Jimmy Sturr has won eighteen Grammy Awards and has received more consecutive Grammy nominations that anyone in the history of musical awards has made the music industry sit up and take notice. Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has awarded JIMMY STURR & HIS ORCHESRA its most valued award, the Commendation of Excellence. The only one ever awarded in the polka field.The band constantly attracts crowds of screaming, adoring fans wherever their travels take them. Their tremendous popularity has resulted in not only numerous Grammy Awards, but also being voted The #1 POLKA BAND IN THE COUNTRY for the past ten years.Many great things have happened to JIMMY STURR AND HIS ORCHESTRA, but none has been more exciting than just completing their Fourth recording with country superstar WILLIE NELSON. In addition they have recorded with other artists such as THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, CHARLIE DANIELS, BOOTS RANDOLPH, MEL TILLIS, BRENDA LEE, plus banjo virtuoso, BELA FLECK, and folk legend ARLO GUTHRIE.One of the major events in Jimmy’s career came when the Orchestra was asked to appear on The Grand Ole Opry. They were not only the only Polka Band to all appear, but the only band to appear with brass.A question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? television show hosted by Regis Philbin, was Who is Americas polka king? The contestant won $250,000 by correctly answering Jimmy Sturr. Sturrs music has been heard on the TV show JEOPARDY and articles have appeared in print throughout the nation including a front page story on The Wall Street Journal and full length story in US World and News Report.The incredible popularity and success of JIMMY STURR AND HIS ORCHESTRA has caught the attention of many networks, including appearances on CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX NEWS and a fifteen-minute segment on CNN Headline News that aired worldwide.The band has made several appearances on Saturday Night Live. The quality and appearance of JIMMY STURR AND HIS ORCHESTRA makes them sought after for television commercials such as Budweiser, Pontiac, and Mrs. T’s Pierogies, who signed Jimmy to be their National spokesperson.
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
With the allure of a modern-day outlaw, Gary Allan has won over fans, peers and critics with his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. While becoming a force on the country music scene, Allan has remained true to his artistic voice each step of the way. Allan re-signed with Universal Music Group Nashville in 2016, the label home for the entirety of his twenty plus year career. He is currently finishing up work for his upcoming EMI Nashville release. His last album, SET YOU FREE, topped the Billboard 200 (Pop Chart), a career first for Allan. The album also made its debut at the top of the Billboard Country Album chart (for the fourth time in a row), and produced his fifth #1 country radio chart topper with “Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain.” The California native released his first album, Used Heart for Sale, in 1996 and since then has released eight additional studio albums selling over 8 million albums, 10 million tracks, been certified platinum on three back-to-back albums and been certified gold five times. Allan has five #1 hits at country radio, fourteen Top 10 hits to his credit and amassed over 1.5 billion total streams. He’s described as “dark and dreamy” in Entertainment Weekly and deemed a “maverick” by Rolling Stone. He sells out venues as a headliner from NY to LA, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly and Michael and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has also landed on the covers of Country Weekly, Pollstar and People magazine.
Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the all-time best singer-songwriters, musicians, and pianists. A true American Stylist akin to all-time greats Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Al Jolson, he is an architect of great genres such as Rock n’ Roll and Rockabilly as well as a commander of Country music and the Blues.
He was born in 1935 to Mamie and Elmo Lewis of Ferriday, Louisiana. In November of ‘56 Jerry Lee made his way to Memphis, Tennessee where he would join Sun Records and launch hit records with “Crazy Arms,” “Whole Lotta Shakin,’”, and “Great Balls of Fire.” Jerry Lee, along with with his friends, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins would become known as the Million Dollar Quartet and there is not any part of music that their influences haven’t touched. As a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s very first class of inductees, “The Killer” holds numerous awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, numerous GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award and countless other honors. He is truly rock’s first great wildman, and shows no signs of stopping, touring around the globe still today!
The title to country-radio hitmaker Justin Moore‘s fourth studio album may suggest he doesn’t give a darn, but when it comes to the music, nothing could be further from the truth. On Kinda Don’t Care (The Valory Music Co.), the Arkansas singer, outdoorsman and family man reaffirms his commitment to recording honest, entertaining country songs. Sure, they may be unapologetic at times, but that’s Moore, an artist who refuses to ever project anything he’s not. “The title refers to how uptight our society has become. It’s in a place right now where we are consumed with being politically correct. Sometimes you just have to worry about being correct and telling it like it is,” says Moore.
An old soul with a young spirit … a dreamer who imagined himself following his father’s path to Nashville … a man’s man with a lifelong love for hunting and country music … and a heartthrob whose wide smile and deep-voiced Louisiana drawl have already turned many a woman’s head.
Not just the single, mind you — we’re talking about a career. Dylan Scott‘s respect for traditional country, embrace of multiple modern genres, unique voice and welcoming personality guarantee his success in country music for years to come.
Everything that defines Dylan Scott lies in rural northeastern Louisiana, about 15 minutes from Bastrop, the nearest small town. “Growing up in the country is part of my music,” he says. “There were woods near our house. I grew up duck hunting and deer hunting. I went fishing and I played ball. That’s just what we did and who we were.”
California-born singer/songwriter Cam emerged as one of the true breakthrough artists of the past two years, achieving her first Platinum record and first #1 country single with “Burning House.” This international hit, co-written by Cam, Jeff Bhasker, and Tyler Johnson, propelled Cam to her first GRAMMY®, ACM, CMA, CMT, and American Music Awards nominations. “Burning House” is the most-downloaded song by a female country artist released since 2015.
Cam’s album Untamed on Arista Nashville/RCA Records, which released December 11, 2015, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the year’s best first-week album sales by a debut country artist. Produced by Producer of the Year GRAMMY winner Jeff Bhasker (Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars) and multiple-GRAMMY nominee Tyler Johnson (Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran), Untamed was met with widespread critical acclaim from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, PEOPLE, Associated Press, and many others. Since her debut album release, Cam, who co-wrote each of her 11 debut album tracks, has appeared on national TV programs including Good Morning America, Today, CBS This Morning, The Voice, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Talk, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, LIVE with Kelly, The Grammys, ACM Awards, and The 10th ACM Honors CBS special with Alicia Keys.
Released on October 27 to the delight of fans anxious for new music, Cam previews her 2018 Arista Nashville/RCA Records sophomore album with “Diane,” the forthcoming collection’s debut single. Inspired by the storyline of Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene,” the driving, tempo-rich track delivers a sonically refreshing tale of love and regret and commiseration. The song was co-written by the same team behind “Burning House” – Cam, Jeff Bhasker and Tyler Johnson – and, was also produced by Bhasker and Johnson.
About the song, Cam shares, “‘Diane’ is my response to Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene.’ It’s the apology so many spouses deserve, but never get. The other woman is coming forward to break the news to the wife about an affair, respecting her enough to have that hard conversation, once she realized he was married. Because everyone should be able to decide their own path in life, based on the truth. Women especially should do this for each other, since our self-worth can still be so wrapped up in our partners. And in true country fashion, I’ve set the whole raw story to upbeat music, so you can dance while you process it all.”
Among other appearances in support of “Diane,” California-native Cam is looking ahead to the launch of her Best Coast Tour, headlining nine West Coast dates beginning November 28. Having recently opened selected shows on Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s blockbuster Soul2Soul Tour and for international star Harry Styles at his sold out Ryman Auditorium show in Nashville, Cam is also set to wrap her opening slot on George Strait’s 2017 residency tour at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with shows December 8 and 9. For complete tour dates, please visit www.camcountry.com.
In addition to completing her first headline concert series, 2016’s The Burning House Tour, this rising country star opened two major 2016 tours: Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It Tour and Dierks Bentley’s Somewhere on a Beach Tour. The Apple Music Festival 2015 in London, Stagecoach, SXSW, ACM Lifting Lives Party for a Cause, CMA Music Festival, the Grand Ole Opry, and the C2C Festival in the UK and Ireland are among the many events in which Cam has participated over the past two years.
Along with working on her upcoming album, Cam’s busy 2017 included co-writing the song “Palace” with Sam Smith and Tyler Johnson on Sam Smith’s new album, The Thrill of It All, releasing November 3. She also contributed background vocals and electric guitar to the track.
Close your eyes and you’re there.
You’re there with a few thousand close friends as the house lights suddenly darken, the stage spots flare and two familiar figures walk out to the sound of delirious screams.
With that, Big & Rich prove yet again that nobody rocks the room like they do. Big Kenny in his towering Mad Hatter headgear, John Rich in his trademark black Stetson — together they ignite the night and keep it at full blaze for hours.
