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Jake Owen

Jake Owen
Every artist has his or her sweet spot. For Jake Owen, it's all-American nostalgia. No artist is more adept at summoning those times when a sunny day, good friends and maybe a cold drink were all you needed to feel forever blessed. Now reunited with Joey Moi, the producer of his star-making album Barefoot Blue Jean Night, Jake is recording the country-music soundtrack of summers past and those still to come.

The multi-Number One artist and ACM Award winner is also launching a high-profile tour and unveiling an unforgettable new single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," his first release for Big Loud Records.

"It's been revitalizing. Making music with Joey is all about recording songs that reflect who I am," Jake says of his creative rebirth. "I've seen the negative side of life and the positive side – and I really like the positive side. I want my songs to put a smile on your face."

With "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," Jake evokes the most golden of memories: a warm-weather romance set to one of rock & roll's essential songs, John Mellencamp's "Jack & Diane." Based around the 1982 hit's iconic melody, Jake both pays homage to and boldly reinvents the classic-rock staple.

"I never release a song without the intention of stepping up to the plate and knocking it out of the park," he says of "I Was Jack." "When I first heard the song, I thought, 'How can I do this and re-create what is already a classic song?' But the more I listened to it, the more I saw my own life growing up. The original 'Jack & Diane' was about 'two American kids growing up in the heartland' and that image is exactly what so many country songs are based on."

Along with "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," Jake has recorded a trio of radio-ready new tracks for his upcoming album. The breezy "Something to Ride To" celebrates hanging with his buddies at his Tennessee farm; "Made for You" is an old-fashioned love song; and one of the lyrics to the steel-heavy "Down to the Honky Tonk" provides the title to Jake's summer tour: the Life's Whatcha Make It Tour.

The trek features opening acts Chris Janson and Jordan Davis and will hit baseball parks around the country. It's a full-circle moment for Jake, who last year helped dedicate a children's ball field bearing his name in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida.

"Growing up a baseball fan, this is really cool for me," he says. "When people come to our shows, there's these good vibes that everyone has. I love that and I think baseball parks provide that too. I'm fired up!"

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw has sold more than 50 million records and dominated the charts with 43 worldwide #1 singles. He's won 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 3 People's Choice Awards and numerous other honors. His iconic career achievements include being named the BDS Radio’s Most Played Artist of the Decade for all music genres and having the Most Played Song of the Decade for all music genres. He is the most played country artist since his debut in 1992, with two singles spending over 10 weeks at #1. His career-long tour successes include the record-setting Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 with his wife, Faith Hill. McGraw starred in and narrated the hit movie, The Shack, as well as played leading roles in Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side. McGraw recently released two news songs ‘NEON CHURCH’ and ‘Thought About You’, his first new solo music in two years. (TW/IG: @TheTimMcGraw, FB: TimMcGraw,

Old Dominion

Old Dominion
2018 ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year winner, Old Dominion, has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n' roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. Old Dominion’s sophomore album, Happy Endings, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200. Their latest single, “Make It Sweet,” follows the success of previous singles “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” “Written in the Sand” and “Hotel Key,” all of which hit No. 1 on Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts. To top it off, each and every single OD has released has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. In 2016, the band was notably named ACM New Group of the Year, ACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.

Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson
About Aaron Watson: Aaron Watson continues to be “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories” (Forbes) with his latest effort, “Kiss That Girl Goodbye,” the solely self-penned lead single from his forthcoming studio album. The lyrically driven, up-tempo percussive stunner is the first glimpse into Watson’s brand-new studio project, Red Bandana. Slated for release in 2019 on his own BIG Label Records and distributed by ADA Worldwide, the album has already landed on “the most anticipated country albums of 2019” lists including Saving Country Music and The Boot.

Watson’s last studio album Vaquero launched into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his biggest career sales debut to date, and at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. Texas Monthly, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, Noisey, CMT, The Boot and more have all featured the new music. Vaquero is the follow up to his history-making album The Underdog, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, making him the first-ever independent, male country artist to debut in the coveted top spot. The album features “Outta Style,” his record-breaking Top 10 and BMI award-winning hit on country music’s national radio airplay charts and top 40 hit “Run Wild Horses.” Watson wrapped 2018 with two new projects, Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, Watson’s 14th album and his first live album in nearly a decade, and his first ever Christmas collection, An Aaron Watson Family Christmas. The singer/songwriter’s rise has been paved by years of hard work and perseverance. Twenty years, over a dozen recorded albums, more than 2,500 shows in the U.S. and Europe, the Texas native is determined to stay true to his roots and deliver music directly to his fans. Watson shared his journey with fans via a video that has racked up over 7.2 Million views and 50,000 shares, proving his phenomenal connection to fans, watch HERE.

