DOUBLE-PLATINUM GROUP LANCO IS BACK WITH FIST-PUMPING ANTHEM “RIVAL” FROM UPCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM

Double-PLATINUM Country band and Arista Nashville hit makers LANCO return with a blast of rafter-shaking energy today, dropping the fist-pumping, outsiders anthem “Rival.” A rowdy, other-side-of-the-tracks tribute to forgetting the haters and standing your ground, “Rival” represents “the next step” in LANCO’s evolution and the first taste of the chart-topping band’s upcoming second album. Fans can listen to “Rival” at all digital retailers  here.

Pounding beats and organic undertones create a unique, tough as nails sonic mix, while anthemic gang vocals join quirky electro-country flourishes, banjo and guitar shredding. Produced once again by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Brothers Osborne), frontman Brandon Lancaster and drummer Tripp Howell teamed up for the co-write. It was built from an off-kilter groove that Howell took to Lancaster after a show one night. The two instantly wrote the track on the back of their tour bus, and it continued to find life with the rest of the band as they worked it up during soundcheck in the following days.

“There’s so much pressure to be like someone else or to live up to some outside expectation, especially with social media and how perfect it makes everything look,” explains Lancaster. “We wrote this song from the perspective of no matter where you come from, be proud of who you are and the way you’re creating your own path. And if anyone doesn’t like it, just chalk them up as a rival and keep doing your thing.”

“We realized that everyone has faced something they have to stand up against. It isn’t about fitting into any mold, it’s about sticking up for what you believe in and having that crew of friends around that will always have your back,” Howell adds. “That’s definitely a big part of our story. We didn’t know anything or anyone when we started out trying to break into this business, and I think that underdog mentality really drove us in the beginning.”

As “the band continues to cultivate an identity as expert showmen” (Rolling Stone), they have already road-tested “Rival” at arenas across the country. To watch the immediate fan reaction, click here: https://bit.ly/2TW6jbR

LANCO has paved the course for critical acclaim with the success of their 2x PLATINUM single “Greatest Love Story” which became a multi-week chart topper. Following the release of their No. One selling debut album HALLELUJAH NIGHTS, both moments were historical in Country music as Lancaster became the first artist in 10 years to have a No. One on the chart solely written by that artist, while LANCO served as the first Country group in a decade to appear at the top of the Billboard Country albums chart with a debut album. As it now boasts over 426 million streams, LANCO has “won admirers among its peers” (Billboard) earning nominations from the ACM, CMT, CMA, AMA, and iHeart Awards , while Lancaster became the first member of a group to ever win NSAI’s “Songwriter/Artist of the Year.” They recently wrapped first-ever headlining HALLELUJAH NIGHTS TOUR to capacity crowds throughout the country and currently serve as direct support for Luke Combs’ “BEER NEVER BROKE MY HEART TOUR.” Fans can connect with LANCO on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. For more information, visit  www.lancomusic.com.

LAUREN JENKINS SHORT FILM RUNNING OUT OF ROAD AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE

Creative force and critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Lauren Jenkins debuts her music short film Running Out Of Road to all digital platforms today. Running Out Of Road exclusively premiered with Amazon Music March 15 in conjunction with the release of Jenkins’ debut album NO SAINT (Big Machine Records). Watch the short here: https://LaurenJenkins.lnk.to/ROOR_Film.

 

Jenkins has always strived to be a storyteller first and foremost, through her music, songwriting, film and photography. “To find your future, sometimes you have to start by figuring out your past,” says Jenkins in Running Out of Road, the retrospective film she stars in and co-produced with her friend and the film’s director Cole Smith. For 12 minutes Jenkins strives to untangle the threads of her relationship with a photographer (Jack Noble) against the backdrop of the American West. Shot on location in Miami, New Mexico and Cheyenne, Wyoming, “Running” melds narrative drama with constantly evolving imagery, as the young woman’s memories fuel her fight to free herself and move forward.

Underscored by three original songs written and performed by Jenkins, “Running” is an evocative, accomplished piece of musical filmmaking that puts Jenkins on the map as an emerging artist with an uncompromising eye for storytelling across mediums. Next month Jenkins will also screen her short film at the Roswell Film Festival where it has been chosen as an official selection of the festival and will screen in competition.

