Billy Currington to Headline Music City’s July 4th Celebration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY®-nominated and Mercury Records Nashville recording artist Billy Currington will headline one of the city’s signature events this summer – “Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!,” the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today. The show line-up will also include country singer Ashley Monroe, singer/songwriting duo Striking Matches and the GRAMMY®-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The July 4th event will feature live music and family activities throughout the afternoon and evening, and the headlining concert will be followed by one of the nation’s best fireworks displays choreographed to live music.
This year’s “Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!” is presented by Dr Pepper and is sponsored by Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Delta Vacations.
Hotel and attraction packages are available by calling the NCVC at (800) 657-6910 or online at www.visitmusiccity.com.
Like many country entertainers, Billy Currington began singing in church. Some of his musician friends from church asked him to sing with their band and the preacher took them on the road to Nashville. After only one visit, Currington decided Music City was where he needed to be. At 18, he moved and began writing songs, singing on demos and playing the honky tonks at night. Currington signed with Mercury Records Nashville in 2003 and released his self-titled debut album. Five award-winning studio albums later, Currington is a GRAMMY, CMA and ACM nominated and Platinum selling artist whose No. 1 singles include “Don’t,” “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” and “That’s How Country Boys Roll” He recently released his fifth studio album We Are Tonight featuring No.1 GOLD hit single “Hey Girl” and fast-rising current single “We Are Tonight.”
Country singer Ashley Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life, attracting kudos along the way from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Monroe grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she developed a passion for music and performing at an early age. Her world turned upside down when her father died in early 2000, and she began writing songs to deal with the tragedy. It wasn’t long before she and her mother moved to Nashville to pursue her dream. Within a year Monroe signed a publishing deal, secured a recording contract and released a single, “Satisfied,” a sizable hit that put Ashley on the map. Since then Monroe has proven her versatility, having cut a highly-praised EP with singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs, contributed vocals to a track on the album California 37 by Train, and—at the invitation of Jack White—singing background vocals on an album he was producing by the iconic country-rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson. In 2011, she joined friend Miranda Lambert and newcomer Angaleena Presley to form the trio Pistol Annies, whose album Hell on Heels has garnered rave reviews. Monroe teamed up with producer Vince Gill in 2013 to release the album Like a Rose, dubbed the top country album of 2013 by Rolling Stone, Billboard and New York Times.
Simply stated, Striking Matches, made up of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, came to Nashville to play music. Sarah, a Philadelphia native and Justin, from Atlanta, met when a professor at Belmont University paired them at random to play for a classroom full of guitar majors. The pair has been writing and performing ever since. Their influences range from Jerry Reed to the Beatles, John Mayer to Patsy Cline, and back again. It becomes more obvious every day that they were born to play music together. Their debut self-titled EP was produced by Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch) with all four tracks co-written by the band. The EP released October 2012 was named among iTunes "Best of 2012" and enabled the duo to score features with NPR and The Wall Street Journal. In December 2012, Striking Matches made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry where they have subsequently played more than fifteen times. The duo has had three songs featured on ABC's hit show "Nashville.” Striking Matches has shared the stage with John Hiatt, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, The Band Perry, The Fray, Billy Currington, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe and many more. They were named a CMT Listen Up artist in September 2013 and became the first artist signed to the newly launched I.R.S. Records Nashville, with their debut full length effort to be released in 2014.
About The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination.