Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Their career has taken them from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to GRAMMY® Awards to the top of the country charts. Throughout their career they have scored more than a dozen Top 40 hits. In 1992, the brothers made the decision to stop touring and ended with “The Adios Tour” along with an accompanying album release. In 2009, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers reunited for the first time in 17 years, releasing Pilgrimage. The brothers'; signature harmonies remain perfectly intact as they continue to tour the countryside, performing more than 100 shows each year.
Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the GRAMMY® award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 19 recordings on Naxos, which have received 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® Awards, making NSO one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 140 performances annually, the 85-member orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops, jazz and children’s concerts.
Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
Best known for winning our hearts as Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sold-out crowds around the world. In addition to her long acting career, Lynda has the distinction of producing and starring in five highly-rated network television specials, several of which were Emmy nominated. She has appeared onstage with many of the world’s most popular singers, including Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Elton John, George Benson and Ben Vereen. She made her professional singing debut at age 14 and toured for many years before becoming Wonder Woman—one of the most indelible characters in television history. But her roots remained with her music. “Singing is in my soul,” says Lynda. She has released two solo albums and has toured across the country from the Kennedy Center to Jazz at Lincoln Center. An engaging storyteller, she takes her audience on a journey where her life story and her music intertwine.
The Beegie Adair Trio
“Beegie…is beautifully supported by Roger and Chris, and as a group they transition effortlessly between dreamlike moods, playful swing and deep-rooted grooves.” —Anthony Wilson Performances by the Beegie Adair Trio have consistently energized sold out audiences and have become one of the most successful and respected jazz trios in the world. Their 2012 release The Real Thing spent more than 20 weeks in the Top 10 on the jazz charts and was named one of JazzWeek’s “25 Best Jazz Albums” of the year. Their 35th recording together, a tribute to Tony Bennett, will be released later this year. Jazz fans around the world agree with critics about The Beegie Adair Trio’s sophisticated and listenable jazz performances, and have made their recordings among the biggest sellers in the jazz world.
Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country music with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard top ten charts with 18 number one singles, selling over 13 million albums. The Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of country music for two decades, recently celebrating 20 in music. Few country artists have ever known the kind of success Tracy Lawrence has earned and the influence his iconic voice has contributed to the country music genre. His music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits. These songs help make Lawrence among one of the most played artists on radio.
Besides being a recurring cast member on ABC’s Whose Line Is It Anyway, Esten’s many television credits include recurring roles on Big Love, Enlightened, The Office and ER. He is the father on Disney Channel’s Jessie. His film credits include Swing Vote, Thirteen Days, 61* and The Postman. While on ABC’s hit show Nashville, Esten has been honored to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman Auditorium. Many of the songs he has performed as “Deacon” are available on the five very successful Nashville soundtracks that have been released to date.
The Henningsens is: Brian Henningsen (bass, guitar, vocals)—family patriarch and father of ten including eldest son Aaron (guitar, vocals) and daughter Clara (lead vocals, guitar). Their hit debut single was “American Beautiful,” an American spirit story wrapped up in a love song that’s a window into the unlikely story of a group whose musical journey has been anything but typical. It’s their gift for songwriting that first began turning heads in Nashville, most notably on the Platinum-certified debut by The Band Perry, who scored big with “You Lie,” written by Aaron, Clara and Brian, and the two-week #1 smash, “All Your Life,” penned by Brian and Clara. “If you can touch somebody emotionally and say something that’s actually worth saying, then you’ve done your job as a songwriter and an artist,” Brian says, “and that’s really our biggest goal.”
The Willis Clan
Some families go for quantity, some go for quality. But the Willis Clan asks, is it too much to ask for both? Featured on America’s Got Talent on NBC, The Willis Clan is a family like you have never seen. Parents, Brenda and Toby and their 12 home-schooled children are a family of musicians, dancers, athletes, artists and writers living in Nashville, Tennessee. The Willis children began their venture into the arts with Riverdance and Irish music. They then learned pop, country, bluegrass and jazz. In 2012, the Willis kids won the Fleadh, which is the World’s Championship in Irish Music in Cavan, Ireland. According to Toby, “We have chosen to take paths less traveled, and love it. We hope to share a little of this joy and adventure with everybody we meet.”
Jesse Lee Jones
Once a down-and-out poor boy from Sao Paolo, Brazil, Jesse Lee Jones came to America in 1984 filled with dreams of a better life. It was a difficult road that led him to Nashville, Tennessee. After much hard work, he now owns one of the most respected and well-known honky tonks in Music City, Robert’s Western World. Now also at the helm of sister venue, The Nashville Palace, Jones continues to work hard to maintain the success of both venues as well as a thriving performing career. Jesse Lee Jones is at his very core an entertainer and a humanitarian. In many ways, after 30 years in America, that dream of a better life has come full circle with this new album, having recorded the songs he loved most from his youth, with his musical heroes from then and now, right by his side.