NASHVILLE — The critically acclaimed music series “Front and Center” will kick off its new season with four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes with Hunter Hayes; Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark; Sara Evans and Martina McBride; and Little Big Town.
The episodes, which will begin airing Saturday on Public Television, collectively feature guest appearances from some of Nashville’s best-known songwriters including Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Gretchen Peters, Liz Rose, Gordie Sampson, The Warren Brothers, and songwriting artist Charlie Worsham. Check local listings for airdates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at the new season click here.
NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association gave fans a deeper look into Country Music and engaged international music executives as festivities in the U.K. were in full swing for C2C, Country 2 Country Festival, the U.K.’s largest Country Music Festival. C2C featured performances from the biggest names in Country including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Brandy Clark, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, and Lee Ann Womack.
The weekend kicked off with a special presentation of the CMA Songwriters Series Friday night at indigo at The O2 in London. Presented in partnership with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (NCVC), the evening was hosted by Kix Brooks with Jessi Alexander, Clark, Sam Palladio, and Jon Randall. Due to their overwhelming success at last year’s CMA Songwriters Series at C2C, Striking Matches was invited to join the show as special surprise guests.
Saturday brought U.K. native Palladio, songwriter and star of the hit ABC show “Nashville,” to the stage again, this time with the BBC’s Mark Hagen in a “CMA Talk” where he performed acoustically and discussed his career as an actor and musician. Meanwhile, Alexander, Brooks, Clark, and Randall greeted fans during autograph sessions at the CMA Booth in Town Square.
CMA also hosted meetings and receptions that brought international executives together to discuss all things Country Music, including a CMA Executive Strategy Session with the CMA U.K. Advisory Council. This meeting of international minds allowed some key leaders of the international music community to have an open dialogue with CMA executives and Board members regarding the future of Country Music abroad.
Other weekend events included screenings at Cineworld at The O2 of the CMA Songwriters Series Public Television specials featuring Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum, along with CMA’s own annual ABC special, 2014’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.”
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CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES KICKS OFF 2015 SEASON AT SUNDANCE ASCAP MUSIC CAFÉ
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series began the 2015 season with two performances during the Sundance ASCAP Music Café’s CMA Songwriters Spotlight at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Wednesday and Thursday. Songwriters Jessi Alexander, Brandon Lay, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher were on hand for both performances to share the stories behind their hit songs. For more information, visitCMAsongwritersseries.com.
CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BEGINS ELEVENTH SEASON WITH CMA SONGWRITERS SPOTLIGHT AT SUNDANCE ASCAP MUSIC CAFE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series returns for its 11th season and second decade kickoff with the announcement that the first shows of 2015 will be part of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the world famous Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 28 and 29.
The CMA Songwriters Series has been presenting the very best of Country Music’s songwriters, whose hits are known worldwide, since 2005. CMA Songwriters Series shows are intimate presentations where songwriters can exhibit their craft and share many of the stories behind the songs they have penned. The January performances of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café’s CMA Songwriters Spotlight will feature special guests Jessi Alexander, Kyle Jacobs, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher.
Kix Brooks, Jessi Alexander, Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio, and Jon Randall Perform at indigo at The O2 in London on March 6
NASHVILLE – C2C is proud to present the CMA Songwriters Series at indigo at The O2 in London Friday, March 6, 2015 hosted by Kix Brooks with Jessi Alexander, Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio, and Jon Randall.
The CMA Songwriters Series showcases the best of Country Music’s hit songwriters. The show presents songwriters and artists together on stage, taking turns telling the stories behind their hits and performing them acoustically as originally written. In 2015, the CMA Songwriters Series will once again take place on the evening before C2C, a huge two-day music festival at London’s The O2 featuring an outstanding line up of Country Music’s biggest stars.
CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES CAPS OFF 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH TRIUMPHANT JOE’S PUB RETURN
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series brought the final shows of its celebratory 10th Anniversary Season to the place where it all began Wednesday night as Bob DiPiero, Radney Foster, Brett James, and Craig Wiseman performed for a sold-out crowd at Joe’s Pub in New York City. The CMA Songwriters Series originated at Joe’s Pub in 2005 and has since presented 90 shows in 15 cities around the globe. The quartet of noted songwriters, who each participated in the very first CMA Songwriters Series shows in New York City in 2005, will perform again at the venue tonight. For more information, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
CMA AND “FRONT AND CENTER” CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES WITH ADDITIONAL TAPINGS
NASHVILLE – Country Music continued to shine on the Marathon Music Works stage Tuesday night in Nashville. Two special CMA Songwriters Series concerts were filmed for upcoming episodes of public television’s critically acclaimed concert series “Front and Center.” Little Big Town welcomed songwriters Natalie Hemby and The Love Junkies (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose) to the stage as they performed some of their biggest hits and cuts from their latest album Pain Killer. Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Shane McAnally, and Charlie Worsham performed a traditional writers round, bringing to life the spirit of the Series. The episodes will air in spring of 2015. For more information, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
NASHVILLE – Country Music superstars Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, and Martina McBride took the stage Monday night at Marathon Music Works in Nashville to tape two concerts for upcoming episodes of public television’s acclaimed concert series “Front and Center.” Evans and McBride performed together and were joined by songwriters Aimee Mayo, Gretchen Peters, and The Warren Brothers. Hayes performed alongside songwriters Barry Dean, Lori McKenna, and Gordie Sampson. The one-hour concert episodes will air in spring of 2015. For more information, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
“FRONT AND CENTER” AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE FOUR ALL-NEW CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES TAPINGS FOR BROADCAST ON PUBLIC TELEVISION
Shows Feature Hunter Hayes; Little Big Town; Martina McBride and Sara Evans; and CMA Songwriters Series Host Bob DiPiero and Friends Including Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Charlie Worsham
NASHVILLE – The critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association have teamed up to present four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes set to air as part of “Front and Center’s” Spring season on public television (check local listings).
The shows will feature performances from some of the hottest names in Country Music including Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and Charlie Worsham, who have collectively sold more than 20 million albums, won 12 CMA Awards, had 11 No.1 albums, and charted more than 30 No. 1 singles.
Along with a virtual who’s who of songwriters, the shows will be filmed from Marathon Music Works in Nashville on Dec. 1 and 2 (two each day).
Last season “Front and Center” announced its partnership with CMA and taped two shows: one program featured Lady Antebellum and the second was a special 10th Anniversary Celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series with Dierks Bentley. The episodes premiered last month as part of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” celebration and will continue to air through the end of the year.
“CMA is extremely proud of our songwriters and their many contributions to the success of Country Music,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And we are thrilled to partner with ‘Front and Center’ again to shine a national spotlight on this important segment of our industry. It’s great knowing that we have a partner who truly appreciates the talent of Nashville’s creative community.”
“The reaction that we received as a result of our partnership with the CMA, and subsequently from the shows that we aired with Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, was overwhelming,” said “Front and Center” Executive Producer Don Maggi. “The acceptance that ’Front and Center’ has received from the Nashville music community, and its fans, left no question that we should do even more for the forthcoming Spring season. Four NEW CMA Songwriters Series shows, with some of the best that Country Music has to offer – a clear victory for the fans that will get to see these artists in a one-of-a-kind setting.”
Evans and McBride will take the stage on Monday, Dec. 1 (6:30 PM/CT), followed by a performance by Hayes (9:30 PM/CT).
Little Big Town will open the performances on Tuesday, Dec. 2 (6:30 PM/CT), followed by DiPiero and Friends: Clark, McAnally, and Worsham (9:30 PM/CT).
CMA Award winners Evans and McBride will join musical forces for a CMA Songwriters Series “Ladies Night Out.” McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included 20 Top 10 singles and six No. 1s. She has earned more than 15 major music awards including four wins for the CMA Female Vocalist of The Year. Evans’ recent studio album Slow Me Down debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She is also a CMA Award-winning artist who has had five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Country albums and has been nominated and/or won nearly 10 major music awards. They will take the stage with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters, with whom some of their best-loved songs have been crafted.
