The 2017 Country Radio Seminar (CRS) came to an end with the CRS New Faces of Country Music Show. This year’s talent featured Maren Morris, Drake White, William Michael Morgan, Jon Pardi and Granger Smith, all of which have made a significant impression on the genre.
Radio and industry personnel were treated to an evening of fantastic performances. Not only did each and every one of them shine on stage, but they will no doubt continue to shine and even radiate throughout the year ahead. Drake White opened the evening with a stellar set. From his hysterical introduction video to the last note of his set which was filled with soul and energy, White is on his way to a fantastic year(s) ahead!
William Michael Morgan took the stage next where he treated fans to his fantastic, traditional vocals. Highlighting music from his debut album Vinyl, Morgan delivered a set that was enjoyable from start to finish. The newcomer’s future is bright and he’s well on his way to an unbelievable year ahead.
Next up – Granger Smith. Granger definitely brought it all with him that night, including a change of clothes for his alter-ego, Earls Dibbles, Jr., to make an appearance. You could feel Smith’s emotions as he spoke to the crowd during his performance of “Backroad Song.” It certainly wouldn’t have been a full Granger performance without the appearance of Earl Dibbles, Jr. While Smith joked that it wasn’t the right type of crowd for his alter-ego, the room was filled with smiles as everyone enjoyed seeing and hearing Earl Dibbles, Jr. take the stage.
It’s always a party when Jon Pardi is around. In just four songs, it’s no wonder that the rising star is becoming a well-known name within the industry and with fans. Showcasing music from his sophomore album California Sunrise, the sun is shining bright for Pardi.
Maren Morris closed out the evening with an incredible set. Opening with 80’s Mercedes, Morris further confirmed her talents for what is becoming a massive role for her in the genre. The singer/songwriter also announced, and performed, her follow up single to “80’s Mercedes” which will be “I Could Use A Love Song.” What better way to introduce her new track heading to country radio than with a room full of program and music directors from coast to coast. Maren finished up her time on stage with “My Church” and her fun-filled song “Rich.”
Each one of these artists delivered fantastic performances, and they’re each a great benefit to have as part of the country music community.