SHOW DATES & INFO
October 8, 2018 | Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Charlie Worsham, with Special Guest: Jill Johnson | Stockholm, SE | TICKETS
October 9, 2018 | Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Drake White, Charlie Worsham, with Special Guest: Jill Johnson | Oslo, NO | TICKETS
October 11, 2018 | Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Drake White, Charlie Worsham | Hamburg, DE | TICKETS
October 12, 2018 | Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Drake White, Charlie Worsham | Amsterdam, NL | TICKETS
October 16, 2018 | Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Tenille Townes | Glasgow, UK | TICKETS
October 17, 2018 | Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Tenille Townes | Liverpool, UK | TICKETS
October 18, 2018 | Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Tenille Townes | Gateshead, UK | TICKETS
October 20, 2018 | Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Tenille Townes | Manchester, UK | TICKETS
October 22, 2018 | Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Tenille Townes | London, UK | TICKETS
Building on the annual sell-out success of CMA Songwriters Series in London and following the first U.K. and European tours last fall, the Country Music Association’s critically acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series has announced tours in the U.K. and Europe Oct. 8-22. Featured artists include Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Tenille Townes, Drake White and Charlie Worsham. Tickets are on sale this Friday, August 3 at CMAsongwritersseries.com/sws-international.
CMA Songwriters Series has a track record of launching new artists through its intimate storytelling format, which allows audiences to get to know the artists, their journey and the stories behind their songs. The upcoming dates introduce Ashton, DeStefano and Townes to international audiences. They join Campbell, White and Worsham who have toured internationally and appeared at London’s C2C: Country to Country festival.
With Sweden known for its rich tradition of songwriting, the tour will also feature Sweden’s Platinum-selling Country artist Jill Johnson, joining the lineup in Stockholm and Oslo. Johnson is host of the Sveriges Television (SVT) award-winning documentary series “Jills Veranda Nashville,” which invites Swedish artists to explore Nashville with Johnson.
“Presenting this very Nashville experience in an international setting not only makes for a magical evening, but it truly forges a deeper connection to the music for new audiences,” said Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development. “The artists on this tour represent a true cross section of Country Music and we’re honored to be part of their journey as they build their international base.”
The tour dates continue to further CMA’s global expansion initiatives. In the U.K. alone, Country Music streaming is up more than 50 percent this year compared to 2017, where 78 percent of Country fans listen to a greater and more varied number of Country artists compared to last year, while 80 percent of Country fans are interested in and seek out more live Country Music shows and events. Germany has seen a 22 percent growth in new Country listeners on streaming platforms over the last five years. Earlier this spring, CMA visited both the U.K. during C2C: Country To Country festival—where the CMA Songwriters Series held a sold-out show at London’s indigo at The O2—as well as Australia during CMC Rocks QLD festival.
Kassi Ashton is one of Nashville’s most compelling rising stars. Signed to UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records, the California, Missouri singer/songwriter has been making a name for herself on the music scene thanks to her authentic songwriting and soulful, rich voice. Huffington Post gives Kassi “mad props for her songwriting and stage presence” while CMT calls Kassi “fearless” and notes “her point of view is inspired and her storytelling knows no bounds.” Kassi recently released her auto-biographical song “California, Missouri,” where she paints an unconventional portrait of life growing up in her small town.
Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean and radio personality Bobby Bones’ Class of 2018, Kassi also caught the attention of country superstar Keith Urban. Describing her as “such a unique, original creature,” Urban featured Kassi on his song “Drop Top” for his latest album Graffiti U.
Kassi brings a certain swagger and take-no-prisoners attitude to her music, especially with her latest release, “Taxidermy” – available HERE. For more information on Kassi, videos and music, visit www.KassiAshton.com.
Ashley Campbell – The Lonely One
Following in a famous parent’s footsteps is never an easy path to take, and for years Ashley Campbell pursued dance and acting rather than a singing career, but eventually the youngest daughter of country legend Glen Campbell, followed her own musical muse after being asked to play banjo in a play in which she was appearing. That became a pivotal turning point in young Ashley’s life, and she’s never looked back or regretted her career change.
Growing up in a musical family, Ashley was surrounded by musical instruments throughout her childhood. Her father was not only a singing superstar, but also a highly skilled guitarist. Prior to making it as a country-pop vocalist, Glen Campbell had been an in-demand session guitarist playing on hundreds of hit records—everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys.
