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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 12, 2014

Country artists Gloriana, Jana Kramer to co-headline Northwest spring concert April 12

Updated March 17, 2014

Northwest Missouri State University has announced an addition to its spring concert lineup, which now includes country artist Canaan Smith with previously announced artists Gloriana, Jana Kramer and Sarah Darling.

Northwest’s annual spring concert is set for Saturday, April 12, at Bearcat Arena. Doors to the venue open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Student tickets are $10 and available at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building, beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Remaining tickets will be available to the general public for $20, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 3. At that time, tickets also will be available for purchase via phone by calling 660.562.1212 or online.

Michael Eppley, the Student Activities Council’s director of concert programming, said the student group is pleased to bring what promises to be an energizing show with multiple artists to Bearcat Arena.

Due to the length of the show, Eppley said that for the first time SAC also will sell concessions at the arena.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to have a country act for a while so this will be a great experience for everyone at Northwest,” Eppley said. “This will be the biggest production that we have put on in years, and I am very proud and excited about the atmosphere it will create on our campus.”

Canaan Smith

Canaan Smith has emerged as one of country music’s most compelling new artists. Moving to Nashville in 2005, he dove in and began making friends and music, co-writing the top 10 hit “Runaway,” recorded by his buddies, country duo Love & Theft.

Canaan has since taken the stage with some of country music’s hottest acts including Sugarland, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker and Vince Gill. This year, Canaan is gearing up for the Country Deep AT&T Tour with Jana Kramer.

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Sarah Darling

Sarah Darling, who The New York Times called “a sophisticated songwriter with a crisp, powerful voice,” has garnered country radio play with singles including “Jack of Hearts,” “Whenever It Rains,” “Something to Do With Your Hands,” “Home to Me” and “Little Umbrellas.”

Darling, an Iowa native, also has been spotted on “Conan,” “FOX & Friends,” CNN, ABC's “The Bachelor,” GAC, CMT and AXS-TV, in addition to dozens of appearances on the historic Grand Ole Opry stage.

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Gloriana is an award-winning vocal group whose current single “Best Night Ever” is the first off their forthcoming studio album set to release this year. The critically-acclaimed vocal trio featuring Tom Gossin, Rachel Reinert and Mike Gossin are known best for the beautiful harmonies and lyrical conversations evident on their latest release, “A Thousand Miles Left Behind.”

Showcasing Tom’s and Rachel’s musical chemistry, the album’s breakout single, “(Kissed You) Goodnight,” was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and earned ASCAP’s Top 5 Performed Songs of 2013 award. Gloriana’s self-titled release and “A Thousand Miles Left Behind” both debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart.

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Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer found her success with four songs featured on The CW’s “One Tree Hill,” on which she plays the firecracker actress, Alex Dupre. She also has held roles on “Friday Night Lights” and “90210,” among other small television and film roles.

Kramer launched her country music career in 2012 with a self-titled album that spawned the single “Why Ya Wanna.” The singer-songwriter has since built a reputation for emotionally moving songs and sweet, country vocals.

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The Student Activities Council is comprised of Northwest students charged with planning and administering activities for students, who pay an activities fee as part of their tuition costs. In addition to lectures and late night activities, SAC annually plans a spring concert that features performers selected from a rotation of genres to appeal to students’ varied tastes.

For more information about the concert at Northwest, contact the Student Activities Council at or call 660.562.1226.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468