2021 Pickin' In Paradise

Trip Details

Travel Dates

August 8-12

Artist

For over a decade, singer-songwriter and musician Brandon Rhyder has been living the high life as one of the most celebrated music artists to come out of Texas. Widely exalted for his exquisite ability to couple gorgeous melodies with superb storytelling and deeply admired for his signature songbird vocal style, Rhyder is an artist’s artist. His resume boasts 18 years of highly praised albums, a rigorous tour schedule of 175 plus dates a year and the privilege of working with top-notch songwriters like Liz Rhodes, Keith Gattis, Lori McKenna and Radney Foster to name a few. Born and raised in Carthage, Texas, Rhyder grew up singing in church, where his voice, even then, stood out. In college he discovered the guitar and began writing songs.

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Like many young talents that move to Nashville seeking stardom as a country music artist only to find themselves roped in and caught up in the songwriters  legion of Music City, Brian Callihan’s story is a familiar one, but (pun intended) he is still very much writing it.  He left his little hometown in rural southern Georgia with ambitious designs on Nashville and spent years on a tight rope in a balancing act between his need for the stage and the demands of a published songwriter. As a kid he was able to do this with greater ease because a tough childhood and the lack of contentment at home made plenty of room for the pursuit of escapism...and that’s what music was for him.  He was already well into writing songs at the age of 12, and by the time he was 16, Callihan was a local hotshot playing 2-hour sets in bars, venues and at house parties. 

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With over 35 million Streams on Spotify, ELEVEN #1 singles on the Texas Country Music Chart and a #1 song on the national Power Source Christian Country Music Chart, Curtis Grimes is proving to be a force in the country music scene that can't be denied.

 

To hear Grimes sing is to take a trip through the heart of country music. As a Texas native, he was raised on a steady diet of Alan Jackson and George Strait. He possesses the everyman charm of both influences along with a refreshingly mature voice that truly stands out. After a childhood filled with playing baseball and eventually earning a Division I scholarship, Grimes was given the opportunity to appear on the hit reality TV show “The Voice” in 2011. Under direction of coach CeeLo Green, he ended up finishing as a coveted Top 10 finalist of Season 1.

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He left his home in central Arkansas in 2008 at the age of 19 years old and ambitiously moved to Nashville, TN in an attempt to, like millions of folks before him, deliver his brand of country music to the great Music City, and secure a budding career as a music artist. Within his first year he signed a publishing deal/record deal with Better Angels, a company that would later represent hit songwriters like Thompson Square, Josh Thompson, Ward Davis and Matt Rogers.  His first taste of success came with the release of his single “Sweet Distraction” that hit #62 on Billboard and Top 20 on Music Row, which was the highest debut from a new act that year.  He became a quick study in the art of songwriting, a talent he previously undervalued having starry eyes only for the stage. When you are a young kid sitting in a room with the picks of the litter among the songwriter society, the sheer enormity of the opportunity is a sobering affair.  

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“I’m not sure I chose country music, in a way it kind of chose me” claims blue-collared hero Glen Templeton, who is living proof that fate favors the fearless. Glen Templeton’s legacy began to unfold when he was hand-picked by the daughters of country music legend Conway Twitty to portray their father in the touring musical tribute to the late icon. Glen’s star-studded debut launched the beginning of an epic journey, catapulting him into the public eye with appearances on CMT, The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman and more. Sharing stages with the likes of Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, LoCash and countless others, Glen Templeton has amassed an immeasurable number of faithful fans and followers, contributing to millions of streams on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, while simultaneously securing #1 spots on the radio charts, including Sirius XM, with good-time anthems like Ball Cap. Fueled by uncompromising tenacity and raw talent, Glen Templeton is touring non-stop, gearing up to release his best material yet.

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Holly Tucker, who has been called the Angel of Texas Country Music, is tenaciously proving that great things are worth the wait.

After winning the hearts of millions of television viewers in 2013 on Season 4 of NBC’s hit music reality show, The Voice, Holly is leaving her boot print all over Texas Country Music and with fans worldwide.

In 2013, she rose to the Top 6 out of 40,000 hopeful auditioners.  Holly, on Team Blake Shelton, was one of only 7 contestants to receive an impressive “4-chair-turn”.

Her voice has been described by Coach Blake as “the most effortless, accurate, and powerful voice he’s ever heard”, and is currently Texas Country Music Association’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, three years running. 

