Launched in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City the CMA Songwriters Series gives fans an intimate look at where the hits they love come from. For a decade, the CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. Since it launched at Joe’s Pub, the CMA Songwriter Series has presented more than 75 shows in 13 cities, including Boston, Belfast, Dublin, Los Angeles, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.
The Songwriters Series kicked off the 2014 10th Anniversary season with standing-room-only shows at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has performed shows in New York City and London already in 2014. Other planned performance locations this year include Austin, Chicago, Nashville, New York, and Paradise Island, Bahamas, as part of the Paradise Music Festival Presented by CMA partner HGTV.
In 2012 and 2013, the Series expanded overseas with shows in London and Ireland, including being taped for two BBC broadcast specials
The series has featured 127 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 61 CMA Song of the Year nominations. CMA Triple Play Award winner, CMA Board member, and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Bob DiPiero has championed and hosted the series since its launch.
Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Kristen Bush, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Phil Vassar, and Chris Young.
CMA has partnered with Public Television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” to present a 55-minute concert special for the 2014 fall season that is a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with CMA Award winner Dierks Bentley.