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Eric Paslay definitely knows how to craft a hit song. Jake Owen, Love and Theft and the Eli Young Band have all scored No. 1 singles thanks to Paslay’s songwriting prowess, but fans who have seen him on stage will testify there is so much more to the tall, Texas redhead than his excellent songwriting chops.  Paslay is a charismatic performer and a potent vocalist who knows how to connect with an audience. As his single “Friday Night” reached the No. 1 spot, Paslay has arrived as an artist in his own right.

“Friday Night,” Paslay’s first No. 1 single as an artist, serves as an inviting preview to his EMI Records Nashville debut album, a vibrant collection of songs that cover a wide expanse of emotional territory from the aching ballad “She Don’t Love You” to the clever up tempo “Song About A Girl” and the poignant, uplifting “Deep As It Is Wide.” Working with producers Marshall Altman, Daniel Hill and Billy Lynn, Paslay has created a colorful sonic landscape. “Life isn’t always the same heartbeat so I don’t want to have an album of songs at the same tempo,” Paslay says of the musical and lyrical diversity displayed on his eponymous debut. “Every song has a shimmer of everyone’s life in it from the memories of falling in love to living with someone for the rest of your life and knowing that there’s something at the end of the tunnel to live for. Some of it is not too deep and some of it is.”

Therein lies Paslay’s charm. He is a deep thinker and soulful philosopher capable of shooting a lyric straight into your heart and making you catch your breath, but he is also witty, playful and equally skilled at getting the party started. He is the guy other men want to have a beer with and all the girls want to take home for Sunday dinner. His engaging, enigmatic personality shines through in all his songs from “Less Than Whole,” a powerful treatise on forgiveness and redemption that he penned with Big Kenny to the sultry, sexy romp “Good With Wine,” a great date song.

Paslay creates music that becomes part of the soundtrack of people’s lives, and in doing so he has helped shaped the sound of today’s country radio. Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” which Paslay wrote with Dylan Altman and Terry Sawchuk, was named ASCAP’s 2012 Country Song of the Year. The Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” written by Paslay and Will Hoge, was nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY for Best Country Song and CMA Song Of The Year in 2012. He also co-wrote Love and Theft’s No. 1 hit “Angel Eyes,” as well as Rascal Flatt’s new single “Rewind.” He has also penned tunes for many other artists among them Amy Grant, Donny & Marie Osmond and Lady Antebellum. His distinctive voice has also earned him some pretty substantial fans. Dionne Warwick and Kenny Rogers have sought him out to record duets, and Amy Grant recruited Paslay to join her and Sheryl Crow when she covered Paslay’s “Deep As It Is Wide” on her latest album.

It all started for Paslay when he began playing guitar and writing songs at 15. “I wrote a poem for a girl,” he recalls with a grin. “I never gave it to her and then I discovered that most songs are poems, so I just put a melody and chords to the poem and there was my first song. By the time I was 16, I’d already made a CD on my home computer of about 10 or 11 songs that I played out around Texas. Those records will come back and haunt me someday, but I know there are little jewels in there. I’m glad that I wasn’t too afraid to put it out there, just to start creating music and sharing it with people.”

Born in Abilene, Texas and raised in Waco and Temple, Paslay has always loved music, but his original intent was to become a pediatric endocrinologist. “I have diabetes and I thought I could help kids with diabetes because I could relate to them and talk to them,” he says, but music has always been in his blood. “My granddad was a musician. He and his brothers had a band called Arnold Schiller and the Moonlight Serenaders. My grandfather was Arnold, and they played at dance halls. I was two and a half when he died. The first time I played the Grand Ole Opry, I closed my eyes and thought of him.”

When Paslay moved to Nashville to pursue a music career, his first stop was Middle Tennessee State University where he majored in music business. He became president of MTSU’s student chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). He recruited top Music Row writers to speak at the university. He also volunteered for anything just to get his foot further in the door and did everything from help out at a charity golf tournament to change light bulbs in the NARAS office, a feat made easier because of his 6’4” height. “I’d just go help anywhere I could because I thought if you have a job to do and you do it well, then if they let you be creative and make a record, at least they know you’re going to do it well,” Paslay says. “They’ll know you are going to put all your mind, strength and skill into doing whatever job they give you.”

An internship at publishing company Cal IV Entertainment proved to be a valuable step for the budding songwriter. He not only learned about the publishing business, but the craft of songwriting, eventually landing his own deal with the Cal IV in 2006. His songwriting and his impressive voice began garnering attention from labels and he signed with EMI Records Nashville.

