• ERIC CHURCH’S ACM ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION MEANS MORE TO HIM NOW THAT HE’S THE REIGNING CMA ENTERTAINER.

    Going into this year’s ACM Awards as the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, Eric Church is well-aware of the responsibility the title brings to him and what it would mean to him, but he’s spent the past few months trying to live up to its title.

    “I did not know what that award would mean to me because we’d never won that award (laughs) and never thought we would, and I felt a responsibility,” says Eric. “I know what that award means to the format; I know what that means historically, and I tried to live up to that. I think with the vaccinations, I think with the touring, I think with the things we’ve tried to do during this, I’ve done more in that regard than I ever would’ve, because I understand the people that came before me, and I understand the people that will come after me. So, that nomination means more to me now than it probably ever has, because we’ve won. I think representing the format that I adore is something that I’m trying to live up to.”

    In addition to the nomination for Entertainer, Eric is also up for Male Artist of the Year and Music Event of the Year with Luke Combs on their chart-topping song “Does To Me.”

    The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, will air Sunday, April 18th beginning at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

    The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, who just announced The Gather Again Tour kicking off in September, is set to release the first of his three new records, Heart, April 16th. He created the middle album of the trilogy, &, specifically for the Church Choir (his fan club), which will be available exclusively to them only as a vinyl record on April 20th. The third installment, Soul, is set for release April 23rd.

    Eric is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Hell of a View.”

    Audio / Eric Church says the ACM Entertainer of the Year nomination means more to him now than ever before since being named the CMA Entertainer of the Year last year.

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    Eric Church (ACM Entertainer Nod) OC: …live up to. :51
    “Coming off the CMA Entertainer of the Year – I’ve said this in interviews and I really believe this – I did not know what that award would mean to me because we’d never won that award (laughs) and never thought we would, and I felt a responsibility. I know what that award means to the format; I know what that means historically, and I tried to live up to that. I think with the vaccinations, I think with the touring, I think with the things we’ve tried to do during this, I’ve done more in that regard than I ever would’ve, because I understand the people that came before me, and I understand the people that will come after me. So, that nomination means more to me now than it probably ever has, because we’ve won. I think representing the format that I adore is something that I’m trying to live up to.”

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  • ERIC CHURCH IN THE ROUND: THE GATHER AGAIN TOUR.

    Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and current ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Eric Church has his sights set on a return to the road with this morning’s announcement of a full arena tour. As first shared with the Church Choir and by Billboard magazine earlier today, The Gather Again Tour will kick off this fall at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, and will visit 55 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, culminating at Madison Square Garden in the spring of 2022.

     

    Making the most of the long-awaited opportunity to “gather again,” for the first time in his career Church will adopt an in-the-round set up, with the stage at the center of each arena floor in order to accommodate as many fans as possible. Tickets to all U.S. dates go on sale to the general public Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m. local time at www.EricChurch.com. Church Choir members may access tickets early via pre-sale on Tuesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. local time. On sale information for the Canadian dates will be announced soon.

    Church, praised by Rolling Stone in the lead review of the April 2021 print issue for how he “has maneuvered the Nashville system, remaining dedicated to the power of down-the-center hitmaking even as he’s helped expand the parameters of the genre,” has passionately taken a leadership role in the industry’s return to touring.

    “It became very clear to me that the only way to really get back to normal is through vaccinations. You’ve got to get needles in arms,” he shared with Billboard in the April 3 cover story depicting the superstar getting his own second dose of the vaccine after consulting with epidemiologists and industry experts.

    “I just want to play shows,” he continued. “Politics’ job is to divide – that’s how you win elections. Those things that unite us are music and sports. The times when, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican or whatever, you throw your arm around the person next to you. We need that. I need that.”

    Additionally, Church will appear in an upcoming PSA promoting vaccine education, produced by ACM Lifting Lives, The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative and set to premiere during the ACM Awards broadcast on Sunday, April 18, where Church will also perform a song off his forthcoming Heart & Soul triple album project.

