• NEWS AND NOTES: George Strait, Kacey Musgraves, Parker McCollum, Jon Pardi and more

    George Strait, Kacey Musgraves and Parker McCollum are among the artists performing during the virtual “We’re Texas” benefit concert on Sunday (March 21st). Organized by actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey, will also feature performances by Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Clint Black, Randy Rogers, Post Malone, Don Henley, Kelly Clarkson, Leon Bridges, Khalid and Gary Clark, Jr., among others. Proceeds from the “We’re Texas” benefit concert will be distributed by the actor’s Just Keep Livin’ Foundation to numerous non-profit organizations to help Texans affected by the recent winter storm which knocked out power to millions of homes, busted water pipes and numerous people are still without clean water. The concert will be streamed Sunday on YouTube beginning at 8pm ET.

    Jon Pardi is scheduled to perform at Concerts on the Farm, which is organized by the folks behind the successful Bonnaroo Festival. The socially-distanced show, which is part of a series of shows, will take place May 29th at the Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Tickets are sold for four-person pods, which are spaced six feet apart.

  • THE ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2021 HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

    With six each, Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris lead the list of nominations at this year’s ACM Awards.

    Chris earned nods in the categories for Entertainer, Male Artist, Song (for “Starting Over”) and Album of the Year (Starting Over) as artist, songwriter and producer.

     


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    and Kelsea Ballerini, along with ET‘s Rachel Smith revealed the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards nominees today (February 26th) on CBS This Morning.

    The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church earned three category nominations for Entertainer, Male Artist and Music Event of the Year for Luke Combs’ “Do to Me.”

     

     

    Luke Bryan picks up a pair of nominations for Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Born Here Live Here Die Here, while Dierks Bentley also is nominated for two including Male Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Gone.”

     

     

     

     

    Brothers Osborne are nominated for both Duo of the Year (an award they’ve won twice before) and Album of the Year for Skeletons. Keith Urban also picks up two nods…in the same category – Music Event of the Year for both “Be a Light” with Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin, as well as his latest single, “One Too Many” with P!nk.

     

     

    Carrie Underwood earned a nod in Music Event of the Year with John Legend for “Hallelujah,” while Lauren Alaina is also nominated in Music Event of the Year for Hardy’s “One Beer,” along with Devin Dawson.

     

     

    Little Big Town picks up a nomination for Group of the Year, while Maddie & Tae scored a nomination for Duo of the Year.

     

     

     

    Mickey Guyton and Caylee Hammack are both nominated for New Female Artist of the Year, while Travis Denning and Parker McCollum are up for New Male Artist of the Year.

     

     

     

     

    The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from Nashville April 18th beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on the Paramount+.

    Entertainer of the Year

    Luke Bryan
    Eric Church

    Luke Combs
    Thomas Rhett
    Chris Stapleton

    Female Artist of the Year

    Kelsea Ballerini
    Miranda Lambert
    Ashley McBryde
    Maren Morris
    Carly Pearce

    Male Artist of the Year

    Dierks Bentley
    Luke Combs
    Eric Church
    Thomas Rhett
    Chris Stapleton

    Duo of the Year

    Brooks & Dunn
    Brothers Osborne
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line
    Maddie & Tae

    Group of the Year

    Lady A
    Little Big Town
    Old Dominion
    The Cadillac Three
    The Highwomen

    New Female Artist of the Year

    Ingrid Andress
    Tenille Arts
    Gabby Barrett
    Mickey Guyton
    Caylee Hammack

    New Male Artist of the Year

    Jimmie Allen
    Travis Denning
    Hardy
    Cody Johnson
    Parker McCollum

    Album of the Year

    Born Here Live Here Die Here, Luke Bryan
    Mixtape Vol. 1, Kane Brown
    Never Will, Ashley McBryde
    Skeletons, Brothers Osborne
    Starting Over, Chris Stapleton

    Single of the Year

    “Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
    “I Hope,” Gabby Barrett
    “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
    “More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress
    “The Bones,” Maren Morris

    Song of the Year

    “Bluebird,” Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
    “One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally
    “Some People Do,” Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally
    “Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson
    “The Bones,” Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz

    Video of the Year

    “Better Than We Found It,” Maren Morris
    “Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
    “Gone,” Dierks Bentley
    “Hallelujah,” Carrie Underwood and John Legend

    “Worldwide Beautiful,” Kane Brown

    Songwriter of the Year

    Ashley Gorley
    Michael Hardy
    Hillary Lindsey
    Shane McAnally
    Josh Osborne

    Music Event of the Year

    “Be A Light,” Thomas Rhett f/Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
    “Does To Me,” Luke Combs f/Eric Church
    “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
    “Nobody But You,” Blake Shelton f/Gwen Stefani
    “One Beer,” Hardy f/Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
    “One Too Many,” Keith Urban f/P!nk

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton, who is nominated for 6 ACM Awards including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year (among others), talks about the theme of his latest album, Starting Over.

