Fact Sheet: Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville
Information about the London Countdown and British Airways Pub; WinterFest; Event Schedule; Parking and Transportation; House Rules; Social Media; and Partners and Vendors
NASHVILLE – The Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville event on Sunday, Dec. 31 will feature a Music Note Drop at midnight, headliner Keith Urban, a multi-genre concert lineup of Nashville-based talent and a 6 p.m. Nashville-time countdown to celebrate the New Year in the U.K. in support of the new British Airways flight to London. This is the ninth annual celebration and the second year at a new location at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. An event site map is available.
Also on the lineup: CMA New Artist of the Year Maren Morris, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick, 2017 country music breakout artist Carly Pearce, R&B artist Jonny P, roots rockers Larkin Poe and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The concert is free and open to the public.
Don’t miss: Two countdowns to midnight. Two chances to win a pair of airline tickets to London. In partnership with British Airways, Music City Midnight will host a London countdown at 6 p.m. Nashville time led by Mayor Megan Barry and Grammy-winning legendary English rocker Peter Frampton, who is now a Nashville resident. The special countdown is to celebrate nonstop service between Nashville and London that begins May 2018 on British Airways. Enjoy British spirits and more in a pop-up British Airways Pub, which will be located in a tented area at Sixth Avenue and opens at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Enter to win one of two pairs of airline tickets to London. Winner of one pair of tickets will be announced at 6 p.m., and Keith Urban will announce the other winner later that night.
Recently announced: Earlier this month, Nashville was named the No. 1 destination in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Top Ten Best Place to Ring in the New Year travel contest.
Event night photography/videography:
Maren Morris: No pit access. From the riser, stills are limited to first three songs (no flash) and videography is limited to first 30 seconds of first two songs.
Cheap Trick: Pit photography is limited to first three songs (no flash). Videography from riser is first two minutes from one of their first three songs.
Keith Urban: No pit access. Two-song limit from the media riser during Urban’s set.
New This Year
Team USA WinterFest: The U.S. Olympic Committee is bringing the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Nashville with Team USA WinterFest presented by HERSHEY’S. The festival, which is in partnership with Music City Midnight, will take place Dec. 30-31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Music City Walk of Fame Park. It is free and open to the public. Activities include HERSHEY’S S’mores mobile and Bobsled Boomerang, along with OREO’s Team USA Curling Challenge and Social Truck. Team USA athletes scheduled to appear include Amy Purdy, Paralympic gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars contestant, and Olympic swimming medalists Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel. There will be performances from Lewis Brice, Maggie Rose and Canaan Smith. In addition, Team USA athletes will sign autographs at 7 p.m. at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park during Music City Midnight activities on Dec. 31. visitmusiccity.com/winterfest.
Music City Zone: Local craft brews will be available for purchase in a tented area on Harrison Street between Sixth and Seventh. Picnic tables in the beer tent, as well as in the food court, will provide new seating areas. Hot chicken will be available nearby.
2018 Photo Prop: Located near the Bell Carillon, a giant 2018 sign is 10-feet tall and includes 1,000 LED puck lights – the perfect place to take a photo. The sign was designed and constructed by MadeFirst, a local design and fabrication company. They also built the bright red Music City and Music Note signs.
Highlights and Fun Facts
- Nashville will be a featured location as part of CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.” Correspondent Sara Sidner will be in Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for a live interview and performance with Keith Urban.
- Fireworks over the State Capitol: The location will showcase the State Capitol during a one-minute fireworks show at 6 p.m. when the Music Note is raised and a five-minute display at the stroke of midnight.
- Seven bands: Nashville’s New Year’s Eve concert will be headlined by GRAMMY-winner Keith Urban and features a diverse lineup of Nashville-based talent that includes CMA New Artist of the Year Maren Morris, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick, 2017 country music breakout artist Carly Pearce, R&B artist Jonny P., roots rockers Larkin Poe and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Sirius XM host Storme Warren will serve as emcee on stage. “Today In Nashville” personality Kelly Sutton will be hosting from the crowd.
