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Kelsea Ballerini Announces Headlining Tour With Special Guests!

Country music’s sweetheart Kelsea Ballerini  is continuing on the road to being a superstar! The Knoxville, Tennessee native announced today August 1st that she will be headlining her first tour this fall! The First Time Tour which is named after her debut CD will kick off in Houston, TX on October 21st! The 10 city tour will start in Texas and end with a 2 night stay in Las Vegas where fellow up and coming country star Cam will be her guest for those dates. The tour will have stops all over the United States including Ballerini’s home town of Knoxville and New York City.

 

 

The tour announcement comes just one day after Ballerini attended the Teen Choice Awards, which was a kick off to a busy week for Ballerini! Tonight she will perform on Jimmy Kimmel  Live! Outdoor stage, then on Wednesday she will take part in CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock. Also on Thursday she will co-host the finale of  Greatest Hits, both specials will air on ABC!

 

 

The First Time tour will also feature Carly Pearce, Morgan Evans, Levi Hummon, Jacob Davis has Ballerini’s opening acts on select dates! Ballerini’s current single “Peter Pan” is currently in the top 10 on Billboard Country Airplay charts and Mediabase! Ballerini has taken country music by storm in the last couple of years, she became the first solo female artist in 11 years to have her first new singles go #1 on the country charts! While announcing her tour, Ballerini shared how touring with other artists over the last couple years has shaped the way she approaches touring!

“I’ve been blessed to open for so many incredible artists and people I admire. Getting to watch their shows and learn more about our craft has inspired me to grow as an artist. One of the highlights of touring has been meeting fans and creating new relationships along the way. And for that reason, I was inspired to put together my first headlining tour. I can’t wait to get up close and personal with the people who have made the last few years so incredible. See you this fall!”

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Tickets for The First Time tour will be made available for fan club members beginning Wednesday, August 8th and this Friday August 5th tickets will go on sale to the public! More information can be found at kelseaballerini.com. Fans can also keep up with Ballerini on her social media accounts and see her on the road with Rascal Flatts this summer!

Watch “Peter Pan” video below!

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How Artists Can Connect With Fans and Grow Their Audience

Recently, I was searching an artist’s social media sites to try and come up with interview questions for them. They didn’t have a large following or heavy interactions and it got me thinking about how they can connect to their fanbase.

Unless you’re a really huge artist and all your songs go to #1, you’ll probably have to spend some amount of time connecting with fans on social media. Not everyone likes to be on social media a lot, which is definitely understandable. For one, it’s time consuming and as an artist there’s a million other things you have to do, not to mention living a life outside of being an artist – with friends and family.

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However, as a smaller artist or one that might not have had much exposure, social media is the only way to really spread the word about your music and who you are. Country Artist, Kelleigh Bannen stated recently that it’s difficult to connect with fans when you’re releasing a single every 18 months. In an effort to keep that connection alive, Bannen started her own blog ThisNashvilleLive.com where she talks about everything from music to fashion to work outs! She also takes the time to reply to fans on twitter or simply just favorites a lot of tweets.

Favoriting tweets is a great way to connect with fans with minimal effort. You don’t have to reply to every single person, but the fans at least get the sense that you are seeing what they are writing you and you appreciate it.

The smaller the artist is, the more they have to work to build up their fan base and following. As you start to grow as an artist and your fan base widens, you won’t have to do as much, but you still need to keep the interactions alive.

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It’s like this; imagine you’re a fan and you’re following an artist who’s music you enjoy. Say they only tweet every so often. Maybe after a show, thanking fans who attended (always a good idea), or when they release a new song or music video, or maybe they post photos every now and then about their lives. Well that’s cool and all, but if the only time you’re going to be tweeting doesn’t connect the fans to the artist, it’s not really productive. If you want the fans to download your music, to RT you and share things, you have to give a little to get a little. That’s why interactions are so important.

Another thing I feel strongly about it staying humble and remembering how hard you had to work to get to where you are. Remember how hard it was for your publicist (or maybe you’re your own publicist) to get any kind of promo for your music. To get sites to list you on an “artist to watch” list or review your new single. I recently had an artist personally email me asking me to do a review of their album. That’s the kind of hard work it often takes to get your music heard.

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Now let’s talk about the small sites vs the big sites. It’s pretty much the same as a small artist vs a big artist. Everyone wants to be on the big sites, they feel honored if they talk about them or mention their music. It is exciting after all to be able to expand your audience with their promotion. So you RT their articles and their interviews and maybe you favorite another interview you did from a smaller site no one has really heard of. That smaller site is you! The smaller sites, who were at one time the only ones willing to write about someone they’ve never heard of and give your music a chance and now they are getting scoffed because their audience isn’t as big.

Now, that’s not to say you have to RT every media outlet who writes a review of your work, but at least if they take the time to interview you, whether it be via email, phone or in person during a big festival… the least you could do is share that with a quick RT. It takes only a second but it means so much. You see, when those smaller sites start getting ignored, it does feel personal. Here they are championing you and have been there watching your career as it’s beginning to rise and then they get ignored because they aren’t prestigious enough. All that does is make them not want to promote your music because you no longer seem genuine. You know how it feels to not be heard, to feel like no one is taking your music seriously. You know you can reach people with your music if given the chance. That’s how smaller sites feel too, they’ve got a voice and often times they are the ones writing the most passionate articles, the kind that gets people to listen because of how much they believe in you.

