Inside Track on Music Row with Preshias Harris: July 2020 Music News Column


Gabby Barrett is Country’s new ‘golden girl’ as she continues to break records with her debut album GoldmineGabby is the first-ever female artist with a Country song to log over 10 million on-demand streams in a single week with 11.3 MILLION. The ACM New Female Artist Of The Year Nominee has racked up nearly 400 million on-demand streams to date, and is the youngest artist to have h debut #1 in over two decades.  Additionally, Goldmine breaks the first day Country streaming records on Amazon Music globally with first-day streams exceeding any other debut Country album ever. Gabby finished third on Season 16 of American Idol, and her debut single, “I Hope,” was certified Gold in January 2020. In February this year, she appeared at “Amazon Music Presents: Country Heat at CRS” during the 2020 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, performing for hundreds of country radio executives and programmers.  News, music and tour updates at  


Naomi Judd, has partnered with Looped, a new platform that enables fans to video chat live with their favorite celebrities, for a one-on-one meet and greet event on July 6 at 2:00 p.m. CDT. Proceeds from the event benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness Tennessee (NAMI) which provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.  For tickets and more information for a virtual meet and greet with Naomi, go to   “Thank you for joining me on Looped! I can’t wait to talk to each and every one of you. The proceeds from this event will be donated to NAMI Tennessee which is an organization very dear to my heart,” expressed Naomi, an award-winning artist, New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, motivational speaker and acclaimed actress. For more information about NAMI Tennessee, visit More info at  


The global music community has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and while some have been fortunate to live life relatively uninterrupted in quarantine, many are not so lucky. With bars, hotels and restaurants closed, and concert tours cancelled, many music creators, artists, and service providers have been unable to earn an income. With this in mind, Endurance Music Group has partnered with Summerland Wine Brands to support local food banks across the country and in our hometown of Nashville. Summerland Wine Brands recently released Zoom Juice, five different varieties of California wine dedicated to helping victims of COVID-19 while fueling those remote co-writing sessions. For every case of wine sold, Summerland will donate $6 to local food banks, and Endurance will double that donation for all wine sales in Tennessee. Summerland is working with its distribution partners to bring these wines to local stores in time for summer, and they are also available via their website  


Black River Entertainment’s emerging singer-songwriter MaRynn Taylor’s debut song “Dads and Daughters” is digitally available now to stream and download on all platforms. In a year’s time since meeting MaRynn as a part of BRE’s “60-Second Spotlight” at 2019’s CMA Fest, Black River Entertainment’s CEO and President Gordon Kerr is especially excited to release this first piece of music from MaRynn. “The timid guitar-playing songwriter, sitting on the edge of the 60-Second Spotlight stage to the confident new artist standing here now, MaRynn is ready to begin her artist journey. With this incredible song about the relationship between a dad and daughter, MaRynn not only gives us a soundtrack for Father’s Day but every father/daughter moment yet to become a memory. This is truly only the beginning for MaRynn Taylor!“ Written by MaRynn Taylor, Jason Earley, and produced by Forest Glen Whitehead, the song is an ode to her father, who lends his background vocals to the track. Accompanying the release of the song is a nostalgic music video created from home videos and photographs from MaRynn’s childhood. See  NOTE: This song is a year-long celebration of dads & daughters. Way to go MaRynn! 


Kenny Chesney tops the Billboard Country Airplay for the week of July 4 with “Here And Now,” his 31st chart-topper. Written by Craig Wiseman, David Lee Murphy and David Garcia, “Here and Now”  follows the Top 10 hit, “Tip of My Tongue.” Chesney had planned to tour stadiums this summer to support the Here and Now album, but that tour was canceled because of the coronavirus.  Chesney has now announced plan to play the rescheduled stadium dates starting in May 2021. “Here And Now” is the title track from his album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts in June. His first No. 1 single was 1997’s “She’s Got It All.”  News and tour updates at  

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