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CMT to Honor the Cast of “Nashville”

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CMT today announced that it will honor the cast of ABC’s groundbreaking series, “Nashville” with the inaugural “International Impact Award” during the “2015 CMT Artists of the Year” special, the definitive year end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Wednesday, December 2 at 8pm ET/PT. The award will be presented by country sensation Kellie Pickler, currently featured in CMT’s hit series, “I Love Kellie Pickler.” “Nashville” is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.

Cast members Connie Britton (Rayna), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Chris Carmack (Will), Will Chase (Luke), Charles Esten (Deacon), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Maisy Stella (Daphne), Lennon Stella (Maddie), and Audrey Peeples (Layla) are slated to accept the award on behalf of the entire cast.

“Through their captivating characters, the cast of Nashville have become international ambassadors for our music; helping to spark Nashville’s red-hot renaissance ” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “With this award, we express our gratitude to a terrific group of stars for helping connect fans from around the world with our city.”

The sixth-annual 90-minute special will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the top five artists that earned the right to be called CMT’s artists of the year: Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt. These artists collectively dominated the last 12 months ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas around the country. Country legend Kenny Rogers will receive the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime Award,” while Chris Stapleton will receive the first-ever “CMT Artists of the Year Breakout Award” and perform live.  Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.

Previous “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees include Jason Aldean (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Kenny Chesney (2011, 2012), Eric Church (2012), Hunter Hayes (2013), Toby Keith (2012), Lady Antebellum (2010, 2011), Miranda Lambert (2012, 2014), Tim McGraw (2013), Brad Paisley (2011), Taylor Swift (2010, 2011), Carrie Underwood (2010, 2012), Keith Urban (2014) and Zac Brown Band (2010).

Past “CMT Artists of the Year” performances have included Adele and Darius Rucker performing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan’s mashup of “Oh No” and “All Night Long,” and Maroon 5 covering Taylor Swift’s “Mine.” The show has featured appearances by EllenDeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Clemens, Morgan Freeman and more.

Chris Carmack to Release “Pieces of You” Just in Time for Christmas

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The multi-talented star of ABC’s “Nashville” Chris Carmack has set December 11 as the official release date of his debut EP, PIECES OF YOU. In gearing up for the launch, the triple-threat singer, songwriter and guitarist has released two songs from the project – the title track and debut “Being Alone” – and, over the past few months performed at numerous events throughout Nashville including the star-studded Grand Ole Opry 90th Birthday Bash, 2015 CMA Music Festival and CMA Songwriter Series featuring “The Men of ABC’s ‘Nashville’.

Produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald) and Phoenix Mendoza, PIECES OF YOU features five tracks written solely by Carmack that echo his wide range of influences; everything from the jazz and blues he grew up playing on saxophone, to rock, pop and country music. From the smooth, funky groove of “What Has Changed” through the gritty country-blues-soul of “Can’t Do It Again” and the gentler strains of “Always Mine” to “Being Alone” and the title track, the EP offers an impressive sampling of Carmack’s notable guitar playing and gift for turning personal experiences into universal sentiments.

Currently in production on “Nashville,” Carmack has been featured on THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE soundtracks in addition to performing on the 2014 and 2015 “Nashville” concert tours. On December 4, THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, SEASON 4, VOLUME 1 hits retailers (Big Machine Records) and will feature Carmack on two tracks: “Sleep Tonight (A Lullaby)” with Jonathan Jackson and “Run With Me.” The popular show has received nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

For more information on Chris Carmack, please visit


“Nashville” Star Clare Bowen Unveils Short Pixie Hair Cut

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Nashville‘s” Clare Bowen revealed a new look last night. The actress/singer who portrays Scarlett O’Conner on the popular ABC drama unveiled a short pixie cut, a far cry from her long flowing locks. It turns out, it was more than just a fashion statement.

Wanna know why I cut it all off?

When I was four years old, I asked my mother; “Are there heaters in Heaven?”

I had just been diagnosed with end stage nephroblastoma, after several visits to a GP who denied anything was wrong and dubbed my parents “paranoid.” I’d overheard the doctors telling my family that the only hope of saving me, was an experimental treatment that might kill me anyway. But without it I had maybe two weeks left. The hospital was cold. I’d never felt air conditioning before.

Life in the White Palace (Granddad’s nickname for hospital) meant I got to grow up surrounded by children just like me. We were mostly bald, all tubed, taped, bandaged up and stitched back together. We were all missing parts, some obvious like eyes or legs, others more hidden, like lungs and kidneys. Those who still could, tip-toed around like little fairies because chemotherapy had destroyed the muscles in our legs and it hurt to put our heels on the floor. But we were all together, so no one’s appearance came into question. No one got laughed at or teased. We were all we knew.

And then I got really lucky. I survived, my hair grew back and I got strong again. I look relatively normal on the outside, but on the inside, I am still the same stitched back together little creature, in a world where people are judged so harshly for the way they look. It has always been completely incomprehensible to me. How can people think there’s time for that?

I was really inspired when I heard a story about a little girl who said she couldn’t be a princess because she didn’t have long hair, and I wanted her, and others like her to know that’s not what makes a princess, or a warrior, or a superhero. It’s not what makes you beautiful either. It’s your insides that count… even if you happen to be missing half of them.

Every scar tells a story, every baldhead, every dark circle, every prosthetic limb, and every reflection in a mirror that you might not recognize anymore. Look deeper than skin, hair, nails, and lips. You are who you are in your bones. That is where you have the potential to shine the brightest from. It is where your true beautiful self lives.

Thank you ABC network and particularly our creator, Callie Khouri for letting me change Scarlett’s hair, and my team, family and friends for helping me make the decision. If it makes even one person think twice about judging another, then in some small way, the world is better.
Self-esteem takes a lot longer to grow back than hair.


There you have it.

The Musical Brotherhood of ABC’s “Nashville”

Photo Credit: Natasha Moustache / CMA

Photo Credit: Natasha Moustache / CMA

Photo Credit: Natasha Moustache / CMA

Photo Credit: Natasha Moustache / CMA

When Music City landed a namesake television series, many residents were skeptical about how Nashville would be portrayed in a drama series. But four seasons later, the show has surpassed expectations, and turned a spotlight on the music community both on and off the set.

As part of the CMA Songwriters Series, actors Will Chase (Luke Wheeler), Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne), Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley), and Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) shared the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame, performing songs from the show.

It was quickly apparent that the actors have developed a brotherhood amongst themselves, teasing each other and singing each other’s praises throughout the night. Sam Palladio shared that he and Chris Carmack even get together every Wednesday night for what they call “Tweets and Beats” – live tweeting during the airing of “Nashville,” and then a musical jam session afterward.

Not only do these actors perform on the show, but they write songs and perform as artists off camera as well. Esten, Palladio, Jackson, and Carmack all performed songs that they had written, including one called “Lightning Bolt” that Palladio and Carmack had written together during one of their “Tweets and Beats” nights.

Other performers during the night included contributing songwriters Jonathan Singleton and Mark Collie (who also plays Deacon’s AA sponsor, Frankie, on the show). The performers shared stories behind the songs and how the songs were incorporated into the storylines of the show.

Even when they’re off set, the entire cast of “Nashville” continues to embody the spirit of Music City – brotherhood and a shared love of music.

For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit


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