Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Voice Champ “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face”

Singer Songwriter Gets Christmas Miracle
New The Voice Champ Wins With Stephanie Urbina Jones Song
“My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face” Chosen by Blake Shelton
Jones in Final Week of Fiery Angel Indigogo Fundraiser for Next Album

Nashville, TN -- December 17, 2014 -- Stephanie Urbina Jones’ euphoric “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face” has become the signature song of new The Voice winner, Craig Wayne Boyd
Coached and mentored by superstar Blake Shelton, Boyd first performed the song as his vocal showcase, then sang it again as his competition finale.  Shelton said he recommended the song to Boyd because he’s loved the dreamy, romantic ballad since he first heard it.
Taking time out from his triumph, Boyd told Urbina Jones via Facebook, “Thanks for a great song.”
 Boyd has also released a charming music video version of “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face.”  All this activity rocketed the song to No. 2 on iTunes.   The Voice 2014 - Craig Wayne Boyd: "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" (Official Music Video) - YouTube
 “It’s my Christmas miracle!” exclaims Urbina Jones, whose fans have dubbed the powerful singer/songwriter “Fiery Angel.” She co-wrote the song with Mark Marchetti. 
Urbina Jones has just concluded a week-long, 16-show tour of her home state of Texas, during which she imparted her own brand of the spirit of Christmas to enthusiastic crowds at clubs, children’s hospitals, nursing homes and homeless shelters.
The clamor generated by “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face” comes just as Urbina Jones is entering the final week of her Fiery Angel INDIGOGO campaign to raise funds to put out the album she recorded for a major label but which was never released. Jones was poised to be the first female Latin/American to break through as a country artist in decades.
Fans and well-wishers can contribute their own Christmas gift to this fiery angel by contributing to her project via  Stephanie Urbina Jones:The Fiery Angel Project | Indiegogo by December 22, 2014 at 12:00am pct.  Fans can preview her first single from the project, “Bring Back The Heartland,” Bring it Back To The Heartland (1) - Stephanie Urbina Jones - YouTube. Single release date slotted for January 2015.
Digital copies of Craig Wayne Boyd’s “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face” can be downloaded at Boyd will perform the song on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday, December 18.  



Nashville, Tenn. (December 17, 2014) - As 2014 draws to a close, Dolly Parton is far from resting on her laurels, and shows no signs of slowing down. The songstress continues to make history, with a record-setting tour overseas, and also raises the bar from a sales standpoint with yet another platinum selling album in a career that has already seen worldwide sales of over one hundred million records, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

"I was so happy when Blue Smoke went Silver, so excited when it went Gold and now I'm over the moon to hear that we have gone Platinum,” says Parton. “Thanks to the fans and to everybody who made this happen."

Once again, the Country Music Hall of Fame member proved her timeless quality as a recording artist once again with the Platinum-selling success of her CD Blue Smoke....The Best Of, a collection that includes her most recent studio album as well as a compilation that includes many of her most memorable hits, such as “Love Is Like A Butterfly,”  “Here You Come Again,” and her biggest hit as a solo artist, 1980’s “9 To 5.” But, Dolly’s success with the album was not entirely tied to those past glories. Blue Smoke....The Best Of earned a pair of Top-30 airplay hits for Parton in the UK with ‘Try” and “Home,” as well as her cover of Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me” and the title cut, which also made the Top-40 airplay.

“Dolly’s hard work ethic has once again paid off achieving platinum sales in 2014 with Blue Smoke…The Best Of,” says Danny Nozell, CEO CTK Management.  “I am very blessed to be working for a true Icon who lives up to her name. Dolly dominated 2014 with many milestones and charting history. Thanks to our partner Sony Masterworks, Sony UK, and all of Sony worldwide. We make a great team!”

Parton’s success overseas continued with a recent nomination for International Artist of the Year at the BBC Music Awards 2014. The nomination capped off a year in which Parton – after five decades in the business – scored one of her biggest and most heralded performances ever.

"Dolly Parton has been making great music for decades, and the Blue Smoke album sits right among her best recorded work. We at Masterworks are honored to be working with one of our industry's biggest icons, and happily congratulate Dolly, her label Dolly Records, as well as our partners at Sony Music UK, on this great achievement,” says Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Music Masterworks

The singer brought her show to Glastonbury, where an estimated 180,000 came to watch her perform – her largest audience ever. Her set prompted The Guardian to say “Parton rewarded Glastonbury with a performance that surely calls for a redefinition of the word "crowd-pleaser.” The concert also aired on television, attracting the festival's largest ever TV audience. Parton also was in the news constantly with appearances all over the tube in the UK, a Twitter campaign to “Get Dolly On Grimmy” (a reference to Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One morning show), and as well as through the story of “Dolly The Dog,” a fluffy white Lurcher who was separated from her owners following Parton’s Glastonbury performance last month. She volunteered to take the dog back to America with her, but the owners came forward to reclaim their lost pet.

The success of Blue Smoke...The Best Of gives Parton the distinction of having the biggest album from an International female so far this year.