Big & Rich are a perfect summer night. They’re a wild ride, a hot time in a packed club, fists pumping to an unstoppable beat. They’re beach chairs, sand and surf, city thrills and country cool, old friends and new romance.
Since their triple-Platinum debut album Horse Of A Different Color, Big Kenny and John Rich have kept the faith, ramped up their groove, taken an occasional break for solo projects and come back with both guitars blazing. Their run as the ultimate good-time country music duo continues with Did It For The Party — a title that pretty much tells their story.
It’s all here: Exhilaration and heartbreak cruise hand-in-hand through “California.” “A little George Clinton and a little George Strait” is the recipe for some “Funk In The Country.” The action moves uptown on “No Sleep,” where “Big & Rich’s gonna play” until dawn and probably beyond. Far horizons promise adventure and escape on “The Long Way.” As if there were any doubt, they proclaim “We Came To Rock” with a drive and sing-along chorus that was built to kill.
There’s also some things you wouldn’t have heard them do 10 years ago, like “My Son,” a father’s unapologetically direct and tender expression of love. (Both guys have sons, so this one comes from more than one heart.) And what better testimony to love growing through years spent together than “Turns Me On”?
The sound and soul of Did It For The Party, then, is a true milestone: Bigger & Richer than anything these guys have done before while also reflecting the current stages of their lives. Lots of water has coursed down the Cumberland River since Rich made his first national impact with Lonestar and Kenny Alphin’s songs started providing hit material as songwriter for Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson and other headliners. They would find time to chase other ambitions even after achieving success together: Rich would win The Celebrity Apprentice. Big Kenny involved himself personally in charitable projects, including rescue efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Always, though, they wound up back together. Probably always will.
“These days we spend a lot of energy trying to be great dads and great husbands and take care of our families,” Rich muses. “At the same time, we absolutely destroy stages every time we walk out. It’s kind of of like when those streams cross in Ghostbusters. The results are 10 times as powerful as what we can do on our own. We’re not addition. We’re multiplication!”
“It’s still us doing what we do together because we love to do it,” Kenny adds. “If you look back at all the great things that have happened for John and me, it all started out with us getting together to just have fun. And the Big & Rich party don’t stop!”
They did it for the party. And as always, everyone is invited.
Lee Greenwood is an ICON in country music, with more than 30 albums to his credit. In fact, MCA released an album in 2013 called ICON.
With seven #1 songs & 25 charted singles his hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out”, “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands”, ”She’s Lyin”, “I don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose”, “Dixie Road”, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You”, “Going Going Gone”, “You Got A Good Love Comin”, “Fools Gold”, and “Mornin Ride”. Several crossover hits include, “Touch & Go Crazy”, “IOU” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me”. An additional duet with Suzie Boggus, “Hopelessly Yours”, was nominated for a Grammy. The CD “American Patriot”, recorded & released in 1992, went Platinum in 3 months.
Greenwood’s latest CD is: “I Want to be in Your World.” He wrote three of the seven songs & plays saxophone on the original track, “Here Comes Love There Goes My Heart”. He also covered the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins ballad, “You Can Let Go Now.” McDonald is featured playing piano in the song.
Multi-media entertainment mogul and mom, Reba McEntire has become a household name through a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail.
Reba has widely released the newly-packaged My Kind of Christmas on Nash Icon Records, following last year’s limited offering. The 14-track project includes collaborations with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Darius Rucker and Lauren Daigle. Wrapped up in the holiday spirit, the iconic entertainer has been tapped to host the two-hour CMA Country Christmas special, airing November 27 on ABC Television Network at 8/7C.
She is currently nominated for two GMA Dove Awards for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year and Song of the Year (“Back To God”) from SING IT NOW: SONGS OF FAITH AND HOPE (Nash Icon Records / Capitol Christian Music Group). The album topped both the Billboard Country and Christian/Gospel charts for multiple weeks and marked her thirteenth summit, bolstering Reba’s successful record of 35 No. 1 singles and over 56 million albums sold worldwide. She will perform during the broadcast, airing October 22 at 8:00P CT on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl member has won 15 American Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 7 CMA Awards and 2 Grammy Awards, in addition to an ACM Career Achievement Honor and 50th Anniversary Milestone Award for the Most Awarded ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, as well as the first-ever American Country Countdown NASH Icon Award and a National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. The Grand Ole Opry member has also received the Andrea Bocelli Foundation Humanitarian Award, Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award and the Music Biz Chairman’s Award. During her 2011 All The Women I Am Tour, Pollstar and Billboard’s Boxscore named Reba the No. 1 female Country touring artist with a combined total of over 9 million tickets sold in her career.
