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  • Jeremiah Richey
    Brownell & Richey, CMT's Can You Duet Season 1

    In 2006, Nick Brownell and Jeremiah Richey met as rivals while filming ABC's reality show, "The One: Making a Music Star." After the short-lived series, the two went their separate ways; Nick back to Sandusky, OH, and Jeremiah to Waxahachie, TX.

    In January of 2008, Jeremiah got word of a new series on CMT called "Can You Duet," and immediately called Nick to see if he wanted to partner up for the show. Six months later the duo known as Brownell and Richey emerged from the TV Show competition as the runners-up...and the rest is history in the making!

    Jeremiah Richey - ID=165
  • Hollywood “Wolf” Yates
    American Gladiators

    For 25 years Hollywood Yates has been one of the top Bullfighter/Rodeo Clown’s in the World. With 2 NFR appearances in the Wrangler Bullfights as a Bullfighter, and 1 NFR appearance in the Wrangler Bullfights as a Barrel Man, he is only 1 of 2 men to ever accomplish that.

    Hollywood has most recently found fame as WOLF on the NBC remake of American Gladiators, as well as Ernesto the Besto on Disney XD’s “I’m in the Band” and FacePuncher on Disney’s “Austin & Ally”. He has gained Millions of fans not only in the United States but around the world as the American Gladiators is airing in 91 countries.

    Nashville is starting to take notice of Hollywood since his Debut album on an Az based Indi Label was released in June To Itunes and all other web based Music sources. Todays Country reviewed his album saying “… a throwback to Haggard, Cash and Jennings with a 70’s Rock influence…” CMT was there at an Industry Showcase to do a story, and Randy Houser was quoted as saying “ I think he did a Great job and I think he probably has a future in Music” Also Today’s Country Magazine reviewed the showcase and said “Hollywood isn’t necessarily doing anything that much different than the likes of Jamey Johnson or Randy Houser, but he does have a uniqueness to his sound that he combines with a presence alone that is enough to attract attention and when you mix in the fact that the guy can sing an upbeat, rocking, tune with a voice that booms over the crowd you can definitely see that this is someone that is about to peak tremendous interest amongst the industry.”

    Hollywood “Wolf” Yates - ID=179
  • Michael Sarver
    American Idol Season 8

    One of the most popular weeks on American Idol every year is the “Idol Gives Back” segment, where performers via the show helps raise millions for charities in the U.S. and around the world. With the recent release of 2009 Top 10 American Idol finalist Michael Sarver’s “Ferris Wheel,” the first single from his highly anticipated upcoming summer country CD debut titled MICHAEL SARVER, he finds his own unique way of embodying this concept.

    “To me, a great song is all about the message,” he says. “A lot of songs out there are cool to listen to and you might enjoy the beat, but a song can only speak to you personally when it’s fulfilling the soul of a person and speaking to the inside of you. As a writer and performer, I have a chance with every song to impact someone’s life. That’s why, whether I wrote the track or not, I want to make sure every song I record and perform has all the heart and passion it deserves.”

    Recently, Michael has been very busy being involved in other peoples career other than just his own. He has built a brand new state of the art recording studio that you can look at online at and has opened it up to the public. Through it Michael is now adding Producer to his resume, producing 6 albums over the last 2 years. “ I have always wanted to produce, work on the other side of the glass per say”, he says.

    On top of all the producing for other artists, Michael has been busy writing, arranging, recording, and producing his own upcoming Sophomore album. He recently released the first single from that record called “I Wanted You To Know” and promises that it only scratches the surface of what he will introduce in the full upcoming album entitled Walking On. “I have really taken my time on this new album, carefully writing and selecting each song, and I really believe it capture’s who I am as an artist and as a person. I am excited to see people’s response!”

    Michael Sarver - ID=158
  • Lakoda Rayne
    The X Factor

    Lakoda Rayne debuted in 2011 as part of Simon Cowell’s The XFactor USA. Coming from different parts of the country and originally competing as solo artists, the girls were placed together in the group category and ultimately placed 9th in the competition.

