Tyler Farr

Tyler Lynn Farr (born February 5, 1984) is an American country music singer. He is signed to Columbia Records, and has released four singles.

Tyler Farr
Tyler Farr
Tyler Farr grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Tyler attended Missouri State University, studying voice.

Farr co-wrote the songs “Hey Y’all” for Colt Ford and “She’s Just Like That” for Joe Nichols. In early 2012, Farr released his debut single, “Hot Mess”, which he co-wrote with Rhett Akins. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four stars out of five, calling Farr’s voice “unique, but not distracting.” Following the merger of his original label, BNA Records, Farr moved to Columbia Nashville to release his second single, “Hello Goodbye”. His third single, “Redneck Crazy“, became his first Top 10 hit in 2013. After it came the top 3 hit “Whiskey in My Water“.

Tyler Farr is also a classically trained opera singer and took voice lessons during his teenage years, singing tenor in Missouri’s All-State Choir during his senior year of high school. He claims he discovered, and fell in love with, country music after his mother married George Jones‘ touring guitarist.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer-songwriter and actress who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005.

Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a multiple Grammy Award winner, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, a Golden Globe Award nominee, a three-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist winner, a GMA Dove award winner, and a two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year. She is the first-ever female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Entertainer of the Year (2009/10). Underwood was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Her debut album, Some Hearts, was certified seven times platinum, and as of February 2006, was the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history. It was also the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, as of February 2008. Some Hearts yielded three number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs. Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released on October 23, 2007. It has sold over 3 million copies as of January 2010, being certified 3 times Platinum, and produced four number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Underwood released her third album, Play On, on November 3, 2009. It has been certified 2 times Platinum by the RIAA and has produced three number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. As of June 2011, Underwood has sold 22 million singles and over 14 million albums worldwide. As of May 16, 2011, Carrie became the “American Idol” US Top Earner, selling so far 12.3 million album copies and 18.5 million digital tracks, along with amassing $66 million in tour revenues, since winning Season 4.

Having ten number one hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs, Underwood is tied with Reba McEntire as the Female Country Artist with Most number one Hits on such chart from 1990 to present. She’s also the only solo Country Artist to have a number one hit on Billboard Hot 100 Songs in the 2000 decade, as “Inside Your Heaven” reached the top of the chart on July 2005. Some Hearts, Underwood’s debut album, was named the Best Country Album of the 2000 Decade by Billboard, and she’s the only Female Artist to appear on the Top 10 of Billboard’s Best Country Artists of the 2000 Decade list, ranked at #10. She was also ranked number 50 on the Artists of the Decade list by Billboard. In 2010, Underwood was number three on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Artists, number four on the Top Country Album Artists and number 23 on Top Artists of 2010. On June 2011, Forbes ranked Underwood one of the 20 Best-Paid Celebrities between May 2010 and May 2011, with earnings of over $15 million. In June 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Carrie as the #11 Queen of Pop, based on a lot of criteria from 2009 until 2011.

Underwood performed at halftime of the 2006 Thanksgiving Day football game at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, and was friends with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. She attended his birthday party in April 2007, and on May 15, 2007, he escorted her to the Academy of Country Music Awards. They were rumored to be dating on and off throughout 2007. Although she denied the rumor when asked, Romo confirmed it by saying “[…] I’m dating Carrie Underwood” on his website. He also told an Illinois newspaper that they were dating. In August 2007, Underwood began dating Chace Crawford of the American television series Gossip Girl. On October 4, 2007, People magazine reported that the two were seen holding hands in New York City, though according to further reports, they ended their relationship in the spring of 2008.

She became engaged in December 2009 to then Ottawa Senators (now Nashville Predators) hockey player Mike Fisher, whom she began dating after they met at one of her concerts in 2008. Underwood and Fisher appeared together publicly for the first time in January 2010, at the Bell Sens Soiree, an annual fundraiser in Gatineau for the Ottawa Senators‘ official charity. After appearing together at the CMT Awards in June 2010, Underwood told reporters that Fisher was planning a surprise honeymoon for the two of them after their summer wedding.

