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Front and Center” Kicks-off New Season with Hunter Hayes, Brandy Clark, Sara Evans, Martina McBride & Little Big Town.

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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.

“Kicking off the start of the new season of ‘Front and Center’ with our CMA Songwriter Series episodes is something that we’re especially excited about,” said Don Maggi, “Front and Center” Executive Producer. “Not only were the performances of the artists who participated special, but the respect that they showed the songwriters and the stories that they told, gave us some incredible moments.”

“CMA is proud of our partnership and creative collaborations with ‘Front and Center’,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These shows shine a national spotlight not only on Country Music and the great artists in these episodes, but also on our amazing songwriting community and the CMA Songwriters Series, which has fans around the world.”

April 4 – Hunter Hayes
CMA Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist Hayes performs with fellow songwriters Barry Dean (“Pontoon,” Little Big Town), Lori McKenna (“I’m Workin’,” Tim McGraw), and Gordie Sampson (“Just A Dream,” Carrie Underwood). The episode features Hayes and his guests performing songs from his chart-topping album Storyline and features the hit “Invisible,” as well songs from his No.1, self-titled, Platinum-selling debut album.

April 11 – Bob DiPiero featuring CMA Award Winner Brandy Clark
Bob DiPiero, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and co-creator of the CMA Songwriters Series, is joined by reigning CMA Award winner for CMA Song of the Year and two-time 2015 Grammy Award-nominee Brandy Clark along with her co-writer on the 2014 CMA Song of the Year, Shane McAnally, and recording artist Charlie Worsham. The foursome takes turns performing songs they helped pen including hits like “Follow Your Arrow” (recorded by Kacey Musgraves), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Gone” (recorded by Montgomery Gentry).

April 18 – Sara Evans and Martina McBride: Ladies Night Out
Multiple CMA Award winners Sara Evans and Martina McBride join forces for a special “CMA Songwriters Series: Ladies Night Out.” Evans’ recent studio album Slow Me Down debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She’s had five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Country albums, sold six million albums, and has been nominated and/or won nearly 10 major music awards. McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included six No.1s, and has earned more than 15 major music awards including four wins for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Together Evans and McBride present songwriters Gretchen Peters (“Independence Day,” Martina McBride), Aimee Mayo (“Let’s Make Love,” Faith Hill), and The Warren Brothers (“Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith). The ladies also perform career hits including Evans’ “Born To Fly” and “Stronger”; and McBride’s “Teenage Daughters” and “Independence Day.”

April 25 – Little Big Town
Grammy Award winners and three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town bring out long-time songwriting collaborators and friends, Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus Take The Wheel,” Carrie Underwood), Natalie Hemby (“Downtown,” Lady Antebellum), Liz Rose (“Teardrops On My Guitar,” Taylor Swift), and Lori McKenna. The recent Grand Ole Opry inductees perform some of their best-loved hits including “Boondocks” and “Tornado” as well as songs from their latest album Pain Killer.

The new season of “Front and Center” will begin feeding to Public Television as follows:
Hunter Hayes — as of Saturday
Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark — as of April 11
Sara Evans and Martina McBride — as of April 18
Little Big Town — as of April 25

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Hunter Hayes, CMA Music Festivals Artist of the Day, Helps Unveil Plans to a Better CMA Fest


With help from CMA Award winner Hunter Hayes, the Country Music Association announced during a press conference several enhancements to CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, in Nashville.

“This event started in 1972 as Fan Fair, and we have succeeded for more than four decades because we constantly challenge ourselves to make improvements and enhance the experience for our fans, the industry, and the artists,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
The central fixture of the Festival is the relationship between the artists and their fans, but the real beneficiary are the tens of thousands of students who now have access to music education programs thanks to CMA Music Festival.

Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $11 million to support music education initiatives across the country. In 2014, Hayes participated in one of those programs in Roanoke, Va. in partnership with the CMA Foundation and VH1’s Save the Music. In June, Hayes will be one of four Artists of the Day at AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X in the Music City Center.

“I’ve been coming to CMA Fest since I was a kid and to be Artist of the Day this year is just beyond words,” said Hayes. “At times, music wasn’t just a friend, it was my only friend – so supporting music education programs with my friends at CMA is such an honor.”

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was on hand to talk about the city’s longstanding support of the event and express his gratitude for the CMA Foundation’s support of music education initiatives in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

“CMA Music Festival is so much more than a week-long celebration of Country Music each June. The CMA is an enormous economic engine for Nashville and an incredible asset to our identity as Music City,” said Dean. “One important area where CMA and the CMA Foundation play a huge role for Nashville is in our public schools. For the last several years the CMA Foundation has donated millions of dollars to purchase music instruments for students in Nashville. This is possible because of the incredible generosity of the artists who perform at CMA Music Fest for free. Artists like Hunter Hayes and many others do this because it’s the right thing to do for the community. As Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Nashville, thank you so much for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.”

A shining example of the donations at work was a performance by the Nashville School of the Arts Guitar Quartet under the direction of Dr. James Satterwhite, and Hume-Fogg Academic High School senior Dana Gipson, who talked about the personal impact of the CMA Foundation grants on her life and future goals.

