Thursday, January 17, 2013


Legendary artists Billy Ray Cyrus and Don Williams return to the talent agency they first called home, APA. Steve Lassiter, Senior VP, announced the signings today.

“We are thrilled to have Billy Ray Cyrus and Don Williams back into the APA family of artists and very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead,” says Lassiter. “It’s an honor to be representing them again and it’s always a pleasure when former clients come home.”

Billy Ray Cyrus struck it big in June 1992 with his debut album, the eventual 9x-platinum-selling No. 1 Some Gave All, fueled by the best-selling single “Achy Breaky Heart,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Country chart. Some Gave All (which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 17 weeks in a row and became the best-selling debut album of all time by a male solo artist) launched Cyrus’ colorful 20-year career in the spotlight — during which he has sold millions of albums worldwide, charted nearly 30 singles (including three No. 1 country hits), and racked up multiple film and television credits. His new album, Change My Mind (Blue Cadillac Music), Cyrus’ thirteenth studio album, is a stellar collection of ten songs that hearken back to Cyrus’ roots in bluegrass, Southern rock, gospel, and country music.  Look for Cyrus to release a book this Spring and tour the USA and Australia (dates to be announced soon). For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus, visit

They came to call Don Williams “the Gentle Giant” in the decades he was a dominating country hit maker because of his unique blend of commanding presence and that laid-back, easy style. With hundreds of memorable songs in his repertoire – over fifty of them major hits – Don can still fill an auditorium. This Country Music Hall of Fame inductee released And So It Goes (Sugar Hill) in 2012 and received a GRAMMY nomination in Best Country Duo/Group category for “I Just Came Here for the Music,” a duet with Alison Krauss.

Catch Williams on tour through April in the following cities; for up-to-date information, visit

January 19 Daytona Beach, FL Peabody Auditorium
January 20 Newberry, SC Newberry Opera House
January 24 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts
January 25 Columbus, GA River Center
January 26 Hiawassee, GA Anderson Music Hall
January 31 West Palm Beach, FL South Florida Fair
February 21 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
February 22 Grant, OK Choctaw Resort Casino
February 24 Houston, TX Arena Theatre
February 28 Durant, OK Choctaw Resort Casino
March 1 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
April 18 Pocatello, ID Stephens Performing Arts

An industry leader in the field of talent and literary representation for nearly fifty years, APA represents many of today’s most talented artists in all areas of the entertainment industry, with principal offices in Beverly Hills, New York and Nashville.

Unique in the industry, APA believes that there should be no delineation between Film, Television and Theatre. Our artists, including Academy Award, Tony Award and Emmy Award winning talent, are able to move from features to television series to Broadway at any given moment. Consistently one of the top booking agencies in the country, APA’s concert and comedy departments represent a diverse slate of clients from all over the world. Our comedy roster includes some of today’s hottest comedians and talk show hosts. APA’s many concert recording artists and stand-up comedians also cross over into other mediums. Our literary department boasts an impressive list of established screenwriters, directors, executive producers and novelists, and is at the forefront of packaging some of the most successful and critically-acclaimed shows on the air.

Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) Nashville partial roster includes:
Air Supply, Asleep at the Wheel, Corey Smith, Crystal Gayle, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Eddie Money, Edwin McCain, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Herb Albert, Lee Greenwood, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Peabo Bryson, Rick Springfield, Sawyer Brown, Shooter Jennings, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wanda Jackson, among other artists.


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