- Music Note Tower: The tower will be 145-feet tall. The Music Note is 15-feet tall.
- Biodegradable Confetti: 100 pounds of confetti will shower down on revelers at the stroke of midnight. The rice paper confetti will be cleaned up immediately after the event concludes. Any confetti that is missed during cleanup should dissolve within two rainfalls.
- Production: The event will use more than 4,500 linear feet of cable ramps, over 800 lighting fixtures, 85,000 square feet of flooring and more than 100 audio speakers. The production crew includes approximately 200 people.
Video screens, food trucks, beverage stands, portable toilets and merchandise booths will be available to attendees.
- Safety and Security: The event’s perimeter will be fenced and include eight entry points conveniently located around the site. Attendees should expect to walk through metal detectors as they enter. Bags and purses will be searched. There will be five public first aid tents.
- Video Screens and Message Boards: 18 throughout the event site, including four within the concert viewing area – two at the stage, one behind the front of house stand and one near Seventh Avenue.
- Food trucks: Clustered at Sixth and Harrison, along with beverage stands and bars; picnic tables; event and artist merchandise; sponsor activations; and a selfie station. Food trucks include: 313 Coney, City Kitchen, Crimson Witch, Music City Brisket, Bob’s Fish Fry, Smokin Butts, Paradise Ridge BBQ, ML Rose, Doxie’s Pizza, So Yum, Smoke Et Al, Hoss Burgers, Grilled Cheeserie and Cousin’s Maine Lobster. Located on Harrison Street: Prince’s Hot Chicken and Bolton’s Chicken & Fish.
- Portable toilets: More than 200 will be located at four locations – Seventh Avenue, Jackson Street, Sixth Avenue and Sixth and Harrison.
- Nashville Farmers' Market: The building will be closed to the public for a private, ticketed event. It is sold out.
- Info Street Teams: Teams will be roaming the event site to answer questions and assist guests.
Make sure to download the Nashville New Year’s Eve app from the App Store or Google Play to get the most up-to-date information on the event, the music, official merchandise and everything else Music City Midnight has to offer. visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve will livestream the raising of the Music Note at 6 p.m. and the countdown to midnight, Music Note Drop and fireworks.
WKRN-Channel 2 will live broadcast the Music Note Drop from about 11:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
Event Schedule for Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017
(Artists and times subject to change)
Event site activated
DJ Robert Luke
Emcee Storme Warren opens program
Mayor Megan Barry remarks
London Countdown to Midnight with Mayor Megan Barry and Peter Frampton; Music Note raised at Jack Daniel’s Stage; 1-minute fireworks show.
Fisk Jubilee Singers®
Storme Warren remarks
Team USA athletes introduced from stage; DJ Robert Luke
DJ Robert Luke
DJ Robert Luke
DJ Robert Luke
DJ Robert Luke
Countdown and Music Note Drop with pyrotechnics and confetti. Five-minute fireworks show at midnight. 12:05 a.m.
Keith Urban will continue until approximately 12:35 a.m.
Parking and Transportation
Attendees will have a variety of safe, affordable transportation options. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office reminds everyone to drive safely this New Year’s Eve. For those who will be drinking, please plan ahead to have a sober ride home. Law enforcement partners will be out in full force during the Booze It & Lose It campaign to keep impaired drivers off the roadways.
To locate parking downtown, visit www.parkitdowntown.com.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will offer Sober Ride service to anyone needing a free ride home from the event. They should go to the Sober Ride tent located at Fourth Avenue North at Harrison Street from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Uber is the official ride-share partner for the event. Ride Share and Taxi Services Pick Up and Drop Off Locations:
- James Robertson Parkway between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue
- James Robertson Parkway from Charlotte Pike to Rosa L. Parks (Capitol Hillside)
- Rosa L. Parks from Farmers’ Market entrance to 10th Circle North
- Jefferson Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue
Post Event Ride Share Staging Area: Staging area for ride-share vehicles and taxis is located in the State parking lots located on 10th Circle North near Jo Johnston Street.
