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Tune-In Alert: Jillian Jacqueline To Make Her Late-Night Television Debut On NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers (1/15)

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Big Loud Records’ rising star JILLIAN JACQUELINE is set to showcase the “Reasons” she is one of Country’s most buzzed-about newcomers, making her late-night television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers (1/15). 

Jacqueline will bring her top-notch vocals and razor-sharp lyrics to the national stage one week before her debut single “Reasons” hits Country radio airwaves. Already a streaming sensation, “Reasons” has surpassed 12 million plays on Spotify after skyrocketing into the platform’s Viral 50 USA list.  
The inaugural Country artist named to Vevo’s elite dscvr Artists To Watch list, Jacqueline has been chosen as one of CMT’s Listen Up “18 for 2018” while claiming a spot as an emerging artist on lists by Pandora, AXS and more. Amazon Music named Jacqueline its first-ever Weekly One artist, and countless others lauded her debut EP, SIDE A, one of the best releases of 2017. 
For tour dates and additional information on Jillian Jacqueline, please visit www.jillianjacqueline.com
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About Jillian Jacqueline:
A native of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, Jillian Jacqueline was road-mentored by Country icon Kenny Rogers and has written and recorded alongside legends like Vince Gill and Richard Marx. Combining a progressive mindset with effortlessly raw vocals and new-school, no-holds-barred storytelling, she is part of the exciting Big Loud Records label roster. Determined to do things her own way, she is taking the music scene by storm with the release of her 9-song EP, SIDE A. Vibey videos for SIDE A’s stunning tracks are live now on Vevo. The bold rising talent has intrigued Country fans and media alike with her brutally honest breakup anthem “Reasons” rocketing into Spotify’s Viral 50 USA list while gathering a striking 12 million streams. Named early on as one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” and praised by American Songwriter as “catchy and radio-ready as hell,“ Jacqueline is the inaugural Country artist on Vevo’s elite dscvr Artists To Watch list. She has been named one of Pandora’s Country Artists To Watch 2018, while also being selected for CMT’s coveted Next Women of Country list and the network’s tastemaking “18 for 2018” rundown of emerging artists. The “dazzling chanteuse-wordsmith” (Rolling Stone) has been invited to co-write with some of the biggest hitmakers in Music City, including Craig Wiseman, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Lori McKenna and more. In 2018 she will hit the road with Thomas Rhett for select dates on his LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018 and will join Brett Eldredge as a special guest on THE LONG WAY TOUR after spending 2017 opening shows for Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams and Billy Currington. The follow up to her debut project is currently in production, with additional details coming soon. For more information, visit www.jillianjacqueline.com
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Exclusive Debut: GRAMMY-Nominated Singer/Songwriter Matthew West’s “Jesus & You”

GRAMMY-nominated Christian singer/songwriter, Matthew West, has a brand new lyric video for his song, “Jesus & You”, that we’re excited to make it available to you on FOCUS on the 615!

This is new track from his upcoming album, ‘All In’, which will be releasing on September 22nd.

Watch it by clicking here or going to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqFitKCDRAg  We’re loving it and think you will, too!


Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008),  History (2005) and Happy (2003).

Well known for communicating stories through song, Matthew West has received thousands of stories from around the world. His latest studio album, Live Forever, continues that storytelling theme and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous No. 1 singles, most recently with “Grace Wins,” while achieving a record-setting No. 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions” for 15 weeks.

Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, ForgivenessToday Is Day One, and his newest release, Hello My Name Is. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story, so along with his father Pastor Joe West he founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. Please visit popwe.org for more information.

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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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Video Premiere Of “Shattered Glass” By Brett Sheroky

Watch this video premiere from new country artist Brett Sheroky with the debut of his song & video “Shattered Glass” here on FOCUS on the 615.  We think you’ll like his music as much as we do!

About Brett Sheroky 

Originally from a small suburb just across the water from St. Louis, Missouri, Brett Sheroky made the move to Nashville the day after his wedding in 2009 at the request of his wife to pursue his dreams.

