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Rising Country Artists Gather For At Nashville Conference

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by Steve Hayslip

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Radio personalities and country artists from across the country gathered in Music City Friday for the chance to make new connections.

The Country Radio Seminar hosted by the Country Radio Broadcasters association gives up-and-coming country artists a chance to meet with some of the biggest names in radio.

Artists in attendance said that connecting with the people who play their music is a big step when you're on the road to being a country music star.

Country music hopefuls get a chance to meet with representatives from major radio groups, music trade and licensing organizations, and other industry professionals.

"It does come back to personal relationships, and if you can develop a great relationship with radio, and they're – in the end – what make you [successful]," said country artist Marlee Scott.

Scott has found success with videos, songs, and new fans.

"I've got 25,000 followers on Facebook, but I still need radio to play my music," said Scott.

That was why she and others came to Nashville at CRS.

"When you're covering or reviewing a show, it's hard to get to know the artist, so this is a more personal opportunity to get to know the journalists and the radio people," said country music writer Doug Smith.

One group taking advantage of the seminar was a trio called "The Farm," and they drew a lot of interest.

"This single, Home Sweet Home, is rocketing up the charts and it's a dream come true for all of us," said group member Nick Hoffman.

Rising star Amber Hayes was another artist chasing her dream. She said with a little airplay, her dreams could come true.

"If it was easy, everybody would do it right? That's what I say. It's hard, but if the desire's there, it's not going to go away," said Hayes.

The Country Radio Seminar began on Tuesday and wraps up Friday night. Many of the radio personalities and writers planned to be back in town this spring for CMA week.

Email: shayslip@newschanne5.com

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