This season she will launch the REBA by Justin™ collection for Holiday 2017 at select retailers nationwide. In 2005, Reba partnered with Dillard’s to launch her own clothing line, and the lifestyle brand has since expanded into shoes, bedding and luggage.
The Oklahoma native is an acclaimed actress with 11 movie credits to her name, including Tremors, North and The Little Rascals. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut in Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, which the New York Times hailed “without qualification the best performance by an actress in a musical comedy this season.” She also starred in the six-season television sitcom Reba (WB Television Network/The CW) and Malibu Country (ABC).
As part of the longest-running Country act in The Colosseum’s history, she will join with superstar pals for another round of REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together In Vegas at Caesars with shows returning November 29. Visit Reba.com for tour dates and more.
Whether requested by his loyal fans or heralded by fellow artists, the voice of Jimmy Fortune is one of those special instruments. His recognizable tenor has graced some of the biggest hits of country music, earning the Virginia native a slot in both the hallowed ranks of the Country Music Hall of Fame as the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Music has always been important in Jimmy’s life, as he first began performing with his father at local square dances back home. At the age of thirteen, he formed his first band – The New Edition – and the Jimmy Fortune story began. As an adult, he built a reputation for being one of the most talented and versatile performers in the Nelson County/Staunton area – becoming known as an artist who could sing anything, ranging from country and bluegrass to rock and roll.
In the early 1980s, word of his talent reached Lew DeWitt. Known as the tenor singer of the Statler Brothers, DeWitt heard Jimmy and walked away very impressed with the singer’s delivery. If that’s where Jimmy’s encounter with DeWitt had ended, that would have been fine enough. However, what he didn’t know was that Lew was in the early stages of Crohn’s Disease – which would force him to leave the quartet temporarily in 1982. DeWitt suggested that his partners in the group take a look at Fortune. They did, and Fortune was hired. Unfortunately, by the end of the year, DeWitt had to permanently leave the Statlers and the job became his on a full-time basis.
To say that he carved out his own place as a Statler would be an understatement. Encouraged to develop his writing talents, Fortune wrote and sang lead on many of their biggest hits. “Elizabeth,” “Too Much On My Heart,” “Forever,” and “More Than A Name On A Wall” are just a few of the Statlers’ biggest hits that feature the Fortune name and voice. He also was part of the group’s award-winning TNN variety series that ran from 1991 to 1998 and plated date after date on the road, bringing their legendary sound to thousands each year.
Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 8 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.
Since the early 1990s, the Gaither Vocal Band has served as a standard-bearer in the world of gospel music. Founded by legendary gospel songwriter and producer, Bill Gaither, this Grammy-winning vocal group has performed in the worlds most prestigious venues, including the Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.
Prolific CCM band Casting Crowns has achieved sales milestones with 10 million album sells including one RIAA 2x multi-Platinum album, four RIAA Platinum albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, seven RIAA Gold albums, four Gold DVDs, one RIAA Platinum certified single and five RIAA Gold certified digital singles. The band currently holds the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Casting Crowns has also been honored with four American Music Awards (out of seven total nominations), a GRAMMY Award for its 2005 album Lifesong, and six GRAMMY nominations. In addition, the group has garnered 17 GMA Dove Awards and two Billboard Music Awards from 11 total Billboard Music Award nominations.
Casting Crowns’ seven band members all remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta area and tour according to their local church commitments. Serving his 25 plus years of youth ministry, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall maintains his role as the student pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta.
In a career spanning almost 50 years, Engelbert Humperdinck has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame. He has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. His unique voice has charmed millions of fans around the globe. However, it’s not just the voice, but the man himself, with his endearing sense of humor and self-deprecating jokes. Engelbert has managed to strike a new chord with a younger generation after appearing on MTV several times.
Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts. The three-time GRAMMY-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.