Though he is appreciative of his cuts by other artists, Paslay says the reason he began writing songs is because he wanted to sing them for people. “I turn it on when I get on stage.  I love to entertain,” says Paslay, who has opened for Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Eric Church, Blake Shelton and Little Big Town, among others. “The songs on this record are the ones that really connect when I play them live. When I write, I’d rather there be a little bit of hope in every song, even in the sad songs. There is still hope in there. With all the negativity everywhere these days, I’d like the positive to come out. A song can give you a little boost in confidence or make you fall in love deeper or dream higher.  I’m not writing and singing this stuff to be cool. I was never the cool kid. I was the kid standing in the back of the room watching.”

These days Eric Paslay has moved from the back of the room to center stage. “It’s like someone flipped a switch on and people know what I do now,” he says with a smile, “but the coolest thing is there’s always that moment that you dream of when you have a hit song and you can stop singing and the audience keeps singing it. With ‘Friday Night,’ that’s started to happen. I’ll sing ‘I want to be your…’ and I’ll point to the crowd and they’ll go ‘Friday Night!’ That’s one of those moments that every kid dreams about – singing a song and the crowd knows it so well that they sing it back to you. You get to sing it together. I’m glad I’m getting to experience that as a performer. To have a hit that radio has played so much that people are singing back to you, it’s pretty cool.”

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ERIC PASLAY BEGINS LONG TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay will begin a long term partnership with Habitat for Humanity as they launch their first national cause campaign in April, “Home is the Key.” The campaign will lend support and raise awareness of the transformational impact a decent, affordable home can have on a family and community. Eric is an avid DYI craftsman and has participated in multiple home builds with Habitat in the past. 

“The thing I love the most about country music is it has to do with the soul and family; going back to the good things that built you,” says Eric. “I think everything Habitat for Humanity is about is helping others. Understanding the values of not just having a house but building a home and coming together as a community.” 

“We all need decent shelter to thrive, and yet many in the U.S. live in inadequate housing conditions, creating a significant barrier to opportunity, success and health,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “’Home is the Key’ reminds us that home is more than just bricks and mortar. A home unlocks the opportunity for a better life and we hope people see that, by donating to Habitat, they’re opening the door to strength and stability for millions of families who need a hand up.” 

Through the month-long campaign, Habitat aims to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing in the U.S. and around the world, and to inspire people to join in its efforts by donating or using their voice in support of affordable housing. The campaign will culminate at the end of April in Habitat’s hometown of Atlanta with Nissan and the Heisman Trophy Trust for the 5th annual Heisman House Build. 

Through “Home is the Key” consumers can help Habitat’s efforts by purchasing products from participating retail partners, sharing #HomeIsTheKey on social media, or donating at habitat.org. Nissan, At Home Stores, BLACK+DECKER, Kum & Go Convenience Stores, HSN Cares, Ballard Designs and Sur La Table Stores have all joined the campaign. 

To learn how to get involved with “Home is the Key” and more about the month-long activations, visit habitat.org/homeisthekey. 
About Eric Paslay
EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist, Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native earned nominations for GRAMMY Best Country Song, ACM Song of the Year and CMA Song of The Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” in 2013 and earned his first 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. Eric was also honored with an ACM Song of the Year nomination for “She Don’t Love You” at last year’s show in Las Vegas. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. For the latest information on Paslay go to: www.ericpaslay.com  
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org 

VALENTINE’S DAY LINERS 2017

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Valentine’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Billy Currington. Hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Valentine’s Day)

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“Hey, this is T.J., and I’m John, and we’re Brothers Osborne. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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“Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Charles Kelley (Valentine’s Day)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Valentine’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Valentine’s Day)

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“What’s up y’all? This is Darius Rucker, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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“Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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“Hey! This is Eric Church, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Valentine’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Eric Paslay, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Valentine’s Day)

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“Hey, this is Gary Allan, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Valentine’s Day)

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“Hi! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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“Hey! This is Josh Turner, and I want to wish you and your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Valentine’s Day)

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“Hi, this is Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Valentine’s Day)

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“Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. This is Keith Urban. Make the day special for your ‘Once in a Lifetime’ love.”

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“Hey! What’s happening, everybody? This is Kip Moore. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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“Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day, you love birds.”

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

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“Hi! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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“Hi, this is Shania Twain. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (New Year)

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“Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Happy New Year)

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“Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

 

Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Happy New Year)

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“Hey! I’m Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

 

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“This is David Nail, wishing you a Happy New Year’s Day.”

 

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Happy New Year)

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“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy New Year!

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy New Year)

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“Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley. Happy New Year!”

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“Hey everybody! I’m Easton Corbin, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Happy New Year)

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Audio / LINER Gary Allan (New Year)

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Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (New Year)

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Audio / LINER Josh Turner (New Year)

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Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (New Year)

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“Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a safe and Happy New Year!”

 

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“Hey everyone! This is Keith Urban. Have a safe and happy New Year.”

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“It’s Kip Moore, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy New Year!”

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“Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy New Year!”

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy New Year!”

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“Hey everybody! We are The Band Perry wishing you a Happy New Year.”

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