Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. today announced the lineup for this year’s KCRS Live! event during the radio industry event, CRS-40, scheduled for March 4 – 6, 2009 at the Nashville Convention Center. The ASCAP-sponsored KCRS Live! event will Wednesday, March 4 from 5-6:20 p.m.
The event almost always features some of Nashville’s top songwriting talent. ASCAP writers and artists scheduled to perform this year include the following:
Jimmy Wayne – Jimmy Wayne’s “Do You Believe Me Now,” the title track from his first new album in five years (Do You Believe Me Now), was worth the wait. The much anticipated release was a Top 5 debut on the Billboard Country Album chart, while the single went all the way to No. 1. The follow-up single, “I Will,” is headed in the same direction. His first release was a Top 10 success, garnering a string of hits on the Billboard Country chart, including “Stay Gone,” “I Love You This Much,” “Paper Angels” and “You Are,” all co-written by Wayne. He is scheduled to perform on the “American Saturday Night” tour with Brad Paisley in the summer and fall of this year.
Kelley Lovelace – Franklin, Tennessee resident and graduate of Belmont University, Kelley Lovelace is no stranger to hit songs, having written several that were recorded by artists such as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Montgomery Gentry, Jason Aldean, Terri Clark, Joe Nichols, Jason Michael Carroll, Kristy Lee Cook, Tracy Byrd and many others. Fifteen of those songs turned into Top 20 Billboard hits, and 10 of them reached the No. 1 position. His credits include “Ticks,” “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “The World,” “Online,” (Brad Paisley), “The Impossible,” (Joe Nichols) and “I Just Wanna Be Mad” and “Girls Lie Too” (Terri Clark).
Ashley Gorley – Danville, Kentucky native and Belmont University graduate Ashley Gorley scored his first No. 1 with Carrie Underwood’s 2006 hit “Don’t Forget To Remember Me.” In 2008, Carrie brought him his second No. 1 with “All-American Girl.” His third chart-topper came only a few weeks later with Trace Adkins’ No. 1 smash, “You’re Gonna Miss This.” 2009 began with yet another No. 1 hit, the Brad Paisley / Keith Urban duet “Start A Band.” Gorley has already won three ASCAP Awards and been nominated for two Grammys and a CMA Award. His most recent single is Darius Rucker’s “It Won’t Be Like This For Long.”
Jonathan Singleton – Music Row’s “Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year” in 2008, Jonathan Singleton announced his presence in Nashville with the 2007 Gary Allan smash “Watching Airplanes,” a song that earned him an ACM nomination for Single of the Year. The Jackson, Tenn. native is also a performer, recently playing gigs opening for artists like Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, Carrie Underwood, Jason Michael Carroll, Blake Shelton and Eric Church. Singleton also wrote the latest Billy Currington single “Don’t,” and was featured in a recent “Legends and Lyrics” episode on PBS.
“We look forward to KCRS Live! every year. It gives ASCAP an opportunity to showcase some of our best songwriter/artists to radio in a more intimate setting,” said Connie Bradley, ASCAP Sr. VP.
“For years, KCRS Live! has showcased some of Nashville’s finest songwriters at Country Radio Seminar. This year looks to be no different, and we are grateful to have ASCAP once again sponsoring this event,” added CRB Executive Director Ed Salamon.
More information about the event can be found at www.crb.org.