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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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Vince Gill To Be Honored with CRB Career Achievement Award

 

Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Vince Gill will be honored with the 2014 Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will perform a tribute to Gill as well as presenting him with the prestigious award during the event.

The CRB 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. Previous winners of this award include Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Merle Haggard and George Strait.

“Vince Gill is unquestionably one of the greatest artists in the country genre,” said Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRS. “His body of amazing work continues to evolve, and his performances inspire us all. He is a remarkable ambassador for Country music with his talents, grace, class, leadership, humility, humanity, style and wicked sense of humor. We are very proud to present Vince with this richly deserved honor.”

With more than 17 studio albums recorded and more than 26 million copies sold, Gill has had an incredible career as a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has won 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. He has already been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony unofficially kicks off Country Radio Seminar each year. CRS 2014 will be held at the downtown Nashville Convention Center February 19-21, 2014.

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

Previously announced, the 2014 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees are Larry Wilson and Mike Brophey as the Radio category inductees and Paul Schadt and Jim Denny as the On-Air category inductees.

About Country Radio Hall of Fame:

The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding indiviuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format. The Hall of Fame has two categories: Radio and On-Air Personality. The awards ceremony is held the evening prior to the Country Radio Seminar and has become recognized as the unofficial kick off of the annual radio convention.

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.

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Dean Alexander Interview | CRS 2013

Hot newcomer Dean Alexander stops by Country Radio Seminar (CRS) to talk about his new music!

Read more about all the great performances with exclusive behind the scenes coverage of CRS 2013 here!

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Interview with Casey James | CRS 2013

We caught up with Casey James over a month ago during his show at Exit/In in Nashville where he promised a full length interview during Country Radio Seminar (CRS).

This is that full length interview!

Casey stops by to talk about his fans, his new single and upcoming tour with one Taylor Swift!

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Interview With LoCash Cowboys And Their New Single | CRS 2013

During Our Interview, The FOCUS Crew Bet On Which Song It Would Be… The Results Are In!

LoCash Cowboys

We caught up with the LoCash Cowboys at CRS a few weeks ago. The rockin’ country duo dropped by to discuss their new deal… but more importantly, we discuss Ray Lewis for president, partying with playmate Kendra, and we even bet on what song would be their new single!

During the interview, LoCash previewed two of their songs for Patrice and I, one of which was to be released to radio. The first was called “Love Drunk,” the second was called “Chase A Little Love.” Patrice and I disagreed on which we thought it should be. I voted the former; Patrice, the latter. So we have been waiting with bated breath to hear the result. And the verdict is…

I lost.

Chase A Little Love” will be LoCash Cowboy’s next single. (Read the press release below).

Here is the interview with the boys. The song debate begins around 5:40:

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Interview With Danielle Peck | CRS 2013

Danielle Peck stops by to talk to us about her inspirational new single “Impossible Dreams,” the subsequent Country Weekly contest, and some beauty tips. She is also the newest artist slated to perform on the Music in Motion on the Ocean cruise!

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Interview with The FARM | CRS 2013

The FARM comes by to talk about partying at CRS, their newest single, and Australia. Krista even shows off some dance moves, and we contemplate changing the name of FOCUS on the 615.

Read more about all the great performances with exclusive behind the scenes coverage of CRS 2013 here!

Learn more about The FARM and their random acts of kindness at http://thefarmmusic.com

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Meet New Artist Drake White And His Debut Single, “The Simple Life”

Newcomer Drake White is getting ready to hit the airwaves with his debut single, “The Simple Life.” FOCUS on the 615 had the opportunity to hear him perform the song at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) a couple weeks ago. Pay attention to this guy! Check out the video below as the first introduction to this charismatic performer.

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Brett Eldredge | CRS 2013

Brett Eldredge drops by Country Radio Seminar to talk about his new single “Don’t Ya,” his new album, and landing the opening spot on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour.

Click here to see the official lyric video for Brett’s new single “Don’t Ya”

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