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ASHLAND CRAFT

Big Loud Records’ Ashland Craft is introducing her own brand of Country music with debut album, TRAVELIN’ KIND, out now. “With equal parts sass and strength, she’s poised to be a major voice in 2021,” deems Nashville Lifestyles. Among CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2021 and Pandora’s Country Artists to Watch 2021, American Songwriter hails, “There’s a New Country Badass in Town, and Her Name is Ashland Craft,” while adding, “This girl has star quality flying out of her boots.” Featured in knockout duet, “SO CLOSE,” off HARDY’s acclaimed album, A ROCK, CMT’s “‘can’t miss’ country star on the rise” has opened tours for major artists like Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, and is currently supporting Zac Brown Band’s THE COMEBACK TOUR 2021. Discovering her honky-tonk spirit while cutting her teeth at a hometown bar in South Carolina singing Country and Rock covers, plus cracking Top 10 on NBC’s The Voice, Craft buzzes under the influence of musical heroes Def Leppard, Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, The Chicks, and Sheryl Crow.

BLAME MY YOUTH

Blame My Youth is Sean Van Vleet – a name you might not be aware of, but have unknowingly heard in your headphones, a store or on a television. As a former principal songwriter in indie faves Empires, Van Vleet expanded into the world of songwriting and syncs, providing music for major artists, ads and products worldwide. Blame My Youth is Van Vleet’s return to the band format with “Right Where You Belong,” appearing on the Bill & Ted Face the Music soundtrack and a debut EP due this Autumn via Big Loud Rock imprint.

CHRIS LANE

Chris Lane’s star continues to rise with over 1.2 BILLION on-demand streams and three #1 hits - PLATINUM “Big, Big Plans,” 2X PLATINUM “I Don’t Know About You,” and PLATINUM “Fix.” Stacking his milestones with a pair of all-star collaborations, Lane teamed up with LA-based artist/producer Gryffin on the infectious track “Hold You Tonight” after his smash 2X PLATINUM single “Take Back Home Girl” with Tori Kelly. Lane has been spotlighted in PEOPLE’s 2019 Sexiest Man Alive issue, scored nominations at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, ACM Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards, plus appeared on TODAY, The Bachelor, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers and CONAN. Lane has shared the bill with A-list acts including Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Brad Paisley, and Dan + Shay, and is set to headline his FILL THEM BOOTS TOUR this fall. Now kicking off his next chapter with brand-new single, “Fill Them Boots,” Lane has also dropped “Summer Job Money,” “That’s What Mamas Are For,” and is featured on Dustin Lynch's "Tequila On A Boat.” The Kernersville, NC-native married Lauren Bushnell in 2019, after popping the question with “Big, Big Plans.” The pair recently welcomed their son – Dutton Walker Lane – and the first-time dad opened up about the anticipation of parenthood in his new track “Ain’t Even Met You Yet,” out now.

ERNEST

A Nashville native with an unpredictable style and personality to match, hitmaker ERNEST is now turning heads on both sides of the singer-songwriter game – and his career is just getting started. Currently one of the most sought-after co-writers on Music Row, he fuses a broad range of influence stretching from Eminem to George Strait, and has now scored four #1 smashes with Morgan Wallen’s “More Than My Hometown,” Florida Georgia Line’s “I Love My Country,” Chris Lane’s “Big, Big Plans,” and Sam Hunt’s “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s.” A MULTI-PLATINUM hit with Diplo and Wallen’s “Heartless” is also part of his growing catalog, and other notable cuts include Lane’s current single, “Fill Them Boots,” FGL’s “Blessings” and more – including 11 tracks on Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album. As an artist, the eccentric free spirit released his vibrant debut album Locals Only on Big Loud Records in 2019, and followed up with the hand-on-your-heart anthem “Cheers” and latest release “American Rust.” His podcast “Just Being ERNEST” kicked off in the spring of 2020 and has hosted big-name guests including Keith Urban, Diplo, Jason Aldean and more. With its second season now underway, a true Nashville maverick is coming into view.

HAILEY WHITTERS

The idea of “home” courses throughout country music. But few songwriters can place you in the center of the town square, on a stool at the corner bar, or in a chair at the kitchen table quite like Hailey Whitters.

On her 2020 breakthrough album The Dream, the singer-songwriter wrote about escaping her hometown of Shueyville, Iowa, to pursue stardom in Nashville. It was a fantasy record at first, full of far-off plans, hopes, and dreams. But it soon became Hailey’s reality — she signed a label deal with Big Loud/Songs & Daughters, went on tour with Luke Combs and Midland, and made her first of many appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.

