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CRS 2017 – That’s All, Folks!

Country Radio Seminar announces dates for 2018

Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 27, 2017) – Country Radio Seminar 2017 came to a close Friday night, Feb. 24, 2017. The three-day seminar, held exclusively for the country radio industry, took place Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The agenda was filled with all-star lineups of entertainment performances from up-and-comers to the Country giant powerhouses of today as well as intriguing and informative discussions, panels, and mentoring breakfasts. This year’s event was even better than the last, hosting prominent and inspiring featured speakers and talented mentors and discussion leaders.

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne, commented, “This year’s seminar went beyond expectations. We have heard nothing but positive feedback from attendees and look forward to throwing an even better, more evolved and fantastic seminar next year.” 

Some of the seminar’s most anticipated events were back again, and included Grand Ole Opry at CRS, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at The Ryman, Big Machine Label Group’s luncheon show, and the New Faces of Country Music Show and Dinner. Stretching the scope of all parts of the industry, this year’s panels included Objects are Larger Than They Appear: Small Markets that do BIG Things, Speeding Towards Tomorrow: Radio in a Driverless World, CMA Breakout Session #1: The Power of the Country Music Radio Consumer, Women Empowering Women, Victory in the Hallways: Creating a Positive Work Culture, More Than Words: Presenting Ideas That Inspire Bold Action, You Are More Valuable Than You Think: Finding your Full Potential, Capturing the Millennial Ear: Rethinking our Traditional Medium for the Next Generation, Moving the Listeners and the Numbers That Count (sponsored by Nielsen Music), and How are you Protecting your Core Revenues?: Local and National Spot Revenues.

As part of its tradition of taking care of the individuals who make up the music industry family, Country Radio Seminar again partnered with Starkey Hearing Technologies and offered free hearing tests to seminar attendees. Nashville ENT Audiology at ST Thomas West served as the local partner.

CRS 2018 has already been set, returning to the Omni Nashville Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 5-7, 2018.

For more information or a full list of this year’s panels and event highlights, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com and follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter, (Hashtag #CRS2017), and Instagram.

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CRS 2017 Keynote speaker was Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medalist, television broadcaster, best-selling author, philanthropist, cancer survivor and eternal optimist. With CRS President, Charlie Morgan, moderating the interview, Hamilton discussed the trials he overcame and the triumphs in which he savored throughout life. Pictured below L to R, Bill Mayne, CRB/CRS Executive Director; Scott Hamilton and Charlie Morgan, CRB/CRS President. 

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The “Grand Ole Opry at CRS” show’s entertainers included Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, and Dailey & VincentPictured below L to R, Back Row: Zac Brown Band’s Daniel de los Reyes, Clay Cook, and John Driskell Hopkins; Trace Adkins, and the Zac Brown Band’s Jimmy De Martini, Zac Brown, and Matt Mangano; Middle Row: Chris Lane, Jamie Dailey of Dailey and Vincent, Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band, Chris Janson, Michael Ray; Front Row: Darrin Vincent of Dailey and Vincent, Carly Pearce, Crystal Gayle, Preston Brust of LOCASH, Cam, and Chris Lucas of LOCASH.

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Finally, Country Radio Seminar’s most highly anticipated annual event, New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show®, co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, showcased a talented new class of country music newcomers—William Michael Morgan (Warner Bros.), Maren Morris (Columbia Nashville), Jon Pardi (Capitol Nashville), Granger Smith (Wheelhouse Records), and Drake White (Dot Records).  Pictured below L to R: Granger Smith, William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Drake White, and Jon Pardi.

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Nashville Gears Up for Country Radio Seminar 2017

Country Radio Personnel Descend on Nashville for Entertainment, Networking, Education and more.

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 20, 2017) – Country radio’s biggest event of the year, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) kicks off this Wednesday, Feb. 22 in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The three-day agenda is packed full of entertainment, networking, and educational opportunities, and includes panels, mentoring events, instructive discussions, and exciting performances from the most talked about emerging acts of today to country music’s biggest superstars. Some of the seminar’s most anticipated events are back again, and include Grand Ole Opry at CRS, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at The Ryman, Big Machine Label Group’s luncheon show, and the New Faces of Country Music Show and Dinner.