On July 10, 2010, Underwood and Fisher wed at the Ritz Carlton Resort at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, with more than 250 people in attendance. The couple gave People the following statement, which they signed “Mike & Carrie Fisher”: “We could not feel more blessed to have found each other and to have shared this day with our friends and family that mean so much to us!” According to People, Monique Lhuillier created a dress of Chantilly lace for Underwood and also designed the bridesmaids’ dresses. The ceremony featured classical music and readings of the couple’s favorite Bible verses. National Hockey League players, as well as Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, American Idol contestants, and judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson were in attendance. She surprised her husband by having one of their favorite artists, Brandon Heath, sing his song “Love Never Fails” for their first dance.

On February 11, 2011, 105.3 CISS-FM, an Ottawa radio station, banned Underwood’s music to be played because her husband, Mike Fisher, was traded to the Nashville Predators the day before. Due to Underwood’s fans’ threats to never tune into the radio station on Facebook, the station later modified their statements. They apologized for their actions, saying that their statements were meant to be taken as a joke as they do not play Underwood’s country songs anyway and was their tongue-in-cheek way of wishing Mike Fisher the best of luck in Nashville. Mike Fisher later criticized the station saying “obviously Carrie had nothing to do with the move or the trade or anything so to imply something like that was just wrong”, and both he and Underwood were disappointed in the negativity that was created by the radio station.

The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three, originally known as Cadillac Black, is an American country music group consisting of Jaren Johnston (lead vocals, guitar), Kelby Ray (bass guitar, Dobro, acoustic guitar, vocals), and Neil Mason (drums, vocals).

The Cadillac Three
The Cadillac Three
Before its foundation, all three members were in the group American Bang, which also featured Ben Brown as a fourth member; Mason and Brown had been in the band Llama before that. Between 2011 and 2013, Johnston co-wrote “You Gonna Fly” for Keith Urban, “Southern Girl” for Tim McGraw, and “Days of Gold” for Jake Owen (with Neil Mason).

The group signed to Big Machine Records in February 2013.[4] They released a self-titled album that year, which included their own rendition of “Days of Gold”.

In late 2013, the trio released its debut single, “The South.” It features guest vocals from Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country praised the song for its Southern rock influences. The song debuted at number 58 on the Country Airplay charts dated for the week ending December 21, 2013. On January 15, 2014, the group played their song on an episode of Nashville.

The Brook Chivell Band

What are these people all talking about? (drum roll, Ray) Well, it’s the late 2011 release of the debut CD by Australia’s own The Brook Chivell Band. 10 tracks of quality country rock including 8 original songs including the first single drive on, a short original bluegrass instrumental called baked beans on toast and a powerful version of a Cold Chisel classic.

The Brook Chivell Band
The Brook Chivell Band
Brook is always at pains to make sure this is known as ‘a band’ and not a solo CD. He recruited some of Melbourne’s best players that just happened to be some of his best mates. From the sound of this CD, he is lucky to have such good friends because the writing, playing and production are all first rate!

With drummer Ray Deegan and bass player Dan Meiners, you have a rhythm section who lock together seemingly effortlessly allowing the melodic, tasteful guitar lines of Paul Gales and Brook to shine. When you add not only the songwriting but the lead and backing vocals of Brook and Anthony Emery – along with several guest musicians you get what is a great collection of songs indeed. And let’s not forget the beautiful duet Brook sings with amazing singer, Elise Beattie!

So what to do with a group of musicians who’ve written and recorded a CD of this quality? The simple answer is to point them all in the same direction and give them a gentle shove! And that’s where the rise of The Brook Chivell Band comes in. Having begun rehearsals in the second half of 2011 based on the album tracks and some tasty cover songs, TBCB are ready to start getting the songs, the live show and the CD ‘out there’ for everyone to hear and enjoy! Let the rise of The Brook Chivell Band begin!

Brett Eldredge

Brett Ryan Eldredge (born March 23, 1986) is an American country music singer signed to Atlantic Records Nashville. In 2013, the single “Don’t Ya” hit Number One on the Country Airplay chart. He is the cousin of Terry Eldredge of The Grascals.

Brett Eldredge
Brett Eldredge
Eldredge co-wrote the track “I Think I’ve Had Enough” for Gary Allan, who recorded it for his album Get Off on the Pain.[7] By late 2010 he had signed to Atlantic Records and released his debut single, “Raymond” on September 27, 2010. It debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated for the week ending October 16, 2010 and reached a peak of number 23. “It Ain’t Gotta Be Love” was released as his second single and reached number 46.

