The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business recently welcomed artists Chuck Wicks and Luke Bryan to campus as guests for The Insider’s View. Both are currently nominated for CMT Music Awards, and the two shared their experiences in the music industry with the audience.
RCA Nashville recording artist Chuck Wicks has garnered his first 2008 CMT Music Awards nomination for USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for his Top 5 hit “Stealing Cinderella,” from his debut release Starting Now. After a hugely successful run as the opening act on the final leg of Belmont alumnus Brad Paisley’s Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour earlier this year, Paisley announced that Wicks will be back on the road touring with him this summer on the Hershey’s Presents: The Paisley Party.
Luke Bryan, a new recording artist on Capitol Records, hails from Leesburg, Georgia. Bryan starts 2008 with nominations for the CMT Music Awards’ USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year and for the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Male Artist. Since January, Bryan has been opening for Trace Adkins’ “American Man” tour and Dierks Bentley’s “Throttle Wide Open” tour and will be part of some of Kenny Chesney’s “Poets & Pirates” stadium dates this summer.