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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

The early-bird rate has now ended for registration for the 2014 PBUS mid-year meeting in Nashville. For those who registered early — thank you! We encourage everyone to register early and before the conference begins to make it easier for our attendees and the PBUS staff so no one has to wait in a long line to register.

Online registration will end July 6 at 5 p.m. EST so take advantage of online registration today!

For those female attendees at the mid-year meeting, you won’t want to miss the annual For Women Only luncheon. Set at the Water’s Edge, enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon and special guest appearance by country singer Crystal Gayle.

Crystal Gayle is one of the most popular and widely recognized female country singers of her era; she supported her trademark, nearly floor-length hair with a supple voice, a flair for ballads and a crossover-friendly country-pop style.

The youngest of eight children, Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky. As the coal mines closed her family left Appalachia to find work in Wabash, Indiana. Inspired by the success of her older sister, Loretta Lynn, Gayle dreamed of her own musical career. While still in high school Gayle performed regionally, sampled life on the road with Lynn, and sang with her brothers’ country bands. Before graduating, Gayle signed her first contract with Decca Records and was asked to change her name because one of her musical heroes, Brenda Lee, was a mainstay on the label. Her adopted stage name, “Crystal,” was suggested by Lynn as the two drove by a Krystal hamburger franchise.

Gayle’s debut single, 1970’s “I’ve Cried (The Blues Right Out of My Eyes),” was written by Loretta and was a top 25 hit. Now signed to United Artists Records, in 1974 Gayle began to work with producer Allen Reynolds, a great song man whose musical instincts and mentoring perfectly complemented Gayle’s developing vision and smooth alto. Later that year she scored her first Top Ten hit with “Wrong Road Again.” Her first #1, “I’ll Get Over You,” followed two years later. In 1977 she became a household name when “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” perched atop the country charts for four weeks, climbed the pop charts around the world and won Gayle a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. The accompanying album, “We Must Believe in Magic,” became the first by a female country artist ever to go platinum. Gayle has enjoyed twenty-one #1 hits, including “Talking in Your Sleep,” “Half the Way” and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, “You and I.” Gayle has gained acclaim for compelling specialty recordings including albums of gospel and children’s music, a tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, a collection of pop standards, and concert recordings.

Gayle has won female vocalist honors from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and American Music Awards. In 2009 Gayle was honored to receive her own star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been inducted into the Native American Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Christian Music Hall of Fame. Gayle’s life and career are currently featured in a Spotlight Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Her official website can be found at more

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