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CMT Honors the “Next Woman of Country”

CMT Next Women Of Country

CMT Next Women Of Country

Music Row heavyweights and CMT executives came together today at an event to recognize female artists who are making an indelible impact on country music. CMT announced Big Machine Records artist Danielle Bradbery would be the newest addition to its Next Women of Country franchise, joining 15 other females whom CMT promotes on-air and online throughout the year. The network will grow the franchise to include more than a dozen taped performances with Next Women artists throughout the year, which will air on CMT, CMT Pure and In addition, CMT will highlight Bradbery and Brandy Clark as part of its upcoming LISTEN UP series, a multi-platform franchise that showcases artists on the verge of breaking out.

“Many of country music’s most memorable voices belong to its strong women, and I’m honored to stand behind the rising stars like the talented ladies present today,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “Signed and unsigned, these women are making their careers happen on their own terms, and CMT is proud to introduce them to a new generation of fans through our growing Next Women franchise.”

The small industry crowd was treated to performances by Bradbery (@DBradbery), Ashley Monroe (@ashleymonroe), Holly Williams (@hollywilliams1) and Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina).

Among the guests were several other members of CMT’s Next Women of Country franchise, including Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope), Jana Kramer (@kramergirl), Kacey Musgraves (@KaceyMusgraves), Kelleigh Bannen (@kelleighbannen), Kristen Kelly (@KristenKelly), Lauren Alaina, Angaleena Presley (@guitarleena), Rachel Farley (@rachelfarley), Rose Falcon (@RoseFalcon) and Sarah Darling (@_SarahDarling).

CMT first announced its Next Women of Country initiative in January of this year, a franchise dedicated to showcasing the new generation of signed and unsigned female artists across CMT platforms and at CMT’s current video playlist is nearly half female, with a handful of emerging artists from the Next Women franchise including Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) and Holly Williams.

Pictured from L-R: Seated: Rachel Farley, Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, Ashley Monroe, Holly Williams; Standing: Kacey Musgraves, Jana Kramer, Angaleena Presley, Sarah Darling, Rose Falcon, Kristen Kelly, Sarah Zimmermann (Striking Matches), Cassadee Pope, Kelleigh Bannen

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/WireImage

Kristen Kelly to Help the Chicago White Sox and the Grand Ole Opry Celebrate Country Music

Kristen Kelly

Kristen Kelly

The Chicago White Sox are planning to serve up some Grand Ole Opry with its baseball as the team hosts “Country Music Night,” presented by Pepsi on Friday, August 9 during a 7:10 p.m. home game against the Minnesota Twins.

The White Sox will be celebrating country music throughout the game in partnership with Chicago’s most listened to country station – US 99.5, and Chicago’s own Joe’s Bar.

Arista Nashville recording artist and frequent Opry guest Kristen Kelly will take the field for a pre-game acoustic set and national anthem performance in front of the Opry’s signature microphone stand. Game activities will include multiple other artist performances and country music giveaways, and a post-game fireworks show is set to be synchronized with video performances recorded live on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

The fun continues following the fireworks with Kelly taking the stage at Joe’s Bar for a full show. All fans 21 and over are set to receive free admission to the performance when showing that day’s game ticket.

Game tickets are specially priced for country music fans along with their family and friends, with lower level tickets starting as low as $10. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should visit and enter the promo code CMN or call (866)-SOX-GAME.

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Grand Ole Opry Adding Wednesday Night Shows To Summer Schedule



Country music fans in Nashville are about to get another night of Opry to enjoy this summer. The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® is adding eight weeks of Wednesday night shows to its schedule June 19 – August 7, joining the Opry’s Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday performances on the Opry’s show calendar.

Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in the history of the Grammy® Awards, is set to mark her 20th anniversary as an Opry member on Wednesday, July 3, and CMA award-winning group The Band Perry will visit the Opry the following Wednesday, July 10, playing an extended 30-minute segment.

Among others already scheduled for Wednesday nights this summer are American Idol finalist Janelle Arthur (Opry debut), Larry Gatlin, Kristen Kelly, Dustin Lynch, and Restless Heart (June 19); and Aaron Tippin (June 26).

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 11.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to

Thumbs Up for What’s Right Benefit a Huge Success – Photo of the Day

Thumbs Up
Thumbs Up

L-R: Chris Janson, Randy Montana, Kristen Kelly, Stephen Barker Liles, Eric Gunderson, and David Nail. Photo credit: Randi Radcliff

Country music rising stars and hit songwriters joined together at Tin Roof on Wednesday, May 15 to perform at the inaugural Thumbs Up for What’s Wright concert to benefit the Thumbs Up For Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Payton Wright Foundation, both raising money for pediatric cancer research and to help families of children diagnosed with cancer.

Emcee’d by television host Shane Tallant, the concert featured performances by Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft, David Nail, Kristen Kelly, Chris Janson, Randy Montana, Brasher Bogue, and Falter. Songwriter rounds included Lee Miller, Jonathan Singleton, Brad Tursi, Dan Isbell, Scooter Carusoe, and Jason Matthews.

Additionally, Savannah Wright, honored the memory of her sister, Payton, by singing an original song she penned for the event. Event coordinators Erin Creighton and Catherine Nail also created a special tribute to Lindsay Walleman, Warner Music Nashville Dir./Regional Promotion, who recently passed away after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. The live auction, run by Kenneth Harris with Harris Real Estate and Auction, included Lucchese boots from the store in the Gulch, a Gibson Les Paul guitar, two autographed George Strait guitars, six bottles of Godsend 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, an autographed hockey stick from Nashville Predators’ David Legwand, two tickets to see Shania Twain in Las Vegas, and a beautiful painting of the Ryman Auditorium.

The mission of the Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. is to support childhood cancer research through funding and advocacy while empowering families battling childhood cancer by providing education, financial assistance and a volunteer network. Lane’s cause gained national attention through the “Thumbs Up” social media campaign with names like Johnny Depp, Chris Young, Lady Antebellum, Tim Tebow, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Mitt Romney, and many more tweeting photos of themselves giving a thumbs up in support of Lane during his battle with cancer.

In 2008, Patrick and Holly Wright established The Payton Wright Foundation in memory of their daughter Payton, who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 5. “Our promise to Payton was that we would do whatever we could to help other families caring for a child with brain cancer,” said Holly.

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