DARIUS RUCKER TALKS ABOUT HIS HOMEGROWN HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY. (NEWS)    12/18/14

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC -Country superstar Darius Rucker, is one of the Lowcountry's most beloved and generous celebrities, and this holiday season is no exception.

Over the last few weeks, the Grammy Award winning artist has been granting people's Christmas wishes all over the country by starting the hashtag, #HomegrownHoliday.

On Thursday, News 2 had an exclusive interview with Rucker where he explained why he's decided to donate to so many people at this time of year. 

Darius Rucker is one of the biggest country stars in the world, and luckily for us Charlestonians, Rucker calls the Lowcountry “home.” This holiday season, he's decided to donate thousands of dollars' worth of Christmas gifts to lucky fans through social media.

Rucker told News 2, "It just seemed like something cool to do, you know, we could do it so we talked to the label and they were with it, and it all just worked out and we're being able to help some people out for Christmas."

It began on December 1st and every day since, one lucky fan has been chosen, after writing to Darius on his Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag, #HomegrownHoliday." 

So far this month, Darius has already given away an iPad, a signed guitar, an Xbox, a Lego gift set, and many other gift cards for winners to buy whatever they wanted.

The response to Rucker's generosity on his Facebook page has been remarkable. Some called him an angel and others simply said "thank you."

On Thursday, News 2 asked Darius why he decided to do this, to which he responded, “Because I can, you know? Because I can help people and that's what I was taught since I was a kid. When you can help people…help. So I try to."

One of the lucky winners was Lowcountry Orphan Relief; an organization in North Charleston that gives children clothes and other essentials after they are removed from their homes for abuse, abandonment, or neglect. 

Chief Operating Officer of Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Regina Sparke, said, “I mean he's a big deal! He's a local hero - so we were really excited and blessed that he was able to do that for us."

Lowcountry Orphan Relief was given a $500 gift card from Darius Rucker that they say will go towards purchasing some much-needed closing for orphaned or at-risk children, right here in the tri-county area.

Rucker says he and his label, Universal Music Group, hope to help as many people as they can this holiday season.

And for the winners here in Charleston County, Hootie's generosity doesn't go unnoticed.

Sharpe said, "Thank you for all of the support! The community really, really loves you!"

If your organization or business is interested in sponsoring a child helped by Lowcountry Orphan Relief contact Dannie Hardaway about their Stocking Tree program at 843-747-4099 or atlowcountryorphanrelief.org

There's also still time to enter the contest... 

Just post on your personal Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag, "HomegrownHoliday" for your chance to win. 

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SCOTTY McCREERY WILL PERFORM ON THE FOX & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. (PRESS RELEASE)    12/18/14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Dec. 18, 2014) - Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records artist Scotty McCreery will perform on “FOX & Friends Christmas Special,” which will premiere on the FOX News Network on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) from 8:00 – 10:00 PM/ET. The show will re-air later that evening from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM/ET.  It will also air twice on Christmas Day (Dec. 25):  2:00 AM – 4:00 AM/ET and again in the afternoon at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM/ET. 

McCreery and his band delivered a spirited performance of “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Back in Town” when they taped the holiday special earlier this month. Both songs are featured on his Gold-certified album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart when it was released in 2012. 

McCreery recently scored his second consecutive Top 10 hit, “Feelin’ It,” from his sophomore albumSee You Tonight, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. That album’s title song, a top 10 hit co-written by the singer, was one of three singles from the “American Idol” champion that were recently certified Platinum by the RIAA in the same week (the other two being “The Trouble with Girls” and “I Love You This Big” from his Platinum-certified first album Clear as Day, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart). The ACM, CMT Music, ACA, and ICM Award winner was recently ranked No. 2 on Country Weekly’s “2014 Country’s Sexiest Men Poll.” Early in the upcoming New Year, he will travel to Texas to perform at Cowboy’s in San Antonio on Jan. 9 and at Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth on Jan. 10.

