Country Goes Global! International Country Artists Perform Leading Up to 2015 CMA Music Festival Scott Frans April 23, 2015 NASHVILLE – Each June, Country Music enthusiasts from around the world travel to Nashville for CMA Music Festival. But fans aren’t the only ones crossing borders to attend the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience; international Country artists also make the pilgrimage to Music City each year to perform at CMA World GlobaLive!, a free, international Country Music showcase on Monday, June 8 (6:00-11:15 PM/CT) in downtown Nashville. “This event continues to grow in attendance and popularity with our fans,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Each of the artists performing has already achieved a high degree of notoriety abroad and GlobaLive! provides these performers a platform to reach and cultivate domestic fans, as well as garnering attention from the music industry.” CMA World GlobaLive!, which began in 2004 as the Global Artist Party, serves as a showcase for overseas talent leading up to the Festival. Each year, the concert attracted standing-room-only crowds of enthusiastic fans, which prompted CMA to move the event from a club setting to a larger outdoor stage on Broadway in 2014. The concert will now have the capacity to house its largest crowd yet with an audience of fans and press from around the world. In 2015, GlobaLive! will be held on an outdoor stage in Walk of Fame Park, with international food and beverage vendors. The concert is free and open to the public and will feature performances by Country artists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the U.K. “We are excited about this year’s lineup and the burgeoning popularity of Country Music overseas,” said Jeff Walker, CMA Board member and executive producer of CMA World GlobaLive! with associate producer Matt Watkins and music coordinator Mark Moffatt. “By presenting shows like GlobaLive!; participating in events like C2C, Country to Country, in the U.K., Dublin, and Scandinavia; and our ongoing outreach to other international Country Music organizations, we are creating an environment to escalate the expansion of the Country Music brand around the world,” Walker concluded. Artists performing during CMA World GlobaLive! (Alphabetical by country and performer; line up subject to change) include: Australia/New Zealand Adam Eckersley Band – CRA Country Choice winner, selected by Australian radio professionals Morgan Evans – 2014 CMA Global Artist Winner Cam Luxton – New Zealand Horizon Award Winner Mickey Pye – Fairfax Rural Events Star Maker Winner Brazil Indiana – Members Annah and Dino Scarpelli have been performing for more than 10 years on live, No. 1-rated TV show, “Panico na Band” Canada Madeline Merlo – British Columbia Country Music Association 2014 nominee for Female Artist of the Year McKenzie Porter – Juno nomination for Country Album in 2015 The Lovelocks – Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Winner The Road Hammers – Multiple CCMA Award-winning group headling GlobaLive! for the first time Netherlands Stringcaster – Critically-acclaimed touring group on the European and Scandanavian circuit U.K./Ireland The Shires – Featured in BBC Radio 2 documentary “Nashville U.K.”; signed to Decca Records Ward Thomas – Featured in the Sunday Times Culture supplement, playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and performed on the 2015 C2C satellite stage “Providing an opportunity for these artists to connect with fans in the U.S. is an important part of our mission to grow the format around the world,” said Trahern. “Identifying the most deserving talent is important and we rely on the expertise of our CMA International Committee and the task forces we work with in Australia, Canada, and the U.K.” The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the now legendary festival has become the city’s signature music event with a daily attendance of more than 80,000 in 2014 representing every state and two dozen foreign countries. For upcoming talent announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Instagram.com/CMA, and sign up for CMA Exclusive, CMA’s email newsletter. Fans can also download the 2015 CMA Music Festival mobile app for iPhone or Android to view the latest artist lineups and to plan their Festival experience. CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA.