On January 14, 2012 the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Great American Country (GAC) announced EIGHT Semi-finalists for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards “New Artist of the Year” category. And Show Dog-Universal Music’s JT Hodges was one of them. JT wasted no time responding :
“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.”
The “New Artist” category is open to fan voting that began on Monday, January 16, 2012 and ends on Monday, January 30th at Noon ET. And JT needs your help. He’s asking for your VOTE to move him into the final three nominees. You can log on to vote at VoteACM.com and watch Hodges message.
But Just Who is JT Hodges ? . . .
Hodges burst onto the country music scene in 2011 with the release of his debut single, “Hunt You Down” and a slot on Toby Keith’s Locked & Loaded Tour. And although JT is up for “New Artist”, 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.”
Now, even though Hodges isn’t new to country music, he realized he might be new to some of the fans. So he set out on an ACM New Artist Campaign to help answer the question, “Who is JT Hodges”.
“Working with Marcel on these (campaign) videos has been a blast and I am so grateful to the country music fans for letting me give them a little peak into who I am,” Hodges said. “Our point was to just have some fun with these videos, and get everyone to smile a little bit.”
Watch below as JT pitches his awesome self in familiar surroundings convincing his audience that he is indeed THE JT Hodges everyone is talking about.
This is JT Hodges . . .
Still not convinced who JT Hodges is ! Well, you could listen to a message by the Big Dawg Daddy himself, Toby Keith talking about Hodges. Or perhaps you’ll recognize having seen Hodges debut on the Grand Ole Opry or in more familiar surroundings. Watch here because this is JT Hodges :
Okay. So, now that you know who JT Hodges is, don’t forget to VOTE daily to move JT from “semi-finalist” to “official ACM “New Artist of the Year” nominee. Voting closes January 30, 2012 at Noon ET, so you’ve only got a couple of days left. VOTE now, VOTE daily and VOTE here.
While You’re Waiting . . .
And to entertain you while you’re voting, Hodges has recorded a special fan exclusive video for his new single, “Goodbyes Made You Mine”, the follow-up single to “Hunt You Down” off JT’s soon-to-be-released CD. “Goodbye’s Made You Mine” has just been sent to radio and you can start requesting it on February 13th. But for YOU, the fans, JT has a LIVE PERFORMANCE of his soon-to-be-released-to radio single “Goodbye’s Made You Mine”:
And last but not least, before JT wraps up his “Who is JT Hodges” ACM New Artist Campaign, Hodges has one thing to say :
Remember, VOTING CLOSES Monday, January 30, 2012 at Noon. So be sure to get on over to VoteACM.com and vote every day until then.