Longtime executive to serve as Manager, VP of Artist Development at top entertainment company 

Starstruck Management Group proudly announces the return of longtime music industry executive Kelli Haywood in an exciting new role with the company, effective immediately.

Haywood will serve as Manager and Vice President of Artist Development at Starstruck, rejoining Narvel and Brandon Blackstock. She also will focus on signing and cultivating new talent at the esteemed music entertainment agency.

“Brandon and I have worked with Kelli for several years when she was in charge of marketing for Blake Shelton at Warner Bros. Records,” Narvel Blackstock said. “We have always been extremely impressed with Kelli’s intelligence and talent whether working with her at the label or later when she brought many corporate partners for Starstruck artists. She has shown a broad understanding of what it takes for an artist to achieve their dreams and we could not be more happy to have her joining us at Starstruck.” 

Haywood, a former member of Billboard’s “30 Under 30” and Vice President at Warner Music Nashville, returns to Starstruck in a full-time role after founding her own artist management agency, KCH Entertainment, a year ago. She continued to serve as a consultant to the Blackstocks. Before that she served a two-year stint as Starstruck’s Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships.

In her exciting new role she’ll be helping Starstruck expand its operations with an artist development component that will allow her to identify, sign and cultivate new artists who have the talent to impact today’s dynamic music scene. Haywood has had a hand in shaping the careers of several top stars, including Blake Shelton, The Wreckers, Brett Eldredge and Frankie Ballard.

“I have worked with Narvel and Brandon for many years and believe that they are the best in the business,” Haywood said. “We have a unique opportunity to grow our roster and continue to build on the great successes we have had. I look forward to being a part of this great team.”

  Staff   Aug 12, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Australian Government’s Council for the Arts Continues Strong Investment in Nashville Community

Ruby Boots announced as recipient of the Australian Council for the Arts residency

The Australian Government’s Council for the Arts has named Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) as the recipient of the Nashville Songwriter Residency grant.

In its fourth year, the $15,000 grant is the result of a partnership between the Australia Council’s Music Board and Nashville-based producer, Mark Moffatt. Through the residency, Chilcott, who is signed to UMG/Lost Highway Australia, will reside in Nashville for three months, providing her the opportunity to work alongside the music community and further her network of artist and industry relationships.

Chilcott spoke of her experience, saying “Having done countless trips to Nashville to write, record and perform over the past four years makes being awarded the Nashville residency even more special.  Being given the opportunity to live in a city that I love more than any other in the world and spending time solely on my craft is life changing, and one of the most rewarding things that has come my way. I am so happy to be here building my musical community and writing songs for my second album — a dream come true!” 

Mark Moffatt, “Australia is a leading global A&R source for Country and Americana, so I am thrilled that the Arts Council of Australia continues to focus its resources on Nashville.  The grant not only provides the opportunity for Bex [Chilcott] to experience Nashville’s creative community for an extended period, but will also allow her to consolidate the following she has gained on her recent US national tour with The Waifs.”

Since 2011, The West Australian Music Awards has recognized Chilcott as the “Best Country Music Act” five consecutive times. The release of her debut album, Solitude, from alt-country label UMG/Lost Highway Records in Australia, has gone onto achieve international success and led to touring opportunities with with Kris Kristofferson, Tony Joe White, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels and Rope, Shakey Graves, and Nikki Lane.  In 2015, Chilcott received the prestigious Professional Development Award from APRA, the Australian Performing Rights Association.

While in Nashville, Ruby Boots [Chilcott] can be seen live in multiple venues throughout Music City, including her performance at the official showcase during the Americana Music Festival, with more shows to be announced.

Aug 7 – City Winery, Eldon Thacker Show
Aug 17 – The East Room
Aug 22 – The Basement
Sep 23 – Americana Music Festival Official Showcase – The Basement
Sep 24 – Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ — AMA Showcase

For more information on Ruby Boots and the residency program, visit

For media inquiries, contact

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  Staff   Aug 01, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of EA, Featured In Billboard’s ‘Nashville Power Players’

Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive and President of Music at Electronic Arts, is featured in Billboard Magazine’s just-released ‘Nashville Power Players’ list as one of the year’s most influential music industry executives. The article appears in the August 6, 2016 issue of Billboard and is available online at

Schnur joined Electronic Arts, the global leader in video game software and streaming content, in 2001 to create and continually develop the international vision for music in the company’s games. Since then, he has been responsible for bringing together superstar acts and promising new artists to craft a series of groundbreaking soundtracks that have redefined both the gaming and music industries. In an early profile piece published by Billboard, they wrote, “It’s up to Steve Schnur to match bands with appropriate games – not just to get gamers to rock a little harder while playing best sellers – but to give artists a chance to break through.” Among the artists first introduced to the public by Schnur via EA titles are Thirty Seconds to Mars, Robyn, Fallout Boy, K’naan, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, The Weeknd and Florence + The Machine.

Schnur’s hands-on approach to composer selection, orchestration and production of well over 100 EA soundtrack albums – including original scores for The Sims, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Medal of Honor and Star Wars: Battlefront with composers that have included Mark Mothersbaugh, Michael Giacchino, Junkie XL, Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer – has earned EA over 50 soundtrack nominations over the last 10 years.

In his 30+ years in the entertainment industry, Schnur has been an MTV programmer, label executive, television and record producer, music supervisor, composer and songwriter. He has been profiled by the New York Times, London Financial Times and CNN, featured In Variety’s ‘Music City Impact Report’, named “One of the Most Creative People In Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly, “One of the Most Powerful People in the Music Business” and “One of the Top 20 Power Players in the Digital Entertainment” by Billboard, and “One of the Top 25 Power Players in the New Hollywood” by The Wall Street Journal. Schnur’s awards include MUSEXPO’s 2009 International Music Person of the Year, the ACLU’s 2009 Bill of Rights Award, The Guild of Music Supervisors’ 2012 Music Supervisor of the Year, and MUSEXPO’s 2014 International Music Supervisor of the Year.

For more information about Steve Schnur, please contact Christy Watkins at

Steve Schnur
Worldwide Executive and President of EA Music Group
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CRS 2017 New Faces Of Country Music Show Tickets Are Sold-Out

Following the opening day of CRS 2017 registration and the sell out of discounted $429 registrations, Country Radio Seminar officials have announced the New Faces of Country Music Show is now sold-out; this marks the second consecutive year New Faces tickets were sold-out the day they came available.

A special $429 rate, which was available in a limited quantity, sold out in record time.  Registration is now available at the “Early Bird” rate of $529.   Registrations are available for purchase at

Country Radio Seminar 2017 is set for Feb. 22-24, 2017 and will be held in at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. This year’s seminar will once again provide attendees with an extensive networking experience, educational opportunities, artist appearances, musical performances and more. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.

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 2017 is set for Feb. 22-24, 2017 at the Omni Hotel. Visit for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017).

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  Staff   Jul 21, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

CRS 2017 Registration Opens Tomorrow, July 12, At Best Rate Of The Year

$429 Rate Only Available To A Limited Number Of Registrants

Starting tomorrow, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. CT, Country Radio Seminar will open registration for CRS 2017 at a special $429 rate, which is the best price that will be offered this year, and will only be available to a limited number of first-come, first-served registrants.  Registrations will be available for purchase at 

The annual New Faces of Country Music Show will also be included for the first limited number of full registrants. Last year, the limited time, discount registration packages and New Faces tickets were sold-out the day they came available.

Registrants have the opportunity to save $100 now. Following the expiration of the $429 rate promotion, the rate will increase to $529.

Country Radio Seminar 2017 will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 through Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. This year’s seminar will once again provide attendees with an extensive networking experience, educational opportunities, artist appearances, musical performances and more. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Remake of “Tulsa Time” Now Available on iTunes

Pre-Order the New Album, Thin Line, and Receive Immediate Downloads of “Hey Elvis” and “Tulsa Time”

As of today, Country singer-songwriter and entertainer Billy Ray Cyrus has two immediate downloads upon preordering his anticipated new studio album, Thin Line, including the previously announced “Hey Elvis” and now, “Tulsa Time”.

Written by Danny Flowers and originally recorded by Don Williams in 1978, Cyrus adds his own spin to the classic depiction of life at a slower pace and features Aerosmith’s guitarist, Joe Perry.

“Joe Perry is a magician on this track; what a gift,” said Cyrus. “The irony behind this cover is that it’s Vernon’s [Cyrus’s character in television series “Still The King”] most successful hit.”

Cyrus will release Thin Line on September 9th through Blue Cadillac Music. Cyrus describes the term Thin Line as, “How I live my life; it’s a balance between art and reality,” which serves as the theme of the album.

In total, three select tracks will be available to download prior to the album’s launch with a special pre-order price of under $10 on Amazon and iTunes. The third, “Thin Line,” will be available on August 12.

Cyrus’ television series on CMT, “Still The King” airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. As a writer and executive producer of the series, Cyrus also stars as “Burnin’” Vernon Brown, a one-hit wonder turned Elvis-impersonator struggling to get back on his feet. After a run-in with the law, Brown is sentenced to community service and ends up masquerading as the community’s new preacher, and re-connecting with his old flame, and a daughter he didn’t know about.

