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CMT TO HONOR ALAN JACKSON
9/29/22

Country star Alan Jackson is set to be honored as CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime, presented by Ram Trucks, during the network’s Artists of the Year celebration this year.

Held at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony, the event premieres on 10/14 on CMT and will honor Jackson as well as previously announced honorees Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes.

Additional honorees, performers and presenters for the 90-minute special will be announced in the coming weeks. 

“I believe I’ve made more videos than just about anybody, and I know how important they have been in bringing my songs to life for the fans, so thank you CMT for all the years and for this sweet honor,” said Jackson. “I’m very proud.” 

“We’re honored to recognize the incomparable Alan Jackson as this year’s CMT ‘Artist of a Lifetime.’ For more than thirty years, his traditional sound, iconic voice and beloved catalog of music has captivated audiences across the globe and his talent as a recording artist and songwriter are simply unmatched,” added CMT Producers.

Throughout his career spanning over three decades, Country Music Hall of Famer and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jackson has earned 35 #1 hits, released almost 60 music videos and garnered nearly 60m in sales worldwide. He recently released his 21st studio album, Where Have You Gone, and is currently on his sold-out Last Call: One More for the Road tour. 

Previous Lifetime honorees include Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard.

DREAMCATCHER EXPANDS AND INKS TENILLE ARTS
9/29/22

Dreamcatcher Entertainment is expanding with the launch of Dreamcatcher Artists, a new label arm of the company, with Tenille Arts—who is also a Dreamcatcher Management client—as its flagship artist.

As part of the agreement, Dreamcatcher has also acquired Arts’ catalog, including her platinum-certified single, “Somebody Like That.”

The label’s releases will be distributed via Stem and Arts’ first release under the new deal will be “Jealous of Myself,” which is produced by Nathan Chapman and written by Emily WeisbandTrevor Rosen, and John Byron.

“I am honored to be the first artist to sign with Dreamcatcher Artists, and to have the opportunity, for the first time, to participate in the ownership of my music,” said Arts.

“The opportunity to work with Tenille Arts has been the blessing of a lifetime,” added Powell Hedley, who will serve as the CEO of Dreamcatcher Entertainment Group and will oversee both the management and record company. 

Additionally, Jim Mazza will be on board as Co-Founder, while Debbye Scroggins will be promoted to Director of Operations for the Entertainment Group. The company also adds Jim Dandy as VP of Promotion, Kellie Longworth as National Director of Promotion and Charlie Dean and Rick Young as Promotion Managers.

It will also continue their partnership with Girlilla Marketing for Arts’ digital marketing, along with publicists Craig Campbell and Jill Fritzo. Carole Ann Mobley continues to be on board in an A&R capacity.

TRIPLE 8 INKS ERIN KINSEY
9/29/22

RECORDS/Columbia Nashville singer/songwriter Erin Kinsey has inked with Triple 8 for management. 

Originally gaining traction by posting covers, the Texas native dropped her first original song, “Drunk Too,” in 2020, followed by “Just Drive,” which saw support from SiriusXM’s The Highway on their On the Horizon show. Recently, CMT premiered the video for her new single, “Hate This Hometown,” from her major label debut EP, 40 East.

Additionally, the rising country star made her Grand Ole Opry debut in April and has since performed at festivals like Faster Horses, Watershed and Tidalwave this past summer.

“Erin is our first female country signing, and she is already one of this year’s biggest breakout new country artists with over 60 million streams, 215,000 followers on TikTok and 122,000 Instagram followers,” said Triple 8 owner George Couri. “At 21 she already knows who she is, and her confidence and vocal power on stage is already as good as we could have hoped for.

Seen before marking the occasion with a triple shot are (l-r) Couri, Kinsey and Rachelle Rountree.

Photo Credit: Robby Stevens

WMN TAPS INTO WEB3
9/28/22

Warner Music Nashville recently hosted its first-ever Web3 Summit at its newly renovated Music Row headquarters.

The initiative—led by SVP, Strategic Marketing & Analytics, Victoria Mason and VP, Interactive Marketing, Brooke Hardesty—aimed to educate artists and their teams about music opportunities within emerging technologies. 

Reps from WMG’s business development team were among the features speakers as well as guests from Roblox, NFT platform POAP and NFT marketplace OpenSea.

Seen above after refusing to accept a free HITS NFT for participating are (l-r) Hardesty; Jillian Rothman (VP, New Business & Ventures, WMG); Alex Kamins (SVP, New Business & Ventures, WMG); Jessica Meehan (Artist Partnerships, Roblox); Karibi Dagogo-Jack (Head of Music Business Development, Roblox); Mason; Jordan Sobel (VP, Business Development, POAP); and Eric Johnson (Head of Music Partnerships, OpenSea).

CMA FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WITH LADIES NIGHT
9/27/22

Monument's Caitlyn Smith, WMN's Ingrid Andress and BBR's Lainey Wison performed in the round to a sold-out audience at the Franklin Theater in Nashville on Monday night. The trio shared the stories behind their award-winning songs and careers, while raising money for the CMA Foundation

Pictured above celebrating the benefit and the fact that they didn't have to watch a dreadful Monday Night Football game: L-R: Katie McCartney (Monument Records), Franklin Willis (CMA and the CMA Foundation), Andress, Smith, Wilson, Tiffany Kerns (CMA/CMA Foundation), Mandelyn Monchick (Red Light Management) and Missy Roberts (UMPG).

