CMT “LISTEN UP” DEBUTS EXCLUSIVE NEW PERFORMANCES AND INTERVIEWS WITH FAST-RISING COUNTRY STAR RAELYNN TODAY
CMT’s Music Discovery Franchise Reveals First Half of 2015 Roster Including
The Cadillac Three, Chase Rice, Kelsea Ballerini and Tyler Farr
NASHVILLE – March 16, 2015 – Fast-rising star and The Valory Music Co. artist RaeLynn marks the second CMT LISTEN UP artist of 2015, as CMT debuted exclusive new performances and interviews with her today at listenup.CMT.com. Hosted by CMT’s Samantha Stephens, RaeLynn performed five songs before a live Nashville audience, including “For a Boy,” “Your Heart,” “Kissin’ Frogs,” “Better Do It” and her GOLD-certified hit, “God Made Girls.” Starting today, fans can preview her brand new single “For a Boy” on CMT and CMT Pure, and visit listenup.CMT.com and the CMT Artists App for additional performances, interviews, photos and more.
The Cadillac Three was the first out of the gate for CMT’s 2015 LISTEN UP campaign, and the network has plans to host additional events throughout the year with artists Chase Rice, Kelsea Ballerini and Tyler Farr. CMT debuted LISTEN UP in 2011 as a way to introduce fans to emerging artists across all of the network’s platforms, including CMT, CMT Pure, CMT Artists App, radio and its millions of followers on social media. To date, more than 30 artists from across major and indie labels and unsigned artists have been featured, including recent alums Frankie Ballard, Danielle Bradbery, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Sundy Best. The franchise features artists from across major and indie labels, along with unsigned artists.
Get to know the LISTEN UP class of 2015:
ABOUT RAELYNN: RaeLynn scored the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014 with the GOLD-certified “God Made Girls,” selling over half a million copies. Her follow-up single, “For A Boy,” is now available on iTunes and impacts Country radio later this month. The vibrant 20-year-old singer/songwriter penned a diverse collection for her Me EP (The Valory Music Co.) and Taste of Country insists, “fans of every age will find a trio of lyrics to get behind” while Popcrush calls the CMT Next Women of Country honoree “cheerful, charming, ultra-talented and downright hilarious.” Just like her musical hero Dolly Parton, RaeLynn embraces her Country roots with a flash of pizazz, even commemorating her Grand Ole Opry debut with an “Op-Rae Selfie." The Voice (season 2) alum has returned to the show to perform her new music and is featured on coach Blake Shelton’s latest album. Earlier this month, she partnered with the National Association for Music Education, Give a Note Foundation and Radio Disney to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Music in Our Schools Month (March). Supporting the initiatives to encourage music students nationwide, RaeLynn wrote “Always Sing,” which was performed by school ensembles on each bus stop. Recently wrapping her run with fellow Texan Miranda Lambert’s CERTIFIED PLATINUM Tour, RaeLynn will hit the road with Rascal Flatts’ RIOT TOUR 2015 this summer. For tour dates and adventures, follow RaeLynn on Twitter and RaeLynnOfficial.net.
ABOUT THE CADILLAC THREE: The Cadillac Three is rapidly becoming known for their high-energy shows and gritty musical instincts. With opening slots on Superstar tours and sold-out stops across Europe, the trio of Nashville natives were recently named the UK Classic Rock Roll of Honour Award Best New Band and one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know by Rolling Stone Country. Jaren Johnston (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Kelby Ray (Bass Steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic & Vocals) and Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Vocals) have weathered wild adventures as a Country group with a rockin’ edge and epitomize their self-described “country fuzz” sound with their Big Machine Records singles like “The South,” featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli (Eli Young Band) and “Party Like You.” TC3’s talents extend into songwriting, garnering #1 hits and album cuts for major Country artists such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert and Jake Owen, among others. Jaren was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Song (“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” |Tim McGraw f. Faith Hill) and Best Country Album (RISER | Dierks Bentley) while TC3 is currently up for the ACM Awards Vocal Event of the Year (“The South”). The band has appeared on ABC’s hit drama “NASHVILLE” and their music has been featured on “CSI Miami” and two CW shows – “Vampire Diaries” and “Hart Of Dixie.” TC3 will once again join Eric Church on the road, performing on select dates as a special guest this spring for The Outsiders Tour, in addition to their headline Aviators and Radiators club tour. For tour dates and more, visit thecadillacthree.com.
ABOUT CHASE RICE: Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, country music maverick Chase Rice has already built a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gained the attention of industry professionals with his edgy, eclectic sound. Rice’s new album, Ignite The Night, was released August 19 on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genres chart. With a Platinum-certified, Top 5 hit already under his belt with lead single “Ready Set Roll” and new single “Gonna Wanna Tonight” in the Top 40 and climbing at country radio, Rice will join Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival tour starting March 26. For more information, visit www.chaserice.com or follow on Twitter @ChaseRiceMusic and www.Facebook.com/ChaseRiceMusic.
ABOUT KELSEA BALLERINI: Newly named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Kelsea Ballerini’s self-titled EP is digitally available now. Kelsea’s debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” has entered the Top 25 and is the leading single off of her forthcoming debut album The First Time set for a May 19 release on Black River Entertainment. Billboard magazine featured the single co-penned by Ballerini in the "Future Hits" section of their October 11th issue touting “Love Me Like You Mean It” as an "...Uptempo, take-charge anthem...” Hailing from Knoxville, Tenn., singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini moved to Nashville, Tenn. at age 15 to chase the dream of becoming a songwriter. At age 19, Kelsea signed a publishing deal with Black River Publishing in 2013 and later that year signed a record deal with Black River Entertainment. For additional tour dates and info on Kelsea Ballerini please visit Kelsea.com, and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
ABOUT TYLER FARR: Columbia Nashville’s Tyler Farr is set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album, SUFFER IN PEACE, on April 28. SUFFER IN PEACE is the follow-up to Farr's debut album, REDNECK CRAZY, which broke through the country and all genre charts in 2013; landing at #2 on the Country Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, marking the year’s highest entry by a debut male country artist on the all-genre Billboard 200 album sales chart at its debut. His #1, platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” was called the “song of the summer” by The New York Times and earned Tyler a CMT nomination for “Breakthrough Video of The Year.” Farr went on to celebrate back-to-back #1 singles, and his first #1 as a songwriter, with his Gold-certified hit “Whiskey in my Water.” The Missouri native’s dry wit and energetic live show have earned him industry recognition as a 2014 CRS New Faces of Country Radio and 2014 Music Row “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” nominee, as well as rave reviews for his coveted opening slots touring with Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice. Tyler has appeared on the Today Show and Fox & Friends’s All American Summer Concert Series. Tyler has toured with Brantley Gilbert on the LET IT RIDE TOUR and currently out with Jason Aldean on Aldean’s stadium and arena BURN IT DOWN TOUR. Tyler’s first single off the upcoming SUFFER IN PEACE album, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” is proving to be Farr's third radio hit, approaching the Top 10 at radio.
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