For tour dates and more information, visit
ScottyMcCreery.com. Follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/ScottyMcCreery and on Twitter@ScottyMcCreery.

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LITTLE BIG TOWN'S 'GIRL CRUSH' GETS THE COVER TREATMENT. (VIDEO)    12/18/14

Folks are loving Little Big Town's new single, "Girl Crush," from their album, Pain Killer. Check out a few covers of the song by some very talented female artists.

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DARIUS RUCKER GIVES HOPE AND 'POSSIBILITIES' TO ST. JUDE CHILD. (VIDEO)    12/17/14

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As their son battled childhood cancer, Augusta parents Turner and Tara Simkins kept their hearts set on limitless possibilities.

They faithfully prayed. Family, friends and strangers surrounded them with love. And their son, Brennan, never gave up hope.

Their story – one met with highs and lows – inspired a song recently recorded by country music singer Darius Rucker. The song – Possibilities– is being released online today as a holiday promotion for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The online video features Rucker singing, footage of the recording session and images from Brennan’s journey. The recording also includes St. Jude patients singing the chorus.

Brennan received three of his four bone marrow transplants at St. Jude in Memphis, Tenn. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in January 2009 on the eve of his seventh birthday. Brennan, 12, has been in remission since February 2011.

The Simkinses and the family of Patrick Chance, of Atlanta, inspired the Press On to Cure Childhood Cancer Fund for pediatric cancer research. Patrick, the son of Augusta natives Erin and Stephen Chance, fought neuroblastoma before succumbing to the disease in 2012.

A blog post by Brennan’s mother led his dad to write lyrics and music for the song with Joe Stevenson, a close family friend and local music promoter. Stevenson pitched the song idea when Brennan’s condition worsened after his fourth transplant.

“We had gotten ourselves into the mindset of ‘Here we go again,’ ” Turner Simkins said. “He knew it would be something to take my mind off things.”

Stevenson started writing lyrics, and Simkins composed the guitar intro. The two used GuitarBand – an Apple computer program – to finish drafting the composition.

After the song was recorded locally, it got a professional touch at a Nashville studio. The song had potential to go mainstream, they thought.

They tried pitching it to a few artists but it didn’t catch on until Simkins met Rucker at the 2013 Guitar Pull, an annual country concert at James Brown Arena. Rucker is a longtime supporter of St. Jude.

Rucker, a Grammy winner and former lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, recorded the song in Memphis. Simkins, Steven­son and their families attended the one-day session in July, along with the Chances.

“It’s a lot like the version we sent him but it definitely has Darius’ signature on it,” Simkins said.

Music helped comfort Bren­­nan during his years of treatments. He had favorite albums, and his dad would often play guitar for him in the hospital.

At the beginning of the video, Rucker explains why he chose to record the song.

“Music is really good at giving people hope to think things are going to get better. That’s what this song is all about,” he said. “I think a lot of parents, when their kids get sick, hope is so hard to find. When I heard it, I was excited to do it.”

Simkins said the song represents the remarkable stories of St. Jude patients and the army of people who supported Brennan and others. He hopes listeners remember to believe in the possibilities, even in tough situations.

“Believe one day you’ll get out of it. Don’t quit. Always believe in the possible,” he said.

 

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ERIC CHURCH LEADS FORMAT AS 2014 COMES TO A CLOSE. (PRESS RELEASE)    12/17/14

Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2014) – Eric Church is set to finish 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format for 2014 as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reaches Platinum status, marking more than 1 million in sales.

The Outsiders was one of the year’s top albums regardless of genre as verified by Billboard. Released Feb. 11, the album sold more than 288,000 copies in its first week. That stood up as 2014’s fourth biggest debut (only behind Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Coldplay). The sales earned Church inclusion a prestigious list of international pop stars as 2014’s top-selling artists including Swift, Beyonce, Sam Smith, and Lorde.  

The Outsiders also won the Album of the Year Award at this year’s inaugural American Country Countdown Awards.

The EMI Records Nashville release was a hit with critics and tastemakers as well and is popping up on many best-of year-end lists. Rolling Stone says the album “is full of future classics” and American Songwriter lauds Church’s previous work and says, “‘The Outsiders’ dwarfs all of it in sheer scale and grandiosity.”

The album was strong enough to garner Church four GRAMMY nominations bringing Church’s career total to seven. Church received nominations in all four genre categories: Country Album of the Year for “The Outsiders,” Country Song of the Year and Country Solo Performance of the year for “Give Me Back My Hometown,” written by Church and Luke Laird, and Country Group/Duo Performance of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

Church received the news of his Grammy nominations while on his critically acclaimed The Outsiders World Tour that currently features Dwight Yoakam and Halestorm and, according to Pollstar, has already sold 382,112 tickets over 33 shows. "At the center of the spectacle was the Chief himself,” Rolling Stone wrote of Church’s Louisville, Kentucky, stop. “The guy doesn't just sing -- he shouts, cackles, croons and generally freaks the hell out. Is it all a performance? Maybe. But it's believable, too.”

American Songwriter raves, “Above all, Church unfurls a mythology of artistic rebellion against the commercial establishment, complete with an anthem, a creed, a hymn to survival and an origin story, each delivered with the gravitas, bluster or poetic delicacy that they deserve.” 

To learn more about Eric Church, visit www.ericchurch.com and www.facebook.com/ericchurch, or follow @EricChurch on Twitter.

 

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KIP MOORE PICKS UP ACC BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST AWARD AND PERFORMS HEY PRETTY GIRL. (VIDEO)    12/16/14

Kip Moore won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at Monday night's (December 15th) ACC Awards. He also turned in one of the best performances of the night with hist No. 1 hit "Hey Pretty Girl." Check it out below.

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DIERKS BENTLEY PILOTS A RECORD YEAR IN 2014. (PRESS RELEASE)    12/17/14

Nashville, TN – Dec. XX, 2014 – When Capitol Records Nashville’s Dierks Bentley titled his seventh album Riser, the point was to call attention to the resilience and determination at the core of life. But the title took on a second meaning over the course of 2014 as Bentley became country music’s most impressive riser, catapulting an already successful career into one that blends his long-held critical acclaim with A-level commercial success.

“We put the music first,” Bentley told Billboard, “and when you do that, good things can happen far beyond what you could actually try to make happen.”

Bentley’s album managed to balance the strengths of country music, focusing on powerful, reflective material prompting USA Today to note "Bentley bares his soul" while deftly weaving in some lighter material to bring an ironically comedic twist. Bentley’s success was evident during awards season as Riser notched GRAMMY and CMA Nominations for "Best Country Album."  Additionally, the album's first two singles, "I Hold On" and "Drunk On A Plane," scored nominations on their own, to make the singer/songwriter the most nominated male artist at this year's annual CMA ceremony.  

Bentley and the album certainly connected and with the first two songs, he became one of only three country acts to register two Platinum No. one singles during 2014, giving him a career total of 12 radio chart toppers and pushing digital downloads beyond the 2 million mark.  He anchored high profile television appearances on Good Morning AmericaTodayThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonThe ViewThe Late Show with David LettermanPBS Front and Center CMA Songwriters Series, the CMA Awards, the ACM Awards and the CMT Awards shows, and a special episode of CMT Crossroads with OneRepublic, among others.

Bentley’s music and fortitude collided for his inaugural amphitheater headlining tour, taking him to new heights as capacity crowds reached upwards of 21,000 in venues across the country.  The tour left music critics inspired, praising Bentley for his “high-energy and emotion-packed” sets (San Diego Union-Tribune) and noted he "rose to the occasion like a pro, as though headlining is what the man was born to do” (Arizona Republic).

“I’ve always done my own thing, and it’s led me here,” says country’s Riser. “I wouldn’t change anything about it.  It seems like so much came together all at once, and it truly has been a year I will never forget.”

