Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now in his early twenties, the talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching 3 million, and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, and achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles as well as two Top Ten hits. McCreery has toured with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, and was named “Best American Idol” by the readers of The Los Angeles Times and “Country Music’s Sexiest Man” by the readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine. He has amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, and received more than 150 million YouTube views. And with the release of his first book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream in 2016, he can also add add the title of author to his resume.
His deep voice and irresistible sound create a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional country. With more than 400 live shows under his belt across the U.S., Canada, the Philippines and the Caribbean, McCreery has quickly become a crowd favorite appealing to all ages. His loyal fans – the McCreerians – are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic in the country music world.
After winning Season Ten of “American Idol” and capturing the hearts of millions of television viewers both nationwide and overseas, McCreery released his debut album, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. Indeed, he became the youngest man and first country music artist in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart. That album, Clear as Day, was certified Platinum for sales of one million units in just thirteen weeks, and the first two singles from that album (“I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls”) have also since been certified Platinum. He won the New Artist of the Year Award at both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and the American Country Awards in 2011, and received the CMT Music Award for the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble with Girls” in 2012. That same year, his Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, was released. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and was quickly certified Gold.
His sophomore album, See You Tonight, was released in October 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. He cowrote five songs on the album, including the first single, ‘See You Tonight,’ which was certified Platinum and became his first Top Ten hit. The song would go on to earn McCreery his first BMI Award for writing one of the “Top 50 Country Music Songs of 2015.” The music video for “See You Tonight” spent an impressive 11 weeks at No. 1 on GAC’s “Top 20 Countdown.” The album received rave reviews from media outlets ranging from Rolling Stone and People to “Entertainment Tonight” and The Los Angeles Times. Soon after its release, he won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2013 American Country Awards. Around the time he turned 21 in 2014, “Feelin’ It” became his second consecutive Top Ten hit. The single was later certified Gold in 2015. That same year, McCreery released his fan-favorite single “Southern Belle” with an accompanying music video that quickly topped GAC’s “Top 20 Countdown.”
The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does.
Necessity is the father of invention. Dave East grew up with hoop dreams but life lead him from the hard top to hip-hop. “I definitely thought I was gonna go to the NBA. I could play ball so in my mind, that was my ticket out of the bullshit that I had been through,” the rapper says. “It didn’t work out.”
Born David Brewster, Jr. in East Harlem, New York City, the 29-year-old excelled at basketball. He played in the Amateur Athletic Union with future stars Ty Lawson, Greivis Vasquez and Kevin Durant and attended the University of Richmond with ambitions of going pro. He majored in Communications Studies but his temperament proved problematic. He was kicked out of the college after a year. “I had a hot temper. I had a bad attitude,” East admits. He transferred to Towson University for a year-and-a-half but plans got derailed after he was incarcerated on a gun charge. “After I got locked up, basketball was over with.”
Six months behind bars in Baltimore was a turning point; East vowed then and there to change the trajectory of his life. “I was like, “Once I get up out of here, I never want to be here again.’ That was my whole motivation when I came home—to never go back.” He became introspective and realized that music could fill the void that basketball had left. “I had to figure out what my next move was gonna be. That’s when I really put my mind on what I was gonna do with the music.” Prior to that, rap had been a hobby; something he did with his basketball teammates in the locker room or at the back of the team bus. “I was always rapping. I’ve been writing raps since I was 12. All my homies knew. All my teammates were like, ‘You’re real nice with that.’”
East returned home after his bid, laser focused. He found solace in Islam and converted. He had a story to tell—a story of big dreams, trials and adversity—that he felt would resonate universally. “I knew I had a real story. I knew I would have substance in my music.” Inspired by artists like Notorious B.I.G., Cam’ron, Styles P, Fabolous and Jadakiss as well as Nipsey Hussle, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne and T.I, he decided upon the stage moniker “Dave East” and released his debut mixtape, Change of Plans, in 2010. “It was my first time really, really recording.” It was a grassroots effort on all fronts. He remembers borrowing his friend’s Hermes scarf for the artwork and hosting the mixtape on the burgeoning website Hot New Hip Hop.
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Formed in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their career playing living rooms and open mic nights across the Midwest. By 2005, they were touring nationally, and by 2006, they were playing the first in a long series of appearances at the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Bandmates Hoffman, Bruzza, dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, and upright bassist Mike Devol spent most of the following decade on the road, fine-tuning a live show modeled not after the toned-down production of traditional bluegrass music, but the full-on spectacle of rock.
Emerging from the rough streets of Memphis, Adolph Thornton Jr., better known by his stage name, Young Dolph, came on the scene with grim club bangers and cold punch lines, turning himself into a local hero via a series of mixtapes before breaking nationwide around 2014. Dolph debuted in 2008 with his Paper Route Campaign mixtape, then releases like The Weed Album and South Memphis Kingpin brought him to 2012 when he dropped the first in a successful series of mixtapes dubbed High Class Street Music. His from-the-bottom grind and mixtap’ing his way out of the mud lead Dolph to bec o me one of the only independent musicians to have multiple Top 20 records from 2014-2016. Young Dolph’s thick Tennessee drawl distinguishes him from most rappers and has gained him collaborations with rap superstars such as 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, to name a few. In February 2016, Dolph released his debut studio album, King Of Memphis, which debuted at number 8 on Billboard ‘ s Top R&B / Hip-Hop Album Charts and number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart. The 11-track project has no features, and boasts production from the likes of Mike WiLL Made It, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, TM88, Cassius Jay, Nard and B and more.