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DAN +SHAY

Fresh off their GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the third consecutive year, Dan + Shay have garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music, and Billboard Music Award wins and nominations. The duo took home a second consecutive GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance earlier this year (2020 – “Speechless,” 2019 – “Tequila”) and have surpassed 6.5 billion career streams. They most recently swept their American Music Awards categories, winning all three including Collaboration of the Year, making them the first country artist to ever win said category.

With more than 1.4 billion global streams, their multi-week No. 1 hit “10,000 Hours” (with Justin Bieber) became the biggest first-week streaming total in country music history and was the fastest country song to reach one million U.S. track equivalents in 2019, earning over 3.5 million U.S. track equivalents to date. “10,000 Hours” is the first song by a country duo or group ever to debut in the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 5 and spent 21 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs (4th longest of all time). The worldwide smash has achieved 4x Platinum certification in Canada, 3x Platinum in Australia and the U.S., Platinum in the Netherlands and Gold in four other countries. Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber made the world television premiere performance of the song on the 54th CMA Awards, where the duo was also named Duo of the Year for the second consecutive year. “10,000 Hours” has also been named Top Country Song at the Billboard Music Awards and Best Lyrics at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.

Their Platinum-certified self-titled album included global hit “Tequila" (6x Platinum and more than 1.1 billion global streams), multi-format hit “Speechless” (4x Platinum and nearing 1 billion global streams), and No.1 country song “All To Myself" (2x Platinum). In the seven years since they formed, Dan + Shay have accumulated 33 total RIAA certifications and achieved seven No. 1 singles at country radio.

The duo most recently released two original holiday songs “Take Me Home For Christmas” and “Christmas Isn’t Christmas.” Their latest single “I Should Probably Go To Bed” was most-added at country radio upon impact and achieved more than 144 million streams globally in four months, with the music video claiming Duo Video of the Year at the CMT Awards. With its “heavenly mix of vocal harmonies and sweeping strings” (Rolling Stone), it is approaching Top 5 at country radio, reached No.1 on the Country Digital Songs Sales chart and garnered the duo’s highest first-week equivalents for a duo-only release.

Dustin Lynch

Dustin Lynch has "built one of the most consistent recording careers in modern country music” (Billboard), achieving seven #1s, four Top 5 albums, eight GOLD and PLATINUM certified singles, and tallying over 2 BILLION total streams. His most recent release, TULLAHOMA, has delivered consecutive chart-toppers: PLATINUM “Ridin’ Roads” and GOLD “Good Girl” – both co-written by Lynch, in addition to current hit “Momma’s House.” In June, he’ll host the ultimate party of the summer with DUSTIN LYNCH POOL SITUATION: VEGAS taking over Sin City on June 3-6, 2021. Since his PLATINUM breakout “Cowboys and Angels” in 2012, Lynch’s headlined packed venues and toured with the genre’s biggest names like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Brad Paisley. The Tennessee native has also earned industry recognition as a Grand Ole Opry member, in addition to high-profile nominations for the Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and CMT Music Awards.

Maddie & Tae

Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their No. 1 debuting The Way It Feels album release with Rolling Stone saying the new music is “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row.” Together as longtime friends and music collaborators, Maddie Font and Taylor Kerr co-wrote 14 of the album’s 15 tracks including the Platinum-certified No. 1 country radio hit, “Die From A Broken Heart,” which Esquire calls “their finest moment yet.” The pair also co-wrote two brand new holiday songs to join a collection of classics for their first ever holiday project- We Need Christmas.

Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant counter to bro-country, the Platinum-selling smash, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going PLATINUM. The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. Maddie & Tae have received widespread praise from Associated Press, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, The Tennessean, The Washington Post, Glamour and others. The celebrated duo has toured with country music’s hottest stars including Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and more. For additional information, visit www.maddieandtae.com

Tyler Farr

Authentic and unapologetic, Tyler Farr records songs he would listen to in his truck – windows down, sound up. It just so happens country music fans want to hear the same songs.

Without pandering or compromise, Farr’s powerhouse vocals, real-guy relatability, and willingness to mine emotional themes and personal imperfection resonates with people searching to find themselves in the music that underscores their daily routines and future dreams.

With three No. 1 songs (“Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water,” and “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”) and a growing string of hits, they found it in Farr. And like a weathered truck with rusty tail pipes, it can get a little loud and gritty.