Chase Rice

Chase Rice
Country music maverick Chase Rice has become one of country music’s most exciting figures since arriving in Nashville, building a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gaining the attention of music critics and industry professionals alike with his edgy, eclectic sound. The Tar Heel State native has inked a new label deal with Broken Bow Records and is putting the finishing touches on his sophomore album, Lambs & Lions, in stores November 17. Rice’s debut album Ignite the Night debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart, and produced a pair of Top 5 hits, the Platinum- certified "Ready Set Roll" and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” After supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour 2015, Rice consistently sold out 2,500-3,000 seat venues on his JD and Jesus Tour and Everybody We Know Does Tour, and will launch his 2017 Lambs & Lions Tour this fall.

Big & Rich

Big & Rich
A band, a brand, a bond and a brotherhood: Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich – Big & Rich – have blazed an indelible mark on modern country music, not simply by breaking the rules, but by setting them on fire. Big & Rich have captivated a multi-generational community of listeners with their sterling songcraft and recorded performances. Now a decade and a half into a storied career they tour the country for over 100+ dates annually, presenting electrifying concert spectacles of ceaseless energy and outrageous personality.

Very notably, the pair calls the shots with ownership of their master recordings and music publishing rights through Big & Rich Records in partnerships with Thirty Tigers / The Orchard and Kobalt. Additionally, both contribute generously as philanthropists and flourish as lifestyle entrepreneurs.

2019 will see the band hitting the road for the “Redneck Riviera Whiskey Presents “ Big & Rich’s “ Peace, Love & Happy Hour Tour,” the latest outing by two very separate individuals who in many ways, might seem polar opposites. John is driven and intense, while Kenny’s motto of “Love Everybody” exemplifies his idealistic philosophy. “I think Kenny and I are a great representation of how Americans should be in general,” says John. “We disagree on a lot of things. But the things we agree on override our disagreements. We have a drink and get back on stage and it’s all good.” Big Kenny concurs with this assessment. “I think we both bring a balance to each other, no matter what the situation is. That’s what makes relationships good, when you have that dynamic.”

Big & Rich inked with Warner Bros Records. From their 2004 debut, the triple platinum Horse of a Different Color and their hit “Save a Horse, Ride A Cowboy,” the duo evolved into one of country music’s most auspicious partnerships. The song “Rollin’ (The Ballad of Big & Rich), laid down the law with prophetic lines, “Country boys don’t rock and roll/Yeah the record man told me so.” Clearly, this record man was wrong. Garnering multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations, subsequent best-selling collections include Comin’ to Your City, Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, Hillbilly Jedi, Gravity – which delivered three consecutive Top 10 hits – and their most recent collection, Did It For The Party, that debuted at Number One on the sales charts.

Trademarking the phrase “Redneck Riviera,” John Rich founded a club with the name in downtown Nashville; launched a line of boots available in all 50 states; began a partnership to manufacture and distribute beef jerky and now has a line of whiskey in stores coast to coast. “Work Hard, Play Hard” is the company’s motto. “It’s basically an extension of my personality, which is pro-work ethic, pro-American, pro-veteran and pro-active duty,” John says. 10 percent of the profits from every bottle sold are donated to the veterans’ organization, Folds of Honor. Last year alone, Redneck Riviera Whiskey paid for 37 college grants for family members of American military killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Big Kenny Alphin is a founding partner in The Deadwood Mountain Grand, recognized by Forbes magazine as the number one luxury resort in the state of South Dakota. The hotel, casino and 2,500-seat performance venue are located in Deadwood, the first town where Kenny and John played together with the name “Big & Rich” on the ticket. Here they met local resident Niles Harris, a Vietnam veteran whose story inspired their signature song “8th of November.” Big Kenny, long known as “ The Universal Ambassador of Love “ is currently rolling out his own line of lifestyle brands called “Peace, Love & Happy Hour” & “Pub of Love,” where his motto is “Celebrate The Good Times.” Sales will support his “Love Everybody Foundation”, an umbrella organization for causes close to his heart including supporting veterans and first responders, creating backpack programs for kids here in the U.S. and providing ongoing aid for children in need worldwide.

Big & Rich were honored with the 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award for their support of a spectrum of humanitarian efforts, from visiting individual patients in hospitals, to staging benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the 173rd Airborne Memorial, to their well-documented U.S. and international outreach. The duo has made a point of helping underprivileged children and families at home and abroad in struggling countries like Uganda, Sudan, Haiti and Kenya, among others. St. Jude Children’s Hospital, The T.J. Martell Foundation, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the 173rd Airborne Memorial Fund, Clean Water, the Special Olympics and Second Harvest Food Bank are just a few of their worthy causes.

When they first joined forces, John Rich originally from Amarillo, TX, had been a vocalist and bassist for the band Lonestar, was collaborating on songs with other Nashville artists, and envisioning a solo career. Kenny Alphin, from Culpeper, VA, was also a solo artist and writer signed to his first major record deal at Hollywood Records. John, Kenny and their friends created a loose community of artists known as MuzikMafia. This collective of marginalized Music City musicians gave birth to a powerful movement of diversity and inclusion. Within three years, a number of these artists had signed major label deals, including Gretchen Wilson who emerged as a vital new voice with chart hits “Here for the Party,” co-written with John and Kenny, and “Redneck Woman,” her collaboration with John Rich.

Over the past 12 years, their signature anthem “Comin’ to Your City,” has fired up football fans as the theme song for ESPN College Game Day. The band has expanded their presence immeasurably through music videos and television appearances, including John Rich’s victorious stint as the winner of Celebrity Apprentice when he raised $1.2 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

With separate and combined enterprises, causes, and concerns, Big & Rich envisions these endeavors as extensions of the music. Notes John Rich, “In the pursuit of the American Dream, if you want something, think hard, work hard, and go after it. There’s no guarantee you’re going to get it, but the fact you’re allowed to pursue it is where you should find your happiness.” Says Big Kenny, “I want to be a fun and entertaining positive voice and entity in my community, in my country, and in the world. I hope people know that those are the things that are important to me. And when they leave a Big & Rich concert, they should feel like they’ve just witnessed the greatest show on earth.”

Lauren Alaina

Lauren Alaina
Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she competed on Season 10 of American Idol. In 2017, Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album, Wildflower, with the release of the critically-acclaimed Road Less Traveled. The album landed on multiple end-of-year “Best Of” lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of the year. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 hit, title track “Road Less Traveled."

The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Martina McBride. Lauren recently joined Cole Swindell on the Reason to Drink Tour and is currently on tour with Jason Aldean for this summer’s High Noon Neon Tour.

Lauren is this year’s ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year and performed on the Apr. 15 broadcast live from Las Vegas. She was also nominated for ACM Vocal Event of the Year for “What Ifs,” the double-platinum-selling No. 1 collaboration with her childhood friend, Kane Brown. Lauren is one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and she received her first CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year with her No. 1 smash “Road Less Traveled,” This year she received her second CMT Music Award for Collaborative Video of the Year, with Kane Brown. In addition to performing on the 51st Annual CMA Awards, 2017 saw Lauren earning nominations for CMA New Artist of the Year, several Teen Choice Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards.

Carly Pearce

Carly Pearce
Carly Pearce has been there. Trying to make her dream come true, the 20-something knows what dead ends look like, how pulled up short feels and that the irrepressibility of want to will lift you up over and over again. Getting close, falling apart, being in love, bad boyfriends, crummy jobs, finding your way, second chances, enduring tenacity and people who understand are the essence of EVERY LITTLE THING, Carly’s life is chronicled throughout her 13-track debut album on Big Machine Records.

“I think what I’ve lived and am writing about has happened to everyone,” explains the willowy honey blond with the voice that sounds like smoke or warm bourbon. “Raw, real, I’m not trying to hide anything, And I think by sharing my struggles, whether you’re a young girl or someone my age or my mom’s, you’re either going to experience it, are going through it or already have.”

“But you’re going to know there’s truth here, because these songs are snapshots! There are musical clips of where I’ve gone, where I want to go, what I want out of relationships and my expectations out of life. I’m learning I’m okay – and at 27, this is exactly who I am.”

Carly is currently exploding at country radio with “Every Little Thing,” a naked ballad that bristles with the agony of being left. Stark in a time of massive productions, the hollow beat throbs like a pulse and the melody drags with the ache of one who can’t let go. But what really stands out is Carly’s voice: slightly powdery in places, silvery in others, it has a raw muscular twist like a knife being turned.

Having left high school to pursue music, working the shows at Dollywood at a mere 16 years old, chasing bluegrass festivals and watching her first label deals fall apart, Carly understands being left on the verge in more ways than love. But love is its own special pain.

“The song is about a guy who said, ‘Me or music’,” she offers. “It was the first time I’d really loved somebody, that fiery love you hear about. And I really thought I was going to die. But I think I would’ve died harder if I had chosen the guy.”

