Former Jefferson resident, Tony Harrell, has been nominated by the Academy of Country Music for the Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year Award. Tony has come a long way since he began playing the clubs near his east Texas hometown at age 16. Starting piano lessons at age six and up in a music loving family, he developed a deep appreciation for all kinds of music. As General Manager of MV2 Entertainment, Harrell draws on his experience and continues to push the creative envelope by focusing on artist development and building successful music content with a diverse roster of talent. Many of the musicians which he has accompanied as a studio musician are Brooks & Dunn, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Ann Womack, and Marty Stuart. Harrell has recorded with such superstars as Jason Aldean, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Parmalee, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Frankie Ballard, Chris Young, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Alabama and Tracey Lawrence. He has also laid down tracks for country royalty Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Jr. and Ray Price.
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