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Sony Partners With Omni Hotel For Special Performances And Signings During CMA Fest

As a gesture of gratitude for the thousands of country music fans arriving in Music City for the 2017 CMA Music Fest, Sony Music Nashville is partnering with the Omni Nashville Hotel to create exceptional artist experiences.  From Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11, over 10 personal artist appearances at various Omni Nashville venues, including Bongo Java and Barlines, will be available to Music Fest attendees as capacity limits allow. Starting Monday, June 5, an updated list of Sony Music Nashville artist activities, can’t-miss performances and surprise happenings at the Omni Nashville Hotel will be posted HERE.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with Sony Music Nashville for this year’s festival to create an unforgettable experience for our guests,” says Tod Roadarmel, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Omni Nashville Hotel.
“There’s no more centralized hub during CMA Music Fest than the Omni Nashville Hotel, connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and across the street from Fan Fair Hall in Music City Center—so it became the perfect headquarters for Sony Music Nashville’s activations,” remarks EVP/Marketing & New Business John Zarling. “Our team worked hard with our friends at Omni to create unique fan experiences with our artists as a thank you for all of the support they show us throughout the year. The engagement from our artists and our partners will ensure unforgettable moments during this year’s Music Fest.”
At Bongo Java, the FYE Pop-Up Store will be fully stocked with Sony Music Nashville CDs, 12” vinyl and exclusive merchandise. RCA Nashville/Zone 4’s Kane Brown and River House Artists/Columbia Nashville’s Luke Combs are confirmed for FYI store signings, with others to be added.
Also at Bongo Java, Sony Music Nashville is hosting a Coffee With…Series, and singer-songwriters currently confirmed are Arista Nashville’s Cam, LANCO and Seth Ennis and Columbia Nashville/Epic Records’ Levon.
Barlines, Omni Nashville’s own honky-tonk and live music destination, will provide the stage for a multi-artist performance series titled Barlines LIVE! with Sony Music Nashville presented by BoneOn Sportwear Acts confirmed are Monument’s Walker Hayes, Sony Music Nashville newcomers Ben Gallaher, Levon and Fairground Saints.
Fan perks at the Omni – Sony Music Nashville CMA Music Fest experience include a chance to enter to win a trip back to Nashville to attend a Brad Paisley & Friends Band Against Cancer Opry concert event.  Band Against Cancer is a Brad Paisley and Sarah Cannon partnership that unites music and healthcare to help connect those touched by cancer with community-based treatment options and resources.
Throughout CMA Music Fest, the Sony Music Nashville radio channel will air in the Omni’s lobby, retail areas and Bongo Java. In guest rooms, the Sony Music Nashville video channel will air.
Collector’s edition Omni room key cards will be available to hotel guests, featuring Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and others. Guests receiving one of 10 Dolly Parton limited-run cards will be recipients of an autographed Dolly Pure & Simple CD.
The Sony Music Nashville booth will be open 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday, and will be positioned outside of Bongo Java, adjacent to the Omni Nashville lobby.
Adding an exciting virtual and real-life dimension to the Omni Hotel partnership as well as the entire 2017 CMA Music Fest experience, Sony Music Nashville is partnering with Metaverse to produce a four-day Augmented Reality for fans. Festival attendees who download the Metaverse app will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt across downtown Nashville involving Sony Music Nashville artists and potential prizes. Fan can download the app now from the iTunes store or Android markeplace and get ready to play June 8 through 11.
About Sony Music Nashville
Sony Music Nashville includes its three country label operations – Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville and RCA Nashville – and Provident Music Group, one of the world’s leading Christian music companies.  Sony Music Nashville is a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
About Omni Hotel
Located in the heart of exciting downtown Nashville, Omni Nashville Hotel is adjacent to the Music City Center, fully integrated with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on three levels, and within walking distance of the city’s most popular restaurants, cultural attractions, live music and sports venues. The Omni Nashville offers a wide range of dining options, including Barlines, Bob’s Steak & Chop House and Kitchen Notes, and includes a full-service Mokara Spa and a coffee shop, Bongo Java.  With stylish guest rooms and over 80,000 square feet of meeting space, the Omni Nashville Hotel offers a genuine, authentic guest experience, making it a true landmark destination in Music City.  To obtain additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com/Nashville or call 615-782-5300.
About CMA Music Fest
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Now 45 years later, the legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event hosting more than 88,500 fans from every state and two dozen foreign countries. The 2016 CMA Music Festival featured 11 stages with more than 600 artists and 100 hours of music. And it all benefits music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to sustainable music education initiatives across the U.S. thanks to the fans who attend CMA Music Festival and the artists who perform for free. CMA Music Festival will be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 14th consecutive year the event will be filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Fest 2017” is executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
About Metaverse
About Metaverse: Metverse is a Gamification Platform (mobile app) that annotates the physical world with interactive experiences. Some people describe it as “Pokemon Go as a Platform.” Just like with Pokémon Go, you walk up to experiences inside the Metaverse app and tap them to interact with them. Metaverse can be used for all kinds of experiences including scavenger hunts, loyalty programs, interactive storytelling, gaming, brand activations, retail gamification, fan coalescing etc. The company is backed by 23 angel investors (including Michael Eisner) and is founded by former Googlers.
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Country Group Levon Releases Self-Titled Debut EP, Available To Download And Stream Now