MTA Buses: Nashville MTA bus service will be extended on 15 bus routes until 2:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1. Additionally, MTA will offer free Downtown Music City Circuit service and shuttles to the event site at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
All buses will be operating on detours downtown but will travel their regular routes, picking up passengers at all bus stops once out of the downtown area. Passengers may exit the bus at any stop downtown or at Music City Central, which is approximately a two-block walk from Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. A detailed schedule of bus operations through downtown is available on nashvillemta.org.
Listed below are the routes operating extended service:
3 – West End/White Bridge
4 – Shelby
7 – Hillsboro
10 – Charlotte
14 – Whites Creek
15 – Murfreesboro Pike
18 – Airport/Downtown Hotels
19 – Herman
22 - Bordeaux
23 - Dickerson Road
26 - Gallatin Pike
34 - Opry Mills
52 - Nolensville Pike BRT lite
60 - Music City Blue Circuit
61 - Music City Green Circuit
Free Circuit Service
Effective 6:15 p.m., both Blue and Green Circuits will operate between Commerce Street and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Customers may board at any bus stop along Commerce Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. The bus will stop at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, James Robertson Parkway between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. It will return to Commerce Street via Rosa L. Parks/Eighth Avenue, with stops at Music City Central in between. Buses will run continuously and leave approximately every 10 minutes.
Park & Ride
Another option is to park your car and ride an MTA bus into downtown from an area Park & Ride:
Vanderbilt University parking lots on Natchez Trace (Routes 3, 5)
Kmart on Gallatin Pike at Walton Land and Briley Pkwy (Routes 26, 34)
Hillwood at Nashville West (Route 10)
Dollar General at Hickory Plaza (Route 52)
Hickory Hollow at Global Mall at The Crossings (Route 15)
Route information is available at nashvillemta.org. Customers can also get more information by using MTA’s real-time information, which will be available until midnight on Dec. 31, or by calling MTA Customer Care at 615-862-5950. For additional information about Nashville MTA and any of its services, please visit nashvillemta.org or call Customer Care at 615-862-5950. To assist customers on New Year’s Eve, the Customer Care call center will be open until 12:30 a.m. January 1.
Music City Star: For the fifth straight year, the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) will operate a special Music City Star excursion train. An allotment of 400 tickets is now available to the general public. Round-trip tickets cost $15 plus a $1 processing fee and are available for purchase at ticketsnashville.com with a credit card. Tickets will be on sale until 24 hours prior to departure or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. The New Year’s Eve excursion train is scheduled to depart Lebanon Station (334 W. Baddour Parkway) at 6 p.m., Martha (65 Martha Circle) at 6:15 p.m., Mt. Juliet (22 E. Division St.) at 6:29 p.m., Hermitage (4121 Andrew Jackson Parkway) at 6:41 p.m., Donelson (2705 Lebanon Pike) at 6:54 p.m. and arrive at Riverfront Station at 7:09 p.m. Upon arrival at Riverfront Station, buses will depart from the rear turnaround and take customers to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Customers wanting to arrive at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park later in the evening may catch a Blue Circuit bus at Fifth and Commerce, get on an MTA bus on Second Avenue or walk to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. From Downtown, shuttles will run from the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park back to Riverfront Station between midnight and 1 a.m. These buses will load at the state map area on James Robertson between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and will proceed directly to the Riverfront Station. MTA staff will be on hand to assist and direct passengers. The Music City Star will depart at 1:30 a.m. For more information, contact Customer Care at 615-862-5950 or visit the RTA website at musiccitystar.org.
A complete list of road closures is available from Metro Public Works and Metro Police.