Next week, Jenkins will release the three-part music video series that preceded and inspired the creation of her short film. Monday (3/25), she will release “Maker’s Mark and You,” followed by “No Saint” on Tuesday (3/26). Wednesday (3/27), Jenkins will host a YouTube exclusive premiere of “Running Out Of Road” where fans will get a chance to chat with her on the platform as the video premieres. Fans can subscribe to her channel now for more details. Fans already familiar with the short film will find expanded footage and storytelling within the three videos, both answering questions and leaving more mystery behind as the much-anticipated trilogy is finally made available to the public.

Jenkins released her debut album NO SAINT last Friday, and reviews are already praising the singer/songwriter, who co-wrote all 10 of the tracks on the album:
“Lauren Jenkins writes and sings about disappointment, disillusion, drinking and holding on despite it all with a Stevie Nicks rasp in her voice. Her debut album, “No Saint,” is set for March 15, and it surrounds her most bitter tidings with gleaming guitars and bright harmonies.” – The New York Times

“The 10 songs of No Saint aren’t afraid to showcase bare emotion — portraits of an imperfect person, who sometimes makes bad decisions, screws up in love or can’t find the goodness in their heart to forgive — or those raw, at times intimately off-kilter vocals.” – Rolling Stone

“Jenkins proves with No Saint that she’s a risk taker, a fact that’s reflected in her left-of-center sound and compelling lyrics, making her an intriguing artist with a distinctive story to share, and establishing a powerful presence in modern country music.” – Sounds Like Nashville

“This hybrid of bracing pop, intimate cabaret, and dusty Americana on No Saint is invigorating, offering pleasures that are both immediate and lasting, while also announcing the arrival of a major talent.”
– All Music

“Her voice ranges from a grainy Stevie Nicks whisper in the title-track ballad, to a slicker, brassier Sheryl Crow-styled croon.”
– American Songwriter
Earlier this month Jenkins completed an international tour as a part of the Country To Country (C2C) Festival, making stops in London, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Amsterdam, and Berlin. She will next be seen in Nashville on April 1 with her fellow Bobby Bones Class of 2019 members; performing throughout the summer at festivals such as Tortuga, Faster Horses, and Seven Peaks, touring with The Wild Feathers, and opening on select dates for artists including Willie Nelson and Lady Antebellum. For tour dates and more information on Jenkins visit www.laurenjenkins.com.

NORDSTROM AND KAREN FAIRCHILD HOST AN INTIMATE EVENING IN NASHVILLE WITH CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Nordstrom and Karen Fairchild (of the Grammy-winning band Little Big Town) hosted world-renowned designer Christian Louboutin at Karen and Jimi’s private home in Nashville for an exclusive and intimate cocktail event on Tuesday night. Karen, an icon in both country music and the Nashville fashion scene, feted the designer’s inaugural visit with the city’s biggest country music stars, music industry executives and fashion influencers. James “JC” Curleigh, CEO of Gibson guitars, presented Mr. Louboutin with a custom Gibson guitar in signature Louboutin red. The party concluded with a musical performance by Nashville rising stars The Brummies, Fancy and Lucie Silvas. Some of the famous faces who attended the party included Martina McBride, Jesse James Decker, Kellie Pickler, the Brothers Osborne John Osborne, Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi, Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler, among others.

 

The party celebrates the Christian Louboutin Optical Illusions Spring/Summer 2019 collection at Nordstrom. Nashville is Mr. Louboutin’s second stop in a three-city Nordstrom personal appearance tour, including Nordstrom Topanga, Nordstrom The Mall at Green Hills, and Nordstrom Michigan Avenue.

DAN + SHAY DONATE MERCH SALES FROM LAST NIGHT’S SHOW FOR MIDWEST FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS

On stage last night in Omaha, NE, GRAMMY Award winners and leading ACM nominees Dan + Shay announced they would donate proceeds from their merchandise sales to the American Red Cross to benefit those ravaged by the spring flooding in the Midwest.