Since moving to Nashville in the spring of 1964, Parton has created one of the biggest success stories in entertainment history, with hits on country and pop radio, Gold and Platinum singles and albums the world over, membership into The Grand Ole Opry (1969), the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1986), and the Country Music Hall Of Fame (1999). She was won seven Grammy Awards, nine CMA Awards, including the Entertainer of the Year prize from the organization in 1977, and seven awards from the Academy of Country Music. She has also enjoyed success on television, on the big screen, and as an author, with the Best-selling autobiography My Life and Other Unfinished Business.


      NASHVILLE, TN – December 17, 2014 – Reigning ACM Vocal Group of the Year, THE BAND PERRY, has unveiled the new video for their Grammy-nominated rendition of “Gentle On My Mind,” their current single and the lead track from the soundtrack to the James Keach-directed documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
The video stars Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, Alexander Ludwig (Vikings, The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor) and Shelley Hennig (Justified, Teen Wolf, Ouija) and was directed by The Band Perry’s creative director Owen Thomas.  The Republic Nashville clip features some intimate live footage of the trio at Union Station in Indianapolis, IN as well as stunning narrative footage shot against the rugged terrain of Death Valley, CA. 
One of the most dynamic acts in music today, The Band Perry has both achieved massive mainstream success and gained major critical acclaim since delivering their platinum self-titled debut. Introducing the sibling trio as a powerful new force on the country scene, 2010’s The Band Perry offered up five hit singles, including the quintuple-platinum chart-topper “If I Die Young” and other platinum hits – the #1 “All Your Life” and “You Lie” – as well as “Hip to My Heart” and “Postcard from Paris.” For the band’s gold-certified second album Pioneer, frontwoman Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers Reid and Neil delved deeper into an edgy, rock-and-roll-inspired sound while staying true to their Southern roots. Featuring the platinum #1 single “Better Dig Two” and the gold #1 “DONE.” (plus smash hits “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Chainsaw”), Pioneer found The Band Perry widening their appeal and continuing to showcase their breathtaking three-part harmonies.  The group kicked off their first headline tour - the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR - in late 2013 and quickly established themselves as a global powerhouse, playing hundreds of venues from Seattle to Sweden.  
The Band Perry recently released their most recent single, a spirited rendition of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind,” which also appears on the soundtrack for the James Keach-directed documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, about the country legend.   On December 5, superstar trio received a nomination for the 57th Annual Grammy® Awards in the category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance for this song.  They have earned multiple awards from the likes of The Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association, CMT Music Awards, and The American Country Awards, and have received multiple nominations from the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammy® Awards, Teen Choice Awards and The American Country Countdown Awards.   They were also recently nominated in the category of “Favorite Country Group” for the People’s Choice Awards, airing on CBS on January 7, 2015.  
The Band Perry recently wrapped the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR and are currently working on new music for their upcoming third studio album.  On December 31st they will perform as part of Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution airing on Fox. 

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Singer-Guitarist’s 5th Annual Frankie Ballard’s Country Christmas to Support Van Andel Institute

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Warner Bros. Records’ Frankie Ballard performed for a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on Friday (12/12), for one of his last stops on his first headlining run – LIGHT ‘EM UP TOUR – as part of the exclusive Live Nation Ones To Watch with Skype.

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Nashville, TN (December  16, 2014) – Warner Bros. Records’ Frankie Ballard will return to his home state for the holidays and bring his sold-out 5th annual Frankie Ballard’s Country Christmas show to the Kalamazoo State Theatre on Saturday, December 20th. Spreading the Christmas cheer, all of the proceeds from the singer-guitarist's energetic show will support the Van Andel Institute, a cancer research foundation based in Grand Rapids, MI. The special yearly event will include performances of many holiday classics and fan-favorites, including Ballard’s two #1 GOLD-certified hits, “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whiskey.” The rising star closes out the year with continued momentum, surpassing well over 1.4 million tracks sold to date.

“There’s no better place to celebrate this time of year then with all the familiar faces of fans and friends,” shares Ballard. “I’m looking forward to bringing the best I have to this show – the lights might go off before I get off stage!”

Just off the road from his first headlining run – LIGHT ‘EM UP TOUR – as part of the exclusive Live Nation Ones To Watch with Skype, the talented showman will amp it up even further next year on Florida Georgia Line's 2015 ANYTHING GOES Tour. A road warrior, Ballard has previously opened for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger.

After making the move to Nashville in 2009 from Battle Creek, MI, to pursue music, Ballard drew on his working class values, performing every chance he could, honing his guitar and songwriting skills. He steadily built a loyal fan base and took the time to grow as an artist and an individual. All of these experiences culminated in the release of his current album, SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, which delivered consecutive #1, GOLD-certified smashes “Helluva Life” and "Sunshine & Whiskey," debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and was noted as “required listening” by ROLLING STONE. Produced by Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard), the album captures Ballard’s unique blend of blues-infused, country rock and his undeniable guitar prowess on every song.


