Eli Young Band Is First To Receive New CMA Award Medallions
August 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM (PT)
REPUBLIC NASHVILLE group ELI YOUNG BAND was awarded the new CMA No. 1 Medallion (which replaces the CMA No. 1 plaque) YESTERDAY (8/20), for their song “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” The medallion’s design resembles that of the OLYMPIC games, and is awarded to the artists and writers of chart-topping songs.
The party was held at the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) office in downtown NASHVILLE, and was standing-room only due to the amount of supporters that showed up to congratulate the group. Presentations were made by BMI’s JODY WILLIAMS, ASCAP’s MIKE SISTAD, CAL IV ENTERTAINMENT’s DANIELLE HILL, BIG MACHINE’s SCOTT BORCHETTA and JIMMY HARNEN, AVENUE BANK’s RON COX, CMA’s BRANDI SIMMS and CRS’s BILL MAYNE.
“Thank you for believing in us and believing in this song,” said MIKE ELI. “We fell in love with the song not because we saw, or had any foresight, or thought it was a No. 1. We just loved this song,” he continued.
Songwriter WILL HOGE talked about co-writing the song with ERIC PASLEY. “It was so personal for ERIC and I, we thought it would never connect because it was so personal. ELI YOUNG took it and truly made it an anthem,” WILL said.
To learn more about the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION, visit www.cmaworld.com
For more information about the ELI YOUNG BAND, go to www.EliYoungBand.com