The Dream and its deluxe reissue Living the Dream earned critical acclaim from The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Garden & Gun, and Stereogum, and Hailey racked up 75 million global artist streams. She also became a Grammy-nominated songwriter for “A Beautiful Noise,” her collaboration with Brandi Carlile, Alicia Keys, and Brandy Clark.

In the midst of that whirlwind, Hailey found herself reconnecting with her Midwestern roots. Shueyville was always in the back of her mind and the memories she made there — getting her first kiss; partying in the cornfields; gathering for Sunday supper — started to shape her writing. Over the past two years, she channeled those memories into her new album, Raised.

Released via Songs & Daughters and Hailey’s own Pigasus Records, Raised is the sound of Hailey Whitters going home.

“It’s been 14 years since I’ve lived in Iowa, but more and more I’ve been going back there mentally and being pulled to the people and the places that raised me,” she says. “With The Dream, I was starting to turn that corner back home, but this record went straight there. If The Dream were my wings, then Raised is my roots.”

Hailey reunited with producer Jake Gear and engineer Logan Matheny for Raised and also joined Gear as co-producer. The result is an LP that is rich in folksy turns of phrase, sharp yet inventive in its musicianship, and teeming with unvarnished honesty.

“If you're listening to The Dream, I think you hear a girl hanging on. She's had her heart broken, but she's finding a way to persevere and to keep going,” Hailey says. “And when you listen to Raised, you hear what gave her that strength.”

Made up of 17 tracks, Raised is full of expertly crafted country songs and quirky sonic excursions. The orchestral piece “Ad Astra Per Alas Porci” (Latin for “To the stars on the wings of a pig,” Hailey’s motto) bookends the album. There’s also a piano “Interlude” at the record’s midsection and a skit titled “The Grassman” that introduces the song “Our Grass Is Legal,” a salute to a straight-and-narrow family business that was accustomed to shady phone calls.

Family is a recurring theme throughout Raised. She sings about “bunk beds, matchin’ sheets and sharin’ the bathroom sink” in “Big Family” and reminisces about life events in “In a Field Somewhere.” On the surface, she sings about drinking in “Beer Tastes Better,” co-written with Lori McKenna. But it’s really a commentary about outgrowing home and trying in vain to recreate that sense of community.

“It's that bittersweet experience of walking back into your hometown bar,” she says. “It's like everything's changed, but nothing really has.”

Along with standouts like “Ten Year Town” and “Heartland,” The Dream gave Hailey a viral hit with “Janice at the Hotel Bar.” She delivers another superb character study on Raised with “Pretty Boy.” “That song unveils some of the darker sides and shadows of masculinity,” she says. “Where I've grown up, boys are supposed to be tough, aren't supposed to cry. But as I've gotten older, I've realized that a man's ability to show emotion, grief and sadness is a strength.”

Like Hailey herself, Raised is steeped in the culture of the Midwest. Musically, there are hints of early Alan Jackson, the Chicks and the king of heartland rock, John Mellencamp. But you needn’t have spent your formative years on a farm for Raised to speak to you.

Raised is a celebration of the Midwest, but I think it's a common story no matter where you’re from,” Hailey says. “My experience growing up in the middle of the country is very relatable to a lot of people. We’ve all lived in a similar way — the only thing that’s different is the scenery.”

HARDY

Big Loud Records’ booming upstart HARDY broke new ground in 2020 with acclaimed debut album, A ROCK, “an album that owes as much to AC/DC as George Jones” and “one of the most self-assured full-length debut albums in years” (Billboard). The project follows 2019’s countrified mixtape HiXTAPE VOL. 1, and career-launching EPs THIS OLE BOY and WHERE TO FIND ME. Nominated for three 2021 ACM Awards, one of CRS’ 2021 New Faces of Country Music, a CMA Triple Play award recipient and a Vevo DSCVR artist, the pride of Philadelphia, MS has earned his reputation as "Nashville's most clever new redneck songwriter" (Rolling Stone). The 2020 AIMP Songwriter of the Year has co-penned EIGHT #1 singles since 2018: FGL’s 2X PLATINUM “Simple,” Chris Lane’s 2X PLATINUM “I Don’t Know About You,” Blake Shelton’s 4X PLATINUM “God’s Country," Morgan Wallen’s 3X PLATINUM “Up Down” and PLATINUM “More Than My Hometown,” LOCASH's GOLD "One Big Country Song," Jameson Rodgers’ PLATINUM “Some Girls,” and his own first-ever #1, PLATINUM “ONE BEER.” Current single “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL” is a hard-charged tribute to a fallen friend, making a statement as the most-added single of the week at Country radio upon launch. Set to serve as direct support on Jason Aldean’s upcoming BACK IN THE SADDLE TOUR this summer, HARDY has also shared the stage with FGL, Chris Lane, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and more.

