Thursday, March 28, 2013


To be Held in the Country Music Association Atrium on April 1, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 28, 2013) – The memorial service and celebration of the life of Erik Blumenfeld, Director of New Business Development at Spin Doctors Music Group and Founder/ CEO of OT Entertainment, who suddenly passed away on March 20 at the age of 30, will be held in the Country Music Association atrium on April 1, 2013. The service will begin at 6:00 p.m..
Pete Wilson, Pastor of Cross Point Community Church, will be directing the service with radio personality Billy Block commentating and several special guest performances. A small reception catered by Rooster's BBQ with a few of his favorite food and beverages, including Jack Daniel's Lynchburg Lemonade and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, will follow the service.
As an active member of the community and an avid member or several music industry groups, including SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development), SOLID made a $25,000 contribution to Big Brothers/ Big Sisters in his name.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the OT Entertainment Foundation or the MusiCares Foundation. Friends and colleagues can upload their favorite photos with Blumenfeld for the slide show at the ceremony on the OT Entertainment facebook page.
A scholarship fund and foundation to continue Blumenfeld's passion for helping up-and-coming music industry entrepreneurs and artists achieve their dreams is also being created in his memory. More information about the foundation and scholarship will be revealed at the memorial celebration.
Sponsors who helped make this celebration ceremony possible include: CMA, SOLID, WMBA, The Entrepreneur Center, Rooster BBQ, Richland Golf Course, Diamond Dave and Lone Star PR.
Boiler Plate for OT Entertainment Foundation: The OT Entertainment Foundation was created as a non-profit organization in honor of Erik Blumenfeld, who suddenly passed away at the young age of 30 on March 20th, 2013. In his short life, he left behind a legacy that will live forever. He was truly a man who knew how to "Pay it forward" in every aspect of his life. Our mission is to continue his success as an entrepreneur in the music industry to help hard working artists get to the next level of their careers by connecting them with mentors to teach them how to expand their business and to spread their music to the world.
About MusiCares: MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
About SOLID: The Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID) is a non-profit organization comprised of developing music business professionals dedicated to improving the future success of the music industry. Members of SOLID come from all areas of the music business community, therefore contributing to the diversity, productivity and integrity of the group. As a dynamic organization rooted firmly in Nashville, we are continually adapting to meet the changing needs of our membership, working tirelessly to fulfill SOLID’s mission of helping others, teaching others, and leading others. Today, SOLID currently boasts 98 active members and is proud to have recently attracted its largest incoming class on record.

About WMBA: The Women’s Music Business Association is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fostering opportunities for women within the music industry through education, networking, industry involvement, community service and organizational fellowship.
About The Entrepreneur Center: The Entrepreneur Center connects Entrepreneurs with Investors, Mentors and the Critical Resources they need to accelerate the launch of startup businesses.

Boiler Plate for CMA: More than 11,000 music industry professionals and companies around the globe are members of the Country Music Association. Formed in 1958 as the first trade association for a single genre of music, the organization's objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry while advancing the growth of Country Music around the world. CMA brings Country Music to the world, not only through its three signature events, CMA Music Festival, CMA Country Christmas and the CMA Awards, but through working every day throughout the year to promote the genre, its artists and its community with initiatives and events with the sole purpose of advancing Country Music.


Friday, March 22, 2013

NiXa Xperience: Carrie Zaruba

PLA Media and Kent Wells invites you to a showcase ~ March 21st ~
CMA's "Who New to Watch 2013" artist CARRIE ZARUBA
Reverb Room - Hardrock Cafe' Nashville

Photo Credit:  JMK Photography
NiXa Xperience:  We arrived early to the event and got to meet Carrie before the show and hear some of the sound check.  Everyone was very nice.  Carrie was introduced and she rocked her set.  Her single, "Woman On A Mission" is a great song and she performed to a very excited crowd.  The single is out to radio now.

Our Background Story:  We received an invitation from PLA Media:  "Come listen to the "kick ass, path blazing" country artist on a mission, tonight at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville!  Carrie Zaruba will shake the house. 5:30pm!"  Well we just knew we have to go.  Carrie finished Top 100 on the 2005 season of American Idol.


"Carrie is a Country Music songwriter and vocalist, born and bred in Baltimore, singing and living in Nashville. She sings and writes from an elevated girl- power point of view. She loves to kick ass, blaze paths, take chances and open hearts."  Quote

Carrie Zaruba LINKS:  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  YouTube
Single "Woman On A Mission" is available on iTunes

PLA Media ~ Nicole Zeller ~

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Florida Georgia Line "Cruise" Remix

Florida Georgia Line makes annoucement this evening via facebook:

ANNOUNCEMENT - "Cruise (Remix feat Nelly)" will be released April 2nd -
2 WEEKS FROM TODAY!! Check out the artwork below. Who's ready??? :)

Should NIXA Country play the NEW "Cruise" remix? 
Have you heard it?  Listen to Audio Clip on NIXA Country

Florida-Georgia Line As we said earlier today, we love hearing all the feedback - good or bad. We are fans of all kinds of music - can't get enough of it. We are certainly country artists, and where we want to belong for a long time to come, if y'all continue to have us. - response via facebook

NiXa Xperience:  Nixa Country has been supporting Florida Georgia Line by promoting their music since May, 2011.  Tyler and Brian were in studio for a NixaView on August 14th, 2011.

Florida Georgia Line LINKS: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~
Members are: Tyler Hubbard of Monroe, Georgia & Brian Kelley of Ormond Beach, Florida

Friday, March 8, 2013

Press Release:


Greg Bates
(Photo Credit: Claudia Kay photos)
NASHVILLE, TN - The 4th Annual Country Music Is Love concert benefiting City of Hope was held Monday, February 25th at 12th and Porter. The sold out concert was a hit among attendees and raised $3,200 for City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading research, treatment, and education centers for cancer and other life threatening diseases. The concert was hosted by Miss Tennessee USA 2013, Brenna Mader. Performers Greg Bates, Joel Crouse, Rose Falcon, The Henningsens, Chase Rice, Maggie Rose and Charlie Worsham entertained the sold-out crowd with acoustic performances. The concert also features a songwriters round which included Corey Crowder, Jillian Jacqueline and Carley Pearce and a surprise performance by Wade Bowen.
 CountryMusicIsLove is now hosting an eBay auction featuring items autographed by the artists. All proceeds will be donated to City of Hope. For a complete list of auction items, click HERE.

For additional information, please visit:
Media Contact: Haley Redmond
Encore Publicity Nashville

ABOUT COUNTRYMUSICISLOVE: was founded by Lauren Black in July of 2008. Since its inceptionthe site has taken off and now averages more than 225,000 hits per month. CMIL has become one of the web’s most popular destinations for fans to get their daily dose of country music content including country music news, give-a-ways, artist interviews, reviews, and more. To date, CountryMusicIsLove has raised over $18,000 for City of Hope.                                                                                                                    

ABOUT CITY OF HOPE:  City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer and urology by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit or follow City of Hope on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Flickr.