A third single, “Don’t Ya“, was released to country radio in October 2012. It became his first single to reach the Top 20 of the Hot Country Songs chart and his first to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album, Bring You Back, was released on August 6, 2013. “Don’t Ya” reached number one on the Country Airplay chart the same month. The album’s second single, “Beat of the Music“, also reached number 1 on the same chart. The album’s third single, “Mean to Me“, was released to country radio on July 14, 2014.

Eldredge performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time on October 29, 2010.

Eldredge has a web series on his official YouTube page called Couch Sessions, where he does acoustic performances of his songs as well as covers.

He was one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift‘s Red Tour.

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Keith Gilbert (born January 20, 1985) is an American singersongwriter and country rock artist from Jefferson, Georgia. He is signed to Big Machine Records‘ Valory division, for whom he has released three albums.

Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert
These albums have produced a combined six chart entries on the Hot Country Songs charts, of which three have gone to number 1. Gilbert also co-wrote Jason Aldean‘s singles “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem“.

Brantley Gilbert originally moved to Nashville as a songwriter, signed to Warner Chappell Publishing.  He continued performing at local venues. In 2009, Gilbert released his debut album, Modern Day Prodigal Son, under independent label Average Joes Entertainment. Gilbert followed his debut with the second project, Halfway to Heaven, on March 16, 2010.

In February 2011, Gilbert signed with Valory Music Co., a division of Big Machine Records, who re-released Halfway to Heaven with new recordings and bonus tracks. The album was produced by Dann Huff. Its first two singles, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do“, both went to number 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. After it, “Kick It in the Sticks” peaked at number 34, and “More Than Miles” at number 7 on Country Airplay. He won the ACM New Male Artist award in 2013.

Gilbert’s second Valory album, Just as I Am, was released on May 19, 2014. Its lead single is “Bottoms Up“, which has also reached number 1.

Brad Paisley

Brad Douglas Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references.

Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley
Paisley was the 2008 CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year winner. Starting with the release of his 1999 album Who Needs Pictures, Paisley has recorded seven studio albums and a Christmas compilation on the Arista Nashville label, with all of his albums certified gold or higher by the RIAA. In addition, he has charted 25 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 16 of which have reached #1 with a record 10 consecutive singles reaching the top spot on the chart. On November 10, 2010, Paisley won the Entertainer of the Year award at the 44th annual CMA Awards.

Paisley was born on October 28, 1972 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Douglas Edward “Doug” Paisley, who worked for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, and Sandra Jean “Sandy” (née Jarvis) Paisley, a teacher. He was raised in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He has stated that his love of country music stems from his maternal grandfather, Warren Jarvis, who gave Paisley his first guitar, a Sears Danelectro Silvertone at 8-years-old and taught him how to play. At age 10, he performed for the first time in public by singing in his church. He later recalled that, “Pretty soon, I was performing at every Christmas party and Mother’s Day event. The neat thing about a small town is that when you want to be an artist, by golly, they’ll make you one”. At age 12, Paisley wrote his first song, entitled, “Born on Christmas Day”. He had been taking lessons with local guitarist Clarence “Hank” Goddard. By age 13, Goddard and Paisley formed a band called “Brad Paisley and the C-Notes”, with the addition of two of Paisley’s adult friends.

While in junior high, his principal heard him perform “Born On Christmas Day” and invited him to play at the local Rotary Club meeting. In attendance was Tom Miller, the program director of a radio station in Wheeling, West Virginia. Miller asked him if he would like to be a guest on Jamboree USA. After his first performance, he was asked to become a member of the show’s weekly lineup. For the next eight years, he opened for country singers such as The Judds, Ricky Skaggs and George Jones. He would become the youngest person inducted into the Jamboree USA Hall of Fame. He also performed at the Jamboree in the Hills.

Paisley graduated from John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, West Virginia in 1991, studied for 2 years at West Liberty University (WV) and later was awarded a full-paid ASCAP scholarship to Belmont University, in Nashville, Tennessee (from 1993 to 1995). He interned at ASCAP, Atlantic Records, and the Fitzgerald-Hartley management firm. While in college, he met Frank Rogers, a fellow student who went on to serve as his producer. Paisley also met Kelley Lovelace, who became his songwriting partner. He also met Chris DuBois in college, and he too would write songs for him.

After graduating from Belmont with a Bachelor’s degree in music business, within a week Paisley signed a songwriting contract with EMI Music Publishing; and, he wrote David Kersh‘s “Top 5″ hit, “Another You“, as well as David Ball‘s 1999 single, “Watching My Baby Not Come Back.” The latter song was also co-written by Ball.

In December 2010, Paisley released “This Is Country Music” as the title track to his eighth studio album, released May 23, 2011. The album’s second single, “Old Alabama” (with Alabama), released to country radio on March 14, 2011 and became Paisley’s nineteenth number one hit. “Remind Me,” with Carrie Underwood, was released May 23, 2011 to radio.

On March 22, 2011, Paisley’s website announced a new beta game titled “Brad Paisley World.” The game is modeled after other Facebook games such as Farmville or Mafia Wars and features original animation. The game provides a new way for fans to interact with each other and view exclusive material that would otherwise be unavailable.

On May 12, 2011, Paisley’s website announced that he would release two songs on the soundtrack for the film Cars 2. One of them would be a collaboration with British pop singer Robbie Williams.

Blake Shelton

Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music artist. In 2001, he made his debut with the single “Austin“. Released as the lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, “Austin” went on to spend five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton
This song was the first single from his gold-certified debut album, which also produced two more Top 20 hits. Although the album was released on Giant Records Nashville, Shelton was transferred to Warner Bros. Records Nashville after Giant closed in late 2001.

His second and third albums, 2003′s The Dreamer (his first for Warner Bros. proper) and 2004′s Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill, were each certified gold as well. Shelton’s fourth album, Pure BS, was issued in 2007, and re-issued in 2008 with a cover of Michael Bublé‘s pop hit “Home” as one of the bonus tracks. This cover was also that album’s third single. A fifth album, Startin’ Fires, was released in November 2008. He is currently a vocal coach on the NBC reality talent show The Voice with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green.

Overall, Shelton has charted seventeen singles on the country charts, including nine Number One hits: “Austin” (2001), “The Baby” (2003), “Some Beach” (2004–2005), “Home” (2008), “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” (2009), “Hillbilly Bone” (2010), a duet with Trace Adkins, “All About Tonight” (2010), “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” (2011), and “Honey Bee” (2011). Additionally, three more of his singles have reached Top Ten: a cover version of Conway Twitty‘s “Goodbye Time“, “Nobody but Me“, and “I’ll Just Hold On.”

Shelton was married to longtime girlfriend Kaynette Williams on November 17, 2003. They were divorced in 2006. As of 2006, he began dating fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, whom he met at the CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets Concert. Lambert also sang background vocals on his cover of Michael Bublé‘s song, “Home“. Shelton’s version of the song was a No. 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart. On May 9, 2010, after dating for four years, Shelton proposed to fellow singer Miranda Lambert, after seeking (and receiving) her father’s blessing. The two got married on May 14, 2011 at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. Five hundred fifty people were in attendance, including many celebrities, such as Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, and the Bellamy Brothers. After the wedding, Shelton expressed his joy stating, “I wanted to be married to Miranda the day I proposed. Finally, it’s official!”

Billy Currington

William Matthew “Billy” Currington (born November 19, 1973) is an American country music artist. Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2003, he has released four studio albums for the label: 2003′s Billy Currington, 2005′s Doin’ Somethin’ Right, 2008′s Little Bit of Everything, and 2010′s Enjoy Yourself.
Billy Currington
Billy Currington

These four albums have produced nine singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including six #1 hits “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right“, “Good Directions“, “People Are Crazy“, “That’s How Country Boys Roll“, “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer“, and “Let Me Down Easy“. He has also charted as a duet partner on Shania Twain‘s single “Party For Two” and his own non-album single “Tangled Up”, for a total of eleven Top 40 hits.

Billy Currington was born in Savannah, Georgia, raised in Rincon, Georgia, and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He has four sisters (Lexie, Ann, Kim, and Kelly) and two brothers (Charles and Jason). When he was one and a half years old, his mother married Laurie (Larry) Currington. He also has a Chocolate Lab named Paco.

