Songwriters Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins, and Leslie Satcher Perform at Joe’s Pub for final CMA Songwriters Series Event of 2015
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series wraps 2015 with a return to New York City and Joe’s Pub, home of the first CMA Songwriter Series in 2005, Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 for two shows each night (6:30 PM/ET and 9:00 PM/ET). Celebrating the stories behind Country Music’s greatest hits, this CMA Songwriters Series features songwriters Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins, and Leslie Satcher.
The 11th season of the CMA Songwriters Series featured some great moments, kicking off the first shows of 2015 at the world famous Sundance Film Festival and continuing with appearances in Chicago, London, Nashville, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.
The series continued to garner national and international television exposure in 2015. For the first time, the CMA Songwriters Series event in Toronto was taped for a special that aired CMT Canada and CMA’s ongoing partnership with public television’s popular and critically-acclaimed series “Front and Center” will continue to present the CMA Songwriters Series on U.S. Television.
The CMA Songwriters Series has found a home on TV, but television stars are also finding a home in the Series. The night after “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” was highlighted by a special edition of the Series that featured performances by the male cast of ABC Television Network’s “Nashville” including Chris Carmack (Will Lexington), Will Chase (Luke Wheeler), Charles Esten (Deacon Clayborne), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley), and Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott), who were joined by “Nashville” guest star Mark Collie (Frankie), musician Colin Linden, and Nashville songwriters Trent Dabbs, Chris Gelbuda, Travis Meadows, and Jonathan Singleton.
“The continued growth and popularity of the series this year has been very rewarding,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “CMA is very proud to shine a national and international spotlight on the art of songwriting and our outstanding songwriter community.”
An award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, DeStefano has penned hit singles for Luke Bryan (“Kick the Dust Up” and “That’s My Kind of Night”), Chris Young (“Aw Naw”), and Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” “Little Toy Guns,” and “Something in the Water,” which was No. 1 for seven weeks. DeStefano also co-wrote and produced Brett Eldredge’s No. 1 single “Don’t Ya.”
Gorley is a CMA Triple Play Award recipient, which is presented to songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period. He is responsible for a string of major hits with some of Country Music’s biggest stars including Trace Adkins (“You’re Gonna Miss This”), Jason Aldean (“Just Getting Started” and “Tonight Looks Good on You”), and Brad Paisley (“American Saturday Night,” “Start a Band,” and “Then”).
With more than 50 major label recordings, Jenkins has penned hits for some of the biggest names in Country Music, including Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, and Blake Shelton. He co-wrote Dustin Lynch’s No. 1 single “Where It’s At,” Keith Urban’s Top 10 “Cop Car,” and “Fade Into You” from ABC’s hit show “Nashville.”
Over the past two decades Satcher’s songs have been recorded by dozens of singers representing nearly every style within the Country Music genre. Just a sampling of the singers who have recorded her songs include George Jones (“What Would Waylon Do?”), Patty Loveless (“Everything But The Words”), George Strait (“High-Tone Woman”), Jim Lauderdale (“What’s On My Mind”), Merle Haggard (“Politically Uncorrect”), and Bonnie Raitt (“You Remain”).
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 Bentley, Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Underwood, Young, and more.
Tickets for the Dec. 11 and 12 CMA Songwriters Series shows at Joe’s Pub are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com; the onsite box office at Joe’s Pub; or via phone at (212) 967-7555 daily between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM/ET Monday through Saturday and Noon to 6:00 PM/ET on Sunday. Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street in New York. Joe’s Pub is a 21 AND OLDER VENUE. You must be 21+ to attend all shows and events.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series returned to Nashville at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday night in a special edition held the night after “The 49th Annual CMA Awards.” The in-the-round evening featured cast members of ABC Television Network’s hit series “Nashville” performing songs from the show and sharing stories behind the music.
Chris Carmack (Will Lexington), Will Chase (Luke Wheeler), Charles Esten (Deacon Clayborne), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley), and Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) were joined by “Nashville” guest star Mark Collie (Frankie), musician Colin Linden, and Nashville songwriters Trent Dabbs, Chris Gelbuda, Travis Meadows, and Jonathan Singleton.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio of ABC Television Network’s “Nashville” Perform
Special Appearances by Songwriters Trent Dabbs, Chris Gelbuda, Travis Meadows and Jonathan Singleton
WHAT: The CMA Songwriters Series returns to Nashville at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, Nov. 5 (7:00 PM/CT, doors at 6:00 PM/CT). This special edition of the CMA Songwriters Series will be held the night after “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” and will feature cast members of ABC Television Network’s hit series “Nashville” performing songs from the show and sharing stories behind the music.
