Archive | December 28, 2013

Miranda Lambert Wraps 2013 With Grammy Nomination & Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest Appearance

miranda-lambert Miranda Lambert got the exciting news that she’d received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for her platinum selling, #1 single, “Mama’s Broken Heart,”  while attending the 22nd annual Deer Valley® Celebrity Skifest in Deer Valley, UT.

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Little Big Town “Perseverance” Panel Added To CRS 2014 Agenda

CRS2013 CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, will present a panel about perseverance in the country music industry at CRS 2014. Bob Kingsley will conduct an interview with the band throughout the session, which will take place Feb.19 in the Nashville Convention Center.

Little Big Town embodies the definition of perseverance, with their “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” During the panel, they will share stories about their perseverance as a band, which eventually landed them a #1 album, 2 #1 singles, a Grammy Award and ACM/CMA Vocal Group of the Year.

Throughout their career, the group, made up of members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet, have stuck together through several challenging label changes. They received their first record deal with Mercury Nashville Records before moving to Sony’s Monument Records, where they released their debut album. From there, the band went from the small independent label, Equity Music Group, to their current label, Capitol Records, which was later taken over by major label, Universal Music Group.

“It’s an honor to be asked to be a part of CRS this year and especially the chance to share some of our story as a band through the last 14 years,” said Little Big Town. “It’s definitely been about perseverance for us.”

“Throughout every challenge the band has had, they’ve continued to establish and develop so many relationships and give back in so many ways,” said Bob Kingsley.  “Their ability to adapt to situations and stay ahead is a hard feat, and one that we can all learn from.”

CRS 2014 will include more than 20 educational panels and industry-leading speakers, including “Cracking the Code: Using Data to Discover the Hits,” “Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Beats: It’s Their Country, Too,” “Marketing On A Shoestring Budget,” “Would You Like Sales Prospects to Call You?” and more.

Other CRS 2014 agenda highlights include two major research presentations (sponsored by CMA and CRS), three label luncheons and performances, Acoustic Alley (sponsored by Bob Kingsley), the CRS keynote address, the popular New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Performance (co-sponsored by MDA and ACM) and much more.

CRS 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014 in downtown Nashville, Tenn. at the Nashville Convention Center.  The $499 regular registration rate is still available and can be purchased at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. The regular rate of $499 is now in effect. The on site registration rate will be announced closer to the event. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.  Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2014).

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“BMI Legends Session” Featuring John Oates Added To CRS 2014 Agenda

CRSCountry Radio Seminar officials have announced music legend John Oates as the featured artist for the “BMI Legends Session,” which will take place during CRS 2014 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Scheduled for Feb. 21, the session will provide attendees the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the true musical legend. Oates, one-half of the award-winning duo Hall & Oates, will discuss his career, including dialogue of current projects, living in Nashville and his songwriting. In addition, he will perform a couple of his songs acoustically. John Esposito, President of Warner Music Nashville, will moderate the engaging interview.

Michael Steinberg, Senior Vice President of Licensing at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) commented, “BMI has presented the ‘BMI Legends Session’ at a number of radio conferences over the years. This unique session features a musical legend on stage telling the stories behind their songs in an intimate unplugged setting. It is a truly engaging hour that allows the audience members the opportunity to interact with legends of the music industry.”  Mr. Steinberg continued, “BMI felt that CRS 2014 was the perfect opportunity to share this popular series with conference attendees and we are proud to feature John Oates as the first BMI Legend we present at CRS. Oates follows past series performers such as, Graham Nash, Isaac Hayes, Willie Nelson, Randy Bachman, Paul Rodgers and David Crosby.

The “BMI Legends Session” was inspired by an ongoing event that BMI sponsors every year at The Conclave conference. The event is a story telling and Q&A panel with a BMI legend spotlighted. With the event’s success at The Conclave conference, BMI decided to share the series with CRS attendees as well.

The iconic singer/songwriter, John Oates, has won multiple music awards and has sold more than 80 million units during his career in the legendary rock duo Hall & Oates. A member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Oates began his solo career in 1999. In October, he released his fifth single, “Close,” from his cross-genre project “Good Road to Follow.” He currently splits his time between Nashville and his Colorado ranch. CRS 2014 will be held February 19-21 at the Nashville Convention Center. To register for CRS at the regular rate of $499 visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. The regular rate of $499 is now in effect. The on site registration rate will be announced closer to the event. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2014).

About BMI:

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music.  BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

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Performers Announced For CRS 2014 New Faces Of Country Music Show

CRSCountry Radio Seminar officials have announced Brett Eldredge (Atlantic/WMN), Tyler Farr (Columbia), Cassadee Pope (Republic Nashville), Thomas Rhett (Valory) and Charlie Worsham (Warner Bros./WAR) as the CRS 2014 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. Continue Reading →

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Clay Walker And Friends Raise Over $12,000 At 2013 Chords Of Hope MS Benefit Concert

Craig Campbell, Clay Walker, Greg BatesClay Walker, along with pals Craig Campbell and Greg Bates, raised more than $12,000 during the fourth annual Chords of Hope benefit concert held at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on October 30th. The concert was hosted by Clay’s charity Band Against MS (BAMS) and all proceeds were donated to the MS Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to aid in MS research and awareness. Continue Reading →

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