Introducing Nashville: Danielle Bradbery, Travis Denning, Walker Hayes & Rachel Wammack plus Jake Morrell
As an international touring series, Introducing Nashville brings with it a rare, stripped-back show to fans. Designed with the same format as a traditional Nashville writers round, Nashville’s current artists take turns introducing their songs and sharing the stories behind the tracks, as well as their personal lives and careers. Experience a true cross section of what is coming out of Music City right now. Shows are seated, intimate and followed by an opportunity to meet the artists. Curated and presented by the Country Music Association.
7.30pm – 7.50pm: Jake Morrell
8.10pm – 10.10pm: Introducing Nashville
Please note timings are subject to change
Twenty two-year-old, multi-faceted artist Danielle Bradbery stepped into her own lane with sophomore album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, released in December 2017 on BMLG Records. As the title suggests, Bradbery re-introduced herself after taking time since her debut LP to focus on the writing process and, for the first time, infusing her own story into her songs – penning seven of the album’s 10 tracks. Lead single “Sway” perfectly blended her R&B, soul and country influences, while empowering follow-up anthem “Worth It” led to national TV performances of the emotional tune on NBC’s TODAY and The Voice. Bradbery recently returned to radio airwaves with “Goodbye Summer,” a fresh take on album cut “Hello Summer” with Thomas Rhett adding a male perspective to the seasonal story of love and heartbreak. The Texas native has worked on fine-tuning her unique sound since getting her start winning Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice and has since garnered multiple ACM nominations as well as being up for CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year. Bradbery recently shared her cover of A Star Is Born hit “Shallow” featuring Parker McCollum, after releasing the critically-acclaimed “Yours Truly: 2018” series featuring her take on Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman,” Post Malone’s “Psycho” and Kacey Musgraves’ “Slow Burn.” She is currently touring fairs and festivals across the country after kicking off the year on Kane Brown’s Live Forever Tour and making her Australian debut at the CMC Rocks music festival.
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Mercury Nashville’s Travis Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad’s truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from country, pop, rock and heavy metal. Travis started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover’s RED Creative Group. After securing outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Travis just released his new single “After A Few” which he co-wrote with Kelly Archer and Justin Weaver following his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs”. Travis was recently selected as a CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship as well as Opry NextStage recipient and will receive unique opportunities to participate in events as well as connect with industry professionals. The singer/songwriter has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Chase Rice, LANCO as well as Justin Moore and just wrapped up his first headlining “Heartbeat Of A Small Town” Tour. Travis will be performing major festivals this year including Stagecoach, Carolina Country, Lakeshake, and many more. When Travis is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album.
Monument Records recording artist, Walker Hayes, is a singer/songwriter originally from Mobile, Alabama. Hayes recently released his single, “Don’t Let Her,” a devastatingly powerful love letter about his wife, illustrated through a heartfelt conversation between Hayes and the hypothetical man that may take his place should anything happen to him. The single follows Hayes’ latest hit “90’s Country.” His debut album boom. was released in December 2017, which he co-produced with award winning producer and songwriter, Shane McAnally. The 10-track album includes the RIAA Platinum certified Top 10 hit, “You Broke Up With Me” as well as the highly anticipated follow up single, “Craig,” which was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2018 AIMP Nashville Awards. During the fall of 2018, Hayes headed overseas with Old Dominion for his first-ever European tour. Hayes has joined the likes of Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically Tour and been on the road with Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett and more. In January 2019, Hayes set out on his headlining Dream On It Tour in the US.
RCA Nashville artist and 24-year-old Muscle Shoals native Rachel Wammack has a “deep-rooted, classic sound” (Wide Open Country) influenced heavily by the rich music history from her hometown. As “a much needed female voice on Country radio” (Sounds Like Nashville), she recently introduced her shimmering new single “Enough” which she co-wrote with Laura Veltz and Sam Ellis. Wammack mixes her personal and artistic growth alongside the “empowered posture” (NPR) with which she first caught the attention of fans and critics. Her songs showcase a “powerful, raw, honest collection” (All Access), which has earned her recognition as the only artist in the genre selected for Entertainment Weekly’s “2019 Artists to Watch” list. Wammack also made Rolling Stone’s “10 Best County EPs of 2018, Amazon and NPR’s “Best Music of 2018” list, while earning additional “2019 Artist to Watch” acclaim from multiple outlets including AOL, Pandora, Music Row, Pop Culture, Sounds Like Nashville and more. Pegged as one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” as well as Bobby Bones‘ “Class of 2019,” Wammack shares “an undeniable air of confidence and sincerity when she performs” (Taste of Country) that she will take that on the road this year at multiple festivals throughout the country including Stagecoach, Country LakeShake and more. Fans can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and for more information, visit www.rachelwammack.com.