Tyler Farr and Charlie Worsham (with special guest Sheryl Crow) also perform at the Country Radio Seminar's prestigious New Faces showcase
The 2014 Country Radio Seminar culminated as usual with the prestigious New Faces Show, held Friday night in downtown Nashville. The big winner of the night was country radio -- with five talented and diverse newcomers that seemed poised to enjoy long career runs in the business.
The show started with the introduction of Thomas Rhett. In his introductory video, the Valory Music Co. artist poked a little fun of the fact that he was known to many at first for being the son of veteran singer-songwriter Rhett Akins, but his star has grown quite steadily over time. The Georgia native raised the temperature inside the Nashville Convention Center with a rowdy and rockin’ set that included his recent chart-topper "It Goes Like This," as well as the raw "Get Me Some Of That." Rhett has been working steadily since releasing his debut single a couple of years back, and it looks like he is on the crest of hitting the mother lode.
Also on the bill was Republic Nashville’s Cassadee Pope. While it might be easy to look at Pope as merely a product of the hit series "The Voice," her New Faces performance was proof that she is so much more. She enchanted the audience with tracks like "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart" and the emotional "11," about her real-life experience watching her parents’ divorce as a child. Pope’s range was evident during the evening, as it served notice that she just might be around for awhile.