Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young to Headline Country Summer Music Festival

— Tier 2 Three-Day Passes On Sale Now — SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young will headline Country Summer Music Festival in 2020. Country Summer, Northern California’s biggest annual country music festival and Sonoma County’s biggest party, is June 19-21 at Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road. Tier 2 three-day passes are on sale now.

New Music From Eric Church

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Desperate Man, Church’s First Album in Nearly Three Years, Set for Release Friday, October 5, 2018 Church Choir to Get Album Direct from Church “Desperate Man” is First Single, Co-Written with Ray Wylie Hubbard. In a video message speaking directly to his fans, 2-time CMA Album of the Year winner Eric Church told his faithful Church Choir [Church’s official fan club] earlier this morning: “It’s been a while; I just want to say I have missed you. I have good news…the album is done, and we are back. It’s called Desperate Man and the first single is called ‘Desperate Man,’” with the Choir having access to listen first through their login. Church continues, “Just like last time – just like Mr. Misunderstood – if you’re in the Church Choir, on October 5thyou’re going to get the album,” as Church renegotiated his record deal with EMI Nashville leading into Desperate Man to include his fans. “Desperate Man,” Church’s first single off the new album, is available everywhere now. Co-written by Church with Texas musician Ray Wylie Hubbard (who Church namechecks in his 2015 “Mr. Misunderstood”), “Desperate Man” sees Church again collaborating with producer Jay Joyce. ­­­ Many may recall in 2015, Church stunned industry and fans alike with the surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood,giving it away to his fans first without interviews, hype or promotion. Church Choir members spoke directly to local television on how they received the record, being the first to confirm its existence. Church said then, “Everyone is so focused on your first week. But I am more concerned with week 80 than week one.” Mr. Misunderstood went on to win CMA Awards’ Album of the Year in 2016 and reached RIAA-Platinum certification earlier this year. Never satisfied with the status quo, Church constantly challenges himself as an artist and is applying that same philosophy to the Choir changing it to make it better and even more inclusive. Membership tiers are simplified to two options: paid and free. Members of the Choir will also be in control of what music and bundles they receive upon signing up and at renewal. Members who annual renew or auto-renew, and new fans who sign up will now receive an album of their choice from Church’s catalog – in addition to all the benefits paid members currently receive including access to purchase pre-sale tickets, chances for meet and greets, opportunities to attend Church Choir events and much more.  The free tier of Church Choir membership includes access to the online community, email updates and special offers. By-passing the gatekeepers and speaking directly to the fans is fundamental to Church’s success and he is proving it once again with reconfiguring the Church Choir in advance of the release of  Desperate Man. Church concludes the video message saying, “I look forward to seeing you on the road… I’m very proud of this album. See you soon.” Stay tuned to EricChurch.com for more information.

Eric Church Suffers Loss of Co-Writer and Brother Brandon Church

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Our deepest condolences go out after learning that Brandon Church, the brother of country star Eric Church, has passed away after suffering multiple seizures that may have led to a cardiac arrest. Brandon was in transport with emergency services when he passed. According to TMZ, Brandon, who had written a handful of songs over the years with his brother, had been having seizures in recent years, as reported by his father Ken. A Scholarship Memorial Fund has been created in honor of Brandon and the family asks that donations to the fund be sent in lieu of flowers. A law enforcement source tells us they believe the cause of death was natural, and no foul play is suspected. Brandon was 36, and leaves behind a daughter, Mackenzie, and a sister, Kendra, as well as his brother Eric. He grew up in Granite Falls before going to college at Appalachian State University. There he and his brother played music together, maintaining a partnership well into the start of the “Springsteen” singer’s professional career. Brandon Church is credited with several songwriting and production credits on early Eric Church albums. His songwriting credits include “How Bout You”, “Without You Here”, and several other early Eric Church hits.  

Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett To Headline Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

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EMI NASHVILLE’s ERIC CHURCH, BMLG RECORDS’ FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, and VALORY MUSIC CO.’s THOMAS RHETT have been slated to headline this year’s PEPSI GULF COAST JAM taking place FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st through SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd in PANAMA CITY BEACH. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are available to purchase now at CountryMusicOnTour.com “Last year was absolutely amazing, and we’re beyond excited about our headliners and can’t wait to get our entire lineup out there for this year,” said PEPSI GULF COAST JAM Exec. Producer RENDY LOVELADY. “We’re proud to have built this into the biggest Country music festival in the SOUTHEAST, and we love showing off our fourth headliner – the beautiful beaches of PANAMA CITY BEACH.”

Watch Now: 2018 Grammy Tribute to Route 91 / Manchester Shooting Victims

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Last night country stars who were linked by tragedy at the terrible shooting that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NV this summer joined each other on stage at the 2018 Grammy Awards to pay tribute to the lives lost both in Vegas and in Manchester to this senseless violence. The Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, and Eric Church provided the audience with words of comfort and healing before performing a very stripped down version of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven”.    

Eric Church to Perform, Kelly Clarkson to Present at 60th Annual Grammy’s THIS Sunday Night!