    The trio is set for release in the coming weeks, with Heart available everywhere Friday, April 16, Soul available everywhere Friday, April 23, and the middle album, &, available exclusively to the Church Choir on Tuesday, April 20.

    For the latest information and to learn how to join the Church Choir, visit www.EricChurch.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic.

    The Gather Again Tour
    Sept. 17, 2021                   Rupp Arena                                          Lexington, Ky.
    Sept. 18, 2021                   Nationwide Arena                                Columbus, Ohio
    Sept. 24, 2021                   Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse               Cleveland, Ohio
    Sept. 25, 2021                   KeyBank Center                                   Buffalo, N.Y.
    Oct. 1, 2021                      Alerus Center                                        Grand Forks, N.D.
    Oct. 2, 2021                      Bell MTS Place                                    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Oct. 8, 2021                      PPG Paints Arena                                 Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Oct. 9, 2021                      Wells Fargo Center                               Philadelphia, Pa.
    Oct. 15, 2021                    Ball Arena                                            Denver, Colo.
    Oct. 22, 2021                    Scotiabank Saddledome                       Calgary, Alberta
    Oct. 23, 2021                    SaskTel Centre                                     Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    Oct. 29, 2021                    Rogers Arena                                       Vancouver, British Columbia
    Oct. 30, 2021                    Climate Pledge Arena                          Seattle, Wash.
    Nov. 12, 2021                   Thompson-Boling Arena                     Knoxville, Tenn.
    Nov. 13, 2021                   Ford Center                                          Evansville, Ind.
    Dec. 3, 2021                     SNHU Arena                                        Manchester, N.H.
    Dec. 4, 2021                     UBS Arena                                           Belmont Park, N.Y.
    Dec. 10, 2021                   The Anthem                                         Washington, D.C.
    Dec. 11, 2021                   The Anthem                                         Washington, D.C.
    Dec. 17, 2021                   Bon Secours Wellness Arena               Greenville, S.C.
    Dec. 18, 2021                   Greensboro Coliseum                          Greensboro, N.C.
    Jan. 7, 2022                      Pinnacle Bank Arena                            Lincoln, Neb.
    Jan. 8, 2022                      Denny Sanford PREMIER Center       Sioux Falls, S.D.
    Jan. 14, 2022                    Scotiabank Arena                                 Toronto, Ontario
    Jan. 15, 2022                    Canadian Tire Centre                           Ottawa, Ontario
    Jan. 21, 2022                    Van Andel Arena                                  Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Jan. 22, 2022                    Little Caesars Arena                             Detroit, Mich.
    Feb. 4, 2022                     KFC Yum! Center                                 Louisville, Ky.
    Feb. 5, 2022                     Bankers Life Fieldhouse                       Indianapolis, Ind.
    Feb. 11, 2022                   CHI Health Center Omaha                    Omaha, Neb.
    Feb. 12, 2022                   Wells Fargo Arena                                 Des Moines, Iowa
    Feb. 18, 2022                    T-Mobile Center                                   Kansas City, Mo.
    Feb 19, 2022                    BOK Center                                          Tulsa, Okla.
    Feb. 25, 2022                   Hampton Coliseum                               Hampton, Va.
    Feb. 26, 2022                   Spectrum Center                                   Charlotte, N.C.
    March 4, 2022                  Amway Center                                     Orlando, Fla.
    March 5, 2022                  Amalie Arena                                       Tampa, Fla.
    March 11, 2022                United Center                                       Chicago, Ill.
    March 12, 2022                Enterprise Center                                 St. Louis, Mo.
    March 18, 2022                Resch Center                                        Green Bay, Wis.
    March 19, 2022                Resch Center                                        Green Bay, Wis.
    March 25, 2022                Legacy Arena at the BJCC                   Birmingham, Ala.
    March 26, 2022                Simmons Bank Arena                           Little Rock, Ark.
    April 1, 2022                    Dickies Arena                                       Fort Worth, Texas
    April 2, 2022                    AT&T Center                                        San Antonio, Texas
    April 8, 2022                    Toyota Center                                       Houston, Texas
    April 9, 2022                    Smoothie King Center                          New Orleans, La.
    April 15, 2022                  Moda Center                                         Portland, Ore.
    April 16, 2022                  Spokane Arena                                      Spokane, Wash.
    April 29, 2022                  ExtraMile Arena                                   Boise, Idaho
    April 30, 2022                  Vivint Arena                                         Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 6, 2022                     Pechanga Arena                                    San Diego, Calif.
    May 7, 2022                     STAPLES Center                                  Los Angeles, Calif.
    May 11, 2022                   Golden 1 Center                                    Sacramento, Calif.
    May 13, 2022                   T-Mobile Arena                                     Las Vegas, Nev.
    May 14, 2022                   Gila River Arena                                   Glendale, Ariz.
    May 20, 2022                   Madison Square Garden                       New York, N.Y.

