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imageCMA Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Trahern, along with the Executive Producer of public television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center,” Don Maggi, announced the dates that public television stations across the country will start airing two, hour-long concert specials leading up to “Country Music’s Biggest Night™”, “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.” The announcement was made today in New York City during a press conference to announce the final nominees for the 2014 CMA Awards. Continue Reading →

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Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows, The Fray and MORE Launch New Season of Front and Center

imageMulti-Grammy, CMA, and AMA Award winners round out the line-up for the new season of public television’s acclaimed music series Front and Center. This season marks the series’ most diverse line-up to date, including its first Country Music performances, and one-of-a-kind shows with Dierks BentleyCounting CrowsThe FrayJohn Hiatt,Lady AntebellumPaul RodgersRichie Sambora, Joe SatrianiRichard Thompson, and Keith Urban. Continue Reading →

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Lady Antebellum Surprised With Presentation Of The 2012 CMA International Artist Achievement Award

(l-r) Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Moore, and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. Photo credit: Donn Jones/CMA

(l-r) Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Moore, and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
Photo credit: Donn Jones/CMA

During a press conference to announce their new global charity initiative LadyAID™, Lady Antebellum was surprised today when CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore presented the group with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award.

Formerly the International Touring Artist Award, the CMA International Artist Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a U.S.-based artist who contributes to the awareness and development of Country Music outside the United States.

“We’re so honored,” said Hillary Scott. “This year especially, being able to take our tour to Europe and then to Australia, and meet even more of our fans all over the world, and to take Country Music that far, we don’t take that lightly. We really, truly do want to make this town and the Country Music community proud when we go overseas and perform.”

“We wish Lady Antebellum much success as they help children around the world,” said Moore. “And it is because of their work around the globe as ambassadors of Country Music that we are presenting them with the International Artist Award.”

Lady Antebellum has sold more than 11 million albums worldwide. Their “Own the Night World Tour” staged performances in 11 countries for more than one million fans including sold out shows in Dublin, London, Toronto, and three-nights at the famed Sydney Opera House. The trio’s first world tour also earned Billboard’s all-genre “Breakthrough Award” at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards for its total ticket sales and other touring data.

The group are multiple-award winners including most recently the 2012 CCMA International Best Selling Album Award (Canada). They were nominated for the 2012 Brit Award for Best International Group (UK). They received a CMC Music Award nomination for International Artist of the Year (Australia) as well as the 2011 Juno Award for International Album of the Year (Canada).

Among their many international accomplishments, their hit “Need You Now” went to No. 1 in Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland; and Top 5 in more than 20 countries. The album was certified Triple Platinum (Canada); Double Platinum (South Africa); Platinum (Australia and New Zealand); and Gold (China, Ireland, Taiwan, and UK).

Lady Antebellum was certified Platinum (Canada) and Own the Night has been certified Platinum in Canada and Gold in Australia and South Africa.

Previous winners of the CMA International Artist Achievement Award include:

1996    BR5 49    2004    Dolly Parton
1997    The Mavericks    2005    Keith Urban
1998    Trisha Yearwood    2006    Dixie Chicks
1999    Shania Twain    2007    Dwight Yoakam
2000    Reba McEntire    2008    Dierks Bentley and Brooks & Dunn
2001    Lonestar    2009    Taylor Swift
2002    Bellamy Brothers    2010    Not presented
2003    Dixie Chicks    2011    Brad Paisley

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Performers Announced For The 2014 CMA Music Festival Sold Out Nightly Concerts At LP Field

Brian Kelley (l) and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line.CMA is proud to announce the performers for the sold out Nightly Concerts at LP Field for the 2014 CMA Music Festival. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band will all take the stage at this year’s Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, in downtown Nashville. Continue Reading →

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PHOTO | Eric Paslay’s #1 Celebration Party For “Friday Night”

Eric PaslayI had the pleasure of helping Eric Paslay, along with some other members of the media and music community, celebrate his first #1 hit as an artist for “Friday Night” last Monday, February 24th at the CMA office on Music Row.  Continue Reading →

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CMA Keep The Music Playing All-Star Concert

CMA Foundation presents check of $1,000,000 to Metro Nashville Public Schools to support music programs.

CMA Foundation presents check of $1,000,000 to Metro Nashville Public Schools to support music programs.

On Tuesday, January 28th, CMA held its 5th Annual Keep The Music Playing All-Stars Concert at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Continue Reading →

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CMA Kick-Off Parade | Interviews With Cowboy Troy, High Valley and Big Smo

A quick glimpse of the 2013 CMA Kick-off parade with interviews featuring Cowboy Troy, High Valley and Big Smo beforehand.

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VIDEO: George Strait #1 Party For 60th #1 Hit

We recently had the pleasure of attending the celebration party of George Strait’s 60th straight number 1 hit at the CMA offices for “Give It All We Got Tonight”.  Check out the video for a clip from the party and interview with the songwriters!

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George Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight” #1 Party Celebration

Give It All We Got Tonight

Pictured (l-r): UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan, ASCAP’s Michael Martin, HoriPro Entertainment’s Butch Baker, co-writers Mark Bright and Tim James, Tony Brown, BMI’s Perry Howard, co-writer Phil O’Donnell, Delbert’s Boy Music’s Kirsten Wines, and Warner/Chappell’s Alicia Pruitt and Ben Vaughn. Photo by Ed Rode.

ASCAP, BMI and the CMA hosted a #1 Party on Monday, June 24th to celebrate the team behind George Strait‘s 60th #1 single, “Give It All We Got Tonight.” The ballad became Strait’s 115th career single and was the first release from his 40th studio album, Love Is Everything, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Label MCA Nashville’s “60for60” promotional campaign, designed to give Strait 60 #1 songs while he was still 60 years old, pushed “Give It All We Got Tonight” to #1 on the Mediabase charts for the week of May 12th – 18th, 2013 — just days before Strait’s 61st birthday.

Written by ASCAP member Mark Bright and BMI’s Tim James and Phil O’Donnell, and produced by Tony Brown, the song marked the first #1 as a songwriter for Bright, who is perhaps best known for his success as Carrie Underwood’s longtime producer. Publishers Delbert’s Boy Music, HoriPro Entertainment and Warner/Chappell, as well as label MCA Nashville, were also on hand to congratulate the group.

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Scotty McCreery To Host CMA’s “Keep The Music Playing” Nashville Concert

Scotty McCreeryScotty McCreery will host CMA’s fourth annual “Keep The Music Playing” All-Stars concert tonight (Feb. 19) at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The free concert begins at 6 p.m. No tickets are necessary and seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The fourth annual “Keep The Music Playing” event is presented by the Metro Nashville Public Schools and the CMA, and honors the best elementary, middle and high school music programs in Metro Nashville public schools.

To date the CMA has been able to donate over $6 million to purchase instruments for students in the Middle Tennessee area. Kix Brooks, Laura Bell Bundy, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry and Kellie Pickler are a few of the artists who have been involved in the program.

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