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Take Your #CMAFestGuess

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The Country Music Association (“CMA”) Fest lineup for LP Field will be revealed to the world on March 19th, and, until that date, CMA decided to have a little fun with the fans! CMA is giving fans the first crack at guessing the artists playing the big stage in 2014.

Clues for LP Field artists will be posted each weekday, beginning today, Monday, March 3rd through Tuesday, March 18th, on CMA’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

To stay up-to-date on the #CMAFestGuess clues:

1. “Like” CMA on Facebook and “Follow” CMA on Twitter and Instagram;
2. Check every weekday for clues;
3. Tag and retweet to get a little help from your friends; and
4. Use the hashtag #CMAFestGuess.

Sign up for the CMA Fest e-mail list, CMA Exclusive, to get the answers to the clues a day early before the official lineup is revealed on Wednesday, March 19th!

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Jenn Bostic

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There are many words that can be used to describe singer/songwriter/musician, Jenn Bostic: talented; intelligent; humble; gracious; personable; soulful; inspiring … and that is just to name a few. During our extremely chatty telephone conversation, I learned that Jenn is one of the mentally and physically strongest people I have had the pleasure of “meeting” and that this artist gets lost in her craft for the most admirable of reasons. With accolades and awards that are exceedingly impressive and in which any artist would hold a great deal of pride, what Jenn holds dearest is the impact she has made on the lives of those who can relate to her music.

Jenn Bostic was raised in a musical family. When she was younger, her family would sit around after dinner, with her father playing guitar, and he and Jenn would each sing songs. In an extraordinarily unfortunate twist of fate, Jenn’s father’s life was cut short in a tragic car accident when she was ten years of age. “It broke my heart, but trying to find a therapy to express those things was so difficult, so I sat down at the piano again and, for me, he taught me how to play, he taught me how to sing … that was the one connection that remained with him not being around anymore. And, through that, I just enveloped myself in every form of music I could.”

CRS 2014 New Faces of Country Music

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Country Radio Seminar (CRS) officials have announced which country music newcomers will show off their talents as the CRS 2014 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. The 2014 performers are Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, and Charlie Worsham — a talented crew of country stars on the rise. Each of the artists will take the stage on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Nashville Convention Center for radio programmers and key industry personnel.

This annual industry event takes place during the Country Radio Seminar, and the new artist showcase event officially closes out the three-day seminar. The New Faces Show is one of the most anticipated performances each year at CRS, as it allows these new artists the opportunity to showcase their talents to radio and industry professionals.

Congratulations to these phenomenal new artists who were selected by radio personnel to perform at this year’s CRS New Faces event! We are eager for what each of these artists has in store for us in 2014!

Wayne Mills Benefit Concert: December 4th

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Singer/songwriter, Wayne Mills, who was tragically shot and killed in a Nashville bar last month, is being honored with a concert in his memory. The Wayne Mills Benefit Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 4th, and will feature several of Wayne’s musical friends.

More than forty artists have signed up to participate in the event, including Jesse Keith Whitley, Brad Cotter, Tim Scott, Steve Owen and Trent Tomlinson. Members of the Wayne Mills Band will also perform with several of the acts.

Mustached Man Monday in Movember

Tyler Farr

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!

Mustached Man Monday for Movember

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Today, on this Monday in Movember, we introduce you to Chris Janson. Chris is, ironically, in the process of growing out his facial hair in honor of this month, so it definitely made sense for us to spotlight this spirited new artist!

Chris Janson began collaborating as a songwriter at eighteen years of age with classic rock band, Guns N’ Roses. In 2009, Chris recorded two duets with Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., on her album Here with Me. Instead of heading to veterinary school, which was his original plan, Chris made the move that many musicians before him likewise made — the move to Nashville, Tennessee.

Kelly Clarkson Helps Raise A Record-Breaking $106,000 for Musicians On Call Nashville

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On November 14th, Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville held their 6th Anniversary Celebration presented by Citi with the help of multi-genre superstar Kelly Clarkson. The 3-time Grammy Award winner played an intimate show to a sold-out crowd at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville.

Clarkson helped raise over an impressive $106,000, marking the night as the highest-earning event ever for MOC Nashville.

