PERFORMANCES BY RANDY HOUSER, ERIC PASLAY,
ANGALEENA PRESLEY & MICHAEL TYLER SLATED
Tickets On Sale June 30
NASHVILLE – Based on the instant sell-out success at last year’s Country to Country (C2C) music festival, the CMA Songwriters Series has announced a four-show run in the UK from Tuesday, Oct. 3 to Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Performers to include Randy Houser, Eric Paslay, Angaleena Presley and Michael Tyler.
The CMA Songwriters Series has been presenting the very best of Country Music’s songwriters and artists, whose hits are known worldwide, since 2005. The shows are intimate presentations where songwriters exhibit their craft and share many of the stories behind the songs they have penned.
Tues Oct 3 CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Wed Oct 4 CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES – Sage Gateshead 2, Gateshead
Fri Oct 6 CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES – St. Luke’s, Glasgow
Sat Oct 7 CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES – St George’s Hall, Liverpool
“CMA’s expansion of the Songwriters Series in the UK, and around the world, over the last several years has been a key strategy and mission for the organization,” said Sarah Trahern, Chief Executive Officer, CMA. “Fans in the UK have long welcomed Country Music artists and songwriters from the Nashville community, and to see the continued local support and growth of the genre is thrilling.”
With an inimitable voice the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Randy Houser racked up three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than four million in singles sales to date with his Stoney Creek Records album, How Country Feels. He topped the charts with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter) and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year–‐nominated “Like A Cowboy.” Houser added a fourth No. 1 to his catalogue with “We Went” from his latest album, Fired Up, and has been tapped to perform at several major country music festivals in 2017. For more information, visit www.RandyHouser.com or follow on Twitter/Instagram @RandyHouser and www.Facebook.com/RandyHouser.
A breakout country artist signed to EMI Nashville, delivers a powerful musical punch and is a renowned, Platinum-selling hit songwriter and a dynamic performer who has enjoyed five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night”, the big hit from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native earned nominations for GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Awards. For the latest information go to: www.ericpaslay.com
Raised in the small town of Beauty, Kentucky, Angaleena Presley is a singer-songwriter had followed follows her critically acclaimed 2015 debut, American Middle Class, with the 12-track Wrangled, on Mining Light/Thirty Tigers. Angaleena’s “ambitious and riveting” songwriting (Wall Street Journal) punches through each of the tracks which she co-wrote with the likes of Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Guy Clark. As well as being an acclaimed solo performer, Angaleena is also a member of the chart-topping Pistol Annies trio with the aforementioned Miranda and Ashley.
Best known for writing Dierks Bentley’s No 1 platinum selling “Somewhere On A Beach”, Michael Tyler is a self-taught singer-songwriter/musician who began making music when he was eight and was discovered when he was 13 by Michael Knox, the producer best known for his work with Jason Aldean. When Tyler looked at his car’s dashboard after he arrived in Nashville from his hometown in Thayer, Missouri, he noticed a number that’s resonated with him since his arrival: 317. It’s no coincidence that the 23-year-old’s debut album is called 317. It includes the single “They Can’t See”. He won SESAC’s Song of the Year award for co-writing the Dierks hit.
Tickets for the CMA Songwriters Series UK Tour go on sale Friday, June 30 at http://www.countrymusicweek.com/
WHAT: The CMA Songwriters Series returns to Nashville at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during CMA Music Fest on Wednesday, June 7 (7:00 PM/CT, doors at 6:00 PM/CT). This special edition of the CMA Songwriters Series will boast chart topping songwriters Barry Dean, Brett James, Jon Nite, and Don Schlitz, who is also a 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee.
Since 2005, CMA Songwriters Series has been presenting the very best of Country Music’s songwriters, whose hits are known worldwide. CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in 17 cities. The shows are intimate presentations where songwriters can exhibit their craft and share many of the stories behind the songs they have penned.
WHO: Three-time CMA Song of the Year winner Schlitz (“The Gambler” recorded by Kenny Rogers; “On The Other Hand” and “Forever and Ever, Amen” recorded by Randy Travis), with hit songwriters Dean (“Pontoon” and “Day Drinking,” recorded by Little Big Town and “Girls Chase Boys,” recorded by Ingrid Michaelson), James (“Cowboy Casanova” recorded by Carrie Underwood; “The Truth” recorded by Jason Aldean; “Out Last Night” recorded by Kenny Chesney), and Nite (“Strip It Down” recorded by Luke Bryan; “Beachin'” recorded by Jake Owen; “Break On Me” recorded by Keith Urban).
WHEN: Wednesday, June 7 (6:00 PM doors, 7:00 PM show)
WHERE: CMA Theater
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Tickets are on sale now for $20 online at countrymu.sc/NSHsws and in person at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office.