In 2017, she also earned awards from the ETX Music Office for:

  • Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Song of the Year & Music Video of the Year for her hit song, “You’re In Texas”

 

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William Michael Morgan has only just arrived in his mid twenties, but with a love of country music deeper than The Big River itself, the Mississippi native is the very definition of an old soul. His pristine Southern vocal, timeless sound and honest lyric represents a new generation of hit makers in Music City; a modern day descendant of artists like Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and George Strait.

After signing his major label deal at the tender age of 19, Morgan began by hitting the top of the radio charts, landing at No. 1 on Mediabase with the Gold certified “I Met a Girl...” He then released an acclaimed EP and earned a Billboard Top 5 with his 2016 album debut, "Vinyl". He has performed more than 50 times on the Grand Ole Opry and was featured by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as a highlighted artist in the 2017 American Currents exhibit.

But now that he’s a few years older and few hundred shows wiser, this old soul is looking toward a new horizon.

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  • The Resort

    THIS IS NOT JUST A RESORT.
    THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE!

    Lose yourself in the bliss of a paradise only found on the shores of the Riviera Maya. El Dorado Royale is a Five Star beachfront resort, providing an exclusively breathtaking setting for romance. With the unparalleled Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, guests can indulge in the ultimate foodie experience, lavish accommodations, pristine amenities, exciting activities, and scenery only imaginable from a postcard. It comes to no surprise that this adults-only haven of luxury is showered with covetable awards, from the 2017 Best Hotels in Mexico by U.S. News & World Report, to the AAA Four Diamond award.

  • Rooms

    SPACIOUS AND UNIQUE GUEST ROOMS AND SUITES!

    These suites feature elegance, charm and romance with the amazing Caribbean breeze blowing in through your window, great to lose yourself in a moment and enjoy our paradise. Amenities include authentic dark wood furniture with a king bed or double queens, contemporary bathrooms equipped with a relaxing hot tub, double sinks and our signature amenities, creating an overall relaxing and romantic atmosphere.  

  • Restaurants & Bars

    THIS IS NOT JUST CUISINE.
    THIS IS A CULINARY JOURNEY!

    Savor every moment of the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience in any of El Dorado Royale's elegant à la carte restaurants. Every meal is a demonstration of our chefs' mastery of the culinary arts.

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Tentative Itinerary

Sunday - Meet & Greet

Monday - Pool party

Monday - Texas Meets Mexico Dinner Show (first 100 people reserved)

Features Brandon Rhyder as your Texas Chef

Tuesday - Pool party

Wednesday - Pool Party

Wednesday - Beach Party

 

Rates

Luxury Junior Suite
Beachfront Suite
Swim-up Junior Suite
Casita Suite
Private Pool Casita Suite
Single
$1319 (1 person)
$1339 (1 person)
Double
$2030 (2 persons)
$2309 (2 persons)
Triple
$3339 (3 persons)
N/A
$1369 (1 person)
$1779 (1 person)
$2349 (2 persons)
$3009 (2 persons)
$3529 (3 persons)
N/A
$2149 (1 person)
$3589 (2 persons)
N/A

All packages include: all-inclusive hotel accommodations for travel 8/8-12/2021, 24 hour room service, shared round-trip transfers, all music events,  souvenir t-shirts, taxes Plus a 5% service fee  due at time of booking.  Pre/post nights are available at an extra charge.  Request "Customize Your Trip" if you wish to add nights, flights, or private transfers, and we will quote for you. NOTE - Texas meets Mexico dinner is only for first 100 people reserved.

 

Covid-19 Precautions

Our Response to New Requirements

FREE, ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING FOR GUESTS THROUGH MARCH 31, 2021

All Karisma Hotels & Resorts in the Riviera Maya region of MX, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica will offer a complimentary, on-site covid-19 antigen test for guests who are traveling to the U.S, as per CDC guidelines. The first antigen test will be available free of charge at the hotels for guests departing as of January 26 in response to new CDC requirements that all air passengers entering the United States produce a negative antigen test.

If a guest's test results are positive, Karisma will provide quarantine accommodations until a doctor certifies clearance for travel with a negative test result for a period not to exceed 14 nights.

These amenities are available for guests traveling through March 31, 2021. Policies are subject to be reviewed and changed according covid-19 protocol updates.

Visit the CDC at www.cdc.gov for more information on the requirements for U.S. residents, and check Karisma Peace of Mind for FAQs and updates.

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