Tuesday, January 7, 2014



NASHVILLE – MUSIC CITY – January 7, 2014 – Calling all songwriters! Did you make it your New Year’s Resolution to take your passion for music and songwriting more seriously? Now is your chance. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (CVC) is accepting entries for its seventh annual Music City Songwriting Competition until February 15. Elektra Nashville recording artist, actress and songwriter Jana Kramer is serving as the honorary ambassador of the competition and will offer a mentoring session to the winner among other prizes.

The competition is open to amateur songwriters only and will accept entries now through February 15, 2014. Submission forms with completed entries can be mailed to Music City Songwriting Competition, P.O. Box 190633, Nashville, TN 37219 USA or submitted online at https://songspace.com/contests#/music-city-songwriting-competition. Submission fee for the first song is $30 USD. Each additional song is $20 USD. For more information and to enter a song, please visit http://www.VisitMusicCity.com/Songwriter.

The winning songwriter will receive a $1,000 cash prize, two roundtrip Southwest Airlines® tickets to Music City (winner and one (1) guest), and spend five nights at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel downtown, with transportation provided from Nashville International Airport to hotel and return from hotel to airport. While in town, the winner will be interviewed by Storme Warren host of GAC’s Headline Country and “Music Row Happy Hour” on Sirius/XM Highway 59 Radio, interviewed on GAC TV to run in a scheduled show, a showcase session at American Songwriter office, and will have an interview featured in American Songwriter Magazine. Jana Kramer will also offer a mentoring session and a personalized autographed CD to the winner. The winning song will be recorded during the taping of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Show’s “Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits,” a monthly radio show recorded and produced by the Nashville CVC, and the song will be highlighted on Music City Radio, Nashville’s online radio station. Additionally, the winner will receive a one-hour writing session with a professional songwriter, and the opportunity to receive a single song publishing deal. A Nashville Music City Gift Bag and a Backstage Pass will be included, which offers complimentary admission for two to more than 30 Nashville attractions.

Entries will be narrowed down to the top 25 finalists and posted on the MCSC website on or around the week of March 4, 2014, which will then be judged by a panel of top names
in the Nashville music industry, including recording artist Jana Kramer, ASCAP’s Mike
Sistad, Alex Torrez, GAC’s “Headline Country” host Storme Warren and Nashville CVC President Butch Spyridon. Judges will rate each song based on the following criteria: melody, composition, originality, lyrics and, most importantly, commercial appeal. The Grand prize winner will be selected on or around the week of April 1, 2014.

Everyone who enters the Music City Songwriting Competition will receive a copy of Jana Kramer’s self-titled release, and the 25 finalists will also receive a certificate of recognition, and a Music City Gift bag.

Last year’s winner was David Jonelis with “Come Home Soon“. The 2011 winning song, “Lie,” by Ruben Estevez is a single on Tracy Lawrence’s new album Headlights, Taillights and Radios. You never know how far yours could go!

The Nashville CVC is proud to partner with American Songwriter, GAC, Southwest Airlines®, and Renaissance Nashville Hotel to make it all happen.

For more information on the competition, a copy of the rules and regulations or to enter a song please visit, www.VisitMusicCity.com/Songwriter.


Award-Winning Duo “Stay” On Top With Fourth Consecutive, Multi-Week #1 In US & Canada
FGL Joins Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN Tour 2014

Florida Georgia Line

Photo Credit: Kristin Barlowe
NASHVILLE, TN (January 7, 2014) – Following an epic 2013, it is no surprise that Florida Georgia Line is ringing in the New Year on top. The award-winning duo's breakout MULTI-PLATINUM debut “Cruise” has been named the best-selling digital Country single in history for sales of over 6.6 million downloads by Soundscan
To top it off, their passion-fueled single “Stay” dominated all four Country Radio charts in the US and Canada this week, marking their fourth consecutive, multi-week #1.
FGL exploded with their smash “Cruise” and followed with the PLATINUM “Get Your Shine On” and GOLD “Round Here.” To date, more than 10 million tracks worldwide have been sold from FGL’s Republic Nashville debut album, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which has been certified PLATINUM in the US and GOLD in Canada.
The breakout duo closed out 2013 topping 11 of Billboard’s year-end charts, including:
  • #1 Top Country Artist
  • #1 Top Country Duo/Group
  • #1 Hot Country Songs Artist
  • #1 Hot Country Songs “Cruise”
  • #1 Country Airplay Songs Artist
  • #1 Country Digital Songs Artist
  • #1 Country Digital Songs Title “Cruise”
  • #1 Country Streaming Songs Artist
  • #1 Country Streaming Songs Title “Cruise”
  • #1 Ringtones Artist
  • #1 Ringtones Title “Cruise”
Poised to follow in the record-breaking success, FGL's next single will be “This Is How We Roll” featuring country superstar Luke Bryan. The collaboration is from the deluxe version of their chart-topping album, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES…THIS IS HOW WE ROLL, available now.
To continue to toast and celebrate with their fans nationwide, the reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year will join Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN Tour later this month.