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  • ERIC CHURCH, HIS BAND AND HIS CO-WRITERS MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE UNUSUAL RECORDING PROCESS OF HEART & SOUL.

    Eric Church is prepping to release his new three-album project, Heart & Soul, this month. Eric took his band, producer and songwriters out of the normal environments to write and record at a restaurant in the mountains of North Carolina, not knowing what the project would look or sound like, but knowing he wanted to shake things up a bit. What he found was a huge commitment to making it all work.

    “What I found is there’s something about doing something different that there’s a belief there,” he says. “Every night we would eat together. Every morning we would be together. And they respected the players, the songwriters. They all respected what I was trying to do. I was honest with them. I said, ‘Hey, I may bring in a song. This song may suck but I wrote it today so give me – I have not slept. Give me a break.’ So, I think at some point in time they committed themselves to what we were trying to do and they gave 110% of that. They knew this dude has been up all night. This dude is trying and we’re going to try, too. And I think that there’s something to that overall, pulling on the rope the same way that made it – made it what it is. Made the project what it is.”

    The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year will release the first of his three records, Heart,April16th. He created the middle album of the trilogy, &, specifically for the Church Choir (his fan club), which will be available exclusively to them only as a vinyl record on April 20th. The third installment, Soul, is set for release April 23rd.

    Eric is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Hell of a View.”

    Heart Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Heart On Fire (Eric Church)
    2. Heart Of The Night (Eric Church, Jeremy Spillman, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Travis Hill)
    3. Russian Roulette (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
    4. People Break (Eric Church, Luke Laird)
    5. Stick That In Your Country Song (Davis Naish, Jeffrey Steele)
    6. Never Break Heart (Eric Church, Luke Dick)
    7. Crazyland (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Michael Heeney)
    8. Bunch Of Nothing (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde)
    9. Love Shine Down (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)

    & Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Through My Ray-Bans (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Barry Dean)
    2. Doing Life With Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)
    3. Do Side (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    4. Kiss Her Goodbye (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    5. Mad Man (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    6. Lone Wolf (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell)

    Soul Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Rock & Roll Found Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Driver Williams)
    2. Look Good And You Know It (Eric Church, Jonathan Singleton, Travis Meadows)
    3. Bright Side Girl (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Scotty Emerick, Clint Daniels)
    4. Break It Kind Of Guy (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick)
    5. Hell Of A View (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
    6. Where I Wanna Be (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeremy Spillman, Ryan Tyndell)
    7. Jenny (Eric Church)
    8. Bad Mother Trucker (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick, Jeremy Spillman)
    9. Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones (Casey Beathard)

     

    Audio / Eric Church discusses the recording process and commitment from all involved in making Heart & Soul.

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    Eric Church (recording process for Heart & Soul) OC: …what it is. :47
    “You know what I found is there’s something about doing something different that there’s a belief there. Every night we would eat together. Every morning we would be together. And they respected the players, the songwriters. They all respected what I was trying to do. I was honest with them. I said ‘hey, I may bring in a song. This song may suck but I wrote it today so give me – I have not slept. Give me a break.’ So I think at some point in time they committed themselves to what we were trying to do and they gave 110% of that. They knew this dude has been up all night. This dude is trying and we’re going to try, too. And I think that there’s something to that overall, pulling on the rope the same way that made it – made it what it is. Made the project what it is.”

