Keith Urban to Headline Nashville New Year’s Eve Celebration Diverse Lineup for Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville Includes Styx, Moon Taxi, A Thousand Horses, Charlie Worsham and Fisk Jubilee Singers®
GRAMMY-winner Keith Urban will headline Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville (#NashvilleNYE), the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. Urban, who recently received four CMA nominations including for his latest album Ripcord, leads a diverse lineup that includes rock band Styx of “Come Sail Away” fame, indie-progressive band Moon Taxi, country acts A Thousand Horses and Charlie Worsham, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers®. The event is free and open to the public.
“What could be better than New Year’s Eve in downtown Nashville,” Urban said. “It’s an awesome way to ring in 2017, and I can’t wait for the party!”
Urban, a four-time GRAMMY winner, has released five No. 1 albums, including his most recent Ripcord, and recorded 21 No. 1 songs. He ranks No. 8 on Billboard’s All-time Country Airplay Chart and has the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (36). He is a Country Music Association Horizon Award winner and the first to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. He is the first and only country artist to have served as an American Idol judge.
“The diversity of this hometown lineup underscores why we are Music City,” said Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, chairman of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and president of DVL Seigenthaler. “From big stars to rising stars and from country to rock to indie, this A-list is only possible in Nashville. Join us and experience Keith Urban sharing the stage with Styx, Moon Taxi, A Thousand Horses, Charlie Worsham and the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and it’s all free. These acts attract incredible fans with explosive energy for a dynamic event.”
The event will take place at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for the first time to accommodate growth and enhance security. Last year’s New Year’s event on Lower Broadway attracted a record 150,000 to downtown, generating $22.2 million in direct visitor spending.
Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville event site will open at 4 p.m. with a DJ. The raising of the Music Note by Mayor Megan Barry and the Fisk Jubilee Singers® will follow at approximately 6:15 p.m. After a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, Charlie Worsham will take the stage, followed by Moon Taxi, A Thousand Horses, Styx and Urban.
“As we host our first event at Bicentennial Mall, it is only fitting that the Fisk Jubilee Singers are special guest performers,” Courtney said. “The Jubilee Singers are the original global ambassadors for Music City with deep roots to nearby Jefferson Street, and we are thrilled that they are part of this show for the first time.
Room packages for Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville are available at visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.
Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and presented by Jack Daniel’s. Partners include Advance Financial, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Booze It & Lose It, Carl Black Chevrolet, Anderson Benson Insurance, Korbel, Budweiser, Bud Light, Fetzer and Uber.
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ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban has released five No. 1 albums, including his most recent Ripcord, and had 21 No. 1 songs. He ranks No. 8 on Billboard’s All-time Country Airplay Chart. He has had the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (36), a streak that started in August of 2000. He is a Country Music Association Horizon Award winner and the first to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. In 2015, he won his fourth CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year (“Raise ‘Em Up,” featuring Eric Church), which marked the first time in history that any artist has received the award in four consecutive years. Urban also is the first and only country artist to have served as an American Idol judge. He’s won a People’s Choice, an American Music Award and 11 Academy of Country Music Awards. He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has long supported numerous charities. His “All For The Hall” benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© have raised more than $3.4 million. He is the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation and is an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. His Urban Guitar Collection is the best-selling lifestyle product ever on HSN, having sold more than 250,000 guitars, with proceeds benefiting both The Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and The Grammy Foundation.
Legendary rock band Styx became the first group to score four triple-platinum albums in a row with The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979) and Paradise Theater (1981). Four decades of barnburning chart hits, joyous singalongs and hard-driving deep cuts include hit songs “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Renegade” and “Crystal Ball.” The six men in the band enter their second decade of averaging more than 100 shows a year with each show covering a wide range of stylistic cornerstones.
A Thousand Horses
This four-member band’s debut album Southernality was produced by Dave Cobb and includes the No. 1 single “Smoke.” The single set a record for the highest debut by a new act when it opened at No. 28 on the Country Aircheck radio chart. The Nashville-based group has toured with Jason Aldean and was named by Rolling Stone Country as the best up-and- comer at the Austin City Limits Festival.
The five-piece band hailing from Nashville has released three albums: Cabaret (2012), Mountains Beaches Cities (2013) and Daybreaker (2015). They have appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Conan. Their music has also been featured in multiple commercial and TV placements, including BMW, Nashville, MLB, NFL and HBO Sports to name a few. A festival favorite, the band has performed at Bonnaroo, Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Hangout Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands and more. Daybreaker was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville and produced by Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, James Bay).
Originally from Grenada, Mississippi, Worsham studied music at Berklee before moving to Nashville, where he wrote and produced the entire 11-track Rubberband (co-produced by Ryan Tyndell, executive produced by Arturo Buenahora) before releasing the album on Warner Bros. Records to rave reviews. Celebrating the release with performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Fox & Friends, the album impressively landed on several of 2013 Best Of lists, including Spin’s “Best Country Albums,” American Songwriter’s “Top 50 Albums” and Billboard’s “Top 10 Country Albums.” iTunes also featured Rubberband as one if its “Best of 2013 Editor’s Choice and Top Sellers,” as well as being featured in Rhapsody’s “Top 25 Albums of 2013.” Worsham is currently completing his sophomore album with producer Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Eli Young Band, Lee Ann Womack), due out later in 2016.
Fisk Jubilee Singers®
Fisk Jubilee Singers® is comprised of Fisk University students, who are selected annually through an audition process. The ensemble has received numerous awards, including induction into the Music City Walk of Fame and the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. The Fisk Jubilee Singers® were also awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest artistic honor, in 2008. They perform around the world representing Fisk University and Music City.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
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