Kelsea, Cam and Chris Janson Provide Top Moments at New Faces of Country Music Show at CRS
Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion also shine for industry attendees.
Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion and Chris Janson all got the chance to perform at the prestigious New Faces of Country Music show to close out Country Radio Seminar in Nashville on Wednesday night (Feb. 10). The five artists showcased their talents before radio executives, industry honchos, media and other invited guests at the dinner and show from the Omni Hotel.
Playing the New Faces show has proven a golden opportunity for up-and-coming artists through the years at Country Radio Seminar. All five acts took advantage of the coveted slot with solid, flawless performances that drew loud and extended ovations. Here's a look at highlights from each performance:
Cam, sporting a predominantly yellow outfit, kicked off the show with the title track from her Untamed album. The fiery singer displayed a penchant for keen, understated humor following her performance of her new single, "Mayday," during which the members of her all-male band displayed their musical virtuosity. Flashing a smile, Cam announced that she enjoys showcasing her band because, "You know, guys don't get a lot of chances in this business." Her finale, a rendition of the breakthrough single "Burning House," indeed brought down the house, as she allowed the audience to sing along with her on the final chorus.
Brothers Osborne demonstrated their impressive individual skills, with Josh's guitar work especially shining on 'Loving Me Back." Vocalist brother T.J. pushed every ounce of fun and sexuality from their hit single, "Stay a Little Longer."
Kelsea Ballerini, showing a stylish fashion sense in knee-high boots, appropriately kicked it on her current single, "Dibs," on which she also played guitar. The dynamic young singer introduced her No. 1 single, "Love Me Like You Mean It," by telling the crowd, "This song changed my life." Kelsea brought in a sterling backing trio to complement the tune.
Five-man band Old Dominion gave the audience a taste of their musical versatility and innovative arrangements on "Nowhere Fast," the clever "Song for Another Time" and their chart-topping 2015 hit, "Break Up With Him." Lead vocalist Matthew Ramsey shared, "I wish I could tell you how amazing this year has been."
Chris Janson was likely the perfect choice to close the New Faces show, as his performances are known for jangly high energy, rip-roaring vocals and frenetic harmonica playing. Chris displayed all of those elements on "Back in My Drinkin' Days," the humorous "White Trash" and the tender ode he wrote for his wife, "Holding Her." Though he officially qualifies as one of the New Faces, Chris has actually been in Nashville for around 10 years, and he spoke of his struggling early days in a hearfelt thank-you to the industry members. Chris closed with a boisterous rendition of his recent No. 1 hit, "Buy Me a Boat," wrapping up another edition of the New Faces of Country Music.