     

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY, BROTHERS OSBORNE, LUKE BRYAN, ERIC CHURCH, MICKEY GUYTON, ALAN JACKSON, LITTLE BIG TOWN, CHRIS STAPLETON, KEITH URBAN AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD ARE AMONG THE ANNOUNCED PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Mickey Guyton, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood are among the performers at this year’s ACM Awards. They’re joined by Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Kane Brown, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Ryan Hurd, Jack Ingram,  Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Jon Randall, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, The War and Treaty, CeCe Winans and Chris Young.

    Over 25 artists will perform more than 30 songs from three iconic Country Music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. Additional details on the exciting performances including unprecedented collaborations and surprising moments will be announced in the coming weeks. First-time ACM Awards performances from many of the legendary artists in the lineup can be found HERE.

    The health and safety of the artists, fans, industry, staff and partners involved in the ACM Awards is the number one priority. All guidelines set forth by national, state and local health officials will be closely followed and implemented during the production along with additional safety measures to be instated by dick clark productions and the Academy of Country Music.

     

    For more information, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook, follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.

    The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, will air Sunday, April 18th beginning at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • ERIC CHURCH, DARIUS RUCKER AND ASHLEY McBRYDE PARTNER WITH ACM LIFTING LIVES, THE AD COUNCIL AND COVID COLLABORATIVE FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION EDUCATION PSA.

    ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music®, is set to premiere a public service advertisement (PSA) during the upcoming ACM Awards together with the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative in an effort to encourage all Americans to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines at GetVaccineAnswers.org and get a vaccination when it’s available to them.

    Featuring Eric Church, Ashley McBryde and Darius Rucker at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry House, the new PSAs are part of the national campaign, “It’s Up to You,” and emphasize the important role education about COVID-19 vaccinations plays in a return to live music.

    “We are so grateful to Eric, Ashley, Darius and the team at ACM for lending their talent for this extraordinary partnership. Together, we will help increase awareness about the COVID-19 vaccines and connect audiences to resources where they can get answers to their top questions,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Millions of Americans are looking forward to getting back to seeing live music again, and getting educated on the vaccines is one of the best steps to getting there.”

    “ACM Lifting Lives is proud to partner with the Ad Council in educating the public on the COVID-19 vaccinations and how they can play a role in ending the pandemic,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “With the support of the Country Music industry and artists, we have worked tirelessly this past year to provide over $3.5 million in financial aid to families in need within the Country Music community. By joining the Ad Council and this campaign, we are continuing our commitment to providing a brighter future for these families and fans. We would like to thank each of the artists for making this message impactful and supporting us in achieving this goal.”

    According to Ad Council research fielded by Ipsos in February, approximately 40% of the American public remain undecided about getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Of that undecided population, only 56% say they feel confident they have enough information to guide their decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccination, compared to 96% of those already committed. A majority (over 80%) are eager to get back to the moments and people they miss.

    First launched in February, the “It’s Up To You” initiative is the largest and most significant communications effort in U.S. history. Developed pro bono by ad agency Pereira O’Dell, the new PSA will direct audiences to GetVaccineAnswers.org for the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines.

    ACM Lifting Lives continues to support the Country music community during the ongoing pandemic with the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund, which has distributed more than $3.5 million to those in the industry suffering a financial crisis during this time, made possible with support from both corporate sponsors and individual donors.

    Broadcasting live from Nashville on the CBS Television Network, the “56th Academy of Country Music Awards” hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

    The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ global streaming service.

    For more information, visit ACMcountry.com and ACMLiftingLives.org. Fans can also like the Academy of Country Music on Facebook, follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.

  • ERIC CHURCH PUSHES THE CREATIVE ENVELOPE FOR HIS NEW THREE-ALBUM PROJECT, HEART & SOUL.

