NASHVILLE – Rising country music recording artist Mike Short Jr. took home top “Video of-the-Year” honors for his “Drive Bye” music video at the first-annual Nashville Universe Awards show held Monday in Nashville.
Short beat four other finalists in the “Video-of-the-Year” category. He was also named a finalist in three other categories including “Male Artist of the Year”, “Entertainer of the Year”, and “Song of the Year” for his hit single titled “Stirrin’ Things Up”.
Nashville Universe is a social media site known as the Facebook of Music Row in Nashville. Their first-annual awards show pitted singers, songwriters and performers in a national competition with member voting over three rounds. More than 2,000 members voted during the competition.
“Drive Bye” is a single off Short’s latest eight-song music CD titled “Stirrin’ Things Up”. The video was produced by Push FOCUS Productions in Nashville and has received more than 8,100 page views on YouTube since it was posted last May.
"Mike Short, Jr. has that star quality that we only see in a Tim McGraw or Taylor Swift, “said Nashville Universe.com owner and competition organizer Michael Kinney. “He commands the stage with a professional presence and his songs are getting noticed by Music Row executives. We are proud to announce his award for Video of the Year and are enjoying watching his career get well deserved momentum."
A versatile singer and songwriter, Mike Short Jr., 22, is a rising country music recording artist with a soulful, edgy country rock sound and a southern twang popular among big-named artists. Music critics have called him an “extremely well-polished Country artist”. Short’s second music video “Drive Bye” recently earned five stars – the highest possible – from Country Music Entertainment magazine.
“I am completely honored and humbled to win this award,” said Mike Short Jr. “There are a lot of really talented singers and tough competition overall. It’s a thrill for me to be a part of this awards program and I want to thank all the fans who voted for me and my video.”
A former Country Music Television reality contestant, Short and his band Statewide completed a four-month, 25-city summer tour last year to promote the band’s second CD "Stirrin' Things Up”. The CD includes original hit singles such as “Drive Bye”, "Stirrin' Things Up", “It’s All Good”, among others. The Mike Short Jr. and StateWide “Stirrin’ Things Up” 2012 summer tour began May 24th in Atlanta and concluded on September 16th in Essex, Maryland. It included stops in Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia and Short’s home state of Pennsylvania.
In 2011, Short toured 18 cities in the mid-Atlantic region to promote his debut album, was a southern bachelor contestant on season one of CMT's hit reality show "Sweet Home Alabama", and released his second CD "Stirrin' Things Up". This past January, he was named “Country Boy of the Year” by voting customers of Country Girl/Country Boy apparel. He was also voted one of 13 finalists in American Country Star Season Two international singing competition. Short outlasted more than 1,000 contestants during the 26-week, summer-long competition.
Short is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University and is majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in Music. He moved from his hometown of Ottsville to Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2009 to follow his music career. Shortly after, he recorded his 12-song debut CD “Blame it on Me”.
For the latest Mike Short Jr. and Statewide tour schedule, bookings, music, merchandise and other information, visit www.mikeshortjr.com. Fans can also follow Mike Short Jr. on Twitter @mikeshortjr or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/mikeshortjrandstatewide.
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