2014 CMA “Vocal Group of The Year” nominees, The Band Perry, took time out of their busy touring and recording schedule last week to give a Master Class at Belmont University’s School of Music in Nashville.
With Massey Concert Hall as their backdrop, the sibling trio shared the backstory on how they started in the music industry, which included raising money for sound gear by selling homemade caramel apples door to door and traveling around the southeast to play shopping malls, campsites and restaurants. The band stressed the importance of perseverance, a strong support system, and accepting constructive criticism. They also mentioned the development of stage presence in addition to technical skills.
The reigning ACM “Vocal Group of The Year” shared their strategy on how they grew “from a band to a brand,” encouraging students to find their own voice and focus on what they do best and what makes them unique. They also lent advice on coping with the rigors of breaking into the music business, a challenge very familiar to many of the young performers in the room. At the end of the hour, the band answered questions from the students, and then treated the audience to an impromptu acoustic performance of their quintessential hit, “If I Die Young.”
“It was great to have Kimberly, Reid and Neil speak to our music students,” said Dr. Cynthia Curtis, Dean of The College of Visual and Performing Arts. “Practical advice from professional musicians is an integral part of our students’ education, and we could not have scripted this Master Class any better. The Band Perry offered our students real-life information about what the combination of talent and hard work can bring. Coming from an intelligent, accomplished and relatable act like The Band Perry, this advice was exactly what our students needed to hear as they begin to pursue their own professional careers.” Continue Reading →
Alan Jackson surprises fans with a retro look from 25 years ago at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during the final night of his Artist in Residence series on October 22, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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One of the first recipes I remember making with my mom is no-bake cookies. They were always my favorite. I have known and used my Great-Great-Grandmother’s recipe all my life and have so many memories of standing at the kitchen cabinet on a bar-stool where my chin just barely came over the edge. I must [...] Continue Reading →
Taylor Swift fans are eagerly awaiting her new album, 1989, due out October 27. Swift recently Instagramed lyrics from unreleased songs on the album, followed by a post on Wednesday night containing the complete track listing. Watch Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” music video >> 1989 will feature 13 tracks, including Swift’s smash hit “Shake [...] Continue Reading →
Chris Young will kick off his 2015 A.M. Worldwide Tour in March, making stops in Australia, Germany, London, Switzerland and other locations in the United Kingdom. The tour marks Young’s first time playing in Germany, his second trip to Australia, and a third visit to London and the UK. On his way Down Under, Young plans [...] Continue Reading →
Brantley Gilbert is engaged! He made the announcement on Tuesday, October 21 when he called in to the Bobby Bones Show. His future wife is “the one that got away.” He has known her for most of the last decade, and the pair dated on and off over the course of several years. See how [...] Continue Reading →
Sam Hunt has pretty good timing. His debut single, “Leave the Night On,” has climbed into the Top 3 at country radio and is on track to top the charts, just as he prepares to release his new album, Montevallo, on October 27. Hunt says “Leave the Night On” is a good idea of [...] Continue Reading →
Jason Aldean will keep “burning it down” into 2015. He has announced the second leg of his Burn It Down Tour, which will kick off February 12, 2015 in Greenville, S.C. The tour will hit 23 cities and feature special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr. Top Country Music Tours of 2014 » “We are [...] Continue Reading →
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The 20-year-old “God Made Girls” singer/songwriter also performed during Kicks 101.5′s “Kicks Country Fair” at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Saturday night (10/18), alongside a lineup that included Miranda Lambert, Gary Allan and Maddie & Tae. RaeLynn gave the Atlanta Journal-Constitution a preview of her personality and what fans who didn’t make it to the show can expect as she embarks on Lambert’s CERTIFIED PLATINUM TOUR early next year. Continue Reading →
Jason Aldean recently reached No. 1 for the 12th time with “Burnin’ It Down.” The song, featured on his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, was cowritten by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, along with Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson. The song was supposed to be a hit for the duo, but [...] Continue Reading →