News Update: Taylor among the recipients of the ACM Milestone Award!

(Source: ACM via Instagram)
(Source: ACM via Instagram)

Say you’ll remember me, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s trying to scraping change from the couch to see if he can have any vacations this year, we’re glad to say that the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar will be remembered by the Country genre. The Academy of Country Music will be honoring seven of its biggest winners: George Strait, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and the Princess in Red herself, Taylor Swift. They will receive the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award. In Taylor’s case, she is the youngest recipient to win the ACM Entertainer of the Year award (2011 & 2012). You can read the original story from The Associated Press via Union-Tribune San Diego

The award will be presented on Sunday, April 19 at the 50th Annual ACM Awards. The ceremony will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. With nothing else on her calendar (well, not that I know of anyways… yet!) odds are definitely in favor of her showing up.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 25: Taylor is a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8pm ET.
  • April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor Swift will be one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.

(Sources: The Associated Press via Union-Tribune San Diego)

The Agency Spotlight & Review Corner: Mike Meadows – When You Need Someone

(Source: Meadows Songs, Inc.)
(Source: Meadows Songs, Inc.)

It’s Mike’s turn on the spotlight, Taylor Nation!

The Agency’s Mike Meadows is well known as the master of instruments, but he’s also an accomplished solo performer. Right now, you can hear his new EP on iTunes. Mike’s  When You Need Someone, Vol. 1 EP is a great soundtrack for a day off, a lazy evening or for a road trip. For some reason, I can imagine myself listening and singing along to these songs while driving, but perhaps that’s just me.

“Last Time the Lights Went Out” is a song that could easily feel at home in an album by Keith Urban or Lady Antebellum. There’s some country, some pop and some easy rock and roll. It has that turn-up-the-radio quality to it. “Coming With Me” is a slow song, but it’s uplifting and has enough oomph to bring your spirits up. Mike doesn’t let up, as the next song “If Only I’d Known” is a great power ballad that might be my favorite one right now. There’s a hint of nostalgia that reminds me of Eric Church’s Chief, not in sound but just in feeling. “Rain on the Roof” really digs into the guitar, with twang and amazing vocals. “Know You” is another of those tracks that feels like it begs for a long stretch of road to listen to, another amazing song that closes the EP.

Actually if any of these songs are any indication of Mike’s craft – and I believe they are – it begs the question of what would Mike would do if, or perhaps I should say when, he goes full steam on a complete studio album. You can get the amazing When You Need Someone, Vol. 1, and you should, on iTunes now.

You can find out more about Mike Meadows on his own page here on Agency Profile: Mike Meadows.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 25: Taylor is a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: The Swift Agency)