Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Riley Green, Danielle Bradbery, Conner Smith, Shane Profitt & Mackenzie Carpenter Perform for Radio Programmers & Industry Crowd
NASHVILLE, TN (March 15, 2023) – Wrapping Country Radio Seminar (CRS) week on a high note, Big Machine Label Group showcased eight of its superstars and in-demand newcomers today at the Omni hotel in downtown Nashville. The signature luncheon welcomes Country radio and industry executives, treating them to performances earlier this afternoon (3/15) from the diverse roster of talent – BRANTLEY GILBERT, JUSTIN MOORE, CHRIS JANSON, RILEY GREEN, DANIELLE BRADBERY, CONNER SMITH, SHANE PROFITT and MACKENZIE CARPENTER.
BMLG Chairman and CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA invited the room to explore new music and celebrate career milestones they helped create alongside imprint leaders JIMMY HARNEN (BMLG Records President/CEO), GEORGE BRINER (The Valory Music Co. President) and CLAY HUNNICUTT (Big Machine Records GM).
Grand Ole Opry member and multi-platinum recording artist CHRIS JANSON kicked things off at top speed with his boot-stomping rouser, “Rowdy Gentleman.” The high-octane performer’s larger-than-life stage presence was on full display as he continued his set with the title track from his forthcoming album Outlaw Side of Me. Closing with his most-added, BMLG Records debut, “All I Need Is You,” it’s easy to see how Rolling Stone proclaimed this artist “a live legacy in the making.”
SHANE PROFITT brought his signature salt-of-the-earth southern charm to the BMLG luncheon stage with a rousing performance of his Top 20 debut single, “How It Oughta Be”—making it hard to believe that at the end of 2021, he was still pulling overtime mowing grass for the city, busting his back and living for the weekend. The emerging artist is currently bringing his debut EP, Maury Country Line to life on tour with Chris Janson.
Fresh-faced MACKENZIE CARPENTER brought the ‘80s Country vibe the stage with her cheeky new girl power anthem “Don’t Mess With Exes.” The newest addition to The Valory Music Co. roster has released a handful of tracks, all of which boldly tell it like it is and embrace the truth—especially the messy ones. The spunky blonde, who was recently added to this year’s CMT’s Next Women of Country class is out on the road this spring with label-mates Danielle Bradbery and Conner Smith.
CONNER SMITH proved to be one of Country music’s most hotly-anticipated new artists when he took the luncheon stage, kicking off with his latest hit “Take It Slow.” Borchetta and Briner surprised the rising singer/songwriter with a plaque commemorating the RIAA GOLD-certified hit, which has achieved 500,000 sales and streaming units to date. Smith then turned up the heat with an energetic performance of his new ripper of a single “Creek Will Rise” (The Valory Music Co,), slated to impact Country radio on April 3. Smith is currently headlining his IF I WENT TO COLLEGE TOUR presented by the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour before joining Luke Bryan’s COUNTRY ON TOUR this summer.
With her bold coming-of-age on full display, powerhouse vocalist DANIELLE BRADBERY brought a set full of sass with her recent hit “Stop Draggin’ Your Boots” and current rising single “A Special Place” (Big Machine Records). Serving as inspiration for her first-ever headline tour this year, the special song became the most added song at Country radio upon release following an initial 6M+ streams to date.
Chart-topping singer/songwriter RILEY GREEN inspired a sea of cell phone cameras to capture his touching acoustic performance of his double PLATINUM crowd favorite “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” He followed up with a passionate rendition of his title track from his 2019 album Different ‘Round Here (BMLG Records) and announced that he will be releasing a new version of the viral track with his current tourmate, Luke Combs to Country radio on May 11.
Kicking off his set with his most recent No. 1, “With A Woman You Love,” JUSTIN MOORE brought his traditional Country sound to the CRS stage. He then surprised the crowd, bringing out PRISCILLA BLOCK to perform their Top 40-and-climbing duet, “You, Me, And Whiskey,” off his forthcoming sixth studio album Stray Dog, set to be released May 5 via The Valory Music Co. Taking it back to where it all started, he delighted longtime fans with “Small Town USA,” the first of 11 No. 1 hits for the multi-PLATINUM singer, earning a standing ovation.
Multi-PLATINUM Country star BRANTLEY GILBERT put his self-described old soul on full display with his current chart-climbing single “Heaven By Then” (The Valory Music Co.). He then earned a standing ovation for his raucous performance of Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” which he co-penned alongside Colt Ford more than a decade ago. Brantley brought the house down and got the crowd on its feet when he surprised the packed audience with friend JELLY ROLL for a rowdy performance of their collaboration “Son Of The Dirty South,” closing out the event with another standing ovation.