Steven Tyler to Join Front and Center Taping For CMA Songwriters Series in New York

Steven Tyler to Join Front and Center Taping For CMA Songwriters Series in New York

Legendary Singer to Announce Final Nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” Sept. 9 on “Good Morning America” and with Kelsea Ballerini

Tickets for CMA Songwriters Series Taping On Sale Tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 8:00 AM/EST

NASHVILLE – The critically-acclaimed music series, “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association (CMA) have announced a special taping of the CMA Songwriters Series with Steven Tyler, the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band Aerosmith.

Tyler, who is set to release his first-ever Country album early next year, will perform acoustically at the Melrose Ballroom in Long Island City, New York on Thursday, Sept. 10 for an exclusive “Front and Center” episode set to air in early 2016.

Joining him onstage will be hit songwriters Nuno Bettencourt, Marti Frederiksen, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Lindsey Lee, and Eric Paslay. Tyler and his guests will perform stripped down versions of songs from his upcoming Country album, including lead single “Love Is Your Name,” along with his mega-hits that have touched the lives of millions of music fans.

Tickets for this special event will be on sale beginning tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 4 at 8:00 AM/EST and can be purchased here.

In advance of his taping for the “Front and Center” CMA Songwriters Series show, Tyler will be a part of a CMA Country takeover of ABC and New York City when he appears on “Good Morning America” with Kelsea Ballerini on Sept. 9 for the highly-anticipated announcement of the final nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” live from the heart of Times Square.

Tyler and Ballerini will announce the final nominees in five categories live in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment. In addition to announcing the finalists, Tyler will perform “Love is Your Name.” Following the announcements on “Good Morning America,” Ballerini and Tyler will announce the remaining finalists at approximately 9:10 AM/ET on on Yahoo. The Yahoo-ABC News Network is the No. 1 Source for General News online.

After the announcement of the final nominees, Tyler will visit the set of nationally-syndicated “Live with Kelly and Michael” to talk about his Country project and the newly-announced nominees. 

“Steven Tyler is one of the greatest creative minds of our time,” said Don Maggi, “Front and Center” Executive Producer. “To have him in this setting stripping down his music to the essence of what makes a great song – paying tribute to that craft – is an honor for us.”

Tyler is considered one of music’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Together, Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide that have included 25 Gold, 18 Platinum and 12 multi-Platinum album certifications. He has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award, in addition to having nine No. 1 hits including “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” “Jaded,” “Cryin’,” and “Livin’ On the Edge.” Tyler, along with the rest of Aerosmith, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Tyler and Aerosmith recently finished their North America “Blue Army” tour.

“Front and Center” is the critically-acclaimed, original one-hour concert series that airs commercial-free on public television. Now in its sixth season, the show has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, CMA, and American Music Award winners, rock icons, and multi-Platinum sellers including Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Jack Johnson, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, The Fray, Train, Keith Urban, and more.

“Front and Center” is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW21 for WNET, and distributed by American Public Television.

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