 

Another way to connect with fans is by sharing photos directly on social media sites. That means, if you have instagram you can’t just press “share to twitter” and call it a day. The post on twitter shows a link and that not only makes your twitter feed look less appealing it’s also less inviting. It takes a lot for someone to click a link, and you’ll get more RTs and favorites if you post the actual picture on twitter. Plus that way fans know you took the time to open twitter and check it and you’re not only using instagram. It’s also the perfect time to check your interactions and favorite some tweets!

Fans also want to see a real side to you. Sure it’s cool to see all the fun places you get to travel and the people you get to meet, but they don’t connect with that. They connect with you being a regular person who shops at Target and takes the dog for a walk. The most mundane moments in your day are the most relatable ones.

 

Snapchat is another great way to connect with fans, it’s probably the best part of social media in the sense that fans can feel like they’re a part of someone’s day. There’s things you shares on snapchat you wouldn’t share anywhere else and all in a dog filter! No but really, you can snap you cooking dinner, or walking to soundcheck and wanting to say hi. It’s short and quick and you can make multiple snaps a day without clogging anyone’s feed because it all shows up as just one post.

As Lori McKenna and Tim McGraw would say, “Always stay humble and kind.” At the end of the day, to get your songs on radio and up the charts you need the fans to call and request. Show them you’re someone worth picking up the phone and dialing for in an age of texting and tweeting. Happy connecting!

CMT Awards Nominees Revealed!

Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood lead the way for this year’s 2016 CMT Awards Nominees! Taking place in Nashville, Wednesday June 8, 2016 right before CMA Fest kicks off! You can vote for your favorite nominees on CMT thru June 6! Better get to voting to see your favorites take home the buckles!

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VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Blake Shelton – “Sangria”

Cam – “Burning House”

Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break”

Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away”

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Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”

Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You”

Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”

Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

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Luke Bryan – “Strip It Down”

Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town”

Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man”

Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Blake Shelton – “Sangria”

Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball” (From 2015 CMT Music Awards)

Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”

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Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up” (From 2015 CMT Music Awards)

Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town”

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Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Cam – “Burning House”

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Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break”

Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy”

Kacey Musgraves – “Biscuits”

Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs”

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Maren Morris – “My Church”

GROUP/DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”

Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You”

Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”

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Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him”

Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy”
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”

Cam – “Burning House”

Chris Janson – “Buy Me A Boat”

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Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away”

Maren Morris – “My Church”

Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis – “Girl Crush” (From 2015 CMT Artists of The Year)

Brantley Gilbert and Lynyrd Skynyrd – “What’s Your Name” (From CMT Crossroads)

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Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break” (From CMT Instant Jam)

Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles – “I Want You To Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)

Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” (From CMT Artists of the Year)

Darius Rucker – “Alright”(From CMT Instant Jam)

Don’t forget to vote!

CMA Fest Riverfront Stage Performers Announced- Dates And Times!

Get ready to freak out! The CMA Fest Riverfront Stage Performers were just revealed and we are kind of obsessed!!! Jake Owen will be kicking things off at 10am Thursday June 9, 2016. There are 40 artists scheduled to perform! Who else is kind of freaking out?!

Below is the list of artist by date and time!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

10:00am- Jake Owen

11:15am- A Thousand Horses

12:00pm- Brothers Osborne

12:45pm- The Cadillac Three

1:30pm- Maddie & Tae

2:15pm- Chris Janson

3:00pm- Maren Morris

3:45pm- Scotty McCreery

4:45pm- Terri Clark

Friday, June 10, 2016

10:00am- Brandy Clark

10:45am- Eric Paslay

11:30am- Home Free

12:15pm- Kane Brown

1:o0pm- Aaron Lewis

1:45pm- Chase Bryant

2:30pm- Thompson Square

3:15pm- Charles Esten

4:00pm- Tracy Lawrence

4:45pm- Neal McCoy

Saturday, June 11, 2016

10:00am- Lorrie Morgan

10:45am- Love And Theft

11:30am- Rodney Atkins

12:15pm- Chris Lane

1:o0pm- Corey Smith

1:45pm-Jana Kramer

2:30pm- Canaan Smith

3:15pm- Michael Ray

4:00pm- High Valley

4:45pm- Brooke Eden

 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

10:00am- Darryl Worley

10:45am- Kellie Pickler

11:30am- Parmalee

12:15pm- Jon Pardi

1:o0pm- Granger Smith

1:45pm- Cam

2:30pm- Phil Vassar

3:15pm- Tyler Farr

4:00pm- Old Dominion

4:45pm- LOCASH

 

More stages to be announced over the coming weeks, the next being The Park Stage April 19.  More announcements for artists performing the National Anthem at the Riverfront Stage will also be revealed at a later time. Stay tuned!

ACM Party For A Cause: Set Times Announced For 3 Day Lineup!

Just a couple more weeks until we are in Las Vegas for ACM Party For A Cause! If you’re like us, then you have been anxious to plan your day and see when your favorite artists are performing. The set times were just announced and you can even download the ACM Awards app and add each artist to your schedule!

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Stay tuned for more info coming soon. Did I hear something about Meet And Greets?!