Climbing Country Star Surpasses 2.2 Million Streams, "Best Ex Ever" Lands In Top 40 of MusicRow's Country Breakout Char
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 5, 2018) -- Lewis Brice lit the fuse in July of 2017 with the release of his self-titled EP which debuted in the Top 15 on the iTunes Country charts, and was prominently featured across digital platforms as a fan favorite. Brice was named as one of ‘10 New Country Artists You Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country and has seen major streaming success with over 2.2 million streams and placement on various playlists across digital platforms. Since the EP's release, Lewis has been burning up the road with Hank Williams Jr, LOCASH, Tyler Farr, The Cadillac Three, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Gary Allan and more in support of the project. Closing the 2017 year, Brice was honored to be asked to perform for the “Team USA Oylmpic Winterfest” in Nashville.
To date, "Best Ex Ever" has been featured on SiriusXM The Highway, CMT Music, & Spotify's 'Wild Country' playlist and is climbing the Top 40 on the MusicRow charts. "Messin With My Mind" has been featured on SiriusXM The Highway's ‘On The Horizon,’ Spotify's 'New Boots' & 'Wild Country' playlists and "Outta My Head" on SiriusXM's ‘YouTube Country Spotlight.'
Lewis Brice was featured in Spotify’s US Top 40 All-Genre New Releases and Top 3 Country New Releases with both holding the highest-placed independent country record, and landed on iTunes/Apple Music’s Top 5 US Country New Releases and No. 1 Center Flowcase-featured Country New Releases in multiple foreign territories, achieving a Top 15 iTunes US Country chart debut release across the world.
Spotify indicators report the debut EP has racked up streams by more than 460,600 and people in 61 countries listened to 4,390,097 minutes of Lewis's music in 2017
Tastemakers across the board have high praises and acclaim for the breakout artist:
"Lewis Brice is a high-octane mix of country and southern rock. Lewis holds little back vocally, throwing every ounce of energy into each verse and chorus." - Billy Dukes, Taste of Country
"Say hello to the other Brice brother and his southern rock sound..." - Apple Music
"Sounds like a well-read choir boy who grew up to love rock & roll, American beer and breaking the rules every now and then..." - Jon Gugala, Rolling Stone
Band Launches Pre-Order Campaign With Exclusive Bundles Available Via PledgeMusic
SELECT BUNDLES FROM HERE'S TO YOU Will Benefit
The T.J. Martell Foundation
World-renowned country music duo Montgomery Gentry has joined forces with PledgeMusic for a pre-order campaign in support of the band's highly-anticipated eighth studio album, Here's To You, an outstanding collection of never-before-heard songs set for release on February 2, 2018.
Fans can pre-order the album in digital and CD form now on the Montgomery Gentry campaign page. The leaders in direct-to-fan platforms, PledgeMusic allows artists to get more personal with their fans, offering pledgers behind-the-scenes content and items not available anywhere else.
Produced by award-winning producers, Noah Gordan and Shannon Houchins, Here's To You follows the duo's 2015 release, Folks Like Us, and previous Average Joes' release, Rebels On The Run. Widely recognized for their legendary country sound, the new album showcases the breadth of talent from this outstanding duo and their musical evolution. After 20 years of touring and recording, Montgomery Gentry has emerged with a record that will be surely hold its own in today's country music and prove to be one of the best records of their career.
Supporters who pledge on the album through PledgeMusic will have the exclusive opportunity to contribute to the T.J. Martell Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that supports innovative breast cancer research: a cause the group has staunchly supported throughout the years. Fans will be able to donate directly to TJ Martell through select bundles in increments of $15, $20, $50, $100, and $500.
"The T.J. Martell Foundation and Montgomery have worked closely together for many years in the quest to fund cutting-edge cancer research," said T.J. Martell CEO Laura Heatherly. "We are proud of the wonderful bond that has brought families, friends and the many fans together to help music's promise for a cure. May music continue to heal across the globe."
