To date, Swindell has sold 2.4 million total album equivalents in the four years since his debut, including 6.3 million+ tracks sold and over 1.2 BILLION on-demand streams.
Since launching his career in 2014, Swindell has toured with the biggest superstars in country music including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and has sold out his four Down Home Tours in support of his four subsequent Down Home Sessions EPs.
Swindell wrapped his first career headlining tour in May – Reason To Drink Tour. He kicks off the Reason To Drink…Another Tour in October with Dustin Lynch and special guest Lauren Alaina.
In the past 7 years, multi-platinum award-winning, singer and songwriter Prince Royce has become a bonafide Latin superstar, scoring 15 number one radio hits, 22 Latin Billboard Awards, 19 Premio lo Nuestro Awards (Univision), 19 Premios Juventud Awards (Univision), 6 Latin AMAs, and 11 Latin Grammy nominations.
Royce has a massive fan base with more than 2 billion streams online, over 45 million followers on social media and he has sold out some of the most prestigious venues in Latin America and the US.
His latest album, FIVE, was released in February 2017 and is Royce’s fifth career album. The record debuted at #1 on Billboards Latin Albums chart and earned Royce the highest first-week sales of any Latin album in the two years prior to the release. The production, was preceded by four hit singles, “Culpa al Corazón”, “La Carretera”, “Moneda”, “Deja vu” and includes a plethora of wonderful collaborations with Shakira, Zendaya, Chris Brown, SpiffTV, Farruko, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortíz and Arturo Sandoval. The album has been certified Double Platinum by the RIAA in the United States and has garnered multiple international certifications. FIVE, made the Top Latin Albums list at Billboard’s coveted end of year issue and Billboard also named Royce one of the Top Latin Artists of 2017.
Martina McBride is a multiple Grammy® nominated country icon, whose incomparable vocals have kept her at the top of the charts garnering six No. 1 hits and twenty top 10 singles. Selling more than 18 million albums to date, McBride has earned 14 Gold, nine Platinum, three Double Platinum and two Triple Platinum certifications.
McBride has been honored with more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year.
After more than four decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band's performance.
Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.
With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more – Timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.
Guitarist/vocalist DON BARNES says it's all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. “We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We're a team, and it's always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.”
It is that steely determination that lives on in the hearts of these ‘Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.'
Completing the team is guitarist/vocalist DANNY CHAUNCEY, bassist BARRY DUNAWAY, drummer GARY MOFFATT and keyboardist/vocalist BOBBY CAPPS. For 38 Special onstage, it is a celebration of camaraderie and brotherhood, a precision unit bringing the dedication and honesty to a long history of classic songs, as well as surprisingly fresh new material.
Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. And from the start, they’ve toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of ‘muscle and melody’ to fans worldwide.
With an inimitable voice the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Randy Houser racked up three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than four million in singles sales to date with his Stoney Creek Records album, How Country Feels. He topped the charts with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter) and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year-nominated "Like A Cowboy." Houser added a fourth No. 1 to his catalogue with “We Went” from his 2016 album, Fired Up. Randy Houser’s fifth studio album, Magnolia, will be his third album with current label home, Stoney Creek Records and marks a new era for Houser. Listeners got their first taste of Houser’s rootsy new sound with the summer release of “What Whiskey Does,” which debuted at Country radio as #1 Most Added and Rolling Stone immediately dubbed “a classic tears-and-twang drinking song.”
For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has been one of rock music's most dynamic and prolific artists. From breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, the “Red Rocker” has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written with songs like "I Can't Drive 55,""Right Now," and "Why Can't This Be Love."He’s earned the highest respect of the music industry with a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen and is currently on his fourth platinum run with the super group Chickenfoot. Along his journey, Hagar has also become a dedicated philanthropist, a New York Times best-selling author and auspicious entrepreneur.
Towering baritone Trace Adkins has sold more than 11 million albums and charted more than 20 singles in his 25 years in Nashville, a remarkable run for one of country music’s most easily identifiable stars. The Louisiana native recently released his 12th studio album, Something’s Going On, on BBR Music Group / Wheelhouse Records. A three-time GRAMMY Award nominee, Adkins has won three Academy of Country Music Awards, including the 2009 Single of the Year Award for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Vocal Event of the Year with Blake Shelton for “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010. The Grand Ole Opry member is also an author and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and The American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed for our service members across 12 USO Tours. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, Adkins recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Adkins has also acted in multiple films and television shows, playing a tough-as-nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon (starring Mark Wahlberg) and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family friendly film Moms' Night Out (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew). His most recent role was that of MercyMe’s real-life manager, Brickell, in the box office smash “I Can Only Imagine.” The film was the third biggest selling movie on its opening weekend in America.
Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 #1 hits. His 11th studio album, LOVE AND WAR, which was released April 21, 2017, was his 9th consecutive studio album to debut #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. On April 28, 2017 LOVE AND WAR was released as country music’s first ever visual album for a limited time exclusively on Apple Music and now is available on VEVO. Paisley has accumulated over 20 million career total worldwide album sales, track downloads and streaming equivalents.Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley.
Internationally renowned as “The Ultimate 80s New Wave Tribute,” the Spazmatics come with all the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the decade we'd love to forget. Complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses, The Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment. So tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999; only it's not! The Spazmatics.
“I like to connect with people at any age, whatever it might be sonically or to the depth of what they are willing to think. I like to think, and I like people to think and that often generates a connection that can be nurtured,” says Stoney LaRue. As he prepares the release of Us Time, LaRue reflects on this important connection he has fostered with his fans over his 15-plus years of touring. Together, LaRue and his fans have culled together a “favorite live song set” that is dedicated to his loyal and growing fan base. LaRue is known for his real life, thinking man’s music.
US TIME is a collection of songs from the native Texan who now resides in Oklahoma reflecting on his own dreams that openly shares with his longtime fans. “This project is a tribute to my fans. We have developed a strong relationship and I appreciate all of them,” says LaRue. “ Together, we have built a compilation of fan favorites from the live shows that reflect the complexion of our time together in music, it is simply our US Time, “ he continues. This sentiment rings even louderafter LaRue took a hiatus from touring this summer to re-center his life that seemed to be lost.
LaRue says, “Being able to record such timeless songs as “Empty Glass,” “Into the Mystic” and “Wichita Lineman” aside some of original tunes, all selected by my fans make me feel validated as an artist and hopefully it gives the fans exactly what they are looking for.”
Being able to connect with fans the way we can today is mind blowing to LaRue. When this journey started over 15 years ago, communication was restricted mainly to the stage, written letters and before show meet and greets. Today’s instant social media connection is what helped generate this collection of songs. “I just kept a list of songs that fans would either request via Twitter and Facebook or yell to me on stage,” says LaRue. “Us Time is a very collaborative effort with them. Also, having RS Fields as the producer on this project was a good call. This is our first time working together and he totally nailed the production and we totally were in sync on how it should sound. I am very happy with the end result, it feels live and it feels real, and that is what music is all about,” he continued.
Independently charged, LaRue has sold over one million records over his career and plays 200-plus shows a year. His songs have seen the top of the charts, most recently his hit “Golden Shackles” from his eOne Music debut, Aviator, in 2014.
Seven years into one of the hottest careers in country music, there are more eyes on Brett Eldredge than ever before. And with the release of his latest album for Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville, those eyes will finally get the full story.
The ‘sensitive romantic’ fans discovered on “Beat of the Music” and “Wanna Be That Song”? He’s back. The passionate crooner who could barely contain himself on “Lose My Mind” and “Drunk on Your Love”? He’s still obsessed. And making its first musical appearance: the hilarious personality that’s built a social-media following in the millions.
Eldredge dropped his first two albums into the top two positions of Billboard’s country chart with Bring You Back and Illinois, and did the same with an incredible six singles in a row all hitting #1. He tallied seven Gold or Platinum certifications, scored 2014’s CMA New Artist of the Year award and co-hosted ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock. He’s the rare breed of entertainer who shines both behind the mic AND in front of TV cameras.
But now at 31 years old and with a freight-train of momentum, the Illinois native is getting real.
Secluding himself and longtime producer Ross Copperman in a real-life castle outside Nashville, Eldredge recorded the album’s 12 tracks after co-writing each one with tunesmiths like Tom Douglas, Matt Rogers, Jordan Reynolds, and Heather Morgan, bringing his full personality front and center.
No subject was off limits – from his search for love to the faults that keep him from finding it. A quirky quest for fun stands next to a never-ending drive to chase the horizon, while topics like family are treated with reverence and beaches inspire new beginnings. Meanwhile, Eldredge’s throaty baritone shines with casual confidence, and progressive country mixes freely with classic pop and soul.
From a personal standpoint, Eldredge’s self-titled album is the most satisfying music he’s ever made. It’s diverse, unflinching, and adventurous, because he was on a mission to reveal his whole story – or at least, the story up until now.
A band like no other on the pop landscape, Why Don't We brings together five supremely talented singer/songwriters who have each built up a passionate following all on their own. After crossing paths through a series of national tours in recent years, Daniel Seavey, Zach Herron, Corbyn Besson, Jonah Marais, and Jack Avery decided to join together and deepen their powerful connection with fans around the world. And as shown on their debut single "Taking You," Why Don't We's potent chemistry makes for undeniable pop perfection.
An acoustic-guitar-laced, beat-driven blend of R&B and pop, "Taking You" spotlights each Why Don't We member's stunning vocals and showcases the band's heart-melting harmonies. Now at work on their debut album, Why Don't We are also set to deliver an unstoppable live show that's destined to expand their audience all across the globe.
Praised by The New York Times as being an “elegant songwriter,” GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini’s latest single, “Miss Me More,” hails from her acclaimed sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY. The newly released deluxe edition includes four tracks: “Fun and Games,” “I Think I Fell In Love Today,” “Landslide (Live from Nashville)” (Fleetwood Mac), and her new collaboration with The Chainsmokers, “This Feeling,” plus the original 12-track compilation. Headlining THE MISS ME MORE TOUR in 2019 with Brett Young, she’s currently on Keith Urban’s GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR through the fall, before joining Kelly Clarkson’s MEANING OF LIFE TOUR this winter. Continuing to blaze a trail that’s all her own, Ballerini appears on NBC’s hit music competition series, The Voice, as their first-ever fifth coach during the 10-part Comeback Stage series this season. In addition to being awarded high-profile accolades from ASCAP, iHeartRadio, Billboard, and Radio Disney, plus several breakthrough female artist nods from ACM and CMT, the Black River Entertainment artist is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at The 52nd Annual CMA Awards. Ballerini remains the only female artist in the genre’s history, including female duos and groups, to claim #1 with her first three consecutive singles [PLATINUM-certified, #1 smashes – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” “Peter Pan”] from a debut album [GOLD-certified breakout THE FIRST TIME].
Russell Dickerson was born for the stage. “I’m just naturally that kind of dude: a big, loud and over-the-top guy,” he says with a laugh. Yes, one of country music’s most talked-about new talents -- and the voice behind the smash single “Yours,” a stunning ballad inspired by his wife of four years, Kailey, that’s racked up over 33 million streams to date on Spotify, where he’s been on the Hot Country, Country Gold Playlists and more for over a year, and exploded since being serviced to country radio in April -- need not go into “entertainer mode” before he catapults himself onstage to deliver one of his notoriously amped-up live shows.
He’s already there.
“I go out there, and I’m just me,” Dickerson, who recently tore up arenas with Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini on the Home Team Tour, says. Watch the massive-voiced singer up there, whipping the crowd into hysterics and performing with that time-honored killer instinct. He’s “running around and singing to people and messing with them and loving on them. It’s about interacting the whole time. I want people screaming their faces off. It’s all for the crowd.”
Even as a Union City, Tennessee-raised, obsessive teenage music fan, one who’d regularly wait in wraparound lines to see his favorite artists perform in Nashville (“I just got hooked on that energy”) and held up Garth Brooks and Keith Urban DVD’s as his personal Gospel, Dickerson, says being “that dude onstage was always the dream. We would scream every word of every song, and all I could think about was ‘I want to be that guy!’” Now, thanks to “Yours” and hook-heavy rockers like “Blue Tacoma” and “MGNO,” he’s steadily built a serious fan base of his own.
Now, with his forthcoming full-length debut album, Yours, Dickerson is gearing up for his most massive moment yet. “Right now I’m just so stoked on life so I wanted my record to mimic that,” the 30-year-old says of a feel-good album stuffed with equal parts swagger (“Billions,” “Float”) and sweet vibes (“All Fall Down,” “You Look Like A Love Song”). “We just kept rolling with it,” he says of the loose, freewheeling writing sessions for the LP. To that end, if there’s a palpable ease and whimsical flow to Dickerson’s melodies and lyrics it’s because he’s found trusted collaborators, the most notable of which is his wife.
