FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE WELCOMES ERNEST K., RAELYNN, CANAAN SMITH TO CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES PRESENTED BY U.S. BANK PERFORMANCE TOMORROW IN LOS ANGELES

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE WELCOMES ERNEST K., RAELYNN, CANAAN SMITH TO  CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES PRESENTED BY U.S. BANK  PERFORMANCE TOMORROW IN LOS ANGELES

Four-time CMA Awards-winning duo Florida Georgia Line welcomes three additional songwriters to the CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank performance Wednesday, Oct. 10 at The Novo in Los Angeles. Ernest K. and Tree Vibez Music songwriters RaeLynn and Canaan Smith have just been added to tomorrow’s lineup, which features previously announced songwriters Corey Crowder and HARDY. The series hosts intimate performances with some of Country Music’s most exciting songwriting talent taking turns telling the stories behind their hit songs and performing them as originally written.

Prior to the performance, the songwriters will partner with the CMA Foundation and CMA Songwriters Series presenting sponsor U.S. Bank to visit with students from Harmony Project, an organization that provides comprehensive, tuition-free music education and social support, serving 3,500 youth across Los Angeles, Southern California and beyond. More than 90% of students in the program, which begins in elementary school, go on to graduate high school and enter college. The CMA Foundation has committed to providing a $50,000 grant to Harmony Project through a five-year partnership. Additionally, U.S. Bank will provide a grant of $25,000 to Harmony Project as part of its Community Possible giving platform and its Places to Play partnership with the CMA Foundation.

Nothing about Nashville’s Ernest K. is easy to classify, and that’s the point. Growing up making beats while most kids made paper airplanes and learning banjo while listening to rap, he’s always bent the rules and eschewed the predictable. Ernest K. was only 19 when he suffered a viral infection that caused a heart attack, and, when at college, he also overcame a battle with addiction. It was a chance encounter, back home in Nashville while trying to get his life back on track, when he met his future wife shortly after meeting her little brother, Matt Royer, who became a collaborator, spending countless hours in his basement studio making whatever music they felt like making on a given day. It’s a chain that led to a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, based in part on the strength of just one song, “Blacked Out,” which documented his struggles. Soon, he was getting cuts from the likes of Florida Georgia Line (“Dig Your Roots”), under the tutelage of Nashville songwriting royalty like the Warren Brothers. Now working on his first releases, Ernest K.’s creative journey will be a complete one – from the aesthetic look of his album artwork, to his collaborators and inspirations, it will be unlike anything currently afloat in Nashville. And for Ernest K., that’s what makes it worthwhile: to belong everywhere and nowhere at once.

It’s “Tailgate” season, and no one knows that better than RaeLynn. The breakout Country star penned the “instantly-singable track” (Taste of Country) alongside Canaan Smith, Corey Crowder and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. With “Tailgate” and the empowering “Queens Don’t,” RaeLynn offers the first glimpses of new music since her debut album WildHorse arrived at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and Top 10 on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Sales chart upon release. The 2018 ACM Awards New Female Vocalist nominee co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on the record, which was recognized as one of the 40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone and a Best Country Album by UPROXX and Stereogum in addition to being named a “People’s Picks” by People. The first Country artist to be the face of a Too Faced line, which is available in stores worldwide, she has earned numerous award nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Radio Disney Music Awards and CMT Music Awards. She has performed on several national TV shows including TODAY, Late Night with Seth Meyers and ELLEN. Fans can catch her on select headline dates of the “SiriusXM The Highway Presents: RaeLynn” tour this fall.

Rolling Stone raves, “If you haven’t heard of Canaan Smith yet, chances are you will be hearing quite a bit of him…overall, we feel the singer-songwriter is one of the sharper artists to keep an eye on.” Possessing a smooth, evocative voice, Smith could have pursued success in any genre of music but was always drawn to Country. “It’s all about the stories,” Smith says. “You can listen to a Country song and it will raise the hair on your arms. I’m a people person and I love being able to connect with people, so it makes the most sense for me to be able to tell my stories and connect with people via Country music. I want them to find a piece of themselves in the music. I want them to be moved by it. I want it to hurt. I want it to celebrate. I want them to feel like they can take on the world.” Smith’s debut album, Bronco, which includes the RIAA Platinum-certified No. 1 Hit, “Love You Like That” debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. “Love You Like That” is also one of the top streaming tracks from all new artists in Country Music. Smith is hard at work on new music and has given fans a taste of what’s to come; his digital smash “This Night Back” has already racked up 25 million streams. Smith’s reputation as a road warrior and one of the top live performers in Country Music has not happened by accident. Along with his headlining dates, he has been burning up the highways in recent years with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore, playing well over 550 shows for more than two million fans.

About CMA Songwriters Series

Currently in its 14th season, CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Park City (at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café), 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, Hillary Lindsey, Little Big Town, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Kacey Musgraves, Tim Nichols, Liz Rose, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Craig Wiseman, Chris Young, and more.

About the CMA Foundation

Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (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 education. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested more than $21 million in over 87 programs across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from CMA Fest, the four-day long music festival held annually in Nashville, are used to power the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving.

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $461 billion in assets as of June 30, 2018, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank online or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

About Community Possible

Community Possible is the corporate giving and engagement platform at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through arts, culture, recreation and play. Philanthropic support through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving program reached $58.4 million in 2017. Visit usbank.com/communitypossible.

Florida Georgia Line will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank show at The Novo in Los Angeles Wednesday, October 10. Photo credit: Ryan Smith
Corey Crowder will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank show at The Novo in Los Angeles Wednesday, October 10. Photo credit: Courtesy of Corey Crowder
Ernest K. will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank show at The Novo in Los Angeles Wednesday, October 10. Photo credit: Courtesy of Ernest K.
HARDY will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank show at The Novo in Los Angeles Wednesday, October 10. Photo credit: Nick Swift
RaeLynn will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank show at The Novo in Los Angeles Wednesday, October 10. Photo credit: Joseph Llanes
Canaan Smith will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank show at The Novo in Los Angeles Wednesday, October 10. Photo credit: Jim Wright