Country Radio Seminar Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “We are so excited and ready for Wednesday’s kickoff to CRS 2017! Over the course of the three-days, our attendees will see and hear more actionable content than ever before! One of the best parts of CRS is ALWAYS the engagement and the networking with old friends and new, and I know many are looking forward to seeing so many of their friends.” Mayne also adds, “I urge everyone to take advantage of the CRS 2017 Hearing Test—it’s free and could change your life!”

As part of its tradition of taking care of the individuals who make up the music industry family, Country Radio Seminar has partnered with Starkey Hearing Technologies to offer free hearing tests at CRS 2017 to seminar attendees.

An overview of this year’s agenda highlights is below. A full agenda is available on the CRS 2017 mobile app and at www.countryradioseminar.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22
Prior to the seminar’s kick-off, registrants have the opportunity to tour the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum from 9:00 a.m.-3 p.m. 

This year, Country Radio Seminar will kick off its annual three-day convention by throwing the seminar’s first-ever commencement party, in collaboration with SunTrust Bank and Encore Technologies. Award-winning TV and radio personalities, Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase of Crook & Chase, will host the event that starts at 12:15 p.m. CT. Five artists are set to perform and are Caroline Jones, Macy Martin, Matt Gary, Jeremiah Richey, and Joe Denim.  The CRS 2017 Kickoff Party will conclude prior to the CRS 2017 Opening Ceremonies.

At 3 p.m. CT, one of Country Music’s favorite female vocalists, Trisha Yearwood, will start CRS 2017’s Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Sarah Cannon, by singing the national anthem. A Color Guard presentation from the United States Marine Corps and a welcome from Nashville Mayor, Megan Barry will follow.

Shortly after, the Humanitarian awards are presented.  This year’s presentation will recognize Zac Brown as the recipient of the CRS 2017 Artist Humanitarian Awardand former Chairman and CEO of Greater Media, Peter Smyth, as the recipient of the CRS 2017 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award.

From 4 – 5:00 p.m. CT, Olympic Gold Medalist, television broadcaster, best-selling author, humanitarian, cancer survivor, and eternal optimist, Scott Hamilton, will appear as the keynote speaker. CRS President, Charlie Morgan, will lead the conversation with Hamilton. At 5:30 p.m. CT, attendees will gather for the Opening Welcome Reception, sponsored by CMA and Live Nation. Immediately following is the “Grand Ole Opry at CRS” show, powered by Live Nation. This year’s performers are: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, and Dailey & Vincent.

THURSDAY, FEB. 23
Thursday, Feb. 23 kicks off at 8:00 a.m. CT with the Programming Mentoring Breakfast, sponsored by Sun Broadcast Group, and the Sales Mentoring Breakfast. The Programming Mentoring Breakfast gives attendees the opportunity to learn and pose questions to the most experienced PDs and consultants in the business.  Congruently taking place, the Sales Mentoring Breakfast provides participants the chance to directly interact and engage with several knowledgeable mentors regarding radio sales and how to maximize sale efforts.

At 9 a.m. CT, The Mobilization of Country Radio will take place. In association with Edison Research, Country Radio Seminar will present newfound research on the continued advancement and popularity of mobilized music options available to listeners. The presentation will explore streaming trends, the diversity of radio usage and online music consumption of today’s Country music fans.

Garth Brooks will return to this year’s Country Radio Seminar in a keynote presentation at 10 a.m. CT, titled “Inside Studio G,” an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the business and life of the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Panel highlights for the day include: Objects are Larger Than They Appear: Small Markets that do BIG Things, Speeding Towards Tomorrow: Radio in a Driverless World, CMA Breakout Session #1: The Power of the Country Music Radio Consumer, Women Empowering Women, Victory in the Hallways: Creating a Positive Work Culture, More Than Words: Presenting Ideas That Inspire Bold Action, You Are More Valuable Than You Think: Finding your Full Potential, Capturing the Millennial Ear: Rethinking our Traditional Medium for the Next Generation, Moving the Listeners and the Numbers That Count (sponsored by Nielsen Music), and How are you Protecting your Core Revenues?: Local and National Spot Revenues

Team UMG at the Ryman will take place at 11:30 a.m. CT, and will include performances by Lauren Alaina, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Josh Turner, and Keith Urban.

New this year, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Westwood One Networking Lounge (Legends Terrace), is “On-Air Talent Mentoring Happy Hour.” The lounge serves as an area for attendees to mingle with on-air talent, managers and programmers.

From 5-7:00 p.m., Cold River Records will host “Beer, Biscuits, and Basketball with Drew Baldridge” at Kitchen Notes. Hosted by FOX and Friends’ Brian Kilmeade, the event will feature a special performance by Drew Baldridge. Hot biscuits and cold beverages will be served.

