|Dec 5, 2007 |
CRB, Inc. Announces Performers For CRS 39 New Faces of Country Music Show ™
The New Faces of Country Music Show ™ (co-sponsored by Radio and Records and The Country Music Association) is one of the major highlights of the seminar each year. It includes 20-minute performances by five emerging artists that have achieved significant success at country radio during the qualification period. The participants are chosen by the country radio registrants who attended the Country Radio Seminar ® earlier this year.* This year's votes were tallied by the Nashville based firm of Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy Inc.
"The 2008 New Faces of Country Music ® is one of the strongest classes to perform at CRS," said CRB Executive Director Ed Salamon. "The radio and music industry attendees will have a great opportunity to experience Country's future stars."
Luke Bryan grew up in Leesburg, GA working on his father's farm. Bryan got his first guitar at the age of 14, within two years he was an accomplished songwriter, and the leader of a popular local band. In 2001, he came to Nashville to pursue his career and signed with Capitol Records Nashville. In 2006, Bryan released his debut album, I'll Stay Me which includes his hit single "All My Friends Say."
As the son of a North Carolina preacher, Jason Michael Carroll was not allowed to listen to secular music at home. This didn't deter Carroll from pursuing his dreams. After high school, he played with local bands and won Fox's "Gimme the Mike" vocal competition. Following his move to Nashville, he recorded several demos and signed with Arista Records. Carroll released his debut studio album, Waitin' in the Country in 2006. His breakout single "Alyssa Lies" earned him considerable national attention upon its release.
Bucky Covington grew up in Rockingham, North Carolina racing dirt bikes and four wheelers and loving Country music. Years of singing with Country and Southern Rock bands led him to a spot on American Idol. His self-titled debut album was produced by Mark Miller, of Sawyer Brown fame. Covington's debut single, "In A Different World," on Lyric Street Records was instantly accepted by Country Radio and earned him a place on country playlists all across the country.
Growing up in Florida, Jake Owen was a stand-out athlete until a sport's injury led him to explore other interests. In college he started playing guitar and performing at small venues around the Florida State University campus. Nine credits short of his political science degree, Owen moved to Nashville to pursue a music career. He signed to RCA Records and released his debut album, Startin' With Me in 2006 and has been a fixture on the national charts ever since.
At age 12, Taylor Swift picked up a guitar and was immediately inspired to write songs. Her family moved to Nashville from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania so that she could pursue her dream of being a Country artist. Since signing with Big Machine Records, her career has taken the fast track with a Platinum debut album, a CMA Horizon Award, and back to back radio successes including her debut "Tim McGraw", and the chart topping "Teardrops On My Guitar."
CRS-39 ® will be held March 5th through March 7th, 2008 at the Nashville Convention Center. Complete seminar information may be obtained by contacting CRB, Inc. at 615.327.4487 or by visiting www.crb.org. Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.
*Registered radio attendees from the previous Country Radio Seminar who provided or provide an email address will be asked to vote for FIVE participants from the ballot. (Radio is defined as any employee of a call-letter, terrestrial radio station.*