MADAME TUSSAUDS NASHVILLE UNVEILS LIFE-LIKE WAX FIGURE HONORING RANDY TRAVIS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 1, 2017) – Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned wax attraction that opened its Nashville location in April, officially revealed their newly minted Randy Travis wax igure on December 1st during a special event honoring the country legend. Photos from the reveal are available via Dropbox.

To capture the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s likeness, Travis underwent a “sitting” with Madame Tussauds studio artists in Nashville. The research team took more than 300 measurements while Travis himself donated personal items of clothing to create a true likeness.

The figure is dressed in late 1990’s style featuring a suede embroidered jacket, jeans Travis donated himself and a 1991 Gibson J-185 guitar.

“I have been excitedly waiting to see the figure in person,” said Travis. “The Madame Tussauds team did a fantastic job capturing my likeness and I can’t wait for my fans to stop by the attraction to see it for themselves.”

After 40 years of dedication and influence in the country music genre, Travis’ legacy will be immortalized by the figure on display at Madame Tussauds Nashville.  Randy’s wax figure will be the 50th figure in the attraction and the last one introduced for 2017.

Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and take more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.

With a completely different concept, the attraction in Nashville is the company’s first offering in the U.S. that focuses solely on music icons that have shaped America’s musical landscape. Guests are encouraged to have fun with the famous stars from musical genres such as Country, Rock n Roll, Jazz, Blues and Pop.

Additional figures hitting the stage at Madame Tussauds Nashville include Beyoncé, Billie Holiday, Blake Shelton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Carl Perkins, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Diana Ross, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, George Jones, George Strait, Hank Williams, Jason Aldean, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock, Little Jimmy Dickens, Louis Armstrong, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Minnie Pearl, Muddy Waters, Patsy Cline, Rayna Jaymes & Deacon Claybourne, Reba McEntire, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Waylon Jennings.

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About Madame Tussauds Nashville
Madame Tussauds Nashville attraction is a new interactive wax experience where guests have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest musical icons. Built to honor Music City and its deep roots into America’s history, Madame Tussauds will host visitors from across the globe as they enjoy a historical walk through America’s musical past and present with vivid scenes supporting the colorful cast of figures. Conveniently located within Opry Mills Mall across the street from the Grand Ole Opry.

Visit www.madametussauds.com/nashville or the attraction’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/mademetussaudsnashville for more information.

About Merlin Entertainments plc
Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 100 attractions, 13 hotels and 5 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to its more than 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its c.27,000 employees (peak season). Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

About Randy Travis
With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors, “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002). To date, he has 18 No. 1 singles, 29 top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. Ten of his albums are Gold Records. Eight are Platinum. Two have gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing.

For more information please visit randytravis.com.

Moe Bandy Joins 117 Publicity Roster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 10, 2017) – Country music traditionalist, Moe Bandy, has joined 117 Publicity’sroster for exclusive PR representation. The “rodeo cowboy’s” long-running career has been in full swing lately, with the release of his latest album, Lucky Me and an upcoming project in early 2018, not to mention he is a road warrior playing all across the country! Fans can check up on his tour dates and purchase Lucky Me now at www.moebandy.com.

“I am really excited about working with Zach and 117 Publicity. We’re looking forward to some neat things happening for traditional country music in the future with 117,” said Bandy.

“I’ve loved working with Moe and his team in the past, so I’m excited to be onboard again for his future projects and continued road success! Adding Moe to the 117 Publicity roster demonstrates our commitment to traditional country music and the artists that have given so much to this genre. I love everything about our roster of clients and their music,” said Zach Farnum, President & CEO of 117 Entertainment Group.