 

“At the show, it was spontaneous,” Dan Smyers said. “We met some of the people that have been affected and are hurting from this massive disaster, and we knew that we needed to give back. Just before the end of the show, we announced it from the stage. We’re thrilled to play a small part in helping rebuild the community.”

 

The chart-topping pair will begin the second leg of their sold-out headlining run “Dan + Shay The Tour” next weekend in Madison, WI. The run will continue through April, and they will join Florida Georgia Line on the “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour” in June.

 

Dan + Shay have taken their smash hits on the road with them, including their current single “All To Myself.” Described as “a meandering, mellow jam” by Taste of Country, the track is already performing like a Top 30 song as it has surpassed 58,000,000 on-demand streams and over 430,000 track equivalentsMusicRow related the song to “an intoxicating romantic cocktail, mixed with twirling rhythm and delicious melody.” “All To Myself” follows the duo’s previous single “Speechless,” which has almost 260,000,000 on-demand streams and has sold over 1,900,000 track equivalentsThe Boot praised the track for having “all the right ingredients to be the wedding song of the summer.” The romantic tune follows the genre-defying mega-hit “Tequila,” which currently boasts over 431,000,000 on-demand streams and over 3,200,000 track equivalents and was the most streamed country song released in 2018.

 

The skyrocketing superstars are entering the spring season with six nominations for the 54th ACM Awards, tying as the most-nominated artist overall. They return to the Duo of the Year category for the sixth consecutive year and received their first-ever Album of the Year nod for Dan + Shay and first-ever Song, Single, Video (“Tequila”) and Music Event nominations. The duo’s Dan Smyers also earned four additional nominations for his work as a songwriter and producer. The pair is also up for “Breakout Artist” at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. These nominations follow their first ever GRAMMY Awards win for Best Country Duo / Group Performance (“Tequila”).

James Dupré Releases New Single, “Another Love Song”

Country singer-songwriter James Dupré returns with a catchy new tune, titled “Another Love Song,” which was recorded as part of Warm Audio’s instructional series, “In the Mix with Joe Carrell.” In the series, Carrell, a seven-time Grammy-nominated producer, features the recording process of artists on the rise while showcasing Warm Audio’s professional sound recording equipment.

Dupré commented about the track, stating, “I’m always striving to make sure my vocals and the production on my tracks are as strong and as clean as possible and the gear you use in the studio is a huge part of that. My new single, “Another Love Song” is a track with such drive and such energy and to have the opportunity to really give it its moment, with top of line equipment from Warm Audio, is absolutely amazing. It sounds awesome and I’m so excited for everyone to hear the song- and the sound of the song.”
Co-written by Dupré along with Justen Harden and John Griffin, the “Another Love Song” showcases Dupre’s rich, traditional style while also showing some grit as he sings of a relationship gone wrong and how from his point of view, “the world don’t need another love song” because “too many loves songs don’t come true.”
A video featuring footage of Dupré in the studio while recording the song is now available (here) and has been released to Warm Audio’s 325K+ social media followers to coincide with the digital release of the track. “Another Love Song” is now available on all major streaming and digital download platforms. 
The release follows his last single “Hurt Good” which reached #24 on the Music Row Country BreakOut chart and #49 on the Billboard Indicator chart. To date, Dupré has gained a prominent social following from his YouTube performances, collectively has reached over 10.5 million views on his YouTube page and continues to build.
Dupré is currently working on a new full-length project, which will feature new, original music slated for a 2nd quarter, 2019 release. 
For more information on James Dupre’ and upcoming tour dates, visit www.jamesdupre.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About James Dupré: James Dupré, named one of “10 Country Artists You Need to Know,” by Rolling Stone Magazine,  possesses an exceptionally stellar, pitch-perfect, baritone voice and has spent a great deal of time sharing that voice with his fans on social media platforms like YouTube, where today he is edging toward 11 million views. The former EMT-Paramedic is a Bayou Chicot, Louisiana native who currently lives in Nashville.
One might think that it all started when millions of viewers saw James get the highly coveted 4-chair turn, earning a spot with Adam Levine’s team on NBC’s The Voice, but this was not his first taste of fame. Before The Voice, James’ high visibility on YouTube captured the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, landing him a guest appearance on The Ellen Show. This national exposure was followed by the release of his album, Stoned to Death, produced by Jordan Lehning (Kacey Musgraves, Rodney Crowell). The album rendered the successful Billboard Indicator charting single by the same name, as well as over a million streams to date. James also co-wrote the majority of the tracks on the album.
In 2018, James wed his long-time love, Kelsie Menard, in Louisiana. Friend and mentor Randy Travis, along with his wife, Mary, were in attendance at their wedding, adding to the special day. In addition to four sons from his previous marriage, James and Kelsie recently announced they are expecting their first child together.

