NASHVILLE – Country Music superstars Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, and Martina McBride took the stage Monday night at Marathon Music Works in Nashville to tape two concerts for upcoming episodes of public television’s acclaimed concert series “Front and Center.” Evans and McBride performed together and were joined by songwriters Aimee Mayo, Gretchen Peters, and The Warren Brothers. Hayes performed alongside songwriters Barry Dean, Lori McKenna, and Gordie Sampson. The one-hour concert episodes will air in spring of 2015. For more information, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
“FRONT AND CENTER” AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE FOUR ALL-NEW CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES TAPINGS FOR BROADCAST ON PUBLIC TELEVISION
Shows Feature Hunter Hayes; Little Big Town; Martina McBride and Sara Evans; and CMA Songwriters Series Host Bob DiPiero and Friends Including Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Charlie Worsham
NASHVILLE – The critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association have teamed up to present four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes set to air as part of “Front and Center’s” Spring season on public television (check local listings).
The shows will feature performances from some of the hottest names in Country Music including Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and Charlie Worsham, who have collectively sold more than 20 million albums, won 12 CMA Awards, had 11 No.1 albums, and charted more than 30 No. 1 singles.
Along with a virtual who’s who of songwriters, the shows will be filmed from Marathon Music Works in Nashville on Dec. 1 and 2 (two each day).
Last season “Front and Center” announced its partnership with CMA and taped two shows: one program featured Lady Antebellum and the second was a special 10th Anniversary Celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series with Dierks Bentley. The episodes premiered last month as part of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” celebration and will continue to air through the end of the year.
“CMA is extremely proud of our songwriters and their many contributions to the success of Country Music,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And we are thrilled to partner with ‘Front and Center’ again to shine a national spotlight on this important segment of our industry. It’s great knowing that we have a partner who truly appreciates the talent of Nashville’s creative community.”
“The reaction that we received as a result of our partnership with the CMA, and subsequently from the shows that we aired with Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, was overwhelming,” said “Front and Center” Executive Producer Don Maggi. “The acceptance that ’Front and Center’ has received from the Nashville music community, and its fans, left no question that we should do even more for the forthcoming Spring season. Four NEW CMA Songwriters Series shows, with some of the best that Country Music has to offer – a clear victory for the fans that will get to see these artists in a one-of-a-kind setting.”
Evans and McBride will take the stage on Monday, Dec. 1 (6:30 PM/CT), followed by a performance by Hayes (9:30 PM/CT).
Little Big Town will open the performances on Tuesday, Dec. 2 (6:30 PM/CT), followed by DiPiero and Friends: Clark, McAnally, and Worsham (9:30 PM/CT).
CMA Award winners Evans and McBride will join musical forces for a CMA Songwriters Series “Ladies Night Out.” McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included 20 Top 10 singles and six No. 1s. She has earned more than 15 major music awards including four wins for the CMA Female Vocalist of The Year. Evans’ recent studio album Slow Me Down debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She is also a CMA Award-winning artist who has had five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Country albums and has been nominated and/or won nearly 10 major music awards. They will take the stage with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters, with whom some of their best-loved songs have been crafted.
Four-time Grammy Award nominee and CMA Award-winning artist Hayes roared onto the music scene in 2011 with his No. 1, self-titled, Platinum-selling debut. With three No. 1 singles under his belt, his latest release, Storyline, features the new single “Tattoo” which is already Top 25 and climbing. Hayes, the consummate songwriter having written or co-written every song he has recorded, will be joined onstage by fellow writers Barry Dean, Lori McKenna, and Gordie Sampson, all of whom wrote with him on his recent album.
Three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, will bring out songwriter collaborators and friends to celebrate some of the band’s best-loved hits. The recent Grand Ole Opry inductees first entered the music scene more than 15 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It Home,” and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” Their latest, Pain Killer, features the No. 3 single “Day Drinking” and fan favorite “Girl Crush.”
The final taping on Tuesday will be Bob DiPiero and Friends. DiPiero was instrumental in the creation of the CMA Songwriters Series back in 2005. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has notched 15 No. 1 hits including “Little Rock” (recorded by Reba), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Southern Voice” (recorded by Tim McGraw). He will be joined by 2014 CMA Song of the Year winners, Clark and Shane McAnally as well as Warner Music Nashville recording artist Worsham.
For videos, photos and more from the CMA Songwriters Series please visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
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About “Front and Center”: “Front and Center” is the critically-acclaimed concert series that was launched in the spring of 2012. The original one hour, commercial-free, all-music series airs nationwide on public television (check local listings). Through the years, it has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons, and multi-platinum sellers including Keith Urban, The Fray, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Dierks Bentley, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows and The Avett Brothers.
“Front and Center” is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW21 for WNET, and distributed by American Public Television.
All episodes of “Front and Center” are directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux of FogoLabs.
For more information on the “Front and Center” music series please visit frontandcenter.com and check out the YouTube page at youtube.com/frontandcentertv.
SONGWRITER AND LONGTIME HOST OF CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BOB DIPIERO PRESENTED WITH CMA CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
NASHVILLE – A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and longtime host of the popular CMA Songwriters Series, Bob DiPiero’s many contributions to the music industry and songwriting community were recognized today during the CMA Board of Directors meeting in Nashville when DiPiero was presented the CMA Chairman’s Award by CMA Board Chairman Ed Hardy.
“Bob has been a creative force and passionate supporter of songwriters and the CMA Songwriters Series in the U.S. and in Europe – expanding the genre and creating new fans everywhere he goes,” Hardy said. “Bob is highly regarded as a songwriter, but serving with him on the CMA Board, I have a much deeper appreciation for his business acumen, his absolute dedication to the creative process, and his trademark sense of humor.”
“This award is truly a highlight of my ongoing career,” said DiPiero. “To be awarded this by Ed Hardy in front of the CMA Board members humbles me. The dream goes on.”
The Chairman’s Award is given annually at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board. At the presentation, Hardy praised DiPiero’s leadership and tireless efforts on behalf of the format and CMA Songwriters Series, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014.
One of Nashville’s most consistent and prolific hit writers, DiPiero has penned 15 No. 1 songs including his first in 1983 by the Oak Ridge Boys (“American Made”), to chart-toppers recorded by Tim McGraw (“Southern Voice”), George Strait (“Blue Clear Sky”), and Easton Corbin (“Lovin’ You Is Fun”). An impressive list of artists have cut songs by DiPiero including Billy Ray Cyrus, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Ronnie Milsap, Montgomery Gentry, Reba, Marty Stuart, and Pam Tillis. DiPiero has two CMA Triple Play Awards to his credit (1995, 1996) and is an esteemed member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (inducted 2007). He has been hosting the CMA Songwriters Series since its inception at Joe’s Pub in New York City in 2005.
Throughout the last 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 began at Joe’s Pub, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented 90 shows in 15 cities, including Austin, Boston, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.
The series has featured 138 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 75 CMA Song of the Year nominations.
Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Phil Vassar, and Chris Young.
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,400 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.
For more information, visit CMAworld.com.
Series Reached New Heights at Sundance Film Festival and New Audiences on Public Television
NASHVILLE – 2014 not only marked the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriters Series, but also marked new heights in the growth of the popular series. In celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Series has not only traveled from the Sundance Film Festival to London, but has also made its national television debut as part of a partnership to air the CMA Songwriters Series through public television’s “Front and Center.”
SARA EVANS AND BRETT JAMES ADDED TO CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES IN NASHVILLE TUESDAY, NOV. 4, DURING CMA AWARDS FESTIVITIES
NASHVILLE – As part of the events and activities leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, the CMA Songwriters Series will return to Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (9:00 PM/CT) at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 5th Ave. South. The CMA Songwriters Series has added Country Music star Sara Evans and songwriter Brett James to the lineup, which includes previously announced performer and 2014 CMA Awards nominee, Brandy Clark.
Multi-Platinum-selling recording artist and CMA Award winner Evans, who recently released her second single “Put My Heart Down” from her critically acclaimed seventh studio album Slow Me Down, has sold nearly 6 million records and charted five No. 1 Country singles, including “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” and “A Little Bit Stronger.” Evans will release a 10-track holiday album At Christmas on Nov. 17, featuring some of the most well-known and celebrated holiday songs including “Silent Night,” “Oh Holy Night,” and “Winter Wonderland,” as well as a very special rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” with vocals from two of her daughters Olivia (12) and Audrey (10). Evans will also be a part of the two-hour holiday special “CMA Country Christmas,” which tapes Friday, Nov. 7 at the Bridgestone Arena and airs Monday, Dec. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
An esteemed member of the CMA Board of Directors, James has had numerous chart successes including “When the Sun Goes Down” recorded by Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker, and “Jesus Take the Wheel” recorded by Carrie Underwood, which also won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. “It’s America” recorded by Rodney Atkins, “Out Last Night” recorded by Chesney, and “Cowboy Casanova” recorded by Underwood, all co-written by James, also topped the Country charts as well as “The Truth” recorded by Jason Aldean and “The Man I Want to Be” recorded by Chris Young. ASCAP named James their Country Music Songwriter of the Year in 2006 and again in 2010. Other artists who have recorded his works include Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi, and Paulina Rubio.
