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CMT to Surprise Unsuspecting Fans With Secret Concerts from Country Music’s Biggest Stars


Country music fans across America should keep their eyes and ears open as CMT today announced it will produce a pair of “Instant Jam” concert specials from two of the genre’s hottest stars.  The free concerts will take place in the next few weeks, in cities yet to be revealed and in venues with capacities of only a few hundred people, allowing fans the opportunity to get up-close and personal with their favorite superstar acts for a truly once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. For those not fortunate enough to score tickets to the shows, CMT will bring to life the excitement and energy around the big reveals, and offer front-row seats to the high-energy performances when the “CMT Instant Jam” specials premiere late summer and early fall.

Each episode of “Instant Jam” features live performances and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert. Previous “CMT Instant Jams” include Kenny Chesney, who played a pop-up show for college students in Athens, Georgia and Florida Georgia Line, who delivered a surprise performance in a small club in Nashville.


Kenny Chesney Breaks Record & Hearts at MetLife Stadium

Credit: Allister Ann

Credit: Allister Ann

Midway through Kenny Chesney’s beyond belly-to-belly packed set, MetLife Stadium sent out a Tweet that said: “Congrats @kennychesney – Highest selling country artist OF ALL TIME in NJ! Thanks Kenny & the 58,642 fans here 2nite!” Marking his fourth appearance at the stadium where the Giants and Mets play, Chesney had topped his own number for the third time, besting a record set by Willie Nelson in the ‘70s.

Chesney’s appearance at MetLife Stadium also makes him the only country act in a pretty potent dozen – selling 223,582 tickets over four appearances. It also makes him the only country act in the top dozen artists who’ve played there – nestled between Pink Floyd and the Who – since 1976, the East Tennessean has struck a chord with the hard-music loving fans to put him in the company of the Stones, U2, Elton John, Bon Jovi, the Grateful Dead and yes, Bruce Springsteen.

“The thing about East Rutherford,” Chesney said, “they’re all heart – and they bring it. That passion, the way they really throw themselves at life, really dig in and live it full tilt… that’s how they love music, too. I’ve never walked out of MetLife not rocked to my core, and they just throw you against the wall with how they come to the shows. I could feel tonight was even more intense, but I had no idea they’d crushed the record again.”

This has been a summer of record-smashing. With 135 stadium shows played once the Big Revival 2015 is over, the man The Dallas Morning News wrote is “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham,” has broken his previously set records – some for the second and third time — at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field and Minneapolis’ Target Field and Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, as well as selling over 55,000 tickets at Pasadena’s iconic Rose Bowl.

Just as important as the numbers are the people. Halfway through “I Go Back,” his songs as memory-capturing No. 1s, Chesney leaned into the crowd to high-five a young woman with Downs Syndrome, who yelled to come up onstage with him. Reaching his hand out, he helped lift the brown-haired girl onto the stage – and gave her a hug. Without missing a beat, the young lady announced, “I just want to let you know… Kenny Chesney is my true love,” to massive audience cheers. “He inspires me, and right now, I want to kiss him on the lips. Do you want to see it?”

Telling the crowd, “Okay, let me wipe the sweat off,” he laughed and did as the young woman asked. But the girl had more on her mind than a kiss from her favorite singer. Asking him for the mic again, he let her speak: “His music got me through the toughest times. His music inspires me. The reason why I want to be on the stage was because my grandfather’s dream was to see me up here, to sing with Kenny…” Pausing as the audience cheered, she looked at the 8-time Entertainer of the Year, then back at the crowd, “Do you want to see me sing more with Kenny Chesney? Because I’ve been doing it for 24 years…”

Chesney, who’d already confessed “it takes a lot to embarrass me” onstage, turned to the crowd, and announced, “This is the reason we write songs. Right there!” As the stage dropped to darkness, he took her hand, went to the main mic and hugged the young lady in the blue kurta top to his side as he sang his 27th No. 1, the wildly appropriate celebration of women, “Wild Child.”

“That young woman had so much heart, so much spirit,” Chesney said of his surprise guest. “She was just fearless and true and wanted to tell people what was on her mind. Talk about inspiring all of us about how to live our lives?”

