With a Top 40 Single at County Radio, Todd O’Neill Says “Nash Next Changed My Life and It Can Change Yours” [Sign Up Today]

With a Top 40 Single at County Radio, Todd O’Neill Says “Nash Next Changed My Life and It Can Change Yours” [Sign Up Today]

In October 2016, Todd O’Neill bested nine other finalist—and hundreds of additional competitors—to be crowed the 2016 Nash Next champion. And to the winner went the spoils, which included a recording contract with Big Machine Records, a single produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus and guaranteed airplay on all Cumulus country radio stations.

Todd dropped his debut single, “Love Again,” in April, and it is currently No. 37 on Billboard’s Country Aiplay chart after nine weeks.

“I think the guaranteed radio play and national radio exposure are complete game-changers,” says Todd to NCD. “You cannot ask for something bigger than that—to get that out to the masses and have your original song played on the radio. Nash Next changed my life and it can change yours.”

NASH Next 2017 officially launched on May 31, bringing together a new cache of unknown talent, a major record label in Big Machine Label Group, the power of country radio in Cumulus Media and a national sponsor with Country Inns & Suites by Carlson. The winner of this five-month-long national competition, which will be announced by reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks, will receive a record deal with NASH Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group and radio exposure on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.

In more than 62 markets across the United States, including Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville, local artists can enter the competition until June 30 via NashNextPresents.com.

“I went from singing at local bars in Hammond, Louisiana, to a recording contract in Nashville, Tennessee,” adds Todd. “It’s awesome. It’s been an amazing experience.”

photo by Jason Simanek

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson