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Mary Sarah Celebrates Birthday With New Single: “Without You” Out Today

Photo credit: Katie Kauss

Texas songstress Mary Sarah kicks off her birthday (#77Seventeen) with the release of her new single “Without You” out today on all digital platforms.  The modern traditionalist co-wrote the tune with David Garcia, Bart Butler and Mike Walker.  This is Mary Sarah’s first single since her time on the ‘Voice’ and what better way to send it out than to debut the track on her birthday as a gift to her fans.  Purchase/Stream “Without You” at the links below.

ITunes: http://smarturl.it/MSWithoutYou
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/MSWithoutYouSpotify

Photo credit: Katie Kauss

GET CONNECTED WITH MARY SARAH
Website || www.marysarah.com
Facebook || www.facebook.com/MarySarahMusic
Twitter || twitter.com/MarySarahMusic
Instagram || https://www.instagram.com/marysarahmusic
YouTube || https://www.youtube.com/user/MarySarahMusic

 

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Benji Harris’ Debut, Self-Titled, Solo Project At Online Retailers Now

The first solo release from Benji Harris has hit iTunes and other online retailers this week, etching a career benchmark for the celebrated vocalist and guitarist that has toured with headliners and scored a top hit on CMT and Music Row with his previous trio, Scarletta.  Kick starting his summer with the announcement of the project on Cumulus’ NASH FM morning show Ty, Kelly and Chuck, Benji performed at the Wildhorse Saloon and greeted fans at the RFD-TV booth in the Exhibit Hall during the 2017 CMA Fest and was most recently on the Hard Rock Café Stage at WSMV NBC’s show “Today in Nashville.” 
 
“I played this new record for the first time with a full band at the album release show in Nashville on Tuesday,” says Benji.  “Man did it feel good to see the crowd enjoying the new songs and to get all the positive responses from the live stream that Center Stage Magazine hosted.  I’ve watched some of the best in the business perform and grow while I was out on the road with them and I finally feel ready to share my own music with country fans.”
 
Fans can download the project on iTunes by clicking here. Benji premiered the record to his Nashville area fans and industry professionals before a packed house at The Country on Tuesday. Among those in attendance was Cassadee Pope, the 2012 winner of NBC’s The Voice that would go on to chart a #1 Billboard Country album (Frame by Frame) and #1 Billboard Country Airplay single Think of You with Chris Young. Benji, who also serves as a guitarist and vocalist on Cassadee’s tour, joins her on the stage each night performing the Chris Young portion of the #1 hit.
  A photo recap of his recent activity is below. 
 

Center Stage Magazine‘s Tommy Lemon, Benji Harris, Cassadee Pope & Center Stage Magazine‘s Missy Wolf after the album release show at The Country

Benji cooking up stir fry for Battered and Brewed‘s “Music In The Kitchen”

 

Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Ty Bentli, Benji Harris and Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Chuck Wicks

Benji Harris & Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Chuck Wicks

 

Benji joining WSMV NBC’s Today In Nashville wall of fame.

Today In Nashville‘s Carole Sullivan, Benji Harris and Today In Nashville‘s Kelly Sutton

Benji will be making a return appearance on Ty, Kelly and Chuck on July 17 and will be sharing his latest music with the patients at The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt via Seacrest Studios on July 21.
 
To stay updated on Benji, visit the following:
 
 
About Benji Harris
 
Since moving to Nashville in 2009, this Dallas native has found a welcomed home on Music Row. His country/rock trio Scarletta (2009-2014) had a Top 30 radio hit in 2012, and a popular music video in high rotation on CMT.  They gained critical acclaim from Billboard and the Country Music Association as a top act to watch. He even found viral success and salutes from country headliner Jake Owen with a trio of parodies celebrating his daughter’s birth.  Since leaving the band in 2014, Benji has lent his instrumental and vocal talents to projects and tours for stars like Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, and Carly Pearce.  Pope’s fans see Benji in the spotlight every night on tour when they perform the Chris Young duet Think of You. This father of two beautiful daughters is excited for the opportunity to finally share a project of his own. Benji co-wrote five of the six songs on the EP that is available now via iTunes and all major online retailers.
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Curb Introduces Little Feather With “Hillbilly Love Song (Hey Y’all)”

Curb Records announces the signing of award-winning group Little Feather, whose debut single premieres today on Huffington Post .  The single “Hillbilly Love Song (Hey Y’all)” is available here. This autobiographical debut single release showcases the band’s organically-optimisitic acoustic playing, and the lead singer’s vintage-modern vocal skills.  The forthcoming self-titled album will be released September 29.

