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FM106.1 Class of 2017

featuring Maren Morris, Brett Young, Tucker Beathard, Jackie Lee

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $106/$40/$25

Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.

FM106.1 is pleased to present the Class of 2017. This intimate and up-close acoustic concert features Maren Morris, Brett Young, Tucker Beathard, and Jackie Lee.


Maren Morris

Coming off a recent performance on Saturday Night Live, her continuing reign as the 2016 CMA New Artist of the Year and her nomination as Best New Artist at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Maren Morris is riding a wave of recent popularity, though she’s no stranger to the country music scene.

An eleven-year veteran singer, songwriter and producer, Morris has released four studio albums, written songs for the likes of Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson, and toured internationally, sharing stages with Pat Green, Radney Foster and more.

Her forthcoming major-label debut on Sony Music Nashville, Hero, shows that she is one of the more inventive and engaging perspectives in country music to come along in years.

The charts and critics agree—Morris entered the Billboard Heatseeker’s chart at number one, has been wracking up millions of spins on Spotify with songs like the 2015 hit “My Church,” and was also named one of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know.

Few artists could find themselves drawing fans of both Bruno Mars and Bonnie Raitt, but Morris can—taking them to the special, wildly different world where spirituality comes through the FM dial, and the stage is a place both to party and pray.

 

Brett Young

Brett Young’s gritty vocals and impassioned lyrics are built on the same firm foundation that had him as a pre-draft selection of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays straight out of high school—hard work, sheer talent and that thing music industry execs and baseball talent scouts alike simply call heart.

Those same qualities have gotten Brett’s songs on shows like MTV’s The Real World and Kardashian pop culture favorite, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and his feet planted firmly on some of the most well-known stages in the world—The Roxy, The Troubador, The Viper Room, sharing those stages with some of pop music’s best and brightest, from Colbie Caillat to Gavin DeGraw to Katy Perry.

With three independent albums already under his belt, Brett is taking his newest batch of songs into the studio, showcasing that intensity and emotion in his recordings of songs like “Fire” and “Breathe Again.”

When it comes to Brett Young, it isn’t so far from a pitcher’s mound to a major stage, and it doesn’t really matter what kind of big show you’re talking about. Because in the end, when you have that thing called heart, it shows. You may see it in his eyes, but you’ll also hear it in his voice.

 

Tucker Beathard

Growing up in a family that excelled at both music and sports—his father is a hit songwriter; his brothers, star quarterbacks—Tucker Beathard has an unrelenting competitive spirit: He wakes up every day trying to write the perfect song. For Tucker, a self-taught guitarist and drummer, there's no such thing as "good enough."  "I love anything with great melodies and I'm drawn to the little things," Tucker says, "When I listen to Led Zeppelin, I focus on John Bonham's drums….And Hank Williams Jr.'s 'Family Tradition' is as country songwriting as it gets." Tucker certainly knows something about family tradition, taking cues from dad Casey Beathard, who wrote Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" and Eric Church's "Homeboy."

Giving up a college baseball scholarship to dive headlong into songwriting, Tucker came out better for his diverse experiences and documented those wild times in the wise-beyond-its-years "Momma and Jesus." With a rhythmic way of playing guitar, influenced by his innate drumming ability, Tucker has created some of contemporary country music's most progressive songs, like "Rock On," "20-10 Tennessee," and “Better Than Me.” "I've always been a huge fan of deep songs, and I've always liked poems," he says.

Having played with artists like Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, Tucker regularly bares his soul in front of a crowd, saying "Whether it's 'My heart is broken' or 'Let's party tonight,' I want people to feel this is a real dude who knows who he is—and who says it like it is."

 

Jackie Lee

A country singer and songwriter who embraces the influences of classic country, classic rock, and contemporary pop, Jackie Lee got his start in music at an early age, and was a seasoned veteran in Nashville by the time he scored his first commercial success at the age of 22. Lee’s first interest in music came from singing in church, and by the time he was six years old, he'd caught the attention of producer Carson Chamberlain, who brought the youngster into the studio to sing on a recording session after seeing Lee perform with his family's group. In high school, Lee was a star athlete who played baseball, basketball, and football, but at the age of 16, he began focusing his energies on songwriting, after being given an assignment by Chamberlain to write one song a week.

At the age of 19, Lee headed to Nashville, and after an unfruitful recording contract with Republic Nashville, Lee was looking for another chance. He heard a demo of a song called "She Does," a song Kenny Chesney had passed on. When Lee landed a new record deal with the independent Nashville label Broken Bow, Lee and his team decided "She Does" was the perfect song for his recording debut, and when his version was released in 2014, it soon landed on the Billboard Country Airplay charts. Lee's second single, "Headphones," also made its mark on country radio, and he dropped a third single, "Leave the Light On," in July 2016. After struggling with the death of his mother, Lee shifted his creative direction a bit with the anthemic and cathartic "Getting Over You." Released in October 2016, "Getting Over You" was co-written by Paul DiGiovanni, formerly of of the pop-punk band Boys Like Girls, one of Lee's favorite bands in his teenage years.

Jackie’s music is as accessible as the artist himself, a man with an easy laugh, an engaging manner and an optimistic outlook on life. "I never knew my papaw," he says, "but my dad talks about him all the time. He used to say, 'It doesn't cost a bit more to dream big than to dream little.’ People on my team tell me, ‘You need to get your expectations right,’ but I say, ‘I’ll let you guys do that. I’m going to reach for the stars.’”