JAKE OWEN

Jake Owen ascended to stardom with nine #1 smashes, six top-charting albums and several MULTI-PLATINUM hits, including the wildly successful “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” Known for his laid-back style of Country, Owen’s latest album, GREETINGS FROM…JAKE (Big Loud Records) has delivered three #1 hits – “Made For You,” “Homemade” and "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" - plus Top 5 smash “Down to the Honkytonk.” Praised by Billboard as a “country-grounded odyssey,” GREETINGS FROM…JAKE follows popular album AMERICAN LOVE, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #4 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart.

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LARRY FLEET

Blue-collar, Tennessee-native Larry Fleet grew up with a love of music sparked by an eclectic mix of influences spanning from Merle Haggard to Marvin Gaye. To make ends meet, Fleet spent tireless hours working construction jobs – never losing his dream of making music. A chance encounter with Jake Owen in 2017 led to a collaborative friendship and an opening slot on the road with Owen. Not long after, Fleet was sharing the stage with a living legend and one of his heroes – Willie Nelson – and etching his mark in the Nashville songwriting community co-writing with esteemed tunesmiths including Rhett Akins, Brett James and Kendell Marvel. The hard-working family man (and father of two) is now turning heads with his chart-climbing debut single “Where I Find God” – a powerful ode to finding peace in the higher power’s presence. Garnering Fleet praise for his “emotive vocals” (Billboard), the song’s official music video continues to resonate with fans, amassing 16.6 MILLION YouTube views. “Where I Find God” follows the release of Fleet’s aptly-titled debut album on Big Loud Records, WORKIN’ HARD, produced by studio ace Joey Moi.

LILY ROSE

Words like “groundbreaking” and “trailblazing” are often overused. But for Big Loud Records / Back Blocks Music and Republic Records Country star Lily Rose, they may actually be an understatement. The modern expression of Country’s most treasured ideal – pure, unflinching honesty – her debut hit “Villain” has revealed Rose as a talent both 100-percent unique and utterly relatable, with a fresh perspective and forward-looking sound. A Georgia native whose inspirations range from Bruce Springsteen to Keith Urban and Katy Perry, Rose broke out in 2020 with the viral smash, “Villain.” Both vulnerable and defiant with a boundary pushing Country-meets-R&B sound, the track hit Number One on the iTunes all-genre chart and SiriusXM's The Highway Hot 30 Weekend Countdown, leading to her new, seven-song project, STRONGER THAN I AM. With her focus firmly on integrity, Rose’s bold mix of personal lyricism and distinctive language meets the hooky sonics of a post-genre fanbase, as pure-Country confessions merge with Hip-Hop beats and R&B flow – plus representation where there was none before. All told, it gives new credence to her “groundbreaking” label.

MACKENZIE PORTER

Singer-songwriter MacKenzie Porter is a rising Country talent whose sound knows no borders. Signed to Big Loud Records, Porter is surging now with headline-making “Thinking ‘Bout You” collaboration with Dustin Lynch at Country radio, plus her own DRINKIN’ SONGS: THE COLLECTION – an arsenal of two years’ worth of new music produced by Joey Moi. Since moving to Nashville in 2014 from her native Canada, she’s developed a radiant Country style which threads the needle between traditional heart and modern energy, often collaborating with songwriting mainstays like Nicolle Galyon, Craig Wiseman, Natalie Hemby, and Tommy English. Her "mesmerizing vocals and hook-driven songs" (Billboard) have sparked a list of headline-worthy accolades, including multiple Canadian Country Music Award nominations – 4X Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Fans' Choice – as well as 2021 and 2015 JUNO Award nominations, both for Country Album of the Year. Making her mark, Porter became the first female artist to have three back-to-back #1 singles at Canadian Country radio in 22 years with “About You,” “These Days” and “Seeing Other People” in early 2020, following Shania Twain in 1998. Porter also earned her first crossover Top 10 at Canadian Pop radio – a first since 2003 for a Canadian Country artist – with "These Days (Remix)," and joined CMT’s elite sisterhood of tastemakers and trailblazers as one of their Next Women of Country class of 2021. The Pandora 2021 Country Artist to Watch has toured extensively on her own, also sharing stages with Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Chris Lane, Blake Shelton and Dallas Smith, and co-starred in the Netflix series, Travelers.

