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In order to better serve our members and the Country Music community, many of whom are still working remotely during this time, CMA will continue to distribute CMA Close Up digitally. This format will allow CMA to provide readers with relevant, up-to-date stories right to their inboxes. CMA Close Up has and will continue to educate, inform and celebrate those in and around our Country Music community through storytelling.

CMA CLOSE UP MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2021

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • CMA New Artist of the Year Profile – Jimmie Allen
  • A Look Back at “The 55th Annual CMA Awards”
  • The CMA Awards Portrait Studio Honors the Industry’s Return to the Road
  • Turning the Spotlight Around: The CMA Awards Pay Tribute to the 2020 CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence
  • Reflections and Connections: The CMA Foundation’s 10-Year Path to Venture Philanthropy
  • More Than Music: How Chevy Used the CMA Awards to Tell a Story of Perseverance and Friendship
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Honoring the Touring Legend,
Randy “Baja” Fletcher

Randy “Baja” Fletcher, touring veteran and the first ever recipient of the CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, passed away today, August 27, 2021.

“Today our community is mourning a leader and mentor to many in our industry. Our hearts are with his daughters and family, as well as his numerous road families through the years. His influence has reached generations of artists and crew personnel. He played an integral role in some of Country’s most pioneering tours and supported the careers of some of the most celebrated Country Music icons. His impact is far-reaching. He will be dearly missed.”—Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association CEO

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