NASHVILLE – CMA Songwriters Series returned to Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Friday featuring a powerhouse lineup to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the revered event. Songwriting legend Jim Beavers performed with CMA Award nominees Bob DiPiero and Richie McDonald, and CMA Song of the Year winner Lee Thomas Miller at 3rd and Lindsley while sharing the stories behind their hit songs.
Top tunesmith Beavers has tallied numerous songwriting awards and No. 1 singles, including Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin’,” Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer,” and Canaan Smith’s “Love You Like That.” His songs have been cut by Billy Currington, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton, Josh Turner, and many others. He serves on the CMA Board of Directors and also on NSAI’s Board of Directors.
DiPiero has received two nominations for CMA Album of the Year for his production work on Brooks & Dunn’s Hillbilly Deluxe (2006) and Cowboy Town (2008). His songs have been recorded by a variety of top-selling artists including Vince Gill, Etta James, Martina McBride, Reba, and George Strait. DiPiero’s collection of notable No. 1 songs includes “Southern Voice” recorded by McGraw, “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” by Montgomery Gentry, and “Daddy’s Money” taken to the top of the charts by Ricochet. He also serves on the CMA Board of Directors.
CMA Award winner McDonald has been nominated for 10 CMA Awards as the lead singer of Lonestar. The group was nominated for CMA Single of the Year in both 1999 and 2001 and was nominated for CMA Vocal Group of the Year every year from 1999 through 2006, claiming the trophy for Vocal Group in 2001. McDonald has written songs for a myriad of artists, including Sara Evans, John Michael Montgomery, and Clay Walker.
Miller was nominated for CMA Song of the Year in 2008 for co-writing the hit “In Color,” recorded by Jamey Johnson. In 2009, he went on to win his first CMA Award for co-writing Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This.” Miller earned his first No. 1 single with Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible,” which was followed by a string of more No. 1’s including Terri Clark’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” McGraw’s “Southern Girl,” and Brad Paisley’s “The World,” “I’m Still a Guy,” and “Perfect Storm.” Other chart-topping acts who have recorded Miller’s songs include Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, and Thomas Rhett. As President of NSAI’s Board of Directors, he has advocated for songwriters’ rights on Capitol Hill.
Currently in its 13th season, CMA Songwriters Series kicked off 2017 at indigo at The O2 in London during the sold-out C2C Festival, the U.K.’s largest Country Music Festival. Since 2005, CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in 17 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress. Some of the artists and songwriters who have been part of the series include Bentley, Kix Brooks, Kristian Bush, Kenny Chesney, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, McBride, Maren Morris, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Drake White, Chris Young, and more.
CMA Songwriters Series continues reaching audiences nationwide through a partnership between CMA and Public Television’s acclaimed series “Front and Center.” Check local listings.
Event Put The Spotlight On New Music From Lady A With HEART BREAK Collaborators busbee and Nicolle Gallyon
NASHVILLE – Seven-time CMA Awards-winning trio Lady Antebellum brought the intimate CMA Songwriters Series back to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Thursday night as they took the stage at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, alongside CMA Awards-nominated songwriters busbee and Nicolle Galyon.
Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott performed their biggest No. 1 hits, including six-time Platinum single “Need You Now” and double Platinum “I Run To You,” along with new material from their forthcoming seventh studio album HEART BREAK, available June 9. Lady A also performed a special rendition of their current Top 25 single “You Look Good,” as they were joined by the song’s co-writer busbee, who also serves as the producer on their upcoming record.
“This is our first time at SXSW and we are so excited that it’s for the CMA Songwriters Series,” said Scott. “We’ve worked so hard on this upcoming record with both busbee and Nicolle Galyon, and to share the stage with them made this night even more special and one we will never forget.”
The performance marked the CMA Songwriters Series debuts for busbee and Galyon, both CMA Song of the Year nominees for penning Maren Morris’ “My Church” and Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic,” respectively.
This is the second consecutive year that CMA Songwriters Series has been part of the official SXSW lineup. Prior to the performance, CMA hosted a special reception for CMA members, who then enjoyed the evening from a special CMA viewing area.
The CMA Songwriters Series is in its 13th season, kicking off the first show of this year at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival. Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in 17 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Paris. Artists who have participated in the Series include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, and more.
For more information, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
NASHVILLE – Top songwriters Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Don Schlitz, and Brad and Brett Warren shared the stories behind their hit songs to cap off festivities surrounding “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” Thursday during a special performance at the CMA Theater.
The CMA Songwriters Series is in its 12th season, kicking off the first show of this year at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival followed by its debut appearance at SXSW at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, with other stops in New Orleans and Bristol, Va. at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 90 shows in 15 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
CMA Songwriters Series Debuts at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum During the Battle of Bristol
NASHVILLE – CMA Award winner Tracy Lawrence was joined by songwriters Barry Dean, Rick Huckaby, and Luke Laird Thursday during the CMA Songwriters Series debut at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Va. The show was one of several special events leading up to the historic rivalry football game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The CMA Songwriters Series is in its 12th season kicking off the first show of this year at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival followed by its debut appearance at SXSW at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, and a stop in Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress. Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 90 shows in 15 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Paris.