As 2014 winds down, Bentley’s Riser lands among the year’s top albums, featured by iTunesRolling Stone and Billboard on their "best of" year end lists. The year marks $3 million in charitable donations raised by his annual Miles & Music For Kids event, a passion project now in its ninth year and benefitting the Monroe Carroll Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, and 2015 will kick-off with a weekend stacked full of performances and appearances at the Super Bowl when it descends in his hometown of Phoenix at the end of January. For more information and for a full list of upcoming appearances, visit www.dierks.com.

 

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ALAN JACKSON BRINGS 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR TO NASHVILLE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JON PARDI AND JEFF FOXWORTHY. (PRESS RELEASE)    12/17/14

(December 17, 2014) Country superstar Alan Jackson brings his 25th Anniversary tour to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on April 11 for NRA Presents Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR with special guests Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi. Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. 

The concert adds to an exciting week in downtown Nashville, as the Saturday night show takes place during the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The event, which regularly draws more than 70,000 attendees is set at the Music City Center for 2015 and includes acres of the latest products in firearms, accessories, apparel; addresses by national leaders; and a variety of family friendly events all across the city.

Tickets and information for all KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR dates will be available via Ticketmaster.com and by visiting www.alanjackson.com, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. VIP tickets and packages are also available.

NRA Presents Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR with special guests Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi, and sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, will be a memorable celebration for his longtime fans as well as legions of new fans who are discovering his music through the many songs that have withstood the test of time and influenced many new artists of today. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous including his massive debut hit, “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the summertime party-anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and many, many more.

 

Jackson’s tour is an extension of the already year-long 25th anniversary celebration which kicked off this summer with the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, which will run through March 2015. This month the multi-platinum selling Grammy winner is also playing two record-breaking sold out shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject.

 

About Alan Jackson
In his 25-year career, Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success.  Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s).  He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. Jackson received the first-ever ASCAP Heritage Award in 2014 having earned the title of most performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.  He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music.  He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.  Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. 

 

About Jeff Foxworthy

 

Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country.  He is the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and best selling author of more than 26 books.  Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s. 

 

Jeff may be best known as the creator and founder of the wildly successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour.  The comedy tour spawned three concert films and a hit television show of the same name.  Jeff has executive produced and starred in a number of television shows including “Foxworthy’s Big Night Out” and the animated series “Bounty Hunters” for CMT.  In addition he has filmed a number of comedy specials for HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. 

 

Jeff has hosted several game shows and award shows including three seasons of The American Bible Challenge and the hit show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, which is coming back to FOX in 2015.   Jeff was nominated for a 2014 daytime Emmy award for Best Game Show Host and in his first foray into television he was bestowed with a People’s Choice Award as “Favorite Male Newcomer” for The Jeff Foxworthy ShowHe also received a CMA nomination in 2001 for Broadcast Personality of the Year for  The Foxworthy Countdown, a weekly syndicated four-hour radio show, which ran for ten years and was carried in over two hundred and twenty markets.

 

Jeff’s bestselling books include the children’s books, Dirt On My Shirt, and Hide!!!” which won a 2011 Mom’s Choice Award for illustrated children’s books.  Both books were on the New York Times bestseller list.  He has voiced a number of different characters in children’s movies including Handy Smurf in “The Smurfs”  and “The Smurfs 2”, the voice of Reggie the Rooster in the Warner Bros. film Racing Stripes,  and  Lyle in the Disney movie Fox and The Hound II.

 

Due to the huge success of merchandising and licensing of his name and signature phrase You Might Be A Redneck If…, Jeff started his own outdoor company, Foxworthy Outdoors.  The company has a line of products related to the outdoor lifestyle.  In addition to all of this Jeff has his own line of food products, including Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips.

