On Friday night, the New Faces Show will bring Nashville's 2017 Country Radio Seminar to a close, and the lineup is quite impressive, with William Michael Morgan, Jon Pardi, Granger Smith and recent Grammy winner Maren Morris all showcasing their talents for radio programmers.
One act excited to be on that bill is Dot recording artist Drake White. “We’re stoked, man,” he tells Billboard. “To work as hard as everybody works, and to be a part of this class, that’s all I have ever wanted -- just to be in the conversation. To grow up in a CJ7 Jeep, sitting on a cooler, and listening to country radio, then having an opportunity to do it -- grateful is the word that I think of. These folks that I have had the opportunity to create relationships with, there’s been some interesting ones that have been very genuine. It’s just a great time for real music. I’m proud of that. I can’t wait.”
The native of Hokes Bluff, Alabama, took a unique path to the New Faces stage. It’s not his first go-round at radio: White was on the MCA Nashville roster, where he hit No. 36 on the Country Airplay chart with “Simple Life” in 2013. He signed with Dot in 2015 and watched as his singles “It Feels Good” and “Livin’ the Dream” both climbed into the top 40, with the latter hitting No. 12 on the Country Airplay chart last year. Dot is his second label deal, and he’s proud to be there. “It is a great feeling. I think it lends itself to my attitude and just staying positive. Everybody’s got their path and their own story. There’s plenty of opportunities where I could have quit and gotten an engineering job, but I really feel like we are just beginning. We’re just at the tip of the iceberg of what we’re going to be able to do, and I’m just glad that God has given me the opportunity. I developed some fans in my early relationships with radio, and it’s those people that I thank for giving me that chance. I feel like everything happens for a reason, and this is our time.”