BIG MACHINE RECORDS’ TAYLOR SWIFT & JACK INGRAM SCORE HONORS AT 2008 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Taylor Swift: Top New Female Vocalist
Jack Ingram: Top New Male Vocalist
TAYLOR WOWS FANS WITH SHOW-STOPPING LIVE PERFORMANCE
Big Machine/ The Valory Music Co. Artists Well-Represented at Awards
LAS VEGAS, NV – It was a huge night for indie label Big Machine Records. Triple-platinum Country sensation Taylor Swift and critically-acclaimed Country rocker Jack Ingram both scored big at the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards last night, walking away with the Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Male Vocalist Awards. The honors mark the first ACM Awards for both artists as well as for Big Machine Records.
Swift’s rain-drenched, show-stopping debut television performance of her brand-new single, “Should’ve Said No” was one of the big highlights of the live broadcast. Taylor brought the crowd to its feet for an extended standing ovation after a part-acoustic, part full-band performance that included an on-stage costume change and a torrential rain shower. Walking off-stage wrapped in towels, Taylor was immediately congratulated by George Strait and his wife Norma, as well as all of the members of Rascal Flatts.
“I am so honored and excited to have gotten my first ACM Award!” raved Taylor after the show. “And tonight, I had the most fun I’ve EVER had on stage!”
Ingram’s Top New Male Vocalist win comes after years of perseverance, hard work and personal sacrifice. For more than a decade, Ingram recorded for various major labels and built a solid support system of fans, critics and musical peers for his dynamic performances and stage presence. The hard work paid off when Ingram signed with new independent label, Big Machine Records for the release of his break-through album, THIS IS IT, in April 2007.
Five hit singles and six major tours later, Ingram accepted the ACM honor and, from the stage, encouraged other artists to continue, despite the odds.
“It’s been a long road to get here and stand before you as a new male vocalist,” Ingram said in his acceptance speech. “To anyone who has played my music on the radio, anyone who has come to a show with three other people in the audience, anyone who has been moved by the words of my songs, and anyone who has big dreams and high hopes…DREAM IT, LIVE IT, OWN IT. In the end the only thing that is important is not giving up.”
Big Machine Records/ The Valory Music Co. was well-represented at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Three-time GRAMMY winner, Trisha Yearwood performed a powerful duet with husband Garth Brooks on last night’s awards broadcast. Yearwood was also a featured presenter on the show, as was multi-platinum selling artist Jewel. Signed to The Valory Music Co. (Big Machine’s sister label), Jewel’s debut country-infused album, PERFECTLY CLEAR, will be released June 3rd. Big Machine Records also introduced its newest artist Fisher Stevenson to fans on last night’s orange carpet.
Swift’s Top New Female Vocalist win marked her 6th major award win in 7 months. Last month, Swift was named Superstar of Tomorrow at the 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, and she won CMT Music Awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year. She is also the reigning CMA Horizon Award winner as well as the Nashville Songwriters International’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year. Swift’s break-out year also included a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist.
Swift’s debut album, TAYLOR SWIFT, has reached triple-platinum (3 million sales) status and has spent 18 weeks so far in the #1 position atop Billboard’s Country CD Sales Chart. At the age of 17, she became the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one country single entirely on her own (“Our Song” spent 6 consecutive weeks at #1 atop Billboard’s Country Singles Chart), and she is the first female solo artist in country music history to wrote or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut CD. Taylor is consistently ranked Country’s #1 artist on MySpace, where she recently surpassed the 48 million mark for music streams. Swift is featured on the cover of the June 2008 issue of Seventeen and was recently featured on the covers of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Blender, and USA Weekend. Swift was named one of People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People of 2008, and is featured on Maxim’s current Hot 100 list. She is on tour this year with Rascal Flatts, and has also toured with George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and Brad Paisley.
Ingram’s breakthrough album, This Is It, debuted on the charts as the #4 album behind only Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, and Alabama. Ingram’s hits include the #1 smash “Wherever You Are,” the TOP 10 tongue-in-cheek rocker, “Love You;” Ingram’s rendition of “Lips of an Angel;” and the recent hit, “Measure of a Man.” In April 2007, Ingram won CMT’s fan-voted, boundary-pushing “Wide Open Video of the Year” Award. Ingram recently became the first Country music artist in history to partner with NIKE for the NIKE+ Workout Series. Ingram’s dynamic brand of country rock has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CNN, The CBS Early Show, Fox & Friends, CMT Cross Country, GAC Shortcuts, AOL Sessions, the NBA Final Four, and praised by USA Today, People,, the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, and Country Weekly among others. Esquire Magazine named Ingram 2007’s “Best Country Artist.”
Ingram has toured with Brooks & Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Gary Allan, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley. This summer, Jack will rejoin Martina McBride on her “Wake Up Laughing” Summer Tour.
BIG MACHINE RECORDS
Big Machine Records was founded on September 1st, 2005, by music industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who serves as its President & CEO. The company is headquartered in Nashville, and its artist roster includes Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Jack Ingram, Danielle Peck, Sunny Sweeney and Fisher Stevenson. Big Machine is also the exclusive radio promoter for Garth Brooks. Big Machine celebrated its first #1 single in May 2006 with Jack Ingram’s “Wherever You Are”. At the end of that year the label’s three new artist releases–Jack Ingram, Danielle Peck and Taylor Swift–all made the Top 10 Most-Played New Artists of 2006 as monitored by Mediabase and reported by Country Aircheck Magazine. Jack Ingram was named the Most-Played New Artist of the Year by Country Aircheck Magazine. In March 2007, Big Machine Records shipped its one-millionth CD. In its 39th Week, Taylor Swift’s currently Triple-Platinum self-titled debut album began an 8-week consecutive #1 streak on the Country Charts, spending 18 weeks total to-date. Big Machine and Garth Brooks recently made history with his new single, “More Than a Memory,” when Brooks became the first artist in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, making him the highest Country debut leader of all time. Big Machine Records boasts 2 ACM Awards, 1 CMA Award, 3 CMT Music Awards and one GRAMMY Nomination to-date. The label is exclusively distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution.
The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will re-air on the Great American Country (GAC) channel on Wednesday, June 4th at 9 pm ET/ 8 pm CT.
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