Thursday, November 8, 2007
– After 16 years and 17 number 1 records, Tracy Lawrence termed his first CMA Award last night in the Musical Event Of The Year category for "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" an "amazing experience."
"Find Out Who Your Friends Are" is still testing high on the airwaves nearly 15 months after its release.
Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney contributed to the song, which made history because Lawrence became the first country artist who owns his own record label, RCR (Rocky Comfort Records), to take home a CMA Award for a song, a bonus track, from the label's debut CD release.
"Last night was an amazing experience to top off a phenomenal year," said Lawrence. "Once again, I have to thank radio for such overwhelming support and I have to thank all of the fans who let radio know that they wanted to hear it by continuing to call and request it. Both have kept this song active for nearly 15 months. Winning this award on this song means so much to me."
"My brother and I started out a little over a year ago with a dream and a vision. We put together a first class team of independent professionals, from promotion and marketing to public relations and distribution. We all shared the vision and the motivation, commitment, persistence and tenacity. We all got behind the ball and pushed with everything we had to give it. We had something to prove to ourselves and to the industry. It's a very cool thing to bring this award home. I am thrilled to accept this honor for me, my brother and business partner Laney, Rocky Comfort Records, my team, country radio and my fans. We did it. It's a win for all of us. But, there's no time to rest on our laurels. This is just the beginning. The kickoff, so to speak."
The "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" video featured appearances by George Jones, Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros, Cornelius Griffin of the Washington Redskins and fellow country singer Daryl Worley.
The CD started and finished with "Find Out Who Your Friends Are." One is Lawrence's single, and the other was the bonus track that featured two of Lawrence's longtime friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.