    On every album, Eric Church seems to disturb the status quo and doesn’t write or record the same way he did on previous records. He took that further with his new three-album project, Heart & Soul, by disrupting the entire process and taking everyone out of their comfort zone including himself, his band, his co-writers and his producer Jay Joyce. The collection was born from a month-long session in the mountains of North Carolina during which he wrote/co-wrote and recorded a song from start to finish each day in an effort to push the limits of creativity for everyone involved.

    “I committed to — I will get up in the morning and we’re going to write a song or create a piece of work that we are going to record that night, and then we’re going to do it again and again and again,” says the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. “And I think that there’s something about the commitment to the 24-hour period and then the forget-ability of the next period that made this work. So, when we’re in the studio and I’ve been – somebody, I remember Jay (Joyce) asking him one day he said, ‘Well, hey, how does the bridge go?’  And I went, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ’I just wrote it an hour ago. I have no cl…– where do you think the bridge goes?’ But being in that moment, that creative moment and not choking it out– this is the end of the creative moment, let’s evaluate it. We let the creative moment continue to the players, to the songwriters.”

    The first release, Heart, will be available April 16th. He created the middle album of the trilogy, &, specifically for the Church Choir (his fan club), which will be available exclusively to them only as a vinyl record on April 20th. The third installment, Soul, is set for release April 23rd.

    Eric is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Hell of a View.”

     

    Heart Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Heart On Fire (Eric Church)
    2. Heart Of The Night (Eric Church, Jeremy Spillman, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Travis Hill)
    3. Russian Roulette (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
    4. People Break (Eric Church, Luke Laird)
    5. Stick That In Your Country Song (Davis Naish, Jeffrey Steele)
    6. Never Break Heart (Eric Church, Luke Dick)
    7. Crazyland (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Michael Heeney)
    8. Bunch Of Nothing (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde)
    9. Love Shine Down (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)

    & Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Through My Ray-Bans (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Barry Dean)
    2. Doing Life With Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)
    3. Do Side (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    4. Kiss Her Goodbye (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    5. Mad Man (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    6. Lone Wolf (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell)

    Soul Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Rock & Roll Found Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Driver Williams)
    2. Look Good And You Know It (Eric Church, Jonathan Singleton, Travis Meadows)
    3. Bright Side Girl (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Scotty Emerick, Clint Daniels)
    4. Break It Kind Of Guy (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick)
    5. Hell Of A View (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
    6. Where I Wanna Be (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeremy Spillman, Ryan Tyndell)
    7. Jenny (Eric Church)
    8. Bad Mother Trucker (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick, Jeremy Spillman)
    9. Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones (Casey Beathard)

     

    Audio / Eric Church explains his commitment to writing and recording a song a day for his new triple album collection, Heart & Soul.

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    Eric Church (recording in 24 hour period) OC: …the songwriters. 1:00
    “One of the big things people may not understand is when I invited these people to come up — I want people to understand the process – So, I committed to I will get up in the morning and we’re going to write a song or create a piece of work that we are going to record that night, and then we’re going to do it again and again and again. And I think that there’s something about the commitment to the 24-hour period and then the forget-ability of the next period that made this work. So, when we’re in the studio and I’ve been – somebody, I remember Jay (Joyce) asking him one day he said, ‘Well, hey, how does the bridge go?’  And I went, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ’I just wrote it an hour ago. I have no cl…– where do you think the bridge goes?’ But being in that moment, that creative moment and not choking it out– this is the end of the creative moment, let’s evaluate it. We let the creative moment continue to the players, to the songwriters.”

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  • ERIC CHURCH: “IF IT’S NOT BROKE, YOU BREAK IT” “BREAK IT KIND OF GUY” OUT NOW.

    Since first revealing that he was working on new music in early 2020, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church has slowly peeled back the curtain to reveal his forthcoming Heart & Soul triple album born from a month-long session during which he wrote and recorded a song from start to finish each day in an effort push the limits of creativity. With “Break It Kind Of Guy,” available everywhere today, March 26th, as the final instant grat track off the forthcoming project, that unconventional method informed the lyrics of the song itself.

