Emmy-nominated online music series Skyville Live announces the star-studded lineup for the July 13 edition of their conceptually groundbreaking online music series. Broadcast live from Nashville, it’s no surprise that Skyville Live wanted to build a show around the allure of Music City. On deck for this special night are Music City mainstays alongside fresh faces in town, including Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen, Lennon & Maisy Stella, Mark Collie, Colin Linden, JD Souther and Pam Tillis.
“I’ve lived in Nashville for many years now. I came here as a struggling songwriter and quickly learned to love this city and all that it has to offer,” says producer Wally Wilson. “It’s the richest place in the world for collaborative creation. The city is electric and we know that the sparks will be flying on July 13th!”
The must-watch episode is scheduled to stream live exclusively via AOL.com and go90, a free mobile video platform available across all wireless carriers on Wednesday, July 13th at 8/7c. To access go90, simply download the app via the App Store or Google Play.
Featuring the world’s greatest artists spanning generations and musical genres, Skyville Live is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for performers and audiences alike. Each episode is recorded with full HD video in front of an intimate studio audience in Nashville and live-streamed around the world. Thanks to its reputation for inspiring creativity and magical on-stage moments, the show has become a destination for the biggest names in music: Since debuting in January 2015, Skyville Live has welcomed artists like Billy F. Gibbons, Cyndi Lauper, Kris Kristofferson, Jason Isbell, Gladys Knight, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Taj Mahal and many more.
Clare Bowen is an Australian singer, songwriter and actress. She recently returned from her first headline tour in her homeland of Australia, selling out every venue within minutes of tickets going on sale. She will continue to play solo tour dates this summer and fall. Drawing inspiration from a myriad of influences, Clare has spent the last few years writing original material for her debut album, which she is currently in the studio recording. In addition, she stars as Scarlett on the hit TV series “Nashville,” which was recently picked up by CMT and Hulu, and she recently completed U.S. and U.K. tours with other cast members. Clare established herself as an in-demand actress on both sides of the Atlantic, earning critical praise in various productions, both on stage and on screen.
Chris Carmack’s independent release PIECES OF YOU debut EP skyrocketed to #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Top Albums chart late last year and released to outstanding critical acclaim. The five-track compilation showcases his wide range of influences – everything from the jazz and blues he grew up playing on saxophone, to rock and pop with a few touches of country. In high school, the Washington D.C. native turned his attention towards jazz band and theatre. Upon graduating, he studied at NYU’s esteemed Tisch Adler Conservatory before heading out to Los Angeles where he helped launch the theatrical production of “The Day I Stood Still.” Carmack would spend his off-time practicing guitar, which would later come in handy for his current, ongoing role as Will Lexington on “Nashville.” His performance in “The Day I Stood Still” attracted the attention of the producers from the hit drama “The O.C.,” who cast him as Luke Ward in the series in 2003. After completing his work on the show, Carmack returned to the stage in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he took on the role of Sloane in “Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” alongside Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell. He also performed in London, playing John Buchanan in Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke.”
Charles Esten released his first independent single, “Hot One,” in the summer of 2015 and on Friday, July 15th, he will be releasing a new original single, “Through The Blue,” both available on iTunes. He plans to release a new single every single Friday “until he doesn’t,” says Esten. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Charles “Chip” Esten grew up in Alexandria, VA. After starting his acting career in Los Angeles, he was pleased to make his theatrical debut in London, portraying Buddy Holly in the hit West End musical “Buddy.” In that role, he was honored to perform for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth and then, for President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush at both The Kennedy Center and The White House. Esten currently stars in the hit television series “Nashville” in the role of Deacon Claybourne. He also headlined the 2014, 2015, and 2016 “Nashville in Concert” tour with sold out shows across the US and this summer, the UK. He is proud to serve as the National Light the Night Walk Honorary Chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Lennon & Maisy Stella are actresses, singers and authors. The real-life sisters have garnered a large fan base with over 720K YouTube subscribers and 85 million views, thanks in part to their viral video covers including “Call Your Girlfriend,” “That’s What’s Up” and “Boom Clap.” Best known as sisters Maddie & Daphne Conrad on “Nashville,” Lennon & Maisy had a show-stopping performance of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” on the hit series in April 2013. When their cover released to radio, it not only became the #1 most added song in the nation, the single also quickly rose to the Top 40 on the Billboard Songs chart. Their rendition remains the #1 most downloaded song from the hit TV show’s releases. They’ve performed everywhere from The White House to “Good Morning America.” In 2015, they partnered with HarperCollins to release a children’s book called “In The Waves.” Lennon & Maisy have also become known for their fashion sense, appearing two years in a row at New York Fashion Week and walked in the 2016 Go Red For Women fashion show. Lennon & Maisy are only 16 and 12 years old, respectively, but they have already had experiences that some wait a lifetime to achieve.
Colin Linden was already a guitar prodigy at age 11 when he was mentored by one of his musical heroes, the great bluesman Howlin’ Wolf. He helped set the young star on a course to pursue the sounds of his dreams. That course went on to feature his work on literally hundreds of albums. At last count, his recordings total nearly 400 and production credits on over 100 albums. Linden has played with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, T Bone Burnett and Alison Krauss and is a two-time GRAMMY Award nominee. His current and thirteenth solo album is titled, Rich in Love.
Mark Collie is a Rockabilly Renaissance man. Singer, songwriter, producer, actor, artist, ﬁlmmaker, entertainer, dreamer and poet, all apply, but none alone deﬁne him. His singing career includes five major label albums and 17 charted singles. Collie has written songs for legendary acts including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Alabama. He has also appeared in major motion pictures: “The Punisher,” “Kill Switch” and “Fire Down Below.” Collie has shared the stage with Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney and continues to actively tour across the U.S. and Europe. He also appeared as Frankie Gray in the hit television series “Nashville.”
Grammy-nominated JD Souther has penned countless hits for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, James Taylor, Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn and found success as a solo artist. This led him to being inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and becoming one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation. On his new studio album, Tenderness (Sony Music Masterworks), Souther creates a perfect balance of understated Jazz with the ineffable pop narratives that have been the backbone of much of his greatest work. His classic albums John David Souther, Black Rose and Home by Dawn have been released as expanded reissues (Omnivore Recordings).
As the child from country music royalty, Pam Tillis found her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. With six number ones and 14 top ten singles, Pam knows all about breaking the platinum barrier. Pam’s songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names throughout all genres including artists like Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor and Conway Twitty. She has performed on the stages of Broadway in New York City and is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Pam is a two-time GRAMMY® Award-winner, 15-time CMA Awards’ nominee and two-time winner, a nine-time ACM Award nominee. She also has more than 30 Billboard charting singles, 10 studio albums and three additional releases from her own label, Stellar Cat Records. She is currently finalizing a new album titled Love’s Truckstop that is slated for release later this year. Now in the third decade of her career, you can find her touring on her own as well as with her “Grits and Glamour” tour partner, country star, Lorrie Morgan. The Grand Ole Opry member has also guest starred as herself on two episodes of “Nashville.”