Saturday, September 10, 2011

CAA SHOWCASE LINEUP ANNOUNCED

CAA SHOWCASE LINEUP ANNOUNCED
 
 
NASHVILLE, TN - (September 9, 2011) - It was announced today that CAA will showcase some of their brightest talent for over 500 attendees on Monday, October 3 at the annual conference of the International Entertainment Buyers Association. The lineup will include: Kip Moore, Edens Edge, Brett Eldredge, Craig Campbell, Sonia Leigh and Love and Theft.
 
“The CAA showcase is always a much anticipated performance,” said executive director, Tiffany Davis. “The agency has been a great partner of ours for many years, and we always look forward to their talent.”
 
Check out highlights from past years  here, and watch for many more announcements coming soon!
 
ABOUT THE IEBA CONFERENCE
Over 500 of the live entertainment industry's top decision makers will converge in Nashville, Tennessee October 2-4 for three days of non-stop networking, education and showcases from the hottest touring acts in all genres of entertainment at the annual conference of the International Entertainment Buyers Association. 
 
International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA showcases the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment. IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact. At IEBA ... The Buying Starts Here.  ieba.org
 
Brett Eldredge

Kip Moore

Sonia Leigh
 


 
Craig Campbell

Edens Edge

Love and Theft
 
ABOUT KIP MOORE
Singer-songwriter Kip Moore combines a raw and rustic voice with compelling lyrics of honesty to create a unique sound that’s simultaneously hypnotic and edgy. His voice is weathered by life’s detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and determination. His music is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration.
 
The boy who grew up daydreaming about life outside of the small town of Tifton, Ga., became a man who paints vivid portraits with his lyrics. Although he devoted every free moment to music during college, his parents didn’t know about his musical activities. “They were all shocked when they found out about it because they didn’t know I could sing or play,” he says.
 
After graduation he moved to Hawaii on a whim with just a backpack, a surfboard and a friend. They slept on an airport bench the first night and then lucked into a hut that was $50 a month. After six months of this tropical paradise, Kip thought he had found his permanent home until his friend encouraged him to pursue songwriting as a living. He drove to Nashville on Jan. 1, 2004 and immersed himself in the songwriting community. After four years of performing locally, he caught the attention of Creative Artist Agency’s Marc Dennis, who called Universal Music Group Nashville’s Joe Fisher. Not only did Joe’s encounter lead to his record deal with MCA Nashville, but it also brought about his introduction to songwriter Brett James, who produced Kip’s debut album.
 
ABOUT EDENS EDGE
Three talented young musicians from Arkansas -- Hannah Blaylock, Dean Berner, and Cherrill Green --make their debut on Big Machine Records with a vibrant sound that honors country music’s roots while creatively pushing the envelope with their seasoned musicianship, dazzling harmonies and insightful songwriting.

Each grew up in rural Arkansas where farming, faith and family provided a firm foundation and offered a springboard for their musical aspirations. Dean and Cherrill had played music together a few times during their college days, and a month after Dean joined Hannah’s group, they recruited Cherrrill. An entry in the 2006 CMT/NSAI Songwriter’s contest caught the attention of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Kye Fleming, known for penning such classic hits as Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Sylvia’s “Nobody,” Ronnie Milsap’s “Smoky Mountain Rain.” She encouraged the young trio to move to Nashville. When Fleming was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last year, Edens Edge was asked to perform a medley of her hits at the induction ceremony to a room filled with Music City's most powerful movers and shakers. “That night we got a record deal offer from Big Machine,” says Hannah. Working with producer Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts) the trio crafted a stellar debut that showcases their strengths as musicians as well as their compelling vocal blend.
 
ABOUT BRETT ELDREDGE
Paris, Illinois native Brett Eldredge's depth of his writing and the sheer power of his smoky and expressive baritone—are both apparent in his first single. "Raymond" is the poignant tale of a nursing home employee mistaken by a patient with Alzheimer's for her deceased son, who was killed at war. It is a song whose inspiring reaffirmation of their mutual humanity is affecting listeners deeply. The single rings true for Eldredge as his Grandmother currently struggles through the disease. 
 
Brett has earned a reputation as much for the strength of his writing as for his world-class voice. He and co-writer Pat McLaughlin landed a song called "I Think I've Had Enough" on Gary Allan's latest album, Get Off On The Pain, and one of his frequent collaborators is Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry stalwart Bill Anderson. Brett heard all kinds of music growing up, and became a particular fan of the classic pop singers he heard in his grandfather's car.
 
ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL
Craig Campbell's songs are down-to-earth portraits of real people from the American heartland. The sound is traditional, unapologetic country. Campbell’s unique style is inspired by a blend influences. Growing up, Campbell’s house was filled with the sound of gospel groups—the Cathedrals, the Inspirations, the McKameys—and the from-the-gut approach of those acts resonates in his delivery today. He’s drawn comparisons to fellow Georgian Alan Jackson, but it's Travis Tritt fierce vocal style who most influenced Campbell.
 
His self-titled debut album blends Campbell’s masculine, no-nonsense vocal style with solid, salt-of-the-earth songs about America’s working class and a classic sense of wordplay. The project’s songs, eleven of which are co-written by Campbell, expand on the central themes of his life—family, friends, purpose and self-determination—all delivered with the force and conviction of someone who’s lived every sentiment in every word.
 
ABOUT SONIA LEIGH
Sonia Leigh has been winning over audiences with her gritty vocal delivery and bold, disarmingly honest songwriting. Between her childhood concerts and her rising career today as a Southern troubadour were many hard days, battle scars and dues paid. Sonia has earned every bit of soulful, lived-in authenticity her songs and performances portray.
 
One of her mentors, Zac Brown, recently signed her to his Southern Ground Artists label. Leigh has been a part of Brown’s musical family for seven years now, having met the singer/songwriter in Atlanta musical circles. Brown’s right-hand man John Hopkins served as producer for Leigh’s independent outing Run or Surrender. Like everything else she’s done, her Southern Ground Artists debut, 1978 December, is the sound of Leigh expressing her soul. It’s not calculated, focus-grouped or target-marketed. In fact, Leigh wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to do that. “It’s hard for me to just sit down and write and try to write a hit,” she says. “That’s just not me as a writer. I write about what’s happening and what I see.”
 
ABOUT LOVE AND THEFT
Whether headlining or opening, Love and Theft (Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles) has swept away audiences with their soaring harmonies and on-stage charisma. Fans have stood in line for up to three hours after the show for a chance to meet the duo and get an autograph. As those fans bought their debut album, World Wide Open, and drove their breakthrough single, "Runaway," up the charts, the milestones followed.
 
"Runaway" was 2009's highest-charting debut single, quickly hitting the Top 10 on both the Billboard and Mediabase country charts. It also had the year's highest first-week digital track sales for any debut country artist. The single helped drive World Wide Open into the Top 10 on the Nielsen Soundscan Country Top 75 chart.
 
Newly signed to RCA Nashville, Love and Theft are currently scheduled for a November single with the cd to follow in 2012.

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