Guidelines and Security Procedures
The NCVC is planning for more than 100,000 attendees. Event goers should be aware of the following guidelines that will be strictly enforced by event personnel. The event’s perimeter will be fenced and include eight entry points conveniently located around the site. Attendees should expect to walk through metal detectors as they enter. Bags and purses will be searched. A complete list of House Rules is available.
- Small bags with maximum measurement of 16” by 10” by 4”
- Handheld, personal-sized umbrellas (up to 36 inches)
- Personal cameras
- No chairs of any type
- No guns, knives, other weapons or dangerous devices of any kind
- No coolers
- No backpacks or luggage
- No outside alcoholic beverages (only alcoholic beverages purchased from a designated official event vendor are permitted)
- No illegal substances, drugs or drug paraphernalia
- No fireworks
- No laser pointers
- No pets (service animals are permitted)
- No pop-up tents
- No beach or pole-style umbrellas
- No blankets or ground tarps
- No wagons or pull-carts
- No drones or other remote-controlled aerial or ground-based devices
- No inserting stakes, poles or any other objects into the ground or use of ropes, cords, tape, etc. to reserve space
- No unauthorized vending, sales, sampling, solicitation or distribution of materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, etc. (event credentials required)
- No unauthorized personal transport devices, including bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, Segways, golf carts, mopeds, or any personal motorized vehicles other than wheelchairs or ADA devices (event-credentialed golf carts and other transport devices permitted)
- No pedicabs or pedal taverns
- No unauthorized amplification devices that would disrupt event production, including handheld megaphones
- No performances or demonstrations of any type unless previously authorized by event (event credentials required)
- No hammocks or attaching anything to any park structures or trees
- No audio recorders or video cameras
- No noisemakers (musical instruments, bullhorns, air horns, whistles, etc.)
- No camera stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks or selfie sticks
- No aerosol containers of any kind
- No sealed containers of any kind
- No signs, flags on sticks or poles
- No throwing objects
- No smoking, e-cigs or vaping devices outside of designated smoking area
- No professional-grade radios or walkie-talkies
- No large chains or spiked jewelry
Make sure to download the Nashville New Year’s Eve app from the App Store or Google Play to get the most up-to-date information on the event, the music, official merchandise and everything else Music City Midnight has to offer.
#NashvilleNYE and @VisitMusicCity
The official hashtag for the 2017 Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville is #NashvilleNYE. Please use this hashtag in all social media posts about the event and follow along to join the conversation!
Follow the NCVC on social media for event updates, information and answers to your #NashvilleNYE questions:
Twitter: @VisitMusicCity – http://twitter.com/visitmusiccity
Instagram: @VisitMusicCity – http://instagram.com/visitmusiccity
Facebook: Visit Music City – http://facebook/nashvillemusiccity
Snapchat: visitmusiccity - https://www.snapchat.com/add/visitmusiccity
The Bands on Social Media
The #NashvilleNYE bands can be found on social media at:
Twitter: @KeithUrban – http://twitter.com/keithurban
Facebook: Keith Urban - https://www.facebook.com/keithurban
Instagram: @KeithUrban - https://www.instagram.com/KeithUrban/
YouTube: Keith Urban - https://www.youtube.com/user/keithurban/featured
Twitter: @MarenMorris - https://twitter.com/MarenMorris
Facebook: Maren Morris - https://www.facebook.com/marenmorris/
Instagram: @MarenMorris - https://www.instagram.com/MarenMorris/
Vevo: Maren Morris - https://www.vevo.com/artist/maren-morris
Twitter: @CheapTrick - https://twitter.com/cheaptrick
Facebook: Cheap Trick - https://www.facebook.com/cheaptrick
Instagram: @OfficialCheapTrick - https://www.instagram.com/officialcheaptrick/
Twitter: @CarlyPearce - https://twitter.com/carlypearce
Facebook: Carly Pearce - https://www.facebook.com/CarlyPearceMusic
Instagram: @CarlyPearce - https://www.instagram.com/carlypearce/
Vevo: Carly Pearce - https://www.vevo.com/artist/carly-pearce
Twitter: @Im_JonnyP - https://twitter.com/Im_JonnyP
