ACM NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR SEMI-FINALIST

2014 ACM Awards

PARMALEE REACTS TO 2014 SEMI-FINALIST NOMINATION FOR ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD Voting Begins Today At 12:00 PM ET

BAND ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE “CLOSE YOUR EYES” ON RADIO DESKS NOW

TASTE OF COUNTRY PREMIERES EXCLUSIVE “CLOSE YOUR EYES” STORY BEHIND THE SONG VIDEO FOOTAGE

(NASHVILLE, TN) – Stoney Creek Records’ Parmalee was recently announced as a 2014 semi-finalist for the Academy of Country Music’s coveted New Artist of the Year category. Beginning today (Jan. 21) at noon ET, Parmalee fans have the opportunity to propel the country foursome into one of the top three semi-finalist positions by voting daily through Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3:00 pm ET (http://www.voteacm.com). The final three nominees will then go on to compete in a second round of voting to win the New Artist of the Year award at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. “ After closing 2013 with a multi-week #1 single and a debut album release, it is so amazing to begin the new year as ACM New Artist of the Year semi-finalists!” says Matt Thomas, lead singer for Parmalee. “We feel at any moment we are going to wake up from this dream, but it’s our reality, and it just keeps getting better. We are so grateful!” The year 2014 brings more exciting news from the North Carolina chart-toppers, as they announce their highly anticipated next single, “Close Your Eyes,” (on radio desks now) from their critically acclaimed debut album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA. “Close Your Eyes,” written by esteemed Music Row songwriters Adam Craig, Trent Tomlinson and Shane Minor, is set to impact country radio on Monday, Feb. 3 and serves as the follow-up single to Parmalee’s multi-week #1 smash hit, “Carolina.” Taste of Country is offering fans a behind-the-scenes look into Parmalee’s personal story behind “Close Your Eyes” by featuring exclusive video footage from an intimate in-studio performance of the single, shot by Nashville-based video producer Reid Long. Long’s extensive list of A-list clientele includes The Black Keys, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lionel Richie, to name a few. Watch the exclusive Story Behind the Song video for “Close Your Eyes” here: http://tasteofcountry.com/parmalee-close-your-eyes-lyrics/ “Close Your Eyes” has already garnered early critical praise among media tastemakers since release of FEELS LIKE CAROLINA last month. “The steady, locked in beat of the Luke Bryan-tinged love song ‘Close Your Eyes’ [shows] the chemistry of a tight group of musicians [that] comes through with an electric buzz.” ~ Great American Country (GAC) “Matt Thomas’ distinctive vocals have that tender-but-tough quality that works in a variety of settings, [including] the catchy country of “Close Your Eyes” . . . ~ Newsday “Close Your Eyes” is featured on FEELS LIKE CAROLINA. Preview/Download the album on iTunes at: http://smarturl.it/GetFeelsLikeCarolina Additionally, Parmalee will join Jake Owen this spring on select dates of the “Days Of Gold” tour.