ONE NIGHT WITH WMN'S ZAC BROWN BAND
9/26/22

Ahead of their one-night-only performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on 9/22, the Zac Brown Band joined Warner Music Nashville co-President Ben Kline for this illustrious photo op.

A portion of the intimate show’s proceeds benefitted Hop on a Cure, which helps fund ASL research while raising awareness. The foundation was established by band founding member, John DriskellHopHopkins, who was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year.

For more info on the foundation, click here.

SMP NASHVILLE INKS JAMIE DAVIS
9/26/22

SMP Nashville has inked singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie JD Davis to a global pub deal.

Davis, who first launched his career as part of Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy before becoming a guitar tech for Luke Combs’ team in 2017, most recently co-wrote Combs’ #1 single, “The Kind of Love We Make.”

The track, which is Davis’s third cut with Combs, has garnered 125m+ on-demand streams and topped the Country Airplay chart as well as the Hot Country Songs chart. Davis also has cuts with the likes of Lilly Rose, Jenna Paulette, Leith Loftin and more. 

“Jamie has an innate ability to channel his years of front man experience into thoughtfully crafted songs that resonate with music lovers everywhere. There’s no limit to the amount of success Jamie will find in Nashville,” said SMP, VP, Creative, Tom Luteran.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Rusty Gaston and Big Tom on my team at Sony Music Publishing. I’m glad to be working with the best publishing team in Nashville,” added Davis.

Seen above before heading to the nearest honky tonk to celebrate are (l-r) front row—Luteran, Davis, Rusty Gaston; back rowKenley Flynn, Dale Bobo, Anna Weisband, Dan Isbell, Aubrey Rupe and Synnovea Halsel.

SHANIA TWAIN INKS TO REPUBLIC NASHVILLE
9/23/22

Country icon Shania Twain has a new label home. The five-time Grammy-winner has inked to Republic Nashville as the label’s debut artist. 

In celebration of the new partnership, Twain has also released her new single, “Waking Up Dreaming,” which premiered alongside an Isaac Rentz-directed music video (seen below). The track serves as her first new music since 2017’s #1 album, Now.

“I couldn’t think of a better partner than Republic Nashville. I’m honored and excited to be the label’s first artist and lead the charge of this new and exciting chapter. In this respect, it feels like a new beginning all around, and I’m embracing it wholeheartedly,” said Twain. 

“Shania is one of the most influential and impactful artists of this generation. She’s a rare talent whose legacy continues to resonate throughout the world. We feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to support her new body of work, which is spectacular,” added Republic co-founder/CEO Monte Lipman.

The news arrives on the heels of Twain’s career-spanning Netflix documentary Not Just a Girl, which is produced by Mercury Studios and directed by Joss Crowley. The film is also accompanied by a compilation album, Not Just a Girl (The Highlights).

CAA’S THE HUBB RETURNS
9/22/22

CAA has announced the in-person return of The Hubb, the third edition of its networking and professional development summit designed to provide diverse internship and career-ready college students with the resources necessary to enter the music biz.

The conference—which launched in 2018 and is named after Barbara Mother Hubbard, Executive Director of the ACTS—will be held at CAA’s Nashville office from 9/24-26 where over 30 students will have the opportunity to interact with music execs, participate in workshops and more.

The event kicks off with Soulcare Chat, an exclusive Q&A with Grammy-winner Alicia Keys. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit companies and meet with major execs from CAA, Columbia, Motown/QC, Kobalt Music and Amazon Music, among others. 

“We launched The Hubb four years ago because we saw two things - there wasn’t a robust student conference that covered all aspects of music, and there was a lack of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ representation on teams in the industry,” said CAA Music Agents/The Hubb co-creators, Sabrina Butera and Meredith Jones. “As Nashville continues to be a breeding ground for a range of musical genres, we want to not only educate, but create networking opportunities for diverse college students who are eager to break into the industry.”

For more info on The Hubb, click here.

CMT UNVEILS ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
9/21/22

Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes are set to be honored at this year’s CMT Artists of the Year ceremony.

Airing Oct. 14 at 9p.m. ET on CMT, the show assembles this year’s class at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center where they will be recognized for their achievements in country music over the past year.

Pearce, Hayes and Johnson are first-time honorees, while Combs and Brown were both previously recognized in 2021 and 2019.

“Carly, Cody, Kane, Luke and Walker all represent the vibrant future of the country music format, as they defy convention and blaze new trails, breaking industry records and genre barriers. We can’t wait to celebrate their extraordinary accomplishments alongside their fellow artists and friends,” said Margaret Comeaux, CMT SVP of production, music & events.

The 90-minute special will also feature artists collaborating and performing to celebrate the five honorees. Other special guests, additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more info about CMT's 2022 Artists of the Year event, click here.