Martina McBride - Possessing one of the most powerful, soaring voices in country music, Martina McBride has made a career out of singing songs that blend tradition with a pop sensibility. The Kansas native debuted in 1992 with a release produced by her husband John McBride, who had hired on as Garth Brooks’ production manager. To date, she has charted 20 Top 10 hits and six No. 1 singles. She is known for singing songs of substance and has addressed domestic violence in “Independence Day,” female empowerment in “This One’s for the Girls,” child abuse in “Concrete Angel,” alcoholism in “Cheap Whiskey,” poverty in “God’s Will” and cancer in “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.” McBride is ranked as the most played woman vocalist on country radio between 1999 and 2010 and has sold more than 18 million units. Of her recordings, 14 have been certified Gold, nine Platinum, three Double Platinum and two Triple Platinum. She has been named the Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” four times and The Academy of Country Music’s“ Top Female Vocalist” three times. McBride has been nominated her for a total of 14 Grammy Awards. Her first book, “Around the Table,” is about entertaining at home and comes complete with recipes, decorating tips, and personal stories. Her new release, “Everlasting,” was produced by Don Was and features timeless songs including “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Do Right Woman,” Bring it on Home” and “Come See About Me.”
Carlene Carter - As the granddaughter of country singing legend Maybelle Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and 1950's country star Carl Smith, music runs deep in Carlene Carter’s blood. Her mother married Johnny Cash when Carlene was 12, and before long, she and her stepsister, Rosanne Cash, were singing backup in the Carter/Cash touring show. Determined to chart her own musical course, Carter scored a string of hits in the ‘80s on her own merits and terms. During that time, her music was also influenced by her then husband, British songwriter/rocker Nick Lowe. Her dozen releases include an LP produced by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein, 1990's “I Fell in Love” and 1993's “Little Love Letters” (which spawned a number of Top 10 singles) and “Hindsight 20/20,” a 20-track retrospective of two decades of recording. In 2003, she played her mother in a musical set in Nashville about the Carter Family. In 2008, she issued “Stronger,” her first disc of new studio material since 1995, after the deaths of her mother, Johnny Cash, sister Rosey Carter, and Epstein. Her new release, “Carter Girl,” was produced by Don Was and celebrates her family’s musical legacy. The disc includes songs written and performed by the descendants of the original Carter trio - including Carlene herself - and features cameos by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and her “adopted sister,” Elizabeth Cook.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - One of the top mandolinists in bluegrass since the early-1960s, Doyle Lawson cut his teeth working with Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys, and J.D. Crowe & the Kentucky Mountain Boys. He then spent eight years playing with progressive bluegrass group, the Country Gentlemen. When Lawson formed Quicksilver in 1980, he incorporated traditional gospel quartet singing into his fiery bluegrass style. At various times, Quicksilver has featured Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Mike Auldridge. Over the years, Lawson has recruited new members for Quicksilver but always maintained the group’s standard of excellence. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have released nearly 40 albums, are seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Vocal Group of the Year” winners, and have multiple Grammy, Dove and Inspirational Country Music nominations. Lawson is the reigning Society For the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) “Mandolinist of the Year,” and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2013, the group was named “Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year” at the 22nd Diamond Awards ceremony held in Pigeon Forge.
Dale Jett & Hello Stranger - The son of Janette Carter and the grandson of A.P. and Sara Carter, Dale Jett is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. Singing, and playing guitar and autoharp, for many years, Jett has emceed and performed at the Carter Family Fold along with the members of Hello Stranger, his wife Teresa on bass and longtime friend Oscar Harris on guitar, mandolin and autoharp. This ensemble provides the closest link possible to the music of the Original Carter Family. The trio has appeared on The Marty Stuart Show, and The Grand Ol Opry.