Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sara Evans, Raelynn and Kalie Shorr Kick Off CMT Next Women Of Country Tour with sold-out New York City Show!



Evans Set to Appear on “Pickler & Ben” – Episode Premieres February 15

Raelynn (L), Sara Evans (C), Kalie Shorr (R) Photo courtesy Born To Fly Records

Nashville, TN – February 13, 2018 
ACM and CMA Award winning country music star Sara Evans headlined the 4th annual CMT Next Women of Country tour last night, kicking off the series with a sold-out show at New York City’s B.B. King’s Blues Club! In addition to electrifying sets from Sara and special guests RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr, the packed house was treated to a special encore with the three artists performing a special rendition of the 80s anthem “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

The 15-city “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” headed to Concord, NH for a special Valentine’s Day show before dates in Albany, Verona and Medford to round out the first weekend.

Adding to the great week, Evans is set to appear on the syndicated daytime talk show "Pickler & Ben," hosted by country singer Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning television personality Ben Aaron.  The episode will premiere on February 15 and re-air on CMT.  Check for tune in information.
Photo courtesy Born To Fly Records 

Tickets and VIP packages for the “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” are on sale now. For full list of dates and to purchase tickets, visit and . 

*"CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr" 

Remaining Dates 
Date     Market  Venue
February 17, 2018: Medford, MA Chevalier Theatre
February 23, 2018: Athens, OH  Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
February 24, 2018: Richmond, KY EKU Center for the Arts
February 25, 2018: Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre
March 9, 2018: Salina, KS Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
March 10, 2018 Pocola, OK Choctaw Casino Resort - Centerstage
March 15, 2018 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Muriel Kauffman Theatre
March 16, 2018 Prior Lake, MN  Mystic Lake Casino – Mystic Showroom
March 17, 2018 Waukegan, IL    Venue TBA
April 6, 2018: Lake Charles, LA  Golden Nugget
April 7, 2018: Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre

ABOUT SARA EVANS:  Multi-platinum entertainer SARA EVANS is at the top of her game. With five No. 1 Country singles including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” which spent 2 weeks in the top spot and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A., Sara thrills audiences across the U.S. playing close to 100 shows each year and in 2018 headlines the “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr.”Her “stunning, country voice” (Rolling Stone) has earned her the prestigious Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations. In addition, the CMA awarded Video of the Year honors for her hit chart-topping single, "Born to Fly" from her double-platinum album of the same name. 

Evans’ discography also includes the platinum-selling studio albums Real Fine Place and Restless and the gold-certified No Place That Far. Sara continues to forge a bold, creative path with the launch of Born To Fly Records, distributed by Sony RED, and her highly anticipated eighth studio album, Words, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart. The project has been dubbed the album of her lifetime and “captures an artist in full musical flight” (Associated Press). 

In addition to a prolific country music career, Sara is an accomplished author, lifestyle blogger and Red Cross ambassador who in 2008 was presented with the national Crystal Cross award for her work with the disaster-relief organization. 

For more information on Sara Evans, visit 
ABOUT RAELYNN: Recently named a “Best Country Album of 2017” by both UPROXX and Rolling Stone, RaeLynn released her Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville #1 debut WildHorse, produced by Jimmy Robbins and Nicolle Galyon, earlier this year to substantial critical acclaim. Lead single “Love Triangle” tells her personal story in a way that "is a raw and emotional account of what it’s like to be the child of divorced parents" (People Magazine), which media and fans immediately gravitated to, evidenced by the single hitting Top 10 sales per spin while the music video has racked up over 11.5 million views since its release. The remainder of the 12-track album, 11 of which (including the widely-praised “Lonely Call”) were co-written by RaeLynn herself, is a broader look into her life over the past few years since her breakthrough on NBC’s hit show, The Voice
Selected as a 2017 “Country Artist to Watch” by Pandora, Napster and Billboard and a CMT Next Women of Country inductee, RaeLynn has tallied 195 million plus cumulative career streams. She is poised to follow in the early success of her Top 10, GOLD-certified song “God Made Girls” that has tallied more than 1 million track equivalent sales and has been streamed more than 60 million times. The breakout star has earned numerous award nominations including the Academy of Country Music Awards’ New Female Vocalist of the Year, Radio Disney Music Awards’ Favorite Country Song and The Freshest! - Best New Artist Countryand most recently CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year, her second in that category in addition to a Female Video of the Year nod. She recently announced her partnership with Too Faced Cosmetics and the RaeLynn-inspired “Life’s A Festival” collection will launch in February 2018. Over the past several months, she has performed on several national TV shows including TODAY, Late Night with Seth Meyers and ELLEN. 
Kalie Shorr photo
(credit: Quinton Cook)
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Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. The Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM Highway Find and was praised by Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Taste of Country, and even Billboard magazine. In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country

Her newly released single “Two Hands” has already been added to Sirius XM, Radio Disney Country and TuneIn with prominent placement on Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Cool Country playlists. With a new EP , Awake released in January, Kalie was recently inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2018. 

Playing over 100 shows a year, Kalie’s message of female- empowerment has led to her being called the “next ‘Women of Country’ generation” [ CMChat] and a “modern country woman [who will] continue to inspire in 2018” []. 
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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Liv Austen to play all 3 days of London’s C2C Festival 2018

“Liv Austen is one of the hottest properties 
on the British country music scene”
 – Country Music Magazine’s 2018 Hot List
“I haven’t found anyone who dislikes this record”
Steve Cherrell’s Big Country show (BBC regional stations)
Country Music Magazine Issue 08 Page 42 Feature

After her debut single release for NUA Records last year, The Next Time, which sat on the Chris Country A-List for 11 weeks as the only UK artist featured, Liv Austen storms into 2018 with the release of her updated next single, Don’t Regret A Single One, whilst also featuring in Country Music magazine’s 2018 Hot List alongside The Wandering HeartsTyler ChildersCatherine McGrathJade Jackson and others.

With its upbeat feel and rich accompaniment, Don’t Regret A Single One is a song with a catchy melody and lyrical charm and was mixed by Ash Howe, known for his work with James MorrisonThe CorrsLittle Mix and Ellie Goulding to name a few. Of the lyric, Liv explains: ‘the song is an anthem for anyone who’s made mistakes in love, and learnt from them. It’s about how heartache makes you stronger and that relationships, both successful and unsuccessful, make us who we are today’. Her rich lead vocal is akin to the same dynamic power as Carrie Underwood and the result is a performance both infectious and inspiring.

Country Music Hot List artist Liv Austen is performing at all three days of C2C Festival at The O2London and will be available for interviews across the weekend. 
Liv will be performing at the following times:
  • Fri 9 March 2018: 16:40–17:10 - Big Entrance Stage (Main Entrance)
  • Sat 10 March 2018 15:10–15:40 - Big Entrance Stage (Main Entrance)
  • Sun 11 March 2018: 11–12 – C2C Close Up (Building Six) with Meet & Greet

C2C2018 Festival Timeline Guide Feb 2018 (Issue 1)
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Originally from Olso in Norway, Liv moved to the UK to develop her acting career, when the songs she was writing in her spare time found their way into the hands of music industry folk who clearly saw their potential.
Now, a few years later, having performed at C2C playing The Brooklyn Bowl just after Ward Thomas, plus having Ben Earle from The Shires write material for her, Liv Austen is a force to be reckoned with on the UK’s Country Music scene.

Liv is currently writing tracks for her upcoming album with various people including Jessica Sharman who wrote five tracks on Cartwheels by Ward Thomas (the first Country album to make No 1 in the UK).

As well as this she’s filming for a well-known Channel 4 series to be broadcast later this year as well as gigging with her band around the UK.
Looks like 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Liv Austen and her heartfelt blend of Country-Pop. Be sure to check her website for upcoming gigs and we suggest getting a few of them in your own diary too – you won’t regret a single one!

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine’s Day: Country artist messages and a Lady Antebellum Radio Special

2018 Valentine’s Day Radio Special
Hosted By Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood
of Lady Antebellum, aka Manta-bellum

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day (February 14th 2018), and we’ve got some thoughts and feelings more about love, romance and marriage from several of your favourite country artists.
Some are new, and some are old favs. Which country stars are romantic?
Which ones aren’t? Which ones have a good reason to celebrate the holiday that’s all about love?

Alan Jackson: Talks about his love for wife, Denise, over the years.
Billy Currington:  Recalls his first real Valentine’s Day.
Darius Rucker: Knew he would marry his wife, Beth, on their first date.
Dierks Bentley: Gives guys tips for a first date.
Dierks Bentley: Says the most interesting gift he and his wife Cassidy have given each other were mixtapes of songs.
Eric Church: Says His Wife, Katherine, loves him in spite of everything.
Josh Turner: Says his wife would call him a romantic, but now that they have four children, it takes a bit of work to make time for each other.
Lauren Alaina: Recalls her first, and potentially disastrous, valentine’s day with her longtime boyfriend, alex
Little Big Town’s: Phillip Sweet was ready for love when he met rebecca, his wife since 2007.
Luke Bryan: Says Valentine’s Day is for him and his wife, Caroline.

