contributor • April 1, 2012 Photo: Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo [Results updated in real time—Check musicrow.com f Read More.
Merf Music Group is proud to announce the signing the newest edition to the Merf Family. Nevaeh Burnett though only 14 years old this artist songwriter sounds if she’s been a pro for decades. With the soulful influences of Etta James and Aretha Franklin and the power vocal stylings of Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood this Oklahoma find is born to sore to the top of the charts. “ I have never seen such a quick learner in the business. This girl is aggressive but lovable, not shy or arrogant but very confident and driven. We believe in her and are very proud to have her on our team.” Nevaeh started working with Merf Music Group around 2 years ago and has had the stick to it attitude which influenced Merf Music Group’s CEO Ray Hamilton to finally signing her to a writer/artist development deal. With her Talent and a Family behind her enough to pack up and move to Nashville she’s bound and determined to succeed in the Music Business. Her website will be up and running in the very near future. Be sure and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. So very excited about what her future holds.
Merf Music Group is very happy to announce they resigned writers Terri Jo Box and Jon Henderson this year to the Company. “
Terri Jo Box was signed as Merf Music Group’s first writer and is coming up on her 3rd year with our company. As a veteran of Nashville for the last decade plus, She has held the longest writers night in Town 2nd to the Blue Bird Cafe which she hosts every Monday Night at Dan McGuiness and is now in charge of booking the songwriters for Bobby Pinson’s writers night “Sing for your Supper”. She was influenced and encouraged by her Mom and Dad and by her dear friend Jason Sellers to make the move to Nashville from Texas in the 90’s , she followed her heart and has been on the road to success ever since. Terri Jo has written songs with some Nashville’s biggest hit writers and artist. She currently has a cut on Chelsea Bain’s new CD and Merf Music Group is so very blessed to have such a beautiful soul as a part of our family. We look forward to very successful year with Terri Jo Box
Jon Henderson is a very familiar name among songwriters and publishers in Nashville. He signed his first deal with Roger Murrah for Murrah Music in 2005 where he developed his skills as a hit writer. Then signed with Bug Music bringing him several cuts including the Craig Campbell song: “Family Man” peaking at #12 on the billboard country charts as well as the Brad Paisley cut “Toothbrush” just last year.
Merf Music Group is also very excited about the promising song he co wrote with Thomas Rhett and Lynn Hutton it’s sure to be a smash !
Ray Hamilton CEO quotes:
“Jon is the salt of the earth. With a smile on his face and a guitar over his shoulder, I know I can count him to work hard for us everyday and help us grow as a new company. I believe that Jon Henderson songs are what the Country music audience is hungry for. With the songs he has contributed to the Merf Music catalog we expect great things this year and are very blessed to have him on our team.”
February 1, 2012 Merf Music Group welcomes Dune Grass Publishing to our building. Run by Joseph J. Contrucci it will house Nashville writers, Neal Coty, Amber White, Chris Harris, Don Scott and Red Marlow. Merf Music Group is so very pleased to have such a wonderful group of writers and friends in our building and look forward to long lasting friendship with the entire Dune Grass staff.
Merf Music Group is so very proud to have Paul Compton of Hwy Music and The Songwriter Agency on our team. Paul worked for Roger Murrah at Murrah Music as a song plugger and creative manager for 17 years Landing several #1 hits including the Rascal Flatts song “I’m moving on”
Ray Hamilton CEO quotes: “ Paul has really helped us in catalog organization as well as being a strong editor. The way he works with our writers is just magic to watch. He really strives to bring the very best out in every song and is a joy to work with. Paul Compton and Roger Murrah both were very instrumental in helping us sign Jon Henderson. We are so very happy to have such a great friend on our side and feel we will have a life time of memories to look back on.
When The Band Perry takes the stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium on February 22nd for their first headlining show in Nashville, they’ll be playing to a sold out crowd. Kimberly says, “We actually put the tickets on the sale for our Ryman show in February six months in advance because we were like, ‘We’ve gotta sell every one of them.’”
Little did they know all of the tickets would sell out in a matter of minutes. According to Kimberly, “Folks keep saying, ‘What was like your favorite moment of the whole year?’ and I’ll have to say we’ve had a lot of beautiful ones but the morning that we got the wake-up call that we had sold out the Ryman was probably, hands down, my favorite of the whole year.”
Since selling out the show their biggest challenge has been dealing with family and friends who are begging for tickets because they weren’t able to buy any. Most people are out of luck but Kimberly, Reid and Neil say the one person they did get tickets for was their grandmother. Just in time for the show The Band Perry is celebrating their latest #1 song, “All Your Life.”
contributor • April 1, 2012
[Results updated in real time—Check musicrow.com for complete coverage tomorrow morning (4/2)]
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Four the Record — Miranda Lambert (RCA) [Producer: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell]
Song of the Year
“Crazy Girl” — Eli Young Band (Composers: Liz Rose, Lee Brice) [Publishers: Cake Taker Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Sweet Hysteria Music (BMI)]
Single Record of the Year
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” — Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow) [Producer: Michael Knox]
Vocal Event of the Year
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” — Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow) [Producer: Michael Knox]Video of the Year
Video of the Year
“Red Solo Cup” — Toby Keith [Producer: Mark Kalbfeld; Director: Michael Salomon]