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Songwriter Rhett Akins has extended his contract with EMI Music Publishing. Akins has written several hit songs in his time at EMI, including songs such as “Gimme That Girl” (Joe Nichols), “All About Tonight” (Blake Shelton), “All Over Me” (Josh Turner), “Farmer’s Daughter” (Rodney Atkins), “Put A Girl In It” (Brooks and Dunn), “The Shape I’m In” (Joe Nichols) and has co-written songs such as “Honey Bee” (Blake Shelton) and “Take A Back Road” (Joe Nichols).
Akins moved to Nashville over 15 years ago and has been with EMI for 6 years. As a recording artist, his hits include “That Ain’t My Truck” and “She Said Yes.” In 2010, he was named one of Billboard’s top five country songwriters and has sold over 2.5 million digital downloads overall in his time as an artist.
The Valory Music Co proudly announced their new signing of Thomas Akins to their artist roster today. The Georgia native is the son of songwriter Rhett Akins. He was a student in 2010 at the Lipcomb University in Nashville, Tennessee and signed his first EMI publishing deal. He wrote the Jason Aldean track “I Ain’t Ready To Quit” on his mega-hit “My Kinda Party” album.
“I honestly can’t believe all of this is finally here! I am so pumped to be working with The Valory Music Company!” said Thomas. “There is no doubt in my mind that Scott Borchetta and his staff are the most caring, family-oriented, hardest working team in the business. It truly is an honor to be labelmates with Brantley, Justin and Reba.”
Thomas is currently working on his debut album for the label, and he’ll join Brantley Gilbert out on the road on select dates.
For the final Monday in Movember, we decided to spotlight a man who reached a milestone in his career most recently…His first ever platinum single! Tyler Farr is a singer/songwriter from a small town in Missouri. Tyler learned about country music from his stepfather, who played guitar for the legendary George Jones.
Once Tyler realized his love for country music, he moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. Tyler began working at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a popular bar in Music City. After working at Tootsie’s for several months, Tyler convinced the management to allow him to perform. Tyler started performing four nights a week, along with maintaining his job as a bouncer.
Tyler also found himself becoming friends with Rhett Akins, who saw Tyler’s talent and wanted to work with him. Tyler ultimately worked with some of the best writers in Nashville and was signed to BNA Records. Tyler has written for Colt Ford and opened for Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice before releasing his debut album, Redneck Crazy. The title track of Redneck Crazy recently was awarded with RIAA Platinum Certification.
Congratulations, Tyler, on your recent successes! Keep this artist’s name in your minds, ladies and gentlemen. Tyler is certainly going to be a huge part of country music moving forward!
Grammy nominated, Billy Currington, has scored his eighth number one single!
His hit song, “Hey Girl,” topped the Billboard Country radio chart this week. The RIAA Gold certified track is the lead single from Currington’s new album We Are Tonight. “Hey Girl” was written by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano and produced by Dann Huff.
“Eight number ones and I am just as grateful for this one as I was my first!” says Currington. “We Are Tonight is such a special album, and I am so excited to have its first single hit the top. Now I’m off to catch some waves to celebrate!”
We Are Tonight is available now! Grab your copy from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-are-tonight/id689053879?ign-mpt=uo%3D4.
Congratulations to Billy!
Luke Bryan added another accomplishment to his repertoire this week with his Crash My Party album reaching Platinum certification by the RIAA just six weeks after it’s release. The album, which was released on August 13, debuted at number 1 on the country chart, selling 527,783 units in its first week.
Luke’s current single, “That’s My Kinda Night” was the highest debut single of Bryan’s career, and has been the number 1 country selling single for six weeks. He is about to embark on his fifth “Farm Tour 2013,” playing eight shows in October with special guests including Chancie Neal, Cole Swindell and the Peach Pickers- Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip.
Chris Young‘s new album, A.M., won’t be in stores until September 17, but the “Aw Naw” hit-maker is anxious to share it with fans. He took to the Internet today to reveal the album cover and track list. “I couldn’t be more excited to share this with my fans,” admits Chris. “We just finished the cover last week and got the songs sequenced so this is truly ‘hot off the press.”
Six of the album’s tracks were co-written by Young, including the title track and the first single, “Aw Naw.” “There’s a lot of fun on this album and that’s why I wanted to call the album A.M.,” said Chris. “Like the song says, ‘the whole world’s asleep but we’re wide awake in the A.M.”