Dickerson says he’d written hundreds of songs before that “gut feeling” kicked in one day in 2014 when he, Welling and Brown penned “Yours.” “When we wrote it we all said ‘This is amazing!’ And then it was just one thing after another,” he says of the song’s rocketship ride to radio. “To get that affirmation from everyone at, what felt like, every step — publishers, record label, radio — is just so incredible.” Adds Dickerson of the breakout song, which has become a wedding standard, and because of which he recorded an acoustic wedding version: “It’s such a boost of confidence. It’s validation.”
Still, even as the accomplishments pile up, including the distinct honor of playing at the Grand Ole Opry last June (“To be recognized for my craft by an establishment that’s so esteemed in the industry was emotional”), Dickerson remains steadfast in his pursuit of refining his craft and taking his career to new heights.
“For as long as we’ve prepped for this,” Dickerson says, “I hope this is just the beginning.”
Since teaming up in 2006, Lady Antebellum has sold more than 18 million units while earning nine No. One hits on the Country radio charts. They have won seven GRAMMY awards (including both “Record” and “Song of the Year” for “Need You Now” in 2010), and they were first artists in the history of the CMA Awards to win Single of the Year in back-to-back years.
When it came time to update that sound for HEART BREAK, another key element was producer busbee, whose previous work with Lady A includes the No. One hit “Our Kind of Love,” and has recently collaborated with Maren Morris, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line “busbee pushed us into a really neat place and he’s such an integral part of this new chapter for us,” says Haywood.
“I think he sees part of us that we can’t see or maybe haven’t seen in a long time,” says Scott. “And he wasn’t afraid to call us on it, which was awesome.”
The group’s desire to shake things up was made evident by the album’s swaggering first single “You Look Good,” complete with a funky horn arrangement. “I’d been begging for horns on a song for years!” says Scott. “One of my favorite songs growing up was ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder, and that feel transports you to another place. It was the perfect song to embody the excitement and fun that we had making this record.”
What’s evident is that coming back from their hiatus, the members of Lady Antebellum are fired up and ready to go, with a new sense of both their history and their possibilities. “I think we came back from the break with an appreciation for what we’ve built,” says Scott. “We’ve always been very thankful for our journey, but when you sacrifice so much time away from home, even the greatest things can start to feel like work. So I think we came back full of gratitude for one another and for the career that we’ve been so blessed to have.”
“With the solo projects, there was definitely a bit of insecurity, adds Kelley, “so you want to make sure that if you’re going to do it, it better say something. There’s something kind of naked about it, and we wanted to get back to that as a band—to have to get out there and prove yourself.”
Jon Pardi's GOLD-certified album California Sunrise (Capitol Records Nashville) debuted at #1 onBillboard’s Top Country Albums chart earning him CMA New Artist Of The Year and ACM New Male Vocalist Of The Year. Pardi dominated the top of the country music charts with consecutive #1 hits including "Dirt On My Boots," Platinum-selling "Head Over Boots" and "Heartache On The Dance Floor" (#1 on Mediabase). Fourth single "She Ain't In It" is currently Top 30-and-climbing. California Sunrise(Capitol Records Nashville) is the follow up to Write You A Song (Capitol Records Nashville), which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and yielded Top 10 GOLD-selling song “Up All Night,” “What I Can’t Put Down,” “Missin’ You Crazy” and “When I’ve Been Drinkin” (all co-written by Pardi). Pardi made National TV appearances on NBC's “Late Night With Seth Meyers," NBC's "TODAY" and ABC's “Good Morning America,” and landed on several Best lists including the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone Country, Rhapsody and more. Since then, he’s toured with country music forerunners; Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band and Dwight Yoakam. Pardi’s third headlining tour “CMT On Tour Presents Jon Pardi's Lucky Tonight Tour” marked the fastest-selling CMT On Tour series to date with record-breaking numbers featured in Pollstar Magazine. The West Coast native and fast-rising newcomer received multiple first-ever nominations at the 2017 CMA Awards, CMT Awards, ACM Awards and AMA Awards.
La Adictiva es uno de los grupos más exitosos de la actualidad dentro del género regional mexicano, y son precisamente el amor por lo que hacen, el evidente talento, un elevado sentido de profesionalismo, y su increíble sencillez, las claves inequívocas de su gran éxito y su arrolladora popularidad, con más de 26 años de éxitos, premios, reconocimientos y giras por México y Estados Unidos.
