DAN + SHAY WIN SEVENTH CAREER AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD AND FOURTH CONSECUTIVE FOR FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP

American Music Award Favorite Country Duo or Group winners, Dan + Shay, add a fourth consecutive year to their reign. At the 2022 American Music Awards held in Los Angeles Sunday night, the duo were named the 2022 Favorite Country Duo or Group of the Year, their fourth time in a row to receive the honor, and their SEVENTH overall American Music Award. Making history in 2020 as the first country artist ever to take home the all-genre Collaboration of the Year trophy, the duo also presented the Artist of the Year award to Taylor Swift later that evening.

The AMA win comes on the heels of the brand-new original track, “Holiday Party,” co-written and co-produced by the duo’s Dan Smyers (LISTEN HERE). The official music video also released today, (WATCH HERE), is a festive celebration of the season and a warm addition to the GRAMMY-winning duo’s already successful holiday catalogue.

Dan + Shay lit-up holiday charts in 2021 with their Amazon Original “Pick Out A Christmas Tree” (available everywhere now), the year’s most-streamed new Holiday release in the US across all genres, and “Officially Christmas,” the #1 Country Airplay holiday release that year as well. The Yuletide standouts followed the 2020 releases of their first-ever original holiday songs, “Christmas Isn’t Christmas,” which finds their signature harmonies “glowing over a cinematic melody” (Taste of Country) and the Gold-certified “Take Me Home For Christmas.” Described by Billboard as “the aural equivalent of Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” these four tracks have propelled the duo to garner more than 200 million global streams from their original holiday releases alone.

Their latest album, Good Things, was recently awarded Platinum certification after becoming the first country album in the streaming era to achieve RIAA Gold certification upon release. The project yielded chart-topping hits like the Platinum-certified singles “I Should Probably Go To Bed” and “Glad You Exist” as well as the 5x Platinum global smash “10,000 Hours” with Justin Bieber.

In the ten years since they formed, Dan + Shay have garnered more than 10 billion global career streams, earned 46 total RIAA certifications and achieved nine No. 1 singles at country radio. The duo has won three GRAMMY Awards, multiple CMA, ACM, AMA and BBMA Awards, plus an iHeart Titanium Award, signifying one billion audience spins for their 7x Platinum global smash “Tequila.”

GRAND OLE OPRY CELEBRATES SECOND ANNUAL NEXTSTAGE LIVE IN CONCERT

L to R: Restless Road’s Colton Pack, Zach Beeken & Garrett Nichols; Hailey Whitters; Priscilla Block; Conner Smith; BRELAND; Nate Smith and Elvie Shane | Photo Credit: Lindsey Patkos

Sunday night, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated its second annual Opry NextStage Live In Concert with performances by select members from the 2022 NextStage class. The star-studded group included BRELAND, Restless Road, Elvie Shane, Conner Smith and Nate Smith.

Highlights from the evening include Conner Smith’s standing ovation for his song “Dear Grand Ole Opry” which he quoted on stage as being “a love song to the Grand Ole Opry” as well as Elvie Shane’s performance of his platinum record, “My Boy.” The crowd also received special performances by the host of the evening, platinum selling NextStage alumna, Priscilla Block as well as fellow NextStage alumna and 2022 Grammy nominee, Hailey Whitters, who sang her chart topping single, “Everything She Ain’t.”

On stage, Restless Road remarked, “We feel so honored to be on stage here, being an Opry NextStage artist is absolutely unbelievable and to get to stand on the same stage as many of these other artists who are here tonight is an absolute blessing.”

The NextStage Live In Concert event is an opportunity to showcase some of country music’s top rising stars who have been a part of the NextStage artist discovery program. Highlights of the 2022 class include BRELAND receiving his first CMA nomination for “Musical Event of the Year” alongside artists Dierks Bentley and Hardy, Nate Smith’s Top 12 placement on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart for his single “Whiskey On You” and Callista Clark being named the youngest member of CMT’s Next Women of Country in the 2022 class.

The complete Opry NextStage 2022 class included BRELAND, Callista Clark, Restless Road, Elvie Shane, Conner Smith, Nate Smith and Morgan Wade.

WHERE: Grand Ole Opry House

WHEN: November 20, 2022

LEE BRICE HONORS ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE LIONEL RICHIE WITH HIS AMAZON ORIGINAL COVER OF “HELLO”

Country music star, Lee Brice, is honoring recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Lionel Richie, with his Amazon Original cover of Richie’s iconic hit, “Hello,” which is available now on Amazon Music.

LISTEN: “Hello”

“First off, this is some of the most fun I’ve ever had in the studio,” remarked Lee Brice. “Although it was daunting to think about following in the footsteps of an icon like Lionel Richie, it was such an honor to be asked. I am incredibly humbled and excited at the same time. This song is such a timeless classic, and breaking it down to go re-record it, I realized even more why it is so special. Honestly, I’m still nervous. I just hope he likes it!”

Airing this Saturday, November 19th at 8pm ET on HBO and HBO Max, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 Induction Ceremony will feature guests including Sheryl Crow, Robert Downey, Jr., Dr Dre, Lenny Kravitz, Olivia Rodrigo, Sara Bareilles, Bruce Springsteen and more, all highlighting the importance and influence of the 2022 Inductees.

About Lee Brice:

When Curb Records recording artist, Lee Brice, isn’t selling out arenas, writing and recording songs, or building new brands like American Born whiskey, you’ll find the family man with his wife Sara, two young boys, and daughter. Meanwhile, with over 3.7 billion on-demand streams, and over 3.6 billion spins on Pandora, Brice continues to enjoy massive success at country radio, digital streaming services, and on the road. He recently reached #1 at Country Radio with Platinum-selling “Memory I Don’t Mess With,” which consecutively follows three prior #1s: ASCAP’s 2021 Country Song of the Year and 3x Platinum track “One of Them Girls,” “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Carly Pearce, and “Rumor,” which was nominated in the category Single of The Year at the 55th Annual ACM Awards. One of the most-played country artists of all time on Pandora, he was the second country artist behind Keith Urban to receive the Pandora Billionaire plaque. Lee is also a GRAMMY nominee, a CMA and ACM award winner, and he’s taken nine radio singles to Number One: “A Woman Like You,” “Hard to Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “I Don’t Dance,” “Drinking Class,” “Rumor,” “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” “One of Them Girls,” and “Memory I Don’t Mess With.” Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and others have recorded his songs, and he’s performed on numerous TV shows, including NBC’s Today, ABC’s The Bachelor, NBC’s The Voice and FOX’s Miss USA 2018. Lee performed as part of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honoring Garth Brooks, aired on PBS March of 2020. At the 54th Annual CMA Awards, Lee took home the prize for Musical Event of the Year for his song with Carly Pearce, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” At the 56th ACM Awards, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” won Single of the Year and Music Event of the Year, and Lee and Carly Pearce performed the song live. Lee’s latest album, Hey World, features current radio single “Soul.”

CHRIS ISAAK’S ‘EVERYBODY KNOWS IT’S CHRISTMAS’ OUT ON VINAL & CD

Isaak’s 18-city holiday tour kicks off November 25

Celebrate the season with Chris Isaak and his brand new Christmas album Everybody Knows It’s Christmas. Out now on vinyl and CD, this festive album features eight original songs written by Chris Isaak including “Almost Christmas,” which captures the excitement right before the holiday — and his versions of five classic Christmas songs. Pressed in red and white candy cane swirl vinyl, the album also features artwork illustrated by Chris Isaak himself. The album is also available on all digital streaming platforms. Get the album now HERE.

Isaak is launching the 18-city Everybody Knows It’s Christmas Tour across the United States starting November 25th and running throughout the season until December 22nd. To celebrate the release of his album and the start of his tour Isaak will also be making several national TV appearances premiering music from the album starting with Good Morning America on November 29th. Additional appearances to be announced.

The new album was recorded at the iconic RCA Studio in Nashville, and was produced by Dave Cobb, known for his work with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, and more. Everybody Knows It’s Christmas is Isaak’s second career holiday album since his chart-topping 2004 Christmas on Warner Bros. Records. Isaak recently shared track-by-track stories behind each song on the album on both Spotify’s Sun Records Stories and Pandora Stories.

“The holidays are such a special time for me and the pandemic left us all so isolated. I felt like a holiday album was a great opportunity to bring people together this year. I had so much fun making this album and designing the cover,” Isaak said.

TERRI GIBBS PERFORMS IN NASHVILLE FOR FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS TO SUPPORT ‘CHRISTMAS COPS & COUNTRY MUSIC’ BENEFIT DEC. 6

TERRI GIBBS PERFORMS IN NASHVILLE FOR FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS TO SUPPORT CHRISTMAS COPS & COUNTRY MUSIC BENEFIT PRESENTED BY GUS ARRENDALE AND SPRINGER MOUNTAIN FARMS CHICKEN AND POWERED BY ALL ACCESS COACH

Country music artists have always been supportive of law enforcement and community charities and Christmas Cops & Country Music is no exception. The benefit concert event, taking place at The Nashville Palace on Tuesday, December 6th, will bring 80s and 90s artists together to raise money, and awareness, and collect unwrapped Christmas gifts for Law Enforcement Assistance Partnership (LEAP). Advanced tickets are available on The Nashville Palace website or christmascopsandcountrymusic.com; General admission tickets are $40 and reserved seats are $50; VIP tables range from $500 to $1000. Those interested in a tax-deductible ticket purchase can contact Diane with LEAP directly at 615-587-1023 or visit their website at leapfranklin.org.

There will also be an auction to support LEAP, starting at 8 am CT Tuesday, November 22nd. The auction closes at 9 pm on the night of the event December 6th. To register for the auction and bid on items, visit https://e.givesmart.com/s/:50GoO1J0_r5/e/u3S/a/home/#  or
text: LEAPXMAS to 76278.

“Everyone knows that I love country music and I know these artists love our chicken,” says Gus Arrendale of Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, the presenting sponsor of Christmas Cops & Country Music. “Anytime I get an opportunity to help our first responders and especially law enforcement, I am happy to support those efforts.”

Terri Gibbs, the “Somebody’s Knockin’” singer and CMA and ACM award winner, will make her first appearance on a Nashville stage in 20 years in support of the event. “I have not performed in Nashville since Twitty City and I am excited to come back and be part of this benefit show,” added Gibbs.

In addition to Gibbs, 70s yacht rock crooner John Ford Coley (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) and late 90s hitmaker Andy Griggs will join the already stellar lineup of 80s and 90s artists that include Michelle WrightJohn Conlee, Shenandoah’s Marty Raybon, McBride & the Ride’s Terry McBrideT. Graham BrownRonnie McDowell, and David Frizzell.

“The first concert event that took place earlier this year in May to honor fallen officer and country music star Jeff Carson completely exceeded what we ever could have imagined,” says LEAP President Diane Wilhoit. “We were able to provide scholarships and purchase air units for police officers to use under their protective gear during the height of the summer. Now, we are collecting Christmas toys and gifts for families that might not get a visit from Santa. It is amazing to see the outpouring of support from everyone helping our community.”

LEWIS BRICE UNWRAPS HIS VERSION OF THE CHRISTMAS CLASSIC, “RUDOLPH”

Country-rocker Lewis Brice releases his version of the Holiday classic “Rudolph (The Red-Nosed Reindeer).” The playful and jolly guitar-driven track pairs perfectly with Brice’s gritty vocals and twang. The festive tune embodies the magic of the holidays and is the first Christmas song released by Brice. Click HERE to stream or download Brice’s version of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

“I have been wanting to put my own spin on a classic Christmas song and when it came time to choose, ‘Rudolph,’ felt like such a memorable song. It takes me back to the magic of Christmas when you’re a kid. I hope everyone enjoys our version of this Holiday classic!” shared Brice.

Brice’s latest single, “Livin,'” was released earlier this year with a video that flawlessly captured the singer’s dynamic and high-energy performance that he’s become known for and “showcases the fun and wild side of his artistry (PopWrapped).”

Brice spent this past summer on the road, performing to packed audiences across the Southeast. The video for “Livin'” was filmed over the span of five different shows with four different videographers capturing footage. Featured in the video is Brice’s hometown show in South Carolina, hitting the stage at Carolina Country Music Fest as well as performances at Key West Songwriters Festival and opening for Michael Ray. PopWrapped exclusively premiered the track, noting that “the single’s production accompanies the lyrics in the song perfectly.”

Brice released “Call Me Yours,” another romantic single from the country singer, earlier this year. His previous single, “It’s You,” amassed more than 15 million streams, as covered in People, the video featured Brice’s wife, Denelle Manzer. The pair got married this October in Tennessee, see People.com’s exclusive coverage HERE. “Livin” is the third release of a forthcoming album from Brice, set for release early next year.

Brice has been named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “2017’s New Country Artists You Need to Know” and Billboard’s “Country Artists to Watch in 2018”. Tracks from the EP were featured on SiriusXM The Highway, CMT Music, and Spotify’s New Boots & Wild Country playlists, and its lead single ‘Best Ex Ever’ reached the Top 40 of MusicRow’s Country Breakout radio chart. 

Musicians Hall Of Fame & Museum Concert And Induction Ceremony

Musicians Hall Of Fame & Museum Inducts Billy F Gibbons, Don McLean, Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives,
Ray Stevens, Vince Gill, Engineer George Massenburg and Producer James William Guercio

 

 2022 Musicians Hall of Fame Inductees (L-R): Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson, Mick Conley, (The Fabulous Superlatives), Marty Stuart, Chris Scruggs (The Fabulous Superlatives), Linda Chambers, CEO/Co-Founder Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, Vince Gill, Billy F Gibbons, Don McLean, Ray Stevens, producer James William Guercio, and engineer George Massenburg. Photo Credit: Royce DeGrie, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum

2022 Musicians Hall of Fame Inductees (L-R): Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson, Mick Conley, (The Fabulous Superlatives), Marty Stuart, Chris Scruggs (The Fabulous Superlatives), Linda Chambers, CEO/Co-Founder Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, Vince Gill, Billy F Gibbons, Don McLean, Ray Stevens, producer James William Guercio, and engineer George Massenburg.     Photo Credit: Royce DeGrie, Musicians Hall of Fame & MuseumBilly F Gibbons, Don McLean, Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives (Chris Scruggs, Harry Stinson, Kenny Vaughan, and Mick Conley), Ray Stevens, and Vince Gill — along with engineer George Massenburg and producer James William Guercio — were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum tonight.

Held at held at Nashville’s Historic Municipal Auditorium and emceed by award-winning recording artist Phil Vassar, the induction ceremony and concert featured performances by several Musicians Hall of Fame inductees including Vince Gill, Don McLean, Ray Stevens, Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives, special guest performers including Rodney Crowell, Mike Farris, Home Free, Steve Miller, Wendy Moten, Ryan Wariner, Steve Wariner, and Chris Willis, presenters Bergen White, Dave Pomeroy, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Passarelli, Ranger Doug, and Russell Ziecker,

Attendees were treated to a two-song set from Billy F Gibbons, who was presented with the Iconic Riff Award by Steve Wariner in recognition of the many contributions he’s made to music, including his signature riffs heard on ZZ Top songs like “Tush,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “La Grange.”

Danny Rader served as musical director for the house band, composed of Dann Huff, Chris Leuzinger, Steve Wariner, Gordon Kennedy, Mark Hill, Mark Beckett, Eric Darken, Paul Franklin, John Jarvis and Mike Rojas. The Horn Section featured Emmanuel Echem, Roy Agee, Max Dvorin, Mike Haynes and Sam Levine with Background Vocalists, David Wilder, Vickie Carrico and Marcia Ware Wilder.

“The Musicians Hall of Fame is strong and will stay strong because of the quality of inductees like we have tonight,” said Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum CEO and Co-Founder Linda Chambers.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS KICK-OFF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE SHOW AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT TONIGHT!

39th Annual A Country Christmas Celebration Brings The Oak Ridge Boys’ ‘Christmas In Tennessee’ Dinner Show
Back to Popular Holiday Destination

 November 23 – December 25, 2022

GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, return tonight to the Gaylord Opryland Resort to celebrate the holiday season at home this year with a 32-show residency as part of the resort’s 39th annual ‘A Country Christmas’ event. The Oaks’ ‘Christmas in Tennessee’ Dinner Show, November 23 – December 25, 2022, features a delicious holiday meal prepared by the resort’s culinary team followed by the Oaks and their band performing Christmas classics, new favorites, and many of the timeless hits that have shaped their legendary career. This year’s residency is sponsored by AARP Tennessee. For more information on ‘Christmas in Tennessee’, visit ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.