Having hosted movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Ashton Kutcher, rockers Joe Walsh and Grace Potter as well as NFL stars, baseball stand-outs and coaches of every stripe, East Rutherford, New Jersey’s surprise guest may well have topped them all. As the final weeks approach – including stops at Detroit’s Ford Field 8/22 and a tour-ending double at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium 8/28-29, the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” – who took 2013 off to make his No. 1 The Big Revival and then prep this tour — is reaching an intensity onstage even greater than when the tour kicked off in May.

Trisha Yearwood to Be Honored at ASCAP Country Music Awards

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Trisha Yearwood with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award at the 53rd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, to be held on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The invitation-only, black-tie gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from April 1st, 2014 through March 31st, 2015.

The ASCAP Voice of Music Award is a prestigious honor that ASCAP presents to songwriters and artists whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation. Each recipient possesses a unique style of creative genius that will inspire and enrich generations to come. Past recipients include George Strait, Amy Grant, Kenny Chesney and more.

Trisha Yearwood has sold more than 12 million albums throughout the course of her career, and is a platinum-selling and multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning recording artist. Her chart-topping hits include “She’s In Love With The Boy,” “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl),” and “How Do I Live.” Since 2007, the superstar, whom Entertainment Tonight dubbed the nation’s newest “lifestyle maven,” has written three New York Times best-selling cookbooks, hosted six seasons of her Emmy Award-winning Food Network show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” and debuted a line of cookware, “Trisha’s Precious Metals,” as well as her own home furnishings line, the Trisha Yearwood Home Collection with Klaussner Home Furnishings.

Yearwood is currently in the running to be nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “PrizeFighter” at the 49th Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, to be held on Wednesday, November 4th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The 53rd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will include the announcements of the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will feature live performances of the top five most performed songs by the award-winning songwriters and the artists who recorded them.


Kenny Chesney Takes Mile High Higher

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Kenny Chesney grew up watching the Denver Broncos playing on TV, so playing Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High was one of the shows he was looking forward to. Evidently, Denver shared that anticipation as Chesney’s Big Revival 2015 Tour stop sold 54,674 – the most ever for an end zone set-up show at the iconic football stadium.

“Since I started coming here to play the Grizzly Rose, the Denver fans have been a big part of taking my music where it’s gone… and they sure did tonight!” Chesney said after the show. “We have had some incredible shows in Denver, including those crazy nights at Red Rocks, which I didn’t think anything could top. This just did.”

To gear up for the Mile High show, Chesney spent the morning at practice with the Broncos. Wearing a Tennessee t-shirt in solidarity with his good friend Peyton Manning, who was at practice, Chesney took in the drills and got focused up for his sold-out show.

Football was the day’s underlying theme. Earlier that evening, Chesney was invoked during legendary general manager Ron Wolf’s speech during his induction into the Football Hall of Fame. The man who spent 22 seasons with the Raiders before transforming the Green Bay Packers, opened his comments with “I’d like to start by quoting my good friend Kenny Chesney, ‘This is our moment, This is our time/ This is our destiny, This is our night to shine…”

“My friends in the NFL were blowing my phone up with texts when Ron did that,” Chesney marveled. “Ron Wolf meant so much to football, he changed the game, but he also believed in the passion and the work it takes to make a team great. Those same ideas are what I brought with me to Nashville when I was a kid; the idea it transfers… what do you say?”

Naturally Chesney’s celebration of high school “The Boys of Fall” took on even deeper tones during the otherwise high-energy set. Pulling a girl in her mid-teens from the crowd, Chesney gave the petite brunette in a red plaid shirt a hug and then set the signed Broncos helmet on her head. The crowd erupted as loud as they’d done for “American Kids,” “Out Last Night” or “Summertime.”

“I like the idea of giving a girl the helmet,” Chesney says. “Like ‘Wild Child,’ it says women really can do anything. It’s important people know and think that. When you see this, I think it resets the way we look at the world! Dream and be what you want. Just look at me…”

As the Big Revival 2015 starts to wind down, there are several major stadiums ahead: E. Rutherford, NJ’s Met Life Stadium 8/15, Detroit’s Ford Field 8/22 and a double at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium 8/28-29.

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