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    Chris Stapleton (theme of Starting Over album) OC: …as humans. :54
    “I’ve never really looked at records necessarily as having a theme.  I’ve never made a record in that kind of a constraint necessarily. And there are a lot of great records that have this theme and this overlying thread that kind of runs through them.  Maybe the thread for me is just I’m singing. I wrote a bulk of the songs. It’s the same guys playing all the songs. If there’s a theme – if there’s a theme it’s hopefully there’s a theme of truth somewhere in it. And what I mean by that is hopefully we’re conveying in the songs some experiences that feel real and hopefully people can find themselves in those songs and in the album. And for me if I’m looking for a theme it’s that kind of, I don’t know, that thing that binds us all together as humans.”

    Audio / Eric Church, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, is nominated for Entertainer (among others) at this year’s ACM Awards. Backstage at last year’s CMA Awards, he talked about his first Entertainer of the Year win.

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    Eric Church (CMA 2020) 1 OC: …next year or two. :31
    “There’s not really been winners this year. I mean, nobody’s played. Nobody’s done the things we normally do. It’s been a year, to me, about losses. It’s about loss of life. It’s about loss of education for your kids. It’s about loss of time playing. It’s been a year of managing those losses. But I really meant what I said (during my acceptance speech) that we were in a room together as country music, and that’s not happened this year. So, I think that that was a win for country music, and I think it was a win for where we’re gonna go in the next year or two.”

    Audio / Before releasing his latest album in August of last year, Luke Bryan talked about what fans can expect on BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE.

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    Luke Bryan (fan expectations for BHLHDH) OC: …something for everybody. :37
    “I think fans can expect a little something of everything. They can expect a love song, a dancing song; obviously, ‘One Margarita’ being a big ole fun summer drinking song. And I think we have songs that will make you cry, touch your emotions, and I think, like I said there are songs that you can fall in love to out there. And there are songs that talk about the true meaning of life when you think about a song like ‘For a Boat,’ and you got a father teaching his son about the important things in life. So, I’m just proud of the way the album come together, and I feel like there’s something for everybody.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about his latest single, "Gone," for which the music video is nominated for an ACM Award.

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    Dierks Bentley (Gone) 2 OC: …would enjoy it too. :18
    “You know, the song, ‘cause I didn’t write it I can only brag on it, is just really well-written. It’s catchy, it’s fun. It’s metaphorical about what’s happening right now. It reminds me a little bit of some stuff we’ve had out in the past, but it feels like new territory in other ways and I don’t know, I just enjoyed it. I enjoyed singing it and I enjoyed playing it, and I wanted to put it out there and I thought our fans would enjoy it too.”

    Audio / KEITH URBAN TALKS ABOUT RECORDING “ONE TOO MANY” WITH P!NK.

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    Keith Urban (P!NK duet) OC: …it together. :29
    “This song was written as a duet, and I sent the song to her and luckily she loved it. I loved the song and I was really hoping she would love it, because she’s truly one of the great singers of our generation. So, to hear her voice on this song was phenomenal. We had such a great time getting to do that. I wish we could’ve done it in the same space, but you know with the situation we’re in, of course, we couldn’t do that. So, she recorded her vocal at her house and I did mine at my house, and we put it together.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT THE SONG, “HALLELUJAH,” WHICH JOHN LEGEND WROTE AND IS FEATURED ON.

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    Carrie Underwood (Hallelujah) OC: …cool collaboration. :37
    “’Hallelujah’ is a song that touches on many different topics and feelings. It’s a love song, it’s a Christmas song, it’s a celebrating the time of year song. It’s you know, still wanting that joyfulness – it was written by John Legend and Toby Gad. When I listened to it, it had John’s voice on it, and it’s just beautiful. I knew I wanted to sing it – we asked if John, you might want to sing it with me. The perfect song, the perfect person, John Legend sounds amazing on it and I was like wow, I can’t believe that this just all came together like this, and just kind of a really cool collaboration.”

    Audio / Parker McCollum talks about being nominated for his first ACM Award…for New Male Artist of the Year.

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    Parker McCollum (1st ACM Nomination) OC: …So grateful. :36
    “What does it mean to be nominated for an ACM Award? I can’t even explain it. I’ve watched these awards shows from the time I can remember listening to country music or watching television. It’s been my whole life. And so to be nominated for an ACM, something like New Male Artist of the Year – an absolute honor and a dream come true and so cool to see how proud my family is of me getting nominated for something like this. It’s just, there are no words, man. So grateful.”

     

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  • PARKER MCCOLLUM MAKES GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT.

    MCA Nashville’s Parker McCollum made his debut performance at the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry Saturday night. Labelmate Dierks Bentley initially invited Parker to make his debut performance (watch HERE) and was on hand to introduce the up-and-comer to the Opry crowd. A knowledgeable connoisseur of classic country, Parker performed Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Middle Aged Crazy” in addition to his debut No.1 hit single “Pretty Heart.” Furthering the celebration, Jordan Pettit and Dan Rogers from Opry Entertainment were on hand to surprise Parker with a plaque commemorating the RIAA Platinum Certification of “Pretty Heart.”

    2021 Copyright/ Photo by Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

    Photo ID (L-R): Opry Entertainment Group Director of Artist Relations and Programming Strategy Jordan Pettit, Parker McCollum, Grand Ole Opry Vice President and Executive Producer Dan Rogers

    Last month, Parker performed “Pretty Heart” as part of his national TV debut on NBC’s 3rd Hour of Today, watch HERE. Since its release, “Pretty Heart” has accumulated impressive streaming numbers and has consistently stayed in the Top 10 on the country streaming chart averaging almost 7M streams a week.  “Pretty Heart” is featured on Parker’s recent EP, Hollywood Gold, which debuted Top 10 on the Billboard country chart and marked the highest-selling debut country EP for 2020.

    Parker just released his new single “To Be Loved By You” which he cowrote with Rhett Akins. “To Be Loved By You” was most added at country radio upon its debut and fans can watch the music video featuring an energetic performance from Parker HERE.

    A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dedicated road warrior, Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015’s The Limestone Kid. The album track “Meet You in The Middle” became a hit on Texas’ regional radio chart — no small feat for an independent, 22-year-old musician — but it was the album’s widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Compared to John Mayer and Jason Isbell by Rolling Stone, Parker supported the album with a string of sold-out shows, bringing record-breaking crowds to venues like San Angelo’s RiverStage and two sold-out Billy Bob’s along the way. Born in Conroe, TX, and currently based in Austin, the 28-year-old entrepreneurially-spirited artist bridges the gap between Texas’ homegrown music scene and Nashville’s country-industry headquarters. For a full list of tour dates, news and more, visit www.parkermccollum.com

  • PARKER McCOLLUM MAKES HIS GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT AND SCORES SOME HEAVY METAL!

    Parker McCollum made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday night (February 6th). The Texas native, who joined Dierks Bentley and newly-minted Opry member Rhonda Vincent, was also presented with a plaque commemorating his recent No. 1 single being certified platinum.

     

     

    Parker just hit the airwaves with his new single, “To Be Loved By You.”

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  • PARKER MCCOLLUM MAKES NATIONAL TV DEBUT ON NBC’S 3RD HOUR OF TODAY.

    MCA Nashville’s Parker McCollum made his national TV debut this morning on NBC’s 3rd Hour of Today performing his No.1 smash hit “Pretty Heart,” watch HERE. “Pretty Heart” was recently certified Gold by the RIAA and has consistently stayed in the Top 10 on the country streaming chart for several weeks averaging almost 7M streams a week.  “Pretty Heart” is featured on Parker’s recent EP, Hollywood Gold, which debuted Top 10 on the Billboard country chart and marked the highest-selling debut country EP for 2020.

    Parker just released his new single “To Be Loved By You” which he cowrote with Rhett Akins. “To Be Loved By You” was most added at country radio upon its debut and fans can watch the music video featuring an energetic performance from Parker HERE.

    A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dedicated road warrior, Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015’s The Limestone Kid. The album track “Meet You in The Middle” became a hit on Texas’ regional radio chart — no small feat for an independent, 22-year-old musician — but it was the album’s widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Compared to John Mayer and Jason Isbell by Rolling Stone, Parker supported the album with a string of sold-out shows, bringing record-breaking crowds to venues like San Angelo’s RiverStage and two sold-out Billy Bob’s along the way. Born in Conroe, TX, and currently based in Austin, the 28-year-old entrepreneurially-spirited artist bridges the gap between Texas’ homegrown music scene and Nashville’s country-industry headquarters. For a full list of tour dates, news and more, visit www.parkermccollum.com

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  • PARKER McCOLLUM RECEIVES OFFICIAL INVITE FROM DIERKS BENTLEY TO PERFORM AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    Parker McCollum received an official invite to make his Grand Ole Opry debut by Opry member Dierks Bentley (see video below). He was backstage at one of his shows at Billy Bob’s with his Mom when Dierks facetimed him.

     

    The Texas native, who recently celebrated his first No. 1 song “Pretty Heart,” will make his debut February 6th. Dierks is also scheduled to perform.