Facebook: Jonny P - https://www.facebook.com/imjonnyp
Instagram: @JonnyPOfficial - https://www.instagram.com/jonnypofficial/
YouTube: Jonny P - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAYR42HMuQ_xgVtulJAv8aw
Twitter: @Larkin Poe - https://twitter.com/LarkinPoe
Facebook: Larkin Poe - https://www.facebook.com/larkinpoe
Instagram: @Larkin Poe - https://www.instagram.com/larkinpoe/
YouTube: Larkin Poe - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNQmL7NKsaQ8UxFpaSqimNw
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Twitter: @FiskJubileeSing - https://twitter.com/FiskJubileeSing
Facebook: Fisk Jubilee Singers - https://www.facebook.com/Fisk-Jubilee-Singers-105241762178/
Advance Financial Picture Frame
Located near the Bell Carillon. Take your photo in the frame and post on social media with the #NashvilleNYE tag and @VisitMusicCity! There will also be a selfie station near the food trucks at Sixth Avenue and Harrison.
Toast, Post, and Boast!
Each year a few times during the show we do a thing called Toast, Post, and Boast. This is a moment when everyone takes out their phones, holds them up (toast), takes a picture of all the fun we’re having, and then posts that picture on social media (post) with #NashvilleNYE for all to see (boast!).
Guest Photos on the Big Screens
Event-goers that post photos to Instagram and Twitter using the #NashvilleNYE hashtag may be shown in a photo slideshow on the big screens located throughout the event site.
Partners and Vendors
Free and fun partner activations give attendees a lot of reasons to come early! Gates open at 4 p.m. Most activations will be clustered near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and presented by Jack Daniel’s. Partners include Advance Financial, Dr Pepper Cherry, Kroger, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Booze It & Lose It, Tennessee State Parks, The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee, Nashville Farmers’ Market, Carl Black Chevrolet, Hardee’s®, Anderson Benson Insurance, Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, St. Jude Rock N Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon, Twice Daily, Korbel, Budweiser, Bud Light, and Fetzer.
Jack Daniel’s: The Jack Daniel's bar trailer is a comprehensive Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey zone on wheels. Not only will it feature a Jack Daniel’s bar, but it is also a place to pick up authentic Jack Daniel’s branded merchandise. Also, be on the lookout for the Jack Daniel’s airstream bars. Another place to find your favorite Jack Daniel’s cocktail! Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly. The Jack Daniel’s Bar Trailer will be located near the roundabout on Sixth Avenue. Airstream Bars will be throughout the event footprint.
Hershey’s: A proud sponsor of Team USA, Hershey’s will invite consumers and fans to their S’mores mobile to enjoy free, full-size Hershey’s s’mores (while supplies last) and share memories with friends and family over the all-American, classic treat. Hershey’s ambassadors will also be distributing the new Hershey’s Gold bars, which feature a caramelized crème that includes salty, crunchy bits of peanuts and pretzels, delivering a brand-new, creamy, crunchy, buttery Hershey’s experience. Be sure to stop by, snap some pictures with the mascots, and share your Hershey’s experience on social media. Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
Hardee’s®: The Star Diner® will be serving $5 All Star Meals made to order on New Year’s Eve. Stop by and enjoy a Real Value Meal and a chance to win coupons and swag. Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
Carl Black Chevrolet: Register to win a 2017 Spark! Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee: Street teams will distribute hand warmers to the crowd. Also available at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp information tent. Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
Dr Pepper Cherry and Kroger: Free party hats and horns will be distributed at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp information tent. Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery: Street teams will distribute hand warmers to the crowd. Also available at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp information tent. Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
Advance Financial: Branded photo frame for selfies located near the Bell Carillon.