Tickets for the Nov. 4 CMA Songwriters Series at the CMA Theater located in the Country Music Hall of Fame are on sale today and are $30 for floor and mezzanine seating and $20 for first and second tier seating. To order tickets, visit CMASongwritersSeries.com.
The CMA Songwriters Series kicked off its 10th Anniversary season with standing-room-only shows at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has performed shows in Paradise Island, Bahamas as part of the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival Presented by HGTV, Austin, Chicago, New York, and London in 2014.
Also in 2014, CMA partnered with public television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” to present two separate hour-long concert specials, which began airing in October. The shows feature the music of CMA Award winner and 2014 CMA Awards nominee Lady Antebellum with songwriter guests, and a 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with CMA Award winner and 2014 CMA Award nominee Dierks Bentley, joined by top songwriters Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, James, and Jon Randall.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series visit CMASongwritersSeries.com.
ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC are the official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.
CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES CULMINATES 10th SEASON IN NEW YORK CITY WITH A TWO-NIGHT ENGAGEMENT AT JOE’S PUB DEC. 3 AND 4
Bob DiPiero, Radney Foster, Brett James, and Craig Wiseman Share the Stories Behind Their Hits
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series culminates its 10-year anniversary celebration in the venue where it all began, Joe’s Pub in New York City, with a two-night event on Dec. 3 and 4. Celebrating its decade-long run, the CMA Songwriters Series features songwriter and host Bob DiPiero performing alongside Radney Foster, Brett James, and Craig Wiseman. Tickets are on sale today and show times for both nights are 6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET.
Series Features CMA Awards Nominees Brandy Clark and Jaren Johnston
NASHVILLE – As part of the events and activities leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, the CMA Songwriters Series will return to Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (9:00 PM/CT) at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (222 Fifth Ave. South). The CMA Songwriters Series will feature 2014 CMA Awards nominees Brandy Clark and Jaren Johnston (other songwriters to be announced soon).
Clark received two nominations this year. She is nominated in the New Artist of the Year category as well as for Song of the Year for the Kacey Musgraves hit “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Musgraves and Shane McAnally. Clark has also written songs recorded by Miranda Lambert (“Mama’s Broken Heart”), The Band Perry (“Better Dig Two”), and Reba (“The Day She Got Divorced”).
Bob DiPiero, Rob Hatch, Jamey Johnson, and Raúl Malo Share the Stories Behind Their Hits
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series brings its 10th Anniversary season to The Parish in Austin on Wednesday, Oct. 15 (8:00 PM/CT; doors at 7:00 PM/CT). Celebrating its decade-long run, the CMA Songwriters Series features songwriter and host Bob DiPiero performing alongside Rob Hatch, Jamey Johnson, and Raúl Malo.Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 12 (10:00 AM/CT).
Songwriter Hatch has penned hits for Rhett Akins, Terri Clark, George Jones, Jake Owen, and Gretchen Wilson, as well as having several songs cut by Johnson. Most recently Hatch celebrated No. 1 songs with Randy Houser’s “Goodnight Kiss” and Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance,” for which he has been nominated for the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award.
If there’s any doubt that something magical, unpredictable and inspirational can happen when country songwriters are gathered together, incredulity was put to rest once and for all on the stage at New York’s Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Wednesday night, as tunesmiths Darius Rucker, Bob Di Piero, Luke Laird and Rivers Rutherford sang, played, joked and regaled enthusiastic concertgoers with stories of how some of their best-known songs came to life.
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CMA And Public Television’s Front And Center Announce Major Market Air Dates For Concert Specials Celebrating Songs And Songwriters With Dierks Bentley And Lady Antebellum
The First CMA Television Events of their Kind will Feature the Music of Lady Antebellum and a Special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series Celebration with Dierks Bentley and Top Nashville Songwriters Leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards”
NASHVILLE – CMA 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.