Richard and Donna Hurt had seen their daughter, Nashville publicist Misty Hurt, on television before, but the Glasgow couple got another chance two weeks ago when she walked the red carpet for the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
“We were really watching for her,” said Donna Hurt of Glasgow. “We were really proud of her and all that she’s done. It was really great to see her. She looked great as usual.”
Misty Hurt is a senior publicist for Splash Publicity in Nashville, representing several clients in the entertainment industry, including The Band Perry and the Swon Brothers.
As soon as Donna Hurt saw her daughter, she began trying to reach friends and family to tell them to tune in.
“I was burning up my cellphone, texting away,” she said.
This was the fourth year Misty Hurt has attended the ACMs, which were in Las Vegas. The first time she attended was in 2003 while she was still a student at Belmont University in Nashville as a volunteer for a student group.
“I think I walked it two or three more times with Emerson Drive, the Road Hammers and different artists that we had,” she said.
Splash Publicity handles the publicity for The Band Perry, which opened the show and won the Vocal Group of the Year Award.
“It was a huge responsibility for them to open the show and they took it very seriously,” Misty Hurt said.
The company also does publicity for the Swon Brothers, who were finalists on Blake Shelton’s team in Season Four of NBC’s “The Voice.”
The Swon Brothers recently released a single from their upcoming album and walked the red carpet at the ACMs for the first time in their careers.
“It was pretty cool to have those guys out there and for it to be their first official country red carpet event,” said Misty Hurt.
As publicist for the Swon Brothers, Misty Hurt’s job is always to promote them.
“We got out of the limo and let the guys do some meet-and-greet with the fans,” she said, adding that publicists do their best to get their clients in front of the media lining the red carpet. “It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes it’s a lot of stress.”
Now that the ACMs are over, Misty Hurt and her boss, Vanessa Davis, owner of Splash Publicity, are preparing for their clients to be a part of the next major country music event, the CMA Music Fest in June in Nashville.
Misty Hurt has worked for Splash Publicity for 10 years.
She graduated from Belmont University in 2004 and from Glasgow High School in 2000.