The newly crowned 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year and four-time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban released Graffiti U earlier this year in conjunction with his “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018,” which played over 60 dates in the U.S. and Canada. The tour’s Australia leg kicks off in January 2019 and will be followed by his first European tour in nearly a decade. Graffiti U, which upon its debut on April 27 hit #1 on charts in the United States, Canada and Australia, is Urban’s ninth studio recording and follows one of the most successful releases of his career, 2016’s RIPCORD. Graffiti U’s latest single “Never Comin Down,” follows his 24th #1 “Coming Home” (featuring Julia Michaels), which marked the first time that a Country artist has used a sample of a Country song (Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”). Urban’s 2018 CMA nominated Album of the Year follows RIPCORD’s five #1s, including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which won Best Single at the 2017 CMA Awards and Favorite Country Song at the American Music Awards, where he also collected trophies for Favorite Country Album and Favorite Male Country Artist. He’s had an album simultaneously atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia twice and is the only male Country artist to have achieved the mark even once. He now stands at #8 on Billboard’s All-Time Country Airplay Chart as the artist with the most consecutive Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38) – a streak that started in August of 2000. 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. 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 13 Country Music Association Awards, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards 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.
Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists in rock history. At age 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), among many others. Frampton has appeared as himself in television shows “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” He also served as technical advisor on Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film “Almost Famous,” as well as appearing in it and writing songs for the soundtrack. In 2007 he won the GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for “Fingerprints” and in 2014 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Frampton has toured with David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Greg Allman, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings and many others. Additionally, he took Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus on the road for two years with special guests B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, Larry Carlton, Robert Randolph, Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray and Roger McGuinn (the BYRDS). He recently celebrated the 42nd anniversary of his fifth solo album, “Frampton Comes Alive!,” which remains one of the top-selling live records of all time, with over 17 million copies sold worldwide. Frampton is a member of the Music City Walk of Fame.
Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young’s sophomore album, “Ticket to L.A.,” is due Dec. 7 on BMLG Records, and its lead single “Here Tonight” is quickly rising on radio. The highly anticipated release follows his self-titled debut album, which became an instant success in 2017. The release dominated the Top 20 on the Country Albums chart for 37 weeks and quickly reached RIAA platinum certification. Delivering four consecutive #1 platinum-certified hits, Young became one of country music’s new class of hitmakers as each single climbed to the top of the charts, distinguishing himself with “In Case You Didn’t Know” as the first debut country artist since 2014 to garner 3x-platinum certification. The smash hit’s official music video has surpassed 200 million views, while Young was the only artist of 2017 with two efforts listed on VEVO’s Top Country Videos list. Young continues to impress the genre and beyond with nominations from Billboard, Teen Choice, CMT and CMA. He was recently named ASCAP’s 2018 Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year and awarded BMI’s 2018 Song of the Year for “In Case You Didn’t Know.” Above the industry successes, his relationship with fans found Young selling out every single stop on his debut headlining tour in 2017 and earning new followers on the road with Thomas Rhett. Young is currently on his headlining “CMT on Tour: Here Tonight” through the end of the year.
Years before forming one of Nashville’s most genre-bending bands, the members of Judah & the Lion grew up in separate corners of the U.S., listening to every type of music that came their way. They loved it all: the twang of folk, the beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock and roll, the punch of pop. After college and in Tennessee, it only made sense to combine those different backgrounds — and different sounds — together. An independent band, their success has arrived not on the back of some big-budget major label but through their own hard work and passion for the music. Breakout single “Take It All Back” earned them an iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Alternative Artist of the Year in 2018 after spending three weeks atop the Alternative Radio charts and being certified Gold in the United States. The band has brought their unparalleled live energy to “Good Morning America,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” as well as festival stages like Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball and Firefly, and tours with Twenty One Pilots, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World and more.
With her new album, “Starfire,” Smith has created a true portrait of an artist as a young woman, full of insightful observations, personal revelation and commitment to craft. Powerful and nuanced, the record marks the arrival of a true musical force. Though she began her career as a performer, in recent years Smith has become one of Nashville’s most celebrated songwriters, with her compositions recorded by such artists as James Bay, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, John Legend and Meghan Trainor (for whom she co-wrote the multi-platinum duet “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”). Since she returned to the stage on her own, tastemakers immediately began taking notice: Rolling Stone has called Caitlyn’s voice “soaring and expressive” and Elle magazine praised her “powerful, affecting songs,” and she was named one of the “top female vocalists” on Billboard’s SXSW 2017 Music Discovery. Smith grew up in the small town of Cannon Falls, Minn. She is newly married and lives in Nashville full time.
Raised by a musical family, Devon Gilfillian grew up singing. He took up the electric guitar at 14 years old, kickstarting a fascination with classic rock and other sounds from an older generation. After moving to Nashville, he released his self-titled EP in May 2016. Equal parts swampy, funky and enthralling, the record finds Giflillian planting one foot in the sound of his influences, with the other foot pointing somewhere new and uncharted. After all, he’s no revivalist. No nostalgia act. No retro wannabe. Instead, Gilfillian is a classic artist for the modern age, discovering new life in soulful sounds that have been making people dance for decades.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers travel the world singing the Negro spiritual and representing Fisk University, as they have since the ensemble was created in 1871. The two-time GRAMMY nominated Fisk Jubilee Singers® have won a Dove Award and have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Music City Walk of Fame. The choral ensemble of students performed in Ghana in 2007 for the country’s 50th anniversary of independence. In 2008, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were awarded the 2008 National Medal of Arts by former President George W. Bush at the White House. Other awards include the Governor’s Award, the Recording Academy Honors and the Heritage Award of the Nashville Music Awards. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are among the 2015 GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees. In February of 2016, Berklee College of Music honored the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Recent international travels took the ensemble to England in 2015 and to Germany in 2016. As a Nashville treasure, the Fisk Jubilee Singers® make time to perform in Nashville. The ensemble will present its fourth Spring Sing Concert at Ryman Auditorium in March 2019.
Los Angeles-raised and Nashville-based writer/producer/artist/DJ Dave Audé has had more No. 1 records than any other producer on the Billboard Dance Chart. Audé has won a Grammy for his ground-breaking remix of Mark Ronson’s/Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” and he has also co-written/co-produced Selena Gomez’s Top 10 worldwide hit “Kill Em’ With Kindness.” He’s created original recordings and remixes for Sting, U2, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, John Legend, Selena Gomez, Chris Brown, Korn, One Republic, Coldplay and more.