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TJ Martell Foundation Rasies Big Bucks at 6th Annual Nashville Honors Gala

T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala - Inside

The T.J. Martell Foundation hosted its sixth annual Nashville Honors Gala tonight at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The evening was emceed by Charles “Chip” Esten and honored five prominent Nashville leaders. The event raised more than $500,000 toward innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The T.J. Martell Honors Gala is one of Nashville’s most high profile annual fundraisers, which brings together celebrities with business, medical, sports and entertainment industry leaders to raise awareness for innovative cancer research.

“This affair is one of Nashville’s most anticipated annual fundraisers and honors some truly notable and deserving community leaders,” said Tinti Moffat, T.J. Martell Foundation’s director of strategic development. “We challenged ourselves this year to raise the bar and were so pleased at the outcome. We couldn’t be more appreciative of the support from the music, the business and the medical communities.”

T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala - Inside

The evening began at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and premiere silent auction, with festivities continuing at 7 p.m. with dinner, the awards presentation, musical performances and a live auction. The evening’s star-studded lineup included celebrity performances by Blue Sky Riders (a trio comprised of Gary Burr, Kenny Loggins and Georgia Middleman), Sheryl Crow with Charlie Worsham, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. Gala guests included additional notables such as Luke Bryan, Big and Rich and Chris Young.

For more information about the T.J. Martell Foundation, visit

Photos Courtesy of the T.J. Martell Foundation

Big & Rich Forms New Label and Prepare New Album and Single


Big & Rich are taking over 2014 early with the formation of their own label, Big & Rich Records.  Kobalt Label Services (KLS) will be the official label services partner.

Big & Rich are not Kobalt’s first country act.   John Rich and Big Kenny joins artists including Martina McBride, Prince, New Kids On The Block, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who utilize KLS’ customized services and self-release their music. The duo’s currently untitled, forthcoming fifth studio album will release later this year. The project was recorded in Nashville and was produced by John Rich and Big Kenny.

The duo will release the album’s first single, “Look At You,” to radio soon. “Look At You” was penned by Rich and Shannon Lawson. New Revolution Entertainment (NRE) will provide national radio promotion. The company is led by Rob Dalton and Jeff Solima.

“2014 is a new milestone for us. We’re completely invigorated to be working with Kobalt and New Revolution and taking this new approach for this exciting album. The music is very fresh, and we’re in a new creative groove which we hope our fans and new audiences will like,” said John Rich and Big Kenny in a joint statement.

“All of us at NRE are over the top excited about this partnership. ‘Look At You’ is a very obvious sounding commercial smash. This project is top shelf and deep with big singles,” said Dalton.

The 47th Annual CMA Award Nominations Are….



Here are your nominees for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.”

Duo of the Year:
Big and Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist:
Lee Brice
Brett Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Entertainer of the Year:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

Single of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s)
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker

Album of the Year – (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s)
Based On a True Story… – Blake Shelton
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
Red – Taylor Swift
Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Tornado – Little Big Town

Song of the Year – (Award goes to Songwriter(s)
I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year – (Award goes to each Artist)
“Boys Round Here” – Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies
“Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly
“Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill
“Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
“The Only Way I Know” – Jason Aldean feat. Eric Church and Luke Bryan

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dan Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

Music Video of the Year – (Award goes to Artist and Director)
“Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood
“Boys Round Here” – Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies
“Downtown” – Lady Antebellum
“Highway Don’t Care”  Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Tornado – Little Big Town

Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 PM/CT).

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music.

“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the sixth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Tickets for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 14 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000; or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Ticket prices for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. Purchase tickets early for the best available seats. The CMA Awards have sold out in advance the past four years.

Warner Wednesday Brings Once-In-a-Lifetime Performances to CRS

Blake Shelton & Miranda LambertFrankie Ballard

Last week Warner Music Group threw one helluva party during CRS. This year’s Warner Wednesday brought the house down with a 70′s theme and a two song set by every member of their impressive roster…along with some surprise guests. The night kicked-off with Frankie Ballard sporting a shorter hair-cut and performing the amazing “Freebird” in its entirety. Not only did he showcase some pretty fantastic guitar skills, but he managed to get a crowd who wasn’t quite drunk enough, to actually enjoy it and sing along.

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Other memorable highlights were Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert performing “Sure Be Cool if You Did” before singing “Play that Funky Music White Boy” with some lyrical help from his iPhone.

Mirnada Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Sheryl CrowCharlie Worsham & John Oates

Warner Music newbie Sheryl Crow,sporting denim bell bottoms, performed “Take It to the Limit” with a little help from Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe.

Truly, there were too many performances to remember…Jana Kramer, Gloriana, Brett Eldredge, Ashley Monroe and more all knocked our socks off. But a highlight for the crowd was when newcomer Charlie Worsham took the stage with John Oates to perform “Rich Girl.”

I wish I could’ve held my arms up long enough to just record the whole dang evening, because it would be nice to relive some of these once in a lifetime performances.

You can see all of our pictures here.

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Big & Rich Receive CRS Artist Humanitariam Award

Big & Rich

Big & Rich, were awarded CRS’ 2013 Artist Humanitarian Award at Country Radio Seminar this week. Big & Rich’s charitable endeavors date back more than a decade. Their humanitarian efforts have ranged from visiting individual patients in hospitals, to staging benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the 173rd Airborne Memorial, to their well-documented U.S. and international outreach. The duo has made a point throughout their career to help underprivileged children and families in struggling countries like Uganda, Sudan, Haiti and Kenya, among others.

“The only way to do this is by having a great career; thanks to everyone in this room for that,” said John Rich of being recognized. Upon receiving the award, Big Kenny Alphin also noted, “I am blessed and I am humbled. I am thankful that I have been able to help in some small ways. Every little act of kindness everyone does, makes our world another step closer to a brighter tomorrow we’re thankful to our great creator and all that are here today.”

St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the 173rd Airborne Memorial Fund, Project Clean Water, Nashville’s Mt. View elementary school, the Special Olympics, Vanderbilt Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Nashville Symphony are just a few of the causes the chart-topping, Grammy-nominated duo have donated their charitable efforts to.

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