With his unmistakable vocal tone, Aldean’s version of Alabama’s beloved “Christmas In Dixie” arrives just in time for the holidays. Having performed “Tennessee River” on the 2013 Alabama tribute album Alabama & Friends as well as a medley of their hit songs at the 2015 ACM Honors, which honored the influential band, Aldean shares, “It’s cool to get to give a nod to my musical heroes with the first Christmas song we’ve ever put out.”
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Michael Knox has been promoted to President of Peermusic Nashville, expanding his role from Sr. VP. Knox will continue to report Peermusic President & Chief Operating Officer, Kathy Spanberger.
Under Knox’s guidance, Peermusic Nashville has celebrated the 2016 SESAC Country Song of the Year with Dierks Bentley‘s “Somewhere on a Beach,” co-written by Michael Tyler and Jaron Boyer, and the 2013 ASCAP Song of the Year with Randy Houser‘s “How Country Feels,” co-written by Neil Thrasher and Vicky McGehee. Recent highlights for the company include Jason Aldean‘s “Rearview Town,” “Got What I Got” and “Blame It On You;” Jon Pardi‘s “Ain’t Always The Cowboy;” Cole Swindell‘s “Love You Too Late;” Riley Green‘s “There Was This Girl;” and Dustin Lynch‘s “Hell of a Night.”
“In the 12 years that he has been with Peermusic, Michael Knox has distinctively guided our Nashville office song by song, hit by hit, resulting in major impact for our roster of songwriters,” shares Spanberger. “Knox is one of the most prolific publishers and music producers in Nashville with an extraordinary amount of production credits to his name, but it’s his thoughtful approach, quick humor, and devotion to our music creators that really draws people to want to build their careers with Peermusic Nashville. Knox is delivering career-making opportunities for our writers.”
“For over 94 years, the Peers have been widely considered the first family of country music publishing with a history of delivering ‘firsts’ in the industry,” Knox notes. “I jumped at the invitation to be a part of this this publishing team 12 years ago and to work alongside some of the best and most trusted music publishers in the business. The important legacy that we’re building upon here in Nashville, our commitment to continue delivering ‘firsts’ for songwriters, and the genuine connections we have with our Peermusic writers is something that I’m flat-out proud to be a part of. I’m thankful to Kathy, Mary Megan Peer, Ralph Peer II, and our Peermusic team for this opportunity.”
In addition to his success as a publisher, Knox is also a hit producer with 28 No. 1 songs under his belt. His production credits includes songs and albums for Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Luke Bryan & Eric Church, Montgomery Gentry, Josh Thompson, Randy Owen, Frankie Ballard, Hank Williams Jr., Clay Walker, Tim Montana, and more. He has celebrated a myriad of hit albums and songs alongside frequent collaborator Aldean.
Knox is also a record label executive with a Music Knox Records—imprint with BBR Music Group/BMG—and serves as both host and producer of the United Stations nationally syndicated radio show Knox Country 360. Earlier this year, Knox was selected by the Academy of Country Music as a first-time nominee for National Weekly On-Air Personality of the Year along with his co-host Shalacy Griffin.Read more →
The Country Music Association has revealed the final nominees for the 56th annual CMA Awards.
Lainey Wilson, a first-time nominee, is the most nominated this year with six nods. Other top nominees include Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, and Chris Stapleton, along with songwriter and producer Shane McAnally, each with five nominations.
Vying for the night’s highest honor, Entertainer of the Year, is Stapleton, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen.
First-time CMA Awards nominees include BRELAND, Alexa Campbell, Jack Clarke, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Jacob Davis, Dustin Haney, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins, Jason Lehning, Blake Lively, Chip Matthews, Parker McCollum, Michael Monaco, Jason Nix, Mikey Reaves, Harper Smith, Trent Willmon, and Wilson.
“It’s thrilling to celebrate these deserving nominees while our industry is returning to live music,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s slate is impressive, with some nominees logging historic milestones while others are just getting started. No matter what stage in their career, they each bring a unique voice and unforgettable story to life, showing that country music is stronger than ever! We look forward to honoring them this November.”
The 56th CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00 – 11:00 PM/EST) on ABC.Read more →
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s killer collaborative song “If I Didn’t Love You” hit the top of the charts this week, making its way to number one.
Just three months after its debut, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s duet “If I Didn’t Love You” is a hit! The song officially cemented the top spot on the country charts this week. It marks the 26th number one for Aldean, following “Blame It On You.” For Underwood, the song is her 16th number one hit.
“If I Didn’t Love You” is a heartbreaking ballad. The two singers lament about what it’s like to love someone so deeply, but not be able to be with them. Neither lover knows exactly how the other feels, making the feelings, even harder to cope with. Both Aldean and Underwood show off their vocal ability and grit throughout this enticing song.
“If I didn’t love you, I’d be good by now // I’d be better than barely getting by somehow // Yeah it would be easy not to miss you // Wonder about who’s with you // Turn the want you off whenever I want too // If I didn’t love you”
The single will appear on Aldean’s upcoming record Macon, slated for a November 12th release. As for Underwood, fans can stream the special edition of her holiday album My Gift, out now.
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Jason Aldean is looking back home with his upcoming 10th studio album MACON, GEORGIA. The new project reflects both where he’s from and how far he has taken his signature sound.
Aldean will roll out 30 tracks – 20 new tracks and at least 1 live hit off each of his previous albums – by April 22, 2022. The full release will also be marked by a commemorative disc vinyl set. The first 15 songs, including the Top 5 smash debut single “If I Didn’t Love You” with Carrie Underwood, are set to be released on November 12, 2021 and are now available for preorder. Fans can expect Aldean, working alongside longtime producer Michael Knox, to push his patented muscle Country sound to the limit with his hard rock, woozy barroom ballads, experimentation with hip hop and R&B, all while staying centered in country lifestyle.
“Where you were raised has such a big influence on who you become and for me it’s no different…especially from a music standpoint,” Aldean said. “My little hometown of Macon was heavily instrumental in my musical background. Growing up in an environment that was a crossroads between Country music, Southern rock, blues and R&B, it was just natural to blend different sounds in my own way.”
View the tracklist for MACON, GEORGIA and click to preorder the first batch, MACON, below.Read more →