The country format has seen an influx in recent years of artists who gained fame for their acting work, then turned their attention to a music career. With one notable exception, they’ve largely found the doors at country radio closed tight, despite having already built up a fan base as actors.
After designing successful marketing campaigns for numerous top-tier country stars and helping oversee the tricky merger of the Nashville operations of EMI and Universal Music Group in 2012, record industry veteran Cindy Mabe was rewarded earlier this month with a new title: president of UMG Nashville.
With "Keep Them Kisses Comin’" No. 11 on the Country Airplay chart, Craig Campbell was poised for the first top 10 hit of his career. Then his label since 2009, Bigger Picture Group, essentially shuttered. But instead of resigning to defeat, Campbell is digging in. And with him, the label’s former promotion staff and other ex-employees are continuing to work the single, even without paychecks.
Country music's premiere remixer, Dee Jay Silver, brings his show to country radio with the launch of a new syndicated weekend show, The Country Club With Dee Jay Silver. In between tour dates with Brad Paisley, he's also working on a new album of his own.
Not many radio PDs can say they’ve been at one station for 25 years. Even fewer can say they got their start at that station mowing the lawn. Both of those things happen to be true for Deb Turpin, the PD and morning co-host at country KSOP (Z104) Salt Lake City, who celebrated her 25th anniversary with the station in December.
Celebrating his first No. 1 this week on the Country Airplay chart with “Helluva Life,” Frankie Ballard can’t help but reflect on the hard times he experienced to get to this point in his career, even while he celebrates the success that’s been such a long time coming. “Helluva Life," Ballard’s third single and first hit, arrives almost four years after his first reached country radio.
After seven years spent in music as two-thirds of the country band Stealing Angels, Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Wayne have now changed course and are working in record promotion for Nashville-based HitShop Records. In between careers, they found time to travel the world as contestants on two seasons of The Amazing Race, including the current "All-Star" season.