For the second consecutive year, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will partner to offer CRS 2017 attendees a private cocktail reception and free access to the museum during CRS 2017.  The cocktail reception will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT, and will be held in the museum’s Hall of Fame Rotunda.
At 7:00 p.m., eleven of the format’s most successful songwriters will perform at Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, one of the many popular after-hour events taking place during Country Radio Seminar 2017. Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, JT Harding, Laura Veltz, Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Rhett Akins, Busbee, Jon Nite, and Cole Taylor are all set to perform.
FRIDAY, FEB. 24
Friday, Feb. 24 will begin with the option of either the Women’s Mentoring Breakfast Sponsored by NuVoodoo Media Services or the Digital & Tech Breakfast. The Women’s Mentoring Breakfast provides women with the opportunity to meet, greet, and eat with the industry’s most inspiring and accomplished women of today and to create meaningful connections in radio and records. The Digital & Tech Breakfast will touch on the newest innovations as well as challenges of today’s radio in a world that is so digitally and technologically advanced and dependent. The success of campaigns and the challenges faced throughout them will be explored.

At 9:00 a.m. in the Legends Ballroom, featured speaker, Ryan RedingtonDirector of Amazon Music, will begin his presentation, sponsored by Momentum Label Group. Redington has overseen the launch of two Amazon Music streaming services – Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

Friday’s panel highlights include: The Digital Revenue Explosion, Dicing the Data, Cultivating the Farm Team: Sources of New Talent, CMA Breakout Session #2: And the CMA Broadcast Award Goes to…, Lace up Your Boots & Get in the Trenches with Social Media Platforms, Promotions Start to Finish: Part YOU – sponsored by vCreative, Cashing in on Live Events: LIVE!, and Coaching the Coaches: Top Talent Tell How to Motivate them Best.

Prior to Friday’s luncheon, at 11:45 a.m., recording artist Kaylee Rutland will greet constituents in the Pre-Function area with an acoustic performance, sponsored by Ivie & Associates.

At Noon, the Big Machine Label Group luncheon will be held, and includes performances by A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Delta Rae, Midland, Carly Pearce, and Maddie & Tae

Later in the afternoon, attendees will have a chance to enjoy featured speaker, Toby Keith at Toby Keith: My Way. Sponsored by BMI, the discussion will explore Keith’s career, what inspired him to take control of his recorded and live music, form his own label, and build a business empire on his terms. Keith will also talk about his strong relationship with men and women of the military, and his dedication to charitable initiatives. Leading the discussion will be RJ Curtis and Beverlee Brannigan.

At 5:30 p.m., the New Faces Cocktail reception, sponsored by Big Spark Music Group, will kick off the evening with hosted bars and a powerhouse performance by Olivia Lane.

CRS will conclude with the annual New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show, which is sponsored by ACM and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The show will feature performances by William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Granger Smith, and Drake White. The CRB-Country Aircheck Awards will be presented throughout the show.

Additional event features are highlighted throughout the three-day agenda, and include the St. Jude Coffee Cart, St. Jude Internet Café, and located in the Omni lobby, the all new CRS Lobby Bar, sponsored by vCreative.

Parenting Today’s Teens will host a daily brunch, providing attendees the opportunity to know about their mission in Country radio.  Enter-to-win daily giveaways will be offered as well as complimentary Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Rebel Engine Entertainment will provide a space outfitted with charging stations, where attendees are welcome to mingle and relax in between panels and events.  On Friday, Rebel Engine Entertainment artists Lucas Hoge and Stephanie Quayle will host a Corn Hole Competition in the Rebel Engine lounge where attendees can win prizes.

SSM Records will host several events throughout the week in their sponsored space, located in Music Row Room 1; scheduled are a post-panel grab-a-beer event, a cocktail hour and showcase featuring Alexandra Demetree, as well as other various showcases by SSM Records artists.  On Wednesday, attendees will also be able to register to win a Regions Green Bike, located in Exhibitor Booth #10.

Based in the UMG Library Lounge, attendees can experience an immersive concert experience featuring Eric Church. With 8 camera angles, 360-degree audio from DTS, and use of a Samsung Gear VR headset, the stage is set for the ultimate virtual reality experience.

