WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SoundExchange today announced that The SoundExchange Influencers Series will return to Nashville's iconic Bluebird Café on August 31, bringing together families of recording artists.
The fifth installment of The SoundExchange Influencers Series will include Marcus Hummon and his son Levi, with Paul Overstreet and his daughter, Summer. This comes on the heels of the fourth installment of The SoundExchange Influencers Series held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on June 2 featuring Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains.
The SoundExchange Influencers Series brings together music legends and rising stars to address issues currently facing recording artists, including fair pay and recognition for all sound recordings across all platforms. The series evolved from SoundExchange's commitment to raise awareness around the value of all generations of music – past, present and future.
Marcus Hummon is a successful singer-songwriter and producer whose credits include writing Rascal Flatts' GRAMMY Award-winning "Bless the Broken Road," The Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away" and Tim McGraw's "One of Those Days." Levi Hummon is a rising country singer who released his first EP in April 2016 and has been named one of Rolling Stone's "Country Artists You Need to Know."
"It's important that we have this dialogue and delve into the issues musicians face," Marcus Hummon said. "It is incumbent upon the older generation to share our knowledge and experiences with younger artists."
Paul Overstreet has had over 30 top 10 hit singles on the Billboard country charts, including several No. 1 hits, as both a writer and artist. He also has received two GRAMMY Awards, and was inducted into the NSAI Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Overstreet also received several Million-Air certificates, with his catalog amassing 52 million performances. Paul will also be honored with the Poets and Prophets ceremony on October 8, 2016, in recognition of his legendary career. Summer Overstreet, Paul Overstreet's eldest daughter, is an up and coming singer-songwriter based in Nashville who performed at the Bluebird Café this past May, and has had songs on MTV and on ABC's Nashville.
"I know how hard my generation worked to write songs that we wanted to get on the radio and touch the hearts of people all over the world, and it is a full time job," Paul Overstreet said. "And now I see how hard this generation's writers work for their songs that they hope will touch the hearts of the world. Our industry has changed so much with streaming and downloads and it's affecting everyone in our business, especially the generation of writers like my daughter, Summer. And I'm grateful for the work SoundExchange is doing to protect our rights as creatives, and I look forward to participating in The SoundExchange Influencers Series."
"We're excited to return to the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville for our fifth installment of The SoundExchange Influencers Series," SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe said. "The event always generates both a unique discussion and an incredible original musical experience. I think that bringing together families of influential recording artists to discuss issues facing the music community will lead to our most interesting forum yet."
SoundExchange is the nonprofit organization at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital royalties on behalf of more than 130,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts. To date, SoundExchange has paid out approximately $4 billion in royalties. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.