Big Machine Signs Edens Edge; CMT Radio Hires Jenn Nixon

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• April 12, 2010

Front Row L to R: Edens Edge members Cherrill Green, Hannah Blaylock, and Dean Berner. Back Row L to R: Sandi Spika Borchetta, Big Machine Records VP of Creative; Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records President & CE0; songwriter Kye Fleming, and Heather Moody of TVX Group

Big Machine Records has added country trio Edens Edge to its label family. The band is comprised of Hannah Blaylock (lead vocalist), Dean Berner (harmony vocals, guitar, dobro) and Cherrill Green (harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo, and guitar), with a style deeply rooted in country and bluegrass.

Scott Borchetta, President & CEO of Big Machine, discovered the band when they performed at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony last year.

Even though the members of Edens Edge grew up about an hour apart in Arkansas, they didn’t know each other until they were introduced through mutual friends in college. After entering the CMT/ NSAI Songwriters Contest in 2006, the band was discovered by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Kye Fleming who helped further develop the group’s talents.

Edens Edge is managed by Heather Moody, President of TVX Group Nashville. With the creative direction of Kye Fleming Publishing, the trio is currently writing and recording its Big Machine Records debut.

In recent months the band has opened for Ronnie Milsap and Randy Travis, and is scheduled to support Lady Antebellum, Lonestar and Gloriana on the road this summer.

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CMT Radio Network has added Jenn Nixon as the new morning reporter; it was announced by Jean Williams, director, CMT Radio Network. Nixon will serve as CMT’s live on-air correspondent for more than 30 markets nationwide, including WIRK in West Palm Beach, Fla.; KZSN in Wichita, Kan.; KAJA San Antonio, Texas; KTST Oklahoma City, Okla.; and WSOC Charlotte, N.C. Nixon joins CMT from WJNO in West Palm Beach, Fla. where she was most recently the assistant program director for the Clear Channel station. Nixon will begin her live morning broadcasts on Tuesday, April 13.

The Palm Beach County native has worked in radio since 2002 with stints at 107.9 WIRK and 97.9 WRMF, both in West Palm Beach. She replaces Emilee Warner, who recently joined Compass Records Group as director of publicity and promotions.

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