When he was a junior in Effingham County High School (Springfield, Georgia), Currington auditioned for a spot at Opryland, the renowned country music theme park located in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. Failing the audition, after high school he moved to Nashville to pursue his career in country music. His first stint did not last too long, and he later sang for a bar named Cavalier Country Club in Georgia. In Nashville, Currington also worked for a concrete company, and also as a personal trainer. One of the clients he worked with as a personal trainer led Currington to recording demo tapes, as well as writing songs. He eventually had cuts by George Strait, Tracy Byrd, and Marty Raybon. After almost being offered to join RCA Records, he signed to Mercury Records in 2003.

In May 2010, he released his tenth solo single overall, “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer“, which hit #1 in September. Also written by Troy Jones, it was the first single from his fourth studio album, entitled Enjoy Yourself—which was released on September 21, 2010. The album’s second single “Let Me Down Easy” went to radio on October 4, 2010 and reached #1 in 2011. The album’s third single “Love Done Gone” released to country radio on April 18, 2011.

Big & Rich

Big & Rich is an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich. Both members alternate as lead vocalists and play rhythm guitar. Rich was a founding member of the country music band Lonestar and later a solo artist for BNA Records, while Kenny was formerly a solo artist on Hollywood Records.
Big & Rich
Big & Rich

Big & Rich’s first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released in 2004. This album produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the number 11 “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)“, as well as collaborations with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson and Martina McBride. Comin’ to Your City, released in November 2005, added another top-20 single, the Vietnam War-inspired “8th of November,” as well as two other songs that reached the top 40. Joining the duo on this album were Cowboy Troy, Wilson, and Kris Kristofferson. Big & Rich’s third studio album, Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, produced the duo’s first Number One single, “Lost in This Moment.” After this album, both members went on hiatus and released solo albums, also charting solo singles in the country top 40: Rich with “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” and Kenny with “Long After I’m Gone.”

Prior to Big & Rich’s foundation, John Rich was a founding member of the band Texassee, which later became Lonestar. Rich played bass guitar in the band and alternated with Richie McDonald on lead vocals, in addition to co-writing the band’s 1997 release “Come Cryin’ to Me.” After Lonestar released its second album, Rich was fired from the band in 1998. Big Kenny was signed to Hollywood Records in 1998, where he recorded a rock album called Live a Little a year later. Although one of its songs was featured in the soundtrack to the film Gun Shy, Live a Little was not released, and Hollywood Records held the rights to the songs for five years. Big Kenny then befriended John Rich after meeting him at a club, and the two began writing songs together. Big Kenny and John Rich’s songwriting collaboration was “I Pray for You,” which they wrote in October 1998.

Following his departure from Hollywood Records, Big Kenny also recorded in a short-lived band called luvjOi, whose lead guitarist Adam Shoenfeld and drummer Larry Babb would later become part of Big & Rich’s road band. In 2000, Rich began recording as a solo artist as well. He charted two singles of his own — “I Pray for You” and “Forever Loving You,” which respectively reached number 53 and number 46 on the U.S. country singles charts — but his debut album, Underneath the Same Moon, was also shelved. The two then founded the MuzikMafia (an abbreviation for Musically Artistic Friends in Alliance), a roundtable aggregation of singer-songwriters including Cowboy Troy, James Otto, Gretchen Wilson and Shannon Lawson. This group held its first official show at a Nashville, Tennessee nightclub in 2001.

One of Big & Rich’s first outside cuts was “She’s a Butterfly,” which was recorded by Martina McBride on her album Martina and featured backing vocals from the duo. After McBride cut this song, manager Marc Oswald suggested that Rich and Big Kenny begin recording as a duo. Rich was apprehensive at first, as he had been told by BNA staff that he was “too rock for country” and was unsure of what major labels would think of Big Kenny’s rock influences. After attending a songwriting seminar, the two began recording songs together. After the two recorded a demo of “Holy Water,” Rich was convinced that the duo would be successful. They then met with Paul Worley, a record producer who was then the head of creative affairs at Warner Bros. Records Nashville, and Worley helped sign Big & Rich to a recording contract in late 2003.

In 2007, Reservoir Media Management acquired the publishing rights to John Rich and “Big Kenny” Alphin’s song catalog.