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Jean Shepard (1933 – 2016)

Jean Shepard (1933 – 2016)

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard passed away Sunday at the age of 82. The Grand Lady of the Grand Ole Opry was born Ollie Imogene (“Jean”) Shepard on Nov. 21, 1933 in Paul’s Valley, Okla. The family, which included 10 children, later moved to Visalia, Calif., near Bakersfield, after World War II. As a young girl, Shepard listened to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio every week and save... »

Bonnie Brown Ring 1938-2016

Bonnie Brown Ring 1938-2016

One of country music’s beloved voices was silenced July 16 when Bonnie Brown Ring, 77, the youngest member of family trio The Browns, passed away in a Little Rock, Ark. hospital as a result of complications from cancer. She had first revealed that she was battling stage four adenocarcinoma lung cancer in September, 2015, just a month before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame alon... »

CMA Presents CMA Close Up Awards of Merit

CMA Presents CMA Close Up Awards of Merit

NASHVILLE – For the first time ever, the Country Music Association presented its coveted CMA Close Up Award of Merit to winners in two divisions, Journalism and Photography. The 2013 recipients are student journalist Kelly Dean and student photographer Caitlin Harris, both selected for demonstrating the most creativity, dedication, and promise in covering the CMA Music Festival on assignment from ... »

Charlie Worsham Performs at Live@CMA

Charlie Worsham Performs at Live@CMA

NASHVILLE – Warner Music Nashville’s Charlie Worsham stopped by CMA Wednesday, Feb. 20 to perform for the staff as a part of CMA’s web series “CMA Close Up Presents Live@CMA.” Worsham performed songs from his upcoming debut release, including “Rubberband,” “Could It Be,” and “Young to See.” The multi-instrumentalist also tackled Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” on banjo. Live@CMA ta... »

Parmalee Performs at Live@CMA

Parmalee Performs at Live@CMA

NASHVILLE – Stoney Creek Records’ group Parmalee stopped by CMA Wednesday, Feb. 6 to perform for the staff and student members of CMA’s college initiative, CMA EDU. The performance is featured on CMA’s web series “CMA Close Up Presents Live@CMA” on CMAworld.com. Live@CMA takes viewers inside these exclusive performances at CMA’s Music Row headquarters, with insights and interviews from Count... »

Chris Janson Performs at Live@CMA

Chris Janson Performs at Live@CMA

NASHVILLE – Bigger Picture Group’s Chris Janson stopped by the CMA offices on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to perform songs for the staff including his new single “Better I Don’t.” »

Florida Georgia Line Plays at Live@CMA

Florida Georgia Line Plays at Live@CMA

NASHVILLE – Republic Nashville’s Florida Georgia Line stopped by the CMA offices on Tuesday to perform songs for the staff. The duo’s debut album Here’s to the Good Times will be released Dec. 4. »

Blue Sky Riders Play at Live@CMA

Blue Sky Riders Play at Live@CMA

NASHVILLE – The Blue Sky Riders, comprised of Gary Burr, Kenny Loggins, and Georgia Middleman, stopped by the CMA offices on Friday to perform songs for the staff. Their debut album Finally Home will be released on Jan. 29. »

Student Photographer Caitlin Selle Receives 2012 CMA Close Up Award of Merit

Student Photographer Caitlin Selle Receives 2012 CMA Close Up Award of Merit

NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association has selected Lipscomb University junior student Caitlin Selle as the recipient of the 2012 CMA Close Up Award of Merit. The award was created in 2007 to honor the student journalist or photographer who demonstrated the most creativity, dedication, and promise in covering the CMA Music Festival on assignment from CMA. Selle, 20, was presented the award duri... »