Superstar Miranda Lambert’s storied career has spanned seven US #1 hit radio singles, seven consecutive #1 albums, more than 70 prestigious awards and honours, and countless sales certifications, earning the Texan a reputation as “the most riveting country star of her generation” (NPR).
The most decorated artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music, Lambert has earned 35 ACM Awards (including a record-setting 9 consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Awards), 14 CMA Awards (Country Music Association), 3 GRAMMY Awards, the Nashville Symphony Harmony Award, ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award, ACM Song of the Decade Award, and was named 2019 RIAA’s Artist of the Year. She is the youngest artist ever to serve as the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Artist in Residence, joining a legendary list of predecessors including Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Tom T. Hall, Jerry Douglas, Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Connie Smith, Rosanne Cash, and more.
The celebrated singer/songwriter released her seventh studio album, Wildcard, in 2019, which was declared one of the year’s best albums by GQ, Variety, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Slate, and many more. Wildcard features GRAMMY Award-nominated single “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” plus her #1 smash hit “Bluebird” and Top 5 “Settling Down.” Lambert’s seventh consecutive #1 album, Wildcard joins her lauded discography that includes The Weight of These Wings (2016), Platinum (2014), Four The Record (2011), Revolution (2009), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007) and Kerosene (2005). In addition, she released three albums with her trio, the Pistol Annies, as well as The Marfa Tapes, a critically-acclaimed, raw and intimate recording with collaborators Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
Her clothing and cowboy boot collection, Idyllwind, is a private-label brand sold at all Boot Barn stores nationwide. www.idyllwind.com Miranda’s MuttNation Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, is celebrating its 11th Anniversary. Since its inception in 2009, MuttNation has raised over $5 million in support of its mission to promote the adoption of rescue pets, support animal shelters across the country, advance spay & neuter, and assist with the transport of animals during times of natural disaster. www.muttnation.com
Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he has celebrated four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart and nine No. 1 singles at Country radio, earning a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 4x Platinum-selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker is a continuous supporter of the MUSC Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, and has raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament, as well as for more than 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation.
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Luke Combs, who The New York Times calls, “the most promising and influential new country star of the last five years,” is a multi-platinum, award-winning artist from Asheville, NC. His recent deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this past fall. The deluxe edition features all 18 tracks from Combs’ double Platinum-certified, global #1 album, What You See Is What You Get, as well as five new songs including his single, “Cold As You,” which is currently top 15 at country radio and rising. “Cold As You” adds to a triumphant run at radio for Combs, whose last single, the Platinum-certified “Forever After All,” spent six weeks at #1. This is Combs’ eleventh-consecutive #1 single—a first on the Billboard Country Airplay chart—and the sixth-consecutive #1 from What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, tying the record for most #1 singles to come from the same album. Adding to his landmark year, Combs is nominated for three awards at the 2021 CMA Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year (“Forever After All”). A 5x ACM, 3x CMA and 3x Billboard Music Award-winner, Combs is known for his electric concerts, having performed sold-out shows across the world throughout his career. He will continue to perform throughout the fall with his massive “What You See Is What You Get” headline arena tour, which features a special new in-the-round stage design.
Multi-PLATINUM singer/ songwriter Kip Moore has toured the world headlining his own shows, earning acclaim and a rabid fanbase as an all-in performer in each setting, wrapping 40 sold-out headlining shows in The U.S, The U.K. and Canada at the beginning of 2020. Praised by Noisey as “an uncompromising, genre-defying artist firing on all cylinders” Moore has blazed his own trail. Moore’s revered fourth studio album WILD WORLD spawned his recent Top 15 single “She’s Mine.” The current CMA “International Artist Achievement Award” nominee first splashed into the mainstream with the double-PLATINUM No.One “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” in 2012, then followed up with three more best selling No. Ones (“Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money” and “More Girls Like You”), a trio of ambitious, critically-praised albums and two gritty EPs that landed Moore on multiple “Best Of” lists.
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Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style with seven consecutive #1 hit songs and MULTI-PLATINUM sales. Young’s latest collection WEEKENDS LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THESE DAYS, released on June 4 via BMLG Records, follows his sophomore effort, GOLD-certified TICKET TO L.A., which debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart and his PLATINUM self-titled debut, which dominated the Top 20 on the Country Albums chart for 37 weeks and contributed to over 5 billion streams globally. He was named ASCAP’s 2018 Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year for his “melodic craftsmanship” (Billboard) and has also garnered nominations from ACM, Billboard, Teen Choice, CMT and CMA Awards as he continues to rack up nonstop hits as “one of country’s most consistent radio stars” (Rolling Stone).