For more information, visit and CMAsongwritersseries.com.
NASHVILLE – Top tunesmith Rob Hatch, EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay, CMA Foundation Board member Victoria Shaw, and pop singer/songwriter Wrabel took over New Orleans on behalf of the CMA Foundation Tuesday for a day full of music education celebration.
The day began when Shaw paid a visit to ABC affiliate WGNO-TV for an interview and performance on local news program “News With A Twist,” where she spoke about the Foundation’s $325,000 in giving to the region.
Later in the afternoon, all four artists traveled to the brand-new Notes for Notes recording studio, located at The NFL-YET Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana, to officially christen the space with help from community children. They witnessed the students entering the facility for the first time and offered pointers for their future music-making. Paslay officially opened the studio with the ceremonial first strum of a guitar. The CMA Foundation was presented with a commemorative Diamond Record for contributions to Notes for Notes, an organization that builds and staffs state-of-the-art recording studios for children to experience for free.
The day was capped off by the CMA Songwriters Series in the Parish at House of Blues, where 16-year-old Karen Antunez, a songwriting student with Foundation beneficiary program the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, brought down the house with her original song “Boys Like You.” “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott also surprised the crowd by joining the group for an impromptu performance of The Scott Brothers’ “Hold On.”
Hatch, Paslay, Shaw, and Wrabel also met with local music teachers from St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools, as well as the Parish’s Superintendent, Kevin George. Through VH1 Save The Music, the CMA Foundation is rebuilding music programs in Parish Public Schools.
Eric Paslay, Victoria Shaw, and Wrabel to Perform Special CMA Songwriters Series in Support of CMA Foundation Initiatives Sept. 6 at House of Blues in New Orleans, La.; CMA Award Winner Tracy Lawrence will be Joined by Hit Songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum Sept. 8 in Bristol, Va.
NASHVILLE – Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has spotlighted the amazing talents of the Country Music songwriter community in the United States and abroad. In September, the critically-acclaimed Series expands into two new markets with shows in New Orleans on Sept. 6 and in Bristol, Va., on Sept. 8. Details below.
Songwriters Eric Paslay, Victoria Shaw, and Wrabel will perform a special CMA Songwriters Series in the Parish at House of Blues in New Orleans Tuesday, Sept. 6, highlighting the CMA Foundation’s efforts to support music education programs in and around the city.
Paslay will visit with CMA Foundation beneficiary programs, including a local Notes for Notes recording studio and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, all in support of the CMA Foundation’s $295,000 music education grants to the New Orleans community.
Several local music teachers will attend the CMA Songwriters Series Tuesday as Paslay’s guests. The CMA Award-nominated artist penned his own No. 1 “Friday Night,” as well as chart-toppers for artists including Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”), Eli Young Band (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”), and Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”).
Shaw, who is also a member of the CMA Foundation Board of Directors, is an award-winning songwriter and producer who has written for artists including Garth Brooks (“The River,” “She’s Every Woman”) and Eric Church (“Two Pink Lines”). She is a CMA Award-winning producer for Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You.”
Pop singer/songwriter Wrabel will round out the group. Wrabel has written for artists including Phillip Phillips (“So Easy”), Ellie Goulding (“Devotion”), and Adam Lambert.
The CMA Songwriters Series in the Parish at House of Blues will be held Tuesday, Sept. 6 (8:00 PM/CT) at 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, La., 70130. Presale tickets are on sale Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, Aug. 26 (10:00 AM/CT).
Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support quality, sustainable music education programs across the country, touching the lives of 1 million students. For more information, please visit CMAfoundation.org.
The CMA Songwriters Series will travel to The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, in Bristol, Va., Thursday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM/ET). The lineup includes Tracy Lawrence along with hit songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird.
“The Birthplace of Country Music Museum honors the shared musical heritage of Country Music songwriting and recording and the roots of the legacy that have led us to the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is fitting that the CMA Songwriters Series visit such a revered museum at the beginning of the kick-off season for this year’s historic CMA Awards.”
The Songwriters Series show is part of several days of events in Bristol leading up to a highly anticipated college football rivalry game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers.
Lawrence has sold more than 13 million records, earned 18 No. 1 singles, and has been nominated for three CMA Awards, taking home a trophy in 2007 for Musical Event of the Year with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” He returns to the studio next month to begin work on a new collaborations record.
Dean was nominated in 2013 for CMA Song of the Year for “Pontoon.” Laird has six CMA Award nominations including three consecutive nods for Song of the Year for penning “Pontoon,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” and “American Kids.”
