CRS In Action: UMG Luncheon And Performance
February 9, 2016 at 12:51 PM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG) NASHVILLE held its annual "TEAM UMG AT THE RYMAN" luncheon and performance TODAY (2/9) at the RYMAN AUDITORIUM in NASHVILLE as part of COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR (CRS) 2016. The lineup included LITTLE BIG TOWN, CANAAN SMITH, KACEY MUSGRAVES, DARIUS RUCKER, JON PARDI, CHARLES KELLEY, DAVID NAIL, DIERKS BENTLEY, KIP MOORE, ERIC PASLAY, CHRIS STAPLETON, LAUREN ALAINA, ERIC CHURCH, VINCE GILL, LUKE BRYAN, and KEITH URBAN (NET NEWS 2/1).
LITTLE BIG TOWN kicked off the show with a song they dedicated to the CRS attendees who have supported their career entitled "From The Beginning." SMITH took the stage next, with a track entitled "Stuck," and MUSGRAVES followed with "Late To The Party." CRS attendees certainly didn't want to be late to this party, as the hitmakers moved through one song each, including some uncut tracks and deep album cuts that are rare to see in live performances.
RUCKER gave an emotional performance of a track entitled "So I Sang," which earned the first standing ovation of the afternoon. PARDI followed up with his current single, the uplifting toe-tapper, "Head Over Boots," and told attendees, "I just want to say 'Thank you' to everyone in this room for supporting me and my singles, no matter how high they go."
KELLEY brought out BENTLEY and PASLAY for a moving live rendition of their GRAMMY-nominated collaboration "The Driver," and NAIL dedicated "Fighter" to his wife, who had to miss the show while at home caring for the couple's two month old twins. BENTLEY brought the energy level back up with his recent release "Somewhere On A Beach."
MOORE shared a few words of gratitude before a stirring performance of "Running For You," saying to the crowd, "All of you guys have supported me, and I'm so thankful for that." PASLAY got everyone on their feet dancing along with "High Class" as he moonwalked his way to the second standing ovation of the day. Event emcee and UMG NASHVILLE SVP/Promotion ROYCE RISSER declared, "I didn't realize there was a bunch of high school girls in here," as the crowd whistled and cheered following PASLAY's performance.
GRAMMY-nominated STAPLETON took the stage next, debuting a new song and teasing work on a second album, and silence fell over the AUDITORIUM as he performed "I Won't Love You Either Way," earning the third standing ovation of the day. ALAINA joked immediately following, "Whoever decided to put me after CHRIS STAPLETON, I'm going to make sure you get fired. Thank you for that. What the crap?" ALANIA earned applause of her own for a new track based on her life entitled "Doin' Fine."
CHURCH premiered his new single, "Record Year," which goes for adds this MONTH, from his recent surprise album. GILL was the only performer to earn a standing ovation both before and after his performance, as the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMER entered the stage and said, "I made my first record 42 years ago. I can't prove it, but I made it." While GILL had intended to perform "Take Me Down," his current single from the album "Down To My Last Bad Habit" -- which streets this FRIDAY (2/12) -- LITTLE BIG TOWN had to board a flight, prompting GILL to change his selection at the last minute to a track entitled "Sad One Comin' On," which was written in honor of the late, great GEORGE JONES.
BRYAN chose to do an album cut entitled "To The Moon And Back," citing that he had never had the chance to play piano at the RYMAN and wanted to take this opportunity to do so. URBAN closed the session out with a performance of his current single, "Break On Me," followed by a jam session to his recent #1 hit "JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16," which he debuted at last year's "TEAM UMG AT THE RYMAN" luncheon.
As in years past, "TEAM UMG AT THE RYMAN" served to bring CRS attendees together in the Mother Church Of Country Music to celebrate some of the format's biggest stars and future hitmakers. To see photos and video clips from the event, follow ALL ACCESS NASHVILLE on INSTAGRAM and TWITTER.