Moe Bandy Tour Dates:
Nov. 25 – Mo’s Place – Katy, Texas
Dec. 02 – Longhorn Saloon – Fort Worth, Texas
Dec. 31 – The Welk Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Jan. 14-21 – Moe Bandy Cruise
Jan. 26 – Choctaw Event Center – Grant , Okla.
Jan. 27- Feb. 04 – Family Reunion Cruise
Feb. 10 – Moe & Joe Show – Weirsdale, Fla.
Feb. 24 – The Stagecoach – Fort Worth, Texas
March 02 – Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas
March 17 – The New Granbury Live – Granbury, Texas
Aug. 02 – Clayton County Fair – National, Iowa
Oct. 24 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre – Branson, Mo.

About Moe Bandy 
Moe Bandy’s country music accomplishments are many, including 10 #1 songs, 40 Top Ten hits, 5 Gold Records and numerous ACM and CMA Awards. He started his recording career while he was a sheet metal worker in San Antonio, Texas, but after a decade of hard labor, Moe Traded his sheet metal for Gold albums. In the mid-seventies when the country pop Kenny Rogers, John Denver and the outlaw sound of Waylon and Willie was all the rage, along came the traditionalist Moe Bandy.

The Texas singer with twin fiddles and steel guitar in the band kept Texas-style Honey Tonk music alive, but it wasn’t easy. In 1972, Moe met record producer Ray Baker on a hunting trop and convinced him to listen to some demo tapes he had made. Baker agreed to produce Moe if he was willing to pay for recording sessions. Moe agreed and out of that session came Moe’s first hit song “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today.” Keep up with Moe at www.moebandy.com

About 117 Entertainment Group
117 Entertainment Group is a multi-faceted entertainment firm specializing in management and publicity/marketing campaigns for musicians, events and brands. They represent the likes of Randy Travis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Negron, Bobby Bare, Lewis Brice, Lee Roy Parnell Paul Bogart and Scooter Brown Band, just to name a few. Zach Farnum has managed PR campaigns for an eclectic list of artists as well as high-profile events and festivals including A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer JamCountry StampedeTree Town Music Festival and more. He serves as a co-chair of the TJ Martell Foundation’s Young Professionals Council and was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Nashville Association of Talent Directors where he serves as Membership Chairman. Bev Moser has worked with country artists, television actors and celebrities, as well as book authors creating articles and reviews, conducting interviews and covering an endless stream of festivals and press conferences. Together at 117, the team brings a brand-driven approach to management, publicity and marketing campaigns and continues to be a go-to firm for multiple high-profile projects.

For more information visit www.117group.com.

Jeannie Seely Signs With 117 Publicity for Exclusive PR Representation Amidst Year of Recognition of Lifetime Achievements

In 2017 Seely Was Honored by the Nashville Association of Talent Directors, Released Brand New Album and Celebrated 50 Years as a Grand Ole Opry Member

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 16, 2017) – “Miss Country Soul,” Jeannie Seely has signed with 117 Publicity for exclusive representation while she continues to celebrate her illustrious career.

“It is so exciting for me to be a part of 117 Publicity.”, said Jeannie Seely, adding, “Zach Farnum is a very knowledgeable, ambitious young man and he has surrounded himself with a like-minded staff.  They have respect for the legends and have a vision of how to represent them in this ever-changing business. I’m looking forward to working in this vibrant environment!”

“If there’s one person that was instrumental in getting me started in the music business, it was my friend Jeannie Seely. Seely has guided me, introduced me to the right people and inspired me as a model of success. She’s one of the most revered stars in the business and has helped and is looked up to by so many,” said Zach Farnum, President & CEO of 117 Entertainment Group.

From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album The Seely Style to her recent self–produced album Written In Song, which consists entirely of songs she’s written for and have been recorded by iconic country artists, including Merle Haggard (“Life of a Rodeo Cowboy”), Dottie West (“He’s All I Need”), and Connie Smith along with Willie Nelson (“Senses”), Jeannie Seely’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. Above and beyond the stage lights and microphones, she takes considerable pride in her involvement and support of musicians’ rights and being an advocate for other artists. Seely was recently recognized by her Grand Ole Opry colleagues Sally Williams, Lorrie Morgan and Bill Anderson at The Nashville Association of Talent Directors’ (NATD) 7th Annual Honors Gala for her accomplishments and service to the Nashville entertainment industry. Culminating 2017’s highlights, Seely commemorates her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. More information on Jeannie Seely can be found at http://117group.com/jeannie-seely/.

