The Big Machine Label Group served up its annual lunchtime performance at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville with a stellar cast ranging from up-and-coming artists like Trent Harmon to superstars Thomas Rhett and award-winning duo Sugarland. The afternoon show, hosted by Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta, played to a packed room of radio executives and members of the Nashville media.
Surprise guest Rhett led off the show with his Top 10 hit “Marry Me,” inviting attendees to “feel free to sing along.” Drake White followed with a pulsating set that featured “Livin’ the Dream,” the nostalgia-flavored “All Would Be Right With the World” and a moving number titled “Girl in Pieces,” which White noted struck him immediately, as it closely paralleled the story of him and his wife.
Tyler Rich, a new artist from the Northern California area, impressed with the songs “Adrenaline” and “The Difference,” which is set to hit country radio soon. One of the label’s hottest stars, Brett Young, took the stage and soared on “Like I Loved You,” followed by the chart-topping “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a hit he rightly introduced as “the wedding anthem of 2017.” Young closed with his first No. 1 single, “Sleep Without You.”
Trent Harmon showed why he’s creating considerable buzz with a set that kicked off with the vocal workout “Her.” The former “American Idol winner” earned a standing ovation with his new single, “You Got ‘Em All.”
Guests were eagerly anticipating the arrival of Sugarland, the duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. The two had pursued solo projects over the past few years, but are back together for a 2018 tour, beginning May 4, as well as new music. They haven’t lost a step, demonstrating an electrifying stage presence and rich vocals on some of their biggest hits, including their debut “Baby Girl,” “All I Want to Do,” “Something More” and “Stuck Like Glue.” Current single “Still the Same” received a standing ovation. Fans can look forward to more from the duo this coming year.