17 MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT’S MATT GARY
TAPPED TO PERFORM ANTHEM AT NASCAR’S STP 400 IN JUNE
Single Makes The Grade For iTunes/CMA Fest Download And Microsoft Demo
(17 Music Entertainment), the talented Nashville-based performer who’s making the grade with country radio and country music fans alike, has three new notches to add to his belt of recognition.
In the midst of his aggressive radio tour to promote his current single, “I’m Just Sayin’,” Matt received the invitation to perform at a NASCAR race in June. The young singer whose hometown roots run deep in the heart of Kansas will sing the National Anthem a cappella at the NASCAR STP 400 at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday, June 5, 2011. The televised performance will begin at 1PM Central. This will be Matt’s first live performance of our nation’s song and, admittedly, the entertainer’s most difficult.
“I’m thrilled by the invitation,“ Matt said. “But, it’s kind of bittersweet. There is a lot of pressure not only to do it justice, but also to ‘get it right,’ because everyone knows it! This is not just a performance for me, it’s a performance of a lifetime—one that will be recalled by me and the millions watching!”
The trip to the Kansas Speedway will lead-in to Matt’s CMA Fest-2011 schedule in Nashville and is a reprieve from his aggressive radio promotion tour. Over the course of the last nine weeks, Matt has visited stations in 20-plus states including Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, California, Utah, Nevada, Texas and more making personal introductions to those who play his single.
Penned by Frank Myers, Gary B. Baker and Billy Montana, “I’m Just Sayin’” appears on Matt Gary’s six-pack, by the same name, which was released in November 2010. The cut was selected to appear on the official iTunes CMA Fest download sampler (2011). In recent festival years, iTunes street teams have assembled to hand out the download cards during “country music’s biggest week” offering free downloads from the country artists participating in the event. This year, 40,000 cards will be distributed over the course of the four-day event. Matt and the other sampler artists will also be featured on a dedicated iTunes page that will highlight I’M JUST SAYIN,’ his 6-pack CD release, along with “I’m Just Sayin’.”
Another renowned digital outlet has welcomed Matt’s music; Microsoft Corporation has selected the newcomer’s current single for its upcoming demonstration promotion. Matt’s, “I’m Just Sayin’,” is one of the ten country song selections chosen to be featured in Microsoft’s worldwide awareness campaigns geared toward Zune, smart phones and PCs. As a featured artist, Matt’s single, “I’m Just Sayin’” and corresponding album graphics will be pre-loaded and showcased on select Microsoft demonstration devices for the consumer and potential purchaser to enjoy in stores. The Microsoft promotion will begin this summer.
To become better acquainted with Matt Gary and his music, visit http://www.mattgarymusic.com.
Top: “The men in plaid!” Matt Gary and WAMZ – PD and DJ Hall of Fame inductee, “Coyote Calhoun”
Bottom: Matt Gary with the folks at KJKE/Oklahoma City, OK. (L-to-R: KJKE’s Crash Poteet and Becky, Matt Gary and Tony Benken Quarterback Records)