 

About Jon Pardi

 

California native and Capitol Records rising country star Jon Pardi released his debut album, Write You A Song, on Jan. 14, 2014.  The release features his Gold-certified Top 10 tune “Up All Night,” along with hits “What I Can’t Put Down,” “Missin’ You Crazy” and his brand new “When I’ve Been Drinkin.’” Pardi has a laid back, fun-loving approach towards life and it comes through in his music and his raucous live show. His charisma and authenticity strike a chord with county audiences, as he wins over fans one-by-one and show-by-show.

 

Pardi’s sound is undeniably country — paying homage to some of his musical heroes such as Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Alan Jackson.  Discovering his ability for performance back at the tender age of three when he sang ALABAMA, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams, Jr. karaoke with his grandmother, Pardi has since shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and many more of today’s hottest country artists.  For additional information, visit www.JonPardi.com.

 

 

 

About NRA

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at NRA on Facebook and Twitter @NRA.

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DARIUS RUCKER CAN'T PICK JUST ONE CHRISTMAS FILM. (AUDIO)    12/16/14

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Darius Rucker loves to take it easy during the holidays after being on the road all year long. One way he winds down with his family is to watch Christmas movies…however, he can’t pick just one favorite.

“That’s such a hard question, favorite Christmas movie, because there are so many great movies that I can think of just off the top of my head that are great Christmas movies,” says Darius. “But it would be a tie between Miracle on 34th Street, which is still just great acting, great movie. I just love it. I love watching it. I watch it probably four times every Christmas and cry at the end every time. And I love Elf. I just think Elf is one of the absolute great stories and just funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and it just happens to be a Christmas movie. It’s one of my favorite movies.”

Catch Darius, who recently released his Christmas album Home for the Holidays, during the 33rd annual Christmas in Washington concert Friday (December 19th) at 8pm ET on TNT.

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AUDIO: Darius Rucker has a hard time picking just one favorite Christmas movie.

Darius Rucker (favorite Christmas movies) OC: …favorite movies. :32
“That’s such a hard question, favorite Christmas movie, because there are so many great movies that I can think of just off the top of my head that are great Christmas movies.  But it would be a tie between Miracle on 34th Street, which is still just great acting, great movie.  I just love it.  I love watching it.  I watch it probably four times every Christmas and cry at the end every time.  And I love Elf.  I just think Elf is one of the absolute great stories and just funniest movies I’ve ever seen and it just happens to be a Christmas movie.  It’s one of my favorite movies.”

 

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DARIUS RUCKER'S CHRISTMAS DAY IS PRETTY LAID-BACK. (AUDIO)    12/16/14

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Darius Rucker always looks forward to Christmas, not just because he gets a little downtime with his family after being on the road so much, but because he truly enjoys the holiday and all the magic that goes along with it.

He and his family – includes his wife and three children have a routine they pretty much stick to on the big day. “Christmas at the Rucker house is pretty laid-back,” says Darius. “Our kids wake up early – real early – and open their gifts and we hang out, have breakfast, go to church, come home and PLAY, play with toys and hang out and see family who comes by, and we go to see family. It’s just a pretty normal, fun Christmas Day.” Sounds like a great time! But if you happen to receive a gift from Darius, just know he wasn’t the one doing the wrapping! “I buy it and go, ‘Honey, wrap this!’ I don’t wrap, and it definitely doesn’t look like Dillards’ [wrapping],” he admits. “It would be frumpy is what it would be. [laughs]”

Catch Darius, who just release his Christmas album Home for the Holidays, during the 33rd annual Christmas in Washington concert Friday (December 19th) at 8pm ET on TNT.

AUDIO:Darius Rucker (Christmas)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker talks about his family’s routine on Christmas Day.

Darius (Christmas) OC: …Christmas Day. :19
“Christmas at the Rucker house is pretty laid-back. Our kids wake up early – real early – and open their gifts and we hang out, have breakfast, go to church, come home and PLAY, play with toys and hang out and see family who comes by, and we go to see family. It’s just a pretty normal, fun Christmas Day.”

