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CRS 2017: Top 5 Moments

Hard to believe this time last week we were already in full gear hosting interviews for 2017’s Country Radio Seminar. CRS is a 3 day seminar in which all of “country radio” converge on the Music City to interview artists, attend talent filled luncheons, visit workshops/meetings and reunite with fellow radio and media friends from all over the nation and some international. This seminar is host unbelievable moments that are unmatched to any other experience. Below are my “Top 5” moments of this year’s CRS.

5. Rooftop At The Westin

Nothing like a CRS showcase with a view. Thanks to media friend Shawn Carnes of Nashville Underground Management, we got to start CRS with a bang on a rooftop like we were high class..

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Interestingly enough when we returned from the party to attend the Opry at the Omni we ran into “High Class” singer Eric Paslay. What a nice guy!!

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4. Lady Antebellum at the “Opry”

While some thought the group was separating as soon as they announced taking a break and announcing solo projects, we knew there was no way this talented trio were ever going to stay apart. Lady A delivered last Wednesday night with a live performance of their current single “You Look Good“. Already in the Top 30 on the rolling Mediabase chart with only 6 weeks of spins, this single promises to deliver success with its soul filled sounds.

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If you haven’t heard the new single yet check it here:

 

3. Interviewing William Michael Morgan

Not only talented and bringing us tunes reminiscent of my favorite genre of country (80s/90s) this country crooner is a joy to talk to with an unbeatable personality. A true Southern gentleman, Morgan took a few minutes to tell us about him fiancé Jennifer Wayne. Already wearing a band on his left hand, he told us that if Jen gets to wear one he wanted to go ahead and wear one too. It’s no secret WMM is in love and cherishes her, both posting about each other on their socials. Attention men- take heed from Morgan- he’s got mad props in relationship goals! A humble man, Morgan didn’t resist in giving God the glory for the success of his career!

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2. Midland at the BMLG Luncheon

If you haven’t picked up of this trio’s talent already then do yourself a favor and BUY THEIR ALBUM! The smooth sultry sounds of yesteryear intertwine into the melodies and harmonies of what makes up Midland. Their acoustic set at the BMLG luncheon was a huge highlight.

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I had the opportunity to meet Midland after the luncheon and these guys are just as nice as they are talented. Their personalities, their look and their vibe is exactly what country radio needs right now! I predict big things in the future for the group. Check out their current single “Drinkin’ Problem” here:

 

1. UMG Luncheon

Undoubtedly the Universal Music Group luncheon is one of the biggest highlights of CRS. A country fan’s dream and a CRS reality, the group of us radio and media folks converged on the mother church, The Ryman Auditorium, early Thursday afternoon to guarantee a spot in the line prior to entering into this hallowed building. Picture a school field trip on steroids, we get to eat a box lunch while enjoying an acoustic set, one song each, of UMG’s biggest label artists. You know it’s gonna be a great show when Luke Bryan opens and Darius Rucker follows with “Give me a moment, Luke Bryan just opened for me..”

One of this year’s most memorable moments- Lauren Alaina singing “Three” with Sony Artist Seth Ennis accompanying her on the piano. If anyone has any doubt of this songstress’ chops just go see her live, she will knock your socks off.

The whole show was filled with impressive talent including hearing hits from Alaina, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Josh Tuner. While the showcase as a whole was already memorable, it ended on an incredible moment, a gift no one could’ve imagined. Three of UMG’s most talented guitarists, Urban, Stapleton and Gill finished the show with a roaring 6 minute guitar session, blowing everyone’s minds. Urban started out with his single “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and surprised everyone at the end with the collaboration. An unforgettable moment that everyone talked about as the crowd made their way back to the seminar’s host home, The Omni.

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Sammy Boots
I am a country music loving asphalt cowgirl with a passion for helping kids with cancer. I was born and raised in Orlando, FL where I currently reside. Although I was born and raised in the city don’t let that fool you. If you run into me, there’s no doubt you will find me wearing one of my many pairs of cowboy boots! There’s really not a time I can recall as a child where I wasn’t jammin’ out to country on the radio with my mom and two sisters in the car. Country music has always been a strong part of my life; recalling when I was 5, I sat on Santa’s lap and all I asked for was an Alan Jackson CD. Who knew a year later I would attend my very first concert to see Mr. Jackson. When not submerged in country music, I am a professional photographer, social media junkie, and most importantly spend my time devoted to my involvement with children with cancer. My passion started when a family friend was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the tender age of 12. What began with putting together some material, making her a blanket and wanting to get involved, turned into making blankets through her organization for her friends and other kids at a local hospital. One day I picked up a crochet book and decided to add crochet hats to the packages. Pairing that decision with my passion to help eventually turned into my own organization, “Unraveled by Samantha Dawn”. Word started to spread about what I was doing and parents began contacting me to crochet hats and wigs for their own child suffering from cancer. From 2012 to 2016, I’ve crocheted almost 200 hats and wigs, and just added dolls in the last year that have shipped to kids all over the United States, England, Holland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Canada. I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of the kids and their families here in Orlando, in Nashville and along road trips to North Carolina. Jesus has blessed me with this opportunity and I am forever thankful for it. I look to Country Music for comfort, joy, and relaxation. It’s cool to be part of the very best fan base ever! I’m so lucky that my passion for these kids has effortlessly paired with my love for this genre and I hope one day to start a program to get these down to earth artists involved in more children’s hospitals around the US.
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