    “I was writing with Luke Dick and Casey Beathard – who had never written together before, which was another cool thing about this process,” shares Church of the song’s creation. “Luke was talking about how refreshing it was and how creative he felt in that setting, and then he said ‘I’m so surprised you would do it this way because normally people are like ‘if it’s not broke’ – and when he said that, I went ‘you break it.’ We’ve got three songwriters in the room so immediately it turned into ‘if it’s not broke, I’m a break it kind of guy.’ It was a neat thing for the song to be born in that moment.”

    With a twangy guitar driven by an uptempo beat and a playful banter between Church and longtime backing vocalist Joanna Cotten during the falsetto chorus, “Break It Kind Of Guy” is signature defiance and rebellion from the Chief:

          Hold up on rollin’ up the streets in this town
          I got a bucket full of paint left and a match to burn it down
         When it comes to raisin’ hell I’m ‘bout to take you all to school
         Ain’t big on all your laws and don’t care about your rules

         Yeah, I tell my eagle where to fly
         If it’s not broke, I’m a break it kind of guy

    “Break It Kind Of Guy” is featured on Church’s forthcoming Soul album, set for release Friday, April 23 following the release of Heart which kicks off the three-part collection on Friday, April 16. In keeping with his longtime commitment to put fans first, Church created the middle album of the trilogy, &, specifically for the Church Choir and will make it available exclusively to those fans and only as a vinyl record on Tuesday, April 20.

    For the latest information and to learn how to join the Church Choir, visit www.EricChurch.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic.

    Heart Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Heart On Fire (Eric Church)
    2. Heart Of The Night (Eric Church, Jeremy Spillman, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Travis Hill)
    3. Russian Roulette (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
    4. People Break (Eric Church, Luke Laird)
    5. Stick That In Your Country Song (Davis Naish, Jeffrey Steele)
    6. Never Break Heart (Eric Church, Luke Dick)
    7. Crazyland (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Michael Heeney)
    8. Bunch Of Nothing (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde)
    9. Love Shine Down (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)

    & Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Through My Ray-Bans (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Barry Dean)
    2. Doing Life With Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)
    3. Do Side (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    4. Kiss Her Goodbye (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    5. Mad Man (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    6. Lone Wolf (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell)

    Soul Track List
    Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

    1. Rock & Roll Found Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Driver Williams)
    2. Look Good And You Know It (Eric Church, Jonathan Singleton, Travis Meadows)
    3. Bright Side Girl (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Scotty Emerick, Clint Daniels)
    4. Break It Kind Of Guy (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick)
    5. Hell Of A View (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
    6. Where I Wanna Be (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeremy Spillman, Ryan Tyndell)
    7. Jenny (Eric Church)
    8. Bad Mother Trucker (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick, Jeremy Spillman)
    9. Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones (Casey Beathard)

    About Eric Church
    Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and 10-time GRAMMY nominee Eric Church has spent the past year releasing new music at a relentless pace; providing a glimpse into the results of a marathon session during which he spent nearly a month writing and recording a song per day – including current single “Hell of a View” – while sequestered in a rural North Carolina cabin, and fueling speculation of his highly anticipated new three-part project, Heart & Soul, set for release this April.

    Just as unique as Church’s approach to recording and releasing music is his tenacity on the road. During his most recent outing, 2019’s Double Down Tour, Church played back-to-back nights of two unique shows in each market sans opening act, giving every city’s fans six-plus hours of his iconic music. The tour also featured a massive stop at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where he broke the venue’s concert attendance record with more than 56,000 fans in attendance and became the first artist to sell out the venue with a solo lineup. Church also recently took to the field at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium to perform the National Anthem with R&B star Jazmine Sullivan ahead of Super Bowl LV.

    A seven-time ACM Award winner, four-time CMA Award winner, and 10-time GRAMMY nominee, Church has amassed a passionate fanbase around the globe known as the Church Choir as well as a critically acclaimed catalog of music. His most recent album, Desperate Man, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album (his third nod in the category) and produced his most recent No. 1 hit, “Some Of It.” Previous releases include the Platinum-certified Sinners Like Me (“How ’Bout You,” “Guys Like Me”), Carolina (“Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most”) and Mr. Misunderstood (“Record Year,” “Round Here Buzz”), the Double-Platinum certified The Outsiders (“Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Talladega”) and the 3x Platinum-certified Chief (“Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand”)as well as 22 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certified singles.

