January 4, 2012

All-Star Lineup Announced for WCRS Live! at Country Radio Seminar 2012

BMI and Country Aircheck-sponsored showcase to feature Matraca Berg, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna

Press Release

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 2, 2012) – Country Radio Seminar will proudly feature three of Nashville’s most successful songwriters—Matraca Berg, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna—for its WCRS Live! songwriter showcase, to be held Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at CRS 2012.

The event, sponsored by BMI and Country Aircheck, will take place from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST on the second floor of the Nashville Convention Center during Country Radio Seminar. 

“This lineup presents a rare opportunity to experience the work of three of Nashville’s best,” says BMI Assistant VP Dan Spears. “To have Matraca Berg, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna sharing the same stage is incredible. But the event will also serve to highlight the vital contributions made by women throughout the music and radio industries, while acting as the perfect complement to ‘Rising Through the Ranks,’ a program that BMI pioneered with the Radio Advertising Bureau. Each year, BMI awards 25 scholarships to female radio executives to attend a Nashville workshop on executive management best practices. The tremendous success of Matraca, Natalie and Lori will be a great reminder of the enormous successes enjoyed—and driven—by women throughout our industries.”

CRS 2012 is held Feb. 22-24, 2012, in downtown Nashville, Tenn.  $499 registration is currently available at

About the 2012 WCRS Live! songwriters:
Matraca Berg - Matraca Berg’s songs have been cut by artists including Reba McEntire (“The Last One to Know”), Patty Loveless (“I’m That Kind of Girl”), Trisha Yearwood (“Wrong Side of Memphis”), Martina McBride (“Wild Angels”), the Dixie Chicks (“If I Fall You’re Going Down With Me”), Deana Carter (“Strawberry Wine”) and Gretchen Wilson (“I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today”).  Berg has released three albums as a solo artist, including her critically acclaimed 2011 release, The Dreaming Fields.

Natalie Hemby – Nashville native Natalie Hemby has had songs recorded by an impressive list of artists, including her recent successes with Miranda Lambert (“Baggage Claim,” “Fine Tune,” “White Liar,” “Only Prettier,” “The Airstream Song,” “Virginia Bluebell”) and cuts for Lee Ann Womack (“The Bees”), Randy Montana (“Assembly Line”), Eli Young Band (“Mystery in the Making,” “The Fight,” “How Quickly You Forget”), Amy Grant (“Overnight”), Carrie Underwood (“Play On”) and Trace Adkins (“Timing Is Everything”).

Lori McKenna - Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna has had cuts recorded by Faith Hill (“Stealing Kisses,” “Fireflies,” “If You Ask”), Keith Urban (“The Luxury of Knowing”), Sara Evans (“Bible Song”), Tim McGraw (“I’m Workin’”), Alison Krauss (“My Love Follows You Where You Go”), Jimmy Wayne (“True Believer”) and Pop singer Mandy Moore (“Most Of Me,” “Latest Mistake,” “Can’t You Just Adore Her?”) among others.  As a solo artist, McKenna has toured with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and released six studio albums, including Bittertown, Unglamorous and 2011’s Lorraine.

About Country Radio Seminar:
Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio.  CRS 2012 will be held Feb. 22-24, 2012, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center.  Visit for more information.  Country Radio Seminar is a property of Country Radio Broadcasters.

Jeff Walker - AristoMedia – (615) 269-7071 x 123 - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Christy Watkins – Aristo P.R. – (615) 269-7071 x124 – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

BMI Contact:
Ari Surdoval - (615) 401-2880 – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Lori McKenna

Matraca Berg

Natalie Hemby