Powerhouse vocal duo The War And Treaty have signed their first major record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. The husband-and-wife team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter are recording now with new music expected later this year. The news follows The War and Treaty’s recent Americana Honors nomination for “Duo/Group of the Year” and their new summer headlining tour dates are on sale now at www.thewarandtreaty.com.
“We are excited to join the ranks of so many artist who we adore and admire both past and present,” said Michael and Tanya. “To be a part of a historical company such as UMG Nashville and to further tell the storyline that we all can follow and achieve our dreams brings tears to our eyes. This is our story and we are grateful UMG wants to be a part of it.”
“When I was introduced to The War And Treaty, I was absolutely blown away,” said UMGN Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan. “Their talent and passion are extraordinary, and I’m so excited to welcome Tanya and Michael to the UMG family.”
Watch The War And Treaty celebrate their recent milestone with UMG Nashville:
Over the last 8 months, the duo also signed with Mary Hilliard Harrington and Christina Dunkley at Red Light Management and Jay Williams, Andrew Colvin and Grace Stern at William Morris Endeavor. They are represented by Jeff Colvin at Marcus & Colvin.
The War & Treaty head overseas this summer with stops in the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, and the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom (6/24). With over 40 performances internationally and stateside, the duo “unleash waves of raw emotion” (No Depression) that continue “flooring music festival crowds” (Wide Open Country).
The War And Treaty have amassed a following as eclectic as their sound itself with “voices that will stop you in your tracks” (Garden & Gun) and their bluesy but joyful fusion of Southern Soul, Gospel, Country, and Rock-and-Roll. The husband-and-wife team prove why they are “one of Nashville’s hottest acts” (Rolling Stone) following their latest widely acclaimed release, HEARTS TOWN. Known for a live show nearly revival-like in its intensity, they “build up waves of emotion that crash into a cathartic release of a tour-de-force performance,” (Austin-American Statesman) as the versatile duo has opened for artists such as Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend, Lauren Daigle and Van Morrison, while their multifaceted collaborative efforts include Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Leslie Jordan, Mumford & Sons, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sturgill Simpson. For more information and a full list of tour dates visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.
When Eric Church rallied the Choir just over a year announcing his 50-plus stop The Gather Again Tour, it was moments like April 13th, 2017 at Allstate Arena he missed: bringing people together with their shared love of music, playing long and throwing a few surprises in along the way.
That night, five years ago, Church introduced a then-unknown Ashley McBryde: “I mentioned I had a guest and there’s a young lady here who I have become a massive fan of, and you guys are gonna be a massive fan of her real soon. She’s just starting this journey of her career and she’s unquestionably my favorite artist out right now that’s not out yet, but she will be real soon. So I invited her to come out and just her and I are gonna do an acoustic song that she wrote… please make welcome Ashley McBryde.”
Fast-forward to Friday night in Manhattan, the Arkansas-native stepped on stage to support the man who initially gave her a spotlight during his second song, “Outsiders.” A few songs later, Church acknowledged what the crowd had already noticed, sharing that powerhouse Joanna Cotten was under the weather and he surprised the crowd with another outsider, McBryde, joining for nearly every song of the marathon 30-song set before Church closed the night out solo acoustic with a five-song medley encore.
One fan offered, “Travelled from Ireland to see Eric Church at Madison Square Garden last night. Then Ashley McBryde my favourite artist in the world stepped on stage for the ENTIRE show. No point doing the lottery, tonight my numbers already came up!”
“That’s one hell of a call to the bullpen,” Whiskey Riff added.
“When Joanna had to sit this one out, we immediately knew who to ask. Ashley is meant for arena stages, and she’ll be headlining her own show at MSG soon,” the CMA Entertainer of the Year shared. “As when Heart & Soul was born, it was moments like last night that we always envisioned: seeing people together again, arms around one another, living and loving life for those three hours. Standing on stage again looking out at that view is a feeling we’ll never take for granted.”
“Stepping into Joanna Cotten’s boots… I don’t take it lightly,” says McBryde. “I have so much respect for that woman and that voice. When Eric asked, ‘Hey, can you come fill in?’ I said yes without even knowing how I’d get there. Talk about respect… any time Eric’s asked me to do something it has caused me to level up. I got to take a master class in entertaining while on stage.”
With dueling vocals on “Heart On Fire,” “Break It Kinda Guy,” “Stick That In Your Country Song” and “Like Jesus Does,” the final stop on Gather Again did just what it was intended to do.
Tyler Hubbard is set to release his debut solo single, “5 Foot 9,” on Friday (May 20th). The Georgia native wrote “5 Foot 9” with Jaren Johnston and Chase McGill, and co-produced the track with Jordan Schmidt.
“So, ‘5 Foot 9’ has been a special song for me since the day we wrote it,” says Tyler. “I wrote it with Chase McGill and Jaren Johnston, and it’s just a reminder to take in the beauty and the simplicity of life, whether it’s dirt roads, whether it’s rain drops, whether it’s country music. And then in the chorus for me, it’s the bigger, more important picture of hey, the real good stuff in life? Just the reminder that God’s responsible for making that happen and just taking that in and letting that be a daily reminder for myself and my fans. So, definitely love this song and it holds a special place in my heart.”
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For the past decade, country fans have gotten to know Tyler Hubbard as the lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling, record-breaking duo Florida Georgia Line. Hubbard, who has written seven No. 1 hits for FGL (singing lead vocal on all 19), plus he has written cuts for artists across multiple genres including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Chris Tomlin, Nelly and Bebe Rexha.
About Tyler Hubbard
With 19 No. 1 singles on country radio, countless awards, and sold-out tours, Tyler Hubbard has already had a remarkable career as a songwriter and as one half of multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line. Now ready for the next chapter, the Georgia-native and prolific songwriter has written well over 100 songs as he works towards his debut solo album release on EMI Nashville. The first song, “5 Foot 9,” releases May 20 with more music expected throughout the year.
For the new album, Hubbard teamed up with some of Nashville’s most prominent hitmakers including Ross Copperman, Zach Kale, Rhett Akins, Rodney Clawson, Jon Nite, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and more. The project will show Hubbard’s many musical sides and influences from urban to contemporary Christian with his country roots remaining in the forefront.
For more information, visit www.TylerHubbardOfficial.com
Tyler Hubbard (5 Foot 9) OC: …in my heart. :33
“So, ‘5 Foot 9’ has been a special song for me since the day we wrote it. I wrote it with Chase McGill and Jaren Johnston, and it’s just a reminder to take in the beauty and the simplicity of life, whether it’s dirt roads, whether it’s rain drops, whether it’s country music. And then in the chorus for me, it’s the bigger, more important picture of hey, the real good stuff in life? Just the reminder that God’s responsible for making that happen and just taking that in and letting that be a daily reminder for myself and my fans. So, definitely love this song and it holds a special place in my heart.”