Country Music News International January 7. 2014

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CD: Stephanie Grace – Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace – Stephanie Grace

Hey There – Would You Be Mine – Rumors – If You Asked Me (EP Version) - Wish I Knew – The Sound

Does Nashville’s rising star Stephanie Grace have got it (grace)? Well she at least has got a vigorous and young country featuring a very sweet albeit mature voice along with lively melodies (“Hey There”).

Through her songs Stephanie is often tackling girlish issues such as being ignored by a boy (“Would You Be Mine”), or mean people who spread bad words (“Rumors”)

The instrumentation seems on that EP quite rock-oriented with heavy guitars and banging, insistent drums which are to recall Avril Lavigne’s debut. On top of that, way is made for backing vocals which make it really uplifting (“Wish I knew”).

There is on these previous points a clear opposition in Stephanie’s songs between the powerful music she plays and the sadness of her words which often talk about the ugly side of love (being let down or misunderstood).

This being said, that beauty queen, only 17, seems to have promising days forthcoming especially if you think that she already has more than 70 songs in her bag as a songwriter!
You can hear more songs from Stephanie onto her official website:

Antoine Betbèze, for Country Music News International


Nationwide 2014 Tour Launches In March

Days Of Gold Tour Logo

Jake Owen Publicity Image

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch for RCA Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - (January 6, 2014) – For chart-topping vocalist Jake Owen, 2013 was filled with golden times; earning his fourth consecutive #1 with “Anywhere With You,” drawing a crowd of over 20,000 for a Nashville summer block party, releasing his new album DAYS OF GOLD, crossing over one million Twitter followers and touring with Jason Aldean. This spring Jake will celebrate with his fans on his second major nationwide headline run – JAKE OWEN’S DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014 - as officially announced from the ESPN tailgate party stage at the BCS National Championship today (1/6).
Kicking off March 20 in Brookings, SD, the DAYS OF GOLD TOUR will go through October and wrap in Jake’s hometown of Vero Beach, FL. The 55-city plus tour features openers Eli Young Band (select dates), Parmalee (select dates), Thomas Rhett (select dates) and The Cadillac Three.
“I love throwing parties! This tour is going to be one big party and everyone is invited,” shares Jake. “I’ve been lucky enough to be on the road and learn from incredible artists like Chesney, McGraw, and Aldean. I’m really proud of this tour and can’t wait for the fans to see what’s in store. The first night can not get here fast enough!”
“Ain’t no party like a Jake Owen party,” raves Country Weekly on the singer’s live show. To get this party vibe going, Jake will release his new single “Beachin’” to country radio in February. The song, along with the hit single “Days of Gold,” is featured on his current album DAYS OF GOLD, available everywhere now.
Since releasing the chart-topping album, BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, Jake Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The gold-certified RCA Nashville project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the DOUBLE PLATINUM title track and PLATINUM “Alone with You,” and GOLD-certified hits “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.” His energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots with Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and his first headlining tour, CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012, which made CMT history for the most sold-out shows in a row for the annual nationwide tour.
DAYS OF GOLD Tour 2014
March 20 - Brookings, SD                          
March 21 - Fargo, ND                                 
March 22 - Bemidji, MN
April 10 - Casper, WY                                
April 11 - Rapid City, SD                           
April 12 - Bismarck, ND                            
April 24 - Bowling Green, KY
April 25 - Dayton, OH                                
May 1 - Ft. Wayne, IN                             
May 2 - Indiana, PA                                
May 3 - Wilkes-Barre, PA                       
May 15- Huntington, WV                         
May 16 - Greensboro, NC                          
May 29 - Gilford, NH                                
May 30 - New York, NY
May 31 - Virginia Beach, VA (Patriotic Festival)    
June 12 - North Lawrence, OH (Country Fest)
June 13 - Buffalo, NY (Taste of Country)
June 19 - Grand Junction, CO (Country Jam USA)
June 20 - Rio Rancho, NM                        
June 21 - Pueblo, CO (Bands in the Backyard)
June 27 - Greeley, CO (Greeley Stampede)
June 28 - Norfolk, NE                                
June 29 - Wichita, KS                                 
July 10 - Reading, PA
July 11 - Uncasville, CT 
July 17 - Eau Claire, WI (Country Jam Fest)
July 18 - Valparaiso, IN (Porter County Fair)
July 24 - Green Bay, WI                          
July 25 - Moline, IL
August 1 - Duncan, BC (Sunfest Country)
August 2 - Sweet Home, OR (Oregon Jamboree)
August 9 - Las Vegas, NV
August 21 - Tuscaloosa, AL                           
August 22 - Orange Beach, AL                      
August 23 - New Orleans, LA                       
September 5 - North Charleston, SC                  
September 6 - Augusta, GA                                
September 11 - Fayetteville, AR                          
September 13 - Terre Haute, IN                           
September 18 - Cape Girardeau, MO                   
September 20 - Sioux City, IA                               
September 25 - Tupelo, MS                                  
September 26 - Huntsville, AL                             
October 3 - Roanoke, VA                               
October 4 - Pikeville, KY                               
October 9 - Battle Creek, MI                          
October 10 - Saginaw, MI                                
October 11 - Toledo, OH                                 
October 16 - La Crosse, WI                             
October 17 - Mankato, MN                               
October 18 - Lincoln, NE                                
October 23 - Atlanta, GA                                 
October 24 - Tallahassee, FL  
October 25 – Vero Beach, FL

Later On The Swon Brothers

The Swon Brothers Ship Debut Single, “Later On,” to Country Radio
Nashville, TN – (January 6, 2014) - Arista Nashville recording artists and NBC The Voice Season 4 finalists The Swon Brothers debuted their new song, “Later On,” to a rousing response during a return performance to the show in December, and “Later On” has now been officially announced as the debut single from the duo’s upcoming album.  Penned by Ryan Hurd, Joey Hyde, and Justin Wilson, “Later On” shipped to country radio today, with an official airplay impact date in March.
Released for sale digitally just prior to the duo’s performance on The Voice, “Later On” shot to #1 on iTunes’ Country Top Songs chart within 24 hours, immediately resonating with fans, just as it had with the Swons themselves.
“We are beyond blessed and excited to be releasing our very first single on Arista Nashville! We believe that with the love and support from our fans this song has big potential.” says Zach Swon.  
“We’ve waited and prayed for this moment our whole lives and it’s finally here! We are more than ready to meet all the folks at country radio and want to say thank you in advance for welcoming your two  new brothers  to the family!,” says Colton Swon.  
The Swon Brothers are currently at work on their Arista Nashville debut album, helmed by multi-million-selling producer Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans).  Featuring “Later On,” the album is set for release later this year.  “Later On” is currently available for sale here:  http://smarturl.it/lateron.
Fans who missed the duo’s December performance of “Later On” on The Voice can see it online here:  http://bit.ly/1cp1DKM.
About The Swon Brothers
The Swon Brothers (Zach and Colton) first hit the national radar charming fans with their incredible sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities as finalists on Team Blake in Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice.  Newly signed to the Arista Nashville record label, the brothers returned to The Voice in December of 2013 to perform “Later On,” the first taste of the Muskogee, OK, natives’ upcoming album, helmed by producer Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans).  The journey marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of the Swons, who had the ambition to take their first swing at a record deal when they were only 9 and 11 years old, asking their parents to stop in Nashville so they could audition at record labels on their way to a family vacation in Florida.  Recently honored with the Rising Star award by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, The Swon Brothers are currently writing and securing songs for their major-label debut album, coming later this year.


January 6, 2014 – Nashville, TN – After a short holiday break, one of the hardest working bands in music today, THE BAND PERRY, will pick up where they left off at the end of 2013.  Days into the New Year, the award-winning sibling trio will kick off the North American leg of their first headlining tour – WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR – this Thursday, January 9th in Penticton, BC at the South Okanagan Events Centre and will continue well into the spring. For their first-ever headlining arena tour, the band will unveil a brand new production, including top-notch stage and lighting design and a vamped up set list. The show will be bigger and more dynamic than anything we've previously seen from The Band Perry. Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell will support.

