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Thomas Rhett And Kelsea Ballerini To Host CMA Music Festival Airing On ABC Later This Summer

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini to host “CMA Fest,” airing this summer on the ABC Television Network.

CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate Country Music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year that special will be hosted by two of Country Music’s hottest stars: Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings Country Music’s most storied Festival to a national television audience this summer on the ABC Television Network, executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

 

The announcement that Ballerini and Thomas Rhett would serve as hosts this year was made Thursday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

 

“I’ve grown up going to CMA Fest as a fan and last year getting to perform on the big stage is one of the most epic memories I’ll ever have. And now, being able to host with my current tour mate, Thomas Rhett, is going to be another crazy thing off the bucket list,” said Ballerini. “I can’t wait to test out my hosting skills and perform again this year!”

 

“I always look forward to CMA Music Fest,” added Thomas Rhett. “Ever since I was there as a fan sitting in the nosebleeds to hosting this year with Kelsea, it’s always been one of the biggest weeks in Country Music that is all about the fans. I’m pumped.”

 

Ballerini has launched to stardom after releasing three consecutive No. 1 smashes from her critically acclaimed debut album The First Time, the Platinum-certified “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Peter Pan,” and Gold-certified “Dibs,” making her the only female artist in Country Music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this accolade. The singer-songwriter wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on her debut. Top 5 and climbing with “Yeah Boy,” Ballerini is currently in the studio working on her second album — as Entertainment Weekly named her among “The 35 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017.” The Black River Entertainment artist was featured as one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” class of 2017. She’s been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl,” touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. After her 2016 headline THE FIRST TIME TOUR — which visited dozens of cities across the U.S. and included sold-out shows in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York City; Los Angeles; and more — she joined Thomas Rhett for his HOME TEAM TOUR, to be directly followed by a fall run with Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR. For more information visit KelseaBallerini.com, and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

With “a sky-rocketing Country career” (“TODAY”), Thomas Rhett is preparing for the highly-anticipated 2017 release of his third studio album, kicking things off with the “driving, sexy” (Rolling Stone) lead track “Craving You” featuring Maren Morris. New music follows seven trips to the No. 1 position on the Country radio charts and his Platinum-certified release Tangled Up Deluxe (The Valory Music Co.), which includes the Double Platinum, Grammy-nominated, six-week chart-topping smash “Die A Happy Man.” The record-breaking track is the reigning CMA Single of the Year and garnered major trophies from the “Billboard Music Awards” and “CMT Music Awards.” Thomas Rhett is exciting fans as he performs new music on his headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR, one of Rolling Stone’s most anticipated tours of this year. After drawing capacity crowds overseas last year, he returns as a “force to be reckoned with” (Daily Star) with plans to return to Europe while also making his debut headlining run in Canada in addition to US dates. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit thomasrhett.com.

 

Filmed during CMA Music Festival June 8-11 in Nashville, the special features many of today’s most exciting Country Music stars as they hit the stage during the four-day celebration of America’s music. The annual event is unlike any other, with meet-and-greets in Fan Fair X, live music on 11 stages, hundreds of artists and celebrities, and a guest list of 88,500 avid singing-and-dancing-till-dawn fans.

 

A limited number of tickets for the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. Outdoor daytime stages including the Chevrolet Riverfront and Park Stages, Budweiser “Forever Country” Park Stage, Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe, and the Music City Stage inside the Nashville Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena are free and open to the public.

 

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales for the Nightly Concerts and Fan Fair X benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to support quality, sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free, impacting the lives of one million children through the power of music.

 

For upcoming talent announcements and all other info, stay connected with CMA on CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Instagram.com/CMA, “CMAsnaps” on Snapchat, and sign up for CMA Country Connection, CMA’s e-newsletter. This year’s app is now available in the App store for iPhone and Android and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the free stages throughout the Festival.

 

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of WSM, Incorporated and is used by permission.