The acoustic driven band is fronted by lead vocalist Liz Sharpe.  Steeped in tradition, Liz is a coal miner’s daughter with a family lineage that connects the young Pikeville, Kentucky singer to award-winning traditionalist Patty Loveless and to the Queen of Country herself, Loretta Lynn.

Liz’s resumé reads like a New York Times best seller including lending harmonies for such diverse acts as Holly Williams and Michael Bolton.  She penned a song titled “Float Along, Little Feather,” and upon careful listening she knew she was onto a sound that she wanted to explore deeper.  She and her husband, Aaron Spraggs (drums), approached Dylan Rowe (bass player), Sam Brooker (rhythm guitar and harmony), Shannon Campbell (guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmony and Glen Campbell’s son), and Pat Boyer (guitar and slide).  Thus, Little Feather was born.  Take one listen to the music and you’ll hear why this new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve sound is quickly attracting the ears of many listeners.

The easy-going, fun-loving band has been blowing up social media with their innovative “Drive-Thru Concert” series on Facebook and YouTube. They literally pile into a van, order a meal, and then pick and sing their way to the drive-thru window causing impromptu reactions by employees who can’t help but start dancing and singing along with them.  The videos, which have amassed nearly two million views, have gone over so well that earlier this month Little Feather enjoyed their first taste of success by winning a Silver Telly Award in the Music Video category at the 38th Annual Telly Awards that honors the best in film and video.  

“Words can’t express how happy my band and I are to share our music with the world,” says Liz Sharpe.  “The music has been incubating for awhile now, but Little Feather is getting ready to fly!”

Little Feather’s self-titled debut album on Curb will be released on September 29.  To learn more visit Little Feather.  Follow them on Instagram @littlefeatherband, Twitter @lilfeathermusic and
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/littlefeathermusic/ .

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Dierks Bentley Celebrated His 16th #1, “Black”, In Nashville

Pictured (l-r): Ross Copperman, Dierks Bentley, Ashley Gorley

Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley celebrated his 16th career #1 as an artist and 13th #1 as a songwriter behind “Black” with industry friends and media alike, as they were treated to a chic party by performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI hosted yesterday (6/22) at Nashville’s new restaurant Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway. Serving as the third consecutive chart topper off Bentley’s critically acclaimed album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville), the Gold-certified single and most personal song to date for Bentley was co-written alongside ASCAP songwriter Ashley Gorley, who celebrated his 33rd #1 song, and BMI songwriter Ross Copperman, who celebrated his 16th, and was produced by Copperman along with Arturo Buenahora. Both Copperman and Gorley were named Country Music Songwriter of the Year by their respective PROs in 2016. 

 
​”Black” hit the top of the charts exactly one year after the release of Bentley’s “most fully-formed LP of his career” (TIME), and further illustrates Bentley’s depth and diversity as an artist as the smash hit follows the chart-topping Platinum-certified and award winning hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” ​BLACK serves as one of only two Country albums released since last May that has been certified Gold while simultaneously spawning three certified songs by the RIAA. All three chart toppers released from the multi-nominated Album of the Year record have have seen more than 389 million digital streams.
 