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum explores the history, impact and legacy the 1927 Bristol Sessions which included the first recordings by The Carter Family (the First Family of Country Music) and Jimmie Rodgers (the Father of Country Music). Through multiple theater experiences, video and sound, text and artifacts, technology-infused displays—along with a variety of educational programs, music programs, and community events—the exciting story of this music and its far-reaching influence comes alive.
CMA Songwriters Series at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be held Thursday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM/ET). The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, Va., 24201. Limited tickets will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 25. The box office can be reached at (423) 573-1927 or visit the events page at BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org to purchase tickets. For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
The CMA Songwriters Series is in its 12th season kicking off the first show of this year at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival followed by its debut appearance at SXSW at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, and a stop in Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress. Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 90 shows in 15 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Phoenix.
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series returned to Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Tuesday with a special showcase honoring “The 50th Annual CMA Awards.” CMA Song of the Year winners Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon were joined by Country Music Hall of Famer and CMA Award nominee Bobby Bare and special guest CMA Award nominee Barry Dean onstage for this commemorative show at the iconic Bluebird Cafe. This collaboration kicked off NSAI’s 24th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, which runs through Saturday.
“With a combined 20 CMA Award nominations and five wins, including three for Song of the Year, this group represents nominations from nearly every decade since the 1960s, making it an unforgettable Tin Pan South show honoring ‘The 50th Annual CMA Awards,’” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
Anderson was nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the very first CMA Awards in 1967 and won his most recent CMA Song of the Year Award in 2007 for co-writing “Give It Away.” Known as “Whisperin’” Bill Anderson, Anderson composed his first classic hit in 1958 at age 19 with “City Lights.” His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, Ray Price, Debbie Reynolds, Porter Wagoner, Lawrence Welk, and many others. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Bare’s first Top 10 Country hit came in the early 1960’s with his rendition of “Detroit City,” which was only the beginning of a string of hits that included “Miller’s Cave,” “Four Strong Winds,” “The Streets of Baltimore,” “(Margie’s at) The Lincoln Park Inn,” “How I Got To Memphis,” “Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends,” and “Come Sundown.” In 1999, Bare was nominated with Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, and Jerry Reed for CMA Vocal Event of the Year for “Old Dogs.” Bare was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Cannon achieved his first No. 1 in 1978 with “I Believe In You,” recorded by Tillis and Englebert Humperdink. Vern Gosdin took three of Cannon’s songs to the top of the charts during the ‘80s – “Dream of Me,” “Set ‘Em Up Joe,” and “I’m Still Crazy.” He won CMA Song of the Year for penning George Strait’s 53rd No. 1 single “Give It Away” in 2007 and has produced more than 20 of Kenny Chesney’s chart toppers, including “Out Last Night,” “Don’t Blink,” and “She’s Got It All.”
Dean received his first CMA Award nomination for Song of the Year in 2013 for his co-write on Little Big Town’s “Pontoon.” The hit song also became his first No. 1 followed by “Day Drinking” in 2014. Dean has co-written several hit singles over the past decade, including “1994,” “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” “Tattoo,” and more. He also co-wrote Ingrid Michaelson’s “Girls Chase Boys,” his first single on the pop charts. Dean’s songs have been recorded by Alison Krauss, Reba, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and more.
Currently in its 12th season, the CMA Songwriters Series kicked off 2016 at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival. Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 90 shows in 15 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress. Some of the artists who have been part of the series include Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Chesney, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Underwood, Chris Young, and more.
The CMA Songwriters Series continues reaching audiences nationwide through a partnership between CMA and Public Television’s acclaimed series “Front and Center.” Check local listings.
About Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival:
Produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Tin Pan South reigns as the world’s largest all-songwriter festival. In 2015, close to 350 talented songwriters performed 92 shows at 10 of Nashville’s top music venues. Thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hit songs they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed. Regions Bank returns for the ninth year as the presenting sponsor of the event. Information about venues, lineups, schedules and more is available at tinpansouth.com. Updates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.
NASHVILLE – CMA Songwriters Series returned to Austin to make its South by Southwest Music Festival debut at the Paramount Theatre Saturday. 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award winners Kacey Musgraves and Shane McAnally were joined by hit songwriter and two-time CMA Awards nominee Josh Osborne to perform for a full house and share stories behind their top songs.
More than 60 CMA members and other special guests gathered at a reception in the Paramount Theatre’s Houdini Lounge before the performance.
This year celebrates “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” and with a combined 23 CMA Award nominations, including nine for Song of the Year, Musgraves, McAnally, and Osborne exemplify the recent history of Country Music’s Biggest Night™. 2016 marks the 12th season for the CMA Songwriters Series, which kicked off the first show of this year at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival.
For more information, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.