Pledgers were also granted immediate access to exclusive tracks from Here's To You, offering an exclusive first look at songs honoring the memory of Gentry including Better Than Me, King Of The World, and Get Down South.
Fans who pre-order the album will receive the AccessPass which will give them early access to digital downloads and special content. Pledgers will also be able to pledge on exclusive merchandise direct from the artist. These include various bundles comprised of: a CD and Here's To You T-shirt; a CD and beer mug featuring album art; a CD, T-shirt, and exclusive album poster; and much more
To pre-order the album, please visit: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/montgomerygentry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While his new title track single “Vinyl” is sweeping country radio as a Top 5 most added song, William Michael Morgan is sweeping America as he continues his North American tour. Following up from his performances on Lee Brice and Justin Moore's #AmericanMade Tour, Morgan is making stops all over the country, this time as his own headliner. TICKETS HERE
Country music is at its best when youthful energy carries tradition forward, and that is exactly what William Michael Morgan is delivering fans on tour. Since signing with Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville, Morgan has been on a whirlwind that has included No. 1 hit and RIAA GOLD certified single “I Met A Girl,” a 2017 CRS New Faces honor, a television premiere on TODAY and the birth of his first of his daughter.
Oct. 19 Washington Parish Fair - Franklinton, La.
Oct. 20 Western Carolina fair - Aiken, S.C.
Oct. 27 The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon - Fort Meyers, Fla.
Oct. 28 Penscole Interstate Fairgrounds - Pensacola, Fla.
Oct. 30 Coastal Carolina Fair - Ladson, S.C.
Nov. 04 War Memorial Stadium - El Dorado, Ark.
Nov. 25 Fair Park Coliseum - Dallas, Texas
For full tour dates and more information, visit www.WilliamMichaelMorgan.com and follow William Michael Morgan on: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn -- Today, Dolly Parton will assist with the ongoing relief efforts around the United States and its territories by making a contribution to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief to assist with immediate life sustaining needs of those affected. The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Dolly recalled, “After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters. I admire and respect this effort led by our Presidents so it is an honor for me to contribute to their work.”
In addition to the financial contribution to the One America Appeal, Dolly will launch a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the nonprofit social enterprise First Book, and Penguin Young Readers to provide 500,000 books to hurricane-affected areas through the First Book National Book Bank.To kick off thecampaign, Dolly’s foundation donated 165,000 books and the $90,750 needed to cover the shipping and handling charges to make books available quickly and at no cost to educators affected by the storms. From Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy to last year's floods in Louisiana, First Book has distributed over 5 million books to families affected by disasters, in partnership with children’s book publishers, including a substantial book donation from Penguin Young Readers. Penguin Young Readers also partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and First Book to support their book gifting programs and other outreach efforts, with a special focus on getting books to children in times of natural disasters.
“I know in the immediate aftermath of a disaster books are not the first thing people need or miss. But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books. First Book asked us to join with them to get the right books in the right hands at the right time and we were pleased to do so," said Dolly.
If you would like to learn more or donate to this effort—or if you work with a school or program affected by the storms—please visit support.firstbook.org.
Schools and programs affected by the storms can sign up for free with First Book and will then receive information about how to request books; each book distribution will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
COUNTRY NEWCOMER FAREN RACHELS RELEASES TWO SINGLESSIMULTANEOUSLY FROM HER UPCOMING SELF TITLED DEBUT EP
“Free Drinks” and “If It Ain’t Fixed” Available Today
(October 13, 2017) Nashville, TN – Country newcomer Faren Rachels is releasing her first two singles simultaneously today so that her fans can get a good taste of her style as she prepares for the release of her self-titled debut EP. “Free Drinks,” written by Faren Rachels, Bart Butler and Aaron Goodvin, is a catchy anthem about an unnecessarily negative relationship, while “If It Ain’t Fixed” is a sobering tune referencing an unavailable broken heart, written by Tommy Cecil, Jaida Dreyer, Cole Taylor and Jared Mullins. Her music is already catching the attention of critics and you can now get both singles via all digital platforms here: "FREE DRINKS" & "IF IT AIN'T FIXED."