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Ashley McBryde cut her teeth playing country songs in rural biker bars – and it shows. Her 2018 major label debut Girl Going Nowhere (Warner Music Nashville) charmed the New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste, The Washington Post, and more, all en route to landing a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. McBryde closed out 2019 with ACM New Female Artist, CMT Breakout Artist of the Year, a New Artist of the Year win at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards and two nominations for the 2020 GRAMMYs for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.” Her follow-up Never Will, released in 2020 was tagged by Rolling Stone as one of the most anticipated of the year alongside NPR, who also ranked her lead Top 10 RIAA Platinum-Certified single “One Night Standards” as one of the best songs of 2019. Produced once again by Jay Joyce, Never Will reveals the witty, confessional, detail-driven songwriting addressing a wide spectrum of blue-collar Southern women’s experience introduced on Girl Going Nowhere is still here, but perhaps even sharper, earning McBryde a 2021 GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album, making Never Will the only album nominated for Country Album of the Year by the ACMs, CMAs and the Recording Academy in the same award season. The music itself is stadium-ready rock-and-roll with a bluegrass wink or two and country music’s storytelling heart––and McBryde, no longer new, is the music’s ordained and highly capable standard bearer. McBryde’s This Town Talks Tour kicks off this summer with over 35 stops before wrapping on Jan. 15, 2022.
The Nashville-based multi-platinum recording artist, and 2020 ACM nominee for “Best New Male Artist of the Year,” Russell Dickerson, touts an impressive three back-to-back no. 1 singles: the Double Platinum debut hit, “Yours,” dubbed the “biggest love song of the year,” followed by Platinum sophomore single, “Blue Tacoma” (featured in the hit “X-Men” franchise film “Logan”), and America’s 2019 Summer anthem “Every Little Thing,” Dickerson’s latest Platinum single to sit atop country charts. Dickerson’s Gold certified debut album charted at no. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, arriving at no. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart and garnered his ACM nominations for “Song of the Year,” “New Male Vocalist of the Year,” and CMT nomination for “Breakthrough Video of the Year.” He was also nominated for an iHeart Radio Music Award for “Best New County Artist.” With a profound dedication to breeding authentic human connection, People Magazine’s “One to Watch” and festival fan favorite spends as much time on the road with the fans who made “Yours” the undisputed wedding song of 2018. Earlier this year, Dickerson released “Love You Like I Used To” which is currently climbing country radio, followed by “Home Sweet”; the first two tracks off his long awaited sophomore album due later this year. Dickerson was recently on the road with Kane Brown on the Worldwide Beautiful Tour. Russell is the launch artist on Triple Tigers Records, a joint venture with Sony Music. @russelled | www.russelldickerson.com.
McCreery achieved new heights by earning three back-to-back No. 1 hits from his most recent album Seasons Change, the RIAA Gold-certified project which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart: the RIAA Double Platinum-certified “Five More Minutes,” the RIAA Platinum-certified “This Is It,” which stayed at the top of the charts for two weeks, and RIAA Gold-certified “In Between.” McCreery co-wrote all 11 songs on Seasons Change, which Rolling Stone named as one of the “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018.” His current single “You Time” and track “Why You Gotta Be Like That” from the forthcoming follow-up Same Truck are available everywhere now. Same Truck, McCreery’s fifth studio album, is set for release Friday, Sept. 17 and available for pre-order now. All four of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on a Billboard Albums chart, with current combined sales surpassing 3 million copies. He’s earned one Double Platinum, four Platinum and two Gold singles; won the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011; was named the ACM New Artist of the Year in 2011; won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (“The Trouble with Girls”) in 2012; American Country Awards for New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013; BMI Awards for writing One of the Top 50 Country Songs of the Year three times (in 2015 for “See You Tonight,” in 2018 for “Five More Minutes,” and in 2019 for “This is It”); a Carolina Beach Music Award for National Dance Song of the Year (“Barefootin’”) in 2018; and the NSAI Nashville Songwriter Award for One of the Top Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written (“Five More Minutes”) in 2018. The North Carolina native released his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, in 2016; it was re-released in paperback in 2020. McCreery launched his recording career by making history in 2011 as both the first country artist and the youngest male artist of any genre to debut his first studio album, the Platinum-certified Clear as Day, at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
Flatland Cavalry is breaking out into a gallop. After years of hot trotting across their native Texas, the country outfit is primed for a breakout with the release of their third full-length album, the sonically sprawling and wistfully written Welcome to Countryland. The Texas sextet–bandleader and chief lyricist Cleto Cordero, guitarist Reid Dillon, bassist Jonathan Saenz, drummer Jason Albers, fiddle player Wesley Hall, and recent newcomer utility instrumentalist Adam Gallegos–continue to embrace their trademark sound while further pushing into the wild unknown. When it was time to embark on recording a new album, resting on their laurels was simply out of the realm of possibilities. After the release of 2019’s critically-acclaimed Homeland Insecurity and their 2016 full-length debut Humble Folks, they’ve been on a healthy trajectory rising through the country ranks.