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AUDIO: Don’t look to Darius Rucker to wrap any Christmas gifts.

Darius Rucker (wrapping gifts) OC: …
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“I buy it and go, ‘Honey, wrap this!’ I don’t wrap, and it definitely doesn’t look like Dillards’ [wrapping]. It would be frumpy is what it would be. [laughs]”

 

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KIP MOORE WINS BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR AND GOES PLATINUM AND DOUBLE PLATINUM. (PRESS RELEASE)    12/16/14
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Nashville, TN – Dec. 16, 2014 – MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Kip Moore was awarded “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” at last night's American Country Countdown Awards on FOX.  Moore performed his newly certified PLATINUM No. 1 hit “Hey Pretty Girl" on the show before accepting his award.

"It may be my name on the award, but there are so many others who deserve to have their name on this with me," said Moore. "I'm humbled by the overwhelming loyalty and support from my band, country radio and especially the fans who have been coming to see us on tour and buying our music. I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be talking about millions of sales and streams of songs I've written.  It's surreal and I can't wait to show everyone what we have planned for 2015."

In addition to the PLATINUM certification of "Hey Pretty Girl," Moore's smash hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" earned DOUBLE PLATINUM status marking sales and streams of over 2 million.  These accolades, along with his first major award win, cap off a landmark 2014 including his sold-out headlining CMT ON TOUR: UP IN SMOKE.  The tour garnered high praise for Moore's "high energy set" (Rolling Stone) with Minneapolis Tribune declaring him a "country music contender" and Chicago Tribunenoting he is "carving his own niche in country music."

The constant road warrior will hit the road again in 2015 with more headlining dates kicking off in Missoula, MT on Jan. 27. Tickets are on sale now, for more information visit www.kipmoore.net. 

 

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DAVID NAIL LANDS ON BEST OF 2014 LISTS WITH 'I'M A FIRE.' (AUDIO AND PRESS RELEASE)    12/15/14

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Nashville, TN – December 15, 2014 - MCA Nashville and GRAMMY-nominated recording artist David Nail, fresh from wrapping his headlining I’M A FIRE TOUR, which Rolling Stone Country named one of the Fall 2014’s Must See Country Tours, has also landed on a few “Best of 2014” lists for his album I’m A Fire. Billboard named I’m A Fire one of the top five Best Country Albums of 2014 (landing at #4).  Rolling Stone Country and iTunes named I’m A Fire one of the Best Country Albums of 2014.

Nail’s No. 1 PLATINUM hit “Whatever She’s Got” was named one of the top 3 Country Songs of 2014 by Billboard saying “Nail’s vocal chops are flawless” and calling him “one of the best pure male vocalists in Nashville.”

Nail, considered one of the most distinct and powerful voices in country music, sits in the Top 20 and rising on both Mediabase and the Billboard Country singles chart with “Kiss You Tonight,” the follow-up to “Whatever She’s Got.”

As an artist, Nail has become one of the most diverse and solid voices in country music. Esquire says “David Nail is country music.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says he “has established himself as one of the bright lights of contemporary country music” and SELF says Nail is “one of those quintessential country voices.

Follow @DavidNail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidnail #ImAFire
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidNail

AUDIO:David Nail (hopes for album)
AUDIO: David Nail talks about his hopes for his album, I’m a Fire.

David Nail (hopes for album) OC: …different place. :56
“I think that this record, hopefully first and foremost, it’s just great music. That’s what we tried to do. I think in the past I’ve looked at everything kind of like a science fair project. You’ve got to have a little piece of everything and together everything makes something. With this, we wanted to start with a collection of songs and let those songs dictate what other songs we recorded. Having been on the road for four or five years now, you kind of get an idea what songs, what kind of recordings come across live. So, mainly just being at such a pleasant place, I was drawn to songs that were more full of hope and happiness. And I think that that’s something that is really relatable on this record is rather than having to go on and on and on about my past and where I am now, I think the music, people can recognize hey, that guy is in a different place.”

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