In recent years, Adkins has performed for our service men and women across 11 USO Tours, with his 12th scheduled for spring 2017. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, he recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death and battles with personal demons. Adkins has played a tough-as-nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon (starring Mark Wahlberg) and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family-friendly film Moms’ Night Out (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew).
For more information, visit www.traceadkins.com or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @TraceAdkins.
The one change Tony Butala, original and founding member of The Lettermen, would have made in the 50 plus year career of one of the most popular vocal groups in history is a surprising one. “We chose the wrong name!” he exclaims. “In the late 50’s, when you started a vocal group and wanted to stand out from the crowd, all you had to do was use a novel new name that would give your group a unique look and image.” “If you are a new group in today’s world and you want to get noticed, you have to dye your hair purple or pink, multi-pierce your face, ears and tongue, and even then you may not be different enough to get any notoriety.”
Few people recall anymore the historical significance of Cornell Gunter’s decision at the time to “fly in the face of the wind.”: After all, he thought he could form a new group that would overcome the sudden lack of public interest in The Coasters‘ music and 1950’s music in general. And he thought he could do so by relying, in part at least, on Coasters’ music. Cornell believed that there was a new and unique way to present 1950’s music and clearly a new approach was needed because the early 60’s brought about a stunning and sudden change in American musical tastes. The Beatles and psychedelic music were right around the corner and almost overnight The Coasters, along with all of the other purveyors of the oldies group sound (The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Platters, to name a few), went from living as stars in the spotlight to being unable to get a new record played on the radio.
Looking back, given the current popularity of their type of music, it is hard to believe that this immensely popular art form could have fallen into disfavor so rapidly, joining such other fads as disco, calypso, big band, and swing; all of which disappeared from the American music scene.
The iconic Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice exploded on the Rap/Pop music scene in 1990/91 selling 10 million albums in 4 months and hitting number one on the Billboard charts with the number one single “Ice Ice Baby” and number one album positions. His worldwide album sales are over 25 million and individual songs total over 160 million and are still selling.
Vanilla Ice won 2 MTV Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and was nominated for a Grammy. Vanilla Ice has starred or appeared in the movies Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Cool As Ice, The Helix Loaded, The New Guy, The Bros, Big Money Hustlas, That’s My Boy and Ridiculous Six and Sandy with Adam Sandler.
His TV credits include Celebrity Boxing, Hollywood Squares, The Farm -UK, Surreal Life, Celebrity Bull Riding, Dancing On Ice 6, Canada Sings Seasons 1&2, and the DIY shows The Vanilla Ice Project Seasons 1,2, 3, 4 ,5 & 6, three episodes of Ice My House , and series Vanilla Ice Goes Amish 1 & 2. Vanilla Ice is working on Season 7 of The Vanilla Ice Project airing on DIY on July 15, 2017.
Vanilla Ice performed pantomine live on Stage as Captain Hook in Peter Pan in the UK as well as doing a 20-city Dancing On Ice skating tour. His latest TV appearances include guest spots on ABC – The View, Good Morning America, Good Afternoon America, The Today Show, The Late Night Show, guest spots on The Food Network and ABC Dancing With The Stars.
Vanilla Ice has had great success in Real Estate and has launched Vanilla Ice Real Estate.com with mentoring courses in Real Estate investments as well as speaking at live seminars around the US. His current TV show “The Vanilla Ice Project” on DIY won The Factual Award for the Best Home TV Show.
Vanilla Ice has toured consistently throughout his career since 1990 performing all over the world. The last two years’ tour stops have included the USA, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Dubai, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Australia and other countries. In 2016 and 2017 Vanilla Ice has toured the USA with The I Love The 90’s arena tour with over 80 cities with additonal tours in 2017 to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom.
Vanilla Ice has appeared in commercials for Zumba with a launched remix of “Ice Ice Baby”, a Vanilla Ice lighting line for Capital Lighting, Virgin Mobile in Australia, and internet ads for Hotels.com, Turbo Tax, 7 Eleven – LA market, and Six Flags – Dallas market and upcoming ads for Lumber Liquidators in 2017.
They are, undoubtedly, the group that changed the face of hip-hop as we know it. They also gave females across the globe a voice within their communities and the music industry as a whole. They are Salt-N-Pepa.
