| Feb 23, 2008 |
CRB, Inc. Announces 2008 ASCAP KCRS Live! Songwriters Participants
The program will feature acoustic performances by Dave Berg, Tony Mullins, LeAnn Rimes, Neil Thrasher, and Phil Vassar. ASCAP KCRS Live! will take place Wednesday, March 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
Connie Bradley, ASCAP Senior Vice President stated, "We at ASCAP feel very honored to play a part in Country Radio Seminar once again. Our relationship with the Country Radio Broadcasters and country radio is very important to us and we are excited to present such talented writers as Dave Berg, Tony Mullins, LeAnn Rimes, Neil Thrasher, and Phil Vassar at this year's event."
A brief introduction to each of the featured performers is below.
Dave Berg**Songwriter of the 2007 ASCAP Country Song of the Year, "If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)."
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Berg has an impressive list of nominations and awards. He is the newest recipient of the Country Music Association's coveted Triple Play Award (for achieving three number one singles in twelve months), has been named Billboard's #1 Hot Country Songwriter and is NSAI's Songwriter of the Year. With hits like "If You're Going Through Hell" and "These are My People" by Rodney Atkins, "Stupid Boy" by Keith Urban and "Moments" by Emerson Drive, it is clear that the praise is well deserved.
Tony Mullins**Songwriter of the 2000 ASCAP Country Song of the year, "How Forever Feels."Mullins moved to Nashville from the small town of Pound, Virginia in 1992. Since then, artists such as Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, John Michael Montgomery, and Lonestar have recorded his songs. Most recently Mullins has written hits for Rascal Flatts ("Me and My Gang"), Van Zant ("Nobody Gonna Tell Me What To Do"), LeAnn Rimes ("Something's Gotta Give") and Craig Morgan ("Little Bit of Life").
The 2007 release of her album Family marked a milestone for this well-known Curb recording artist; every track on the new album was written or co-written by Rimes. Well known for her powerful vocal style, Rimes is embracing the opportunity to express an even more personal part of herself as a writer. The success of the first single, "Nothing Better to Do" is a testament to the multi-talented singer and songwriter.
**2004 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the YearA talented vocalist in his own right, Thrasher was half of the Asylum Records duo Thrasher Shiver in the 90's. The duo was twice nominated for the CMA Duo of the Year before deciding to pursue other interests. Thrasher decided to explore a career as a songwriter. Artists from Rascal Flatts ("I Melt," "Take Me There," "Fast Cars and Freedom") to Kenny Chesney ("There Goes My Life," "I Lost It") to Montgomery Gentry ("Some People Change") are very glad that he did.
Phil Vassar**1999 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter of the 1999 ASCAP Country Song of the Year, "Bye, Bye" and 2001 ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year.
Prayer Of A Common Man is Vassar's fourth studio album and first for Universal Records South. The Virginia-born singer, songwriter and musician may be known as country's leading piano man, but his writing has grown steadily introspective and personal. Along with his own hits like "Carlene," "Rose Bouquet," "That's When I Love You," "Just Another Day In Paradise" and "Six-Pack Summer," Vassar has scored hits with Alan Jackson ("Right On The Money"), Tim McGraw ("For A Little While") and Jo Dee Messina ("Bye Bye," "I'm Alright").
CRS-39 will take place from March 5th to 7th at the Nashville Convention Center. All agenda and registration details are available at www.crb.org. For additional information contact the CRB office at 615-327-4487.