Runaway June is sass, heartbreak and reinvention – an identity chiseled with steadfast grit through years of perseverance amid a male-dominated country genre. With female empowerment at the forefront of their song catalog, the trio is embracing their future and are invigorated by what’s to come. Comprised of Naomi Cooke, Jennifer Wayne and Natalie Stovall, Runaway June is a metaphor for every woman. A force to be reckoned with, the Billboard “Chartbreaker” notched their first Top 5 hit in 2019 with “Buy My Own Drinks,” the only female country group to chart that high since the Chicks in 2003. Amassing over 149 million on-demand streams, Runaway June has been nominated for ACM Awards and CMT Awards, named a “New Face” at Country Radio Seminar in 2020 and made numerous national TV appearances such as GMA, TODAY and CMA Country Christmas. And, with a live show as electrifying as it is captivating – the trio’s fiery bluegrass sound and high-energy, girl-power attitude is always front and center. There’s no wonder, they’ve been invited to perform at Stagecoach, C2C Country To Country, and on some of the biggest tours in country music, opening for superstars like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood.
For more information, visit: www.RunawayJune.com.
Rising singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters scored her breakthrough moment in 2019, with the release of “Ten Year Town,” the first single from her critically-acclaimed, self-funded debut album, THE DREAM – praised as “the year’s deepest country album” (The Washington Post). Now with 12+ years in Nashville, TN, under her belt, the Shueyville, IA-native is LIVING THE DREAM, with the release of her deluxe album earlier this year that features five new collaborations with Brent Cobb, Jordan Davis, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Little Big Town, and Trisha Yearwood. The deluxe album’s breakthrough single “Fillin’ My Cup” (feat. Little Big Town) has been streamed more than 8 million times and was named a SiriusXM “Highway Find.” The official video for the song earned Whitters her first-ever CMT Music Award nomination for “Breakthrough Video of the Year.” This June, Opry Entertainment Group and the Grand Ole Opry named Whitters this year’s inaugural Opry NextStage artist. Since being dubbed “Nashville’s Newest Unsigned Star” (Rolling Stone) for her breakout hit, she’s toured with Brent Cobb, Jordan Davis, Maren Morris and Little Big Town, plus notched cuts as a songwriter by Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, and Little Big Town. This fall, Whitters will support Midland on “The Last Resort Tour.” Named an Artist to Watch 2020 on coveted lists by Paste Magazine, Pandora, and more, as well as being inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2020, Whitters signed her first record deal in partnership with her own label Pigasus Records and Big Loud Records / Songs & Daughters. Lauded by Pitchfork and BrooklynVegan, THE DREAM appeared on more than 15 year-end best of 2020 lists and landed at #1 on both Stereogum’s “10 Best Country Albums of 2020” and Garden & Gun’s “Best Southern Albums of 2020” list.
Canadian-born and Nashville-based, Tenille Townes is a two-time ACM Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician in the midst of a breakthrough year following the release of her acclaimed debut album, The Lemonade Stand . Available now via Columbia Nashville in partnership with RCA Records, the album was produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town) and consists of twelve songs all written by Townes. Since its release, Townes has been named New Female Artist of the Year at the 55th ACM Awards, won three awards at the 2020 Canadian Country Music Awards, making her an eight-time CCMA winner, and received her first JUNO Award for COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR at the 50th Annual JUNO Awards. She is also the first female in Mediabase Canada history to achieve two No. 1 singles with album tracks “Jersey On The Wall (I’m Just Asking)” and “Somebody’s Daughter.” Adding to an already notable career, Townes is a MusicRow 2020 Next Big Thing Artist, an iHeartCountry’s “On The Verge” artist and has raised over $2 million for charity through her annual Big Hearts For Big Kids fundraiser.
Every song has a story and at just 17 years old Callista Clark has a lot to say. Like so many talented singer/songwriters that paved the way before her, the young songstress wields her creative gifts as both a defence and an instrument of peace as she puts her heart on display with her debut collection Real To Me, out now via Big Machine Records. Blending her love for authentic, timeless classics with the sounds of her Georgia roots, Clark “arrives with confidence and verve” (Billboard) on her debut collection. Gearing up for the release, she collaborated with many of Country music’s leading songwriters including Jonathan Singleton, Laura Veltz, Nicolle Galyon, and Emily Shackleton, among others. The proof that Clark can hold her own among Nashville’s most prominent is evident as she was recently named the next iHeartCountry On The Verge Artist and her debut single, “It’s ‘Cause I Am” continues to climb as Country radio’s most successful new artist debut of 2021. Clark performed “It’s ‘Cause I Am” for the first time on national television during a Live with Kelly & Ryan appearance last month. Her inspiring videos with which Scooter Braun (SB Projects) and Scott Borchetta (Big Machine Label Group) took notice, have amassed over 130 million views across all socials + YouTube.
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