Thursday, March 22, 2018


Pictured (left to right): Scott Stem (McCreery’s Manager, Triple 8 Management); Bob Morelli (President, RED MUSIC); McCreery; Norbert Nix (Partner & GM, Triple Tigers Records); and George Couri (McCreery’s Manager; Partner, Triple 8 Management; and Partner, Triple Tigers Records).

Photo Credit: Laura June Kirsch

Backstage at his show at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Monday night celebrating the release of his new album Seasons Change, Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery received a plaque commemorating the RIAA Gold certification status of his recent No. 1 hit, “Five More Minutes.” The song, written by McCreery, Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell, topped both the Billboard and Mediabase / Country Aircheck Country Airplay charts, and was McCreery’s first ever No. 1 song.


Photo Credit: Matt Blair

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that daytime talk show newcomer "Pickler & Ben" has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards.

Hosts Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron are nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts; set hairstylist Debbie Dover Hall is nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling; and show Director Joe Terry and Associate Director Wesley MacMillan are nominated forOutstanding Directing in a Talk Show/Entertainment News/Morning Program. The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, April 29, 2018, and hosted by Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood.

"We are so honored to be amongst such incredible talent in this category. There's no way we are beating Steve Harvey," said Ben Aaron.

Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution is distributing the show in national syndication and has so far cleared 125 markets for the second season, adding more every day.

"I am so happy for all our nominees and couldn't be more thrilled for Kellie, Ben, Joe, Wes and Debbie," said Executive Producer and Happy Street Entertainment Co-Founder Lisa Erspamer. "To get a show off the ground is no easy feat, but getting these nominations in our freshman year is a testament to everyone involved with the show, both in front of and behind the cameras."

Recorded in front of a live studio audience, "Pickler & Ben" features the best in lifestyle and entertainment. In its first season, which debuted in September 2017, "Pickler & Ben" has featured a roster of celebrity guests including Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Molly Sims, Christian Siriano, Cat Cora, Reba McEntire, Duff Goldman, Ty Pennington and more. The show has been renewed for a second season.

To stay up to date on episodes and get a behind-the-scenes look at Kellie and Ben in action, follow "Pickler & Ben" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find out when and where the show airs and request tickets to a taping at


Studio Recording Features Intimate Solo Performance By Bo Steele  • Released “By Demand,” Single And Corresponding Music Video  To Drop On Good Friday (March 30) 
• Pre-sale Available Now •
Responding to overwhelming requests and popular demand, Fire River Records’ country recording act The Band Steele (Bo Steele/Ben Rubino) will release its studio recorded a cappella rendition of
E. M. Bartlett’s “Victory In Jesus”* to coincide with the upcoming Christian Holiday at the end of the month. The spiritually-moving single is available via the pre-sale promotion (going on now), with the official release, of both the track and corresponding music video scheduled for Good Friday, March 30, 2018 via digital retail and streaming outlets. The release of the track runs in tandem with the pair’s latest single, titled “195,” which is currently enjoying traction on the MusicRow and Indicator country radio charts.

The motivation to record the beloved American Christian song (sung by millions in worship services and recorded by some of gospel's biggest names) stems from Bo Steele’s impromptu a cappella performance of the tune in a hospital waiting room; Steele’s performance was captured on video, went viral on YouTube, and has since become one of The Band Steele’s most-requested songs.

“My grandmother was in the hospital and as I sat there, I felt so numb. One of the nurses asked me to ‘sing something’ and ‘Victory In Jesus’ came to my heart; it’s what came out,” Bo Steele introduced.

“We never expected this kind of reaction from a performance so raw and so personal,” Ben Rubino added. “I have to just sit back and watch Bo on this one…there is nothing I could lend to his emotion and vocal delivery that could make it more moving than when he sings it a cappella. I feel like this is how God originally intended this recording from The Band Steele.”

Following the unplanned hospital performance, Bo Steele quickly became an Internet phenom capturing new fans by the millions and the attention of the New York City-based Fire River Records. The label signed The Band Steele to a multi-album record deal nearly on the spot.

The Band Steele will release the corresponding music video (produced by Tytan Pictures, Eatonton, GA) simultaneously with the single digital release (March 30, 2018). Filmed in Eatonton, the clip features local scenery and area residents; the concept portrays a husband and father in mourning, his struggle to overcome loss, and to find an understanding and resolve. He comes to find strength in Jesus.

“We get requests for this gospel tune at songwriter’s rounds, in nightclubs and some of Nashville’s renowned hang-outs. It means something to people and that means something to us. I hope we’ve done this incredible song justice. ‘Victory In Jesus!’,” Bo said.

“Victory In Jesus” will be available via major digital retail and streaming outlets (iTunes/Apple Music/Google Play/Spotify/Pandora) for pre-order on 3/20/18 and for download on 3/30/18. The duo’s current single, “195” from The Band Steele’s latest CD (MOON IN A MASON JAR) is also available here: