NASHVILLE, TN Tuesday Sep.4.2007 /netmusiccountdown.com/ --
Tracy Lawrence continues to carve out an amazing year of achievement with the announcement today of his nomination in the CMA's Musical Event Of The Year category for the song ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are² featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.
Lawrence has spent the past year blazing a new path and the announcement that he is one of the CMA's finalists for Musical Event Of The Year is icing on the cake to an otherwise stellar and history-making year.
³I can honestly say, I found out who my friends are this year,² says Lawrence beaming with excitement about his nomination. ³I am humbled by the overwhelming support of country radio and so many of my friends and colleagues in the music industry, a business that I dearly love. I've been given the privilege of a career doing what I love to doentertaining. There is a tremendous amount of hard work and competition, but this business is my passion. It's sort of like running for office, but the campaigning never ceases. I assembled a very strong team around me and I feel very proud of our accomplishment.²
Lawrence has experienced an incredible year making a remarkable return to the top of the national music trade charts with ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are² and proving that an independent record label owned by a country music recording artist can, in fact, compete successfully. Lawrence launched his own label in July last year, released the first single in August, released his first full CD in January, 2007, and celebrated his 17th No. 1 career record, ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are,² in June of this year (the first No. 1 he'd had in more than 10 years). The song is one of the most played in the "recurrents" on country radio right now.
The accompanying video, ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are,² released in July, adds to the song's momentum as it climbs the current playlists at CMT, GAC, CMT Pure, and local and regional video outlets around the globe. Currently, the video is No. 11 on CMT's playlist and No. 14 on GAC's fan-voted ³Top 20" respectively. The video has been added both online and for the cable on-demand service at Music Choice, a cable network reaching 23 million households nationwide. The video features cameo appearances by fellow celebrities and "friends" George Jones, Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros, Cornelius Griffin of the Washington Redskins, and fellow country singer Daryl Worley.
Early this summer, Lawrence made history when ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are² topped both the Billboard/R&R and Country Aircheck/Mediabase national charts in the coveted No. 1 spot. Lawrence became the first country artist who owns his own record label, RCR (Rocky Comfort Records), to reach the No. 1 position with the debut single release on that label. It held at No. 1 on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart for two consecutive weeks. ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are² was Lawrence's first No. 1 since 1997 when he topped the R&R chart with ³Is That A Tear.² His last Billboard No. 1 was with ³Time Marches On² in 1996. ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are² was released to radio August 21, 2006 on the RCR/CO5 Nashville imprint. According to Mediabase national radio callout research, the song has ranked consistently among the Top 5 since the third week of December 2006.
The full CD, titled FOR THE LOVE, was available in stores January 30, 2007.
FOR THE LOVE features several points of interest. Among them, ³Til I Was A Daddy Too,² the second single from FOR THE LOVE and a heartfelt look at parenting and the depth of a father's love. The title cut is a duet with Brad Arnold, lead singer of the multi-platinum group Three Doors Down. ³Speed Of Flight,² represents the first time that Lawrence has cut a song he penned alone. Finally, like bookends, the CD starts and finishes with ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are.² One is a bonus track that features two of Lawrence's longtime friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.
Lawrence's music is available for downloading on iTunes, WalMart.com, Napster, Rhapsody, and eMusic among other digital service providers. Cell phone users have actively downloaded ringtones. Text Tracy1 to 66555 to get ³Find Out Who Your Friends Are;² text Tracy2 to 66555 to get ³You Can't Hide Redneck,² text Tracy3 to 66555 to get ³For The Love,² or text Tracy4 to 66555 to get ³Speed Of Flight.² Tracy Lawrence website: www.tracylawrence.com The CMA's Musical Event Of The Year is defined as a collaboration of two or more people either or all of whom are known primarily as individual artists. They must have performed together, as a unit, on a musical recording released domestically within the eligibility period with each artist prominently featured and duly authorized to receive billing on the event. The award goes to each artist on the collaboration. The 41st Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live on the ABC television network Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 8pm/7pm central time.
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