As in previous years, the CRS mobile app, powered by Country Aircheck, will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information pertaining to the seminar’s agenda.  The official app is now available for download on iPhone (link here) and Android mobile (link here) devices. In addition to finding an expanded CRS agenda, the app provides panel descriptions, speaker bios, integrated calendar updates, CRS after-hour activities, CRS TV video clips, and other event news. Users can create their own customized CRS schedule, rate the panels, and post updates and reviews directly to their social media profiles. Individuals that already have the CRS 2016 app on their mobile device, the CRS 2017 is available simply by updating the app.
Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available for purchase on-site.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. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on FacebookTwitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.

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Lineup Announced for CRS 2017 Big Machine Label Group Luncheon

A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Delta Rae, Midland, Carly Pearce, and Maddie & Tae to perform Friday, Feb. 24

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 15, 2017) – The lineup for the Big Machine Label Group luncheon, to be held Friday, Feb. 24 during Country Radio Seminar 2017, has been announced and will feature performances by A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Delta Rae, Midland, Carly Pearce, and Maddie & Tae.

The luncheon will be held in the Broadway Ballroom (CRS Performance Hall) at Omni Nashville, and will kick-off at Noon. This year’s CRS marks the Big Machine Label Group’s third consecutive year to host the CRS-sanctioned luncheon event.

To review more details of this year’s agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. The $699 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available through Feb. 17 by calling 615-327-4487 or registering at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  After Feb. 17, registrations will be available for purchase on-site.

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 Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.

 

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The Ever-Soulful Ana Cristina Cash to Unveil The Tough Love EP on March 14

(Nashville, Tenn. — February 14, 2017) — American singer-songwriter Ana Cristina Cash is to release her latest project, The Tough Love EP, featuring co-written material with husband and producer, John Carter Cash, on March 14th. This highly anticipated body of work encourages with confidence and southern attitude.

“Ever since I was a child, music has been my most trustworthy companion. I have always taken it everywhere with me. It fills me up completely and I’ve never felt alone,” said Cash. “I remember feeling the music deep in my bones. I still do. When I began songwriting, I merged melodies and music to paint a picture of the inner workings of my soul. No matter the human framework of a tough, guarded exterior, the mind and emotions are dazzlingly complex. The Tough Love EP is my own personal sonic spectrum of these inner complexities.”

Recorded at the historical Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, The Tough Love EP showcases Cash’s vocal range with brilliant ease and rootsy soul. Influenced by long nights of singing in dusty bar rooms and hours turning up scratched blues and rockabilly vinyl records, Cash reaches deep as her songs explore and surpass new boundaries. A focal track on the project is a unique interpretation of John Anderson’s “Seminole Wind” in which was exclusively featured via Country Rebel. The first single from the EP, “Tough Love Woman” will be available soon.

“The songs on her new record have ‘a dark and mysterious flair,’ and that flair is obvious in ‘Seminole Wind,’” said Country Rebel. “Her rendition is beautifully haunting, so much in fact that it is sure to give you goosebumps when you hear it.”

The Tough Love EP — Track Listing:

  1. Tough Love Woman (Ana Cristina Cash, Shawn Camp)
  2. Southern Roots (Ana Cristina Cash, John Carter Cash)
  3. The Cost of Love (Ana Cristina Cash, Bill Miller)
  4. Busted (Ana Cristina Cash, Jodi Marr)
  5. Seminole Wind (John Anderson)
  6. Move Along Baby (Ana Cristina Cash, John Carter Cash)

The title track, “Tough Love Woman,” written with master songwriter Shawn Camp, displays the seductive energy, distinct creativity, and empowering voice that Cash acquires as an artist. The duration of the EP expands Cash’s connection to rockabilly and gritty blues, with a flavor for country and soul. The Tough Love EP is a taste of what is to come on Cash’s forthcoming full-length album.

Ana Cristina Cash was born and raised in Miami, FL. Her parents moved to the United States in the early 1960’s from Cuba during the onset of the revolution. Throughout Cash’s youth, she was exposed to music from many different genres. Her material exhibits a broad vocal range, spanning from an expressive and resonating contralto to an amazingly high coloratura soprano, exhibiting what is known to some as a “whistle register.” 

Cash, who is bi-lingual, started her professional music career at 6 years of age, quickly becoming an accomplished champion of the singing contests on the variety show, “Sabado Gigante.”  At the age of 16 she signed to Sony Music’s Latin division and released her first album, Ana Cristina, in the Spanish language.