Twenty five years into their career, they continue to aspire to great heights with history making firsts. Not only were they the first female rappers to receive a Grammy, but they have also now teamed up with media mogul Oprah Winfrey and her talk show to become the one of the few select rappers to have the distinct honor to ever perform on The Oprah Winfrey Show during its history-making run.
Iconic figures in history that revolutionized, like none other, their respective industries, Oprah Winfrey has invited female rap icons Salt-N-Pepa to perform on a very special episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday April 13th. The show is aptly titled, “Rock Goddesses of the 70s and 80s”. Among other music icons to be featured on the show are Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Sister Sledge and Miley Cyrus. Salt-N-Pepa will do a medley of their greatest hits as well as a snippet of their most recent single “Hands Up”, to be released on iTunes within the coming weeks.
Salt-N-Pepa wraps a 25 city tour across the country and continue to celebrate 25 years since the release of their critically acclaimed multi-platinum selling album, Hot, Cool & Vicious, all as media mogul Oprah Winfrey celebrates her triumphant 25th and final year of presenting The Oprah Winfrey Show to millions around the globe.
Legends, icons, trailblazers, pioneers, innovators and trendsetters are just a few words often used to describe this group. From Grammys to MTV Video Awards, they have won them all. Whether it’s the top of the charts or on stages at sold out coliseums across the country, they have done it all. They are Grammy Award winning group, Salt-N-Pepa, which consists of Cheryl James and Sandy Denton (“Salt” and “Pepa”, respectively), and Deidre “Dee Dee” Roper (DJ Spinderella).
As the first ever female rap crew, Salt-N-Pepa, broke barriers and opened doors wide open that were once closed to women in hip-hop. They gave women a voice in a male dominated industry and transformed the way the music world saw women forever. With the hit songs “Push It,” “Shake Your Thang,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man,” Salt-N-Pepa would defy everyone’s expectations and catapult hip-hop to new levels
Salt-N-Pepa have commissioned some of their closest friends and some of hip-hop’s greatest artists to join forces with them for the 2011 installment of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Legends of Hip-Hop Tour.” The VH1 reality show, “The Salt-N-Pepa Show,” officially reunited the ladies and made them realize that people really wanted to see them together again. After that, they decided to settle their differences and make this tour and several new ventures happen. Salt-N-Pepa’s “Legends of Hip-Hop Tour” is the first of many for them.
From all of Salt-N-Pepa’s greatest hits to “Freaks Come Out At Night,” by Whodini, “The Breaks,” from Kurtis Blow, “The Show” from Doug E. Fresh, “Children’s Story” from Slick Rick,” “How Ya Like Me Now” from Kool Moe Dee, “Cha, Cha, Cha” from MC Lyte, “It Takes Two” from Rob Base, “O.P.P.” from Naughty By Nature, and “Just a Friend” from Biz Markie, audiences will be able to rhyme with their favorite rappers and relive it all up close and in person for one night. According to Salt-N-Pepa, The “Legends of Hip-Hop Tour” will be a night of non-stop music and nostalgia.
“We encounter so many people who said they long to hear and see us again in concert,” said Salt. “People really miss seeing us out there. They come up to us and mention that our music touched them, brings back so many great memories for them and helped them just see life differently.”
Salt-N-Pepa will headline and present the “Legends of Hip-Hop Tour.” Last year a smaller version of the tour saw unprecedented success. This time around, more dates have been added to the trek across the country and no expenses have been spared on the production value of the tour in an effort to give their fans more of what they miss from the “LIVE” music and rap scene.
“Last year, the response was incredible. From Atlanta to DC, we sold out each date,” said Pepa. “People really want to see us and we really wanted to make this happen for our fans. Also, the timing was just right and it just all came together perfectly.”
Now, on the 25th anniversary of Salt-N-Pepa’s first album release, 1986’s Hot, Cool, & Vicious, which featured the hit song, “Push It,” this tour has an extra special added value. Salt-N-Pepa are still at it a quarter of a century later introducing themselves to a new generation of fans and still making those that grew up listening to their music continue to feel the excitement and energy that only SNP can provide.
“We know that the tour happens to be occurring during a milestone in our musical career, but more importantly it gives us an opportunity to reconnect with our fans and our friends in the business,” said Salt. “When you have a chance to see people again that you’ve met along the way and hear their stories again, there’s nothing like it in the world.”
