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Book NOW! 1st Annual ‘Music In Motion On The Ocean’ Country Music Benefit Cruise!

NEED TO GET AWAY? Want to hear some great music? Or looking for a way to support a great cause? Why not do ALL at the same time and book yourself a cabin NOW on the 1st annual ‘Music In Motion On The Ocean’ benefit cruise presented by FOCUS on the 615!

Click on the picture below to be taken to the travel site for details and to book your cabin. Hurry, you don’t want to be left out of the fun!

On November 18, Enchantment of the Seas will leave Port Canaveral for a 4-night cruise through the Bahamas. For a special rate you can hear Bridgette Tatum, Danny Myrick, Jesse Lee, Dean Alexander, Big Vinny from Trailer Choir, Kingston, and more artists to be announced! See below for more information on these fantastic artists!

Music in Motion on the Ocean

Ready to book now? Click HERE!

The Artists:

Bridgette Tatum
A native of Florence, South Carolina, Bridgette co-wrote “She’s Country,” by Jason Aldean, the most played song on Country radio stations across the US in 2009. In 2010, Bridgette’s song, “Loud” was selected as the Official Theme Song for the ACC Football Conference’s 2010 Season. In 2012 Bridgette released her own album, Sex, Church, and Chicken. She also gained notoriety with producer credits for new sister-duo Jenny & Ashley, songwriting credits on albums by The Farm and Kristy Lee Cook, and endorsements by Wrangler clothing and Two Old Hippies’ Bedell Guitars.

BridgetteTatum.com

Danny Myrick
After spending a few years singing background vocals on albums by Montomery Gentry, Keith Anderson, Blake Shelton and others, Danny turned his focus to songwriting, where he has had numerous cuts including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester”, Big and Rich’s “LOUD”, Gloriana’s “How Far Do You Wanna Go” and “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean, co-written with Bridgette Tatum. He has also had multiple cuts by the Jane Dear Girls, Gloriana, Eden’s Edge and Joe Cocker.
Look for Danny’s soon-to-be-released first solo record as well as an upcoming duo project with Alice Peacock.

DannyMyrick.com

Big Vinny
Big Vinny first gained a following with the country group Trailer Choir. Discovered in 2007 by superstar Toby Keith, Trailer Choir went on to tour with Toby, who also co-produced their debut CD. In 2009, Trailer Choir exploded on the airwaves with the merry, rollicking “Rockin’ the Beer Gut,” a song that has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. Their song “Last Man Standing” was used by ESPN and ABC in a national NASCAR promotion. More recently, however, Big Vinny was featured on the NBC Show “The Biggest Loser” making it into the top four finalists. Since then, he has been an advocate for healthy living and inspiration, while continuing his musical career.

Jesse Lee
Jesse has worked with Grammy Award winning producers Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), and Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride). Her songwriting collaborators have included American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, as well as Hillary Lindsey (Carrie Underwood) and Liz Rose (Taylor Swift). Jesse wrote and released her first single “It’s a Girl Thing,” which peaked on the Country charts at #47, with the music video in heavy rotation on both CMT and GAC. Jesse’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Uncle Kracker, Kristy Lee Cook and Bomshel. Jesse also recorded the song “Kissing in Cars” for the soundtrack of the motion picture “Country Strong.”

JesseLeeMusic.com

Dean Alexander
Dean has been a touring guitarist for numerous artists, and has recently been working with award-winning producer Scott Hendricks (Blake Shelton, Faith Hill). He is currently in the studio working on a debut full-length album for Elektra Nashville.

DeanAlexanderMusic.com

Kingston
Kingston (previously known as The Carter Twins) have written with some of the top writers in town and have been lucky enough to share the stage with acts such as Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Phil Vassar. The country duo was introduced to the Nashville music scene in 2009 with their debut EP The Carter Twins that featured the CMT award-nominated track “Heart Like Memphis.” They were also among the rising stars chosen for RyanSeacrest.com’s Favorite Featured Artist of 2012

KingstonOfficial.com

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Country Music Blog Rodeo: 2013 Artists to Watch

Names You Know Will Transform Into Superstars, and Names You May Not Know… You Will in 2013

Blog Rodeo2012 was full of excitement in country music, especially for new and emerging artists. We watched artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church emerge as the next wave of superstars. We also saw new artists such as Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, and Jana Kramer become household names.

So who will it be in 2013? We’ve got some ideas, some very obvious, and some that you really need to pay attention to.

Here we go… the artists to watch in 2013:

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Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town And Carrie Underwood Are First Artists Announced To Perform At 2013 CMA Music Festival

CMA Fest Lineup

Nashville’s Signature Music Event Benefits Music Education And Will Once Again Be Filmed for ABC Television Special

The one-of-a-kind, award-winning CMA Music Festival takes over downtown Nashville for four days this summer, Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, with a star-packed lineup that includes Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, and more artists to be announced soon.

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature music event, which annually attracts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe and has raised millions of dollars for music education. The event will once again be filmed for an ABC Television special airing later in the summer, shining a national spotlight on both Country Music and Music City.

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Announcing First Ever Country Music Blog Rodeo

FOCUS on the 615 will join several independent blogs to discuss country music!