The Band Perry wound down the European leg of the tour in early December, and fans and critics were equally blown away by their explosive performances. The UK’s influential Renowned For Sound hailed, “The band masterfully blended the rock and country sounds that they were raised upon with pinpoint precision. The band’s rock features didn’t end with their music, but were also quite rocky in their performance, with Kimberly, Reid and Neil all taking complete control of the stage and whipping the audience up into an utter frenzy.” Three Chords and The Truth went on to say, “as long as artists like The Band Perry are the leading lights of new country then evolution need not be viewed too negatively and the spirit in the title of the Pioneer album can continue to set the agenda” and The Music Intro declared “The Band Perry have amazing musical talent, they're built for performing.”
The Band Perry were recently hailed in the Top Inspirational Stories of 2013 in their home state of Mississippi by the Biloxi Sun Herald, sharing the spotlight with folks like Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Sarah Thomas, who is set to be the first permanent female NFL official, record-breaking long jumper Brittany Reese and more.  They were also named one of the hardest working acts, and only country band, across all musical genres by Songkick.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive databases of concerts and tours, a list they shared with artists such as P!nk, The Lumineers, and Local Natives among others.  The superstar-sibling trio performed 126 shows to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world in 2013, earning them the honor. 
Come see why publications such as Billboard Biz, Country Weekly, Taste Of Country, Amazon, SPIN, Village Voice and more added The Band Perry to their best of 2013 year end lists.  Full list of tour dates can be found below.
Penticton, BC
South Okanagan Event Centre 
Kamloops, BC
Interior Savings Center 
Prince George, BC
CN Centre 
Dawson Creek, BC
EnCana Events Centre 
Red Deer, AB
Enmax Centrium Arena 
Lethbridge, AB
Enmax Centre 
Regina, SK
Brant Centre 
Sudbury, ONT
Sudbury Arena 
Kitchener, ONT
Memorial Auditorium 
Kingston, ONT
K-Rock Centre 
Oshawa, ONT
Bangor, ME
General Motors Centre
Cross Insurance Center 
Independence, MO
Independence Events Center
Brookings, SD
Swiftel Center
Bemidji, MN
Sanford Center
Grand Forks, ND
Ralph Englestad Center
Dubuque, IA
Five Flags Center
Kearney, NE
Viareo Event Center
Rapid City, SD
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Billings, MT
Rimrock Auto Arena @Metrapark
Rockford, IL
BMO Harris Bank Center
Cape Girardeau, MO
Show Me Center
Corbin, KY
The Corbin Arena 
Saginaw, MI
Dow Events Center
Green Bay, WI
Resch Center
Mankato, MN
Verizon Wireless Center

MARCH 2014
Duluth, MN
Duluth Ent Conventon Arena Ctr.
Cedar Rapis, IA
U.S. Cellular Center
Savannah, GA
Savannah Civic Center
The Band Perry has ascended to dizzying heights since releasing their self-titled debut album on Republic Nashville in 2010, which scored the sibling trio a string of hits, including the quadruple-platinum “If I Die Young” (#1 on Billboard’s Country and AC charts); platinum “You Lie” and gold “All Your Life” (#1 Country). Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has amassed over 10.3 million tracks sold from their platinum debut and gold sophomore release PIONEER, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #2 All Genre. In addition to acclaim from top critics across the country, PIONEER has produced two consecutive #1 Country smashes – the platinum “Better Dig Two” and gold “DONE.,” which earned Neil and Reid their first chart-topper as songwriters. Their current single, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” is in the Top 5 and still climbing at Country radio. The Band Perry have also enjoyed sold-out headlining dates and recently wound down the European leg of their first global headline dates — WE ARE PIONEERS World Tour.  In the past year, they have taken over the American television airwaves with unforgettable performances on the ACM, CMA, Grammy and Billboard Music Awards as well as American Idol, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Ellen, The Talk, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman as well as a banner performance of “CMT Crossroads” with rockers Fall Out Boy. Their showering of honors include multiple ACM, CMA, and CMT Music Awards, as well as GRAMMY, Teen Choice, AMA, ACA, and Billboard Music Award nominations — all of which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history.  For tour dates and more, visit thebandperry.com / thefansperry.com.
Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It;" making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. That same year the Gilchrist County Florida native won all of the Breakthrough Artist awards at the American Country Awards - Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist, Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist and Music Video: Breakthrough Artist for "A Little More Country Than That."  Billboard named Corbin as the Top New Country Artist of 2010.  Visit www.eastoncorbin.com or www.umgnashville.com to learn more about the Florida native.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Lindsay Ell started playing piano at 6, guitar at 8 and singing in her church youth group at 10 and discovered at 13 by fellow Canadian Randy Bachman of BTO and The Guess Who.  Lindsay's passion and study served her well, leading to several unique opportunities including an opening slot with blues icon Buddy Guy.  Her first songwriting trip to Nashville was the catalyst that brought her early affinity for country full-circle.   Lindsay's debut Stoney Creek Records single “Trippin’ On Us” was released in Fall 2013, and she recently supported The Band Perry on the European leg of the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR.

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