Garth Brooks To Jump Start CRS-39
The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. ® has announced that Garth Brooks, the top selling solo artist in U.S. history, will make a special appearance at the opening session of CRS-39 on Wednesday, March 5, 2008.
During the event, Brooks will answer audience-submitted questions. WSIX-FM Morning Show Host, Gerry House, will conduct the interview and moderate the discussion.
After the interview, one CRS radio attendee will be chosen to sing a duet with Brooks on a song from the singer's record-breaking catalog.
In announcing Garth's appearance at CRS-39, CRB President Becky Brenner stated, "We are thrilled that Garth has agreed to give our CRS attendees the opportunity to talk with one of the most amazing country artists of our time." Big Machine and Valory Music President Scott Borchetta added, "Garth continues to support Country Radio and engage at the highest level." Borchetta explained that the seeds of Garth's CRS-39 appearance were sown during a promotional event for radio programmers called The Garth Radio Seminar (GRS). "This panel was inspired by the "GRS" experience. Keith Kaufman (WSIX-PD and CRB Agenda Committee Vice Chair) wanted to see if we could re-create the GRS opening panel. I took it to Garth and not only was he supportive, he notched it up a level - it was his idea to have a lucky MD or PD come up and sing a song with him as the support musician! This will be a great way to kick off CRS."
Though officially retired for several years, Garth was just certified by the RIAA as the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history. Garth Brooks' The Ultimate Hits contains 2 CDs and a DVD. The 3 disk package contains 30 Garth classics, 3 new songs and a bonus track on 2 CDs. The set also includes a DVD with 33 videos including new and never-before-seen footage. This year, Garth became the first artist to put out a simultaneous edition of his latest collection for a charitable cause. November 6, 2007 saw the launch of the pink edition of The Ultimate Hits which is available only at the Susan G Komen website.