For Carly, music was, is, and always will be what matters. A girl from the small Kentucky town of Taylor Mill, whose best friends were her grandparents, who was made fun of in school for chasing the dream, there was never a choice. When her friends Kacey Musgraves and Brothers Osborne got record deals and made records that reflected who they were, she was passed on and glossed over. From the beginning, she’s done everything to be near the music: fronted a Bluegrass band at 11 with a bunch of grown men to learn distinct harmonies, served as a back-up singer for Lucy Hale, dueted with the Josh Abbott Band, cleaned Air BnBs to pay for an EP she would self-release, been her own manager, booking agent, van driver and stylist when needed.

She loved the guy, but not enough to give up on her truest love. For a girl raised on a steady diet of “Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter,” as well as Bluegrassers Allison Krauss and Sonya Isaacs and single moniker icons Dolly, Reba, Loretta and Tammy. Still, it’s hard to keep the faith when no one believes.

“I had a stint after a deal fell apart where I went home and looked at apartments online,” she says, voice sticking. “My best friend sobbed, and said, ‘I can’t let you as much as I miss you and want you to come back…’ I was let anger and sadness overcome me. But all it did, really, was make me want it more. From the time I was four years old, all I talked about was singing at The Opry. It was in my bones. And now, I’m nearing my 50th performance … it seems both surreal and natural.”

Believing it only takes one person to change everything, the young woman who was banged around by the business, who’d cry in her car after leaving meetings where people would tell her to move home found an advocate in publisher Daniel Lee. He heard that torchy quality in her voice, that believability that can’t be taught and is often missing in power-singers delivery. And he knew she lived the songs she wrote about small towns, big dreams and coming up short.

Daniel got “into my brain. He twisted and turned my thinking – and we made this vision come to life.” Introducing her to busbee, who’d not turned into the production powerhouse he is today, Daniel believed he could midwife Carly’s true self. Before Maren Morris, Kane Brown or Keith Urban, busbee was writing with a girl most everyone had given up on. Risky though artist development can be, he heard something.

“Her voice lights up,” the producer explains. “It’s a true timeless thing, not of the moment, but always. She’s soulful, and Bluegrass comes naturally from her. All those things, plus the roots of Country music are part of her raising. But while she can do the big vocal stuff, she can do a lot without it: small things that speak volumes.”

“I like to tell people Carly has a lot of gears to her voice. It’s a matter of what do you want her to do. It’s the same way as a writer, because as a collaborator, I’m not the great savior to come in and make the songs happen. What the previous labels had been doing didn’t reflect who she was – and there was so much there. By focusing on that, it felt so far beyond anything else.”

And yet, Carly found herself still having to push and prove. But now alongside allies, especially the man who’s quickly becoming Nashville’s go-to guy. Looking back, she marvels, “The Pop guy got me. He knew my voice, and he let it lead. He focused on that, and writing to my life… and it felt right.”

Still, when SiriusXM’s J.R. Schumann announced “Every Little Thing” was the game-changer and to get ready for her life to change, Carly almost balked. “There was no promotion, no set-up, nothing! My chance was going to get blown. Too many people had thrown money in my face then stopped answering my emails.”

That’s not quite what happened. As she says with a smile, “The night it went out; ‘Every Little Thing’ grew wings of its own.” The small ballad that echoes with the hollow pump of a broken heart was selling 6,000 copies a week; Scott Borchetta was flying back from LA to meet with her; BMLG SVP of A&R Allison Jones readied, “You’ve found your three minutes…” Yet, Carly just kept working. 

“The reason Daniel and busbee signed me was because they believed in me and what I was doing. I had a video booked – with my own money – and I told Scott he could come by. We were getting where we needed to go by writing about moments I had lived, and choosing others I immediately connected with. I didn’t want to lose that.”

Scott won the hardcore strip it down to guitar’n’vocal girl over at lunch. As they sat talking about his journey, he offered a truth that matched Carly’s manifest destiny. “He told me, ‘The year we opened, we found the most important female we’ve signed, and I feel like I’m sitting with the most important one since Taylor.”

That kind of belief spoke volumes. Carly and busbee got back to work finishing EVERY LITTLE THING. It’s an eclectic record held together by the life experience. There is the temptation-knowing “Hide The Wine,” the cautionary “If My Name Was Whiskey,” the small town “Honeysuckle” and the get vulnerable challenge “Feel Something.”

