Brett Eldredge Hits New Heights – New Artist Spotlight – CMA Close Up Interview

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Brett Eldredge opened the biggest year of his career in 2013

With a chart-topping smash, “Don’t Ya” (written by Eldredge, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley). He also toured with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, and has made numerous media appearances, including atop a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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But success wasn’t quick in coming to the hard-working artist. His first single, “Raymond” (Eldredge and Truman Bradley Crisler), a heartfelt song about an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s, was released to critical acclaim but mediocre chart achievement. When a second single failed to reach the Top 40, he decided to pause, regroup and ultimately work even harder to make his Read more →


Leah Turner – New Artist Spotlight – CMA Close Up Interview

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Leah Turner

Leah Turner – New Artist Spotlight – CMA Close Up Interview

Leah Turner was raised on a California ranch, the daughter of a rodeo champion. Her parents bought her a piano when she was 5. Within a year, inspired by the Country classics her mom and dad enjoyed, she had written her first song.

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Dan and Shay – New Artist Spotlight – CMA Close Up Interview

Dan + Shay

Dan and ShayEarly in 2013, Dan Smyers threw a party at his place. Among the folks who showed up was Shay Mooney. They’d never met, though both had been drawn to Nashville to take their chances in Country Music. (Smyers grew up in Pittsburgh, while Mooney came from Natural Dam, Ark.) After playing a few tunes together, Read more →


Kacey Musgraves – New Artist Spotlight – CMA Close Up Interview

Kacey MusgravesThe Well is a semi-bohemian hangout in Nashville’s Green Hills neighborhood. The parking lot is a grid of potholes and chipped concrete. There’s rust on the metal panels on the ceiling. The wooden tables are notable for their fading varnish and the gaps between their slats that allow all kinds of stuff — crumbs, coffee, Read more →