“Sounds like: The glory days of female-fronted, nineties country music,
updated for a generation raised on Spotify… showcasing a Georgia native
with Tennessee-sized twang and ball-busting sass.” – Rolling Stone
Just named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need To Know and set to join her good buddy Luke Combs for 14 Sold Out dates of his “Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time” tour, Rachels is eager to get out and share her music with new fans. Faren joins the “Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time” tour in November and will continue through the remainder of the tour wrapping in Luke’s hometown of Asheville, NC.
“Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time” Tour Dates Featuring Faren Rachels:
11/9 Oxford, OH
11/10 Columbus, OH
11/16 Boston, MA
11/17 Baltimore, MD
11/18 Asbury Park, NJ
12/01 Atlanta, GA
12/07 Columbia, SC
12/08 Charlotte, NC
12/09 Charlotte, NC
12/14 Lake Buena Vista, FL
12/15 Jacksonville, FL
12/16 Asheville, NC
Hailing from the very small town of Sparta, Georgia (with a graduating class of only 12 people) Faren Rachels has undeniably country roots. Whether it’s owning and driving her own Drag Racing car by the age of twelve, or putting her own band together while attending college at the University of Georgia, Rachels showed that she has what it takes from a very early age. This drive led her to Nashville in 2012 and she has had no regrets. The singer/songwriter penned four of the five tracks on her self-titled EP including one of her two debut singles “Free Drinks.” As she releases her debut project, the spitfire performer will get to shine on stage as she opens for one of country music’s hottest performers, Luke Combs, on 14 dates of his “Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time” tour. To find out more, follow Faren Rachels on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FARENRACHELS.COM.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fans of Aaron Lewis won’t be disappointed with the latest addition to his nonstop tour schedule. Lewis joins country-rocker Brantley Gilbert for his The Ones That Like Me 2018 Tour. Having spent the better portion of 2017 crisscrossing the nation on his Sinner Tour, Lewis’ no-holds-barred attitude continues breaking barriers that are so prevalent in today’s music industry. His raw lyrics and authentic sound continue to keep his loyal fan base satisfied while adding to it with each performance.
“Since beginning a solo country career, Lewis has only grown more confident in his honky-tonk spirit with last year's excellent Sinner LP easily being one of the year’s best country albums.” - Dallas Morning News.
Making its debut at No. 1 on the Top 200 Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums Charts, Lewis released SINNER, his third solo country project, in September 2016. In the stunning Dot Records follow up to his full-length solo debut, THE ROAD, Lewis redefines outlaw country. The critically-acclaimed project was recorded in a stunning 16 hours at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with legendary producer Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson). Single-handedly writing 8 out of the 12 tracks, the outspoken singer/songwriter once again delivers.”
“Aaron Lewis shows a surprising understanding and respect for country music with his latest album, Sinner. Drawing from his childhood influences of listening to country music in his grandfather's car, Sinner shows Aaron's abilities as a singer, songwriter, musician and stylist. With guest appearances from Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson and Dan Tyminski, SINNER might just be the record that propels Aaron to a permanent place in country music.” - The Boot
“Aaron Lewis brings a raw honesty to his songs on the new album Sinner that Country Music radio hasn’t heard in a long time. The imagery of the lyrics sucks you in, but his mournful voice and guitar keep you!”- Maverick Magazine
The Ones That Like Me 2018 is set to kick off February 1 in Worcester, MA at DUC Center. For a complete list of dates, visit aaronlewismusic.com.
THE ONES THAT LIKE ME 2018 TOUR DATES
WITH Aaron Lewis & Josh Phillips
2/1 | DCU Center – Worcester, Ma.
2/2 | GIANT Center – Hershey, Pa.
2/3 | Times Union Center – Albany, N.Y.
2/8 | Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, S.C.
2/9 | Thompson Bolling Arena – Knoxville, Tenn.
2/10 | BancorpSouth Arena – Tupelo, Miss.
2/15 | EagleBank Arena – Fairfax, Va.
