200 N 11th St Fort Smith, AR 72901
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After almost a decade as a major-label artist, prolific Nashville hitmaker Jerrod Niemann has put his heart on his sleeve like never before with the patriotic anthem, “Old Glory.” Describing the resolute ballad as “100 percent heart, zero percent politics,” the singer-songwriter wrote the track in honor of U.S. soldiers following the 2017 Tongo Tongo ambush in Niger. A veteran of multiple USO Tours, Niemann knew how much those heroes were willing to sacrifice in the name of duty – from missing their children’s first steps and soccer games to holidays, anniversaries and so much more. He performed “Old Glory” live for the first time during that year’s USO Holiday Tour, and is now bringing it to the American public. Also in 2017, Niemann dug deep into his journey for critically-acclaimed album THIS RIDE – his first for Curb Records which includes the feel-good jam, “I Got This,” the uplifting duet “A Little More Love” (with Lee Brice) and the classy romance of “God Made a Woman.” Known for clever wordplay and attention-grabbing lyrics, the engaging singer-songwriter topped Country charts with his PLATINUM-certified anthem “Drink to That All Night,” a multi-week #1 from the 2014 album HIGH NOON – on which he co-wrote eight of the 12 tracks. Niemann first burst onto the scene in 2010 with his #1 major-label debut, JUDGE JERROD & THE HUNG JURY, which skyrocketed on the strength of his PLATINUM-certified #1 smash “Lover, Lover” and GOLD-certified Top 5 “What Do You Want.” His second release, FREE THE MUSIC, included Top 15 “Shinin’ On Me” and poignant ballad “Only God Could Love You More.” From Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and CMT Award nominations, to headlining and touring with some of Country’s hottest acts – Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban – Niemann continues to make his mark by creatively pushing boundaries while still offering a sincere nod to the legends before him.
Jabe Burgess was raised in small town Greenwood, AR. Early on Burgess was inspired by his Dad’s music. This consisted of 90’s country, Springsteen and the Eagles. These songs inspired him to teach himself how to play his dad’s guitar. Burgess started writing songs in college while attending Tulsa University on a football scholarship where he played Quarterback for the Golden Hurricane. After his football career ended Burgess formed a band consisting of home town friends and performed all across Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 2017, Burgess began traveling back and forth between Arkansas and Nashville and began co-writing with hit songwriter, Mark Alan Springer. In June of 2018, Burgess signed a publishing deal with Springer Ink. Springer Ink’s Mark Alan Springer regards Jabe as having “Great potential as a recording artist and songwriter.” Springer-himself an Arkansas native-has served as President of the Nashville Songwriters Association and has written or published 17 top ten country songs, seven of them climbing to #1. Now based in Nashville, Burgess is hard at work writing and performing across the country with his band. Burgess regards his music by saying, ” I want people to feel the honesty in the songs, the highs, the lows of life and everywhere in between. That’s what it’s all about anyways.”
Jillia Jackson was born in Fort Smith, AR. She grew up in a Primitive Baptist church singing acapella from old school-shape note hymnals that contributed to her deep love for music. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and majored in music education. During which time, she frequently traveled to Nashville, TN where she began co-writing with number one songwriters and recording demos.
Jillia relocated to Nashville where she continued writing and began paying her dues by raking in tips with the heel of her boots at famous Nashville venues. The hard work and experience led to a publishing contract which enabled her to record with Grammy-winning producer Garth Fundis. Jillia’s songs can be heard on national television programs such as The Good Guys and Parenthood. Her songs were also recorded by Anderson East and released on his most recent album.
Jillia returned to her hometown roots to begin an organic trek to gain fans by assembling a new band of incredibly talented local musicians. She considers the band to be “The One.” The band has an amazing chemistry and features Bruce Fowler on drums, Lee Young on lead guitar and Logan Dooley on upright bass. They made their debut at the 2016 Peacemakers festival and have taken their “Ñugrass” sound-a blend of old country, bluegrass and folk on the road.
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