CMA Foundation Honors 30 Music Teachers with Music Teachers of Excellence Awards

NASHVILLE—The CMA Foundation, a national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, is honoring 30 music teachers from across the country as Music Teachers of Excellence. Now in its fifth year, the annual program was created in an effort to recognize those educators who are having the greatest impact on their students, using music as a vehicle for change.

Benefit Concert for Tennessee Disaster Relief THIS Wednesday (3/11)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FOX’s Rent: Live Actor and singer-songwriter Brennin Hunt will host the Tennessee Tornado Relief Concert at VZD’s in Oklahoma City Wednesday, March 11.  Seven artists will perform in an intimate Nashville style writer’s round concert, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Restore the Dream Fund, a fund supported by the efforts of United Way of Greater Nashville. 

Miranda Lambert Thanks First Responders with WILDCARD Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Miranda Lambert wraps the initial U.S. leg of her Wildcard Tour, she is pausing to recognize the heroic first responders this tour has brought to her attention.  Having been inspired by Kelly Ford of WNSH New York, who routinely honors first responders on her morning show, Lambert invited radio listeners to nominate local heroes in each tour market. Selected honorees in turn received a pair of show tickets as well as the opportunity to meet Lambert ahead of her performance. “It was an honor to meet some of the incredible first responders, the men and women across the country who have dedicated their lives to service and bravery to keep their communities safe,” shared Lambert. “Hearing each one of their unique stories was such an inspiration to me and my team.” Recently nominated in three categories for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards (Female Artist, Album and Music Event of the Year), Lambert has wowed fans and critics alike with the first leg of the Wildcard Tour.  Billboard celebrated the tour’s Nashville stop for its “engaging set that spanned her massive catalog… and proved exactly why she’s one of the genre’s powerhouse acts,” while the Kansas City Star noted in Missouri that “Lambert still holds her status as queen of country music… [her] carefree nature and admirable expansive sound make her one of the most compelling country stars of the past 20 years” and the Dallas Observer praised her hometown show as “utterly transcendent.”  Lambert next travels to Australia to headline the CMC Rocks Festival in Queensland in addition to her own shows in Sydney and Melbourne, before returning to the U.S. for the Tortuga Music Festival and the continuation of her Wildcard Tour in April. Australia Dates: Sunday, March 22                    CMC Rocks || Willowbank, Queensland Tuesday, March 24                   Hordern Pavilion || Sydney, New South Wales Thursday, March 26                  Margaret Court Arena || Melbourne, Victoria Spring Festival Dates: Friday, April 17                        Tortuga Music Festival || Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Sunday, April 19                       Ilani Casino Resort || Ridgefield, Wash. Remaining Wildcard Tour Dates, featuring LANCO & Cody Johnson: Thursday, April 23                    Ford Idaho Center Arena || Boise, Idaho Friday, April 24                         Spokane Arena || Spokane, Wash. Saturday, April 25                     Rogers Arena || Vancouver, British Columbia Thursday, April 30                    Rogers Place || Edmonton, Alberta Friday, May 1                           Brandt Centre || Regina, Saskatchewan Saturday, May 2                      Bell MTS Place || Winnipeg, Manitoba Tuesday, May 5                       Budweiser Gardens || London, Ontario Thursday, May 7                  Tribute Communities Centre || Oshawa, Ontario Friday, May 8                          Canadian Continue reading

How to Help Nashville Recover From Overnight Tornado

How to Help Nashville Recover From Overnight Spring Tornado

In the early morning hours of March 3rd, 2020, East Nashville was struck by a horrendous and deadly tornado. This was one of FOUR tornadoes that swept across three states overnight, leaving a path of horror in their wake. While damage, injury, and fatality reports are still flooding in as day breaks, here is what we currently know, and how you can help.

HoustonLive 2020 Songwriter Competition and Showcase Launches

February 19, 2020 (Nashville, TN) HoustonLive™, a Houston-based singer-songwriter platform to discover and support promising Texas singer/songwriters launches their 2020 Songwriter Competition and open submissions registration. The competition is ope to Texas Residents and welcomes song submissions from all genres of music.  The HoustonLive 2020 Songwriter Competition and Showcase is May 9th and will be held at The Continental Club, 3700 Main St, Houston, TX . To submit your songs, enter at https://houstonlive.tv/register.  Prizes include cash, sponsored prize packages, featured performances at Anderson Fair and more! Submissions are being accepted until April 20th, 2020.

