NASHVILLE, TN. (May 31, 2019) — For the first time ever, Black River Entertainment is set to host the newly created ‘60-Second Spotlight’ at the Music City Center during the 2019 CMA Music Fest, June 6th – 9th. Black River’s ‘60-Second Spotlight’ is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to perform before an audience of music industry professionals with one minute on the clock to make a lasting impression! Participants can sign up on beginning May 31st or at XFINITY Fan Fair X (booth 170) between June 6th and June 8th. 

Taking place in the Music City Center, the ‘60-Second Spotlight’ stage provides the opportunity for anyone to perform live in front of an audience and industry professionals including Black River Entertainment’s President & CEO Gordon Kerr, Executive Vice President Rick Froio and Vice President of A&R Doug Johnson. The three executives have more than 70 years of combined experience in the music industry and are looking forward to seeing some of the country’s brightest new talent.

“There is so much talent in the world and these days, it seems that discovering talent can happen in many different ways,” said Black River Entertainment’s President & CEO Gordon Kerr. “At Black River, we love gathering together to hear new talent perform in a comfortable setting, as we do in our new space called ‘The Deck.’ Our desire through the ‘60-Second Spotlight’ is to create a similar environment where an aspiring artist/songwriter has the opportunity to share their talent and take one more step towards their dream. We see ‘60-Second Spotlight’ as an opportunity to bring ‘The Deck’ experience to the fans of Country music at CMA Music Fest and possibly discover incredible new talent. You just never know what could happen…”

Open to participants 18 years or older, performers can sign up at beginning May 31st or at the Black River Entertainment booth in XFINITY Fan Fair X (booth 170) between June 6th and 8th. Due to security restrictions, personal instruments are not permitted inside Music City Center. However, Fender guitars and a Nord keyboard will be provided on stage for participants’ use. To learn more information and sign-up, please visit

Underneath the Black River Entertainment umbrella is a family of record labels, a management company, a GRAMMY-winning publishing company, and state-of-the-art recording studios.

Black River Records, Black River Americana, and Black River Christian make up the family of record labels. The combined roster of artists includes Abby Anderson and Kelsea Ballerini; Carolina Story; Hannah Kerr and Josh Wilson. Thrive Management provides artist management services within Black River Christian.

Black River Publishing is home to many talented writers including: Hit songwriters/producers Bobby Huff and Josh Kerr, songwriter/artists Eddie Garcia, Willie Jones, Nikita Karmen, Anna Vaus, and Nick Wayne, songwriters Ben Caver and Jacob Davis, songwriters/Black River recording artists Abby Anderson, Carolina Story, Hannah Kerr and Josh Wilson, and the catalogues of hit-songwriter/Black River Recording artist Kelsea Ballerini, hit songwriters/producers Doug Johnson, Forest Glen Whitehead, and GRAMMY-winning songwriter Josh Osborne. For more information about Black River Publishing, please visit

Owned and operated by BRE, the historic Sound Stage and Ronnie’s Place studios are located on Nashville’s famous Music Row and have set the standard legendary artists/musicians/producers have appreciated since the late 1960s. Artists from multiple genres have cut hits in these studios including 50 Cent, Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Casting Crowns, Alice Cooper, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Jerry Lee Lewis, Korn, Reba McEntire, Craig Morgan, PHISH, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain and Keith Urban.

Part of the Pegula Sports and Entertainment family, which includes the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, AHL’s Rochester Americans, NLL’s Buffalo Bandits, HARBORCENTER, Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER, KeyBank Center, and IMPACT Sports Performance, Black River Entertainment and its entities are based in Nashville, TN. For more information, please visit

Dawn Delvo | Black River Entertainment | Head of Media and Public Relations 
615.968.4999 | [email protected]

Aly Schlepp | Black River Entertainment | Publicity Coordinator
615.780.3070 | [email protected]