Four-time Grammy Award nominee and CMA Award-winning artist Hayes roared onto the music scene in 2011 with his No. 1, self-titled, Platinum-selling debut. With three No. 1 singles under his belt, his latest release, Storyline, features the new single “Tattoo” which is already Top 25 and climbing. Hayes, the consummate songwriter having written or co-written every song he has recorded, will be joined onstage by fellow writers Barry Dean, Lori McKenna, and Gordie Sampson, all of whom wrote with him on his recent album.
Three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, will bring out songwriter collaborators and friends to celebrate some of the band’s best-loved hits. The recent Grand Ole Opry inductees first entered the music scene more than 15 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It Home,” and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” Their latest, Pain Killer, features the No. 3 single “Day Drinking” and fan favorite “Girl Crush.”
The final taping on Tuesday will be Bob DiPiero and Friends. DiPiero was instrumental in the creation of the CMA Songwriters Series back in 2005. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has notched 15 No. 1 hits including “Little Rock” (recorded by Reba), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Southern Voice” (recorded by Tim McGraw). He will be joined by 2014 CMA Song of the Year winners, Clark and Shane McAnally as well as Warner Music Nashville recording artist Worsham.
For videos, photos and more from the CMA Songwriters Series please visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
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About “Front and Center”: “Front and Center” is the critically-acclaimed concert series that was launched in the spring of 2012. The original one hour, commercial-free, all-music series airs nationwide on public television (check local listings). Through the years, it has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons, and multi-platinum sellers including Keith Urban, The Fray, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Dierks Bentley, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows and The Avett Brothers.
“Front and Center” is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW21 for WNET, and distributed by American Public Television.
All episodes of “Front and Center” are directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux of FogoLabs.
For more information on the “Front and Center” music series please visit frontandcenter.com and check out the YouTube page at youtube.com/frontandcentertv.
SONGWRITER AND LONGTIME HOST OF CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BOB DIPIERO PRESENTED WITH CMA CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
NASHVILLE – A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and longtime host of the popular CMA Songwriters Series, Bob DiPiero’s many contributions to the music industry and songwriting community were recognized today during the CMA Board of Directors meeting in Nashville when DiPiero was presented the CMA Chairman’s Award by CMA Board Chairman Ed Hardy.
“Bob has been a creative force and passionate supporter of songwriters and the CMA Songwriters Series in the U.S. and in Europe – expanding the genre and creating new fans everywhere he goes,” Hardy said. “Bob is highly regarded as a songwriter, but serving with him on the CMA Board, I have a much deeper appreciation for his business acumen, his absolute dedication to the creative process, and his trademark sense of humor.”
“This award is truly a highlight of my ongoing career,” said DiPiero. “To be awarded this by Ed Hardy in front of the CMA Board members humbles me. The dream goes on.”
The Chairman’s Award is given annually at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board. At the presentation, Hardy praised DiPiero’s leadership and tireless efforts on behalf of the format and CMA Songwriters Series, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014.
One of Nashville’s most consistent and prolific hit writers, DiPiero has penned 15 No. 1 songs including his first in 1983 by the Oak Ridge Boys (“American Made”), to chart-toppers recorded by Tim McGraw (“Southern Voice”), George Strait (“Blue Clear Sky”), and Easton Corbin (“Lovin’ You Is Fun”). An impressive list of artists have cut songs by DiPiero including Billy Ray Cyrus, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Ronnie Milsap, Montgomery Gentry, Reba, Marty Stuart, and Pam Tillis. DiPiero has two CMA Triple Play Awards to his credit (1995, 1996) and is an esteemed member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (inducted 2007). He has been hosting the CMA Songwriters Series since its inception at Joe’s Pub in New York City in 2005.
Throughout the last decade, the CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. Since it began at Joe’s Pub, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented 90 shows in 15 cities, including Austin, Boston, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.
The series has featured 138 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 75 CMA Song of the Year nominations.
Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Phil Vassar, and Chris Young.
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was 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 7,400 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 Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.
For more information, visit CMAworld.com.