WHO: Performing in the round, cast members Chris Carmack (Will Lexington), Will Chase (Luke Wheeler), Charles Esten (Deacon Clayborne), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley), and Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott). Special guests include Nashville songwritersTrent Dabbs, Chris Gelbuda, Travis Meadows, and Jonathan Singleton (lineup subject to change).
WHERE: The CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
WHEN: Red Carpet – 5:30 PM/CT
Red carpet interview opportunity with the cast. Please apply for credentials in advance via email. All credential requests must be submitted by Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 11:00 PM/CT
Celebrating the stories behind Country Music’s greatest hits, the CMA Songwriters Series is now in its 11th season and second decade, kicking off the first shows of 2015 at the world famous Sundance Film Festival and continuing with shows in London, Chicago, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. 2015 also saw the taping of a CMA Songwriters Series in Toronto to air on CMT Canada as well as the continued partnership with public television’s “Front and Center” to present the CMA Songwriters Series on U.S. television.
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, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, CarrieUnderwood, Chris Young, and more.
Legendary Singer to Announce Final Nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” Sept. 9 on “Good Morning America” and GoodMorningAmerica.com with Kelsea Ballerini
Tickets for CMA Songwriters Series Taping On Sale Tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 8:00 AM/EST
NASHVILLE – The critically-acclaimed music series, “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association (CMA) have announced a special taping of the CMA Songwriters Series with Steven Tyler, the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band Aerosmith.
Tyler, who is set to release his first-ever Country album early next year, will perform acoustically at the Melrose Ballroom in Long Island City, New York on Thursday, Sept. 10 for an exclusive “Front and Center” episode set to air in early 2016.
Joining him onstage will be hit songwriters Nuno Bettencourt, Marti Frederiksen, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Lindsey Lee, and Eric Paslay. Tyler and his guests will perform stripped down versions of songs from his upcoming Country album, including lead single “Love Is Your Name,” along with his mega-hits that have touched the lives of millions of music fans.
Tickets for this special event will be on sale beginning tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 4 at 8:00 AM/EST and can be purchased here.
In advance of his taping for the “Front and Center” CMA Songwriters Series show, Tyler will be a part of a CMA Country takeover of ABC and New York City when he appears on “Good Morning America” with Kelsea Ballerini on Sept. 9 for the highly-anticipated announcement of the final nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” live from the heart of Times Square.
Tyler and Ballerini will announce the final nominees in five categories live in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment. In addition to announcing the finalists, Tyler will perform “Love is Your Name.” Following the announcements on “Good Morning America,” Ballerini and Tyler will announce the remaining finalists at approximately 9:10 AM/ET on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo. The Yahoo-ABC News Network is the No. 1 Source for General News online.
After the announcement of the final nominees, Tyler will visit the set of nationally-syndicated “Live with Kelly and Michael” to talk about his Country project and the newly-announced nominees.
“Steven Tyler is one of the greatest creative minds of our time,” said Don Maggi, “Front and Center” Executive Producer. “To have him in this setting stripping down his music to the essence of what makes a great song – paying tribute to that craft – is an honor for us.”
Tyler is considered one of music’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Together, Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide that have included 25 Gold, 18 Platinum and 12 multi-Platinum album certifications. He has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award, in addition to having nine No. 1 hits including “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” “Jaded,” “Cryin’,” and “Livin’ On the Edge.” Tyler, along with the rest of Aerosmith, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Tyler and Aerosmith recently finished their North America “Blue Army” tour.
“Front and Center” is the critically-acclaimed, original one-hour concert series that airs commercial-free on public television. Now in its sixth season, the show has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, CMA, and American Music Award winners, rock icons, and multi-Platinum sellers including Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Jack Johnson, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, The Fray, Train, Keith Urban, and more.
“Front and Center” is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW21 for WNET, and distributed by American Public Television.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
NASHVILLE – For the fourth time since 2010, the popular CMA Songwriters Series will return to the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium for a special performance on Tuesday, April 21 (8:00 PM/ET) featuring Bill Anderson, Mac Davis, Mo Pitney, and Pam Tillis.
“We value our ongoing partnership with the Library of Congress,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “Country Music, and our heritage of strong storytelling, is perfectly suited to the Library’s mission of acquiring, preserving, and providing access to America’s culture and stories through song.
“Presenting the CMA Songwriters Series in Washington, D.C. is also a vital reminder in the Capitol of the importance of protecting intellectual property and the work of our songwriting community, which is the very foundation of the format.”
NASHVILLE — The critically acclaimed music series “Front and Center” will kick off its new season with four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes with Hunter Hayes; Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark; Sara Evans and Martina McBride; and Little Big Town.
The episodes, which will begin airing Saturday on Public Television, collectively feature guest appearances from some of Nashville’s best-known songwriters including Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Gretchen Peters, Liz Rose, Gordie Sampson, The Warren Brothers, and songwriting artist Charlie Worsham. Check local listings for airdates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at the new season click here.
NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association gave fans a deeper look into Country Music and engaged international music executives as festivities in the U.K. were in full swing for C2C, Country 2 Country Festival, the U.K.’s largest Country Music Festival. C2C featured performances from the biggest names in Country including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Brandy Clark, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, and Lee Ann Womack.
The weekend kicked off with a special presentation of the CMA Songwriters Series Friday night at indigo at The O2 in London. Presented in partnership with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (NCVC), the evening was hosted by Kix Brooks with Jessi Alexander, Clark, Sam Palladio, and Jon Randall. Due to their overwhelming success at last year’s CMA Songwriters Series at C2C, Striking Matches was invited to join the show as special surprise guests.
Saturday brought U.K. native Palladio, songwriter and star of the hit ABC show “Nashville,” to the stage again, this time with the BBC’s Mark Hagen in a “CMA Talk” where he performed acoustically and discussed his career as an actor and musician. Meanwhile, Alexander, Brooks, Clark, and Randall greeted fans during autograph sessions at the CMA Booth in Town Square.
CMA also hosted meetings and receptions that brought international executives together to discuss all things Country Music, including a CMA Executive Strategy Session with the CMA U.K. Advisory Council. This meeting of international minds allowed some key leaders of the international music community to have an open dialogue with CMA executives and Board members regarding the future of Country Music abroad.
Other weekend events included screenings at Cineworld at The O2 of the CMA Songwriters Series Public Television specials featuring Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum, along with CMA’s own annual ABC special, 2014’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.”
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CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES KICKS OFF 2015 SEASON AT SUNDANCE ASCAP MUSIC CAFÉ
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series began the 2015 season with two performances during the Sundance ASCAP Music Café’s CMA Songwriters Spotlight at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Wednesday and Thursday. Songwriters Jessi Alexander, Brandon Lay, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher were on hand for both performances to share the stories behind their hit songs. For more information, visitCMAsongwritersseries.com.
CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BEGINS ELEVENTH SEASON WITH CMA SONGWRITERS SPOTLIGHT AT SUNDANCE ASCAP MUSIC CAFE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series returns for its 11th season and second decade kickoff with the announcement that the first shows of 2015 will be part of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the world famous Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 28 and 29.
The CMA Songwriters Series has been presenting the very best of Country Music’s songwriters, whose hits are known worldwide, since 2005. CMA Songwriters Series shows are intimate presentations where songwriters can exhibit their craft and share many of the stories behind the songs they have penned. The January performances of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café’s CMA Songwriters Spotlight will feature special guests Jessi Alexander, Kyle Jacobs, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher.
Kix Brooks, Jessi Alexander, Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio, and Jon Randall Perform at indigo at The O2 in London on March 6
NASHVILLE – C2C is proud to present the CMA Songwriters Series at indigo at The O2 in London Friday, March 6, 2015 hosted by Kix Brooks with Jessi Alexander, Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio, and Jon Randall.
The CMA Songwriters Series showcases the best of Country Music’s hit songwriters. The show presents songwriters and artists together on stage, taking turns telling the stories behind their hits and performing them acoustically as originally written. In 2015, the CMA Songwriters Series will once again take place on the evening before C2C, a huge two-day music festival at London’s The O2 featuring an outstanding line up of Country Music’s biggest stars.