At times old school Country meets R&B “Color,” at others surging desire charges “Everybody Gonna Talk” or the raw-boned pushback “Doin’ It Right” suggest that modern doesn’t have to throw away the past. When Carly opens up, there’s a bit of Tammy Wynette’s sob and catch, a bit of Emmylou Harris’ crystal and sorrow.

“When you think of the females of Country music who left a mark, I want to be in there with them,” she begins. “I grew up coming to Nashville for CMA Fest Fan Fair and the International Bluegrass Music Association staying up all night going to jams. I wanted to be somebody who could stand alone with a guitar and be seen equally as a singer and songwriter. Nashville helped me find me – all of it, the hard stuff too. Embracing my life story is part of it, part of those women. We’re pegged in this town: you’re not 19, you’re old. But I’ve lived a lot of those things I’m singing about. I know. Even when I explain my past, I’m telling where I *&$#’d up. Even ‘Every Little Thing’: after all of it, it’s not about how bad, but to tell you it’s going to be alright.”

More, though, than the rough, there’s the triumph and the inspiration.

“Carly is all these songs,” says busbee. “It’s all very real.”

Just listen to “I Need A Ride Home.” As she explains, “That really tells my story. I have tattoos for both my grandparents, who I lost to cancer. You only have your childhood once, and they really made mine special.

“That song takes me back to sitting at their kitchen table; they believed in me more than anything. They made me believe in me – and made me promise I would do this. On their deathbed, both of them told me I was going to do it. They knew… and they helped me believe when I’d get so down. Pearce is actually my mom’s maiden name so to be able to carry it with me in everything I do is really special.”

Down is not something Carly is going to tolerate. “There’s an edge to me,” she confesses, “but I’m pretty classic. I think that’s part of it: I am real and true to me, to where I come from. It’s a place where you play prisons, tent revivals, every little bar around because it’s where the music lives. People come to hear their lives, and I think that’s part of it. I write what women live, not fancy women as much as real women – and that’s something you can’t make up.”

Devin Dawson

Devin Dawson
Warner Music Nashville / Atlantic Records artist Devin Dawson is not your typical country artist. His look is dark and bold. His sound is sleek and raw. He has a knack for writing razor sharp stories that cut straight to the heart, full of detail and clever turns of phrase. And his songs speak the language of a new generation. Dawson is an edgy study in contrast, poised as the next bolt of lightning to hit country’s family tree.

His approach to music is not different on purpose, it’s different with purpose. Twenty-eight years old and from Orangevale, California, Dawson grew up just outside the gates of Folsom Prison. He heard the sirens at night, and sang along to Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Arriving in Nashville in 2012, he put his unique skills to use authoring songs for other artists. When it came time to put together his own debut album, he teamed with equally daring producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne). Having co-written every track, the result is a mix of organic roots and high-voltage country, full of romance and delivered with a distinctive saw-toothed vocal. As he gets ready to join Maren Morris’ Hero Tour this year, Dawson is already establishing a reputation in Nashville as one of the most exciting modern singer-songwriters the format has ever seen.

Morgan Evans

Morgan Evans
Praised by Rolling Stone as “a savvy performer with strong songwriting chops,” Australian-born rising Country artist Morgan Evans is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated debut album,THINGS THAT WE DRINK TO (Warner Music Nashville), due out October 12. The project features his #1 debut US single “Kiss Somebody,” as well as chart-rising follow-up “Day Drunk.” Forging a path as one of the genre’s up-and-coming stars, he has been named to PEOPLE’s elite “Ones To Watch” 2018 list and spotlighted as an emerging artist by CMT, SiriusXM, Pandora, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Bobby Bones, The Tennessean and more. A bona fide Country force in Australia, he has garnered countless awards and honors, most recently claiming Country Work of the Year for “Kiss Somebody” at the 2018 APRA Music Awards. After sharing the bill with global superstar Taylor Swift, Country hit-maker Cole Swindell and more Alist acts, Evans recently wrapped his 10 IN 10 TOUR, performing 10-straight shows in 10 days including SOLD-OUT headline dates in Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, and New York, NY. He is currently featured as a special guest on Chris Young’s LOSING SLEEP WORLD TOUR and will hit the road with Old Dominion on the MAKE IT SWEET TOUR beginning January 2019.

Jimmie Allen

Jimmie Allen
For breakthrough country artist Jimmie Allen, a simple phrase sums up his view on life and music: Never give up.

A native of Southern Delaware – the region he describes as the “slower, lower” part of the state, and locale of Mercury Lane (the namesake of his debut album) – Allen has carried that mantra with him through good times and bad, whether than meant living in his car or rocking amphitheaters on Toby Keith’s Interstates & Tailgates Tour.