Also on hand to celebrate the ​song were label UMG Nashville’s Cindy Mabe and publishers Combustion Music’s Kenley Flynn, Kobalt’s Jesse Willoughby, Rezolant’s Tim Wipperman, Sony/ATV’s Josh Van Valkenburg and Warner/Chappell’s BJ Hill
About Dierks Bentley
The “king of the breakup song” (Noisey), continues to balance “robust record sales and heavy radio play with acclaim from even those critics who had seemed allergic to Nashville’s output in the past” (Esquire) as all three singles released from his eighth studio album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville) have now received certifications from the RIAA. “The bluegrass picker, the love song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has amassed 16 No. One songs, 13 GRAMMY nominations and countless nominations from CMA, ACM, People Choice and Billboard Music Awards. More than half a million fans have already flooded sold-out arenas and amphitheaters in 2017 across North America to witness the “wildly entertaining affair” (Tampa Bay Times) that is Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR. Special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi round out the full-throttle summer party as Bentley continues “forging ahead into new terrain,” (Hartford Courant). For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.
About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 600,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.​
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Global Superstar Shania Twain Reveals New Album NOW – Available Sept. 29

International superstar Shania Twain is set to release her brand new album NOW on Sept. 29. Three decades into her storied career as the “top-selling female country artist of all-time,” Shania confidently embraces the moment on her triumphant fifth full-length album on Mercury Nashville and her first album since 2002. Assuming the role of sole songwriter for the first time and overseeing production as a co-producer, this is the woman the world knows and loves at her brightest, boldest and best.NOW, offered as both a 12-track standardand a 16-track deluxe, is available for preorder now and includes an instant download of the album’s lead single “Life’s About to Get Good.” The joyful new tune premieres today on country radio platforms around the globe.

 

Shania is set to rock New York City tomorrow morning as part of NBC’s TODAY Show Summer Concert Series. Fans can expect to hear new music including her latest single along with a few of her most-popular hits. While fans got a taste of the highly-anticipated new song in an exciting NBC Winter Olympics ad, the TODAY Show appearance will only be the second time Shania has performed “Life’s About to Get Good” for a live audience. The first came recently when she performed to a high-spirited crowd of over 75,000 fans as one of the three headliners of this year’s Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif.

 

In addition to the upcoming new album, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. opens its Shania exhibit later this month as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration. Scheduled to run through mid-2018, the exhibit will feature some of Shania’s iconic outfits from the “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” music video (including her top hat, top coat, corset, shirt, necktie, gloves, and skirt), as well as her memorable 2003 Super Bowl halftime performance outfit — the Marc Bouwer-designed black pleather-duster coat and velvet skirt with rhinestone embellishments and many more.

 

Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, Shania Twain; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, The Woman in Me; Come On Over, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.

 

Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Shania is the first and only female artist to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award. She was also honored with the Icon Award atBillboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Shania’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One,” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”.

 

NOW album preorder packages are available now at Shania’s official store. Fans can find exclusive items only available through preorder including a sequin leopard print bomber jacket and a vinyl record with a personalized voice greeting from Shania. Fans can also hear Shania’s NOW playlist HERE. For more information, please visit ShaniaTwain.com.

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Pepsi Hosts 1st Annual Pepsi Firehouse In Nashville

A few lucky music lovers were treated to a very special night of new music discovery by Pepsi, who was in town to partner with the CMT Music Awards.

Held at the Urban Cowboy, which is a beautiful mansion built in the 1800’s that is now a bed & breakfast, the event showcased several up and coming artists in Nashville like Maggie Rose and Lindsay Ell.  Guests mingled, ate some delicious food, drank some specialty drinks made with Pepsi’s new summer cola, Pepsi Fire, and explored the mansion’s many rooms to discover new music all night from the talented artists.

Each room was decorated in a different theme, and featured one up & coming artist whose music was played on that room’s sound system. Also, the artist featured was there to meet and mingle with the guests.

At the end of the night, guests were treated to an intimate performance in one of the main rooms of the Pepsi Firehouse by Warner Nashville’s Devin Dawson.

Devin Dawson has a bluesy & soulful sound infused with country.  Great vocals combined with an engaging stage prescence. Be sure to check out his music! He’s one to watch.

Enjoying the speciality drink mixed with Pepsi Fire served at Pepsi Firehouse.

As a summer treat, be sure to find Pepsi Fire in a store near you. It’s only available this summer, so don’t wait too long to try it. It’s the taste of Pepsi that has been loved by generations with just a hint of cinnamon for a refreshing blend for those who like something a little different with a little heat to it. Try it! You know you want to.