    Parker just released his new single, “To Be Loved By You.”

     

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  • PARKER McCOLLUM MAKES TODAY SHOW DEBUT TOMORROW.

    Parker McCollum is set to make his Today Show debut on Tuesday (January 26th).

     

    Parker just released his new single, “To Be Loved By You,” the follow-up to his recent No. 1 “Pretty Heart.”

  • PARKER McCOLLUM RELEASES THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE, “TO BE LOVED BY YOU.”

    Parker McCollum just released the music video for his latest single, “To Be Loved By You.”  Directed by Peter Zavadil, the video showcases an energetic performance from Parker as he moves on from a relationship.

     

     

    “To Be Loved By You,” which he co-wrote with Rhett Akins, is the follow-up to Parker’s debut No.1 hit single “Pretty Heart” which was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. “Pretty Heart” has consistently stayed in the Top 10 on the country streaming chart for several weeks averaging almost 7M streams a week.  “Pretty Heart” is featured on Parker’s recent EP, Hollywood Gold, which debuted Top 10 on the Billboard country chart and marked the highest-selling debut EP for 2020. Critics praised Hollywood Gold with Billboard noting, “McCollum’s voice is twangy and strong and the Texan’s songwriting really stands out. There’s nothing cookie-cutter about these songs.” American Songwriter added, “Parker McCollum shines bright on his new EP Hollywood Gold.”

    A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dedicated road warrior, Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015’s The Limestone Kid. The album track “Meet You in The Middle” became a hit on Texas’ regional radio chart — no small feat for an independent, 22-year-old musician — but it was the album’s widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Compared to John Mayer and Jason Isbell by Rolling Stone, Parker supported the album with a string of sold-out shows, bringing record-breaking crowds to venues like San Angelo’s RiverStage and two sold-out Billy Bob’s along the way. Born in Conroe, TX, and currently based in Austin, the 28-year-old entrepreneurially-spirited artist bridges the gap between Texas’ homegrown music scene and Nashville’s country-industry headquarters. For a full list of tour dates, news and more, visit www.parkermccollum.com

    The Texas native is set to make his Grand Ole Opry debut on February 6th.

     

    For a highlight reel of Parker’s accomplishments, watch the clip below.

     

     

  • TRAVIS DENNING AND PARKER McCOLLUM NAMED TO THE R.I.A.A. CLASS OF 2020.

    Travis Denning and Parker McCollum have been named to the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America) Class of 2020. Every year, the RIAA recognizes artists who have achieved Gold and Platinum status for the very first time.

    Travis earned a gold certification for his No. 1 hit, “After a Few,” while Parker’s recent chart-topper, “Pretty Heart,” was certified gold, as well.

     

    This distinctive honor also recognizes the hard work of their record labels and teams behind each artist.

    “We are thrilled to induct 53 artists into RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Class of 2020,” said Chairman/CEO MITCH GLAZIER. “Earning your first Gold or Platinum Award is a sign of true success and limitless possibilities. Congratulations to this year’s artists, their labels and teams!”

     

    Audio / Parker McCollum talks about his recent No. 1 song, "Pretty Heart."

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    Parker McCollum (Pretty Heart) OC: …chase this dream. :43
    “‘Pretty Heart’ was a song, er hook that I had had and a melody I’d had for a long time that I had forgotten about. I was scrolling back through my Instagram one night, looking for something one night and I had found a video of me singing it that I had posted forever ago. I was like, ‘Man, how did I forget about that?’ I think that was the day before I was flying up here (Nashville) to write with my buddy Randy Montana. I was like, ‘Maybe he’d like that idea.’ I took it to him, and he just fell in love with it and that was like two or three hours that we just cranked it out. We were like, ‘Man! That was it.’ All those songs come from very real-life experiences – good and bad choices and decisions that I’ve made on my own. But they’re all just about past relationships and giving those up to chase this dream.”

    Audio / Travis Denning says everyone can relate to his No. 1 song, "After a Few."

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    Travis Denning (After A Few) OC: …it’s real. :17
    “I think this song really is just about that story that a lot of people can relate to – being attracted to someone that probably logically in your head is not real, but something in your heart keeps taking you back. I mean I know that’s a subject we talk about all the time, but we do it because it’s real.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Parker, Carrie, Brandon

    Parker McCollum will release the official music video for his new single, “To Be Loved By You” on Thursday (January 14th) at Noon on VEVO.

    Carrie Underwood appeared on the Drew Barrymore Show on Tuesday (January 12th) and talked about her Christmas album, My Gift, organization, her book Find Your Path and much more.

    Brandon Lay has released an acoustic video for his song, “Startin’ Young.” Check it out below.