SONY MUSIC ANNOUNCE SIX MORE ADDITIONS TO THE C2C 2023 LINE UP
SONY MUSIC ANNOUNCE SIX MORE ADDITIONS TO THE C2C 2023 LINE UP
Raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville rising star Adam Doleac credits devoted parents for his strong work ethic, and his dream-chasing determination. After earning a baseball scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi, he ended up playing in front of 30,000 at the College World Series – fueling a craving for big crowds he still chases today. Doleac fell in love with music during college, writing songs with teammates and challenging himself to play hometown shows while devouring the work of emotional explorers like John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Amos Lee and more. He acquired a publishing deal after posting an original song to YouTube that went viral, and then finally decided to make the move to Nashville. He spent the following years sharpening his penmanship, and eventually Kane Brown, Gabby Barrett, Darius Rucker and more had all cut his songs, while Doleac built a grassroots fanbase touring the country in his pickup truck. Proving the old adage of Nashville being a 10-year town, Doleac delivered his 18-track debut album Barstool Whiskey Wonderland on September 30, 2022, nearly a decade after relocating to Music City. He made the clock work for him though, and throughout his time in Nashville he has created a | whole “Barstool Whiskey Wonderland” of addictive tracks – almost totally from his own pen. With tracks like the Gold-certified “Famous” and soul-mate anthem “Another,” both of which hit No. 1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway, fans have gotten only a glimpse of that wonderland so far. Now they get the full picture.
Sony Music Nashville / The Penthouse innovator and “country-trap iconoclast” (Grammy.com) Willie Jones blasted on the scene with his critically acclaimed debut album Right Now, which featured his lauded single “American Dream.” Named one of the 12 Black Artists Shaping Country Music’s Future by USA Today, Jones most recently released “Get Low, Get High (Part 2)” featuring GRAMMY Award winner Jon Batiste and Pastor Michael Todd. Previously a solo release, “Get Low, Get High” serves as a rumination on embracing life’s valleys to truly appreciate the peaks. With new verses from Batiste and Todd rounding out the anthem, Part 2 amplifies the universal truth as the three musicians from all walks of life lend their voices to the message. Additionally, Jones’ version of “Bein’ Green,” appears in Amazon Music’s documentary “For Love & Country,” which declares country music has always been Black music and examines the complicated history of the genre. The rising artist serves as an ambassador for Ford Motor Company and has been covered by NPR All Things Considered, Forbes, Rolling Stone, E! News, PEOPLE, MTV and more, while performing at noteworthy festivals such as Stagecoach, CMA Fest, and Lollapalooza between tours with artists including Kidd G and more. He is currently recording new music, with new track “Them Girls Do” dropping Feb. 3.
No one puts Patti in a corner. After years of writing for other artists, including Ashley McBryde’s “One Night Standards,” award-winning songwriter Nicolette Hayford finally gets to be the artist she’s wanted to be for years. The ten-year town put Nicolette into a box as only one idea. So, she ventured off with her tribe of writers and entered metamorphoses, emerging as Pillbox Patti with a project and tone that captures everything she wants to convey: a fresh, authentic take on growing up in her Country. It’s crystallized through the lens of a Florida native delivering her youth and adulthood in an honest, spirited, not always pretty, package in her debut album Florida.
Last year, Patti took to the road with Jelly Roll and Ashley McBryde. As a writer and featured artist on the GRAMMY-nominated Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, she’s spreading her version of country music throughout the format. In 2023 she will be out with Koe Wetzel.
Called “fearless and open-hearted” by Billboard, with Forbes stating that Pillbox Patti is “breaking genre barriers,” and the Tennessean saying she “blends timeless country, hip-hop, and rock sounds with frank conversations about American life,” it’ll be impossible to box Pillbox Patti in after you’ve listened to her debut project, Florida.
Sister duo Tigirlily Gold has been playing music together since they could walk, and officially formed their band in high school. Growing up, they crisscrossed the mid-west, growing a fierce fan base and selling out amphitheaters across their home-state of North Dakota. After moving to Nashville, they landed a weekly residence at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row on Nashville’s famed lower Broadway. Playing four-hour sets, three to four nights a week, the sisters developed a performance style that’s not only captivating and fun but shows just how much entertaining is in their blood.
After releasing their original song “Somebody Does,” in 2021, the track topped the iTunes chart and Tigirlily Gold was signed to Monument Records. They released their self-titled, debut EP in July 2021, working with multi-Grammy Award Winner Shane McAnally, and hit the road with artists Walker Hayes and Ashley McBryde.
Now, the powerhouse duo is set to embark on a new musical chapter with their upcoming EP, Blonde – a deeply personal record that includes poignant tales of love and loss alongside powerful anthems and songs of female empowerment. The first release off the EP, “Shoot Tequila,” came out in January and has already found viral success with over 15 million views on the song across social media. Ready to bring girl group energy back to country music, Tigirlily Gold is poised for a breakout year.
George Birge kick started 2023 by releasing brand-new track, “Cowboys Talkin’”. Written by George with Josh Mirenda and Gary Garris and produced by Ash Bowers. He had an incredible 2022 – makig his solo Grand Ole Opry debut (which included an introduction by Opry member Jamey Johnson), collaborated with one of his heroes, Neal McCoy with the release of “That Drink,” a re-imagination “Wink,” and his current single “Mind On You” – which has over 9 million streams – landed him the No. 1 most-added song at Country radio.
George currently has over 28 million streams across his catalog to date. His self-titled debut solo EP, which “mixes classic steel and modern programming beneath smooth Keith Urban-like phrasing and melodicism” (Billboard), features 5 tracks, 4 of which George co-wrote. The EP includes the singer/songwriter’s debut smash hit “Beer Beer, Truck Truck,” which quickly went viral not long after joining TikTok, where he now has over 200K followers. George has been featured in NPR All Things Considered, People.com, American Songwriter & Taste Of Country, and named one of Nashville Lifestyles’ “Artists You Need To Know.”
Road warrior, songsmith, and proud Kentucky native Tyler Booth has been making a name for himself in country music since he first started playing festivals around his home state as a high schooler. Born and raised in Wolfe County, Kentucky, he grew up in a musical family, often sitting in on the rehearsals of his dad’s rock band. After enrolling in Morehead State University’s Traditional Music Studies program, he quickly caught the attention of one of his professors, Scott Miller, an old friend of songwriter Phil O’Donnell (George Strait, Craig Morgan). After Miller made the connection, O’Donnell invited Booth to Nashville, where the two cut his first EP, Self-Titled, released independently in 2017. A couple years later he was featured on legendary duo Brooks and Dunn’s country swing-style ballad, “Lost and Found” on their REBOOT album, and then in 2021 he released his own Grab the Reins EP. After recently sharing stages with artists such as Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi and Brooks and Dunn, Booth is currently on his first-ever headline tour, the “Country Gang” tour. The road warrior has gained a loyal fanbase through his extensive touring and is also backed by his over 850k+ followers on social media. CMT described Booth as, “a country traditionalist with an impressive knack for storytelling” while American Songwriter deemed him, “An outlaw with the baritone voice, an endearing smile and a flowing mullet,” who “just might prove to be a breath of fresh country air in a world of far too perfectly coifed and filtered country superstars.” The entertainer is currently in the studio working on new music set to be released this year.