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  • THE 63RD GRAMMY AWARDS HAVE SET THE STAGE FOR SUNDAY NIGHT’S SHOW.

    This year’s Grammy Awards have set the stage for this Sunday (March 14th), and several UMG Nashville artists are in the running. Little Big Town picked up two nods for Best Country Album for Nightfall, as well as one for Best Country Duo/Group for “Sugar Coat,” along with Brothers Osborne for “All Night,” their sixth career Grammy nomination.

    Eric Church’s “Stick That in Your Country Song,” Vince Gill’s “When My Amy Prays” and Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me” are nominated for Best Country Solo Performance.

    Mickey, the first Black solo female artist to be nominated in a Grammy country category, will perform her nominated song “Black Like Me” on Sunday’s show, and she says it will be very emotional for her, as is her first Grammy nomination.

    “Getting my first Grammy nomination for ‘Black Like Me’ means the absolute world to me,” she says. “I’ve been pursuing music for a very, very, very long time, and there are many times that I thought I was going to quit. And my music journey didn’t change until I stopped running away from who I really am, embracing who I really am, and opening the door for other people, other people that are marginalized.”

    Of significant note, Taylor Swift earned six nominations. folklorea follow-up to her Lover album, was nominated for best pop vocal album. The album’s lead pop single, “cardigan,” was also recognized in the overall Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance categories. Her collaboration with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, “exile,” received a nod in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. If that wasn’t all, the “betty” artist earned a nomination for best song written for visual media for her collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Cats’ “Beautiful Ghosts.”

    The 63rd annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will broadcast live on Sunday, March 14th beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

    Best Country Album

    Lady Like, Ingrid Andress
    Your Life Is a Record, Brandy Clark
    Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
    Nightfall, Little Big Town
    Never Will, Ashley McBryde

    Best Country Solo Performance

    “Stick That in Your Country Song,” Eric Church
    “Who You Thought I Was,” Brandy Clark
    “When My Amy Prays,” Vince Gill
    “Black Like Me,” Mickey Guyton

    “Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert

    Best Country Duo / Group Performance

    “All Night,” Brothers Osborne
    “10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
    “Ocean,” Lady A
    “Sugar Coat,” Little Big Town
    “Some People Do,” Old Dominion

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE'S JOHN OSBORNE SAYS THEY HAD THEIR FANS AND LIVE SHOWS IN MIND WHEN WRITING AND RECORDING THEIR LATEST SINGLE, "ALL NIGHT."

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    Brothers Osborne (All Night) 2 OC: …what we did. :15
    “‘All Night’ is a song we wrote with our friend, Andrew DeRoberts. We wanted to write a song that just felt good. We didn’t want to think too hard about it. We wanted to write a song that no matter what happened we knew that our fans at our shows were gonna love to sing along to (it), and that’s what we did.”

    Audio / Mickey Guyton, who will perform “Black Like Me” on this year’s Grammy Awards, said her performance will be emotional because it’s not just about her.

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    Mickey Guyton (Grammy performance) OC: …right now. :33
    “My performance at the Grammys is going to be so special and emotional, like it’s not just about me, there’s it’s the song Black Like Me. It is so many people’s stories. And that was my goal in this performance. There’s representation as well, which is really important to me in this performance. But I just wanted people to feel like they’re coming together. This is a huge moment for black people in country music, and I just feel so honored to stand in these shoes right now.”

    Audio / Mickey Guyton talks about her first Grammy nomination and what it means to her.

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    Mickey Guyton (Grammy nomination) OC: …are marginalized. :29
    “Getting my first Grammy nomination for ‘Black Like Me’ means the absolute world to me. I’ve been pursuing music for a very, very, very long time, and there are many times that I thought I was going to quit. And my music journey didn’t change until I stopped running away from who I really am, embracing who I really am, and opening the door for other people, other people that are marginalized.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet talks about the band’s ninth studio album, Nightfall.

