Curb Recording duo, American Young, recently performed at the Chengdu Auto Music Festival in China for a sold-outcrowd of 20K fans. The duo, made up of Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson,wasthe only foreign act invited to perform at this year’s festival. This is a major feat for an Americanactto have an opportunity to perform at an event of this caliber.
Followingtheirsold-outperformance at Chengdu, American Young performed in Beijing at a
banquet that was hosted in their honor. In attendance were Chinese
artists, television executives, music producers and film directors, who
took interest in collaborating with the duo. American Young’s positive
impression earned them an invitation to return to China this fall.
“We couldn’t be more humbled and grateful for the opportunity to share communities, art, music, language,and
friends with such an amazing country. Cheng Du is the big sister city
to Nashville, while Beijing is our big brother! We are so blessed to be
able to experience such a rich and vibrant Chinese culture through its
music,” Said Osmunson.
The duo’s performance and appearance in China is an encouraging example of the growing cultural andartsexchange between the United States and China. There are 1.4 billion
people in China eager to learn and appreciate American music, arts,andculture.
Formal relationships in the states have alreadybegunwith the Chinese entertainment industry. Todd Thomas of Curb
Records/Brave World Agency has plans to bring other Curb Recording acts
to China to begin establishing relationships of their own. During
American Young’s visit, China’s Kelly Yu and Kevin Kong hosted the duo
and assisted in expanding the cultural exchange between the United
States and China. Additionally, a relationship has been formed in the
U.S. with Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum Davis of TriNick Entertainment,
Marvin Baker of Cafe Nashville and BGTV Direct who will continue to
bring American music of all genres like Blue Grass, R&B, Pop, and
Hip Hop to China.
Young continues to have widespread international success in selling out
venues throughout various countries around the world. In the last two
years, the duo has toured all over the United Kingdom, Switzerland,
Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Belgium,andDenmark. The Curb Recording artists are looking forward to releasing
new music both nationally and internationally in the near future.
About American Young: American Young is comprised of songwriter/musician Kristy Osmunson, and songwriter/producer Jon Stone,
who are complete opposites when it comes to personality, but come
together to create hauntingly beautiful music stemmed solely from their
own personal experiences. Both are established songwriters in their own
right and wrote 11 out of the 12 tracks on their debut album, AY.
born and raised in Idaho, grew up playing the violin. She went from
playing at honky-tonks to co-founding the electrifying fiddle-duo
Bomshel and writing the Joey + Rory hit “Cheater, Cheater.”Osmunson was
well on her way as a songwriter and solo artist before crossing paths
originally from Oregon, is country born and bred, for a while even
working as a bull rider. Prior to founding American Young, he was a solo
act turned successful producer/songwriter including Kenny Chesney’s
“Seven Days,” Blake Shelton’s “Kiss My Country Ass,” and Rascal Flatts’
“Me and My Gang.