In 2005, Cash became the first Hispanic in history to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at a Presidential Inauguration. She was invited a year later to perform at the White House and sing for the President of the United States, the Crowned Prince of Spain and other notable world ambassadors.

Produced by Chris Price, Cash’s last studio album The West Coast Sessions was released in 2015 and is available here.

Cash married music producer John Carter Cash on October 29, 2016 and currently resides in Nashville, Tenn.

For more information, please visit www.AnaCristinaCash.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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Garth Brooks Confirmed to Speak at this Year’s Country Radio Seminar

Garth Brooks will return to this year’s Country Radio Seminar in a keynote presentation ‪on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. CT, titled “Inside Studio G,” an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the business and life of the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

To review a complete agenda for CRS 2017, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. The $699 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. In addition, a limited number of Omni Nashville rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here.

Garth Brooks recently won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a fifth time, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Garth is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. It is the biggest tour in the world.

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 Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.


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The 2017 Class of New Faces of Country Music Show Announced

The much anticipated 2017 New Faces of Country Music Show, which will take place during Country Radio Seminar (Feb. 22-24, 2017), will feature performances by William Michael Morgan (Warner Bros.), Maren Morris (Columbia Nashville), Jon Pardi (Capitol Nashville), Granger Smith (Wheelhouse Records) and Drake White (Dot Records).

“This year’s New Faces lineup is reflective of our format’s strength, and steady growth. I’m happy to report we received a record number of qualified votes from country radio supporting these talented artists. We believe it is going to be an amazing show,” said John Crenshaw, Chairman of CRS New Faces Committee.

The five chosen artists, all whom have achieved significant success at Country radio during the qualification period, will perform in front of an industry and radio-filled room.

The New Faces of Country Music Show is a pinnacle event that closes out the 3-day seminar each year. This year’s show will take place on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Omni Nashville, and is co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dinner tickets for the New Faces of Country Music Show are sold-out. The New Faces of Country Music Show as well as other performance events held in the performance hall during CRS 2017 are powered by Live Nation.

Qualifying radio station personnel voted and determined the class of 2017 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. Votes were verified by the Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., and the official count was reviewed and certified by Chuck Flood and Flood, Bumstead, McCready, & McCarthy, Inc. representatives.
The $599 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. In addition, a limited number of Omni Nashville rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here.

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 in Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.


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CRS 2017 Agenda Continues to Roll Out as 3-day Event Approaches

Details surrounding four Mentoring Breakfasts are announced

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 13, 2017) The agenda continues to expand for Country Radio Seminar 2017, to be held Feb. 22-24. New additions in the areas of digital/tech and career enhancement have been added, and are “Speeding Towards Tomorrow: Programming & Branding in a Mobile World,” “The Digital Revenue Explosion,” “Lace Up Your Boots and Get in the Trenches with Social Platforms,” You Are More Valuable Than You Think,” “Women Empowering Women,” and “Cultivating the Farm Team: Sources of New Talent.”

Additionally, Country Radio Seminar will once again host the popular mentoring breakfasts— Digital and Tech Breakfast, Programming Mentoring Breakfast (sponsored by Sun Broadcasting), Sales Mentoring Breakfast, and Women’s Mentoring Breakfast (sponsored by NuVoodoo Media Services).

The Programming Mentoring Breakfast, sponsored by Sun Broadcast Group, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 8 to 9 a.m. This breakfast gives attendees the opportunity to learn and pose questions to the most experienced PDs and consultants in the business. The facilitator is Bruce Logan of CBS Radio Houston. Confirmed participants are Shelly Easton, WXTU Philadelphia; Tim Richards, KMLE Phoenix; Tim Roberts, WYCD Detroit; Kenny Jay, KMPS Seattle; Rod Phillips, SVP/iHeart; Steve Stewart, KSD St. Louis/iHeart; Mike Brophey, WKLB Boston; Jeff Garrison, KCYY San Antonio; Andrew Bland, WWKA Orlando; Mike Preston, KKWF Seattle; Charlie Cook, WSM-FM Nashville/Cumulus; John Shomby, NASH/Cumulus; Nikki Thomas, WIVK/Cumulus; DJ Scout, WSOC Charlotte; and Mike Moore, KWJJ.