KASSI ASHTON RELEASES NEW SONG “PRETTY SHINY THINGS”

Kassi Ashton, one of the most compelling rising stars in Nashville, has today released a new song entitled, “Pretty Shiny Things.” Produced by Luke Laird and co-written by Kassi and Emily Landis, the emotional ballad highlights Kassi’s incredible vocal talent and showcases a more raw and vulnerable side to her musical style. “Pretty Shiny Things” is available now on all digital streaming platforms HERE.

 

 

“Three years ago, this song was there for me in the middle of the night. Like a diary entry that was writing me, not me writing it,” says Kassi. “It has silently waited, given guidance, and reminded me that honest art is the best art. I’m honored to be passing it along to whoever needs it now.”

Coming up, Kassi is set to play a few festivals this summer to include: CMA Fest in Nashville, TN, LakeShake Fest in Chicago, IL, Hometown Rising in Louisville, KY and Country Concert in Ft. Loramie, OH.

About Kassi Ashton
Kassi Ashton brought a whole new attitude of her own to country music upon arrival in 2017. The California, Missouri singer and songwriter initially touched down with a string of critically acclaimed tracks. Released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope, her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred up widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. As her profile grew, she lent her voice to the standout “Drop Top” on Keith Urban’s chart-topping 2018 album, Graffiti U. He went on to describe her as “such a unique, original creature.” Expanding on her confessional and catchy storytelling, she maintained momentum on the summer solo song “Taxidermy.”  Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post and The Tennessean, radio personality Bobby Bones included her among his Class of 2018. Rolling Stone lauded her as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head,” and Refinery29 also claimed, “she blends pop aesthetics with a presence doused in no-fucks-left-to-give authenticity.” She continues to defy convention and define a signature style on the 2019 single “Violins”—and a whole lot more to come.

Talk Show ‘Pickler & Ben’ Nominated for Two Daytime Emmy Awards in its Second Season

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that daytime talk show “Pickler & Ben” has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards.

Hosts Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron are nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts, and guest Ben Rector’s performance of “Old Friends” has been nominated for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program. The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

“We are so grateful to be nominated in this category, and Ben and I couldn’t do this without the amazing Pickler & Ben family we get to work with every day,” said Kellie Pickler. Ben Aaron added, “Last year I said we weren’t going to beat Steve Harvey, and I was right. I’m not going to make any predictions this year.”

“The entire team here at Pickler & Ben are so happy our awesome hosts, Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron have been nominated once again,” said Executive Producer and Happy Street Entertainment Co-Founder Lisa Erspamer. “They are definitely not your typical talk show hosts which is what makes coming to work such an unexpected and delightfully wild ride every day. Bring it home this year P&B! And congrats to our friend, the fabulous Ben Rector. Your performance rocked.”

Hosted by Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron, and recorded in front of a live studio audience in Nashville, “Pickler & Ben” features the best in lifestyle and entertainment. The show highlights feel-good stories featuring guests from across the country; zany comedic bits where Kellie and Ben demonstrate that they are “all-in” on entertaining the audience – from goat yoga to fencing lessons; and cooking segments with celebrity chefs including Cat Cora, Carla Hall, Richard Blais, Gail Simmons, Duff Goldman and Sunny Anderson. Celebrity guests have included Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Molly Sims, Luke Bryan, Christian Siriano, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Yolanda Hadid, Kelly Osbourne, Jillian Michaels, Kristin Cavallari, Ty Pennington, Jewel and Idina Menzel. (View the 2018 season promo reel here.)

Currently in its second season, Pickler & Ben is distributed in 175 markets. (View the complete and most up-to-date list of markets where “Pickler & Ben” airs here.)

“Pickler & Ben” received three Emmy nominations in its first season, a rare feat for a new syndicated program. Hosts Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron were nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts, show director Joe Terry and associate director Wesley MacMillan were nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show/Entertainment News/Morning Program and set hairstylist Debbie Dover Hall was nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling.

To stay up to date on episodes and get a behind-the-scenes look at Kellie and Ben in action, follow “Pickler & Ben” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Find out when and where the show airs and request tickets to a taping at picklerandben.com.

About “Pickler & Ben”
“Pickler & Ben” is daytime’s go-to destination for the best in lifestyle and entertainment television, now in its second season. Nominated for five Emmy awards, the show is hosted by country music superstar Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning journalist Ben Aaron. Taped on an expansive set mixing traditional and modern designs and set in Nashville, Tennessee, “Pickler & Ben” features today’s top celebrities and tastemakers on entertaining, cooking, decorating, gardening and beauty. It also shares the inspiring stories of everyday people doing the extraordinary. “Pickler & Ben” is executive produced by Grammy Award-winning superstar Faith Hill, co-founder of Happy Street Entertainment Lisa Erspamer and president and CEO of Sandbox Entertainment Jason Owen. The show is produced by Happy Street Entertainment in partnership with The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP). Award-winning director Joe Terry (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”) directs “Pickler & Ben.” Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution is distributing the show in national syndication. For more information, visit picklerandben.com.

About Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler was born and raised in North Carolina and now calls Nashville home. She first won hearts and gained national attention as a top finalist on “American Idol” at the age of 19. Kellie has released four albums: Gold-certified “Small Town Girl,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was the best-selling debut by a solo country female that year; “Kellie Pickler,” which also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and featured her first Top Ten Hit and the Platinum-certified single, “Best Days of Your Life”; “100 Proof,” named the No. 1 Country Album of the Year by Rolling Stone; and “The Woman I Am,” of which Newsday wrote, “Pickler shows how the next phase of her career may be bigger than she ever dreamed.” Her CMT docu-comedy series “I Love Kellie Pickler” debuted in November 2015, propelling the network to its highest premiere since 2012. After three successful seasons, the series was retired so that Kellie could focus on “Pickler & Ben.” Last year, Kellie starred in a Hallmark Channel’s highest rated and most watched movie of 2018, “Christmas at Graceland,” where she played a finance executive who rediscovers her passion and talent for singing. For the film, Kellie recorded and performed beloved Christmas songs including: “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” “First Noel,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Joy To The World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Pickler is a “Dancing With The Stars” champion and an avid supporter of our servicemen and women. She has completed 11 USO Tours, performing for those serving abroad. In June of 2019, Pickler will star in the Hallmark Channel movie titled “Wedding at Graceland.”

About Ben Aaron
Ben has earned four Emmy Awards as a features reporter for “New York Live” on WNBC and has numerous TV credits as a contributor for “Extra,” “Meredith” and “Today.” His posted stories on YouTube have earned millions of views. He teamed up with his wife, Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for “Good Morning America,” on a home renovation show on the DIY Network called “Renovation Realities: Ben and Ginger.”

About Porch Swing Productions / Happy Street Entertainment
Porch Swing Productions is the Nashville headquarters for Happy Street Entertainment, a multiplatform entertainment production company, creating innovative and emotionally connective original content for film, television and digital media. Porch Swing Productions is the producer of “Pickler & Ben,” which is in its second season and received three Emmy nominations for season 1. Based in Nashville and Los Angeles, cofounders Lisa Erspamer, Sheila Stepanek and Allison Milgard lead a team of top-tier producers, directors and creatives to develop and produce compelling high-quality content with some of the biggest names in entertainment and the best-known brands in the world.

About Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 33 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs a collection of national journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Midroll Media; and fast-growing national broadcast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. Scripps produces original programming including “Pickler & Ben,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the long-time steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

JENNIFER NETTLES CALLS FOR COMMUNITY

Grammy-winning country superstar, actress and women’s activist Jennifer Nettles knows that women’s voices matter. It’s what led her from regional Atlanta alt/torch singer to MULT-PLATINUM duo Sugarland, Broadway musicals, television and film work – and it’s what sparked “I Can Do Hard Things,” a solo track written by Nettles and produced by Julian Raymond that speaks to how women struggle and overcome life’s challenges every day.
A woman of action to match her songs, Nettles posted an essay about the song’s essence on Medium.com (https://medium.com/@Jennifer_Nettles/https-medium-com-jennifernettlesonhardthings-f4fdda9e1b84). “I saw that we are resilient,” Nettles, the 2019 recipient of the Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award, wrote, “That change is hard, and loss is hard, and being a Mom is hard, and living one’s Truth is hard. That Truth became so loud that I had to sing it.”
In recognizing that our world is not merely black and white, Jennifer realized that seeing, hearing and empathizing with others’ transcendent moments is where the power of overcoming originates. As a result, Jennifer spearheaded a campaign that was filmed in Nashville and Brooklyn with the help of director Katie Kauss, director of photography Alex Chaloff and producer Jake Basden. A first look at the music video will premiere on NBC’s TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda this Friday, March 22. Shot in black and white, it shares some of the stark realities that women overcome and suggests the community that is forged by the shared experience of getting through hard things. As Nettles believes, it is the hard things that not only make us stronger, but also bring us together.
“This song took on a life quickly and unexpectedly. For me, in writing it, I was just writing my own Truth and story. But what I have come to see is that so many women share this Truth and that inspired me to make an invitation. This video is an invitation to a community; the beginning of a beautiful tapestry of women sharing their stories of doing hard things. This kind of community is both sword and shield. When you share your own story, you own your power. And when you own your power, it is harder for someone to take it from you. When you share in community, you protect each other’s power and that makes it even harder for someone to take it from you. Owning your power is a shield that says, “You can’t take this from me!” Holding your sister’s power is a sword in front of her that says, “Don’t even THINK about trying to take this from her!”

 

The full music video will be released on Friday via YouTube while a PSA was released today and can be viewed here: https://jennifernettles.lnk.to/ICDHT_PSA. Both include a small representation of real women and the stories of “hard things” in their lives. A business owner and advocate, a research assistant, a photographer, a glass ceiling breaker, a poet and teacher, a journalist, a mother and a firefighter; each of these women confront adverse and trying circumstances and refuse to cave in, proving – as the song suggests – they, too, can do hard things.

Beyond their job descriptions, these women also have a truth that speaks to their ability to transcend. A transgender woman living her truth, a student pursuing an advanced degree while care-giving, a live entertainment executive forging a new path in an industry of men, a young single woman adopting a child without a partner, a woman of color sharing her cultural truth in academia, a Me Too survivor finding her own resources when the obvious remedies failed, a military wife and a first responder holding her own in a male-dominated industry; their stories are the tip of an iceberg heading – hopefully – to a world where being a heroine isn’t just leaping from a tall building in high heels.
The PSA and music video will be shared on various social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. People are encouraged to share their own stories and triumphs using the #ICanDoHardThings hashtag on social media so we can find you. This is only the beginning.
The Women of “I Can Do Hard Things”
Jaime Combs: A former business owner and stylist, she’s an advocate for the transgender community, as well as a wife, mother, and grandmother.

 

Morgan Leigh Garner: A singer/songwriter, mother and Army wife. She is raising her family, chasing her music dreams and holding down the home front, as her husband serves our country, as a Special Forces Solider.
Kate Davis: A photographer who also works as a Chief of Staff for an actress/activist, she’s adopting a baby as a proud single woman.
Audrey Ynigez-Gutierrez: A graduate research assistant, she is a care-giver to her disabled mother.
Holly Gleason: Journalist and consultant, she has spent the last two years quietly battling the profound aftermath of a Me Too sexual assault.

 

Ali Harnell: A high level career concert and event promoter, she has been chosen as the President of Live Nation’s Woman Nation to empower women in the entertainment industry.
Danielle Randolph: An active firefighter and member of the National Guard, she challenges perceptions of women in male-dominated industries.
Caroline Randall Williams: Award-winning poet, performance artist and food writer, creating art that tells the untold stories of women of color in her life and in the world.

MICHAEL RAY BUILDS ON INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS WITH ARENA SETS AT C2C FESTIVAL (UK) AND A RETURN TO CMC ROCKS (AUS)

Academy of Country Music New Male Artist of the Year nominee Michael Ray took a break from his headlining U.S. Nineteen Tour over the first two weeks of March to travel around the world. Ray performed his first shows in the U.K. at the C2C (Country to Country) Festival in London and Glasgow before boarding a plane for Australia and returning to the CMC Rocks Festival in Queensland.

Describing his Spotlight Stage set at the O2 Arena in London, Entertainment Focus said “Ray made a real impression with C2C goers. He’s the real deal; strong vocals, plenty of confidence and the talent to back it up.” Performing multiple full-band sets across the weekend that included his current single “One That Got Away” (video here), the Florida-born singer-songwriter emerged as one of the standout acts of the festival.

Continuing his international performances on another continent, Ray returned to Australia’s CMC Rocks Festival in Queensland where he celebrated his current single, “One That Got Away,” single reaching the Top 5-and-climbing on Mediabase/Country Aircheck.

Ray expressed appreciation to his fans following two memorable performances at CMC Rocks Festival. “I can’t believe how incredible this year has been and the life you all have given ‘One The Got Away’ all around the world,” said Ray. “For me, this year is about moments, slowing down and living in them, so if you need me I will be living in this moment over and over for a while! Thank y’all for showing up, stealing the show and making my dreams come true.”

About Michael Ray:
Country singer-songwriter Michael Ray was a hit right out of the box, scoring both with critics and on the charts. With Country Aircheck boasting there are “big things on the horizon for Michael Ray” and his live shows lauded by USA Today as simply “lip-smacking good,” the Florida native backed up that praise with two number ones from his 2015 self-titled debut album with “Kiss You in the Morning” and “Think a Little Less.”  His sophomore album, Amos, which debuted in the Top 3 on the Billboard Country Charts upon release has already spawned the hit “Get to You” and Top 5-and-climbing current single “One That Got Away,” which All Access declared “an undeniable crowd pleaser.” Inspired by his rescue dog Wrigley, Michael Ray created the charitable initiative Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals in Need, collecting donations for local animal shelters at every stop on his “Get To You” Tour in partnership with Zappos For Good. Michael Ray is currently headlining his Nineteen Tour, before setting out to play a number of fairs and festival dates this summer, including Tortuga Music Festival, Stagecoach, Country Thunder and Faster Horses. Learn more about Ray at MichaelRayMusic.com or follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/MusicMichaelRay, Instagram @michaelraymusic and Twitter @MichaelrayMusic.

 

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
Sunday, Mar. 24 – Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill – Navarre, Fla.
Sunday, Mar. 30 – Chasco Fiesta 2019: Sims Park Amphitheatre – New Port Richey, Fla.
Wednesday, Apr. 10 – Casper Events Center – Casper, Wyo.
Thursday, Apr. 11 – Budweiser Events Center – Loveland, Colo.
Sunday, Apr. 14 – Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival 2019 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Wednesday, Apr. 24 – Club Rodeo – San Jose, Calif.
Saturday, Apr. 27 – Stagecoach – Indio, Calif.
Thursday, June 13 – Headwaters Country Jam – Three Forks, Mont.
Friday, June 14 – Country Jam – Mack, Colo.
Sunday, June 16 – Tailgate N’ Tallboys – Peoria, Ill.
Friday, June 21 – Country Stampede – Manhattan, Kan.
Friday, July 12 – Hodag Country Festival – Rhinelander, Wis.
Thursday, July 18 – Country Thunder – Twin Lakes, Wis.
Sunday, July 21 – Faster Horses Festival – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Thursday, Aug. 1 – Yamhill County Fair – McMinnville, Ore.
Sunday, Aug. 4 – Sunfest Country Music Festival – Lake Cowichan, B.C., Canada

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