International Country Artists to Perform at 2014 CMA Music Festival
NASHVILLE – Each June, Country Music connoisseurs from all over the world travel to Nashville for CMA Music Festival, but fans aren’t the only ones crossing borders to attend Country Music’s largest event. International Country artists from all over the globe make the pilgrimage to Music City each year to perform at CMA World GlobaLive!, a free showcase featuring international Country Music artists on Monday, June 2 (6:00-11:15 PM/CT) in downtown Nashville.
The CMA World GlobaLive! concert will be held on an outdoor stage at Broadway and First Avenue in downtown Nashville. The concert is open to the public and will feature performances by Country artists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and the U.K.
“Each of these acts have already achieved a high degree of momentum and success abroad,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They are performers that we think are capable of attracting industry attention.”
CMA World GlobaLive!, which began in 2004 as the Global Artist Party, serves as a showcase for overseas talent during 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. The concert will now have the capacity to house its largest crowd yet with an audience of fans and press from around the world.
The 2014 CMA Music Festival is now a sold out event with attendees traveling from across the U.S. as well as 21 foreign countries. More than 150 artists were submitted for consideration to perform on the CMA World GlobaLive! stage, according to Jeff Walker, CMA Board member and Executive Producer of CMA World GlobaLive!.
Sunderland, U.K, native and Country Music artist David Bradley will host the show. Artists set to perform during CMA World GlobaLive! include Jaida Dreyer, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella, Kaylens Rain, Wes Mack, One More Girl, O’Shea, David Park, Jared Porter, Cameron Scott, Dallas Smith, and Tamara Stewart.
“When evaluating artists to perform at the event, we look at several factors, including radio airplay, social awareness, touring schedules and media acceptance within their local territories,” said Walker. “We are excited about this year’s lineup and the surging popularity of Country Music overseas. By presenting shows like GlobaLive!, participating in events like C2C in the U.K., and the ongoing outreach to other international Country Music organizations, we are creating an environment to escalate the expansion of the Country Music brand internationally.”
Opening the CMA World GlobaLive! Show will be Australian husband and wife duo, O’Shea. Signed to Sony Australia, the musical pair has received multiple awards down under and is the Country Music Association Australia’s reigning Duo of the Year.
Thunder Bay, Ontario native Jaida Dreyer is set to follow. Dreyer is nominated for the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year and is currently signed to U.S. record label Streamsound Records.
Wes Mack, from Alberta, Canada, is the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association’s Discovery Award winner. Aside from his musical talents, he has also landed roles in CW’s Smallville and CBC’s Heartland.
Cameron Scott is also featured on the CMA World GlobaLive! Stage. A native of Timaru, New Zealand, Scott is the 2013 New Zealand National Country Music Awards’ Horizon Award winner.
Earlier this year, Tamara Stewart, a native of Mooroophan, Australia, won a CMAA Golden Guitar for her composition entitled “Women in Song.”
David Park, better known as “Banjo Man” in his native Leksand, Sweden, will also take the CMA World GlobaLive! Stage. Park’s career is gaining impressive attention in his native country as well as the surrounding Scandinavian territories.
Kira Isabella of Ottowa, Ontario, is quickly developing a solid fan base in both her native Canada and in the U.S. Isabella is the reigning CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year. She recently released her debut stateside single, “Quarterback,” on Nashville-based label, Hit-Shop Records.
Jared Porter, who was born in Northern California, but spent most of his adult life in New South Wales, Australia, won the 36th Toyota Star Maker competition at the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia.
Vancouver, B.C.’s sister duo, One More Girl, is also featured on the stage. One More Girl, comprised of sisters Britt and Carly McKillip, garnered an impressive number of Canadian awards and nominations, including their 2010 Canadian Country Music Association’s Rising Star Award.
Brother and sister duo, Glen and Kaylee Harrison, known as Kaylens Rain, hails from Sydney, Australia. They are the recipients of the 2013 New Artist to Nashville Scholarship Award presented by Commercial Radio Australia.
The former lead vocalist of the Canadian alternative rock band Default, Dallas Smith, has gained impressive attention since stepping into the Country Music world with his 2012 debut album. Smith was nominated for multiple awards at the 2013 CCMA Awards.
Canadian super group Emerson Drive will close the CMA World GlobaLive! Show on Monday night. The group’s career has skyrocketed both north and south of the border following hits “Moments,” “A Good Man,” “Fall Into Me,” and “I Should Be Sleeping.”
An additional international segment will take place on Wednesday, June 4 (11:00 AM-1:00 PM/CT) at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. The CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert will feature host David Bradley, and performances by Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Tim Hicks, and Small Town Pistols.
Calgary, Alberta native Lindsay Ell opens the show. Canadian superstar Randy Bachman discovered Ell at the age of 15. Her guitar skills and reputation for high-energy performances helped her make the leap into the United States. Ell is currently signed to Nashville-based record label Stoney Creek Records.
Brother and sister Tyler and Amanda Wilkinson, known as Small Town Pistols, will follow. Natives of Trenton, Canada, the duo is building on the success that they secured as part of the Grammy-nominated trio The Wilkinsons. The two have taken on a new musical direction and updated contemporary sound for Small Town Pistols.
Based in Newcastle, Australia, Morgan Evans was a big winner at the recent Country Music Channel Awards in Australia, as well as receiving the prestigious O2 Artist of the Year Award. Signed to Australia’s Warner Music, Morgan recorded his latest project in Nashville, which is produced by fellow Aussie, Jedd Hughes.
Closing the Wednesday global segment of the Kick-Off Concert will be Tim Hicks who hails from St. Catharines, Ontario. Since his Canadian debut release in December 2012, his career has skyrocketed in terms of touring, song writing, and television appearances.
Emcee/Host for both international shows, David Bradley, will also perform on the Samsun Galaxy Stage in Walk of Fame Park on Friday, June 6 (2:45 PM/CT).
Another U.K. artist, Sam Hollyman from Stafford, is also set to appear on the Samsung Galaxy Stage on Sunday, June 8 (10:45 AM/CT).
Walker added, “The 18 international acts that have been chosen to perform during the Music Fest related activities illustrate an exciting trend of what is happening to Country Music globally. It is fitting that the CMA provides a platform for which the artists can showcase their talents to fans in the United States.”
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