Congruently taking place, guests may also choose to attend the Sales Mentoring Breakfast Thursday morning starting at 8 a.m. This breakfast will provide participants the chance to directly interact and engage with several knowledgeable mentors regarding radio sales and how to maximize sale efforts. Mentors for this breakfast are Katie Reid, Cox Media Group; Sarah Frazier, CBS Radio Houston; Melissa Kent, iHeart Nashville; Lee Adams, Broken Bow; Judy Lakin, Cox Media Group.

The sole purpose of the Women’s Mentoring Breakfast, sponsored by NuVoodoo Media Services, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24, at 7: 30 a.m., is to provide women with the opportunity to meet, greet and eat with the industry’s most inspiring and accomplished women of today and to create meaningful connections in radio and records. This highly anticipated all-female panel consists of Carolyn Gilbert, NuVooDoo; Jinny Laderer, vCreative; Beverlee Brannigan, Journal; Lisa Smoot, Jerry Duncan Promo; Sunny Leigh, KVOO; Lisa Ballance, GSM/iHeart Nashville; Melissa Kent, GSM/iHeart Nashville; Whitney Allen, Big Time with Whitney Allen; Shelly Easton, PD WXTU/Philly; Katie Bright, Warner Music Nashville; Sarah Frazier, SVP/MM CBS Houston; Charlie Dean, Mercury Nashville; Katie Dean, VP Promo MCA; Lisa Well, Emmis Indianapolis; Erica Farber, NAB; Alison Bonaguro, Writer; Becky Brenner, Albright & O’Malley & Brenner; Ginny Rogers, Greater Media.

There will also be a Digital & Tech Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 a.m. This session will touch on the newest innovations as well as challenges of today’s radio in a world that is so digitally and technologically advanced and dependent. The success of campaigns and the challenges faced throughout them will be explored during this panel. Discussion facilitators are Malika Quemerais of Facebook, Gloria Stitt of Shareablee, Mike Newman of BubbleUp, and Michael Shoup of 12 South Music.

New this year, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Westwood Networking Lounge (Legends Terrace), is “On-Air Talent Mentoring Happy Hour” that encourages attendees to mingle with on-air talent, managers and programmers alike in regards to finding talent, digital advice, and promotional guidance. Mentors will be Lon Helton, Country Countdown USA; Kelly Ford, NASH FM; Danny Dwyer, The Bull/Portland; Skip Mahaffey, KPLX/Dallas; Big Sue, K97/Memphis; Kim Leslie, WJXA/Nashville.

To review more details of this year’s agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. The $699 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available through Feb. 17 by calling 615-327-4487 or registering at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  After Feb. 17, registrations will be available for purchase on-site.

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 Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.

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Camille Rae Releases New Single, “I Need Me”

New Album, ‘Come Find Me,’ now available for pre-order; “Pinky Promise”offered as Instant Download

Camille Rae has released a powerful new ballad, “I Need Me,” from her forthcoming sophomore album, Come Find Me. The project, which will be released March 17, is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Apple Music, with an immediate download of the track, “Pinky Promise.”

“I Need Me” is a very personal song for Rae, and comes from a time in which she was motivated to put her life and her own decisions first. She recently commented stating, “’I Need Me,’ is about a period in my life where I knew that I needed to make some changes to be happy,” said Rae. “I was in a place where I felt like I was being held down and conforming to a life around me that I needed to break away from. I was following this path that everyone thought I should… the smart path or the easiest path. But, I knew that as scary as it was, I had to follow my heart and live my own life. This song is so special because it can apply to any situation or relationship in anyone’s life. Sometimes we just need ourselves… and that’s okay.”

With an official music video in development, “I Need Me” is one of seven tracks either written or co-written by Rae appearing on her soon-to-release album, Come Find Me. Primarily produced by Larry Beaird, alongside Rae, Shawn Gough, Mikei Gray, and Amber Nicole Smith, the album will release through Break the Cycle Entertainment.

Originally from Mount Vernon, Ky., Rae has been sharing her talent with all whom would listen since the age of three. At 12, Rae began to craft her own songs and was a member of the Kentucky All-State Choir. She went on to complete her musical education at University of the Cumberlands and taught choir before focusing on her own artistry. Since 2012, Rae has opened for notable acts like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, David Cook, Maddie and Tae, and more.

Rae works closely with Musicians On Call at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and is an avid supporter of St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information on Camille Rae, visit her official website at www.CamilleRae.com, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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  Staff   Mar 22, 2017   Country, News   0 Comment   Read More

Artist Ava Suppelsa Supports Organizations that Assist with Substance Addiction and Abuse with the Release of Debut EP

Preview Focal Track “He Told Me” Here

Emerging singer-songwriter, Ava Suppelsa, has released her self-titled debut EP on iTunes and other major digital retailers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations in which support those who suffer with substance addiction and abuse; a cause near to Suppelsa’s heart as her father received treatment when she was in her early teenage years.

“I want people to know that what I write about in my music is true and comes from the heart,” said Suppelsa. I chose to make charitable donations through this project specifically because of the story behind, ‘Finish Line;’ it’s about witnessing alcoholism in a loved one and their journey to recovery. I hope this song, as well as the EP, can be inspiring to others.”

Ava Suppelsa – EP Track Listing:

  1. He Told Me (Suppelsa)
  2. A Lot Like Me (Suppelsa)
  3. This Time (Suppelsa)
  4. Finish Line (Suppelsa)

Produced by Suppelsa with Colin Lester Fleming and Dick McVey, the EP features four tracks written by Suppelsa including the track, “Finish Line,” and also features focal track, “He Told Me,” in which Suppelsa often refers to as the “sassiest” material she has written to date. The recording process was split between Herd Studios in Boston, Mass. and TMC Studios in Nashville, Tenn.

Suppelsa, who currently resides in Boston attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music, plans to relocate to Nashville this summer to further pursue the country music scene and will be opening for Clay Cook (of Zac Brown Band) in Boston this February. She has earned the winning-title in numerous singer/songwriter competitions including the Great American Song Contest, the American Songwriting Awards, and more.

A self-taught guitarist, Suppelsa began performing original material at the age of 12 in the greater Chicago area. In 2013, Suppelsa accepted a coveted position in the singer/songwriter program at Interlochen Arts Academy moving away from her hometown of Evanston, Illinois. Her experience at IAA has led Suppelsa to perform in extensive venues such as Club Nokia in Los Angeles and The New World Center in Miami before opening for indie singer/songwriter, Andrew Belle.

In 2014, Suppelsa got the chance to work alongside talent Josh Groban, Chris Young, and Desmond Child; she was also invited to Los Angeles by The Grammy Foundation to perform with the Grammy-nominated Hunter Hayes.

For more information on Ava Suppelsa, please visit www.AvaSuppelsa.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  Staff   Mar 22, 2017   Country, News   0 Comment   Read More

Trisha Yearwood to Open CRS 2017 with National Anthem Performance

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 10, 2017) One of Country Music’s favorite female vocalists, Trisha Yearwood, will open CRS 2017 with a performance of the national anthem, to be held Feb. 22-24.  Yearwood’s performance will kick off CRS 2017’s Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Sarah Cannon, at the Omni Nashville on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. CT.

Trisha Yearwood possesses one of the most powerful female voices in Country music. The platinum-selling, multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM winning artist’s twelfth album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, combined both her new and iconic songs from her revered catalogue in 2014. On television, her larger-than-life talent in The Passion, a two-hour, live musical event on FOX, helped tell one of the greatest historical stories to an audience of millions in March 2016. On November 11th, the first-ever duets collaboration between Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood was released for the Holiday Season. Christmas Together (Pearl Records, Nov. 11) features duets, solo performances and special guest appearances.

Additionally, the “CEO with Southern charm” has also developed her own growing lifestyle empire in recent years. The Trisha Yearwood Home Collection encompasses three New York Times Bestselling cookbooks, cookware, furniture, home accessories, area rugs and the newly launched fragrance, TRISHA YEARWOOD. Each Saturday morning, Trisha’s Emmy-Award winning Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on Food Network is kicked off by her Facebook Live “pre-show,” T’s Coffee Talk. Both programs have become a weekly hang with Trisha, her friends, and family in a relaxed environment with great food, conversation, and coffee. And of course, most weekends, fans can find her on the road as part of the history making, and ongoing, Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood.

To review this year’s CRS agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. The $699 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.   In addition, a limited number of Omni Nashville rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here.

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 Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.

About Sarah Cannon: Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), offers integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in communities across the United States and United Kingdom. In 2016, Sarah Cannon launched a national movement – Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour – to connect people facing cancer with the help they need close to home. Band Against Cancer unites cancer experts, families, friends and communities across the country to take action in the fight against cancer. To learn more and join the movement, visit www.bandagainstcancer.com. 2017 events and ambassadors will be shared on the site in the coming months.

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  Staff   Mar 22, 2017   Country, News   0 Comment   Read More