NASHVILLE—The Country Music Association’s critically acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series presented by U.S. Bank visits Wichita, Kansas Tuesday, Feb. 20 with a performance at Crown Uptown Theatre from 7:00-9:00 PM. Hosted by Sterling, Kansas-born Nicolle Galyon, the evening will feature intimate storytelling and performances from Country Music singers/songwriters Danielle Bradbery, Galyon, RaeLynn and Emily Weisband. Tickets for the event are $25 and on sale Friday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 AM CT. For ticket information, visit CrownUptown.com.
Currently in its 14th season, CMA Songwriters Series presented by U.S. Bank has hosted more than 100 performances in 17 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, Toronto and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center. Artists and songwriters who have participated in the series include Jessi Alexander, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Tom Douglas, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert, Hilary Lindsey, Little Big Town, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Kacey Musgraves, Tim Nichols, Liz Rose, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Craig Wiseman, Chris Young, and more.
The four songwriters will partner with the CMA Foundation while in Kansas, visiting area schools including Galyon’s alma mater, Sterling High School. Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of CMA, the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation has invested over $20 million in 84 programs across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and with community outreach organizations.
Sterling, Kansas-born singer/songwriter Galyon moved to Nashville in 2002 and signed her first publishing deal with Warner/Chappell in 2007. Galyon celebrated her first No. 1 with “We Were Us,” recorded by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. She also earned a No. 1 with “Automatic,” co-written and performed by Lambert and featured as the lead single on Lambert’s album Platinum, which included five songs written by Galyon. “Automatic” went on to win an ACM Award for Song of the Year and was nominated for multiple CMA Awards and GRAMMYs. Galyon’s third No. 1 came with “All the Pretty Girls,” recorded by Kenny Chesney. She has written songs recorded by Lauren Alaina, Bradbery, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Josh Kelley, Jana Kramer, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Point of Grace, RaeLynn and Thomas Rhett, to name a few. Galyon stepped out as a producer for the first time in 2017, earning a No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with RaeLynn’s WildHorse, which was co-produced with Jimmy Robbins.
Bradbery knows how you remember her. And she doesn’t blame you. There she was, in 2013, a spry, bubbly and vivacious 16-year-old Texan, plucked from her normal life and placed on NBC’s “The Voice” stage. A member of Blake Shelton’s team, Bradbery cruised through the TV-singing competition on the strength of her stunning, mature-beyond-her-years performances of traditional Country songs, releasing a Top 5 self-titled debut album with songs of similar variety later that year. But the now 21-year-old is a decidedly new woman, more refined and ready to share all of herself. It’s precisely why Bradbery took nearly three years to rediscover her musical passion, investigate her sonic influences and best understand where she stands as both a woman and evolving artist. It’s why she titled her newest album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, which was released in December via BMLG Records and features “Sway,” a feel-good doo-wop flavored single co-written with Weisband and Johan Fransson.
Recently named a “Best Country Album of 2017” by UPROXX, Stereogum and Rolling Stone, RaeLynn released her Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville No. 1 debut album WildHorse earlier this year to substantial critical acclaim. Lead single “Love Triangle” tells her personal story in a way that “is a raw and emotional account of what it’s like to be the child of divorced parents” (People), which media and fans immediately gravitated to. The remainder of the 12-track album, 11 of which were co-written by RaeLynn herself, is a broader look in to her life over the past few years since her breakthrough on NBC’s hit show, The Voice. Selected as a 2017 “Country Artist to Watch” by Pandora, Napster and Billboard and a CMT Next Women of Country inductee, RaeLynn has tallied 195 million plus cumulative career streams. The breakout star has earned numerous award nominations from the ACM’s, Radio Disney and CMT. She has performed on several national TV shows including “TODAY,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and is the first Country artist to partner with Too Faced Cosmetics as the face of their RaeLynn-inspired “Life’s A Festival” collection launching Feb. 15.
Born in Virginia, Weisband moved to Nashville to pursue a career in songwriting and has since proven to be a driving force. After majoring in Songwriting at Belmont University, she signed her first publishing deal with THiS Music/Warner Chappell in early 2014. Weisband has penned songs for artists including Bradbery, Camila Cabello, Billy Currington, Selena Gomez, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, P!nk, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Urban and more. She recently scored her first GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Thy Will,” recorded by Hillary Scott & the Scott Family and written by Weisband alongside Bernie Herms and Hillary Scott.
About the Country Music Association
Founded in 1958 and celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,800 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season. All of CMA’s television properties air on the ABC Television network through 2021.
About U.S. Bancorp
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (USB), with $464 billion in assets as of June 30, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,088 banking offices in 25 states and 4,826 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp at www.usbank.com.
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Nicolle Galyon, Danielle Bradbery, RaeLynn and Emily Weisband will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series in Wichita, Kansas at the Crown Uptown Theatre on Feb. 20. Photo Credit: CMA
Nicolle Galyon will host and perform at the CMA Songwriters Series in Wichita, Kansas at the Crown Uptown Theatre on Feb. 20. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nicolle Galyon
Danielle Bradbery will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series in Wichita, Kansas at the Crown Uptown Theatre on Feb. 20. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Danielle Bradbery
RaeLynn will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series in Wichita, Kansas at the Crown Uptown Theatre on Feb. 20. Photo Credit: Courtesy of RaeLynn
Emily Weisband will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series in Wichita, Kansas at the Crown Uptown Theatre on Feb. 20. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Emily Weisband
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