2/16 | The James Brown Arena – Augusta, Ga.
2/17 | North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, S.C.
3/24 | Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
4/19 | Lexington Center-Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.
4/20 | Salem Civic Center – Salem, Va.
4/21 | Eastern Kentucky Expo Center – Pikeville, Ky.
4/26 | Wright State University Nutter Center – Daytone, Ohio
4/27 | ISU Hulman Center – Terre Haute, Ind.
4/28 | Walmart Amp-Arkansas Music Pavillion – Rogers, Ark.
5/10 | US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
5/11 | Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.
5/12 | Erie Insurance Arena – Erie, Pa.
NashNews: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into music?
Kaylin Roberson: My name is Kaylin Roberson and I’m an 18-year-old singer-songwriter out of Raleigh, NC. Born and raised in the Carolina’s, has made my love for country/pop music strong. I’ve been singing, ever since I could make noise out of my mouth, and there’s plenty of funny videos to prove it. My dad put me into piano lessons at the age of 6, to get me involved in music. He always encouraged me and my sister to try new things, and out of all the sports and arts I’ve tried, I stuck with singing, performing, and writing music. I started taking music more seriously by the age of nine when a tragic event occurred, that turned my life around forever. In third grade, I was viciously attacked by a family dog. He ended up ripping off the right half of my lip and splitting open the side of my eye, down to my cheek bone. I was put on life support for surgery and ended up having over 200 stitches in my face. I relied on my happiness for music to get me through all the pain and hardship that followed the event. I currently write songs, and perform with my band at a variety of venues.
NN: You will be performing at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for Music Gives to St. Jude Kids day on August 4th, what does this opportunity mean to you? What are you most looking forward to during this day?
Kaylin: I am more than honored, and excited to be performing at the inaugural kick off of National Music Gives to St. Jude Kids day. The opportunity to share my love of music with the kids at St. Jude is incomprehensible. I may not have had to battle cancer, but I know exactly what it feels like to be stuck in a hospital, feeling isolated and different. I relate to these kids on a very personal level, and I look forward to putting a smile on their face on August 4th. I want them to walk out of the concert, realizing how strong they are, and how much hope they can find within music.
NN: Being a songwriter, what song is your favorite that you’ve written? What makes this your favorite?
Kaylin: My favorite song that I’ve written so far is “Fighter in Me”, which I wrote specifically for the kids and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s my favorite piece of work, because it has a strong and direct purpose. I hope that it gives strength to those in a time of pain and weakness.
NN: What is a song that you wish you would have written? Why?
Kaylin: I would like to write a song that reaches out to someone who constantly tries to put others down. I would like to write a song that puts someone in their place, because often, songs reach out to those who are sad or in pain, but I would love to make a difference in someone who believes they are high and mighty over the rest of us. People are constantly reaching out to the victims of bullying, but sometimes we need to reach out to those who are doing the bullying. This is important to me, being that I was bullied in middle school for having scars on my face.
NN: What is a favorite memory you have from performing?
Kaylin: My favorite memory of performing was in San Antonio, Texas at a foster home. Half of the kids I was singing for, couldn’t speak English, yet they were still moving and having the time of their lives. At that moment and time, I finally realized the power of music, and how it speaks to all of us.
NN: If you could do a duet with anyone who would you choose and why?
Kaylin: My dream duet partner is Miley Cyrus, because Hannah Montana was a major inspiration for me when I was little and people used to always tell me that I look like her. I’ve been dreaming about meeting her ever since I was a little girl.
NN: What are three Pandora stations you are currently listening to?
Kaylin: I listen to Today’s Country, Today’s Hits, and the Country pop station.
NN: What are three things you can’t leave for a performance without?
Kaylin: I don’t leave for a performance without my favorite guitar pick that I got from Loveless Café in Nashville, when I first paid a visit.
Kaylin, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for us! Be sure to follow Kaylin on all social media @kaylinroberson, for new music and upcoming events!
Be sure to check out Kaylin's newest EP My Love! You can get your copy on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1274450004?ls=1&app=itunes
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