NEW CMA MEMBER: SAMMY ARRIAGA

NEW CMA MEMBER: SAMMY ARRIAGA

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Sammy Arriaga, who stopped by June 18, 2014 to sign up for CMA membership.

Country singer Sammy Arriaga signs up for CMA membership on June 18th, 2014. (l-r) Brandi Simms, CMA Director of Membership and Balloting; Ty Bates; Carrie Tekautz, CMA Membership and Balloting Assistant; and Brenden Oliver, CMA Membership and Balloting Coordinator. Photo: Christian Bottorff / CMA

Country singer Sammy Arriaga signs up for CMA membership on June 18th, 2014. (l-r) Brandi Simms, CMA Director of Membership and Balloting; Ty Bates; Carrie Tekautz, CMA Membership and Balloting Assistant; and Brenden Oliver, CMA Membership and Balloting Coordinator. Photo: Christian Bottorff / CMA

A Miami, Fla. native, Arriaga moved to Nashville in 2011, and has since been touring and gaining popularity among Country fans. With a recently-released single “Lighter Up,” he talks about his natural ability and passion for singing, and starting at the age of 14, he began to teach himself to play guitar. “Picking up the guitar inspired me to learn more about the Country genre,” says Arriaga. “And I quickly fell in love with it.” So much so that Arriaga plugged the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge into his GPS and drove straight to Nashville.

Arriaga’s new single, “Lighter Up,’ was released in partnership with Eckrich, and in conjunction with the Eckrich Mobile Sampling Tour that supports up-and-coming Country artists. Eckrich is part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. The company is releasing a series of songs from his EP over the next few months on the first of each month, accompanied by a live acoustic video of each song.

“Lighter Up” is the first to become available as a free download on Eckrich’s social media platforms. Fans can download the single by liking Eckrich’s Facebook page here.

Being a CMA member has many benefits for artists, songwriters and everyone who works in Country Music. One of the greatest is that your membership helps advance Country Music. Several membership categories are available. Become a member today! CLICK HERE

Visit Sammy Arriaga’s official website at SammyArriaga.com, or follow him on Twitter, @SammyArriaga.

Also, check out a preview video for Arriaga’s “Lighter Up,” and video for the acoustic version:

Sammy Arriaga - Lighter Up