En el 2014, La Adictiva regresa con más ganas que nunca y nuevos bríos. Una nueva voz que en conjunto con la banda hace una excelente combinación, logrando un nuevo sonido, un toque dinámico, jovial pero con fuerza, lo que nos asegura que aun tenemos banda para mucho tiempo.
Fue un 19 de marzo (día de San José) de 1990, cuando La Adictiva se formó en el poblado de Mesillas, localizado en el Municipio de Concordia, Sinaloa. Esto explica parte del nombre de la banda.
Lo de ‘adictiva’ es muy fácil de comprender después de escuchar la calidad y la fuerza interpretativa de la agrupación, que en estas más de dos décadas de trayectoria ha hecho propia la música de banda, llevándola a niveles sencillamente extraordinarios.
La Adictiva tiene en su haber una exitosa carrera que incluye 13 discos, además de una sólida reputación ganada a pulso, gracias a que ha sabido contagiar al público con su característico estilo, en todas sus presentaciones.
Sus álbumes más recientes son: ‘Nada Iguales’ (2011) que pegó muy fuerte varios temas en México y en los Estados Unidos, obteniendo nominaciones tanto al Grammy Latino, como a Los Premios de la Radio, así como su álbum ‘Muchas Gracias’.
El primer álbum de La Adictiva llevó por nombre ‘Es Falsa, Compañero’. A éste le siguieron muchos otros discos más: ‘Aunque Sea a Escondidas’, ‘Con Alma de Acero’, ‘Tu Destino’, ‘Si te Tengo a Ti’, ‘Intocable’, ‘Para Conquistarte’, ‘¿En Qué Te Fallé?’, ‘Como la Palma de mi Mano’ y ‘Corridos Adictivos’. Todas estas producciones fueron realizadas en Los Mochis, Sinaloa, donde graban las principales bandas de México.
En el 2010, La Adictiva cambió de disquera para sumarse a la constelación de estrellas de Sony Music, y después de triunfar en México, llega a los EEUU con toda la fuerza gracias a su éxito “No Es Tan Sólo La Mitad”, primer corte de su disco ‘Vida Sinaloense’, el primero con su nueva disquera.
‘Vida Sinaloense’ salió a la venta en el verano del 2010 y se convirtió en un auténtico semillero de éxitos, como “No Es Tan Sólo La Mitad”, que llegó hasta la cima de los listados de popularidad, o el súper cañonazo “Te Amo y Te Amo”, que permaneció durante 9 semanas en el primer lugar de la radio, instalándose para siempre como una auténtica gema musical, dentro del amplio y variado repertorio que existe en este género.
El disco anterior de La Adictiva lleva por nombre ‘Muchas Gracias’ y está integrado por 12 magníficos temas. Una particularidad de este disco es que no contiene ni un solo corrido. Las 12 canciones que lo componen son rancheras, baladas, cumbias y hasta bachatas. De éste álbum se desprendieron temas que se han convertido en los favoritos del público como “Haciendo El Amor”, “Si ya lo sabe Dios” y por supuesto “Muchas Gracias”.
Después del éxito de éste álbum, giras en ambos países y el refrendo del cariño del público, La Adictiva en diciembre de 2013 lanza un nuevo sencillo: “Disfrute Engañarte”, de la autoría del “Cantautor del Pueblo” Espinoza Paz y tema que da nombre al álbum. Este nuevo sencillo los hizo llegar al No. 1 de los charts de radio.
Como segundo sencillo recientemente lanzaron “Un Fin en Culiacán”, en tema que se aleja del romanticismo al que nos ha acostumbrado La Adictiva para conducirnos a un ambiente animoso, de pasarla bien, tiempo de fiesta, tema que ha sido muy bien recibido por la juventud y rápidamente se está posicionando en los top de radio en México y Estados Unidos.
Además de conseguir refrendarse con su público fiel, La Adictiva empieza a conquistar a un público juvenil que los ve como sus ídolos y que cantan con todo el entusiasmo y emoción estos nuevos temas
¨Disfruté Engañarte¨, salió a la luz a mediados del 2014, incluyendo 12 temas entre los que podemos encontrar corridos, rancheras,en fin un verdadero agasajo.
¨El Viejón¨ y ¨Te Dirán¨, se incluyen en la nueva producción de La Adictiva que muy pronto estará a la venta en formato físico y digital, material con el que sin duda se consolidarán como los consentidos del público.
