Country stage to jam at Waterfront

The ComEd Country Jam is overflowing with talent this year as the On the Waterfront Festival presented by Associated Bank and Q98.5 FM announces one of the Festival’s strongest ComEd lineups of country artists ever! From today’s hottest new artists to some of country’s long-time favorites, the ComEd Country Jam will be jamming from open to close with the sounds of Jennifer Hanson, Joe Nichols and Chris Cagle.

Jennifer Hanson’s irresistible leadoff single “Beautiful Goodbye” was anything but a goodbye; in fact, it was a beautiful hello onto the country music charts for Hanson. This talented songwriter and vocalist pushed her way into the world of country music and into the hearts of country music lovers. Hanson was destined for stardom from the very beginning, having grown up with two parents deeply devoted to music. Her father traveled with the Righteous Brothers as a band member for many of her childhood years.

In February, Hanson released her self-titled debut album on which she is the co-producer and chief songwriter. Some of her most popular songs from that album include “Just One of Those Days,” “All Those Yesterdays” and “Travis.” Country magazines around the nation name Hanson as the new country artist with “an attitude, a vision and a voice to be reckoned with.”

Catch Jennifer Hanson live on stage Friday, Aug. 29 at 10 p.m.

Chris Cagle was a normal kid raised in Texas who has loved country music since he was 4 years old. Even though he stole hearts in elementary school with a rendition of “Greased Lightning,” he didn’t launch his music career until his college career ended.

Cagle got his big break by accident when he was working as a waiter. After a long conversation about his music with a customer, he decided to play a few songs for her. A few minutes later, she revealed she was an employee of Virgin Records Nashville, and Cagle had a record deal. Since then, his career has been a whirlwind of No. 1 songs and a gold record. Cagle’s debut album, Play Loud, reached gold status and produced such hit songs as “My Love Goes On and On,” which climbed the charts to eventually reach No. 1. Cagle’s album is best described as a mix of manic energy rock with the smooth soul of country as he bounces between wild songs of his youth to serious songs of relationships and commitment.

Not only is Cagle vocally talented, but he also writes many of his songs himself. On his debut album, Cagle himself wrote eight of the 10 songs. Some of his other most well-known songs include “Laredo,” “Country By the Grace of God” and “Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me.”

Chris Cagle will grace the ComEd Country stage at 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30.

Joe Nichols, also the son of a music-loving family, has pleased ears and melted hearts as he has become one of country’s favorite new artists in 2003. His hit single “The Impossible” and debut album Man With A Memory launched his career and his fans into a wild frenzy.

At first, Nichols was known as “the guy with the awesome hair,” but after this year’s 45th Grammy Awards, he has proven himself as more than that; he is now a country artist. Nichols received three Grammy nominations, one for Best Album, one for Best Male Country Performance and one for Best New Country Song. Nichols received the award for Best Male Country Performance for his new song, “The Impossible.” Nichols’ first debut album also features “Six of One (Half Dozen of the Other)” and “Independent Girl,” just two of his chart-climbing singles.

The former radio disc jockey turned country star will perform on the ComEd stage at 9:15 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31.

From this lineup, the ComEd Country Jam presented by Q98.5 is the place to be, so grab your favorite boots, tight jeans and cowboy hat, and make sure you are there in time to get a front row seat!

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