For his latest project, the Missouri native turned to likeminded mentor Jason Aldean, who signed Farr to his label Night Train Records in partnership with BBR Music Company. As an energetic performer who achieved superstar success cultivating fans from the barstool up, Aldean brings a unique point of view as Farr’s producer. And Farr clearly breathes easier with his friend and former wedding groomsman in the studio. It’s a creative partnership road tested and forged by truly knowing someone at their core.

Steadfast in his vocal talent and song choices, Farr is unrestrained and fearless as he embraces a rougher, guitar-fueled edge on his four-song EP, TITLE. The result feels part barn party, part stadium roller.

The current single “Only Truck In Town” – dubbed a “country boy’s love song” by Taste of Country – taps familiar topics without feeling tired or contrived. Online media outlet Sounds Like Nashville reports “Hitmaker Tyler Farr returns to country radio with a truck song of a different stripe…dropping into low gear with the slow-and-steady romance of ‘Only Truck In Town.’” Taste of Country put it, “The joy of the song is that it borrows a few bro-ish themes, but bends them enough to create something quite sincere and generous. When you listen you get the sense that that's where the new Tyler Farr is in life.”

Other cuts in the collection released June 5th, include the glory of a backroad on “Heaven on Dirt,” the wistful “Soundtrack to a Small Town Sundown,” and the heart-wrenching “Wish Dogs Could Live Forever,” which hit home after the death of Farr’s beloved bloodhound Cooter.

The music is honest because Farr only sings about what he has lived or relates to himself – hunting, fishing, getting dirty, loving his dog. Working-class proud, Farr elevates the commonplace when he turns his focus to the people and relationships that give those moments a deeper meaning. And four years into his marriage to critical care nurse Hannah, Farr proves love is no fools’ game.

That faithfulness comes naturally. Farr grew up in Garden City, MO, a farming town an hour southeast of Kansas City, MO with no traffic lights, a U.S. Post Office that has been in continuous operation since 1875, and a population that was less than 2,000 when Farr left for Nashville in 2010.

A natural singer, Farr took voice lessons as a teenager and sang tenor in Missouri’s All-State Choir. A trained opera singer, he studied voice at Missouri State University, which is evident in his vocal control and timing. His interest switched from classical to classic country when his mother fell in love and married DeWayne Phillips, who was the lead guitarist in George Jones’ touring band.

Phillips encouraged the aspiring singer/songwriter and after college, Farr packed his car and moved to Nashville. But industry success was far from immediate. There was no mold for the unabashedly rock-leaning, hillbilly singer.

He found work as a bouncer at famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – home of his musical heroes – before working his way up to a place on the stage, leaving his days free to write songs. By early 2011, he was opening for Colt Ford, Jerrod Niemann, and Lee Brice.

Farr was one day away from returning to college when he found a friend in award-winning songwriter and fellow outdoorsman, Rhett Akins. Akins had heard a song Farr wrote for an outdoor show on cable network GAC (Great American Country). Akins took an interest and introduced Farr to some of the best songwriters in Nashville landing Farr a publishing deal with Sony ATV/Monument Publishing.

Nashville caught on. Farr co-wrote "She's Just Like That" for Joe Nichols before releasing “Hot Mess,” a song he co-wrote with Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip that was Farr’s debut single in early 2012.

Farr signed a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville (BNA Records and then Columbia Nashville) and released his debut album, Redneck Crazy in 2013. The record landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. Farr’s Platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” launched back-to-back No. 1 singles, including his first No. 1 as a songwriter, with his Platinum-certified hit “Whiskey in my Water.” His sophomore album, Suffer In Peace released in 2015, followed suit, also making its debut in the Top 5 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and Billboard Country Albums charts, which made Farr the only solo male Country artist in a decade to have his first two studio albums debut in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Accolades followed including CRS New Faces of Country Radio and a nomination for Music Row “Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” He earned coveted slots touring with Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, and Luke Combs. Media outlets paid attention with Rolling Stone calling Farr a “no-frills musician who pours his drinks as hard as he pours his heart into his songs” and he was offered his own reality series “A Little Too Farr.” He is a Duck Commander partner and is a sought-after guest on several outdoor programs.

Farr parted ways with Sony in September 2018 and in March 2019, he was the first artist signed to Aldean’s Night Train Records/BBR Music Group where he is solidly in the driver seat with his favorite songs on the radio.

For more information on Tyler Farr and touring, please visit: https://www.tylerfarr.com/

Eric Paslay

Country artist Eric Paslay delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, Grammy nominated hit songwriter, artist and performer. He has celebrated five No. 1 hits including his smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, “Friday Night.” The Temple, Texas native has earned numerous songwriter award nominations including Grammy’s Best Country Song, ACM’s Song of the Year twice and the CMA Song of The Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” Eric was also honored with Grammy nomination as an artist in 2016 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “The Driver”- a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley.