Outside of the realm of being legends of the hip hop game, Grammy Award winning group, Salt-N-Pepa can also be called “revolutionaries of rap” and “groundbreakers of the game.” Not only using their mic as a means to make big beats and heads bob, but they also used it as means to get out messages of importance and relevance. From safe sex to independence and respecting yourself as a woman, Salt-N-Pepa saw the urgency and importance of empowering the female race and using their voices through the mic to influence millions with their music.
No matter what you call them, Salt-N-Pepa, along with the other artists on the tour, revolutionized a people, changed a culture and totally revamped the way the world saw music forever. You can’t list or mention the top rap songs of all time without their hit songs showing up. And you can’t talk about music history without mentioning their names. Their contributions to a culture and to the world of hip hop has influenced the landscape and look of music as we know it today.
“Recently, we had the opportunity to see Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera at events where we were performing. One of the first things they said to us was ‘we are such big fans; we absolutely love you and your music,’ ” said Pepa. It just blows our mind when we see the impact that we’ve had throughout the years on such huge, well respected mega stars like them. It’s both humbling and an honor all at the same time. It just goes to show us that superstars appreciate our music and we have genuinely impacted and touched their lives and continue to touch the lives of millions of our fans.”
Tone Loc soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song “Wild Thing” (using a sample from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin'”) a massive hit winning Grammy’s and countless other awards. The song Wild Thing was co-written by Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, as was the second single smash, “Funky Cold Medina.” The album “Loc-ed After Dark” became the second rap release ever to top the pop charts and one of the most popular of all time.
Tone’s popularity also grew with such notable film roles in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Heat,” “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane,” Poetic Justice,” “Posse,” “Surf Ninja’s,” “Freedom Strike,” “1998,” “Titan A.E. 2000,” “Code Hunter,” “They Crawl,” “Fakin Da Funk,” “Spy Hard,” “Blank Check,” “Car 54- Where Are You?” and many others. Tone has been fortunate to play in a variety of roles, avoiding the typecasting that most rappers and singers are constantly fighting against.
Not limiting himself to just film, he has also been in demand for TV guest spots such as hit FOX-TV series “Roc,” “Touched By An Angel,” “News Radio,” “Living Single,” “Martin,” “Early Edition” and a judge on WBN’S “You Can Be Star.” Tone has also lent his voice to several projects including the voice for “Gatorade” “Old Spice” the animation feature films “BeBe Kids,” “Ferngully,” “The Last Rainforest” and “Jamar The Bear.” Tone still has his voice on many commercials and television shows out today including the many radio spots and the cartoon commercials with Sierra Mist and Burger King airing all of 2009, across the country.
On March 26, 2007, Tone Loc was the #28 best selling title on eMusic…22 years after it’s release!
In 2009, Tone continues to tour many festivals, colleges, clubs and corporate events across America. Because of his popularity and “clean” shows, he performs many of the top festivals across the country and recently finished a NIKE Tour which had thousands of foot race runners enjoy the shows while running.
Over the years Tone has performed with many artists such as N’Sync, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Boyz II Men, Naughty By Nature, Coolio, Young MC, Sugar Hill Gang, Digital Underground, Sir Mix-A-Lot and many others.
Becoming a trailblazing Country Music superstar was an improbable destiny for Charley Pride, especially considering his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in Sledge, Mississippi. His unique journey to the top of the music charts includes a tumultuous detour through the world of Negro league, minor league and semi-pro baseball as well as many long years of labor alongside the vulcanic fires of a smelter. But in the end, with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with Nashville insiders into an amazing legacy of hit singles and tens of millions in record sales.
Sawyer Brown has performed more than 4500 shows and counting. More than a million miles behind them and still seeing the highway miles click by outside their bus window. Twenty-three albums. More than 50 chart singles. CMA, ACM, and CMT awards on the shelf. To pull a line from one of the band’s enduring hits: “This is the life and times of a travelin’ band.” A traveling band, indeed. Always on the move—on the road, on stage, and in their career. When asked about what keeps him motivated on the road, lead singer Mark Miller says, “It’s playing the next show. Be grateful for where you’ve been and be excited about where you’re going.”