  Nashville, TN – (Dec 16, 2014) – Curb Records is pleased to announce the release of “Country,” the debut single from Mo Pitney. The song, written by Mo along with songsmiths Bill Anderson and Bobby Tomberlin, proclaims “Country” isn’t a place on a map, rather a place in the heart.  Pitney explains, “we spent a long time simply answering the question, what truly is country to us?  After a half day, we finished our explanation with what is now my debut single”.   The single showcases Mo Pitney’s modern take on traditional country as well as his love and talent for songwriting. A true storyteller, every word he writes is meticulously chosen. Mo wrote or co-wrote every song on his upcoming album slated for a 2015 release.

Mo Pitney has been crisscrossing the nation garnering a lot of early support from media and radio alike including a standing ovation on the Grand Ole Opry.  Just last week, Pitney’s debut single was selected and is currently featured in Spotify’s coveted Spotlight on 2015 – Country playlist.  Each year Spotify presents a list of new country artists they believe will break big and connect with fans across America. The list is compiled with the help of their in-house music experts and key data insights, including Spotify’s “Viral Charts”, to help predict which new artists will have the biggest impact in the coming year.  Fans can experience Mo’s debut single, “Country” on the playlist here:  Mo is also featured in the Dec-Jan issue of the Country Music Association's Close-Up Magazine as a debut spotlight artist.

 About Mo Pitney:

Mo Pitney’s musical roots were born out of Cherry Valley, IL where music rang throughout the family home.  Inspired by artists Johnny Cash, Keith Whitley,  Randy Travis, Buck Owens and bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, Mo carries a deep reverence for the history of country music.  Pitney, often referred to as an old soul, is a humble twenty two year old storyteller of life through song.  Often writing one to two songs a day, he is meticulous that the phrasing of every lyric "reflect  who I am  or how I'd speak."  It's the same approach that this recording artist takes into the studio.   Mo’s musical style represents a blend of the traditional and mainstream country sounds. Deeply rooted in the classic true country style that inspires him, paired with modern production, Mo delivers each song with a fresh, young, modern twist…in his own way, making the old new again. When not performing or writing music, Pitney spends his free time training his bird dogs, fishing, or hunting anything that’s in season.



The Dirt Road Sampler Features Today's Biggest Country Artists Including Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch,
 Joe Nichols, Thompson Square and More

Download For Free Dec. 16 - Dec. 30 On Google Play

(New York, NY - December 16, 2014) - The Dirt Road and BBR Music Group partner to release a free music sampler featuring some of today's biggest country music artists, as well as exciting newcomers from the Nashville-based music group. The Dirt Road Sampleris available for free download starting today though December 30, exclusively on Google Play. 
Tracks appearing on The Dirt Road Sampler include Dustin Lynch's chart topper "Where It's At," Joe Nichols' multi-week #1 "Yeah," Randy Houser's #1 smash "Goodnight Kiss," Thompson Square's Gold-certified #1 smash "If I Didn't Have You" and an acoustic version of Jason Aldean's platinum-selling #1 single "Burnin' It Down," which is exclusive to the sampler.

The Dirt Road Sampler also contains a brand new song from BBR Music Group rising star David Fanning, who recently turned the heads of music fans with his cover of Justin Timberlake's "Drink You Away."  The Country anthem "Doin' Country Right" is available for the first time ever, exclusively on The Dirt Road Sampler. 

The Dirt Road Sampler Track Listing:
Jason Aldean - Burnin' It Down (Acoustic)* 
Chase Bryant - Take It On Back
Kristy Lee Cook - Lookin' For A Cowgirl
Lindsay Ell - Shut Me Up
David Fanning - Doin' Country Right*   
Randy Houser - Goodnight Kiss 
Jackie Lee - She Does
Dustin Lynch - Where It's At
Joe Nichols - Yeah
Parmalee - Close Your Eyes
Thompson Square - If I Didn't Have You

*exclusive tracks



RIAA Presents Moore With DOUBLE PLATINUM and PLATINUM Certifications 

Nashville, TN – Dec. 16, 2014 – MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Kip Moore was awarded “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” at last night's American Country Countdown Awards on FOX.  Moore performed his newly certified PLATINUM No. one hit “Hey Pretty Girl" on the show before accepting his award. 

"It may be my name on the award, but there are so many others who deserve to have their name on this with me," said Moore.  "I'm humbled by the overwhelming loyalty and support from my band, country radio and especially the fans who have been coming to see us on tour and buying our music. I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be talking about millions of sales and streams of songs I've written.  It's surreal and I can't wait to show everyone what we have planned for 2015."
In addition to the PLATINUM certification of "Hey Pretty Girl," Moore's smash hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" earned DOUBLE PLATINUM status marking sales and streams of over 2 million.  These accolades, along with his first major award win, cap off a landmark 2014 including his sold-out headlining CMT ON TOUR: UP IN SMOKE.  The tour garnered high praise for Moore's "high energy set" (Rolling Stone) with Minneapolis Tribune declaring him a "country music contender" and Chicago Tribune noting he is "carving his own niche in country music." 

The constant road warrior will hit the road again in 2015 with more headlining dates kicking off in Missoula, MT on Jan. 27. Tickets are on sale now, for more information visit 

Photo credit L-R: Christopher Polk, Daniel Swartz.
Pictured at right with Moore, CEO of RIAA, Cary Sherman. 

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