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Benji Harris Premieres Debut, Solo, Self-Titled Project

Benji Harris, a vocalist and guitarist that has toured with headliners and scored a top hit on CMT and Music Row with his previous trio, moves center stage for his self-titled, solo debut premiering at online retailers on Friday, June 30th. Fans can pre-order the project today by clicking here and instantly receive two tracks, including the lead single That’s How You Get a Girl.

Ty, Kelly & Chuck’s Ty Bentli, Benji Harris and Chuck Wicks

“I feel like this record is a whole new chapter for me.” says Benji. “After so many years of touring with other great artists, I’ve gained invaluable experience watching the masters at work. I knew I had the goods to make a great record, and I’ve learned what goes into putting on an amazing live show. I’m so excited the time has finally come for me to step out to center stage.”

Benji announced the project live on Cumulus’ NASH FM morning show Ty, Kelly and Chuck where he was challenged by listeners to compose a #10MinuteTune on the gender neutral MTV Movie and TV Awards. You can view the segment by clicking here.

 

Benji will be making his debut this summer at the 2017 CMA Music Festival meeting and greeting with fans and performing at the PLAtinum Acoustic Fan Jam II at the Wildhorse Saloon on Saturday, June 10. Fans can stay updated on Benji at the following:

Website: www.benjiharris.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebenjiharris/

Twitter: @thebenjiharris

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thebenjiharris/

About Benji Harris

Since moving to Nashville in 2009, this Dallas native has found a welcomed home on Music Row. His country/rock trio Scarletta (2009-2014) had a Top 30 radio hit in 2012, and a popular music video in high rotation on CMT.  They gained critical acclaim from Billboard and the Country Music Association as a top act to watch. He even found viral success and salutes from country headliner Jake Owen with a trio of parodies celebrating his daughter’s birth.  Since leaving the band in 2014, Benji has lent his instrumental and vocal talents to projects and tours for stars like Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope and Carly Pearce.  Pope’s fans see Benji in the spotlight every night on tour when he sings the Chris Young part in the Billboard #1 duet Think of You. With a single premiering just before CMA Fest, this father of two beautiful daughters is excited for the opportunity to finally share a project of his own. Benji co-wrote five of the six songs on the EP that is available for pre-sale now via iTunes and will premiere on all online retailers on June 30.

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Jade Jackson Announces Summer Tour Dates With Social Distortion

Country rock sensation Jade Jackson is set to release her anticipated debut album Gilded on May 19th via Anti-. The young California singer-songwriter, described as “part Hank Williams, part The Smiths” by Bluegrass Situation, was featured on the newest installment of the Walking The Floor podcast hosted by Foo Fighter guitarist Chris Shiflett.

Listen here: http://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/jade-jackson-chris-shiflett-talk-california-mike-ness-w481165

Jackson was also just profiled in the Huffington Post, which writes, “ For a young woman with a healthy appetite for life and a musical menu filled with enticing possibilities, Jackson and her delicious debut album should leave even a moody foodie with the most discerning taste craving for seconds.”

Read here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/with-debut-album-jade-jackson-finally-getting-a-taste_us_59112fd1e4b056aa2363d888

Jackson’s debut album Gilded was produced by Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness and powerfully merges the unflinching honesty and melodies of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris with the raw energy of a musician influenced equally by George Jones, Hank Williams, The Cure and The Gun Club.

Jackson has just announced a series of live dates opening for Social Distortion.

