On The Verge

CMT - Country Music Television (ended 2002)


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    • Keith Urban/Nickel Creek
      Keith Urban/Nickel Creek
      Season 0 - Episode 1
      Country Music Television's limited series of documentary specials with an insider's look at the career development of young artists on the verge of star status will feature the hot Aussie newcomer Keith Urban and the young acoustic group Nickel Creek. The special will also include exclusive performance footage. Urban picked up a guitar at age 6 and soon knew that he would go to Nashville to play country music. In 1988, he moved to Nashville and formed a band called The Ranch, which eventually landed a record deal with Capitol Nashville. After the group disbanded, Urban was signed to a solo deal with the same label and is making his own waves of success. Urban's CMT catalog already includes impressive videos for "It's a Love Thing," the No. 1 "Your Everything" and his current "But for the Grace of God." The guitarist recently received a Grammy nomination in the Best Country Instrumental category for his song "Rollercoaster." His self-titled debut album was one of the top-selling albums by a new country artist this past year. He was recently featured in People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue as an "Awesome Aussie." The Capitol Records star was nominated for an American Music Award for favorite new country artist and received five nominations for the Country Music Association of Australia awards. The recently Grammy-nominated Nickel Creek have quietly eased onto the scene with its self-titled album on Sugar Hill Records. Originating from San Diego, members Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile have created a unique progressive bluegrass/folk sound that has caught the ears of many fans. Each member of the band has been nominated or won numerous individual musician awards, and in October the trio was named the International Bluegrass Music Association's emerging artist of the year 2000. Along with the relentless touring and two CMT videos, "Reasons Why" and "When You Come Back Down," Nickel Creek have found their record sales and radio exposure rising. Last year's first On the Verge special featured Brad Paisley and Jessica Andrews, both of whom have since enjoyed numerous successes. Paisley was named the CMA's Horizon Award winner, received his first Grammy nominations and will become a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Feb. 17. Andrews has been recognized by Sonicnet.com as one of the Top 25 Mainstream Country artists. Interview magazine included her in the "New 21 Club" feature on the most powerful entertainment figures under age 21. She is currently on the verge of releasing her second album, Who I Am, for DreamWorks Records.moreless
    • Pat Green/Carolyn Dawn Johnson
      Pat Green/Carolyn Dawn Johnson
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Rising country stars Pat Green and Carolyn Dawn Johnson taped performances for an upcoming episode of CMT's On the Verge at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater Tuesday night (Jan. 29). The series documents the career development of up-and-coming artists through concert and interview footage. Green and Johnson, both 30, taped three songs apiece, repeating songs once or twice to give editors more options. Both artists will be showcased in the same hour-long episode, airing March 23 on CMT.moreless
    • Cyndi Thomson/Gary Allan
      Cyndi Thomson/Gary Allan
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      CMT's program that documents the career development of artists on the verge of star status will feature country honky-tonker Gary Allan and Capitol Records phenom Cyndi Thomson. On the Verge, will also include exclusive performance and interview footage. "On the Verge has become a great vehicle to showcase artists and give viewers a deeper look at why we think these artists have the potential to become big stars," said Chris Parr, vice president, music and talent, CMT. "CMT has supported both Gary and Cyndi from the beginning of their careers because we believe they are two of country music's next biggest stars." Allan debuted on the Nashville scene in 1996 after honing his distinctive sound in the honky-tonks of his native California. His musical influences include Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard and Johnny Horton. Allan appeared on CMT Most Wanted Live in the show's debut week to give viewers a peek at his new album Alright Guy, and performed the title track, the show's first live acoustic performance. His current video, "Man of Me," is in the CMT's Top Twenty Countdown. Thomson's self-penned smash hit, "What I Really Meant to Say," spent eight consecutive weeks in the No. 1 spot of the country singles sales chart. Her debut album My World is the best-selling debut album by a female country artist in the history of Soundscan since LeAnn Rimes' Blue in 1996. Thomson has performed on CMT Most Wanted Live and made her debut on the world famous Grand Ole Opry.moreless
    • Charlie Robison/Jamie O'Neal
      Charlie Robison/Jamie O'Neal
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      On the Verge, CMT's documentary series focusing on the career development of artists on the verge of star status, will feature ACM best new female artist Jamie O'Neal and Texas honky-tonker Charlie Robison. The special will also include exclusive performance and interview footage of the two. CMT's previous On the Verge specials have featured Keith Urban, Nickel Creek, Brad Paisley and Jessica Andrews, all of whom have since enjoyed enormous success in their respective careers. "On the Verge artists have earned CMT's stamp of approval. We believe in their talent and potential to become big stars," said CMT's Chris Parr, vice president, music and talent. "Jamie and Charlie have both proven that they are unique and have something exciting to offer music fans." O'Neal was born in Australia but grew up singing her way across America with her family's band. Having lived in Hawaii, Nevada, California and Tennessee, O'Neal began performing when she was only eight years old. O'Neal's debut single, "There Is No Arizona," became a No. 1 hit and her current single, "When I Think About Angels" followed suit. O'Neal was the first celebrity guest on CMT's new live daily interactive show CMT Most Wanted Live. Robison recently released his second album, Step Right Up, for Columbia Nashville/Lucky Dog Records. Growing up in Bandera, Texas, where his family has ranched for eight generations, Robison performed in the dance halls and honky-tonks around Texas. He writes and sings about his own life experiences and enjoys writing songs for everyday working class people, penning eight of the 12 songs on Step Right Up. Robison recently hosted CMT's Totally Texas Countdown.moreless
    • Brad Paisley/Jessica Andrews
      Brad Paisley/Jessica Andrews
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      From the looks of things, Brad Paisley and Jessica Andrews are well on their way to country stardom. Paisley has already hit the top of the charts with songs like "He Didn't Have to Be" and is headed that way again with "Me Neither." Andrews is having success with tunes such as "You Go First" and "Unbreakable Heart." Both are making some serious waves. It's no surprise, then, that Paisley and Andrews will help launch CMT's new limited series of documentary specials, On the Verge, Wednesday, March 1. The show takes an insider's look at the making and development of country acts, featuring those artists who are on the verge of stardom. Viewers will get a peek behind the scenes of the music business, and each episode will also include a look at the artists on stage. Paisley, a 27-year-old West Virginia native, topped the CMT and music charts recently with his second video and single, "He Didn't Have To Be," a poignant tale about a stepfather's love. Paisley wrote or co-wrote each song on his debut album, Who Needs Pictures. Paisley started playing his first guitar, a gift from his grandfather, when he was eight years old. His musical influences include Chet Atkins, Roger Miller and George Strait. Andrews' debut album, "Heart Shaped World," was released in March of 1999 after her first single, "I Will Be There for You," premiered on The Prince of Egypt -- Nashville, an album tied to the film The Prince Of Egypt. The first single reached No. 22 on the country charts. Andrews' follow-up single, "You Go First," became a No. 4 video on CMT and reached No. 20 on the country charts. Her newest video is "Unbreakable Heart." The 15-year-old Tennessee native comes from a musical family and was influenced early on by the music of Whitney Houston and Wynonna Judd.moreless
    • Chris Cagle/Trick Pony
      Chris Cagle/Trick Pony
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      CMT turns up the heat with two of country music's hottest and most exciting artists out on the touring circuit today -- Chris Cagle and Trick Pony (Heidi Newfield, Keith Burns and Ira Dean). On the Verge, CMT's limited series that documents the career development of artists on the verge of star status, will give viewers an inside look at these two electric performers with exclusive performance and interview footage.moreless
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