Jeannie Seely Tour Dates
Nov. 18 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
Nov. 24 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
Nov. 25 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
Dec. 22 – Nashville, TN – Opry at the Ryman
Dec. 23 – Nashville, TN – Opry at the Ryman
Dec. 29 – Nashville, TN – Opry at the Ryman
Dec. 31 – Branson, MO – Welk Theater
Feb. 3-10 – Country Cruise, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb. 17 – Hartsville, SC – Center Theater

About Jeannie Seely
Among many accolades including awards from Billboard, Cashbox, and Record World, country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved chart topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as a songwriter. Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul”– a title that’s still used today. Jeannie’s biggest dream came true when she was inducted as a member of the world -famous Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first Pennsylvania native to do so. Jeannie also became the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows. Jeannie takes much pride in her involvement and support of musicians’ rights. This year (2017) Jeannie is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album The Seely Style to her recent self–produced album Written In Song, consisting entirely of songs she’s written, Jeannie’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. In his 2003 book Finding Her Voice: Women In Country Music, music critic Robert K. Oermann wrote, “With her chin-out, tough/tender, heart-of-gold manner, Jeannie Seely remains one of country’s most completely modern female personalities.” And that still holds true today. Keep up with all things Jeannie Seely at www.jeannieseely.com.

About 117 Entertainment Group
117 Entertainment Group is a multi-faceted entertainment firm specializing in management and publicity/marketing campaigns for musicians, events and brands. They represent the likes of Randy Travis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Negron, Bobby Bare, Lewis Brice, Lee Roy Parnell, Paul Bogart and Scooter Brown Band, just to name a few. Zach Farnum has managed PR campaigns for an eclectic list of artists as well as high-profile events and festivals including A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam, Country Stampede, Tree Town Music Festival and more. He serves as a co-chair of the TJ Martell Foundation’s Young Professionals Council and was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Nashville Association of Talent Directors where he serves as Membership Chairman. Bev Moser has worked with country artists, television actors and celebrities, as well as book authors creating articles and reviews, conducting interviews and covering an endless stream of festivals and press conferences. Together at 117, the team brings a brand-driven approach to management, publicity and marketing campaigns and continues to be a go-to firm for multiple high-profile projects.

First Conway Twitty Vinyl Available in 26 Years – Aptly Titled TIMELESS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 21, 2017) – Conway Twitty, one of America’s most-loved performers of all-time with 55 No. 1 one hits to his credit (second only to George Strait) created a musical legacy that continues to endure and thrive almost a quarter-century after his passing in 1993. Country Rewind Records has released TIMELESS, a collection of never before heard recordings from Twitty himself. The new record is now available on vinyl and it’s the first vinyl release of Conway music since the 1991 record Even Now. The vinyl is available on ConwayTwitty.comand Amazon.

The songs on Timeless haven’t been heard since their original airing in 1972, included in a series of musical recordings from top artists at the time as part of a United States recruitment program. Singers such as Dolly Parton, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings would record fifteen-minute performances that would be distributed to over 2,000 radio stations throughout the world intended for commercial release. Tom Gramuglia of Country Rewind Records, says that he can’t wait for fans to hear these recordings – which put the recorded genius of Conway Twitty on full display for all to hear.

“These recordings were long forgotten and few people who knew of their existence. They’ve never before been made commercially available to the public and I truly felt like this music needed to be shared with long-time traditional fans, and heard by our younger generation of Millennials who have a flavor and inkling for country music recording artists that made American country music great.”