Leaving his past of playing in pop/rock bands behind, Brett knew the Nashville scene wasn’t going to be easy, but some unexpected news made things a bit harder for Brett throughout his early years in town. Brett was diagnosed with Cancer in November of 2009, just a few short months before making his move to Nashville. Seemingly putting his music on hold to some and spending his months undergoing chemotherapy, Brett was doing anything but resting. With any energy he had left from treatment and the frustrations of trying to start a family with his wife (which doctors said they would never be able to do), Brett devoted his time to perfecting his craft. “I take a lot of pride in my songwriting. I want to be known as a guy that writes a song. Not a guy that puts words to music.” And boy can this guy write a song. His talent has been recognized by songwriters throughout Nashville, as well as some “higher ups.” Despite Brett’s sole focus on being strictly a writer in town for the last seven years, he has recently signed a production deal with Torrez Music Group and has been working tirelessly to finish the project. It’s not easy when you’re working two jobs trying to provide for a family at home while simultaneously attempting to make a splash in the music industry. That’s right, I said family.”

Brett Sheroky lives cancer-free out in Bellevue with his three little girls and his wife, Christy, and makes daily trips to Nashville to write, work, and record. His self-titled debut album is due out Summer 2017, and with songs like “Alcoholiday,” it’s bound to not leave your speaker system.

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A Closer Look @ Smithfield | Backstage At The Opry

We go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry with emerging country duo Smithfield as they make their Opry debut.  Get to know them a little better, find out how it feels for them to be making their debut on the Opry stage, and who they would most like to meet of the Opry members.

Watch the interview and some behind-the-scenes footage from backstage of the Opry below:

Watch Smithfield as they perform their single “Hey Whiskey” on the Opry stage.

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Rainey Qualley On Making Her Opry Debut And Official Launch Of Cingle Records

Photo Credit: Hollo/Opry

Photo Credit: Hollo/Opry

On August 28th, looking stunning with her short, tan, fringed dress handmade by her aunt, Rainey Qualley made her debut onto the Grand Ole Opry stage stepping into that circle where countless country music legends have stood before.

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Cingle Records welcomes Rainey Qualley as the label’s flagship artist. Pictured L-R: Russ Zavitson (President/Cingle Records); Rainey Qualley; John Shackelford (CEO/Cingle Records)

Cingle Records flagship recording artist Rainey Qualley had a life-long dream come true, when she made her Grand Ole Opry® debut Friday night. She stepped into the circle on the stage that has hosted virtually every one of her musical heroes and belted out her “Me And Johnny Cash” single and “Never Mine,” both from her debut EP Turn Down The Lights, in front of a packed and very appreciative crowd. 

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Cingle Records recording artist Rainey Qualley will step on the very same stage that the subject of her new single “Me And Johnny Cash” rocked many times, when she makes her debut on the Grand Ole Opry® on Friday August 28th at the Grand Ole Opry house. Cash actually kicked out the footlights on the hallowed stage during a performance in 1965, a move Qualley makes reference to in her incendiary new single that is currently rising up the charts.  

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City Winery Nashville Debuts Tasting Bar with Nashville-Inspired “Roundabout Red” and “Two Rivers Chardonnay”


The City Winery Nashville Tasting Bar makes its debut with exclusive Nashville-inspired wines that have been blended, cellared, and bottled right here in SoBro. The City Winery winemakers have been diligently working for nearly a year to bring the winery to life and offer guests locally-crafted wines, the first of many being the “Roundabout Red” and “Two Rivers Chardonnay.”

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Joel Crouse Celebrates Album Release With Live Performance At The Grand Ole Opry

©2014 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2014 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo

Joel Crouse celebrated the release of his new album EVEN THE RIVER RUNS with a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night (8/19). The project, which highlights Crouse’s talent for songwriting, made its debut in the Top 10 on iTunes Top Albums Chart. Continue Reading →

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