Listen here:


With Lady A’s leading lady Hillary Scott staying home to look after her new precious baby girls (born in the early hours of January 29th, 2018) these radio specials are brought to you solely from Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, aka “Manta-bellum.”

Lady Antebellum is currently making their way up the country charts with “Heart Break” (Capitol Nashville).
This week on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart it was a non-mover at #36 in its 20th chart frame (4.777 million audience impressions; 1372 radio spins)

Where's the LOVE Country radio ?!!!

Segment 1 – 16:35
Lady Antebellum - "Heart Break"
Darius Rucker - "For The First Time"
Rascal Flatts - "These Days"
Easton Corbin - "A Girl Like You"

Segment 4 - 15:05
Luke Bryan - "Do I"
Maren Morris – “I Could Use A Love Song”
Jake Owen - "The One That Got Away"
Jordan Davis - "Single You Up"

Segment Bonus - 4:00
Kenny Chesney - "Somewhere With You"

Segment 6 – 15:23
Eric Church - "Like Jesus Does"
LANCO - "Greatest Love Story"
Carrie Underwood - "Heartbeat"
Shania Twain - "You’re Still The One"

Segment 7 – 3:40
Lady Antebellum - "Heart Break"

Country Radio Celebrates Valentine's Day

Country radio got into VALENTINE'S DAY spirit, with several stations going above and beyond to spread the love, including FOREVER MEDIA Country WGTY/YORK, which collected more than 2,200 Valentines from listeners and will send them to local senior centers throughout the week.

Here Comes The Brides: WNCY/Appleton-Green Bay morning personality and ordained minister Shotgun Shannon (c) marries four couples on the air this morning (2/14) to celebrate Valentine's Day. Shotgun weddings, get it? The station's Charli McKenzie acted as maid of honor and Luke Reid was best man

Midwest Communications Country WNCY/GREEN BAY morning co-host Shotgun also celebrated the day of love by hosting "SHOTGUN Weddings" Wednesday (Feb 14), where four couples shared their wedding days live on the WNCY FACEBOOK page. Enjoy here and pictures here.

Country Routes Country Love Songs Playlist

Artists We Love

Love Is In The Air
C2C Speed Dating Application
Event Timing: 9th - 11th March, 2018
Event Address: VIP Lounge, Indigo, The O2, London SE10 0DX

Form Deadline: Friday 23rd February, 2018

UK singer-songwriter Simon Clewlow releases single Vintage Photo Frame as label Inspire Records is officially launched

 Simon Clewlow releases debut single Vintage Photo Frame 
with label Inspire Music

Cheadle, Stoke-On-Trent, singer-songwriter Simon Clewlow and Charlotte Elizabeth Board from Record Label / Management Service Inspire Music joined Wolverhampton Country presenter Jim Duncan 101.8 WCR FM (Wolverhampton Community Radio "The station with a lot more for Wolverhampton"/ The British Country Music Association (BCMA) Awards director) to discuss songwriting and the official launch on the Inspire Music project.

Listen to the Interview/ Session here:

Every Picture Tells Story

Release Date: 9 Feb. 2018
Label: Inspire Records 
Copyright: (P) (C) Inspire Records
Total Length: 3:46

Simon has just released his new melodic and thought-provoking single "Vintage Photo Frame" on new label Inspire Records on Feb 9th. 
It was co-written by Charlotte Elizabeth and performed live in the WCR FM studio. The song made a debut at #3 on the UK iTunes Country Singles Chart.

With its acoustic opening, the sparse song with gentle percussion and soft electric guitar underpins the heartbreaker track. 
It's a childhood tale about growing apart from a strict and heartless grand parent who sadly becomes a distant memory.

As the tears fall the positive is using that bitter heavy heart experience to pass down to a child of one's own to instil in them kindness in every way whilst allowing them the space to run free.

As a new-on-the-scene artist Simon also took the opportunity to showcase new material with the love-and-lost themed "Treading Water", "We've Seen It All" and "Only When It Rains" all slated to appear on an EP in the coming months

Simon Clewlow: Live Dates
16 March 2018 at 21:00 - The Old School BBQ Bus, Oldham (Alford street, Hollinwood OL97LP)
25 May 2018 - Pre Bryan Adams show at Genting Arena, Birmingham (Perimeter Road, B40 1NT)
15 July 2018 - 15:00 Welshpool Showground (nr Powis Castle)

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About Inspire Music

Music production studio · Record label · Management Service


Inspire Music mission statement: "We are committed to working in partnership with other companies to spread live music across the UK".
Fronted by Charlotte Elizabeth Board and her business partner Matt Bishop (Honey Ryder >> Video) who originally started the concept, they are aiming to market themselves as a boutique record label to then take the artists to a big label with a view to getting them signed and as a platform for the unknown artists building their profile as a stepping stone to the next point in their career.

