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Counting Crows To Headline NARM Event

12 Feb, 2002 By: Hive News

Rock band Counting Crows will headline the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) Awards Banquet March 12, at the San Francisco Marriott.

The event, which concludes the 2002 NARM Convention & Trade Show featuring the Association for Independent Music.

San Francisco-based Counting Crows is in the studio working on its new album, which is slated for release this summer. The band's 1993 debut, "August and Everything After" sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. and 1999's "This Desert Life" has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.

"Interscope and Universal Music & Video Distribution are providing a terrific evening of entertainment for this year's finale," said NARM EVP Jim Donio.

A&M Records' bright new talent Vanessa Carlton will open the event and comedian Jack Gallagher will emcee.

On the brink of becoming a professional ballet dancer at age 17, a frustrated Carlton turned for solace to the piano, which she had played since she was a small child. As the songs started pouring out, she added lyrics as well. While playing some local gigs, she was discovered and signed by Interscope. Her debut CD, "Be Not Nobody," hits stores in March.

Gallagher is the host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series "Money Moves. " A favorite of the talk and variety show circuit, he has headlined every major comedy club in the country and starred in his own ABC sitcom, "Bringing Up Jack." Gallagher has also appeared on the big screen in films such as Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood.

At its Awards Banquet, NARM recognizes the outstanding achievements of its member companies with the announcement of the winners of the Advertising Awards competition and the merchandiser and supplier of the year awards.

NARM serves the music retailing community in the areas of advocacy, networking, information, education, and promotion. The association's more than 1,000 members include retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and suppliers of products and services.

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