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Here is Your Chance to Cruise With Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Montgomery Gentry, LOCASH and More


With one of the hottest lineups at sea, Country Cruising is set to sail in January 2017. The experience will feature on-board activities unmatched by other cruise lines including nightly shows on the main stage, performances around the ship, autograph sessions, a songwriters workshop, line dancing, artist photo opportunities and more.

Country Cruising Performance Schedule:
Main Stage Shows: Charles Esten and Clare Bowen, stars of “Nashville,”
Sail Away Party: LOCASH
Colony Club Stage: Ray Scott, Dallas Smith
Centrum Stage: Lucas Hoge

Main Stage Shows: Montgomery Gentry and Phil Vassar
Deck Party: Halfway to Hazard
Late Night Deck Party: Diamond Rio
Colony Club Stage: Tate Stevens, Olivia Lane, Lucy Angel

Main Stage Shows: Montgomery Gentry and Phil Vassar
Deck Party BBQ: LOCASH
Pool Stage: Olivia Lane, Ray Scott, Lucy Angel
Colony Club Stage: Dallas Smith, Lucas Hoge, Tate Stevens

Early Main Stage Show: Chris Young
Late Main Stage Show: Kelsea Ballerini
Sail Away Party: Diamond Rio
Late Night Deck Party: Chasing Crazy/Clark Hill Jam Session
Colony Club Stage: Ray Scott, Lucas Hoge

Early Main Stage Show: Kelsea Ballerini
Late Main Stage Show: Chris Young
Pool Stage: Lucas Hoge, Dallas Smith, Halfway to Hazard, Tate Stevens
Colony Club Stage: Olivia Lane, Lucy Angel

The full lineup for the five day cruise includes a trio of the hottest artists today – Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH, and Chris Young, in addition to “Nashville” cast members Charles Esten and Clare Bowen, as well as longtime fan favorites Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio, Phil Vassar, and Halfway To Hazard. The cruise’s organizers go the extra mile by providing a wide array of talent on the Brilliance of the Seas® with the top newcomers in the format being represented on the cruise – Lucas Hoge, Tate Stevens, Platinum-selling Canadian artist Dallas Smith, James Wesley, Olivia Lane, Lucy Angel, Australian act Viper Creek, Ray Scott, Clark Hill, Maggie Baugh, The Cains, Wesley Spangler and Bianca Moon.

Pricing begins at $1199 for interior rooms, ocean views are still available for $1399, Balcony for $1499, Superior Balcony for $1599 and Junior Suites for $1999. Country fans will want to get their cabins now, before this cruise sells out!

Country Cruising will set sail on January 14, 2017 from Tampa, and will stop in Key West before making its’ voyage to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will arrive back in Tampa on January 19. Country Cruising offers the Country Music fan an amazing experience – a five night cruise, with accommodations and all meals taken care of during the event, as well as autograph sessions, photo opportunities, daily musical performances, and songwriter workshops. The Brilliance of the Seas ship is a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, guests will never be at a loss for an incredible view.

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CMT Celebrates the Biggest Stars of the Year at CMT Artist of the Year Celebration


In a night of once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts, country music superstars and friends will gather at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center to celebrate honorees: Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Shania Twain and Thomas Rhett during the “CMT Artists of the Year” special.

Universally loved, Shania Twain receives the biggest honor of the evening as “CMT Artist of a Lifetime” presented by RAM Trucks. Powerhouse vocalists from the worlds of pop, country and R&B – Meghan Trainor, Kelsea Ballerini and Jill Scott – honor Twain in a cross-genre medley of her biggest hits “Still the One,” “Any Man of Mine” and “Man, I Feel Like A Woman.” Twain accepts her award through tears, exclaiming “Holy Beep-it.” Twain speaks of her lifelong love affair with music and dogs, thanking the industry for picking up where her mother left off and setting the stage for her meteoric rise and continued influence across all of music.