“My music experience would not have been the same without the CMA Foundation. Playing on sub-par instruments makes learning and developing as a musician very difficult. Also from a teachers’ standpoint, it is difficult to teach students who have the drive and the willingness to learn on instruments that won’t allow them to play at their best. I would not be the player I am today without the CMA Foundation’s impact on the music programs I attend. The auditions I’ve had, the concerts I’ve performed, they would not have been executed as well with me not sounding my best. I’ve always strived to perform at the highest level and I would not be able to do it without the help of the CMA Foundation,” said Gipson, who has made all-state jazz band every year since 10th grade. She plays a baritone and alto saxophone purchased by the CMA Foundation.

“CMA Music Festival has a rich history and enjoys a terrific reputation as the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience, but the future is in these students and the advantages that quality music education provides in creating a richer life experience through music,” Trahern said. “We are inspired by the children we serve. We applaud their progress and celebrate their success.”

2014 was a great year for CMA Music Festival. The event drew a daily attendance of more than 80,000 fans from every state and more than two dozen foreign countries. The direct visitor spending generated by those visitors was $39.3 million, according the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (NCVC), which estimated the number of hotel room nights at 150,000. The average length of stay was 5.6 days compared to 5.2 in 2013.

“Nashville wouldn’t be enjoying the success today without CMA and Music Fest leading the way,” said Butch Spyridon, President of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “This event is enormous on every level – tens of millions in visitor spending, millions of viewers watching a prime time network special, millions of dollars to music education, a platform for the stars in our city and a tremendous showcase for the rising talent. I can’t say thank you loud or long enough!”

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Luke Bryan and Alan Jackson Among Top-Priced Performers at 2015 Houston Rodeo


The world’s biggest livestock and rodeo show returns to Houston tomorrow, and it’s reeling in big ticket prices on the secondary market. From March 3-22, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will welcome some of music’s biggest acts, including Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Fall Out Boy and Eric Church. 20 total performances are scheduled over the rodeo’s three-week stay at NRG Stadium.

Across all 20 dates, the average price for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tickets on TiqIQ is $95.44, marking a price increase of 5.2% from last year’s average of $90.72. With country stars highlighting the bulk of the bill, Hunter Hayes, Justin Moore and Eric Church, will be among the cheapest artists to play this year’s rodeo. Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson and Pitbull serve as the three highest-priced performers on the secondary market.

Hunter Hayes is set to play on Wednesday, March 4, which will be this year’s cheapest individual day. March 4 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tickets average at just $26, 72.7% below this year’s average, and get-in price starts at $3. Justin Moore will perform five days later on March 9 and secondary tickets average at $30 with a get-in price of $2. The opening day of the rodeo on March 3 will be headlined by Eric Church, who’s garnered a $31 secondary average. The rodeo’s cheapest ticket on March 3 is listed at $3.

The most expensive day of this year’s rodeo will be on its final day on March 22, when Luke Bryan is set to take the main stage. The average secondary price for March 22 Houston Rodeo tickets is $166.01 and the day’s cheapest ticket is $35. On March 7, Alan Jackson will perform to the tune of a $136.79 average ticket price and $34 get-in price. Pitbull will be the rodeo’s third most expensive performer on March 13. That day, the average price for Houston Rodeo tickets is $134.56 and fans can get in for $29 on the secondary market.

Four other days have seen secondary ticket price average over $100. Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande and Zac Brown Band will generate triple-digit averages on their respective days. Paisley will perform on March 21, Shelton on March  19, Grande on March 17 and Zac Brown Band on March 12, when tickets average at $104.47 and get-in price is $20 on the secondary market.

2015 will mark another memorable year at the Houston Rodeo. With Luke Bryan and Alan Jackson set to take the stage across the rodeo’s most expensive days, the secondary market has indicated that country music is alive and well in Lone Star State.

Hunter Hayes Scores Three RIAA Certifications in One Day

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Hunter Hayes is reeling after learning the RIAA revealed that Hayes’ No. 1 smash hit “I Want Crazy” has reached double Platinum, selling more than two million copies since its release. Hayes also received Gold certifications for 500,000 copies sold of “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” and “Invisible,” which the Louisiana-born singer debuted in one of the most moving performances of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards (earning him a nomination for the 2015 awards).

“As a musician, you always hope your songs connect, whether it’s with one person or 100 people or even thousands,” said Hayes. “To know that this many people went out and bought these songs and are playing my music – it’s the best feeling in the world. It means we’re in this together, and I’m so grateful for that.”

The RIAA revealed Wednesday, March 4 that Hayes’ No. 1 smash hit “I Want Crazy” has reached double Platinum, selling more than two million copies since its release. Hayes also received Gold certifications for 500,000 copies sold of “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” and “Invisible,” which the Louisiana-born singer debuted in one of the most moving performances of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards (earning him a nomination for the 2015 awards).

The news comes during a period of high activity for Hayes. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist in January, hosted the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony last month and was just named one of YouTube’s Top 50 Artists of 2015 (with 150 million views and counting) for his innovative fan engagement along with Beyonce, Katy Perry, fellow Nashville resident Ed Sheeran and more.

All this is happening as Hayes is creating new music in the studio for impending release and prepares to launch five international shows this month and next before joining Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt for the Wheels Up Tour 2015 presented by Quicken Loans, starting May 1st in Lubbock, Texas.

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