WITH MULTITUDE OF AWARDS FOR ICONIC HITS THAT DEFINED THE 70S & SHAPED THE FACE OF MODERN-DAY POP MUSIC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 3, 2015) – Just a week before their first album in over a decade, Feeling You! The 60s, hits stores worldwide, KC and The Sunshine Band is honored with a multitude of awards from BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), recognizing their long-standing career and outstanding contributions to the music industry through iconic hits like “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s The Way (I Like It),” “Please Don’t Go,” and many more. The band’s frontman, Harry Wayne “KC” Casey was present at the BMI offices in Nashville, Tenn. today to accept the coveted awards from BMI Director and Writer Publisher, David Preston.
Among the honors garnered were seven (7) Pop Awards, four (4) million performance certificates, two (2) R&B Awards, two (2) two-million performance certificates, and one (1) Urban Award. The accolades span the years from 1974 to 2013 — the latest in which they won their most recent recognition, an Urban Award, for “Pop That.” BMI first recognized their musical contributions in 1974 with a two million performance certificate and Pop Award for international No. 1 smash, “Rock Your Baby.”
“If you take a song, of a normal length, and you play it back-to-back, it takes it over six years to reach a million performances. Today, we present KC with certificates representing over eight million performances — a remarkable feat,” said Preston. “KC and The Sunshine Band represents a time in history that forever shaped modern-day pop music, and continues to do so with timeless hits that people of every age have come to love. Harry Wayne Casey has made an unforgettable mark in music, and we’re honored to present him with these awards today.”
KC said, “It puts a smile of my face to know that my music has made such an impact over the years. I created dance music to make people happy, and it turns out that it’s made me pretty happy, too! I am also honored to be here in Music City, where I recorded the vocals for my first international No. 1 hit, ‘Please Don’t Go,’ at Sound Stage recording studios. Even though I’m from Miami and consider the Sunshine State my home, Nashville is a great place.”
KC and The Sunshine Band’s new album, Feeling You! The 60s, is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon now, and will be available in music stores nationwide and worldwide digital realms next Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
BMI Awards Presented Include:
1975 Pop Award – “Get Down Tonight”
1975 R&B Award – “Get Down Tonight”
1977 Pop Award – “I’m Your Boogie Man”
1 Million Performance Certificate – “I’m Your Boogie Man”
1977 Pop Award – “Keep It Comin’ Love”
1 Million Performance Certificate – “Keep It Comin’ Love”
1979 Pop Award – “Please Don’t Go”
1 Million Performance Certificate – “Please Don’t Go”
2013 Urban Award – “Pop That”
1974 Pop Award – “Rock Your Baby”
2 Million Performance Certificate – “Rock Your Baby”
1976 Pop Award – “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”
1 Million Performance Certificate – “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”
1975 R&B Award – “That’s The Way (I Like It)”
1976 Pop Award – “That’s The Way (I Like It)”
2 Million Performance Certificate – “That’s The Way (I Like It)”
About KC and The Sunshine Band:
KC and The Sunshine Band aim to serve a single purpose: to create instant happiness through music. For over 40 years the group has done just that, topping the charts with seven No. 1 singles and three triple platinum albums, winning three Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, an American Music Award, and becoming the first act since The Beatles to score four No. 1 pop singles in one 12-month period in 1976. KC and The Sunshine Band’s unique meeting of Caribbean, pop, R&B and Latin inspired infectious grooves and their distinctive Sunshine Sound, impacting the world over and teaching them how to boogie. The band’s infectious sound has given life to countless ad campaigns, hundreds of movie soundtracks and numerous television shows, including the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2014. In 2001, KC was honored with the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by a chapter of the Academy. The band’s infectious sound gives life to countless ad campaigns and hundreds of movie soundtracks. KC and The Sunshine Band has defined dance music and forever influenced music with its timeless sound and mission of getting people out of their seats to celebrate, which is still being fulfilled today.
About BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.):
Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 650,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.
KC and The Sunshine Band On Tour:
03.05 Fallsview Casino Resort / Niagara Falls, Ontario
03.06 Fallsview Casino Resort / Niagara Falls, Ontario
03.20 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino / Hollywood, FL
03.21 Seminole Casino Immokalee / Immokalee, FL
03.26 Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino / Lemoore, CA
04.11 Busch Gardens / Tampa, FL
04.18 Seven Feathers Casino – Grand Ballroom / Canyonville, OR
04.19 Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom / Snoqualmie, WA
07.04 A Capitol Fourth Independence Day / Washington, DC
07.11 Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre / Peachtree City, GA
07.17 Three Rivers Festival / Ft. Wayne, IN
07.25 Burton Chace Park / Marina Del Rey, CA
08.08 Tropicana / Atlantic City, NJ
08.20 Indiana State Fairgrounds / Indianapolis, IN
08.22 Delta Downs – Delta Center / Vinton, LA
08.28 Monticello Grand Casino / Santiago, Chile
08.29 Monticello Grand Casino / Santiago, Chile
10.03 University of Buffalo Stadium / Buffalo, NY
KC and The Sunshine Band is booked by William Morris Endeavor.
To learn more about KC and The Sunshine Band and to find more details about their upcoming tour dates, visit heykcsb.com.