 

 

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KELSEA BALLERINI TOASTS TO “PETER PAN” WITH JET-SETTING #1 PARTY

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Pictured (L-R): ASCAP's Mike Sistad, Black River Publishing's Dave Pacula, ole's John Ozier, ASCAP's Beth Brinker, co-writers Kelsea Ballerini, Jesse Lee and Forest Glen Whitehead, producer Jason Massey, Black River Entertainment's Gordon Kerr, and BMI's David Preston. Photo credit: John Shearer

Celebrating her high flying, third consecutive #1 single surrounded by planes and parachutes, Kelsea Ballerini and her music industry supporters toasted to the success of “Peter Pan” at a massive party held yesterday (10/12) in a Nashville airplane hangar. Continue Reading →

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TUNE-IN ALERT: SkyVille Live With Cyndi Lauper And Friends

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You don’t want to miss this very special event with Skyville Live this Thursday featuring Cyndi Lauper with Kelsea Ballerini and Ingrid Michaelson! Tune-in at 7pm/c to watch it stream live at www.go90.com

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KELSEA BALLERINI CLOSES OUT 2015 WITH NUMEROUS NATIONAL TV APPEARANCES

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Rising New Artist Kelsea Ballerini will close out 2015 with numerous national TV appearances this week, including Billboard’s Women In Music event, American Country Countdown’s “Top 10 Stories of 2015” special and iHeart Radio’s Jingle Ball two-hour concert special in addition to continual airings of PBS’ National Christmas Tree Lighting broadcast throughout the month of December.
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BILLY CURRINGTON’S HEADLINING SUMMER FOREVER TOUR TO KICK OFF FEBRUARY 19th

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Platinum-selling, Grammy, ACM and CMA nominated artist Billy Currington will hit the road on his headlining Summer Forever tour beginning in February 2016.  Billy’s high-energy live shows always gives the audience what they want and leave them feeling like they’ve been to a great family reunion that turned into a raucous party.

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PEOPLE MAGAZINE CALLS “DIBS” ON KELSEA BALLERINI, NAMING HER “ONE TO WATCH”

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People Magazine calls “Dibs” on Kelsea Ballerini, highlighting her in their elite “Ones to Watch” list as “The Country Sweetheart.” The issue is on newsstands beginning 9/18. The CMA double nominee (New Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year) is the only Country music artist to make the list and joins the selected crop of 26 rising stars including actors, musicians, and influencers, like Adam DeVine, Francesca Eastwood, Tori Kelly, Daisy Ridley, the cast of “Scream Queens,” and Walk the Moon. 

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“FRONT AND CENTER” AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES TAPING WITH STEVEN TYLER ON SEPT. 10 AT THE MELROSE BALLROOM IN LONG ISLAND CITY

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The critically-acclaimed music series, “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association (CMA) have announced a special taping for the CMA Songwriters Series with Steven Tyler, the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band, Aerosmith.

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ASCAP CELEBRATES KELSEA BALLERINI’S DEBUT #1 SINGLE

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Pictured (l-r): Black River Entertainment's Gordon Kerr and Celia Froelig, Kerr, Whitehead, Ballerini, Carpenter, Parallel Music Publishing's Tim Hunze and ASCAP's Mike Sistad. Photo by Ed Rode.

ASCAP hosted a #1 party to celebrate “Love Me Like You Mean It,” Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini’s first #1 song as an artist and a songwriter, on Monday, August 10th in the lobby of the performing rights organization’s Music Row offices. A shoulder-to-shoulder crowd cheered Ballerini and her co-writers Lance Carpenter, Josh Kerr and Forest Glen Whitehead, who also celebrated their first chart-topping hits as songwriters. Whitehead also produced the track, which made Ballerini the first solo female artist in nine years to hit #1 with her debut country single and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Publishers Black River Music Publishing and Parallel Music Publishing were also on hand to celebrate the group.

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KELSEA BALLERINI TOPS THE COUNTRY RADIO AIRPLAY CHARTS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH DEBUT SMASH “LOVE ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT”

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Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini’s smash debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” tops both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts for the first time this week. The proven hit co-written by Ballerini earns her a spot alongside only 10 of country music’s leading women including Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and Carrie Underwood who have achieved a #1 with their debut country single.

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KELSEA BALLERINI PERFORMED ON TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH TOP 10 & CLIMBING DEBUT “LOVE ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT”

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Pictured: TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford with Kelsea Ballerini

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Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini continues to rack up the firsts and adds her recent (5/21) national TV debut performance on NBC’s TODAY to the list. After dishing with show hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford about her breakthrough success, celeb shout-outs, and songwriting, Ballerini performed her popular Top 10-and-climbing hit single “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

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