Before Saturday (5/5) night’s sold-out concert at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, Brantley Gilbert was surprised with a GOLD plaque to commemorate sales of over 500,000 copies of HALFWAY TO HEAVEN. His label family, The Valory Music Co, (under The Big Machine Label Group umbrella), and booking agency, CAA, hosted a pre-show celebration for the accolade.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Brantley and are not only celebrating a GOLD record but that HALFWAY TO HEAVEN is now officially halfway to platinum,” said Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta.
The album features the GOLD-certified, #1 hit, “Country Must Be Country Wide,” as well as his current Top 15 single, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”
Gilbert played a fiercely entertaining 45-minute set after the presentation that had the sold-out crowd on their feet with their fists in the air as he belted out his hits "Country Must Be Country Wide," and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." Gilbert proved to the Nashville community that he is a force to be reckoned with, backed by thousands of passionate fans who proudly call themselves the "BG Nation."
Chosen for an opening slot on Eric Church’s Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, the hot newcomer has earned rave reviews, including this tweet,” Eric Church is up next, but @BrantleyGilbert had the Nashville crowd in the palm of his hand. http://pic.twitter.com/eIhaeIaL,” from USA Today Nashville correspondent Brian Mansfield, after attending the Nashville tour stop.
Among Gilbert’s impressive list of industry accolades, the 27-year-old rising star was most recently nominated for the 2012 ACM New Artist of the Year after earning his first-ever nod in the Song of the Year category at the 2011 CMA Awards. His first single, “Country Must Be Country Wide,” on The Valory Music Co. also garnered him the prestigious honor of being the only new artist in 2011 to have a #1 hit at Country radio. As a celebrated songwriter, Gilbert has penned three #1 hits – “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Country Must Be Country Wide.”
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Pictured (L-R): Back Row – Big Machine Label Group’s Harry Lyons, Justin Key, Kelsey Chandler, Megan Knutson, Whitney Sutton, John Zarling, Annie Ortmeier, The Valory Music Co.’s George Briner, Jake Basden, Erik Powell, Jimmy Chapin; Middle Row – Big Machine Label Group’s Matthew Hargis, Jimmy Harnen, Sandi Spika Borchetta, Scott Borchetta, Brantley Gilbert, Allison Jones, Kelly Rich, Brittney McKenna; Front Row – Wayne Milligan, Andrew Kautz, Nikki Burns and Seth Hellman (Photo Credit: Chase Reynolds)