Available to Download and Stream Now
Watch the New Trio’s Video Biography and

Photo credit: David McClister

New country group Levon, dually signed to Sony Music’s Columbia Nashville and Epic Records, have released their self-titled debut EP. Produced and arranged by Jamie Houston for GB Productions, the five-song EP is available now for fans to download and stream.

Levon consists of three best friends: Northbrook, Illinois, native Michael David Hall (on guitar and lead vocals, with a soaring five-octave range); Sumter, South Carolina’s Jake Singleton (on harmonies, bass, and percussion); and Camden, Tennessee, native Ryan Holladay (on guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonies). View a Levon brief video biography HERE.
Showcasing the band’s compelling song craft and harmonies, as well as their genre-transcending performance style and sound, their Levon EP features the following selections and songwriters:
1. “Why Oh Why”
Michael David Hall/James Dean Hicks/Jamie Houston
2. “Runaway Love”
Michael David Hall/Chris Lindsey/Jamie Houston
3. “Wired”
Michael David Hall/Marc Beeson/Jamie Houston
4. “Give Up Your Heart”
Jamie Houston/Craig Wiseman
5. “Ms. Marianne”
Michael David Hall/James Dean Hicks/Jamie Houston
Currently on a nationwide country radio tour to promote their new EP, Levon took yesterday off to fly to Pittsburgh, PA for a concert performance. While in flight, the band surprised Southwest Airlines passengers with an a cappella rendition of “Give Up Your Heart” HERE.
A debut single from the Levon EP will impact country radio this summer.
A few of the trio’s musical roots are suggested by their name, an homage to the talents of The Band’s Levon Helm, as well as Elton John and his song, “Levon.”  All in their twenties, Levon’s members nonetheless share a collective musical passion for the 1970s “Laurel Canyon Sound” generation whose lyrics and melodies have remained relevant long after their time on the charts.
Playing such Music City-area venues as Puckett’s in nearby Leiper’s Fork and gigging for tips outside Nashville fave, the Pancake Pantry, contributed to the early buzz on Levon.  To date, the band has expanded its résumé to include festival dates and opening slots for such artists as Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Kelsea Ballerini, Alabama and many others.
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Sony Music Nashville has signed singer/songwriter Maren Morris, who joins the label group’s Columbia Nashville imprint. The Texas-native has quickly established herself in Nashville’s music community with songwriting and vocal stylings that reflect her country, folk and pop influences, with Rolling Stone Country touting her “a stellar solo artist in her own right.” Currently on Spotify, songs from her self-titled EP have garnered from than 2.5 million streams in little over a month, with 3 songs hitting Spotify’s US and Global “Viral 50” chart.


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Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr to Headline Boots On The Beach Vacation at Sandals Resorts, Ocho Rios, Jamaica May 22-May 26

imageSony Music Nashville and Alliance Connection Productions invite concert-goers to grab their boots and swimsuits and head to Sandals Resorts in Ocho Rios, Jamaica with Funjet Vacations for the ultimate Memorial Day weekend celebration!  Join in the fun with platinum selling artists Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr as they headline Boots on the Beach Vacation from May 22-26,2015 along with Sony Music recording artists Casey James, and newcomers Cam, Josh Dorr and Logan Mize.


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Jerrod Niemann Heads Back To College

In an effort to Free The Music with his new album available Oct. 2, Jerrod Niemann is partnering with over 360 colleges and universities across the country, to present Rock Your Room.” The sweepstakes gives one lucky student over $700 of the latest SONY electronics and an exclusive live performance from Niemann in their dorm room. Also, fans can now go to his official site to pre-order exclusive merchandise bundles including a limited edition vinyl of Free the Music, blacklight poster, CD and more. Continue Reading →

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Original Sony/Columbia Team Comes Together for Wade Hayes Single Supporting Cancer Research

Less than a year ago Wade Hayes received news that would not only change his life but potentially end it. The singer, songwriter and guitar slinger was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer last December. Successful surgery and chemotherapy removed the cancer and gave him a renewed sense of purpose for his life and career. He was inspired to write a song called “Is It Already Time” about his ordeal, and many from the team that helped launch his career at Sony Music/Columbia Records have reunited to produce, promote, publicize, market and sell his new music for a worthy cause – cancer research. Continue Reading →

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