The A.M. Track List is as follows:
1. Aw Naw – Chris Young/Chris DeStefano/Ashley Gorley
2. Hold You To It – Chris Young/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne
3. Lonely Eyes – Johnny Bulford/Jason Matthews/Laura Veltz
4. Goodbye – Chris Young/Chris DeStefano/Ashley Gorley
5. A.M. – Chris Young/Chris DeStefano/Ashley Gorley
6. Nothin’ But The Cooler Left – Brandon Kinney/Cole Swindell/Michael Ray Carter
7. Who I Am With You – Marv Green/Jason Sellers/Paul Jenkins
8. Text Me Texas – Rhett Akins/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne
9. We’re Gonna Find It Tonight – Chris Young/Rhett Akins/Chris DeStefano
10. Forgiveness – Casey Beathard/Scooter Carusoe
11. Lighters In The Air – Chris Young/Monty Criswell/Shane Minor
Next Tuesday is a big day for country singer-songwriter Aaron Lewis. He’ll be making his Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, May 28th alongside Dustin Lynch, Bill Anderson, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Craig Campbell and Sam Palladio (from ABC’s Nashville). The show starts at 7 pm and tickets are still available at opry.com.
About his debut, Aaron said:
“Getting to play the Grand Ole Opry is such an incredible honor. It’s a dream come true to think that I’ll get to stand in that same iconic circle where music royalty has stood.”
“‘Granddaddy’s Gun’ is the only song on the album that I didn’t write. In fact, it’s the only song I’ve ever recorded that I didn’t write. But the minute Rhett played it for me, it took me right back to my childhood. It’s my story. It’s a song I could have written.”
Congratulations to Aaron on his big accomplishment! Are you going next week?
Belton, Missouri native Tate Stevens captivated viewers worldwide on FOX’s The X Factor Season 2 with his emotive and powerful country vocal performances—never placing less than second throughout the entire competition. Now, from appearances on one star-studded stage to the next, Stevens will unveil a first look of his debut music video for the song “Holler If You’re With Me,” at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 10 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The new music video will debut during the GRAMMY broadcast complements of The X Factor sponsor Pepsi, as part of the grand prize awarded to Stevens in addition to his $5 million recording contract with Syco Music/RCA Nashville. Additionally, the song, “Holler If You’re With Me,” will be available for download on iTunes beginning Tuesday, February 5.
Starting out the competition as a 37-year-old blue collar construction worker with humble roots and a seemingly far-fetched dream of becoming a country music superstar, Stevens’ recent win on The X Factor proved to the world that in fact, dreams do come true.
“Things are moving very fast since the finale of X Factor, and we’re already laying down tracks for my new album that will be out this spring. I truly feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity.”
Viewers of the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards can expect the new video “Holler If You’re With Me” to be what Stevens calls “a feel good anthem song,” and the accompanying video to encompass the picturesque scenery of Simi Valley, Calif.
“Having chased this dream for nearly a decade, I was certainly familiar with the concept of a music video, but I had no idea what to expect. In spite of the 50 mph winds, everyone on the set had a great time. It’s a party song and so it was only fitting that we threw a party! I’m sure more than a few folks watching the GRAMMYs at home can relate.”
As spring approaches, Stevens is gearing up for the release of his debut country album, which he says will have an overall upbeat, feel-good tone. A true singer’s singer and songwriter, he plans to write many of the songs on the record, teaming up with Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Shane Minor and David Lee Murphy. Renowned Nashville producer, Blake Chancey, will produce the record.
Included in his co-writes for the album, Stevens recently collaborated with his long-time idol, country singer/songwriter Joe Diffie.
“The moment I sat down in that room with Joe it hit me – this is my life now, this is my chance to follow in the path of my heroes and make my own unique mark on the genre – and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”
Make sure to tune in February 10th to see Tate’s first-ever country music video! Are you excited for the latest reality show winner?
When we reached out to Sean Patrick McGraw for an interview, we knew that he was ridiculously talented, but after chatting with him, we learned that he’s both ridiculously talented AND ridiculously hilarious. Read on to hear what Sean has to say about his stint on reality TV, Montgomery Gentry recording his song, “My So Called Life,” and sharing the stage with some of country’s biggest names. If that’s not enough, he also shares his candid opinions on Taylor Swift, karaoke and a little Dustin Lynch song called “Cowboys and Angels.”
Read on to meet the sarcastic, hilarious and uber-talented, Sean Patrick McGraw.
Blaster Records artist Neal McCoy is getting ready to release his second single off of his Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton produced album “Twelve.” His new single, “Shotgun Rider,” has been sent out to radio stations nationwide this week and is available for fan requests on your local radio station. His album was co-produced by Miranda, Blake and guitarist Brent Rowan.
“Shotgun Rider” was written by Dallas Davidson, Keith Anderson, Ben Hayslip, and Rhett Akins. It’s an up-tempo, feel-good song about taking a girl out for a ride in a truck and spending time together.
“No matter how far or how short the drive, it’s always better to have someone you really like, Ridin’ Shotgun with you, than going it alone,” commented Neal McCoy about the new single.
Neal McCoy has sold over 6 million albums in his career, five number one singles, over 25 charted singles, and has had a string of top ten radio hits.