FOCUS has been invited to participate in the first ever Country Music Blog Rodeo! Thanks to Country Music News Blog, several independent country music blogs will come together to chat about country music! We’d like to thank them for this opportunity and for such a great idea! Read more from CMNB below:

Next week, a group of some of the top independent country music blogs across the U.S., and even a couple across the pond, will be getting together to launch the first ever Country Music Blog Rodeo! Through individual posts, links and social sharing, we’re coming together to chat about what we all love the most…country music! For this inaugural Blog Rodeo, we’ll be discussing what’s to come in 2013 for the country music scene. With brand new tours, lots of new music, newcomers and seasoned artists on the rise, and so much more already happening, this year promises to be a BIG one for country music artists, fans, bloggers, industry folks and everyone in between, and all THAT is exactly what we’re going to be talking about!

So, be looking for posts featuring a unique perspective from each of the sites on the list below onTuesday, January 22nd! After you’ve checked out our thoughts for what will be happening in 2013, you can join in with our live Twitter Chat and share what you’re looking forward to in 2013, and we’ll even be giving away some fun country music prizes to fans! Get ready to rodeo!

Blog Rodeo Twitter Chat:

  • Date: Thursday, January 24th
  • Time: TBD
  • Find us: #BlogRodeo #CountryMusic

Country Music Blog Rodeo Participants:

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Show Review: UNWRAP THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS At Fontanel

Thank you to the management of Fontanel who was kind enough to invite FOCUS to enjoy their Christmas dinner show called UNWRAP THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS.  This showstars hit songwriters,Will Robinson and James Dean Hicks, which is running up until December 23rd.

We really enjoyed the delicious meal and the setting was really nice inside their Studio Gallery with a stage set up festively for the holiday show.  Continue Reading →

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Christmas Traditions From Some Of Our Favorite Artists

 

We thought we’d ask some of our favorite artists to share some of their Christmas traditions and here’s what they had to say! Enjoy! Continue Reading →

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The American Country Awards

American Country AwardsLast night was the third annual American Country Awards (ACAs), broadcast live on FOX from the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The two-hour special featured performances by co-hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and a surprise performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

With nine awards, including Artist of the Year, Luke Bryan received the most awards, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received three awards. Following her two wins this year, Carrie Underwood has earned 11 ACA awards, the most ACA honors of any artist. Lady Antebellum’s wins in Artist of the Year: Group and Single of the Year: Group, plus their five previous awards, make them the group with the most ACA honors ever.

Fans logged on to www.theacas.com to cast votes in support of their favorite country music artists not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area – touring – encompassing the entire spectrum of country music. Continue Reading →

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RAWards In Nashville

 

Talk about your stylish event in Nashville! I loved the energy that filled the room the entire night at Mercy Lounge and one of the coolest, most stylish crowds I’ve ever seen assembled under one roof.  Models, dancers, visual artists, musicians, make-up artists, hairstylists, and filmmakers all assembled together to create what was an electric, fun-filled night!

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A Candle to You: Remembering Tony Lopacinski

Family, Friends and Fans Join For One More “Tailgate Tuesday” At Dan McGuinness

Tony LopacinskiAbout a year and a half ago the music community lost a great musician and wonderful man, Tony Lopacinski. On Tuesday, his friends and family gathered to celebrate his life and music in a very special performance at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub.

Tony was a multi-talented singer/songwriter/instrumentalist who penned hits such as “We Weren’t Crazy” by Josh Gracin, eventually becoming his bandleader. He also toured with Train as their guitarist, as well as playing with Shelly Fairchild, Julie Roberts and others. At the time of his passing, he was concentrating on his band Tailgate South. He passed away in June of 2011 after a 15-month battle with cancer.

Tuesday saw the patio at Dan McGuinness full, as Tony’s friends and former collaborators took the stage to sing his music. Among the artists were Nashville songwriting standouts Mike Willis and Devin Belle, and former Tailgate South partner Mickey Kelley.

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55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees

GRAMMY Awards

 

1. Record Of The Year

Lonely Boy
The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Track from: El Camino
[Nonesuch]

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson
Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
[RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited]

We Are Young
Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
Jeff Bhasker, producer; Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Some Nights
[Fueled By Ramen]

Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye Featuring Cambria
Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer
Track from: Making Mirrors
[Universal Republic]

Thinkin Bout You
Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean, producer; Jeff Ellis, Pat Thrall & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Track from: Channel Orange
[Def Jam]

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Taylor Swift
Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, producers; Serban Ghenea, engineer/mixer; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
[Big Machine Records]

2. Album Of The Year

El Camino
The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
[Nonesuch]

Some Nights
Fun.
Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
[Fueled By Ramen]

Babel
Mumford & Sons
Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
[Glassnote]

Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
André 3000, John Mayer & Earl Sweatshirt, featured artists; Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean & Pharrell, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Philip Scott, Mark “Spike” Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
[Def Jam]

Blunderbuss
Jack White
Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
[Third Man/Columbia Records]

3. Song Of The Year

The A Team
Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
Track from: +
[Elektra; Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing]
Adorn
Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
[RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art Dealer Chic]

Call Me Maybe
Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
[604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope; Publishers: Jepsen Music Publishing, Regular Monkey Productions, Crowe Music Publishing]
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
[RCA/19 Recordings; Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Scandinavia, Perfect Storm Music Group/Sony ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, BMG Gold Songs, Kurstin Music/EMI April Music]

We Are Young
Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)
Track from: Some Nights
[Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music, FBR Music, Bearvon Music/Rough Art/Shira Lee Lawrence Rick Music/Way Above Music/Sony ATV Songs]

4. Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes
Fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

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