“I didn’t quit, I never will,” he says. “Stuff ain’t easy, and you shouldn’t quit either. There’s a big difference between busting your ass, and sitting on it.”

For Allen, musical dreams and a love of true-to-themselves artists like Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Montgomery Gentry, and Jason Aldean brought him all the way to Nashville – and eventually around the world for an Armed Forces Entertainment tour of Japan.

But it was actually a nightmare which turned this promising singer into the artist he is today. After a series of bad breaks Allen was forced to live in his car, too proud to ask for a bail out. For months he worked multiple jobs and finally saved enough for an apartment but hit then another snag – Country music wasn’t ready for him.

“People were just trying to help,” he says now. “But they wanted me to change my sound and told me I had to lose my boots. The turning point came when I stopped listening, and finally let my music be a natural reflection of who I am.”

Since then Allen has been following his own compass, and it has lead him somewhere special. Now signed to BBR Music Group/BMG, his diligence is paying off. Kicking off 2018 being recognized on nearly every “Ones to Watch” list, this year has proved to be a turning point in the singer’s career as he raced through milestones that most only dream of—earning a standing ovation while making his Grand Ole Opry debut, cracking the Top 20 with his first-ever single and checking off many major bucket list items in between.

“I don’t regret the hard times,” he explains about his trials. “I think each thing you go through adds a layer, whether it’s a layer of toughness, perseverance, motivation, or just a layer of wisdom. At the end of the day you come back to what you know, and what’s embedded in you.”

What’s embedded in Allen is a powerful, soulful sense of groove – “If my body don’t move in the first four seconds, it ain’t for me,” he says – a love of deep messages and a knack for razor-sharp hooks.

Those driving forces formed the bedrock Allen’s debut self-titled EP, a cutting-edge mix of country, rock, R&B, and pop which digital streaming fans across all genres instantly latched onto when it dropped in October 2017.

“The response to my EP was incredible, I remember being onstage one night last November and nearly fell speechless as the entire crowd sang ‘Underdogs’ back to me for the first time—I’ll never forget it, it was a true ‘pinch me’ moment, especially because that song has become somewhat of the anthem for me and my journey.”

Mercury Lane, Allen’s first full-length album, delivers upon the same infectious groove that struck fans in his EP. Kicking off with dance-worthy tunes like “American Heartbreaker” and “Make Me Want To,” listeners will get an immediate helping of Jimmie’s signature playful sound. Rounded out by more introspective songs like “Wait for It” and “High Life,” as well as tracks like “Boy Gets a Truck” and “Love Me Like You Do” that allow his buttery smooth vocals to soar, Mercury Lane showcases the many sides of Jimmie Allen.

Family, as suggested in the heartfelt ballad “Warrior,” is a concept clearly central to the story of Jimmie Allen. Carrying a piece of them, wherever he goes, Mercury Lane takes its name from the street he grew up on as an homage to the origin of his story and the people that molded him.

“Mercury Lane is where my journey began. All of the fundamental life lessons that shaped my values, I was taught on that street—its where I learned about love, life, how to believe in myself, the concept of never giving up, following your dreams and being a good person. I credit my time spent there with my family for shaping me into the man I am today.”

Allen’s hard-won dreams are finally reality, but he knows he can’t rest now. Often found in his back pocket is a scarf from his late grandma which he carries to stay motivated.

“To me it serves as a constant reminder of where I came from, what it took to get me here, and my drive to keep pushing forward,” he says.

With that attitude, it seems like this is just the beginning for Allen.

Lauren Jenkins

Lauren Jenkins
Big Machine recording artist Lauren Jenkins has been a touring artist since she was 15 years old. The Texas born, Carolina-raised singer-songwriter chose a life that would fit perfectly in the songs she writes: across countless smoky bars, fake IDs, and endless miles on the road, music has been her one constant companion. Named an Artist to Watch by the New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pandora, and many more, she was also chosen as a member of the “Class of 2019” by influential radio DJ Bobby Bones, and made her TODAY Show debut as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month in February. Lauren recently completed writing, co-producing, and starring in an original short film titled Running Out of Road that accompanied the release of her debut album, NO SAINT, available now.

Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett
Gabby Barrett came into prominence when the 18 year old vocal powerhouse hit the national stage as a finalist on Season 16 of American Idol. Gabby is one of eight children from Munhall, PA (near Pittsburgh).