Chris DeStefano is a Grammy Award Winning American singer/songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist originally from New Jersey, he currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
As a songwriter he has had multiple number one songs with artists Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl”, “Little Toy Guns”), Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya”), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick the Dust Up”), Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood (“Somethin’ Bad,” later reworked as the opening theme for NBC Sunday Night Football), Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”) and Jason Aldean (“Just Gettin’ Started”).
Underwood’s “Good Girl”, which DeStefano co-wrote, reached number 1 on Billboards weekly char – Hot Country Songs in 2012. DeStefano also co-wrote and produced Brett Eldredge’s number 1 single “Don’t Ya”.
Chris also co-wrote the Carrie Underwood, 7-week, number one song “Something in the Water”, and co-wrote current single “Kiss Somebody” (July 2017) with its Australian singer, Morgan Evans, and fellow American songwriter, Josh Osborne – which won Country Work of the Year at the APRA Music Awards of 2018.
One minute with Tenille Townes and it’s instantly clear that she doesn’t see, or hear, the world like everyone else. Maybe it comes through in how she learned to read by pouring through lyric sheets and liner notes, or how she starting singing by belting along to U2 and Shania Twain in the back of her parents’ car. Or maybe it will come to light in the thousands she’s raised and the miles she’s logged supporting the charitable initiatives she created while still a teenager. Or maybe it will simply come across in her stunning voice and wise, insightful lyricism, all infinitely beguiling for someone of her young age. But that’s the thing about Townes. She’s never operated by the clock or the calendar. She operates from her heart, and from her soul.
The Canadian-born Townes, isn’t quite like anyone else who has graced the city’s stages. With the lyrical fortitude of Griffin or Lori McKenna, the soulful nature of Chris Stapleton or even Adele, Townes is paving ground all her own. Working on her debut LP with Jay Joyce, the Nashville-based Townes started her journey to becoming one of country’s most promising new artists back in rural Canada, in the backseat of a car.
DRAKE WHITE: Named one of No Depression’s 7 Male Artists to Breakout in 2018, Drake White is going to put together the PIECES. His PIECES EP is available now and features five new tracks, two of which he co-wrote. This follows his debut album SPARK, which has earned praise both commercially and across his loyal fan following. The 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Album of the Year is a 12-track labor of love that showcases his exemplary songwriting with a rock-infused, organic Country sound and signature foot-stomp. The sultry song “Makin’ Me Look Good Again,” hit the top spot on SiriusXM’s The Highway with its deeply personal lyrics and pulsating groove. It also earned White the honor of International Song of the Year at the British CMA Awards. Fans from all genres voted White as CBS.com’s GRAMMY “Artist of Tomorrow” as he continues to stun crowds with his incredible live show and soulful voice. Drake, along with his band The Big Fire, has previously toured with superstars including Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Toby Keith and more. It is no wonder that the Alabama native was featured in Entertainment Weekly’s New Artists Who Will Rule 2017, Rolling Stone’s 10 Country Artists You Need To Know and Billboard’s Hot New Country Artists to Watch. Major corporations have also taken notice with Geico showcasing his song “Heartbeat” in their national television campaign. White recently wrapped a second leg on Kip Moore’s PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR and is currently on the road for additional headline dates. Read more at DrakeWhite.com.
To see Charlie Worsham on a stage, you immediately understand what he understood from the beginning: it’s where he was meant to be. As a talented multi-instrumentalist and student of great songs, he’s developed a unique modern Country sound built around the traditional acoustic instruments he grew up on. Starting in his hometown of Grenada, Mississippi, Worsham was always out playing somewhere. From the Opry at age 12 to the local Missionary Baptist Church to the back-road blues joints he wasn’t even supposed to know about, much less play in, wherever he found a stage, he played. With his energy and showmanship onstage and his understated Mississippi “yes sir” and “no ma’am” offstage, it’s easy to understand why so many in Nashville’s music community are rooting for him. After studying at Berklee School of Music in Boston, he moved South to Nashville. For the last two years, Worsham has divided his time between writing songs, being an in-demand studio musician for other artists and playing his music live — sharing stages across the country with Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift and others. Read more at CharlieWorsham.com.