Hot Mic Trending Report Vol. 148

Each week we share with you three trending artists in the entertainment industry that are available to bring to campus for your next large event, like a musician for Spring Fest, or a keynote speaker for a professional development conference.

Offering services like event preparation and on-site consultation for your larger events, Neon Entertainment has been one of the leading entertainment booking agencies for the past 23 years. If you need to hire a comedian or need a musician for your college event let one of our entertainment booking agents help you with your next event. Please contact us if you have any questions about the artists’ availability.

Michael Ray

Small-town Florida native, Michael Ray’s self-titled debut album scored three number one hits with “Kiss You in the Morning,” “Think a Little Less,” and “One That Got Away.”  His current single “Her World Or Mine” off his dynamic sophomore album “Amos” is at #28 on the charts and climbing.

Since 2018 alone, he’s performed in front of more than 1.3 million fans. Using his experience playing solo acoustic gigs, full band headline shows, and packed arenas opening for acts like Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, and Brantley Gilbert, Ray crafts his live shows to maximize the connection between himself and the fans.

With over 600 million global on demand streams, more than 50 career Opry performances, and an ACM “New Male Artist of the Year” nomination under his belt, Ray is just getting started.

Runaway June

Rootsy, brightly colored and mixing bluegrass tradition with dusty desert cool, Runaway June is comprised of three very different women who fuse their own influences to create a style country fans have been craving.

With their last single, “Buy My Own Drinks,” Runaway June became the first all-female trio in over SIXTEEN YEARS to score a Top 5 hit while earning over 60 MILLION on-demand streams. The breakout trio earned a 2019 ACM nomination for “New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.”

They’re currently nominated for “Best New Country Artist” for the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards with the release of their latest single on country radio, “Head Over Heels.”

They just finished a successful run on Carrie Underwood’s sold out arena tour and they’re scheduled to hit the road this summer with Luke Bryan for his amphitheater tour.

Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated writer, New York Times bestselling author, activist, and comedian who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, and advised the Obama White House administration.

Through his razor-sharp comedic lens, Baratunde has an uncanny ability to tackle tough topics.

(2.2 million views later, his TED Talk brought the entire conference to their feet and set the internet ablaze!)

The short clips below are recent examples of his unique style and perspectives on business, technology and digital storytelling.

Let us know if we can check his calendar to ensure he is available to speak at your next event.