Bud Light: Bar with TVs and limited-supply koozies and beads located in the parking lot at Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
Tennessee State Parks and Friends of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park: Stop by for park apparel, a cup of hot chocolate and information on the Friends Group of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street.
Dr Pepper Cherry: Grab a free sample of Dr Pepper Cherry when you exit the event. Located on Harrison near Sixth Avenue.
British Airways Pub: Two countdowns to midnight. Two chances to win a pair of airline tickets to London. In partnership with British Airways, Music City Midnight will host a London countdown at 6 p.m. Nashville time led by Mayor Megan Barry and Grammy-winning legendary English rocker Peter Frampton, who is now a Nashville resident. The special countdown is to celebrate nonstop service between Nashville and London that begins May 2018 on British Airways. Enjoy British spirits and more in a pop-up British Airways Pub, which will be located in a tented area at Sixth Avenue and opens at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Enter to win one of two pairs of airline tickets to London. Winner of one pair of tickets will be announced at 6 p.m., and Keith Urban will announce the other winner later that night.
Team USA WinterFest: The U.S. Olympic Committee is bringing the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Nashville with Team USA WinterFest presented by HERSHEY’S. The festival, which is in partnership with Music City Midnight, will take place Dec. 30-31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Music City Walk of Fame Park. It is free and open to the public. Activities include HERSHEY’S S’moresmobile and Bobsled Boomerang, along with OREO’s Team USA Curling Challenge and Social Truck. Team USA athletes scheduled to appear include Amy Purdy, Paralympic gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars contestant, and Olympic swimming medalists Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel. There will be performances from Lewis Brice, Maggie Rose and Canaan Smith. In addition, Team USA athletes will sign autographs at 7 p.m. at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park during Music City Midnight activities on Dec. 31.
USO: This military support nonprofit strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Stop by and visit the USO Sprinter van and be the Force Behind the ForcesSM by sending a message of support to service members for the new year! Join the campaign to connect at www.uso.org/messages. Giveaways include a limited number of patriotic bead necklaces, glow-in-the-dark red, white and blue necklaces and bracelets, USO ball caps/hats, USO t-shirts, USO branded fans, USO postcards about their mobile app, USO banner about the Campaign To Connect and USO bandanas. Located at Sixth Avenue and Harrison.
Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Everyone is reminded to drive safely this New Year’s Eve. For those who will be drinking, please plan ahead to have a sober ride home. Law enforcement partners will be out in full force during the Booze It & Lose It campaign to keep impaired drivers off the roadways.
Released in 2016, RIPCORD, Keith Urban’s eighth studio album, continued its incredible run well into 2017. Not only did it produce Urban’s 23rd #1 song with “The Fighter,” the album was certified platinum, making Urban the second artist to achieve that status in 2016. “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” RIPCORD’s fourth #1 song, recently won Best Single at the 2017 CMA Awards (his 12th CMA) and Favorite Country Song at the American Music Awards, where he also collected trophies for Favorite Country Album and Favorite Male Country Artist. Nov. 8, 2017 saw the release and performance debut of a brand new song “Female.” A poignant track written by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally and Nicolle Galyon, Urban felt compelled to record and share the song as he continues to work on a new album for 2018. The release of RIPCORD marked the second time that one of his albums debuted simultaneously atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He is the only male Country artist to achieve this mark. The album produced five #1 songs, which moved Urban to #8 on Billboard’s All-time Country Airplay Chart and it leaves Urban’s streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38) well intact – a streak that started in August of 2000. In conjunction with the release of RIPCORD, Urban took to the road for his ‘ripCORD WORLD TOUR,’ his first major concert tour in two years. Throughout 2016 and 2017, the tour played on four continents in front of more than 1.4 million people, further solidifying Urban’s already established reputation as one of the most electrifying and dynamic live performers. In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award; he was the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then, Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite. The 2015 CMA Awards brought Urban his third win for Vocal Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Eric Church. It marked the first time in history that an artist has received the award in three consecutive years. Besides four Grammy Awards, Urban has won twelve Country Music Association Awards, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award and four American Music Awards. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Urban’s reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and Eric Church. He’s long supported numerous charities. His “All For The Hall” benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© have raised over $3.4 million. He is the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation, is an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and is a longtime supporter of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and The Grammy Foundation. In 2013, he introduced his new URBAN™ Guitar Collection via HSN, proceeds of which benefit both the Grammy Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund. longtime supporter of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and The GRAMMY Foundation. KeithUrban.net.