“Timeless is a truly special piece of Country Music history that reminds listeners of the exquisite musical legacy of an artist who was rightfully called “The Best Friend A Song Ever Had.” The title of the album says it all. Conway Twitty was – is – and always will be ‘Timeless.’” – Chuck Dauphin, Billboard Magazine

The music on Timeless is a mixture of many of the songs that made Conway Twitty a household name, such as his signature song from 1970, “Hello Darlin,” as well as a pair of deeper Twitty cuts that are no less historic or powerful – “The Image Of Me” and “Next In Line” (his first top ten and number one hits, respectively) from 1968. His band, the Twitty Birds – featuring steel guitar wizard John “Buttermilk” Hughey, bassist “Big Joe” Lewis, and drummer Tommy “Pork Chop” Markham – are featured on Timeless, as well as new musical accompaniment produced by Twitty’s daughter and son-in-law, Joni and John Wesley Ryles. Joni – who performed with her father on the 1975 classic “Don’t Cry Joni” – says this music is something that Twitty’s loyal following will want to add to their collection:

“When I heard it, I was blown away. I couldn’t be prouder of Dad’s performance, and the Twitty Birds did such a great job. Every Conway Twitty fan needs to hear this. My family could not be more pleased to celebrate his life in music with this compilation of treasures.” Ryles says that her family has been pleased to see that his music continues to warrant praise and attention from many of today’s biggest stars – something for which she is grateful.

While the sessions that comprise Timeless weren’t the typical Decca recording session with Owen Bradley producing, these tracks – cut at the studio of former Elvis Presley band member Scotty Moore – drip with as much perfection as anything he cut at Bradley’s Barn. It wasn’t like a typical session where everything was perfected,” explained Ryles. “But, these songs are an incredible gift, and Daddy was sounding as incredible as he ever did. These recordings make my heart smile, and I think his fans will feel the same way.”

Timeless Track Listing:
1. (Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date
2. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)
3. Hello Darlin’
4. How Much More Can She Stand
5. Working Girl
6. I Can’t See Me Without You
7. I Love You More Today
8. Crazy Arms
9. 15 Years Ago
10. Honky Tonk Man
11. The Image Of Me
12. If You Were Mine To Lose
13. Proud Mary
14. Next In Line

About Conway Twitty
By any measure, the career of singer, songwriter, producer, entertainer and recording artist Conway Twitty stands among the greatest in the history of popular music. His 55 No. 1 singles are an astounding and singular accomplishment in the annals of the recording industry. Those hits drove sales of more than 50 million records, powering literally thousands of live performances for tens of millions of fans and led to more than 100 major awards. From Sun Studios in Memphis and the infancy of rock and roll to the top of the country charts and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Conway built an astounding musical legacy that spanned five decades. In 1958, Conway Twitty scored his first No. 1 hit titled “It’s Only Make Believe.” Widely regarded by Nashville’s songwriters as “the best friend a song ever had,” Twitty was pitched top shelf material for the better part of two decades. Twitty’s tunes are the mile markers for three decades of country music: “Hello Darlin’,” “Goodbye Time,” “You’ve Never Been This Far Before,” “Linda On My Mind,” “I’d Love To Lay You Down,” “Tight Fittin’ Jeans,” “That’s My Job.” Conway also entered into a duet partnership with the top female vocalist of that time, Loretta Lynn. They became the most awarded male/female duet in history recording songs like “After The Fire Is Gone,” “Lead Me On,” and “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”

Those who worked with Conway, knew him or were influenced by him approach with stories of a true gentleman, someone who, as one fellow performer described him, “wore a white hat.” Throughout his life, Conway would tell people, “If you do what you love and you’re able to take care of the people you love, it doesn’t matter what you do. You’re a successful man.  ” Undoubtedly, that is the legacy that would have meant the most to Harold “Conway Twitty” Jenkins. Which makes the rest of his story — the accomplishments and accolades — that much sweeter. Visit www.conwaytwitty.com for more.