    Calling themselves Lakoda Rayne – Lakoda meaning “friendship, unity, allies” and Rayne meaning “abundant blessings from above” – they acknowledge divine intervention in bringing them together. Although none of the girls have sisters, they quickly bonded as such as they came together to hone their harmonies and blend their unique sound. They became fan favorites and ultimately were the last group remaining in the X Factor USA competition.

    Even after losing one valuable member, the other 3 girls are driven to continue their career together as a group. The three remaining girls of Lakoda Rayne – Cari Fletcher of Wall Township, New Jersey, Dani Knights of Valencia, California and Hayley Orrantia of Highland Village, Texas – are continuing in their journey through their music and their message to inspire young women around the world to reach for their dreams. All three of the girls have been working for half their young lives to develop their talent through training and performing.

    Their country / pop / rock edge, combined with their elegant harmonies, beautiful look and honest, genuine personalities make for a heart stopping combination.

    Lakoda Rayne - ID=169
  • Michael Johns
    American Idol Season 7

    Since audiences first caught a glimpse of the six-foot-plus Perth, Australia native on season 7 of American Idol and heard the soulful grit of his unbounded voice, Johns has seen a life’s dream come true — he’s finally made a career of music on his own name and terms. Look no further than the 12 songs that make up Hold Back My Heart for proof. Johns's debut album delivers blue eyed soul the way it's meant to be heard.

    Encouraged by his mentor David Foster, who invited Johns to appear on his star-studded David Foster And Friends PBS special in December 2008, Johns chose the road less traveled, and for the first time in his adult life, went to work on an album with no deal in place.

    With an album completed and ready to turn in, Johns had the rare freedom to shop it around, and when Downtown Records, home to Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids and Santigold, showed interest in a licensing deal, he jumped at the opportunity to finally control his own fate. “I think we’re in the most exciting period of music ever, because there’s so many ways to do it.” To that end, a rigorous touring schedule is nothing new for Johns — or, for that matter, his wife of two years, interior designer Stacey Vuduris. “In 2008, I was only home about 22 days out of the year.” Airports, as it turns out, are a fertile breeding ground for fan husbands. “Guys are always asking for a photo for their wife, and it’s cool,” he says. “That’s why we made the type of record we did — to respect that. Some of these women haven’t had someone to look at since Michael Hutchence. But hey, I’ll carry that torch!”

    Michael Johns - ID=167
  • Gwen Sebastian
    The Voice

    Many voices contributed to Gwen Sebastian's sudden and long-sought career growth, but which played the biggest part? Certainly her run on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice was a huge boost. The sound of her coach and country superstar Blake Shelton offering a spot on his tour was equally sweet. One came in the form of a relative's phone call, suggesting she attend an audition. Most recently, there's the one that led her to a powerfully uplifting new single called “Met Him In A Motel Room."

    Underpinning each of those voices, however, is the unique vocal instrument belonging to Hebron, North Dakota native Gwen Sebastian. It was that rich and emotionally taut sound that persuaded Shelton, sight-unseen, to fall in love with a little-known but already hard-at-work small town singer.

    "I have always known, no matter what I was doing in my life, that I would be doing music," Gwen says. "The Voice came so quickly, I watched the show last year and loved it, but never thought much about it until my cousin called to tell me about the tryouts. I couldn't make the Nashville audition, so I went out to LA." That process culminated in her national television debut, being chosen to join Team Blake and, eventually, a spot on Shelton's tour. Along the way, her notoriety has exploded. Touring with Shelton, performing her own dates and visiting radio stations in support of "Motel Room," Sebastian has a busy year in front of her.

    Gwen Sebastian - ID=159
  • Aaron Kelly
    American Idol Season 9

    Florida native Aaron Kelly is not your typical teenager; at 18 he’s a professional performer. But surprisingly, American Idol was far from his first time to perform in public! His love of singing and writing music became apparent at the age of 7, so his parents nurtured his desire by allowing him to entertain at fairs, festivals and benefits. Before he knew it, this young man was opening shows for some incredible artists like Loretta Lynn, and had the opportunity to sing with Martina McBride, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker Band and The Bee Gees, among others.

    At age 11, Aaron was a finalist on the TV show America's Most Talented Kids, and at 17 reached the top 5 on American Idol Season 9. He then participated in a national tour, and has since appeared on The Ellen Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, Wendy Williams, Larry King Live and Access Hollywood. Later In 2012 and 2013, he’ll be headlining his own shows, as well as fronting his band “2nd South”, and appearing throughout the country opening for Rodney Atkins, Thompson Square and Kentucky Headhunters…all while working on his next goal: to write and record a great pop-flavored country album.

    Aaron Kelly - ID=160
  • Casey Weston
    The Voice

    Weston, originally from Naples, Fla., began her performing career six years ago with both original songs and covers. All were well received and her audiences continue to grow. In 2009, Weston released her first album, the self-titled “Casey Weston.” Following its successful release, Weston auditioned on the popular show “The Voice” and was one of eight finalists in the inaugural season. Weston has continued to stay in touch with her friend and coach Adam Levine, front man for Maroon 5.

    The post-season “Voice Finalists Tour” had Weston performing on stage in iconic cities such as Las Vegas, Boston and New York City. On her own, she has appeared at the Commodore Lounge, Hard Rock Café, Rocketown and the Bluebird Café, all in Nashville. In addition to many venues and festivals in Southwest Florida, she has appeared at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, Schuba’s in Chicago, NBC at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and the Women Today Expo in Ventura, California.

    On the national concert circuit, Weston has opened for Top 40 and Country acts such as James Otto, John Anderson, Craig Morgan and Justin Moore. Recently she performed with the Naples Philharmonic, and had the honor of singing the National Anthem for Nascar Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

    Casey Weston - ID=161
  • Bo Bice
    American Idol Season 4

    "I feel like 3 is my strongest record to date," Bo Bice said recently. "It's a plethora of sounds that show who I really am. There's something for everyone; country, soul, rock 'n' roll; it's like your favorite pair of jeans, it just feels right." 3 is more than just an album title for Bice. He and his wife Caroline welcomed their third child, Ean Jacob, this past January. After a few health scares, Bo's had a clean bill of health for three years. And, of course, 3 is his third album, a record filled with soulful, gospel-tinged country rock that represents the maturation of a songwriter and performer. For the amount of time he's been in the public eye, 3 finally showcases "who the real Bo Bice is."

    For years, Bice worked the Southern club circuit in a number of bands, including Blue Suede Nickel, Purge and Sugar Money. Although the groups made some in-roads, Bice's initial claim to fame came in 2005, when the unknown singer auditioned for American Idol, wowed the judges with his rendition of "Whipping Post" and reached the show's final round.

    In-between touring behind See the Light and preparing 3, Bice found time to perform overseas for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. "You hear and see first-hand some of the devastating stories, but you witness the blessing that these men and women are fighting for us. I just hope I'm lifting them up somehow." (Bice suggests checking out to see how you can contribute)

    Bice plans to return to the road later this summer. "That's what keeps me going, playing for the fans. It's funny, when I started out after my first record, there were a lot of women in the crowd, and a lot of guys with their arms crossed, kind of saying 'Show me what you got.'. Then I do my show - which is sort of like Motley Crue, Vince Gill and Bob Seger, and by the end, the guys were the ones screaming and redneck whistling…even in New York. I always says, 'she'll bring you to the first Bo Bice show, and you'll bring her to every one of them afterwards!'"

    Bo Bice - ID=162
  • Jason Michael Carroll

    The accomplishments are impressive enough for any new artist – a chart-topping debut album nearing a half million in sales, three hit singles from that album (all of which he wrote or co-wrote), a Gold ringtone certification, and opening spots on some of country’s hottest tours. The key to Jason Michael Carroll’s success is evident in every note he sings – live or in the studio – and it lies in his authenticity. Whether it’s the empathy brought to bear on the tragedy of “Alyssa Lies,” the pure passion of “Livin’ Our Love Song” or the youthful exuberance of “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” Carroll knows how to connect with fans, and together with hard work, undeniable talent, and good looks, that connection has launched one of country’s most impressive young careers. It’s a career whose music aptly depicts Carroll as country’s Gen-Y family man, reflecting his generation’s transition from party to parenthood, and able to fully express the joys inherent in both worlds and the tensions that can come in moving from unencumbered freedom to the responsibilities of home and hearth. As a husband and father of four, Carroll sings eloquently about both sides of the equation in songs that recognize the firm foundation that country roots and a sense of community provide in a fast-moving world.

