Achievement Marks A First For Independent Artists

Nashville, Tenn. (June 27, 2011) Rising country star Margaret Durante made her record-breaking GAC Top 20 Country Countdown debut this weekend with her “Maybe Tonight” music video, which entered the countdown at an incredible #1! The 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Maryland was added to rotation on the channel only two weeks ago, but fans rallied their votes for the newcomer, giving her the impressive debut on the weekly video countdown. Margaret is the first artist signed to an independent label to ever debut at the top of the chart in the history of the show.

“I am just so humbled and thrilled by this,” says Margaret.  “I am so proud of this song and this video and I’m so thankful for everyone who took the time to vote.”

Directed by Kristin Barlowe, the clip for “Maybe Tonight” (co-written by Durante, Blair Daly and Rachel Proctor) highlights Margaret’s fun-loving and light-hearted side as she and her love interest flirt their way through the early stages of a new relationship. Fans also get to see a spontaneous side of Durante, as she leads a troupe in a dance on the streets of downtown Nashville.

For those who missed Margaret’s debut on GAC Top 20 Country Countdown over the weekend, an encore presentation will air today at 10:00am ET on the video network (check local listings).

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