She began singing live in gospel choirs at the age of nine and, in 2014, she won Kean Quest Talent Search. Prior to Idol she performed over 100 shows and helped raise money for a host of regional charities including the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and the Ronald McDonald House. She was even regarded as “A voice you must hear” by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. During Idol, Gabby collaborated on performances with superstars Bebe Rexha, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland and Luke Bryan, and toured on the American Idol Live! 2018 tour.

Gabby just wrapped up a nationwide tour with Chris Lane on the Laps Around The Sun Tour. She has been writing and recording with award-winning producer Ross Copperman to release throughout 2019.

Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson
Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson’s latest song “I’ll Bring The Music” sums up Anderson to a T. That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from Miami, OK, who has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music.

Although he has co-written hits for other artists, most notably “Lost In This Moment”, the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination, Anderson does not write with other artists in mind. “I think I’ll always write about what I know and feel–and typically with myself in mind. However, I write a lot and I keep the songs that are really speaking to me when I’m recording, and pitch everything else to other artists”, says Anderson. Anderson also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated, “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)” for Garth Brooks and George Jones, “The Bed” for Gretchen Wilson and “Barn Burner” for Jason Michael Carroll.

His debut CD, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”, was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name,” along with two Top 30 hits “XXL” and “Podunk”. This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year.

It wasn’t just his music that was getting attention. Anderson was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors”, and Men’s Fitness Magazine’s, “Ultimate Country Star”.

Anderson’s sophomore CD garnered the biggest hit of his career, “I StillMiss You”, which peaked at #2 and another Top 25 hit, “Sunday Morning In America”.

Taking the lead with other gold and platinum artists, Anderson decided to take hold of the reigns this time by launching his music his own way and letting the fans help drive his music and passion. “ “I’ll Bring the Music” has had a huge resonance with the fans.” says Anderson. “As I tour all over the country, that is the song that gets them on their feet and is the song they are still singing as they head out the door. It reminds me of how “Pickin’ Wildflowers moved them”. And now Sirius XM Radio is “Dancin to the beat” as it has been added to The Highway channel 59’s program, “On The Horizon”.

Brandon Ray

Brandon Ray
“We work all week, in a smokestack town. ‘Til the freakin’ weekend comes rolling around!” Brandon Ray belts out intermixed with infectious handclaps on the chorus of this new track “American Way,” a song that encapsulates the best elements of country and good ole rock n’ roll.

The West-Texas native knows a thing or two about the American Way. At a young age his parents instilled the notion to follow his passion while emphasizing the importance of hard work. “In the early days I used to barricade myself in my room for hours and emerge with a horrible excuse for a song and annoy my parents with it. They did nothing but encourage me to keep going. In a way, they were my first publishers,” Ray laughs.

Music was ever-present in his childhood home. His father had a deep love for legendary rockers like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Steely Dan, while his two brothers introduced him to the musical greats Metallica, Mellencamp and Nirvana. Ray’s mother kept a prominent force of country music throughout the household with the help of icons such as George Strait and Johnny Cash. Despite the house filled with music, his first love was baseball and he dreamed of pitching for the Texas Rangers, but was benched after two foot surgeries that ultimately shifted his focus to playing guitar and songwriting.

By age 13, Ray had saved enough money to buy his first guitar and hasn’t looked back since. Everything from that point on has been a means to an end in an effort to achieve his American Dream. He’s held every job imaginable; lawn care, delivery boy, waiter, construction worker, guitar teacher and even lifeguard - where he once resuscitated a boy who nearly drowned at the city pool. Brandon still gets Christmas cards from the boy’s family. At 18 he was out on the road with his first band and played 750 shows in 3 years including supporting the likes of Fall Out Boy, Switchfoot and grueling summers on Vans Warped Tour.

After arriving in Nashville, Brandon landed a publishing deal, representation at CAA, toured playing guitar for Brett Eldredge and has lent vocals to numerous demos for various publishers and songwriters…all while developing his own sound.

His new batch of songs are smothered in the American richness that Brandon has soaked up crisscrossing the heartland. One part country, one part rock n’ roll, but all heart, the new songs sew together his wide variety of influences, like a patchwork quilt. On the track “That Could Be Us,” the romantic idealist approaches love with the same hopefulness he applies to his career. Ray paints a vivid picture of potential love when he sings, “That song on the radio, in your head like a movie. You can see it when you close your eyes, that moment when a boy meets girl. Their world ain’t never gonna be the same.”

It’s been a long road from Big Spring to selling t-shirts & CDs for gas to opening for Taylor Swift. But it won’t be long before that road is sound tracked by Brandon Ray’s explosive choruses blaring on country radio as he rolls on.