The Eli Young Band has always been unique in modern Country music – a true band of brothers who play their own instruments, write their own songs and cling fast to their Texas roots. They’d even go so far as to call themselves “misfits,” but with their fourth major label album, FINGERPRINTS (The Valory Music Co.), they’re finally embracing what makes them different once and for all.
“With 17 years of experience comes a little bit of wisdom and freedom in knowing who you are,” says lead singer Mike Eli. “And what you’re really good at.”
Although their sound has evolved over time, what they’re good at has always been the same – organic, live-show focused Country dripping with authenticity and perfected in clubs, amphitheaters and stadiums from coast to coast.
Eli founded the band with guitarist James Young, bassist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson at the University of North Texas in 2000, building a grass-roots fanbase that propelled each of their previous three albums into the Top 5 of Billboard’s Country Albums chart, with 2014’s 10,000 TOWNS bowing at No. 1.
Three No. 1 singles gave the band an edgy, romantically-charged identity (“Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night”). Their stable of hits collected Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications that lead to Grammy and CMA Award nominations, Billboard Awards and an ACM trophy for Song of the Year (“Crazy Girl”). All of these accolades combined with their loyal fanbase and successful touring have resulted in over 500 million streams of their career catalogue.
Confident in their soulful, hearts-on-fire brand of Country, the group headed back into the studio to co-produce FINGERPRINTS alongside Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover. Eight of the 11 new tracks were penned by the band members themselves. They’ve returned to a live-show-first mentality, trading in studio tricks for the “meat and potatoes” of a touring band; ringing guitars, driving bass lines, thundering drums and heartfelt, genuine vocals.
The album’s FINGERPRINTS title comes from a fist-pumping anthem about a smooth romantic criminal, but its meaning invokes the band’s quest to unmask themselves. No two fingerprints are the same, and their newest collection represents the most personal music they’ve ever made.
What’s also undeniable is the band’s unique connection with fans. Even through sonic evolutions and changes to the Country industry, their obsessive following has continued to grow as “Saltwater Gospel” became one of the best reactions from Highway listeners all year on SiriusXM. And that they put on one of the best loved live-shows around – the very fingerprint of the Eli Young Band itself.
It’s the kind of story you read about in books and watch on the big screen at the movies. For the band Alabama, it’s not just a story; it’s their life. It is a classic American tale of rags to riches. From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars that went on to sell 73 million albums while changing the face and sound of country music.
It's been over 40 years since Randy, Jeff and Teddy, left the cotton farms of Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. Having grown up working in the fields, the cousins were no strangers to hard work. They didn’t flinch when it took six long years of working for tips and living hand to mouth playing in the bar.
Alabama is the band that changed everything. They brought country music to the mainstream and from side stage to the main stage. Alabama introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience.
While their music continues to stand the test of time, their numbers and stats are beyond compare. The and has sold over 80 million albums. They have charted 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row, a record that will likely never be surpassed in any genre. They have won over 178 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards, ACM Awards and counting. They’ve earned 21 Gold ®, Platinum ® and Multi-Platinum ® albums and were named the RIAA's Country Group of the Century. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are also world-class philanthropists who have raised over 250 Million dollars for charity.
After 49 years Alabama continues to thrill fans as The Hits Tour 2018 Rolls On through the US and Canada. Alabama is and always will be the greatest country band in American history.
Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life.
Gaffigan, who is one of the world’s highest grossing stand-up comedians, is currently on his Noble Ape international arena and theater comedy tour, with dates in China, Japan, England, Canada, Paris, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, etc. This past January, he premiered his fifth one hour stand up special, Cinco, on Netflix, who also purchased the exclusive rights to Gaffigan’s four other stand-up specials in an unprecedented deal. The album version of Cinco, Gaffigan’s fifth album, became available on June 13th and during that week, Gaffigan had 6 albums in the top 10 comedy albums list on iTunes. Cinco garnered impressive reviews, with A.V. Club calling Jim, “One of our most intelligent observational humorists.”
In December of 2014, Gaffigan became one of only ten comics in history to sell out Madison Square Garden and a few months prior, Gaffigan had the honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. In 2016, Forbes named Jim as one of the world’s highest grossing comedians. Additionally, streaming site Pandora recently announced that Jim is the most popular comic among its users with over 647 million spins to date.
Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). A recent recipient of the Rich Mullins Impact Award, West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others, and number one cuts by Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: All In (2017), Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY® nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003).