    In April 2009 was the release of his sophomore album, Growing Up Is Getting Old, which finds Carroll digging deeper creatively and solidifying his place in country music. “You have a responsibility to your fans,” he says, “not only to record songs that are hits but also to record songs that mean something to you and convey to your fans who you are. My songs speak so much to so many people. I really can’t take for granted what I’m doing, and I thank God every day I have the chance to keep doing it.”

    Through it all, he remains a young man who has not lost touch with his roots, and it’s obvious he’s embraced the wisdom he received from a superstar touring partner. “I was hanging out with Brooks & Dunn on the road, and Ronnie Dunn said, ‘Jason, don’t let anything change you. Be who you are. That’s what got you here.’ It’s great advice.”

    Jason Michael Carroll - ID=164
  • Matt Mason
    CMT's Next Superstar

    Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Matt Mason knew from an early age that his home would one day be Nashville, Tennessee. His earliest memories of his musical aspirations are going the Grand Ole Opry with his family, and telling his Dad that he wanted to play there someday. So by the time he was eleven he was playing guitar and singing whenever he got a chance. Early on, his influences came from the gospel music of his family’s small church and the sounds of Elvis Presley, as well as Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard and other country greats. Matt's dream of being a singer became stone cold ambitions one summer on a family vacation in South Florida when he talked his father into letting him enter a talent show. In front of a crowd of strangers Matt sang one of his favorite country songs, and the reaction was overwhelming. After this experience, Matt began playing locally in his home state, opening for acts like Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie, Vern Gosdin, Brian McComas, and Mel McDaniel.

    In the spring of 2005, Matt moved to Nashville and quickly gained local fame at famous bars like Tootsies, The Stage, Legends Corner and others. In 2006 Matt auditioned at the Wild Horse Saloon for a television series called "Nashville Star" on USA network, and from among 20,000 contestants Matt was chosen as one of the 10 contestants. Placing 4th overall in the competition secured Matt a spot on the "Nashville Star" Tour, which brought Matt a solid fan base. A friend at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment then recommended him to audition for a new show called CMT’s Next Superstar. Again Matt was chosen as one of the 10 contestants, and after each episode, would travel to different cities re-airing the show, playing an acoustic set and just hanging out with fans, which soon paid off; He WON "CMT Next Superstar."

    Since winning the show, Matt has recorded eight master sides, has written upwards of one hundred new songs, and has played shows with Little Big Town and Blake Shelton. He also toured three months with Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, and Josh Thompson on the "CMT on Tour" tour. Matt is continuously working, writing and touring to become a name that will go down in history.

    Matt Mason - ID=163
  • Jeremiah Richey
    Brownell & Richey, CMT's Can You Duet Season 1

    In 2006, Nick Brownell and Jeremiah Richey met as rivals while filming ABC's reality show, "The One: Making a Music Star." After the short-lived series, the two went their separate ways; Nick back to Sandusky, OH, and Jeremiah to Waxahachie, TX.

    In January of 2008, Jeremiah got word of a new series on CMT called "Can You Duet," and immediately called Nick to see if he wanted to partner up for the show. Six months later the duo known as Brownell and Richey emerged from the TV Show competition as the runners-up...and the rest is history in the making!

    Jeremiah Richey - ID=165
  • Laura Bell Bundy - Your Host!
    Broadway's "Legally Blonde"

    Kentucky native Laura Bell Bundy is a performer who has done it all. From appearing on the Broadway stage as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, a role that garnered her a Tony Award nomination, to performing on the nationally televised Academy of Country Music Awards. She has acted in various film and TV roles, including a lead role in Country Music Television’s ‘To The Mat’ and had a recurring role in CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother.’

