The annual Country Radio Seminar kicks off on Tuesday in Nashville. One of the highlights each year is the prestigious "New Faces Show," which ends the event each year. Five of the format's newest stars will showcase their talents for industry pros. Each day this week, we'll take a look at each of the performers on the bill. We start off with Mercury's Easton Corbin.
The native of Gilchrist County, Florida has enjoyed some big success at radio since releasing his debut single "A Little More Country Than That" in 2009. That song topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in April 2010, and six months later, he was back there again with "Roll With It." The success of those two singles helped to build his name at radio, and his sophomore effort -- last year's "All Over The Road," has cemented his name in the business. The set's first single, "Lovin' You Is Fun," peaked at No. 5 on the Country Airplay chart, and the title track is currently moving up the charts (No. 43 on Hot Country Songs).
Corbin told Billboard that being voted onto the New Faces lineup was a great feeling. "It's confirmation from radio that they believe in what you're doing, and it's an honor. Without them, we couldn't do it, so for those guys to believe in us and our music, it's a true confidence builder."
Though he is the first to admit that meeting radio programmers brings about many opportunities from a professional level, he has also developed personal friendships with many who play his music. "I think that's the most important thing along with the music is working is the relationships. Because, that's something that's long lasting."
Corbin has fond memories of the first time he heard one of his songs on the airwaves. "We were in the Gainesville area playing a show for the local station. It was my local station, WOGK, also known as K-Country. I got out of the venue, got in the truck, and 'A Little More Country Than That' was playing. It was one of those things that is very surreal when it happens. You think 'Hopefully they will play it, but it still doesn't happen until it does."
Corbin acknowledged that the attendees during Friday's show have seen it all from a performance level, but he is going to do his best to keep the audiences' attention. "As entertainers we put on a show, and that's what it's all about, so that's what we are going to do!"
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