Twenty-seven year old singer/songwriter Maren Morris has quickly established herself with vocal stylings that reflect her country, folk and pop influences. Armed with sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence, Morris’ label-debut album, the Gold-certified Hero, released via Columbia Nashville on June 3, 2016. One week after it was available, Hero entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 1 and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, which spans across all genres. With this, the Arlington, Texas native became the first artist in the history of Columbia Nashville to open at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts with a debut album in the Soundscan era. Morris’ debut single from Hero, “My Church,” set a record at country radio by having the most chart reporting stations to play a debut single by a country artist with 107 stations the week it hit the airwaves, in addition to being certified Platinum by the RIAA. Later in 2016 Morris tied for the most nominations with five at the 50th CMA Awards, including Album of the Year (Hero), Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year (“My Church”), Song of the Year (“My Church”) and New Artist of the Year, which she won, marking her first CMA Award. She was tapped by Billboard Magazine to receive the Billboard Breakthrough Artist Award at the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music Gala, as well as being awarded the Breakthrough Artist Award by the Music Business Association at Music Biz 2017. Kicking off 2017 Morris took home the GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance for “My Church” at the 59th GRAMMY Awards, in addition to having the most nominations for a country music artist with four to her credit, including Best New Artist, Best Country Album (Hero) and Best Country Song as the songwriter and performer (“My Church”). She received six nominations at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year, which she took home the trophy for, Album of the Year (as artist and producer) for Hero, and Single Record of the Year (as artist and producer) for “My Church.” Morris was also named Radio Disney’s Best New Country Artist at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. Morris wrapped 2017 with the conclusion of her first-ever headlining HERO Tour 2017, which also included dates in the U.K. Looking ahead at 2018 Maren received her fifth career GRAMMY Award-nomination for BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE (“I Could Use A Love Song”) for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards to be held January 2018. Also, next year will find Morris joining Niall Horan on the Flicker World Tour 2018 with dates in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. MarenMorris.com.
Cheap Trick is an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe since 1974 for its instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. The band – Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), and Daxx Nielsen (drums) – are true pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes, from “He’s A Whore,” “California Man” and “Dream Police” to “Surrender,” “I Want You To Want Me” and the worldwide No. 1 hit single, “The Flame.” 2016 saw Cheap Trick’s long awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction honored both the band and the pioneering sound that has earned them total record sales well in excess of 20 million featured appearances and more than 40 international Gold and Platinum certifications. Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello made a spectacular chart entry following its release on April 1, 2016 – officially designated “Cheap Trick Day” in their beloved hometown of Rockford, IL. The collection arrived at No. 3 on Billboard’s “Top Rock Albums” chart while also entering the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 at No. 30. “When I Wake Up Tomorrow,” the album’s powerful first single/video, also proved a multi-format smash, spending more than 15 consecutive days at the top of the Classic Rock airplay chart. As if that weren’t enough, Cheap Trick ruled the Classic Rock chart in the weeks preceding Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello with a stunning 11 tracks in the format’s top 15, including material recorded at a special iHeartRadio ICONS concert in New York City. cheaptrick.com.
