Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cole Swindell's Memorable 2016


Third Annual Headlining (Sold-Out) DOWN HOME TOUR Concludes This Weekend

Performs Pre-Game Fan Fest Concert at NCAA’s Orange Bowl on Dec 30

Performs at Halftime at NCAA’s Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Eve
Fans light up Nissan Stadium during performance of "You Should Be Here" which USA Today named the “Biggest Moment” of the night at the CMA Music Festival
Photo credit: 
Natasha Moustache/CMA

One of the most emotional and special moments for Swindell in 2016 was performing "You Should Be Here" live at the World Trade Center terrace overlooking Freedom Tower on Fox & Friends in front of friends, families, first responders and survivors of 9/11.
A special night for Swindell in 2016 included performing "You Should Be Here," the song he wrote to help him with the grief of losing his Dad, on the Grand Ole Opry on his Dad's birthday
Photo credit: Chris Hollo / Grand Ole Opry

Cole released his Down Home Sessions III EP, a new collection of music he released for his fans in tandem with his Down Home Tour that takes him back to the clubs and bars where his fans gave him his start
Photo credit: Ethan Helm

Cole partnered with CMT this year for his sold-out third annual Down Home Tour- 
CMT On Tour Presents the Cole Swindell Down Home Tour
Cole was honorary starter at the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Hollywood Casino 400
Cole Swindell celebrates No. 1 single "You Should Be Here" with co-writer and NSAI Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley
Photo credit: Steve Lowry

Cole was able to celebrate this year with his radio promotion team at Warner Music Nashville for the three of the six No. 1 singles they helped take to the top of the charts ("Let Me See Ya Girl," Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," Ain't Worth The Whiskey") 
(L to R): Chad Schultz (VP Radio Marketing & Promotion), Katie Bright (Director, National Promotion), writer/producer Michael Carter, Kristen Williams (VP Promotion), Cole Swindell, John Esposito (Chairman & CEO), Mallory Opheim (Regional Promotion Manager), Branden Bosler (Promotion Coordinator) // Photo credit: Steve Lowry
Cole earns Platinum certification this year for his self-titled debut album and his single "You Should Be Here" gained over 1 billion audience impressions
(L to R: WMN's Justin Luffman, Peter Strickland, KP Entertainment's Kerri Edwards, Swindell, WMN's John Esposito, WMN's Cris Lacy, producer Michael Carter)
Photo credit: Steve Lowry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (December 15, 2016) – Platinum-selling recording artist Cole Swindell prepares to wrap not only his third annual sold-out headlining Down Home Tour (CMT ON TOUR Presents the COLE SWINDELL DOWN HOME TOUR) this weekend, but he wraps a memorable milestone year which includes notching his record-breaking sixth consecutive No. 1 single (“Middle of a Memory”), being named the NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year and celebrating the biggest song of his career thus far with the title track of his sophomore album released in May, “You Should Be Here.”
“You Should Be Here,” considered a career-defining song for Swindell, racked up over 1 BILLION audience impressions and has been a Top 5 selling country song since the month it impacted radio in January.  The song was certified-Platinum and boasts over 70 million streams, 1.3 MILLION+ tracks sold and almost 35 million YouTube views. The humbled singer/songwriter performed the emotional song on the Grand Ole Opry on his late Dad’s birthday. Additionally, he performed the song on the 51st Annual ACM Awards, Good Morning America, Fox’s American Country Countdown Awards and in one of the most emotional and special moments for Swindell was performing the song live at the World Trade Center terrace overlooking Freedom Tower on Fox & Friends in front of friends, families, first responders and survivors of 9/11.

2016 career highlights for Swindell included:
  • Self-titled debut album was certified Platinum this year by the RIAA
  • USA Today named his performance of “You Should Be Here” the “Biggest Moment” of the night at the CMA Music Festival
  • Teamed with the USO for their 75th Anniversary celebration and the USO’s Campaign to Connect helping the USO reach 1 million messages of support to service members and their families
  • Just eight months after he released “You Should Be Here,” the song reached the “1 Billion, 1 Million” milestone for surpassing over 1 BILLION audience impressions and selling more than 1 MILLION track equivalent sales.
  • Toured with Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour
  • Released his Down Home Sessions III EP, a collection of new music for his fans, in tandem with his sold-out third annual Down Home Tour returning to the bars and clubs where he got his start
  • “Middle of A Memory” (second single from You Should Be Here) became his 6th consecutive #1 single and his 5th No. 1 video and 9th No. 1 song as a songwriter
  • Nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year
  • Was honorary starter at the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Hollywood Casino 400
  • Celebrity judge at Miss America pageant
  • Swindell was surprised with a special serenade of the song, which averaged two million streams per week, by Angelica Hale at the Miss America pageant. The 9-year-old, who sang the National Anthem at the ceremony’s opening, is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network. The video quickly racked up a million views and captured hearts of those who saw the performance.
  • Announced he will be touring with Dierks Bentley’s “What In The Hell World Tour” in 2017
  • Performing a pre-game Fan Fest concert at the NCAA's Capital One Orange Bowl on December 30
  • Performing the halftime show at the NCAA’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Eve

"I look back on this year and am just overwhelmed with emotion,” said Swindell. “I knew that music was powerful but I never ever could have imagined what impact my music could truly have on other people and more importantly in turn what it has done for me. I wrote a song as a way to help myself through the grief of losing my Dad. But it quickly became bigger than me as people began writing to me with the most incredible stories about how the song helped them through extraordinary life events. I knew then it wasn’t about me anymore. I hope my fans know they have helped ME with every story, every ticket they have bought this year, every call to radio, and just showing up at my shows. “You Should Be Here” has truly changed my life. I am truly truly blessed with a great team around me, great friends, great songwriting buddies, encouraging support from my friends at radio and media and most importantly blessed with the greatest fans in the world. 2016 was pretty amazing and it’s going to be really hard to top … but I’m up for the challenge!”

Click HERE for Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions Playlist.
Dec 15                       Knoxville, TN                       Cotton Eyed Joe’s^

Dec 16                       Greenville, SC                      Blind Horse Saloon^
Dec 17                       Charlotte, NC                       Coyote Joe’s^
^ Cole Taylor / Travis Denning