YEAR IN 2014
By iTunes, Rolling Stone And Billboard
the point was to call attention to the resilience and determination at
the core of life. But the title took on a second meaning over the course
of 2014 as Bentley became country music’s most impressive riser,
catapulting an already successful career into one that blends his
long-held critical acclaim with A-level commercial success.
to note “Bentley bares his soul” while deftly weaving in some lighter
material to bring an ironically comedic twist. Bentley’s success was
evident during awards season as Riser notched GRAMMY and CMA
Nominations for “Best Country Album.” Additionally, the album’s first
two singles “I Hold On” and “Drunk On A Plane” scored nominations on
their own, to make the singer/songwriter the most nominated male artist
at this year’s annual CMA ceremony.
and the album certainly connected and with the first two songs, he
became one of only three country acts to register two Platinum No. one
singles during 2014, giving him a career total of 12 radio chart toppers
and pushing digital downloads beyond the 2 million mark. He anchored
high profile television appearances on Good Morning America,
Today, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The View, The Late Show
with David Letterman, PBS Front and Center, The CMA Awards, The ACM Awards and the CMT Awards shows, and a special episode of CMT Crossroads with OneRepublic, among others.
music and fortitude collided for his inaugural amphitheater headlining
tour, taking him to new heights as capacity crowds reached upwards of
21,000 in venues across the country. The tour left music critics
inspired, praising Bentley for his “high-energy and emotion-packed” sets
(San Diego Union-Tribune) and noted he “rose to the occasion like a pro, as though headlining is what the man was born to do” (Arizona Republic).
always done my own thing, and it’s led me here,” says country’s Riser.
“I wouldn’t change anything about it. It seems like so much came
together all at once, and it truly has been a year I will never forget.”
As 2014 winds down, the Capitol Records Nashville’s artist lands among the year’s top albums, featured by iTunes, Rolling Stone and Billboard
on their “best of” year end lists. The year marks $3 million in
charitable donations raised by his annual Miles & Music For Kids
event, a passion project now in its ninth year and benefitting the
Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and 2015 will
kick-off with a weekend stacked full of performances and appearances at
the Super Bowl when it descends in his hometown of Phoenix at the end of