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Kelsea Ballerini Celebrates “Peter Pan” with Jet-Setting Party

Photo Credit: John Shearer

Photo Credit: John Shearer

Celebrating her high flying, third consecutive #1 single surrounded by planes and parachutes, Kelsea Ballerini and her music industry supporters toasted to the success of “Peter Pan” at a massive party held yesterday (10/12) in a Nashville airplane hangar.

Standing alongside the song’s co-writers Forest Glen Whitehead and Jesse Lee, Ballerini told the assembled crowd it takes the hard work of many different people to climb so high. “This is bigger than me,” she said, before concluding with a promise to keep aiming for the stars and to make her believers proud.

The chart-topping success of “Peter Pan” is a historic feat, making Ballerini the first female artist – including duos or groups – to hit #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with her first three singles. Simultaneously, the fantasy-themed tune rose to the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, also making Ballerini the first female artist to score a double #1. It is the first chart-topper for Lee and the second for songwriter/producer Whitehead, who also co-wrote Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Decorating the cavernous space to mimic the feel of the “Peter Pan,” music video (directed by Kristin Barlowe), directed by Kristin Barlowe Ballerini, her co-writers and co-producer Jason Massey were presented with #1 plaques and gifts from ASCAP, BMI, and publishers ole and Black River Publishing, before Ballerini’s record label – Black River Entertainment – surprised the star with news that her debut album had just reached GOLD certification for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Performing alongside her co-writers, the 23-year-old then delivered laid back acoustic renditions of “Peter Pan” and “Yeah Boy,” the fun-and-flirty fourth single from The First Time, before joining in the celebration.

Ballerini is set to headline her own tour, aptly titled, The First Time Tour. Kicking off this fall, she is already proving her crowd-drawing potential with two shows confirmed as early sell-outs, including her hometown concert in Knoxville (11/11) and Minneapolis show (11/19).

Kelsea Ballerini Releases “Yeah Boy” to Country Radio

Photo Credit: Guerin Blask

Photo Credit: Guerin Blask

Hot on the heels of her record-breaking third #1 hit “Peter Pan,” Kelsea Ballerini released her new single, “Yeah Boy,” to Country radio this week. Digging even deeper into debut album THE FIRST TIME (Black River Entertainment), CMT’s Breakout Artist of the Year proves just how adept she is at pairing relatable lyrics with irresistible hooks: even a superstar like Taylor Swift couldn’t help tweeting about “Yeah Boy” on first listen, calling it “SO lovely.” With 68 first-week adds, Ballerini looks primed to prove yet again why her voice has found a home in the heart of country fans worldwide.

The Black River recording artist recently celebrated her 23rd birthday by topping both Country Aircheck and Billboard Country Airplay charts with “Peter Pan,” which also earned double #1’s on Billboard, making Ballerini the first woman to reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts simultaneously.

To cap off this outstanding year, Ballerini will receive CMT’s second-annual Breakout Artist of the Year award during the network’s “2016 Artists of the Year” special, premiering October 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and November 2 will find her at the 50th annual CMA Awards, where she is nominated in two categories: New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. She is also vying for Favorite Female Artist – Country at the fan-voted American Music Awards on Sunday, November 20, airing live at 8|7 p.m. CT on ABC. Voting is now open through November 14 at

Ballerini holds the distinction of having written all three GOLD-certified songs from her debut album THE FIRST TIME, including her PLATINUM-certified debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, THE FIRST TIME showcases Ballerini’s skillful songwriting on each of the 12 songs. After spending the summer winning over audiences on Rascal Flatts’ RHYTHM & ROOTS Tour, Ballerini is set to headline her own tour, aptly titled, THE FIRST TIME Tour. Kicking off this fall, she is already proving her crowd-drawing potential with two shows confirmed as early sell-outs, including her hometown concert in Knoxville (11/11) and Minneapolis show (11/19).

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