MADISON KOZAK

Rising Country songstress Madison Kozak is inspiring listeners with her strong pen. Her breakout track, “First Last Name,” not only scored the then-Junior at Belmont University a publishing deal with Big Loud, but also compelled award-winning songwriter Nicolle Galyon to launch female-driven label, Songs & Daughters, and sign her as the flagship artist during her senior year. In mere months, she graduated with a Music Business degree; toured the U.S. and Canada with Morgan Evans, Aaron Watson, and Mason Ramsey; and made her Grand Ole Opry debut to a standing ovation. Named among CMT’s 2021 LISTEN UP roster, the Lindsay, Ontario-native wrapped 2019 traveling Europe for the first time with Chase Rice, as well as supporting Tanya Tucker as a CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2020 member. Featured on “Artists to Watch” 2020 lists by Pandora, Pop Culture, and Sounds Like Nashville, she will continue releasing new music after dropping a batch of tracks: “OMG ILY,” “Household,” and “Click.”

MASON RAMSEY

As the youngest major label Country artist signed in the genre in nearly two decades, Mason Ramsey (Big Loud Records/Atlantic Records) continues his fast-track to stardom after being discovered singing in an aisle at his local Walmart. The Golconda, IL-bred phenom is currently taking his TWANG - EP on the road for his HOW’S UR GIRL & HOW’S UR FAMILY PT. 2, following his first sold-out headline tour. Named among Variety’s 2019 Young Hollywood list, Ramsey supported Florida Georgia Line during their FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS residency and labelmate Chris Lane. He’s appeared at the famed Grand Ole Opry, in addition to high-profile festivals: CMA Fest, iHEARTCOUNTRY Festival, STAGECOACH, and COACHELLA. Nominated for the Social Star Award at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Ramsey has also made major television appearances on Good Morning America, Ellen, and TODAY, and was recently selected for the opening artist of Billboard’s 2019 21 Under 21 issue.

MORGAN WALLEN

Morgan Wallen has staked his claim as Country music’s next superstar with over 4 BILLION on-demand streams, MULTI-PLATINUM certifications, and four consecutive chart-toppers. The SNL guest’s widely praised sophomore effort, Dangerous: The Double Album (Big Loud/Republic Records), debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and earned the biggest streaming week for a Country album in history. It includes another record-breaking achievement in one of TIME's Top 10 Songs of 2020, “7 Summers” – which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and inside the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 – as well as 3X PLATINUM Diplo collaboration, “Heartless,” and recent PLATINUM chart-topper “More Than My Hometown.” As "the most wanted man in country” (The New Yorker), the Tennessee native has stacked up the accolades, winning 2020’s CMA New Artist of the Year and iHeartRadio's Best New Country Artist awards, reigning #1 atop Billboard’s 2020 year-end Country Airplay chart with “Chasin’ You," plus high-profile features in The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, The Washington Post, Genius, GQ and more.

SEAN STEMALY

Sean Stemaly was born in Western Kentucky and raised in the river-bottom fields of Southern Indiana, a hard-worker whose Country music comes straight from the only life he knows. Stemaly taught himself to sing over endless days in the cab of a Case IH 9370 tractor, planting the seeds of stardom to the sound of icons like Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Jason Aldean. Signed to Big Loud Records, the 27-year-old diesel wrenching, heavy-equipment operating talent has tallied over 135 MILLION on-demand streams, infusing modern Country with youthful, salt-of-the-earth swagger and rocked up heartland soul – a sound that’s both fresh and based in timeless traditions. He’s penned countless songs in Music City’s vibrant collaborative scene – including on-fire releases, “Z71” and “Come Back To Bed,” whose top-viewed music videos has already tallied over 13.3 MILLION views – and is currently wrapping up his 2022 debut studio album with superstar producer Joey Moi. The 2021 Pandora Country Artist to Watch has already hit the road with Riley Green, HARDY, Morgan Wallen and Justin Moore among others, and his 2022 touring year is set to be the best year yet.

SHAWN AUSTIN

With over 17.5 million collective streams to date, Vancouver singer-songwriter Shawn Austin has worked tirelessly to cement his place in the Canadian country music landscape. Nominated for the 2019 CCMA “Rising Star” Award in addition to presenting on the national CCMA Awards broadcast, Austin was recently a season two finalist on NBC’s Songland, pitching Florida Georgia Line as a songwriting contestant. With a voice like a “Ferrari” (as quoted by Executive Producer, Joey Moi), honest lyricism and an overall laid-back vibe, Austin is often compared to the likes of country superstar Brett Eldridge and Grammy-winning icon John Mayer. Austin has just launched a new chapter of his career, with a fresh global label signing with Local Hay / Big Loud Records.

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