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    LBT (Nightfall) OC: …proud of it. :23
    Nightfall is our ninth studio album, and we poured our hearts into this project and we’re so proud of it. We feel like it makes a beautiful statement about where we are right now as a band and how much we love making music together and also that the album takes you on a journey. It will transport you hopefully into a beautiful place, because we love it and we’re very proud of it.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman talks about the band's Grammy-nominated song “Sugarcoat,” a tune that appears on their new album, Nightfall.

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    LBT (Sugarcoat) OC: …what’s going on. :20
    “I love ‘Sugarcoat.’ It’s a story about a woman who is putting up all these fronts to live a perfect life, and actually what is happening behind closed doors is the opposite of perfect. It’s really devastation, but she’s covering it up at every time but then she realizes that she needs to let her man know she knows what’s going on.”

    Audio / Eric Church talks about his song, "Stick That In Your Country Song."

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    Eric Church (STIYCS) OC: …found itself. :56
    “I’ve never had a song in my career that was a harbinger of things to come. When we recorded ‘Stick That in Your Country Song,’ we had a booming economy and a pretty great world going on. And I remember thinking when I did it, ‘Wow, I’m not sure this, I’m not sure how relevant this is for right now. I love the song. I love the sentiment, but I’m just not sure.’ And within about 30 days, the world changed, and it changed for a while, and this song just became more and more real and more and more relevant. And truth be told – 100% honesty – I had a different single picked out as the first single, and then the world kept changing and it kept bringing itself almost like a magnet back to this song and back to this moment. So, this song found itself. It wasn’t me finding it, it found itself.”

    Audio / Vince Gill talks about his song, "When My Amy Prays."

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    Vince Gill (When My Amy Prays) OC: …give myself. :15
    “To me the real beauty of that song is the light that I paint her in, obviously. But the, golly, how is the right way to say this? Maybe the emotion comes from the vulnerability that I give myself.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and more

    Eric Church and Chris Stapleton are among the artists to appear during the CBS two-hour special, A Grammy Salute to the Sounds of Change, next week. The program, which will also feature Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Patti LaBelle, Andra Day, Sheila E., Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight and John Fogerty, among others, will air Wednesday (March 17th) beginning at 9pm ET/PT on CBS and via livestream and on-demand on Paramount+.

    Reba McEntire returns to the CBS show, Young Sheldon, again tonight. Check out the action beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

     

    Eric Church released a video of the first pressing of his new trilogy of albums, Heart & Soul. Thanks to United Record Pressing in Nashville, the first edition black vinyl pressing of all three albums are now available in the official Chief Merch store for pre-order.

     

    Chris Stapleon has joined forces with Buffalo Trace Distillery’s E.H. Taylor Jr. to help raise funds for the natural disaster relief efforts in Texas and Kentucky. He is auctioning off autographed bottles of their Single Barrel bourbon through his charitable fund, Outlaw State of Kind.

     

  • ERIC CHURCH RELEASES STUDIO VERSION OF THE SONG, “NEVER BREAK HEART.”

    Eric Church has released the studio version of his song, “Never Break Heart” from his upcoming Heart album a day after he premiered the clip for his Church Choir.

     

     

    Eric wrote and recorded this song, plus many more, for his three-album collection, Heart & Soul, last January when he, his band and co-writers took over a restaurant nestled in the mountains of North Carolina.

    The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is releasing three different albums next month. The Heart album will be available April 16th. In keeping with his longtime commitment to put fans first, Church created the middle album, &, specifically for the Church Choir and will make it available exclusively to those fans and only as a vinyl record on Tuesday, April 20th. Rounding out the trilogy is Soul, available everywhere on  April 23rd.

    The North Carolina native is nominated for three ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, in addition to Music Event of the Year with Luke Combs for “Does to Me.” He is also a nominee at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards, earning a nod for Best Country Solo Performance with “Stick That In Your Country Song.”