Ashley McBryde, HARDY Among Nominees for Annual CRS New Faces Show

The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) just announced the nominees for the 2021 New Faces Show. which historically has been a launching pad for some of country music’s most-successful careers. This year’s nominees include Ashley McBryde, HARDY, Matt Stell, Tenille Arts, Niko Moon, Travis Denning, Ryan Hurd, Parker McCollum and Jameson Rodgers.

Five artists will be chosen from the list of nominees, based on votes, to perform in front of music industry executives, including radio personnel for the New Faces Show, which will take place during the annual Country Radio Seminar. The event will be virtual next year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Luke Bryan has already been announced as a speaker, with CRS going from a three-day to four-day event, adding a Streaming Summit and other events for 2021.

“Now, everybody can come to CRS,”  CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis said in a statement. “Our expanded, four-day CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will be an uncompromising event, providing attendees with more than 14 educational sessions, four morning networking events, three lunchtime performances, four interactive workshops, all-day networking, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, and, for the first time in CRS history, a New Faces of Country Music ticket with every registration.”

“While we can’t be together at the Omni, we can still celebrate CRS together online. I look forward to seeing you all there…for CRS 2021!” added Kurt Johnson, CRB/CRS Board of Directors President.

To qualify to perform at the New Faces Show, artists must have at least one Top 25 hit within the previous year. Previous artists who appeared at the New Faces Show early in their careers including Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Dierks Bentley and more.

Voting for the CRS New Faces Show opens on November 30, and will run through December 4. To find out if you are eligible to vote, visit the CRS website. CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will take place February 16 to 19.