Show Dog – Universal Music singer-songwriter-recording artist JT Hodges has been named one of the Top 8 artists in the 2012 Academy of Country Music’s “New Artist of the Year” category. The named artists are considered semi-finalists and will be competing via GAC fan voting and ACM professional membership voting to determine the final three nominees. The final three nominees then compete by way of fan and professional membership voting to determine the winner of this 2012 ACM New Artist of the Year title and trophy.
“This is a true honor not only for me but my fans,” said Hodges. “Thank you to the Academy of Country Music for the nod. Although I’m the obvious underdog, I feel like I’ve won just by being recognized.”
JT might be up for “New Artist” but this Texas newcomer is by no means new to country music. “Country is the first thing I ever remember hearing,” JT confesses. “My grandmother loved Conway Twitty and we used to listen to him all the time.” Not only that, JT was literally raised in a recording studio. “My family started Fort Worth’s first multi-track recording studio,” Hodges explains, referring to Buffalo Sound Studios, a facility that played host to artists such as T Bone Burnett and Michael Bolton. Hanging around (the studio) “was part of our chores!” Hodges shares. “On weekends when there were sessions, Pops would make us vacuum and clean the bathrooms. Once we were done, my brother and I would be so excited to go into my dad’s audio library and listen to record after record, on vinyl or quarter-inch tapes. That was the environment that I grew up in, crawling around under the console starting at eight months old.”
Hodges will “Hunt You Down” to Join Him on Facebook . . .
The first round of fan voting for ACM New Artist of the Year begins on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:00 am ET and closes on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12:00 noon ET. Fans can go to www.VoteACM.com and www.GACTV.com/ACM to cast your votes to move JT into the final three.
But Hodges will be looking to “Hunt You Down” to join him Monday, January 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm Central Standard Time on a live Facebook Chat where JT will be talking about his New Artist running and how you can cast your vote in his honor. Fans can enter the live chat at JT’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/jthodgesmusic) or can join via Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/j-t-hodges
After you’ve placed your vote and while you’re waiting to chat live with JT on Facebook on Monday, January 16 at 7:00 pm CST, be sure to visit Hodges’ VEVO page and enjoy a fan exclusive video of his current single “Goodbyes Made You Mine”.