    In 2010, Bundy released her debut country music album, “ACHIN’ AND SHAKIN’,” under the Mercury Records label, which featured the hit single “Giddy On Up,” which has since garnered over 4 million streams. She has just finished writing and recording her sophomore album produced by Nathan Chapman. New music will be released shortly!

    Laura Bell Bundy - Your Host! - ID=183
  • Brothers Osbourne
    Capitol Records Recording Artists

    Two members of a working class family, we grew up in a small, Maryland water town named Deale. We used to fight, cuss behind our parents' backs, pour salt on slugs, and terrorize the neighborhood on our Huffys. Then we started playing music. After failing miserably at the violin, our dad taught us our first guitar chords (G, C, and D to be exact) and the rest changed. In our house, music was king and we learned to love and respect it all. From Hank Sr. to Jr., from classical to bluegrass, from Skynyrd to Dwight Yoakam, from Haggard to Clapton, from The Eagles to... well you get the idea!

    Around the turn of the millenium, we took a stab at Tennessee. After numerous trials and failures, we steadily applied the work ethic and blue collar perseverance with which we were raised, and in April of 2011, we signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell/King Pen Music. In the summer of 2012, we fulfilled a lifelong ambition by signing to the respected Nashville label, Capitol Records. To us, the work has only begun, and we have no intention of slowing down!

    Brothers Osbourne - ID=184
  • Steel Magnolia
    CMT’s Can You Duet Season 2 (Winners)

    There is a very cool moment, preserved for posterity in TV syndication, when Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey, the duo known as Steel Magnolia, make the connection that changes their lives. It's cattle call audition day for season two of CMT's Can You Duet? Josh and Meghan are secretly ambivalent about the whole thing, skeptical that the judges are going to get their very unique sound. But they do, and so began the journey that would put Steel Magnolia in the show's winner's circle and on Big Machine Records.

    In the year since winning the show, Steel Magnolia has gone on to win over many more influential fans and supporters. Their bracing take of "Keep On Lovin' You" broke through as the highest charting debut single by a co-ed duo in Billboard history and climbed all the way to No. 5 on the Billboard Country Charts. The song has been downloaded more than a million times and landed in the major motion picture, “Valentine’s Day.” Josh and Meghan spent the summer of 2010 touring alongside Brad Paisley on his massively popular H20 Tour. They also toured with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton and appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Lopez Tonight. Even before the release of their debut album, Steel Magnolia snagged nine major industry award nominations, including: Vocal Duo of the Year and Top New Vocal Duo of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in both 2010 and 2011, Top Vocal Duo by the The Country Music Association in 2010, Best Country Music Video By A New Duo by Country Music Television and a 2012 ACM Award for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their second single, “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings),” became their second Top 30 hit. Their third single “Last Night Again” reached No. 24 on the country charts. Their self-titled album was released in January 2011 and it debuted in the Top 10 of the pop and country album charts, entering the charts at No.7 and No. 3, respectively. No wonder then, that you're seeing Josh and Meghan on every "Whom To Watch" list in country music.

    Currently they are writing songs for their follow up album. An album which is sure to please their fans with a combination of the signature Steel Magnolia sound and classic old school country. A sound that will convince you that Steel Magnolia may well be the future of Country Music.

    Steel Magnolia - ID=180
  • Mikhala Gordon
    American Idol Season 4, CMT's Gone Country 2

    What happens when you combine a crazy Italian woman, a neurotic Jewish man, and Cinco de Mayo? You get Mikalah Gordon! The outgoing Las Vegas born Gordon has established herself as one of the most talented young hosts in the industry. Miikalah can currently be seen in studio on Mark Burnett’s "Youtoo TV", the world’s first social TV Network, which launched to 15 million homes in fall 2011. She’s also showcasing her fashion skills as host/correspondent for the new 2012 web series "The Haul", from and YouTube.

    Mikalah first made a name for herself on FOX’s smash hit "American Idol". She can boast being one of the most memorable contestants in history, reminding many of a young Bette Midler, with a quick wit and powerful voice. A 16-year-old at the time, her larger than life personality and tremendous singing helped shoot her right to the top 12 during Season 4.

    After Idol, Mikalah moved to Los Angeles, where she quickly went on to do guest star appearances on popular shows like "The Unit","Living With Fran", and was a contestant on Season 2 of CMT’s "Gone Country". More recently, Gordon has appeared as a host on Fox Reality’s "American Idol Extra", "TV Guide", and a field corres"pondent for "The Tyra Banks Show", as well as various "American Idol" finale episodes. She also covered Season 10 auditions for the show.

    In her spare time, Mikalah is recording and writing music, cooking, reading, and working out. She also co-runs a high-end singing telegram service called Jingle Belles, which caters to an elite clientele. Armed with strong on-camera skills, savvy street smarts, and a make-it-happen attitude, she is taking 2012 by storm!

    Mikhala Gordon - ID=207
  • Lucas Hoge
    Animal Planet's Last Chance Highway

    Lucas grew up on a small town of 44 people in Hubbell, Nebraska. He knew it would take hard work to make his dream come true, and his hard work has been paying off!

    Lucas made his debut on the Ryman stage opening for the legendary George Jones and received a standing ovation in the mother church of country music. He has appeared on The Today Show, Inside Edition, The Daily Buzz, Fox 17, Tennessee Mornings, Daytime TV and more to promote his TV show “Last Chance Highway” which was watched in over 30 million homes each week on Animal Planet. Lucas starred in the show as country singer saving dogs, and also penned and performed the theme song for the show, which Discovery Network released to iTunes. He also wrote “Give A Damn”, the theme song for the show on GAC TV called “Tom’s Wild Life”, in which Lucas made an appearance.

    Being a huge Military supporter, each Memorial Day, Lucas joins the Wrangler National Patriot tour in Afghanistan; consequently, Wrangler picked up his song “Medal Of Honor” as the official theme song for the program! Lucas is the official spokesperson for Guardian Angles for Soldiers’ Pet, an organization that places soldiers’ animals in foster homes while they are deployed overseas.

    The new self-titled Lucas Hoge album recently hit stores and digital outlets in August 2012. Lucas penned 13 of the songs on his latest CD, including “Have I Done Something” which is currently climbing the charts at Christian Country radio. The song also inspired his ICM Award Best Male Vocalist nomination for 2012. His country single, “Do What Makes You Feel Good” debuted at #77 with Lucas being in the top most added artists on the country charts that week

    Lucas Hoge - ID=208
  • Matt Giraud
    American Idol Season 8

    From his start as a young boy singing and playing percussion with his church choir in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to his American Idol success and then to the many sold out shows that have followed, it has become clear to America that Matt Giraud is a born entertainer.

    Matt studied vocal jazz under the legendary Steve Zegree at Western Michigan University. Although it’s hard to believe when he sits down to play now, Matt didn’t play the piano until he got to WMU and found a piano in the lobby of his dorm. During his stint at WMU, he put together the ‘Giraud – Mattei’ project, which won a Downbeat Magazine Award for ‘Outstanding College Performance, Blues/Pop/Rock Group’. The President’s office at WMU then awarded Matt a $1,000 scholarship, which, like all good musicians, he spent on an instrument. Owning that keyboard enabled him to join a cover band that performed all over Michigan. With his new repertoire Matt was able to then get a job as a piano player in a dueling piano bar. It should be noted that the guy who began paying just a few short years ago now has an endorsement deal with Yamaha pianos.

    Fast forward to American Idol Season 8. Matt went to his Idol audition on a whim. He was asked by a friend to come along for moral support, and decided as long as he was there he may as well audition. Several stellar performances led him to the top 11, where he was eliminated in the voting but stayed on as a result of the first ever judges’ save. He eventually finished 5th, and his soulful performance of ‘My Funny Valentine’ led to outstanding reviews from Simon Cowell. On the subsequent national American Idol Live tour Matt received rave reviews, and more than one reviewer wrote that he stole the show. He also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Access Hollywood, Live with Regis and Kelly, and The Larry King Live Special featuring the Top Ten Idol contestants of that year.

    Matt Giraud - ID=209