Well known for communicating stories through song, West has received thousands of stories from around the world. His studio album, Live Forever (2015), continued that storytelling theme and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous No. 1 singles, most recently with "Broken Things," while achieving a record-setting No. 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions” for 15 weeks.
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One and his newest release, Hello My Name Is. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story, so along with his father Pastor Joe West he founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. Please visit popwe.org for more information.
“I love it because it’s so country, and it’s so… so…” The word that Darius Rucker is looking for comes to him. “… so me.”
He’s talking specifically about his latest radio hit, “For the First Time,” but Rucker could just as easily be referring to the entire new album that followed close on the single’s heels, When Was the Last Time. His fifth album for Capitol Records Nashville, Last Time includes ballads that alternately evoke old heartbreaks and pledge eternal vows… barroom-ready paeans to both true love and true suds… blissed-out remembrances of an only partly misspent youth… and, most characteristic of all, an overriding warmth that full matches the humidity of the beloved South Carolina he can’t help but constantly invoke.
That level of familiarity should not be taken to mean, however, that Rucker did not practice what he preaches when it comes to the lyrics of “For the First Time,”a rambunctious stomper that asks the musical question: “When was the last time you did something for the first time? Let yourself go, baby, follow that feeling — maybe something new is what you’re needing.” Given the continual career climb that he’s been enjoying, Rucker could have taken the attitude of: If the wagon wheel ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Instead, he decided to tie that wagon to a fresh producer, Ross Copperman, aiming for “something a little different for me, a little more upbeat,” and far more spontaneously recorded. When it came to allowing himself to have this much fun in the studio, Rucker really was, in effect, a freshman.
The good stuff and the bad stuff: both come into play throughout When Was the Last Time. “Bring It On” is the unabashedly hopeful flip side to “If I Told You,” with Rucker assuring a woman that he can take her at her worst as well as her best. Another love song, “Don’t,” is cut from the same together-through-anything cloth. “She’s” conflates love for a woman with the love of the South — an easy correlation to make, when you’re as partial to South Carolina as Rucker. Another song where his home state gets a shout-out is “Life’s Too Short.” “I think that when people write songs with me in mind now, they throw Carolina in to make me want to cut it,” he acknowledges — “and it works!”
As established a country star as Rucker is nearly a decade into the Nashville era of his career, Rucker still has the enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store, whether it comes to the music itself or the little acting perks that come with it. “I’m still honored when I get asked to do things like voiceover work for television shows and stuff like that, even when I have to turn it down,” he says. “In my mind and in my heart, I’m still that kid from South Carolina who just wants to sing for a living, and here I am, a few decades after starting my first band, getting these phone calls — that still freaks me out.” It’s a very mindful freakout, mind you. “I think one of the biggest disservices I’ve ever done to myself is that at the beginning of Hootie’s real success, I wasn’t worried about remembering anything. I was just worried about where I was going to get my next party going on. So with all this stuff going on right now, I always tell myself: Pay attention and remember.” For Rucker, it really does always feel like he’s doing something for the first time.
Aaron Watson continues to dominate as a true independent in the country music arena. Watson’s newest release and highly-anticipated album Vaquero launched into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his biggest career sales debut to date, and at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. Texas Monthly, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, Noisey, CMT, The Boot and more have all featured the new music. Vaquero is the follow up to his history-making album The Underdog, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, making him the first-ever independent, male country artist to debut in the coveted top spot. The album features lead single “Outta Style,” his record-breaking Top 10 hit on country music’s national radio airplay charts. His recently released self-penned new single, “Run Wild Horses,” is top 40 and climbing on the country radio charts. Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, the “pioneering independent’s” (Cowboys & Indians) 14th album and his first live album in nearly a decade, is set to release on August 24, 2018, marking the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall. $1.41 from each album sold will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, in recognition of the widespread devastation across Watson’s beloved home state. Recorded live in front of 65,000 fans on opening night of the 2017 Rodeo Houston, the album is particularly poignant to the Texas born-and-bred singer/songwriter.
Watson’s rise has been paved by years of hard work and perseverance. Eighteen years later, over a dozen recorded albums, more than 2,500 shows in the U.S. and Europe, and a newly inked global distribution partnership with ADA Worldwide, the Texas native is determined to stay true to his roots and deliver music directly to his fans. Watson shared his journey with fans via a video that has racked up over 7.2 Million views and 50,000 shares, proving his phenomenal connection to fans.