A true artist’s artist, USA Today called Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter named him an influencer of country music.

“I don’t make music to be famous or be cool,” he says. “God didn’t give me the gift of somehow writing these songs and a decent enough voice to sing them to not share them. And through the music I was influenced by, my music pushes the limits in a creative way.”

Paslay’s highly regarded in Nashville’s rich songwriting community for his creativity. When he plays in town, there’s invariably a cadre of artists and writers dotting the audience. Part of that is admiration for his music and voice, and part is appreciation for his friendship. Paslay had four #1 singles as a songwriter for other artists – the Eli Young Band’s Grammy-nominated “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes,” Rascal Flatts’ “Rewind” and Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” – before he nabbed his first #1 hit as an artist with “Friday Night.” Ironically, he wrote “Rewind” the same day that “Barefoot” was named ASCAP’s most-performed song of the year.

Paslay’s self-titled debut album established him as an artist of enormous potential, yielding three hits. The infectious #1 hit “Friday Night” earned gold certification, “Song About A Girl” bounced with happy hooks and references to the Beatles and Carl Perkins, and “She Don’t Love You”
provided an aching portrait of an emotionally-damaged woman and the man who brought her down. The song was honored at the 2015 Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Awards as one of the “10 Songs I Wished I’d Written” and placed #6 on Popdust’s all-genre Top
20 countdown for the year.

While the songs he wrote for his fellow acts were rewarding in their own way, the opportunity to play his music for an audience that was already familiar with them was an even greater experience. “‘She Don’t Love You’ was my first ballad to release as a single. To hear everyone sing that back, that has been a cool thing to see,” he says. “But a lot of times, people come up to me on the road and they tell me what their favorite song is and it wasn’t one on the radio, and that’s always cool, too.”

Cool because it means Paslay is connecting, which was the point when he chose music in the first place. Born in Abilene, Texas, and growing up in Temple, Texas, he was motivated by two pursuits: music and baseball. He sang and played guitar with a youth group that met on Wednesday
nights, and he played first base in high school. Until his senior year, that is. Many of the team’s games were on Wednesdays, and he had to pick which meant more – the guitar, or the ballpark. “That was probably one of the hardest decisions in high school,” he reflects. “I’m grateful I chose
music, but I still dream about – you know, the glory days.”

Those days were essential in building his patience. Baseball is a game of inches – one slight change in the speed of a pitch or the spot where a bat meets the ball can be the difference between a lineout and a game-winning home run. Music isn’t that much different.

Paslay attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in the mid-2000s, and he took an internship 30 miles away at Cal IV Entertainment, a music publishing house on Nashville’s Music Row. It wasn’t always glamorous, but it was still inviting. Paslay garnered a
recording deal with EMI.

Once his debut album hit the marketplace – and the radio – life changed significantly. Paslay became something of a road warrior as a special guest performing on many high profile tours including Tim & Faith and Garth Brooks’ tour as well as his own concerts across North America
and in the UK. Eric has also played shows as part of the CMA Songwriter Series.

While Eric’s schedule is hectic with touring, songwriting appointments and studio time, he can stay on top of his health thanks to Dexcom’s continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system. At age 10, Eric was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and uses Dexcom’s G5 Mobile CGM System to monitor his blood level. “When I’m on the road with a crazy schedule, it’s hard to keep a regular routine, let alone watch what I’m eating and stay on top of my blood glucose levels,” said Paslay. “What’s really amazing about the Dexcom CGM is that I’m no longer surprised while I’m on
stage—I can see my levels go up and down and take action. Even my tour mange and my wife can track my levels with the Follow app. I can’t say enough good things about the impact CGM has made on my personal and professional life.”

Eric is a spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity, along with President Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter, Garth Brooks & Trish Yearwood, and the Scott Brothers, and partnered with them for their award winning “Home Is The Key” campaign. He recently signed an exclusive songwriting agreement with Big Machine Music and is busy working on a new studio album. He just wrapped the international leg of his “Nice Guy Tour” and is celebrating the release of his new live album, LIVE IN GLASGOW, out now.

For the latest information on Eric go to:
www.ericpaslay.com
https://twitter.com/ericpaslay
https://www.facebook.com/ericpaslay
http://instagram.com/ericpaslay

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