“It is such an honor to be bringing our Christmas show back to Gaylord Opryland in 2022 for the THIRD year in a row,” shares Joe Bonsall. “Nobody does Christmas like Gaylord Opryland, and our dinner shows have become a part of the tradition over the last few years! We can promise this, our show will be much different than last year, but Santa will still be a part of, as will our big state-of-the-art production. And we will give each audience a strong set list of songs covering every aspect of Christmas. We hope you will plan to join The Oak Ridge Boys over the holidays this year for a gourmet dinner and a show that has been honed over decades of Christmas tours.”

Along with classic Christmas tunes, the Oaks will also perform some of their biggest hits from more than 40 albums including eight of their Christmas albums. The band will also take a look back on Christmas past, celebrate the birth of Christ, and create amazing holiday memories for guests in the festive surroundings of Gaylord Opryland Resort.

JILLIAN JACQUELINE RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM, HONESTLY, ON VINYL

Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Jillian Jacqueline today released the Vinyl edition of her critically acclaimed debut album, Honestly. The Vinyl edition includes a bonus track, the new reimagined version of her beloved single, “God Bless This Mess” ft. famed indie-pop band Lucius. Jaqueline today premieres the official music video for the track via Youtube today at 12pm CT, where she will be watching along live and chatting with fans. Watch the premiere here.

Jacqueline’s compassionate songwriting and exquisitely winsome vocal allure has been lauded by Billboard for her ability to “balance her blatant honesty with unshakable optimism… helping separate her from the pack of country mainstays.” Rolling Stone seconded that, pointing out that she has a way of melding “downright melancholy concepts with enough bursts of joy to make pondering the bad stuff a whole lot less painful,” and NPR describing her as an “unvarnished communicator.”

The 12 track Vinyl was co-produced with kindred-spirit musical partners Tofer and Bryan Brown and includes the original 11 tracks from her debut album, including tracks written or performed with Nashville notables Charlie Worsham (“The Ocean”), Lori McKenna (“God Bless This Mess”), Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion (“Bandwagon”) and more.

Beloved by artists, critics and fans alike, Jacqueline has garnered more than 100 million streams with a sequence of initial EPs and singles – including hit tracks “Reasons,” and “If I Were You” featuring Keith Urban and officially released her highly-anticipated debut album in June 2022 through Virgin Music. The album garnered critical acclaim, including her powerful duet “Better With a Broken Heart” with TJ Osborne, which Billboard noted “vocally, Jacqueline and Brothers Osborne’s TJ Osborne offer a complementary, silk-over-steel wool tension that heightens the song’s mournful undertones” and “Magic,” which was hailed for being “grounding and cathartic and boldly human” by American Songwriter. Jacqueline is currently on the road opening for Cam. For additional information and tour dates, visit https://www.jillianjacqueline.com.

BILLY RAY CYRUS AND FIREROSE RELEASE “TIME”

“Time” Written and Performed by Billy Ray Cyrus and FIREROSE Available Everywhere Now

Global entertainment icon Billy Ray Cyrus and critically acclaimed Aussie songstress FIREROSE release their new single “Time” after recently opening up about their engagement with People Magazine. Click HERE to stream “Time.”

Cyrus says; “A moment of so much change. FIREROSE had been such a light of positivity, such a best friend. And then when we began sharing the music, it just evolved more into, as musical soulmates, to soulmates, happy, pure love that to me, I didn’t know could exist. Again, we’re musicians, first and foremost, both of us. And we found this harmony, and this rhythm, this melody to life.” FIREROSE adds; “Time” is about the precious and invaluable nature of time itself. In a world that often demands we worry about the future or dwell on the past, it offers its listeners a moment to just appreciate the present. It’s a song we wrote about choosing to spend each moment with the people we love, and not take a day for granted.”

“Time” is featured in Lionsgate’s “Christmas In Paradise.” Cyrus co-stars in the film with Kelsey Grammer and Elizabeth Hurley which is currently in select theaters and On Demand, Digital and Blu-ray and DVD now. Click HERE to watch the trailer for “Christmas in Paradise.”

Cyrus and FIREROSE co-wrote and recorded “Time” in the midst of the success of their chart topping hit “New Day.”