“When I first learned about MOC, it appealed to me for so many reasons,” shares Clarkson. “I love how it creates opportunities for musicians to play for kids and bring music to the families who are spending their time, especially during holidays, in the hospitals away from the comfort of their homes.”

As always, Clarkson shined and wowed the crowd with her talent and personality as she performed some of her biggest hits as well as a few songs from her new Christmas album, Wrapped In Red. True to her generous spirit, Clarkson also donated her 2012 American Music Awards performance dress to Hard Rock Cafe for display in its world-famous memorabilia collection in exchange for a $9,000 contribution to MOC Nashville.

MOC expanded to Nashville in April 2007, and has continued to grow ever since. The branch now has 12 weekly programs within 7 area healthcare facilities, and its volunteers have played for more than 70,000 patients, family, and staff.

“This is by far the biggest event to date for Musicians On Call Nashville,” said Dana Sones, MOC Nashville’s Program Director. “We are beyond grateful to Kelly Clarkson for donating her time and talent to help celebrate our sixth anniversary. This event not only celebrates how far we’ve come in six short years, but allows us to expand our programs to bring music to even more individuals in the years to come.”

The night also included a VIP cocktail reception and auction bidding, including autographed items from Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Tim McGraw.

All of the proceeds from the 6th Anniversary Celebration directly benefit MOC Nashville and its mission to bring music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

Needless to say, a night very well spent… a wonderful event by an amazing organization! Thank-you to MOC and Kelly Clarkson for bringing the gift of music to those who need it most.

For more information about MOC, please visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org.

Kelly Clarkson Films Guest Appearance on ABC’S “Nashville”

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Kelly Clarkson has sure been busy lately. Between getting married, releasing her brilliant Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, appearing at the CMA Awards and erm, getting busy (TMI Alert!), it’s amazing she has time for anything else. However, Clarkson paid a visit to music-city’s most famous residents yesterday to tape a guest spot on ABC’s hit show, Nashville.

Speaking to extra from the TV set, Clarkson revealed, “This is just me being a part of a show. I’m really a big fan. I’m playing me, so there’s not as much pressure.”

She also spoke candidly about her recent marriage and her much buzzed about appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Exclusive Interview: Janelle Arthur

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Janelle Arthur (@JanelleOArthur) is perhaps best known, at this time, as a contestant from Season 12 of American Idol. A true beauty, inside and out, the Tennessean country singer and guitarist left her life behind and embarked on the journey that so many hope to experience, but a mere few ever will. After placing fifth in a season of the most epic singing competition to ever land on American television, Janelle has been hard at work launching her solo career. We were fortunate to catch up with the incredibly sweet, personable, and inspiring artist to discuss her childhood, Idol journey, and what her bright musical future holds.

Janelle was born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee and began singing certain words before she could even speak them. Immediately it became clear that music was going to be a huge part of Janelle’s life. From that point forward, Janelle began performing around her hometown and in school, which led to a gig that most country-loving kids would be beyond honored to land. At eight-years-old, Janelle was cast as a young Dolly Parton at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Janelle’s mom was instrumental in her landing the part, as, after seeing an advertisement for the show in Country Weekly, she called Dollywood and inquired as to whether a child performer was needed. The phone call took place at just the right time, as production was looking for a little girl Janelle’s age to portray Dolly. Janelle’s mom asked if she could bring her to the audition, and thereafter, without hesitation, Janelle was immediately cast in the role.

Gloriana’s Tom Gossin Weds In Nashville

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Congratulations are in order for Tom Gossin of Gloriana, who was married on Saturday in Nashville. Gossin married longtime love, Jamie Moffett, in what he told PEOPLE was “the party of the decade.”

Mike Gossin of Gloriana (Tom’s brother) was one of his best men, along with older brother, Steve, while the band’s front-woman, Rachel Reinert, was one of the bride’s attendants. She wore a custom-made tuxedo corset in her role as “groomslady.”

“The attention to detail was amazing,” Reinert told PEOPLE. “Every little detail was so pretty, everywhere you looked was something of the period, all 1920s, Prohibition era, Art Deco themed. It was perfect!”

Congrats to the happy couple!