Live Dates W/Social Distortion

July 22, 2017 The Depot  Salt Lake City, UT
July 25, 2017 Liberty Hall  Lawrence, KS
July 26, 2017 Palace Theatre Saint Paul, MN
July 28, 2017 The Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
July 29, 2017 Bogart’s  Cincinnati, OH
July 30, 2017 Newport Music Hall   Columbus, OH
Aug 1, 2017    House of Blues  Cleveland, OH
Aug 3, 2017    Stage AE  Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 4, 2017    The Fillmore  Philadelphia, PA
Aug 5, 2017    Paramount Theater Huntington, NY
Aug 8, 2017    Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA
Aug 9, 2017    College St. Music Hall  New Haven, CT
Aug 11, 2017 Palladium  Worcester, CT
Aug 12, 2017 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ
Aug 13, 2017 The Fillmore  Silver Spring, MD
Aug 15, 2017 The Norva Theater Norfolk, VA
Aug 18, 2017 The Mill & Mine Knoxville, TN
Aug 19, 2017 The Fillmore  Matthews, NV
Aug 20, 2017 The Ritz  Raleigh, NC
Aug 22, 2017 House of Blues  Myrtle Beach, SC
Aug 23, 2017 Tabernacle    Atlanta, GA
Aug 25, 2017 House of Blues Orlando, FL
Aug 26, 2017 Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Aug 27, 2017 Jannus Landing  Saint Petersburg, FL
Aug 30, 2017 House of Blues   New Orleans, LA
Sept 01, 2017 Concrete St. Pavilion Corpus Christi, TX
Sept 02, 2017 The Aztec Theater  San Antonio, TX
Sept 05, 2017 Tricky Falls  El Paso, TX
Sept 06, 2017 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
Sept 08, 2017 Doheny State Beach Dana Point, CA

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Chris Young Delivers New Single, “Losing Sleep”

After earning multiple ACM, BBMA, CMA, Grammy and RDMA nominations and scoring three consecutive chart-topping singles – including his ninth No. 1 “Sober Saturday Night” with Vince Gill – from his “excellent” (New York Times) album I’m Comin’ Over, CHRIS YOUNG has set the bar even higher with the release of his brand new single, “Losing Sleep.”  Delivered overnight to country radio and retailers, the song shot immediately to the No. 2 spot on the iTunes Country chart within hours of release.

“I continue to be blown away by the response to my last record and it makes me push myself even harder in the studio and onstage,” said Chris. “With every new album I think I want to try and write something easier and not so high in my register, but of course, on ‘Losing Sleep’ we push the boundaries even further and layer in some fun, new grooves too.”

With bare, flawless vocals that lead into a bold, explosive chorus, “Losing Sleep” is the lead single from the RCA Records Nashville artist’s hotly anticipated seventh album due later this year. The song is written by Young with Josh Hoge and Chris DeStefano and marks the Grammy-nominated singer’s third time co-producing with Corey Crowder. Named “one of his era’s finest traditionalists” by the Associated Press, Young’s upcoming record will be his third project in less than two years, including 2015’s critically acclaimed I’m Comin’ Over and 2016’s It Must Be Christmas.

With a hit-packed set that highlights his nine chart-toppers — including “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” — and fifteen Gold/Platinum certified projects, Chris has joined reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean as special guest on his They Don’t Know Tour through October before resuming his own headlining dates later this year.

 

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Country Star Kane Brown Releases “What Ifs” Music Video Featuring Lauren Alaina

Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina are shown here filming the “What Ifs” music video on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean at The Inn at Newport Ranch in Northern California.  Photo credit: P.R. Brown

Academy of Country Music and CMT Music Awards nominated breakthrough artist Kane Brown reveals his highly-anticipated new music video “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina streaming now exclusively on Amazon Music. “What Ifs” is included on Brown’s #1 self-titled album which remains country’s best-selling new-artist debut of the past 2 ½ years.

Kane Brown’s co-star in the new clip is Lauren Alaina, his good friend and middle-school classmate turned duet partner. Announced earlier this week, both artists are nominated for the 2017 CMT Music Awards “Breakthrough Video of the Year” – Brown for the clip of his Gold-certified “Used to Love You Sober,” and Alaina for “The Road Less Traveled.”
Directed by P. R. Brown and produced by Steve Lamar, “What Ifs” is the first music video to be filmed at The Inn at Newport Ranch on the breathtaking North California coastline. Prior to the world premiere of the clip on Amazon Music, the “What Ifs” lyric video and an interview with Brown and Alaina about the music video shoot were previewed last week on People.com.
“What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina is Kane Brown’s current single at country radio. It was produced by 9-time ACM Award-winning producer/musician Dann Huff and co-written by Brown, Matthew McGinn, and Jordan Schmidt. “What Ifs” is one of 11 songs, 7 of which he co-wrote, on the Kane Brown debut RCA Nashville/Zone 4 album which fans can purchase here.
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