compliant True Group plan that is now available for musicians and industry professionals who are members of the union.
Stillwell continued, “Although we’ve been providing musicians, artists, and songwriters innovative healthcare solutions for over 10 years, this is, without question, the most monumental achievement for our music community in our company’s history.”
Nashville Musicians Association President, Dave Pomeroy, comments, “Upon my election as President of AFM Local 257 in 2008, one of the first calls I made was to R.J. Stillwell about providing healthcare information and assistance to our members. Sound Healthcare has been a great partner for us since then, and has saved our members a lot of money. This new group plan takes things to a whole new level, and we are very excited to be on the cutting edge of such an important issue.”
About Sound Healthcare & Financial: In 2006, as referenced in CMA Close Up, Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn), who was serving on the CMA Board at the time, sparked an important conversation about how to bring the music community and Vanderbilt Medical Center together to address the complex challenge of achieving affordable health insurance for CMA members. This proposition proved to be far more difficult than planned; however, after several false starts, RJ Stillwell, a musician and producer with over 25 years of experience as an advocate in other areas, such as education and lifestyle with an active lobbying presence on Capitol Hill, was suggested as the person to get it done. Stillwell pooled resources and architected a private label insurance program – a first for the music industry – establishing CMA Sound Healthcare.
In 2008, Sound Healthcare began advocating for additional music associations including the Nashville Music Association, AFM Local 257. In 2014, Sound Healthcare expanded services to include Long Term Care, Disability, ID Theft Protection, Life Insurance and Wealth Creation and Preservation Strategies, at which time a new entity emerged: Sound Healthcare & Financial. SH & F provides best-in-class protection plans for the creative community and has earned a stellar reputation, as the music industry’s most trusted healthcare advocate.
Enrollment in the Nashville Musicians Sound Healthcare Plan is exclusively available through Sound Healthcare & Financial. For more information, please visit www.SoundHealthcare.org or contact 615.256.8667 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHOWS MUSICAL ROOTS OF TRITT FAMILY TREE
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(Nashville, Tenn. – November 3, 2017) – Tyler Reese Tritt, the daughter of Country Music hit maker, Travis Tritt, has emerged on the music scene for the release of her debut single, “Perfect.” Released today through Post Oak Recordings, the song is now available at all digital retailers and streaming services.
Produced by Jesse Owen Astin and co-written by Astin, Adam Folsom, and Dionne Osborne, “Perfect” is a song about a young couple’s first romance that started as best of friends.
“My goal for this song is for people to be able to relate,” commented Tyler. “I want everyone to hear it and say, ‘that reminds me of my first love.’ I hope it takes people back to their senior year of high school and reminds them of all those feelings during their last homecoming; the sadness, the awkwardness and the excitement of living in that perfect moment and never wanting it to end. That’s what I hope people will take away from this song.”
Tyler’s first foray into music came in 2012 with a duet with her Dad; a revival of the classic Don Henley and Patty Smyth hit, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.” Then 14 years of age, Tyler impressed listeners with her beautifully rich voice, proving the musical roots grow deep in the Tritt family tree. To date, the YouTube video of their duet has received over 5 million views.
Understanding and respecting the rich musical legacy established by her father, Tyler has worked hard over the last couple of years developing her own musical identity and co-writing great songs. Tyler spent part of her summer opening up for her Dad, entertaining thousands at festivals and venues across the country.
“Music means everything to me. It’s all I’ve ever known. I’ve chosen to pursue it because I loved the way I felt when I was on stage singing, even at such a young age. I love the energy of the crowd and their reactions. It’s an adrenaline rush for sure!” said Tyler.
Many Travis Tritt fans have enjoyed watching the little girl they saw grow-up onstage with her Dad, now share the spotlight with him.
Tyler will continue touring with her Dad through the end of the year, including on November 4 in Tunica, MS and December 3 in Montgomery, AL. For more details and other confirmed dates, visit
TylerReeseTritt.com and follow Tyler on Facebook and Instagram.
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