Aubrie Sellers’ New Single “Lucky Charm” OUT NOW

AUBRIE SELLERS’ “LUCKY CHARM” DELIVERS “SWIRLING ROCK GUITAR AND POUNDING RHYTHM” (Rolling Stone);AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE FEB. 3SELLERS PERFORMS ACCLAIMED SONGS FROM SOPHOMORE ALBUM FAR FROM HOME (FEB. 7) ON TOUR WITH ROBERT EARL KEEN AND TANYA TUCKER THIS SPRING FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 3, 2020 – Rising singer/songwriter Aubrie Sellers shares gritty new single “Lucky Charm” ahead of the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore album Far From Home this coming Friday on Soundly Music.

George Strait Teams Up With LENOVO For Benefit of the 100 Club of San Antonio

KING OF COUNTRY MUSIC AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST, GEORGE STRAIT, TEAMS UP WITH LENOVO FOR EXCLUSIVE CHARITY AUCTION BENEFITTING THE 100 CLUB OF SAN ANTONIO WHAT: This holiday season, the king of country music and GRAMMY Award winning artist, George Strait, has teamed up with Lenovo for an exclusive charity auction. Beginning December 16, fans can head over to http://bit.ly/2Mftc5h to bid on an autographed Lenovo YOGA laptop. Funds from the high bid will benefit The 100 Club of San Antonio, which services families of First Responders.

Ray Stevens to Receive Star on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame

Ray Stevens News

Country and Comedy Music Legend to be Inducted at August 21st Ceremony Held at Music City Walk of Fame Park  Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2018) — Today, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced that GRAMMY® Award-winning country and comedy music legend Ray Stevens will receive his very own star on the Music City Walk of Fame. The official induction ceremony will take place on August 21, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Music City Walk of Fame Park located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The event is free and open to the public. Stevens, one of the original pioneers of Music Row, arrived in Nashville in the early 1960s. Shortly after, he would meet and form a lifelong friendship withChet Atkins, produce the legendary Dolly Parton, and record with Waylon Jennings. His “dream-come-true” moment happened when he was recruited to play on sessions with “The King” himself, Elvis Presley. Stevens would go on to sign major record deals with several Nashville-based labels where he recorded some of his biggest career songs including, “Mr. Businessman,” “Everything Is Beautiful,” “Misty,” “Mississippi Squirrel Revival” and “The Streak.” With the recent grand opening of his West Nashville showroom, CabaRay, Stevens continues to make his mark on Music City. “It is truly an honor to be recognized in Nashville where there are so many talented people,” says Stevens. “This really is Music City and I’m so happy to have been a small part of adding to that ‘Music’ since the time I moved here in 1962.” Stevens will be inducted alongside Nashville-based pop artist Ben Folds, Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee, and Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely. The inductees will receive the 81st, 82nd, 83rd and 84th stars on the Walk of Fame. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration. “This summer’s Music City Walk of Fame inductees reflect the incredible breadth of the many musical gifts Nashville has sent out into the world,” notes Nashville Mayor David Briley. “Ben Folds’ sharp songwriting and piano playing, the vibrant voice Brenda Lee started sharing with country music fans as a teenager, the great vocals and stage presence that Jeannie Seely has brought to the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years, and Ray Stevens’ witty lyrics and memorable songs are all testimonials to the magic that happens every day in Music City.” About Ray Stevens Twelve-time nominated and two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Ray Stevens has spanned the generations with 60 years of comedic musical talent, including songs such as his multi-million selling hit “The Streak” and his classic pop standard “Everything Is Beautiful.” Throughout his career, Stevens has sold more than 40 million albums and continues daily office operations at his home base, Ray Stevens Music, located on Nashville’s historic Music Row. Stevens hosts Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville, a 30-minute weekly music/talk show airing on Public Television. The music legend recently opened his very own Nashville entertainment venue, the CabaRay Showroom, a 35,000 square foot music venue where Stevens performs weekly live concerts. For more information on Ray Stevens, Continue reading