Cyrus’ co-stars include Joey Lauren Adams, comedian/actor Kevin Farley (the late Chris Farley’s brother) and Madison Iseman along with cameos by Randy Travis, Darius Rucker, Wayne Newton, Erik Estrada, John Corbett, and more. View the official trailer for Still The King here

For more information on Still The King, visit CMT and follow the series on Facebook

For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus visit his official website at and follow him on and FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

For more information on Blue Cadillac Music visit

For media inquiries, please contact or (615) 269-7071

Tulsa Time feat. Joe Perry – Billy Ray Cyrus
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  Staff   Jul 08, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More


Joins Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Lopez, Kacy Musgraves, P!nk, RuPaul, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainer and more in voicing support for the LGBT community in new original song, “Hands”


National recording artist, Ty Herndon, is among a star-studded list of artists featured on a new tribute track, titled “Hands.” The single, released through Interscope in conjunction with GLAAD, is a musical tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, which took place on June 12 and resulted in 49 lives lost and 53 injured.

The musical tribute is an iTunes-exclusive download-only track, available HERE, and proceeds benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

In addition to Herndon, other artists lending their vocals on the track are Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.  Listen HERE.

“Hands” was written by Warner Chappell writers Justin Tranter & Julia Michaels, and BloodPop®; produced by BloodPop®, Mark Ronson, and Justin Tranter.

For Ty Herndon media inquiries, please contact or (615) 269-7071.

For booking information on Ty Herndon, contact Buddy Lee Attractions at 615-244-4336.


“Hands” – Single Cover Art
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  Staff   Jul 08, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Singer-Songwriter Jordyn Mallory’s Debut EP Now Available on iTunes

“Boat Friend” Video Playing on CMT Music and

Rising singer-songwriter Jordyn Mallory’s debut EP featuring the CMT spotlighted “Boat Friend” is now available on iTunes.

The self-titled EP, originally released via Spotify this May, consists of four tracks compiling Mallory’s “southern pop” style with her witty and flirty lyricism. The EP transitions through multiple levels of emotion from the ultimate summer anthem “Boat Friend,” to the storytelling ballad “Southern Belle.”

“Boat Friend,” written by Mallory with Greg Becker and Mike Shimshack, is the single release from the EP. The music video premiered on CMT’s Artist Discovery campaign and is available for viewing here.

“Two summers ago, I was in a Jeep with my girlfriends when one of the girls said ‘I really wanna be single this summer but we need to find some guys with a boat,’ and I said ‘You don’t want a boyfriend, you need a boat friend.’ Everyone laughed and I immediately knew I was going to write that song,” said Mallory.

At 24, the Okolona, Miss native is already making her mark within the music industry. In 2010, Mallory won a position on Simon Fuller’s If I Can Dream series on and later became a contestant on the eleventh season of American Idol. Mallory has since been the opening act for Loretta Lynn, Jake Owen, and more.  Additionally, she is already earning herself a name within the songwriting community and has co-written cuts with Kip Moore and Dan Couch.

Jordyn Mallory EP Track Listing:

  1. Boat Friend (Jordyn Mallory, Mike Shimshack, & Greg Becker)
  2. Boy to Blame (Jordyn Mallory & Jonny Price)
  3. Southern Belle (Jordyn Mallory & Jonny Price
  4. Good Memory (Jordyn Mallory & Jonny Price)

For more information on Jordyn Mallory visit and follow @JordynMallory on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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  Staff   Jun 28, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More


Aussie and American Songwriters Partnered For Weeklong Retreat

Talented songwriters hailing from Australia were recently partnered with some of Nashville’s music elite as part of the APRA AMCOS program, SongHubs.

SongHubs is an intensive, commercially-focused songwriting residency that provides unique collaborative opportunities for both published and unpublished songwriters.  Australian writers, producers, and artists were paired with Nashville songwriters for creative partnership and heightening their craft. Phil Barton, a native Aussie who came to Nashville eight years ago and has written hits for country superstars like Lee Brice, Sara Evans, Dustin Lynch, and more, served as curator for the retreat.

A limited number of artists were hand selected to participate in the event, co-presented by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), which took place at NSAI HQ from Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 17. This year’s fully funded APRA AMCOS members were No.1 Billboard songwriter, producer and The Potbelleez band member, Ilan Kidron, and award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and engineer Pip Norman. Joining them were Nashville resident APRA AMCOS members Alex Lloyd, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Danielle Blakey, Joel Chapman, Lindsey Jackson, Missy Lancaster, Morgan Evans, Nat Dunn, O’Shea, Nikita King and Kaylee Bell.

Other artists representing Australia included APRA AMCOS Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year (2014) Kylie Sackley, known for co-writing the LeAnn Rimes smash, “Nothin’ ‘bout Love Makes Sense” along with songs for Thompson Square, John Rich, and Jo Dee Messina; producer and musician Lindsay Rimes, who recently produced the No. 2 Billboard hit “I Love This Life” by LOCASH; and Christian musician Mia Fieldes, who is responsible for hit collaborations with Michael W. Smith, King & Country and more.