Born into the bluegrass brawn of Kentucky, Carly Pearce has never known a moment that country music wasn’t her destined path. At the young age of 11 she began touring with a local band and by 16 quit high school for a job performing at Dollywood while being homeschooled before moving to Nashville, working odd jobs and playing songwriter rounds for the last eight years. Life experiences and strong will are reflected in her debut album Every Little Thing, out now on Big Machine Records. Aligned with sought-after producer/songwriter busbee (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris, Kelly Clarkson), the 13-track album emphasizes Carly’s textured vocals and emotive songwriting prowess. Hailed by Uproxx as “the best country debut of 2017,” fans and critics continue fueling her momentum making it clear this is destined to be Carly’s breakout year. As the only solo female with a hit currently in the Top 10 at country radio with her soul-bearing title track, SiriusXM first dubbed “Every Little Thing” a Highway Find before a three-week run at No. 1 with “If My Name Was Whiskey” also propelled to the top spot. The CMT Next Women of Country alum has been honored by People on their annual Ones To Watch list, touting her as “the new voice of Country.” Carly has been blazing her own trail with the depth of her sensibilities, nearly 50 invitations to play the Grand Ole Opry and a sultry Top 40 collaboration with Josh Abbott Band called “Wasn’t That Drunk.” Previously joining the bill alongside Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Hunter Hayes, Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars, Carly is currently on the road as direct support for Brett Young’s CALIVILLE TOUR. CarlyPearce.com.
Jonny P is a soul visionary. In just a few years, the Bronx-born, Nashville-based singer- songwriter has served up some truly delicious tunes rooted in the sounds of the past but anchored firmly and irrevocably in the present, defined by disarmingly direct arrangements, a superlatively smooth vocal style, and an undying belief in the power of soul. In addition to wrapping his first role in the upcoming film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and screenwriter Mark Boal, he has released his second EP, Good To You, this past April. The EP was produced by his guitarist Goffrey Moore, working in tandem with Jonny P, and was mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Frank Ocean, Jamie XX, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) and features James Gadson (Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, Beck, BB King, Jamie Lidell) on drums. Jonny P has crafted a set of songs that showcase his superlatively silky vocals, his declarative melodies, and his less- is-much-more arrangements. imjonnyp.com.
Sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe are carrying on the American roots tradition with their own innovative blend of blues, Americana, rock, and beats on their new album “Peach.” “Peach” is comprised of half blues covers and half original material, that harkens towards Megan and Rebecca’s Southern gothic heritage. Originally from Atlanta and currently living in Nashville, Larkin Poe named the band after their great-great-great-grandfather, a distant cousin of writer Edgar Allan Poe. Earlier this year, Rebecca and Megan were asked by T-Bone Burnett to be part of the backing band for the MusiCares 2017 “Person of The Year” event honoring Tom Petty, and performed with such musical luminaries as Jakob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Elle King, Gary Clark Jr., Don Henley, Randy Newman and Lucinda Williams. The process of learning 40 Tom Petty songs inspired Megan and Rebecca to keep furthering their musical prowess by covering classic bands and traditional blues songs on social media. Within five months their video posts had been shared 200k times, they had amassed millions of views and 140k+ new Facebook followers. Megan and Rebecca have previously hit the road as support for Bob Seger on his arena tour, have opened for Gary Clark Jr and Queen, and have been the opening and backing band for Conor Oberst, Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and Elvis Costello who praises that “they have a head start on the rest of us with the unique power and beauty of sibling harmony.” Larkin Poe has performed at England’s Glastonbury festival twice, was named “Best Discovery of Glastonbury” by the Observer, recently performed at Pilgrimage and Newport Folk Festivals, and their electric and slide guitar riffs earned them the title of “little sisters of the Allman Brothers” among fans and followers. larkinpoe.com.
Fisk Jubilee Singers®
Fisk Jubilee Singers® is comprised of Fisk University students, who are selected annually through an audition process. The ensemble has received numerous awards, including induction into the Music City Walk of Fame and the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. The Fisk Jubilee Singers® were also awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest artistic honor, in 2008. They perform around the world representing Fisk University and Music City. fiskjubileesingers.org.
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