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An eclectic all-star lineup of artists, musicians, actors, and comedians will take the stage as presenters at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. This year’s presenters include 18-time GRAMMY® winner Tony Bennett, current GRAMMY nominee Dave Chappelle, three-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Kelly Clarkson, professional football player Victor Cruz, GRAMMY winner Eve, current GRAMMY nominee Jim Gaffigan, actress Katie Holmes, previous GRAMMY nominee Nick Jonas, actress Anna Kendrick, 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys, 10-time GRAMMY winner John Legend, actor Shemar Moore, comedian and television host Trevor Noah, current GRAMMY nominee Sarah Silverman, actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld, and GRAMMY nominee Donnie Wahlberg. Previously announced GRAMMY performers include Jon Batiste, Brothers Osborne, Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Eric Church, Gary Clark Jr., Miley Cyrus, Daddy Yankee, DJ Khaled, Luis Fonsi, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, Maren Morris, P!nk, Ben Platt, Rihanna, Zuleyka Rivera, Sam Smith, Chris Stapleton, Sting, SZA, Bryson Tiller, and U2. Live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, and hosted by award-winning television personality and performer James Corden, the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, Chantel Sausedo is the talent producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers. ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators. For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, “like” Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy’s social communities on Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.  

Eric Church’s Little Louder Publishing Company Inks Deal With Kobalt Music

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KOBALT MUSIC and LITTLE LOUDER have entered a worldwide creative and publishing deal that covers future works and all back catalog work from the publishing company, formed in 2013 by ARTURO BUENAHORA, JR. and EMI NASHVILLE’s ERIC CHURCH. KOBALT’s creative team will pitch LITTLE LOUDER writers’ songs for placements on various records and provide assistance on key sync projects in addition to offering collaboration and co-write opportunities for LITTLE LOUDER writers, including CHURCH, CASEY BEATHARD, LUKE DICK, OSCAR CHARLES, JEFF HYDE, HALEY GEORGIA, and RYAN TYNDALL.

Listen Now: Eric Church – Why Not Me

Last night Eric Church stepped on hallowed ground and paid tribute to all those who were forever scarred, injured, or killed in the terrible shooting that took place this last Sunday night in Las Vegas, NV. Church recalled jumping into the audience to greet his fans during his Friday night set. “I shook everybody’s hand and I thanked them for coming,” he said onstage at the Opry. “I came back up the left side, saw smiling faces, hands in the air and pictures being taken … 48 hours later, those places where I stood was carnage. “Those are my people. Those are my fans,” Church continued, tearing up and admitting he didn’t want to perform at the Opry or even play guitar. But after seeing an interview on CNN with Melton’s wife Heather talking about how her husband was a fan of Church, he was inspired to write “Why Not Me.”  

Eric Church to Finish “Holdin My Own” Tour With Two-Night Blowout!

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ERIC CHURCH WRAPS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS IN NASHVILLE POP-UP STORE OFFERING RARE ITEMS RETURNS AROUND NASHVILLE  SHOWS AND CMA MUSIC FEST Church unveils brand new These Boots by Lucchese design during Bridgestone shows; will stream sneak peek of pop-up store via Facebook Live Thursday, May 25 at 11 a.m. CT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Having played 60 shows in just four months, Eric Church will end his tour with two sold-out shows at Nashville, Tennessee’s Bridgestone Arena this Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27. The final two cap-off his cross-continent, completely sold-out Holdin’ My Own Tour. The double-set/sans-opener show will deliver three+ hours of music pulling from Church’s full discography. The No. 1 most attended music tour in the world so far this year (Pollstar) has been dominating charts and breaking records occupying ALL top five spots on May 15’s Billboard’s Country Boxscore with Church’s sell-outs of his April & May shows in Tampa, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Uncasville, Conn.; Pittsburgh, Pa. and Cincinnati, Ohio totaling more than 81,000 fans in attendance for those five shows alone. On May 5, Church shattered Florida’s Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena’s attendance record with an unprecedented 13,591 in capacity. The tour has also sold out every tour stop despite cancelling more than 33,000 tickets listed on the secondary market in an effort to reduce the activity of ticket scalpers. Just hours away from his tour finale, Church will once again open a pop-up store in East Nashville (address: 218 South 11th Street) for the third consecutive year in celebration of his performance at the Nissan Stadium during this year’s CMA Festival with a portion of the proceeds benefiting he and wife Katherine’s non-profit Chief Cares that serves over 2.5 million people around the globe with charitable giving. For more information on Chief Cares Fund, visit www.ericchurch.com/chiefcares. The pop-up store will be open Friday, May 26 through Sunday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. where it will feature rare items including Church’s Gibson Hummingbird Dark Signature autographed guitar and custom Jack Daniel’s barrels. The store will open again Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11 during the same hours and will feature exclusive merchandise unavailable anywhere else, like a custom Orion Cooler and vintage tour T-shirts and posters. Mr. Misunderstood’s devotees have one more chance at making it to one of the sold-out Holdin’ My Own finale shows at Bridgestone Arena. If they come in to the Nashville pop-up store beginning May 26, and purchase the store’s exclusive poster, they have a chance of finding a pair of tickets to that night’s show. There will be hidden tickets for both the Friday and Saturday shows. This year Church will debut a never-before-seen design of his These Boots by Lucchese cowboy boot line Bridgestone Arena shows May 26 and 27. The design is called The Chattanooga Lucy after the “the most thrilling country dance tune to come along in ages” (Rolling Stone Country) from his fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood. During CMA Festival store hours, fans will be able to purchase a pair of The Chattanooga Lucy design as well Continue reading Eric Church to Finish “Holdin My Own” Tour With Two-Night Blowout!