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Source: So Much Moore Media

Nashville, TN (March 4, 2014) – APA has signed the sister trio MICHAELIS.  The Michaelis sisters – Meagan (25), Mallory (21) and Madeline (18) have been winning over audiences with their soulful, sultry harmonies for more than a decade throughout their native Texas.  Meagan sings lead vocals, with Mallory providing the low harmony and rhythm guitar, while Madeline offers high harmony and multi-instrumental talents.  The trio is currently featured in Season 3 of the popular national syndicated documentary series, “Troubadour, TX,” where they appear along with Kris Kristofferson, Wade Bowen, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers and others.


“These young ladies are a breath of fresh air,” notes their agent Cass Scripps at APA Nashville.  “Incredible harmonies, stand-out songwriting and a vibrant stage presence are the trio’s calling cards, and we’re excited to be on board so early in their career.”


“We’re in a good place right now,” notes Meagan Michaelis.  “We’re thrilled to be partnered with APANashville and excited to get back out on the road.”


Over the past two years the trio collaborated with visionary producer Dave Brainard (Jerrod Niemann, Brandy Clark) before releasing their well-received single, “Shoot Straight,” last July.  The single was featured as a Highway Find track on SiriusXM Radio’s The Highway Channel, which inspired the video that aired on CMT, MTV and VH1.


The Michaelis sisters are managed by Artist Management Partners (AMP), headed by Tim DuBois in Nashville, TN.  Pete Olson handles day-to-day management for the siblings, who join a roster that boasts Charlie Worsham, Wade Bowen, Neal McCoy and Roger Creager.


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APA Kicks Off IEBA Week In Nashville

Source: Webster PR

APA Kicks Off IEBA Week In Nashville
Nashville, Tenn. (October 22, 2013) –  APA agents and artists celebrate the kick-off of the 43rd Annual IEBA Conference during their showcase Sunday night in Nashville at the new Omni Hotel.  The SRO show hosted by Goldy Locks featured performances by Sundy Best, Tonic, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Charlie Daniels and Chris Cagle.

APA Staffers: Back row L-R: Chris Looney (Agent), Heath Baumhor (Agent), Craig Newman (Agent), Jim Gosnell (President/CEO), Jackie Knobbe (Agent), Frank Wing (Senior Vice President), Steve Lassiter (Senior Vice President/Partner), Bonnie Sugarman (Senior Vice President) and Andrew Buck (Agent).
APA Artists/Agent: Front Row: Nick Jamerson (Sundy Best), Kris Bentley (Sundy Best), Lee Greenwood, Charlie Daniels, Tom Keifer, Lee Roy Parnell and APA’s Ray Shelide. 
Showcase emcee Goldy Locks; Surprise guest Charlie Daniels

Lee Greenwood, Lee Roy Parnell, Charlie Daniels and APA President/CEO Jim Gosnell.

Photos by Bev Moser, Moments by Moser


Source: So Much Moore Media



Current BILLBOARD Feature Outlines Entertainer’s Bold Moves

Nashville, TN (September 9, 2013) – Multi-platinum selling, award-winning country entertainer JO DEE Messina’s new single,“Peace Sign,” is currently impacting radio, bursting onto PLAY MPE’s Top Fivedownload chart in its first week of release.  In support of her new single release, APA Nashville is working on new routing for the singer’s upcoming tour as JO DEE gears up to head north in October for her much-anticipated Canadian tour.Upcoming Tour Dates:

Sep 14 – Honolulu, HI – Hawaii Convention Center
Sep 21 – Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Fair
Sep 28 – Columbus, TX – Colorado County Fair
Oct 3 – North Battleford, SK – Gold Eagle Casino
Oct 4 -Swift Current, SK – The Living Sky Casino
Oct 5 -Yorkton, SK – Painted Hand Casino
Oct 6 – Melfort, SK – Kerry Vickar Center
Oct 8 – Grande Prairie, AB – Spurs Cookhouse
Oct 10 – Edmonton, AB – Cook County Saloon
Oct 11 – Whitecourt, AB – Eagle River Casino
Oct 12 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina
Oct 13 – Winnipeg, MB – McPhillips St. Station

Messina is presently featured on Billboard magazine’s “The 615” column, which focuses on the formation of the singer’s own Dreambound record label, her new crowd-sourced CD, and the Kickstarter campaign that made it all possible.

“We are excited about the bold moves and vibrant marketing strategy that Jo Dee has put behind this project,” says Steve Lassiter, SVP/Partner of APA Nashville.   “Jo Dee has gone outside the box and enlisted total support from her fans.  Jo Dee is determined to provide today’s country fans with the music they want and how they want it…and she is succeeding.”

Messina told Billboard writer Chuck Dauphin that the creation of the single and forthcoming album was a group effort… with her fans.  Via snippets posted on JO DEE’S Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts, her supporters were able to observe the recording process, perform on the record, and choose her current single.  Over 220,000 impressions were tallied during the 10-day voting periodand“Peace Sign” was the winner.

“It was a close call between the songs,” admits Messina.  “Now that the fans have spoken, it’s up to Country radio to tell the rest of the story.”  “Peace Sign,” written by Amy Dalley, Scott Ledger and Tyler Hayes, and produced by Messina, is the first radio single from her forthcoming full-length album.  The song is now available for purchase on iTunes.

The fiery redhead charted 23 singles on the Billboard charts between 1996 and 2009. She has won the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist award, the CMA Horizon award and the nod for Most Played Country Female of the Year from Billboard.


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Travis Tritt and Daughter Tyler Reese Duet for “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”

Source: Webster PR

Travis Tritt and Daughter Tyler Reese Duet for “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”

APA_TylerReese_TravisTritt_lrgNashville, TN (June 24, 2013) – Travis Tritt, one of Country music’s most-beloved “bad boys,” has released a cover of “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” which he performs in a duet with his 15-year-old daughter, Tyler Reese. Written by Patti Smyth and Glen Burtnik, the famous rock ballad first appeared on Smyth’s self-titled 1992 album, on which she sang the successful single with Don Henley. Along with his daughter Tyler, Tritt takes a Country turn on this new version, which is the first single the entertainer has released on Country radio in five years. The song is available via iTunes, and the video premiered on Travis’ YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/travistrittofficial.

Recalling the inspiration that lead to the collaboration with his daughter, Tritt reflected, “We were driving back from a family trip to Florida when this song came on my iPod. I naturally started singing along, and when Tyler joined me I knew it was a song we just had to record together. It was magical.” Listeners are enchanted with the father/daughter duet, and lucky fans at select venues will have the chance to see them perform the song during the dates indicated with an “*” below:

June 24          Birchmere Music Hall, Alexandria, VA
June 26          Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
June 27          Turning Stone Resort & Casino,Verona, NY
June 28          Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
June 29          JD Legends Entertainment Complex , Franklin, OH
July 12            Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN
July 13            St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI
July 18            Freedom Hall, Sterling Heights, MI
July 19            Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY
July 20            Beckley YMCA Sports Complex, Beckley, WV *
August 1         Campbell Country Fair, Gillette, WY
August 2         Butte Silver Bow County Fair, Butte, MT
August 3         Big Valley Jamboree, Camrose, Canada
August 8         Tillamook County Fair, Tillamook, OR
August 9         Umatilla County Fair, Hermiston, OR
August 16       Havelock Country Jamboree, Havelock, ON
August 28       KCI Auto Auction, Kansas City, MO
August 30       Fort Randall Casino, Pickstown, SD
Sept 7              Vermont State Fair, Rutland, VT*
Sept 13            Riverwind Casino, Norman, OK
Sept 15            B100 Birthday Bash, South Bend, IN*
Sept 19            PACE Center, Parker, CO
Sept 20            Sky Ute Casino Events Center, Ignacio, CO
Sept 21            Cattle Baron’s Ball 2013, Eaton, CO
Sept 27            Margaritaville Resort Casino, Bossier City, LA
Sept 28            Hot Springs Balloon Festival, Hot Springs, AR*
October 3        Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA
October 4        Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield, OH
October 5        The Newton Theatre, Newton, NJ
October 6        The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
October 12      Austin County Fair, Bellville, TX
October 19      Mark G Etess Arena, Atlantic City, NJ
October 26      Pensacola Interstate Fair, Pensacola, FL
October 27      Florida State Hog Rally, Ft. Walton Beach*
October 28      Pensacola Fair,Pensacola, FL*
November 1    Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
Nov 2              New Barn Theater, Mount Vernon, KY
Nov 9              Founder’s Day Festival, Ocoee, FL*

“Sometimes” is the first single from Tritt’s upcoming album, THE CALM AFTER… , which will be out July 9 on his Post Oak Recordings label. The collection is a revised re-release of 2007’s THE STORM, adding two new tracks – this single and Tritt’s cover of Faces’ “Stay With Me.”

Fans can connect with Travis, view the “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” video and hear more music at his new website, http://travistritt.com/. The track is available for purchase at iTunes (http://smarturl.it/TTSometimes).

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APA_PhilVassar_lrgNashville, TN (April 22, 2013) – APA Nashville has signed chart-topping, multi award-winning singer / songwriter and “piano man” Phil Vassar to its talent roster, it was announced today by APA’s Jeff Howard.  Vassar’s current single “Love Is Alive” earned BILLBOARD’s coveted “Hot Shot Debut” designation, launching with nearly 900,000 audience impressions at the 30-plus stations monitored by Nielsen BDS.  The tune is impacting BILLBOARD’S Country Airplay chart, holding the #48 spot this week. The Lyric Video for “Love is Alive” has just been released and can be seen HERE.

“Phil is an accomplished musician and writer, a true artist with one of the most engaging live shows out there,” commented Howard.  “We are beyond excited about his joining the APA team.”

A multiple award-winning artist (ASCAP Songwriter of the Year x2, BILLBOARD Country Songwriter of the Year), Vassar has earned Top 5 placement seven times with songs “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life,” “American Child” and others.  He also topped the charts with “In A Real Love” and the perennial favorite, “Just Another Day in Paradise.”   Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, Vassar has been recognized by his peers, with numerous other artists including Tim McGraw (“My Next Thirty Years,”) Alan Jackson (“She’s Right On The Money”) and Jo Dee Messina (“Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright”) have taken Vassar’s tunes to #1 positions.

Recently, the Virginia native hosted special guest Charlie Daniels and other artists at his fifth annual benefit for The Miller Home For Girls in Lynchburg, VA.  Established in 1875, The Miller Home provides care and guidance to non-delinquent girls ages 4-21 who cannot live with their own families.  Fans can read more about Phil’s music, his charitable endeavors and more at www.philvassar.com.

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Source: Webster PR Press Release



“The Other Life” Album and Short Film slated for March 12 Release

Nashville, TN (February 6, 2013) – APA Nashville has signed Outlaw Country royalty, Shooter Jennings.  Jennings’ new album, THE OTHER LIFE (Black Country Rock/Entertainment One Nashville), and its short film will be released on March 12, 2013.

“With Shooter’s multi-talented interests in music, film, television and merchandising, there is a virtual franchise of opportunities everywhere you turn,” commented APA Nashville’s Stu Walker. “We could not be more excited to be working with him.”

The only child of country music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter debuted on the country music chart with “4th of July” from his 2005 critically acclaimed album, PUT THE “O” BACK IN COUNTRY.  He has since released four other albums, including his upcoming  THE OTHER LIFE.

Jennings also continues his 7-year tenure on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel with his signature show, “Electric Rodeo.” He has worn many hats throughout his career as the self-described “son of a rebel saint,” the hell-raising vigilante minister of the revival of true country music, a radical prophet who uses rock ‘n’ roll as his medium, and the guiding light for an ever-growing army of young musicians who, like Shooter himself, are outsiders in today’s music business.  For upcoming tour dates, visit www.shooterjennings.com.

APA is the fifth largest talent and media firm in the country with headquarters in Beverly Hills, Nashville and New York.  An industry leader for over 50 years, APA represents many of today’s most talented, accomplished and award-winning actors, writers, directors, musicians, comedians, personalities, producers, production companies, novelists and lifestyle brands across all sectors of the entertainment and consumer industries.  Additional information about APA is at www.apa-agency.com.