Cale Dodds

Cale Dodds
PANDORA Artist to Watch 2019

SOUNDS LIKE NASHVILLE 19 New Country Artists to Watch 2019

CMT #18for2018 Artist

GOOGLE PLAY Country Artists to Watch 2018

ROLLING STONE 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know

• Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville recording artist Cale Dodds has racked up more than 30 million streams on Spotify before releasing his debut album
• He wrote his brand new song “I Like Where This Is Going” alongside producer busbee and award-winning songwriter Nicolle Galyon
• Pandora named him one of their Artists to Watch 2019
• CMT cited his ability to “deliver radio-ready contemporary country with hooks for days” and named him one of their #18for2018 artists
• Rolling Stone dubbed him one of their Country Artists You Need to Know, commending his “smooth pop-country crooning over arena ready arrangements distinguished by clever lyricism”
• Cale gave fans a taste of new music in the fall with “What We Gonna Do About It,” which he wrote alongside Corey Crowder and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard, followed by “Where I Get It From”
• He will bring his latest tunes to fans this spring on tour dates across the nation with Chase Rice
• He has recorded hilarious day-in-the-life video blogs – called Cale Cams – that can be viewed on multiple platforms
• The Columbus, GA native credits influences from Tom Petty to Garth Brooks in the creation of his own unique brand of contemporary country music

Jackson Michelson

Jackson Michelson
Over the past year Michelson has played more than 150 shows, opened for Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band and visited radio stations in over 120 cities across the country.

Raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Jackson Michelson kicked off his country career on the West Coast, carving out a sound that blended the rootsy twang of the American South with the sunny, feel-good spirit of the Pacific Coast. By the time he moved to Nashville, he'd already spent years on the road, playing in bands back at home.

It was then that he started writing. It was music shaped by what he listened to and where he came from. But most of the grunt work was done on the road, where connecting with new fans along the way was priority number one. To Michelson those fans were everything. They were his muse, his support system and his champions.

Now, with a record deal under his belt, Michelson is prepping for the next phase of his career. There are new shows to play, new songs to be written and new opportunities to explore. But he's still the boy from Corvallis, happy to sing — a life he's built himself, show by show, song by song — to an audience that continues to grow.

Mira Goto

Mira Goto
Mira was born and raised in California, and you can hear it when she sings. She writes lyrically-driven music, notorious in country, however she lacks the traditional twang, so she call her style "diet country". She has won songwriting competitions at international levels and impressed audiences around the world. She is excited to team up with Artist Max (Ken Callait), and is looking forward to their next steps together.

The Arial Jean Band

The Arial Jean Band
The Ariel Jean Band is a Fresh off the charts Rockin American country band from Nor Cal that local radio and television stations are raving about! After the bands performance on local 'Good Day Sacramento' morning television show, Cody Stark (Anchor) quoted them to be "the best band ever on the show!" They’ve had recent performances on local fox 40 news promoting their concert series “mama knock you out” performing original music live on television.

The band is famous for their original unique sound of the sister trio Ariel jean, Amber Joy, and Aubrey Anne, who sing three part harmony to their original songs, written by singer/song writer/guitarist Ariel Jean, and cover songs. The band has opened for and shared the stage with The Eli Young Band, Cadillac 3, Eric Paslay, William Michael Morgan, and more!

In July 2017 the band held their first ever SOLD OUT CD release party at the Opera House saloon in Old Roseville stunning the crowd and club owners with a sold out room of fans and celebrated in their VIP room with their close family, friends, and fans. Now, in 2019 they have held two sold out CD release shows, Releasing a music video, and two EP's on I'tunes in just under 2 years. They plan to release another EP in 2019, “Mama Knock You Out,” and begin working with Nashville Agent Chris Keaton, While selling their cds in local Dimple records music stores to an impressive 5 store market in Sacramento and two in store performances promoting the new music!

The band is also known for their generosity giving back to their local community by performing at local charity events and donating to families in need.

In August 2017 the band released their first ever music Video of their original hit song "Coors Light Country Girl" that shot up to over 100,000 views in just a short amount of time of its release on youtube and was nominated and WON “best country music video” award by taste TV’s CAlifornia Music Video Awards in San Francisco 2019. Ariel Jean Band is also a two time “SAMMIE” nominated artist locally in Sacramento, for country artist of the year. You can find the bands original music on Spotify and I-tunes, and expect new music coming your way in 2019!! Check out the bands website, facebook page facebook/arieljeanband , and Instagram for more show dates coming your way!