Paired with the Australian acts were UK-based songwriter and producer Adam Argyle; Jim Beavers (songwriting credits include Luke Bryan’s “Drink A Beer,” Dierks Bentley’s “5-1-5-0” and “Am I the Only One,” as well as Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” and countless others); multi-instrumentalist Seth Ennis; singer, songwriter and artist, Ashley Gearing; Better Than Ezra front man Kevin Griffin (songwriting credits include No.1 hits like Howie Day’s “Collide”, Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue” and Missy Higgins’ “Scar”); Lee Groves (known for his work with Mark “Spike” Stent for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Goldfrapp and Elbow); Jason Matthews (songwriting credits include Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right”, Luke Bryan’s “Country Man” and “Muckalee Creek Water”, and Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes”); American Music Award recipient, two-time BMI Pop songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and artist from the band Hot Chelle Rae, Nash Overstreet; Liz Rose (known for her work with Taylor Swift including “You Belong with Me,” which won a Grammy Award in 2010); and Emily Shackelton (maintains songwriting credits for Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Mickey Guyton, David Cook, and more).

Supported by the Australian Government, the purpose behind SongHubs is to spread creative energy amongst talent while establishing partnerships with the emerging international market. To be an eligible participant  the mixer, songwriters and composers should have demonstrated commercial success within the past two years, practice a keenness to collaborate, have material scheduled to release within twelve months of attending SongHubs as/with a performing artist.

About APRA AMCOS: APRA AMCOS stands for the Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Ltd, who together are responsible for the non-profit collection and distribution of songwriting royalties to approximately 87,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members, and around 3,000,000 copyright owners worldwide. APRA AMCOS is the music creator’s key business partner globally, with offices in Australia, New Zealand, USA (Nashville & Los Angeles) and the UK.

About SongHubs:  Established in 2013 as an APRA AMCOS initiative, with co-funding from the Australian Federal Government, SongHubs gives Australian songwriters the opportunity to collaborate and write music with some of the world’s best songwriters and producers. With SongHubs camps traveling from Sydney to Stockholm, London, Mumbai, Bali, Toronto, LA and Nashville, APRA AMCOS is opening up access to the world market for Australian songwriters.

Group Photo Songhubs

Pictured above (L to R): Front – Lindsay Rimes, Phil Barton, Pip Norman, Danielle Blakey, Jay O’Shea, Mia Fields, IIan Kidron, Joel Chapman ; Back – Mark Moffatt, Alex Lloyd, Mark O’Shea, Lee Groves, Nash Overstreet, Adam Argyle, Ashley Gearing, Kylie Sickly, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Kaylee Bell, Lindsey Jackson

Morgan Evans  Ilan Kidron




Morgan Evans                                                                                              IIan Kildron

Nash Overstreet

Nash Overstreet


  Staff   Jun 27, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Country Radio Broadcasters Honor 2016 Class of Inductees Into The Country Radio Hall of Fame

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. honored the 2016 class of inductees into the Country Radio of Fame last night at a special ceremony, held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.

This year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees were Blair Garner, Mike & Dana Schuff, and Lisa Dent in the On-Air Category, and Mick Anselmo, Kerby Confer, Jack Reno, Tim Roberts, and Jim Slone in the radio category.

In addition, Randy Travis was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Carole Bowen was honored with the 2016 President’s Award.  A special performance by Josh Turner honoring Travis was held.

The CRB Artist Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio.  The President’s Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the marketing, production, growth and development of the Country Radio Seminar and the multiple services that Country Radio Broadcasters provides to the Country radio and music communities.

For information about the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony, contact the Country Radio Seminar offices at 615-327-4487.

Pictured below (L to R): Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. honored the 2016 class of inductees into the Country Radio of Fame last night at a special ceremony, held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Pictured here are CRB President Charlie Morgan, Kerby Confer, Bev Reno (accepting on behalf of her late husband, Jack Reno), Mick Anselmo, Lisa Dent, Blair Garner, Dana Schuff, Tim Roberts, Jim Slone, CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne (back), and Country Radio Hall of Fame chairman RJ Curtis.  Photo Credit: Hunter Berry  | Hi-Res: click here.


Pictured below (L to R): Randy Travis was recognized with the 2016 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame awards, held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn on June 22, 2016. A special performance honoring Travis was held by Josh Turner.  Photo Credit: Hunter Berry  | Hi-Res: click here.

Pictured below:Carole Bowen was presented with the 2016 CRB President’s Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame awards, held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn on June 22, 2016. Photo Credit: Hunter Berry  | Hi-Res: click here.
About Country Radio Broadcasters: The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. ® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format. More information may be obtained at:  or through the CRB/CRS office at (615) 327-4487.
  Staff   Jun 24, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More