On third Feb 3, 2017 Charlotte released her 6-song project EP SURVIVE (CEI Events; iTunes) inspired by Charlotte’s fight against cancer when younger. As the songwriter Charlotte asked UK musicians to record the songs. The lead-off single ‘Shatter Like Glass’ (Amazon UK (MP3) - performed by Angels with Dirty Faces and co-written with Stuart Landon was released on Oct 14, 2016 landing a #4 UK iTunes Country Singles peak (#318 overall UK Singles chart).

What They Do
Inspire Music offers all types of recording, writing, producing and mixing for artists in a studio set in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside.
They will work with each artist to help them create and record music in their own unique style, sourcing session musicians and using creative techniques to bring out the best in every piece.

They've worked with many artists over time witnessing the challenges they face creating a complete product from their music. Assisting in this enterprise they will provide packages such as CD manufacture and duplication, website design, photos plus much more.

Their recording studio is equipped with the latest in digital recording technology to ensure an excellent sound quality at every stage during the recording, mixing and mastering process.
They record using an extremely high spec Apple Mac Pro with the latest audio software available. Additionally, they have a wide range of outboard gear including Neve and Millennia pre amps - "No job is too small or too big for us at our recording studio and we can offer production and session playing from a range of professional musicians".
Inspire Music select musicians by viewing them live to ensure that they fit with their company ethics and to ensure that they deliver the right passion and dedication that we would expect if it was our event.
Find out more here and here.
Branching out Inspire Music is heading out to California in April with plans for a Nashville visit in May.

On Feb 13th Belles and Gals (who promote female country acts) agreed a partnership with Inspire Music as part of the launch party in Stoke. Its aim is creating joint live-music ventures combining experience, both within the country music industry and the wider music scene. They hope to create a truly special live event experience which will appeal to both fans and artists alike...Read more at

Not Just A Country Label

Inspire Music - Under Management Roster:

  • Simon Clewlow
  • The Angels With Dirty Faces are a Nottingham based country band who have been established for some time on the UK Country Scene whilst the other three artists of local and play a variety of pop, alternative and folk inspired music.
  • Lily Garland: Portsmouth country Singer/Songwriter. Featured by Lyric Magazine in their playlist (week Feb 2017) and on The Next Women of Country Spotify Playlist. Has received regular airplay on Express FM (See photo), and other internet radio stations. In 2017, Lily was nominated in the UK Country Music Awards 2017 in two categories, Female Singer of the Year and the prestigious Artist of the Year. More details on her Facebook Page
  • Catherine Richards - A Pop Singer, actress and dancer who hails from Brierley Hill, Birmingham. In January she announced that she had signed an Artist Development contract with Inspire Music. She will open for The Angels with Dirty faces and fellow Inspire Music artists, on their tour stop at Blakey's Cafe Bar in Staffordshire on Friday 23rd February. Find out more on her Facebook Page
Matt Bishop (L), Charlotte Elizabeth (C) and Simon Clewlow (R)
at Chillz bar Burslem on Feb 1, 2018.

On August 17, 2017, after weeks of planning, Charlotte and Matt launched their very first Inspire Music Acoustic & Networking nights in their hometown of Staffordshire at Blakeys Cafe Bar to a packed crowd.
These monthly nights are Showcase opportunities for 4 different artists to perform their material and to invite musicians of different genres so that they are introduced to each other and everyone gets to network with people who wouldn’t normally cross paths.

Listen also to a phone interview with Matt Bishop and Charlotte Elizabeth conducted by Roger Peck on his British Country Music Show on CMR Nashville ("Europe's No.1 Country Music Station") first broadcast on 8 Feb 2018. They talk about their project, plans for a Nashville visit in May, and exciting news that there is brand new music in the pipeline from Folk/rock band Honey Ryder!

On February 10th Inspire Records had their sold-out Record Label Launch Party at Fulford Village Hall in Stoke-on-Trent hosted by The Angels with Dirty Faces and 4 others attended by 220.

Next Live Event

SAT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018 6:00pm
They have helped Charman Promotions to provide artists to ‘An Audience with…  with Stewart Charman (known for his hosting of the Welshpool Country Festival Showcase Stage)
Where: Welshpool Indoor Market / Town Hall, Welshpool (Broad Street, Welshpool SY21 7JQ)
7pm - 7.40pm One Crow Sorrow
8pm - 8.40pm Simon Clewlow
9pm - 9.40pm Emma Swindells
10pm - 10.45pm Angels With Dirty Faces
Tickets are £13.75 Event

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