New Artist Spotlight: Charlie Worsham

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Born in Mississippi, Charlie Worsham learned enough banjo by age 10 for bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin to invite him onstage at the Ryman Auditorium. Two years after that, he joined Mike Snider on the air at the Opry. After attending [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: Breelan Angel

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Breelan Angel By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. You’re a strong young woman who loves going out with friends. Yet you know that even this simple plan can be like weaving between roadblocks, many of them strangers asking for your phone number. Breelan [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: JJ Lawhorn

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Many artists draw from their background, but the music of 19-year-old JJ Lawhorn goes deeper, to embody the sights and sounds, aromas and soul, of rural America. Raised on his family’s Virginia farm, he never dreamed of knocking on doors [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: Angie Johnson

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Apparently, it’s not enough for Missouri-born Angie Johnson to have served as an intelligence analyst in the United States Air Force; she also sang and toured with The Air Force Band. Then, following an initial attempt to find a break [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: Tate Stevens

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Tate Stevens’ triumph on Season 2 of The X Factor confirms that Country Music is stronger than ever. More important, it heralds the arrival of a performer whose music is in step with what America wants to hear. Read our [...] Read More