KixStart

Congratulations 2019 KixStart Artist Scholarship Recipients!

Angie K

Averaging a grinding 10-15 shows a month year-round, Angie K has played over 1000+ live high energy shows all over the US and Central America. The Latin American country singer has already independently released two original albums, both of which landed top five on iTunes. In 2017, Angie collaborated with pop artist Jordan Fisher to release “Happily Ever After” for Walt Disney World. The song has already surpassed 4 million streams on Spotify alone and is currently the soundtrack for Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show. Her most recent single, ‘Leave California’ premiered on CMT in 2019 and immediately landed a spot on Apple Music’s ‘Hot Tracks’ playlist. Named an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone Country, Angie has already hit the road with country heavyweights Tanya Tucker, Jake Owen, Chris Janson, Sammy Kershaw, Trace Atkins, Melissa Etheridge, and more! For more info on upcoming tour dates visit AngieKeilhauer.com.

Everette

Like the great American bands that came before them – new Broken Bow Records duo Everette doesn’t follow trends. Instead, the guys of Everette write what they live, weaving gritty tales of struggle and heartbreak alongside fun-loving stories of escapism and mischief. Hailing from humble beginnings, Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia unknowingly went to high school a mere eight miles apart in rural Bullitt County, Kentucky. Named for George Clooney’s character in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” the duo of is a bonafide triple threat. Brent and Anthony co-write almost all of their songs as well as play nearly every instrument on Everette’s studio recordings. The two young artists produced their debut project “Slow Roll”. Everette recently announced their residency at the timeless Nashville dive, Springwater, adding to the duo’s anomalous distinction. Read more at Everette-Music.com.

Kylie Morgan

EMI Records Nashville’s Kylie Morgan began writing songs in her hometown of Newcastle, OK when she was only 12 years old. A masterful storyteller, the singer-songwriter released her music independently in her early teens, garnering national attention from music producers and television executives. At the age of 16, she was named “Who New To Watch” by the Country Music Association. This early success led Kylie to begin making regular trips to Nashville, crafting her voice and polishing her songwriting. When she turned 18, she made the decision to call Music City home. Recognizing Kylie’s unique talent, the SMACKSongs team signed her to their roster under the guidance of GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. An avid yoga enthusiast, Kylie has earned her official Yoga Alliance Certification. She participates in yoga daily and it has become part of her lifestyle. Kylie has previously toured with artists including Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Gavin DeGraw, Brett Eldredge and Billy Currington. Kylie was named as part of CMT’s Listen Up Class of 2019 and will be performing shows across the country this summer, opening for Jon Pardi, Kip Moore, Devin Dawson, Lady Antebellum, Carly Pearce, and more. Kylie is currently in the studio working on her debut album with producers Shane McAnally and Ben Johnson. Read more at KylieMorgan.com.

CMA launched the inaugural CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship in 2018 as a program designed to offer emerging artists one-of-a-kind mentorship from within the Country Music industry. The year-long program connects up to three artists with experts within the industry as well as provides educational and select financial support along with opportunities to participate in CMA-related events, helping artists build a solid foundation to reach the next level of their careers.

The CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship is named after former Chairman of the CMA Board and long-serving board member, Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn. An artist advocate, Brooks drove the creation of the CMA Board of Directors’ Artist Relations Committee in 2006.

“CMA and our entire community have always shown a great commitment to developing and nurturing new artists. When I look back to the beginning of my own music career, I know for certain a program like this would have helped accelerate my start and given me a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the business side of the industry.”

 

KAREN FAIRCHILD
CMA BOARD MEMBER AND LITTLE BIG TOWN MEMBER