03/18/2011

ERIC CHURCH AND THE BAND PERRY GIVE FANS A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THEIR JOURNEY TO THE 46TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC

“ROAD TO the ACM AWARDS” webisode SERIES featuring
New Solo Vocalist and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year AVAILABLE now on cbs.com

Encino, CA (March 18, 2011) – The Academy of Country Music has tapped the New Solo Vocalist of the Year, Eric Church, and the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, The Band Perry, to document their trip to the Academy of Country Music Awards in the “Road To The ACM Awards” series, exclusively available now on CBS.com.  “Road To The ACM Awards” features their  journeys leading up to the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday April 3rd at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. 

Eric Church and The Band Perry follow in the footsteps of artists who have participated in the “Road To The ACM Awards” series as newcomers, who have gone on to achieve success in the country music industry, including Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum.

“As we've been paving our road to the ACM awards over the past year our family has grown to include everyone who has helped us create, share and enjoy Country music,” said The Band Perry.  “Thanks for walking this road with us!”

“While I always think it’s dangerous for anyone to follow me around with a camera, I look forward to showing the fans what it’s like preparing for the ACMs," shares Church.  "And I thank them again for giving me this opportunity.”

“Eric and The Band Perry are the perfect acts to feature in such an intimate way,” said Lisa Lee, SVP of Creative and Media Production for the Academy. “Each has personality to spare, and they have an amazing connection to their very loyal fan bases. I am certainly interested in seeing where they take us in these webisodes on their way to Vegas.”

Church has produced multiple and co-penned hit singles including “Love Your Love the Most,” “Hell on the Heart” and “Smoke A Little Smoke” from his sophomore album Carolina.  His latest single from his upcoming third studio album, “Homeboy” was USA Today’s Pick of the Week and is quickly climbing the country radio charts. Known for his energy-packed live shows, Church has been touring non-stop the last year on his own sold-out headlining tour as well as opening for Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and this summer - Toby Keith. 

The Band Perry – comprised of siblings Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry – broke into the Top 20 at Country Radio with their first single, "Hip To My Heart," which was followed by "If I Die Young," a Platinum-certified #1 hit."You Lie," their current single, is the fastest-climbing to date. Their Gold-certified, self-titled album, THE BAND PERRY, was released in October 2010, debuted at #2 (Country), #4 (Billboard Top 200) and was certified Gold for sales exceeding 500,000 within four months. As fans have embraced the family band, so too have their industry peers - TBP garnered a Grammy nomination; an early ACM award, as well as an invitation by the American Music Awards to attend as presenters. They have toured with Alan Jackson and will join Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic tour (April – Aug) and Keith Urban in September."

For more information on the Academy of Country Music Awards or to watch Church’s and The Band Perry’s webisode series, please visit: http://www.cbs.com/specials/acma/.  To find out more about Eric Church and join his fan club “The Church Choir” please visit: http://ericchurch.com/ and for more information about The Band Perry please visit: http://www.thebandperry.com.