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Kix Brooks First Recipient of CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award

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Kix Brooks was named the first recipient of the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award. The Award will be presented at an event in January, 2015.

“It’s embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community,” said Brooks. “It’s easy to look around and be inspired by people who do more. I’ll keep trying – this is very special.”

The CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award was developed by the CMA Awards and Recognition Committee and approved by the CMA Foundation. The Award recognizes an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism, and advocacy. Those recognized must be a Country Music professional who has evidenced commitment to worthwhile causes that are important to the Country Music Association and the Country Music community.

The Award can only be presented once a year. Candidates are submitted for consideration when a letter of recommendation by a CMA Board member is submitted to the CMA Foundation Board of Directors. The nominee’s name is then to be submitted and approved by the CMA Board of Directors.

“Kix is a true ambassador, champion, and humanitarian for CMA and this industry as a whole,” said Rob Beckham, chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. “His philanthropic efforts continue to make the world a better place.”

Brooks has been an active member of the CMA Board of Directors since 1998, serving and chairing numerous committees as well as presiding as President of the Board in 2004 and Chairman in 2005. During this 16-year period, Brooks contributed to the unprecedented growth of the organization, but was instrumental in creating and developing several initiatives that have touched the lives of countless members of the music community.

In 2006, CMA established an Artist Relations Committee with Brooks as the inaugural Chairman. Brooks noticed that schools in the Metro Nashville Public Schools system were cutting funds in music education and felt that CMA could step in and help fill the void needed to supply instruments and music. It was his leadership and vision that created CMA’s “Keep The Music Playing” program, which was the forerunner of the CMA Foundation. The program receives funding through CMA Music Festival with half of the net proceeds given as grants to support music education programs across the country on behalf of the artists who perform for free.

To date, the CMA Foundation has donated more than $10 million to this worthy cause.

Brooks was also an early proponent of developing affordable health insurance options for CMA members, which resulted in the creation of CMA Instrumental Health Care.

In addition to being a true Humanitarian for CMA, Brooks also serves on the board of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Tennessee Tourism Board, Nashville Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Blue Ribbon Committee, Operation Finally Home, and Veterans Matter.

Lorrie Morgan to Ring in Christmas with Holiday Magic

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Lorrie Morgan will ring in the holidays with an 11-show Christmas tour to launch on December 3rd in Niagara Falls, New York and end in Nashville, TN at the City Winery. The Lorrie Morgan Enchanted Christmas Show will feature Lorrie singing her hits along with holiday classics.

“To be able to bring the wonderful music of Christmas to audiences around the country is a dream come true,” says Lorrie Morgan. “This is my favorite time of year. I get to think about my children growing up and reminisce my life with my family. I wish all year could be Christmas time!”

As a platinum selling country artist, selling over 10 million albums with eight #1 videos, known for hits such as “Something Red”, “Leave the Light On”, and her chart topping country Christmas album, “Merry Christmas From London”, Lorrie continues to be a major artist—both in concert and on record—and tickets for her Christmas tour dates are moving towards a sell-out for the holiday run.

Lorrie Morgan Enchanted Christmas Tour Dates:
Dec. 3-7 Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
Dec. 12 Lawrenceburg, IN – Lawrenceburg Event Center
Dec. 13 Emporia, KS – Emporia Granada Theatre
Dec. 14 Centralia, IL – Jane Knight Auditorium
Dec. 16 Wichita, KS – Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 20 Stafford, TX – The Redneck Country Club
Dec. 22 Nashville, TN – City Winery

Resource artist online at: www.lorrie.com

Kid Rock Honored with Operation Troop Aid’s Patriot Award

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Operation Troop Aid (OTA), a nonprofit organization which supports U.S. Troops, honored award-winning, multi-platinum selling humanitarian Kid Rock, last week in Nashville, Tennessee, with the 2014 Operation Troop Aid “Patriot Award.”

Presented annually by OTA to celebrities that champion the men and women serving in the American Armed Forces, the rock star was awarded the Eagle Trophy for his countless endeavors to support troops overseas and at local hospitals and for supporting numerous military charities. Well known for his role as an American Patriot, Kid Rock, has performed at various military bases and continues to meet military personnel at every concert appearance.

“Kid Rock is one of the most giving entertainers I have ever met,” says OTA founder and executive director Mark Woods. “He really gets it… Last year, Kid Rock challenged his fans to help raise money to send care packages to the troops. In one short month, we were able to ship over 500 care packages just in time for the holidays. His art, legacy of family and Spirit of Patriotism is exactly why this award exists.”

Kid Rock joins past Patriot Award recipients Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Aaron Tippin, Gary Sinise, Charlie Daniels, Mark Wills, and KISS.

Garth Brooks Makes Big Debut with ‘Man Against Machine’

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Garth Brooks’ first album of new material in 13 years, Man Against Machine,  topped the Billboard Country Chart, marking the artist’s 14th #1 Album debut and his fourth consecutive #1 album debut, dating back to his 2001 release Scarecrow.

Currently on his world tour with Trisha Yearwood, Garth continues to shatter records- recently breaking his North American ticket sales record for a single city with 203,235 tickets sold from eleven shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis, the most tickets he has ever sold for a single city in North America. Garth’s new single off Man Against Machine, the moving tribute “Mom,” debuted on Good Morning America earlier this month and has since set off a chain reaction on social media from fans hoping to hear “Mom” on Country Radio. “Mom” will impact country radio on November 24th.

Sam Hunt to Debut New Single on ‘David Letterman’

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Sam Hunt returns to late night TV Monday night to perform his brand new single, “Take Your Time,” on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. “Take Your Time” is the follow-up single to Hunt’s Platinum-selling No. 1 smash, “Leave the Night On.” Both tracks are featured on Hunt’s album, MONTEVALLO, the No. 1 and best-selling country debut album since 2011.

Hunt recently announced his Lipstick Graffiti Tour launching in Jan. 2015. The first ever headlining tour for the country newcomer sold out most markets within minutes of going on sale. Limited tickets remain in select markets, and Hunt is exploring larger venues and second shows where scheduling permits

Hunt’s “Take Your Time” impacts country radio Nov. 24. For information, music, images, tour dates and more, visit www.SamHunt.com

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