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds’ award–winning, multi-faceted pop/urban career includes the consecutive multi-platinum landmark albums Tender Lover, For the Cool in You (including signature hits “Never Keeping Secrets” and “When Can I See You”), and The Day (”Every Time I Close My Eyes”). As co-founder with L.A. Reid of LaFace Records in 1989, Babyface nurtured the careers of such megastars as TLC, OutKast, Usher, and Toni Braxton. An 11-time Grammy Award® winner, Babyface most recently released Return of the Tender Lover in December 2015, his first solo album in seven years. This latest project introduces a freer, less structured Babyface putting his stamp on a contemporary sound he describes as “unapologetic R&B.” This album follows up the critical and commercial response to his and Toni Braxton’s 2014 Grammy®–winning album Love, Marriage & Divorce.
Paralleling those achievements are Babyface’s extensive songwriting and production credits from the 1990’s forward. He has produced and written/co-written hits for artists from Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, and Michael Jackson to Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, P!nk, and Beyoncé, among countless others. That hit list boasts such smashes as Madonna’s “Take a Bow,” Clapton’s “Change the World,” and Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You.” His most recent productions include collaborations with BET for “New Edition Story,” Bruno Mars, Kat Graham, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Ledisi, Colbie Caillat, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, After 7, and Toni Braxton, as well as wrote and produced music for the Adam Sandler film Sandy Wexler.
The prolific music man counts more than 200 top 10 R&B and over 50 top 10 pop hits (including 16 No. 1’s). In turn, those stats have generated cumulative single and album sales of more than 600 million units worldwide. He has won numerous awards and honors including the Soul Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, BET Walk of Fame Award, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013, and was inducted into the 2017 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Babyface is a passionate philanthropist active in supporting Carousel of Hope, which benefits the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, and Larry Ruvo’s “Keep Memory Alive.” He has also lent his support to FasterCures, VH-1 Save the Music, United Negro College Fund, Boarder Babies, The Little Blue House (in Washington, D.C.), the David Foster Foundation, and the Mike Milken Prostate Cancer Foundation.
He plans to release a new solo CD in 2018.
Surviving the test of time, Anthony Hamilton will soon gift his fans with yet another compilation baring his heart and soul. Millions across the globe have bought his albums, falling deeply in love with raw, passionate notes that tell a story so familiar that it belongs to us all. His new album, “What I’m Feelin’,” merges a life-long journey with a musical evolution that never once sacrifices his roots.
One of the most celebrated new artists in today’s country music landscape, 25-year-old Chase Bryant was raised in Orange Grove, TX (pop. 1,200). Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet. Conway, Merle, Petty, Vince, Bob Wills, Steve Wariner, Bryan Adams and more were early influences as were records by Keith Urban, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes. Bryant’s second consecutive hit “Little Bit of You” rose to #3 on the country radio charts. His guitar-wielding Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back” spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, seven weeks on the GAC Top 20 Country Countdown, and was a Top 20 Most Watched Video on VEVO TV Nashville. Internationally, the single was a Top 20 hit in Canada and earned the #1 spot on Australia’s CMC Countdown. Bryant will bring these hits to life as part of Brad Paisley’s LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR in 2017. For more information visit: http://www.chasebryant.com
Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 #1 hits including his most recent smash, “Today.” The song has resonated with fans around the globe with the music video garnering over 43 million views, so far. “Heaven South” is his current single from his 11th studio album, LOVE AND WAR, which was released April 21. It is his 9th consecutive studio album to debut #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. On April 28 LOVE AND WAR was released as country music’s first ever visual album for a limited time exclusively on Apple Music and now is available on VEVO. Paisley has contributed two instrumental tracks to the Disney·Pixar movie Cars 3, which hit theaters on June 16. Paisley’s 2017 Weekend Warrior World Tour kicked off on May 18 and continued across the country after returning from sold out shows in Sweden and Norway this summer. Paisley has partnered with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, and Sony Music Nashville, by launching 2017 Band Against Cancer. The campaign will spread the word of community-based treatment, options and support. Sarah Cannon has adopted Paisley’s #1 hit “Today” as the campaign’s 2017 theme song. Paisley’s Netflix comedy special debuted August 15 – “Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo.” He has a song, “Stubborn Angels,” in the upcoming movie Same Kind of Different As Me, in theaters October 20. Paisley will return for his 10th year as co-host, with Carrie Underwood, for “The 51st Annual CMA Awards,” airing live on Nov. 8 (8:00 – 11:00pm/et) on the ABC Television Network. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.