Steel Magnolia Nominated For Vocal Duo Of The Year & Announces New Album Release For The New Year

Country music’s hottest newcomers Steel Magnolia earned their 5th major music awards show nomination of 2010 yesterday morning.

The duo, who was surprised with their very first CMA Award nomination during the national press conference at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, were honored with a 2010 CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year” nomination.

Steel Magnolia was on-hand at the “Mother Church of Country Music” to announce the nominations for the Country Music Association’s Radio Broadcast Awards and to perform their newest small single, “Just By Being You (Halo & Wings),” to the crowd of national media, industry VIPs and fans. The hit duo (comprised of Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones) was standing in the wings of the hallowed theater when their name was called.

“Any time we get to set foot in The Ryman it’s an honor,” said Joshua Scott Jones. “We came here honored just to be asked to read the nominations. Country music is such a timeless genre – it’s iconic.  And to be accepted as a part of it is the ultimate honor.   It was a really good morning.”

“It’s Country Music’s biggest night,” said Meghan Linsey of the Awards. “I’ve watched my idols perform on the CMAs since I was a little girl. Walking alongside them on the red carpet is just like a dream.  To see our names and pictures flashed up on the big screen with all the superstars truly was a dream come true.”

Earlier this week Steel Magnolia’s new smash single, “Just By Being You (Halo & Wings)” leapt into the Top 30 on both the Billboard Top Country Songs Chart and the USA Today/ Country Aircheck (powered by Mediabase) chart.   The song is the follow-up to their history-making debut, “Keep On Lovin’ You.”

Additionally, Steel Magnolia announced to media yesterday that the rising stars’ full-length, debut album will be released in correlation with the duo’s lucky number 11.  Steel Magnolia, produced by award-winning producer Dann Huff, will be in stores on January 11, 2011, making it one of Country Music’s first releases of the new year.

2010 has been a whirlwind year for Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones, the duo that comprise Steel Magnolia.  So far the rising stars have broken a decades-long Billboard record and earned a million downloads of their Top 5 breakout hit, “Keep On Lovin’ You.”

With national media performances and profiles ranging from Lopez Tonight to CBS Early Show to USA Weekend to People to the Associated Press, Steel Magnolia has earned acclaim from fans and critics alike for their unique vocal blend and passionate performances. In fact, Steel Magnolia, who are currently performing on Brad Paisley’s “H20 World Tour,” was also honored with two 2010 Academy of Country Music Nominations for both Vocal Duo of the Year and New Vocal Duo of the Year. Additionally, Steel Magnolia was nominated for two 2010 CMT Music Awards for their hit video, “Keep On Lovin’ You.”

Steel Magnolia’s 5-song EP, featuring two exclusive live tracks, is currently available for purchase at iTunes.

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