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Five stars of the near future showed off their performing skills before radio executives and media members at the New Faces of Country Music show, Friday night (Feb. 21), at the Nashville Convention Center. The New Faces show is the final event of Country Radio Seminar week in Nashville.
Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Farr and Charlie Worsham performed at the prestigious dinner/show in front of the influential industry members who can have an impact on their careers. Thomas kicked off the evening after being introduced in a video featuring his songwriter dad, Rhett Akins. Thomas’ high-energy set included his No. 1 hit “It Goes Like This” along with his debut single, “Something to Do With My Hands.”
Brett Eldredge followed with “Beat of the Music,” the chart-topping “Don’t Ya” and a soulful rendering of “One Mississippi.” Cassadee Pope took the stage next and impressed all with her maturity and stage presence. She briefly shared the story behind one of her songs, “11,” which was inspired by her parents’ divorce. Cassadee also performed her first major hit, “Wasting All These Tears.”
Tyler Farr provided a rousing change of pace with a rocking set that featured his No. 1 hit “Redneck Crazy” along with “Whiskey in My Water.” Tyler also went out into the audience and sang to several members of the packed room. The multitalented Charlie Worsham brought the evening to a close with a set that included “Want Me Too” and “Rubberband.” The audience erupted in cheers as Sheryl Crow walked to the stage to join Charlie on the sultry “Mississippi in July.”