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August 15, 2018

Variety of Performers Scheduled for Radio Show BMI Songwriters Spotlight Series

WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK—The BMI Songwriters Spotlight Series is returning to the 2018 Radio Show and will feature 12 BMI songwriters. The performances are free for registered attendees and will take place during select sessions and networking events. The Radio Show is held September 25-28 in Orlando and produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

“Millions of Americans turn to radio every day to hear the music they love and to discover new talent,” said BMI Vice President of Industry Relations Dan Spears. “We are proud to once again showcase the best of BMI’s emerging and well-established songwriters for this annual highlight at the Radio Show.”

The current schedule is below:

September 25, 5:00-6:30 p.m.- Welcome Reception

Soul Circus Cowboys is a country music group consisting of Billy McKnight, Jason Alfano, Mike McMahon and Rick Morgan. The group’s first full-length album, “Tailgate Country,” reached Billboard's Top 50 Country chart.

September 26, 10:00-10:30 a.m.- Marketplace Coffee Break

Brian Sutherland is a Florida native currently based in Nashville. He is an accomplished guitarist and cellist with a musical style described as a mix of folk, country and jazz. Sutherland has worked with artists like The Beach Boys, Michael Ray and Natasha Bedingfield.

September 26, 11:45 A.M.-1:15 p.m.- Radio Luncheon

Lance Carpenter is the chart-topping songwriter of Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It.” He recently released a country duet song with Krystal Keith, titled “Anyone Else.”

September 26, 3:15-3:45 p.m.- Marketplace Refreshment Break

Jimmy Nash’s first album, “The Road to 33,” blended country, rock and pop. The first single, titled “More Than Crazy,” was licensed for ABC Family’s show “Jane By Design.” Nash also wrote the song “Walls,” which has more than one million streams online.

September 26, 4:00-5:15 p.m.- Wednesday Headline Session

Guitarist and singer Terry Sylvester has performed with “The Escorts,” “The Swinging Blue Jeans” and “The Hollies” with sounds inspired from both the pop and soft rock genres. Early in his career, Sylvester performed with “The Beatles” on many occasions and recorded with Elton John. He was inducted into the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” in 2010.

September 26, 5:30 p.m.- Marketplace Reception

Blues singer-songwriter Kaleigh Baker has music licensed by companies such as Apple, Starbucks and ESPN, among others. Baker performs live nightly and is currently working on her third album.

September 26, 6:15 p.m.- Marketplace Reception

Country singer-songwriter Sheena Brook is a southwest Florida native and appeared on NBC’s Season 12 of “The Voice.” Sheena released her EP “The First Time” and her self-made music video “Lime in My Whiskey” in 2017.

September 27, 7:30-9:00 a.m.- Advertiser Breakfast

Christian Cuevas competed on season 11 of “The Voice.” He has worked with well-known artists like Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande and Garth Brooks and is known for his mix of R&B and soul music.

September 27, 11:30 A.M.-1:00 p.m.- Marketplace Mixer

Dan Signor fronts The Dan Signor Project, which performs jazz-funk-folk music for audiences across Central Florida. The band recently received “The Ledger’s Polk County Best of the Best Band of the Year” award.

September 27, 2:30-3:00 p.m.- Marketplace Happy Hour

Jordan Foley is a folk-Americana singer-songwriter based in Orlando. This year Foley was nominated for Best Folk Act of “Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando.” His debut album titled “Give to Get a Day” was released last April.

September 27, 4:00-4:30 p.m.- Marketplace Happy Hour

Eric Durrance performed as the opener on the 2008 CMT Tour with country stars Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. Durrance is also the front man of Tobacco Rd Band and has shared the stage with the likes of Jake Owen, Cole Swindell and Brantley Gilbert.

September 27, 4:30-5:00 p.m.- Marketplace Happy Hour

Layla Brisbois is a local musician, voted one of the top three singer-songwriters in Orlando for “Best of Orlando 2017.” Brisbois released her first EP, “Shine,” last October and recently released her second, “Pavin My Own Way.”

For photos of the performers, contact Dan Lemle.

Additional information about the 2018 Radio Show is available here.

News media registration is available here.

About the Radio Show
The 2018 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 25-28 in Orlando. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies for the digital age. To learn more about the 2018 Radio Show, visit

About RAB
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium. Learn more at

About BMI
Celebrating over 77 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 13 million musical works created and owned by more than 800,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

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